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  • Audio CD (29 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000640B8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Lightning - George Jones
2. You're the Reason - Bobby Edwards
3. Detroit City - Bobby Bare
4. Abilene - George Hamilton IV
5. El Paso - Marty Robbins
6. Please Help Me I'm Falling - Hank Locklin
7. Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
8. Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
9. Walk On By - Various Composers
10. Let's Think About Livin' - Bob Luman
11. I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline
12. Crazy Arms - Ray Price
13. Don't Let Me Cross Over - Carl Butler
14. Still - Bill Anderson
15. Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson
16. Wolverton Mountain - Claude King
17. Right Or Wrong - Wanda Jackson
18. He'll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
19. I Ain't Never - Webb Pierce
20. The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Loder on 18 Feb. 2008
In the mid '50s, Country Music was in real danger of going out of business. Its niche markets were overwhelmed by the new raw sounds of Rock n' Roll demanded by of all things, by teenagers.
The first track on this superb compilation, White Lightnin' by George Jones captures the way Country Music blended the new sound into a distinct beat, keeping the lyrics distinctly Country. That sound just about kept Country alive long enough for the tunes and melodies to grow back, and the successive tracks are distinctive in that they have something to say, and a memorable sound that could catch the ear on radio or get a quarter into a jukebox.
What the songs said wasn't new, but it was now more evocative because the songs linked in with things like urbanisation, and the loss of rural roots. Detroit City echoes the loss with its great line "by day I make the cars, and by night I make the Bars", even El Paso, with it's Mexican sounds hints of the old lost West.
Also crowding in were songs that spoke of unrequited love or adultery. Heavy stuff. Wrapped up in a great arrangement is the classic Walk on By, not the Dionne Warwick bit of fluff, but the darker Leroy Van Dyke track of adulterous love.
Whatever the theme, and they weave around the usual mix, the arrangement, tempo and delivery matches. Jim Reeves on the telephone with He'll Have To Go, and the frenetic Flowers On the Wall with the Statlers one step ahead of descending into a nervous breakdown caused by the loss of a woman.
The tracks range from 1956 to 1965, a long time in any music.From Ray Prices classic shuffle Crazy Arms to Roger Millers scat in King of the Road.
Country Music is often portrayed as samey, boring and trite. These songs sold in their hundreds of thousands, tackling issues other genres wouldn't touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2014
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I'm not going to fret about the obvious omission for myself, since I have other copies of it on the singer's own albums as well as other multi-artist country and pop compilations. It certainly wouldn't be easy to nominate a track that should have been omitted to make way for the omission, but it was a bigger pop hit in America than anything here except El Paso, Big bad John and The battle of New Orleans. If you haven't noticed what it is, I'll tell you after I've discussed what else is here.

A lot of classic country hits are featured, including White lightning, Detroit city, Please help me I'm falling, Ring of fire, Walk on by, I fall to pieces, Crazy arms, Don't let me cross over, Oh lonesome me, Right or wrong and He'll have to go. My favourite just now is Wolverton mountain, because I probably haven't heard it since the seventies, when I listened to music on the radio.

Each featured artist is represented only once, though some have other qualifying tracks. Artists who could be considered bona-fide rock'n'roll singers such as the Everly brothers, Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley are excluded, even though their singles sometimes made the country charts. They are represented in the main series.

There is a sequel to this compilation The Golden Age Of American Popular Music: The Country Hits, which includes second crossover hits for some of the artists featured here as well as crossover hits for some artists not featured here. Among the tracks on that collection, you'll find Skeeter Davis singing My last date. You might expect that her original version of End of the world, a massive crossover hit in America, would be on this CD, but it's not.
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By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2015
I've had this one for some time and only recently did it occur to me that a review might be in order. Superficially it's an album that celebrates a particularly golden period for nostalgia, the mid fifties to the mid sixties, and its contents come from an area (mainly Nashville) which was outside the acknowledged centres of popular music development in that timeframe: New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, Chicago and Detroit. In actual fact many of these tracks were turn-ons for country rockers to be; a door into a world of American roots music hitherto unexplored and an acknowledgement that not all good American music was R&B or soul. Both the Stones and the Beatles had a liking for Country Music and you can bet your bottom dollar it was tracks like these that initially got them listening to it.

Lecture over and I guess you have to ask was the music really that good? The simple answer to that question is a straight reiteration of the chart positions achieved: all bar one made the US Hot 100 between 1956 and 1965 with a significant number hitting the Top Twenty. The one exception, Ray Price's "Crazy Arms", the record that defined the Texas Country Shuffle, is such an acknowledged classic (and a giant hit in the C&W Chart) that I can't see anyone objecting to its presence.

The UK didn't go for all of them but for someone who was old enough to be aware of pop music in that timeframe like myself, over half of these tracks bring back memories and most of the others I've heard since and enjoyed.

