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  • Audio CD (24 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B00DD0AHDY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2014
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I'd not heard of Helen Merrill before this CD showed up in my Amazon recommendations. Quite often, those recommendations are useless but I watch them for the rare chances that I find something I wouldn't otherwise know about and which interest me, like this one.

The booklet notes are in Chinese or Japanese, but the backing paper has notes in very small type (but readable) in English, including a track listing. The country songs chosen include two associated with the Everly brothers (Maybe tomorrow, Devoted to you), three associated with Eddy Arnold (Any time, You don't know me, A heart full of love) and five associated with Hank Williams including My heart would know and four very famous songs. Two other songs (Condemned without Trial, I'm here to get my baby out of jail) complete the album.

Helen has a wonderful, slightly smoky voice that is ideally suited to these songs. This album was recorded in 1959 and was one of several by a variety of jazz and pop singers around that time to adapt country songs to their own style. I've heard a few of them and most work well in their different ways, but this is among the best.
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Just over 50 years after I heard my brothers Eddie and Donald's copy of "American Country Songs" in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as a teenager [ there is still a much-played and much-scratched vinyl LP knocking around in the family vaults somewhere ], and after over five years of looking out for it on Amazon - to my amazement,I am now listening to it again in China, Meizhou [ my grandfather's home town] on cd...complete with the original cover and the original liner notes...thanks to the Japanese love of Helen Merrill and of jazz in general...

It sounds just as magical, as it did then...see my original review on Amazon.com, when I was still searching for it - the first time I have ever reviewed anything on Amazon...

If you appreciate jazz,and love country music, buy this unique recording immediately, one for yourself and copies for your best friends...I bought two,in case one disappears and I have to wait another 50 years before I can find it again...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 22 Jun. 2016
By Book Max - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great singer with unusual material.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz-pop singer covers country songs 28 Oct. 2014
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'd not heard of Helen Merrill before this CD showed up in my Amazon recommendations. Quite often, those recommendations are useless but I watch them for the rare chances that I find something I wouldn't otherwise know about and which interest me, like this one.

The booklet notes are in Chinese or Japanese, but the backing paper has notes in very small type (but readable) in English, including a track listing. The country songs chosen include two associated with the Everly brothers (Maybe tomorrow, Devoted to you), three associated with Eddy Arnold (Any time, You don't know me, A heart full of love) and five associated with Hank Williams including My heart would know and four very famous songs. Two other songs (Condemned without Trial, I'm here to get my baby out of jail) complete the album.

Helen has a wonderful, slightly smoky voice that is ideally suited to these songs. This album was recorded in 1959 and was one of several by a variety of jazz and pop singers around that time to adapt country songs to their own style. I've heard a few of them and most work well in their different ways, but this is among the best.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MEMORIES OF MUSIC FROM MY YOUTH 28 Nov. 2007
By MUSIC LOVER IN MEIZHOU - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have not actually heard Helen Merrill's "American Country Songs" for a very long time - perhaps twenty-five years. The original vinyl album bought by my brothers, Donald and Eddie, both avid jazz fans - and now very scratched - is somewhere in London, England or Port Elizabeth, South Africa. But I remember very clearly the impact that hearing this record (and the other jazz records in my brothers' collection, including "Helen Merrill" with Clifford Brown, and Helen Merrill's "Dream of You,) had on me at the age of 13 or 14 growing up in South Africa.
I have also been looking out for it for a very long time in the record shops of London and the pages of Amazon. Then, finally, I saw it on Amazon - and immediately pre-ordered a copy even at the stupendous price of S34, to be sent to me in China - only to find on 27th November, it is still not yet in stock. Another wait! In frustration, the only thing I can do (besides wait) is to review it, in the hope it will spur a flood of orders and galvanise Amazon into getting this in stock QUICKLY!
I am reviewing it from a distant memory, but the marriage of Helen's warm, smoky vocals and country standards such as " I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", " Cold Cold Heart", 'I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, " You Don't Know Me" is electrifying.
If you are a fan of Helen Merrill (like I am) or a lover of country music(again, like I am), then order this album immediately!
I promise you, you will not be disappointed. It is a superb album by Helen Merrill, and a "country" album like no other.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Merrill going full Nashville 5 Feb. 2016
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
I'm being very personal and subjective here: I like Helen Merrill very, very, very much. I don't really have nothing against country, but I am not a country fan. Basically - this is a pure country album, with Merrill going full Nashville (maybe a bit corny?).
She can still sing well, but....That's probably all fine if you're a Nashville leaning listener. But, jazz fans, be CAREFUL!
This jazz fan did NOT enjoy this album one single bit.
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