The Essential Roy Acuff 1936-1949

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The Essential Roy Acuff 1936-1949

Release date: 10/13/1992

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Track Listings

1. Listen Great Speckle Bird
2. Listen Steel Guitar Blues
3. Listen Just To Ease My Worried Mind
4. Listen Lonesome Old River Blues
5. Listen The Precious Jewel
6. Listen It Won't Be Long (Till I'll Be Leaving)
7. Listen Wreck On The Highway
8. Listen Fireball Mail
9. Listen Night Train To Memphis
10. Listen The Prodigal Son
11. Listen Not A Word From Home
12. Listen I'll Forgive You, But I Can't Forget You
13. Listen Freight Train Blues
14. Listen Wabash Cannon Ball
15. Listen Jole Blon
16. Listen This World Can't Stand Long
17. Listen Waltz Of The Wind
18. Listen A Sinner's Death (I'm Dying)
19. Listen Tennessee Waltz
20. Listen Black Mountain Rag

About the Album

Includes liner notes by Colin Escott.

Digitally remastered by Larry Keys (1992, Sony Music Studios, New York).

Roy Acuff is the link between the traditional pre-war country sound of Jimmie Rodgers and the honky-tonk style of Hank Williams. Rodgers's influence can be clearly heard on "Just to Ease My Worried Mind," where Acuff emulates Rogers's patented train whistle imitation, and on "Wabash Cannonball," the Carter Family song strongly associated with Rogers. The old-timey/bluegrass feel of the Carter Family is a touchstone in Acuff's work as well, particularly on spiritually oriented numbers like "I Didn't Hear Nobody Pray" and Acuff's signature tune "The Great Speckle Bird," an allegory about the church.

Still, Acuff was a relative modernist--his singing style veers from the simple, folkie style of his forebears to incorporate a more emotive, stylized pop sensibility, as heard on "Tennessee Waltz." It was this distinctive tenor approach that played a key influence on Hank Williams's sound. This excellent compilation makes a strong case for Acuff's importance in the development of country music.

Artist: Roy Acuff
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 0.42 x 5.63
UPC: 0007464489562

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