At least half a dozen, and probably more of these songs, have achieved classic or standard status in the popular music world - by that I mean standard as in the forties and early fifties jazz inclined standard songs. You'll know them and they're all very well worth a re-listen.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Another Winner From Ace! 24 May 2002
By Ken Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
This CD has been in the making for quite a while. The quality of all ACE product is nothing short of fabulous and this one ranks very high on the excellent quality list. Each and every recording is better than you have ever heard. This issue contains some classic country cross over material that many fans of fifties and sixties rock and roll will relate.
Unlike modern country stars who are subject to the same principles of rapid turnover as their pop counterparts, the country stars of yesteryear were renowned for the longevity of their careers. Once established, they seemed immune to the fickle whims of time and fashion and were guaranteed a following for life, even though some were relatively mature men and women to begin with. Years were lopped off birth dates; toupees were de rigueur for the follically challenged male artists and booze, adultery, hypocrisy, suffering and greed marked the patterns of their lives as readily as it informed the songs they sang. It was these human frailties that endeared them to their fans and in their day they brought pleasure to millions.
Tracks featured include standards such as He'll Have To Go, Oh Lonesome Me, Ring Of Fire, Walk On By and King Of The Road, cult classics, such as Flowers On The Wall, Don't Let Me Cross Over, and Six Days On The Road, and influential trailblazers like Ray Price's Crazy Arms and Detroit City by Bobby Bare. These mega-hits, and others like them, provided now-household names like Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline with a springboard to enduring stardom. As with all ACE products, this Special Country Edition comes with a lavishly illustrated 24-page booklet with detailed annotation by Rob Finnis. It's pure excellence.
Aside from thousands of regular "Golden Age" fans, this Special Edition is sure to appeal to many of you out there who want just one discerning selection of Country classics in their collections, as well as country diehards who will welcome an opportunity to acquire 30 of their favourite records - beautifully sequenced and mastered - in the same place, at the same time! This one is a must for every collector. A big thanks to Rob Finnis and ACE!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ace's "Golden Age" series goes country 25 Dec. 2002
By Zub - Published on Amazon.com
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Ace Records of the U.K., the label that has set the standard for reissues of tunes from the golden age of American rock and roll with its "Golden Age..." series goes one step further here with a special edition devoted to country classics. With the availability of original country tunes from the 50's and 60's getting harder and harder to come by, this is a welcome appearance.

As with the others in the series, Ace has maintained the utmost quality in this CD - a massive 30 tracks, excellent sound quality with many cuts in stereo and a magnificent 24-page liner notes booklet to tell the stories behind the music presented. This piece provides both the casual listener and the avid collector with a broad spectrum of tunes including monster hits and seldom-found rarities. Every tune here was a top-ten country charted as well as having made the top-100 pop charts. Among the well-known hits are Marty Robbins' "El Paso", Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans", Roger Miller's "King of the Road" along with 13 other top-ten pop-charting tunes. Satisfying the collector is the appearance of rarities such as Carl Butler's "Don't Let Me Cross Over", Dave Dudley's "Six Days on the Road" (the original version - not the oft-marketed re-recorded version) and Bobby Edwards' "You're the Reason".

Keeping up with the standard of the other "Golden Age..." compilations, sound quality is about as good as it gets for these tracks with 20 of the 30 tracks appearing in stereo. Packed with tons of background info on the included tracks interspersed with pics and art spots, the liner notes booklet completes the set in extraordinary fashion. Most unfortunately, Ace has, at least purportedly, ended its "Golden Age..." series making this superb piece a mere tease for what could be expected had Ace continued with more discs in this vein. Nonetheless, this outstanding compilation heads the list of CD's of interest for fans of the genre.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
ACE records deserve a monument! 11 April 2006
By Ronald Van Scherpenzeel - Published on Amazon.com
In the past years I have bought lots of ACE records: The

complete series of "Golden Age of American Rock & Roll" (10

CD's) Teen Age Crush (4) Johnny Tillotson, Gene Pitney,Jerry Lee

Lewis, Larry Williams etc. etc. These recordings are the best

ones around. A song from 1954, 55, 56 is turned into a modern-

like recent recorded one. In 2002 ACE reords launched a special

edition of country hits that made it to the Hot 100 on the

pop charts. This is another incredible compilation. From

these 30 original recordings 21 are in full stereo and 20

of them made it to the #1 spot on the C&W charts. I hope

ACE will continue to releasing all these wonderful compilations

whether it's Rock & Roll, Country, Be Bop, Blues or anything

else because as far as quality reordings there's nothing like

it. There are other companies who do their best like Eric and

Life time but they only put 15 to 20 songs on a record and

not 30 like ACE does. Not buying or getting this particular

CD would be a shame!

These guys deserve a monument!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Golden Greats 31 May 2005
By D. Tur - Published on Amazon.com
This CD is one of the best collections of true classic country music I've ever found. Full-length songs by the original artists and a terrific selection, too. You can't ask for anything more. It would have been worth the price for me just to get to hear Carl Butler sing "Don't Let Me Cross Over" one more time, but add Wanda Jackson singing "Right Or Wrong", Dave Dudley's "Six Days On The Road" and all the other wonderful old songs and you have a winning CD that will keep you listening to it over and over again for hours. If you buy only one classic country CD this year, make it this one. It is well worth the money and will give you great country music from a time when it really was country music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Even The Best Country Compilations Come From The U.K. 10 Jun. 2008
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Few golden oldie fans/collectors/historians will dispute that Ace Records of the U.K. ranks at the very top of a short list of the best distributors of such music (others being Eric, Bear Family, Jasmine, Acrobat, ASV Living Era, Collectors Choice, Rhino), both in terms of the quality of their sound and in the provision of detailed background notes/discographies, whether for multi-artist compilations of the best of single artists/groups.

