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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Delko Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B0001ZXOLQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If any one artist conquered all the diverse facets of the country music business and made his name a legend, that man was Roy Claxton Acuff. Not only did he establish himself as the King Of Country Music in the 1930s and '40s, he became a renowned champion of traditional values in country music after becoming the leading attraction on WSM's hallowed Grand Ole Opry concerts and broadcasts. He also co-founded the first music publishing company in Nashville, the massively successful Acuff-Rose, and his own record company, Hickory. In 1962 he was the first living performer to be elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame, and he enjoyed an unparalled career in which he was still active almost to the month of death at the age of 89 in 1992. This 101 track, 4CD set includes all of Roy Acuff's important recordings from 1936 to 1950, with a 40 page illustrated booklet containing his life story and a discography.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original recordings 1936 to 1950 30 May 2008
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
For a long time, Roy Acuff was poorly represented on CD but this box released in 2004 finally provided us with what his fans wanted - the complete recordings from his early years. Everything here is presented in nearly chronological order beginning with Great speckled bird from 1937 and ending with It's all right now in 1950. Two 1936 tracks appear as tracks 3 and 4 on CD 1 to disturb the chronological sequence slightly. Within this box, you can find all of Roy's famous tracks from the years when he was at the peak of his popularity. The box includes an extensive booklet that tells you, among other things, how Bashful Brother Oswold got his name; his real name is Beecher Kirby, though he prefers to be known as Pete.

Of course, Roy maintained a successful career for the rest of his life and even wrote a few great songs in later years, most notably Blue eyes crying in the rain, the song with which Willie Nelson revitalized his career in the late seventies. Following the success of that song, interest in Roy's own music increased for a while and he had some success with his own music on the country charts. Aside from Blue eyes crying in the rain and the hits that followed, every Roy Acuff song that really matters can be found here, and then some.

Roy recorded several train songs during this period. It is particularly interesting to note that the original 1936 versions of two of them (Wabash cannonball, Freight train blues) featured band member Sam Hatcher as the singer. Roy re-recorded them with his own vocals in 1947. You'll find both versions in this box. Other train songs to be found here are Streamlined cannonball, Fireball mail, Night train to Memphis, Tennessee central #9 and Midnight train.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of the Hillbillies! 23 Jun 2004
By Kevin Fontenot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Considering his importance in the history of Country Music it is rather surprising that this is the first significant box set dedicated to Roy Acuff. These are original recordings (1930s-1950) of his hits including "Wabash Cannonball," "Precious Jewel," and "Great Speckled Bird." Also included are some hot string band recordings, which might surprise fans who only remember the older Acuff singing ballads. Acuff's band included some excellent players instrumental in moving Country music from an old time sound (like Charlie Poole) to the style now considered "classic." Other listeners will be surprised by the inclusion of one cut from the "Bang Boys," Acuff's nom de disc for recording risque titles (included here is "Doin It the Old Fashioned Way"). A nice box, good sound, and a needed reissue. Hopefully Bear Family is already preparing a systematic reissue of Acuff, if anyone deserves it, he does.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original recordings 1936 to 1950 30 May 2008
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For a long time, Roy Acuff was poorly represented on CD but this box released in 2004 finally provided us with what his fans wanted - the complete recordings from his early years. Everything here is presented in nearly chronological order beginning with Great speckled bird from 1937 and ending with It's all right now in 1950. Two 1936 tracks appear as tracks 3 and 4 on CD 1 to disturb the chronological sequence slightly. Within this box, you can find all of Roy's famous tracks from the years when he was at the peak of his popularity. The box includes an extensive booklet that tells you, among other things, how Bashful Brother Oswold got his name; his real name is Beecher Kirby, though he prefers to be known as Pete.

Of course, Roy maintained a successful career for the rest of his life and even wrote a few great songs in later years, most notably Blue eyes crying in the rain, the song with which Willie Nelson revitalized his career in the late seventies. Following the success of that song, interest in Roy's own music increased for a while and he had some success with his own music on the country charts. Aside from Blue eyes crying in the rain and the hits that followed, every Roy Acuff song that really matters can be found here, and then some.

Roy recorded several train songs during this period. It is particularly interesting to note that the original 1936 versions of two of them (Wabash cannonball, Freight train blues) featured band member Sam Hatcher as the singer. Roy re-recorded them with his own vocals in 1947. You'll find both versions in this box. Other train songs to be found here are Streamlined cannonball, Fireball mail, Night train to Memphis, Tennessee central #9 and Midnight train. Roy also sang about other forms of transport as you can hear on Steamboat whistle blues, Autombile of life and Wreck on the highway.