Their top series of multi-artist volumes has to be The Golden Age Of American Rock `N' Roll which, at last count, had 11 individual volumes, along with a number of off-shoots (Special "Bubbling Under" Edition, The Follow-Up Hits, Special Novelty Edition, Special Doo Wop Edition, and this one covering Country Music (they also have a related series titled The Golden Age Of American Popular Music - one volume so far - and two off-shoots called The Country Hits and The Folk Hits).

The selections chosen for this volume range from 1956 to 1965 and are, collectively, certainly among the most famous of the Country hits from that period as all but one also crossed over to the more lucrative Billboard Pop Top/Hot 100, as well as to the Adult Contemporary (AC) charts, introduced in late 1961 AND, in a few cases, even to the R&B charts. The one exception, as it turns out, is also the Country hit here with the longest run at # 1 - 20 full weeks - but for some strange reason Ray Price's Crazy Arms did not crack the Top 100 in 1956. Go figure.

From 1957 they chose Gone by Ferlin Husky (# 1 Country for 12 weeks and # 4 Top 100) and Marvin Rainwater';s Gonna Find Me A Bluebird (# 3 Country/# 18 Top 100), while 1958 is represented by Don Gibson's Oh, Lonesome Me (# 1 Country for 8 weeks/# 7 Top 100). From 1959 you get five: White Lightning (written by J. P. Richardson, aka The Big Bopper, who would perish that February in the same plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens), and a # 1 Country for 5 weeks and a # 73 Hot 100 for George Jones; He'll Have To Go by Jim Reeves (# 1 Country for 14 weeks, # 2 Hot 100 AND # 13 R&B); Webb Pierce's I Ain't Never (# 2 Country/# 24 Hot 100); The Battle Of New Orleans by Johnny Horton (# 1 Country for 10 weeks, # 1 Hot 100 for 6 weeks, and # 3 R&B); and Stonewall Jackson's Waterloo (# 1 Country for 5 weeks/# 4 Hot 100, and # 11 R&B).

From the first year of the decade of the Sixties comes El Paso by Marty Robbins (# 1 Country for 7 weeks/# 1 Hot 100 for 2 weeks); Please Help Me I'm Falling by Hank Locklin (# 1 Country for 14 weeks/# 8 Hot 100); Bob Luman's satirical Let's Think About Living (# 7 Hot 100/# 9 Country and # 14 R&B); and Alabam by Cowboy Copas (# 1 Country for 12 weeks/# 63 Hot 100). No less than six are culled from 1961: You're The Reason by Bobby Edwards (# 4 Country/# 11 Hot 100); Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John (# 1 AC for 10 weeks/# 1 Hot 100 for 5 weeks/# 1 Country for 2 weeks); Walk On By by Leroy Van Dyke (# 1 Country for 19 weeks/# 5 Hot 100); I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline (# 1 Country for 2 weeks/# 6 AC/# 12 Hot 100); Right Or Wrong by Wanda Jackson (# 9 Country and AC/# 29 Hot 100); and Hello Walls by Faron Young (# 1 Country for 9 weeks/ # 12 Hot 100/# 13 AC - written by Willie Nelson and the record that resurrected a sagging career for Young at the time).

Four more come from 1962: Don't Let Me Cross Over by Carl Butler And Pearl (his wife at the time - # 1 Country for 11 weeks/# 88 Hot 100); Claude King's Wolverton Mountain (# 1 Country for 9 weeks/# 3 AC/# 6 Hot 100); From A Jack To A King by Ned Miller (# 2 Country/# 3 AC/# 6 Hot 100); and A Little Bitty Tear by Burl Ives (# 1 AC for 1 weeks/# 2 Country/# 9 Hot 100), while these five were hits in 1963: Bobby Bare's Detroit City (# 6 Country/# 16 Hot 100); Abilene by George Hamilton IV (# 1 Country for 4 weeks/# 15 Hot 100); Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash (# 1 Country for 7 weeks/# 17 Hot 100); Bill Anderson's Still (# 1 Country for 7 weeks/# 3 AC/# 8 Hot 100); and Six Days On The Road by Bill Dudley (# 2 Country/# 13 AC/# 32 Hot 100).

For some reason they skip over 1964 (a couple of candidates would have been Roger Miller's Dang Me and Understand Your Man by Johnny Cash, among 6 other # 1 Country hits), and from 1965 they present Flowers On The Wall by The Statler Brothers (# 2 Country/# 4 Hot 100) and King Of The Road by Roger Miller (# 1 Country for 5 weeks/# 1 AC for 10 weeks/# 4 Hot 100).

So, all in all, a pretty definitive collection of the best Country had to offer in that 10-year span.
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