Roy sang plenty of songs about love and heartache including Blue ridge sweetheart, Broken heart, Be honest with me, I know you're saying goodbye, Lying woman blues and You are my love, but he seemed to have a fascination with eyes, writing and singing Bonnie blue eyes, Answer to sparkling eyes, Beautiful brown eyes and Eyes watching you. Roy alkso recorded several gospel songs. Apart from Great speckled bird, they include Will the circle be unbroken, Drifting too far from the shore, When I lay my burden down, Waiting for the call to glory and Jesus died for me. Roy was not afraid to comment on social issues when he felt strongly, as in Old age pension cheque.

Among the classic songs that I haven't mentioned so far are Precious jewel, Prodigal son, Pins and needles, Our own Jole Blon and I'll forgive but I can't forget. If you like country music at its most traditional, you'll love Roy Acuff - and this is by far the best compilation out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Acuff, music from his recording sessions, 20 October 1936 through 18 December 1949 30 Jan 2014
By Paul Moreau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This set is out of print and the asking price for a new copy is out of this world. However, I bought mine through the Amazon market for $28.49 in used, like new condition. Both the CDs and the packaging were indistinguishable from a new set for which one would now have to pay over $400.

The music on the first two CDs is more folk/southeastern Mountain/bluegrass music than what is now considered to be country music. It is not unlike the music of the Stanley Brothers. As with the Stanley Brothers music, many of these tracks have religious themes though they can't be called hymns. CD3 and 4 contain mostly "conventional" country music though there are a few tracks with that mountain music sound.

The audio quality of this set is quite good though there is noticeable light to moderate surface noise on many tracks. While some may call this a defect, I view it as an indication that the producers used discretion when cleaning up these tracks; Noise reduction stopped when it began to degrade the sound of the music. A few tracks do have some degree of over modulation with it being especially bad on CD2 track 5 "Mother's Prayers Guide Me". As noted below, on one or two tracks, the surface noise goes beyond what I'd call moderate. It is quite clear that these tracks came from old 78 RPM recordings rather than masters. However, at the price I paid for this set, it is easy to say that it well worth the price

CD3 track 16 "I Heard A Silver Trumpet" has far more surface noise than any other track in this set. The noise sounds like this track was taken from a 78 RPM with badly damaged grooves. I doubt that the noise could have been removed without utterly destroying the music. Given the sound quality of this track and the fact that it didn't chart, I question its' inclusion here. Surely, a cleaner track could have been used in its' place. Note that this song was remade in stereo in 1968 under the title, "goodbye my love (i heard a silver trumpet)".

A few words about CD2 track 8, "Old Age Pension Cheque" which was recorded on July 6, 1939 or about four years after the Social Security law was passed. Roy claims to have viewed this song as comedy rather than a political statement. However, since Roy also claims to have forgot the name of the person from whom he bought the song, it is impossible to state how the composer viewed these lyrics or when they were actually written. The lyrics are clearly anti Social Security but the original intent can't be known for certain. Note that the title of this song, as it appears in the session list is "Old Age Pension Check" and that title is more commonly used than is the UK spelling used in the track listing for this set.

Highly recommended to those who enjoy country music as well as the music of the southeastern mountain folk, provided you can get a good used copy at a reasonable price. It is certainly not worth the $400 being asked for a new copy.

Those who find any mention of religion to be offensive should avoid this set. Roy Acuff, like the Stanley Brothers, included religious messages in a substantial number of their songs.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music with TWANG! 15 Feb 2008
By James W. Durney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Four CDs each with 25 tracks covering 1936 to 1950 for under $25 by one of the greatest musicians we had. Unless you do not like Country Music, it is hard to find fault with this set. These are the original recordings when CW had a twang, years before the Nashville Sound repackaging occurred. This will produce a somewhat different sound than some of the American CDs contain but one that is closer to what this music sounded like while Roy climbed to the top of his profession.

I like the original CW sound from this era and understand how it sounds transferred for current audio systems. The audio quality is good throughout, keeping the true sound of the old records without the problems associated with that media. The booklet is will done with a complete Discography and many photographs.

The tracks on the four CDs are in sequence allowing us to follow the development and changes in his music. All the standards are here in their original form Great Speckle Bird. Wreck on the Highway, Waiting for the Call to Glory and both versions of Wabash Cannonball. Come along on the Night to Memphis, this CD will not give you the Freight Train Blues!
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 24 Oct 2009
By Georgia Peed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I ordered a cd by Roy Acuff and received it very soon after I ordered it...it didn't have the song on it that I thought I was ordering and I contacted them and all was made right and then I ordered another one where I was sure the song was on it and it came and was perfect...wouldn't hesitate to order from Amazon again...thanks
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