The Tennessee Plowboy and His Guitar

The Tennessee Plowboy and His Guitar

by Eddy ArnoldEddy Arnold


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The 120 tracks on these five CDs constitute a group of Eddy Arnold songs with which few people under the age of 50 could be familiar -- only about a half-dozen of them ever appeared on LP, much less CD. Recorded between 1944 and 1950, they represent his rise to country stardom (but not yet to pop stardom), and also the evolution of country music in the period immediately after the war. His performances on the early sides were heavily influenced by the work of Gene Autry, but they were much closer to hillbilly music, with thin, twangy guitars and fiddle. With the help of producer Steve Sholes, Arnold and his group (the Tennessee Plowboys) achieved a fine, lean sound that was a good compromise between hillbilly authenticity and commercial country music. Disc Two, covering 1947-48, shows Arnold consolidating his earlier success, and acquiring a greater range in the process. Disc Three shows Arnold's voice mellowing into the fine instrument that it became as he later emerged into pop stardom; his low range is richer, and he reaches those high notes more easily. This was all of a piece with making Arnold accessible to the widest possible audience; what no one realized at the time was that Arnold was helping to change country music in the process. While Disc Four shows Arnold moving toward an ever more mainstream sound, Disc Five has a number of religious songs that come off extremely well -- largely due to the quality and sincerity of Arnold's singing. By this time, Arnold's voice had evolved into a wonderfully polished baritone, turning him into almost a countrified Bing Crosby. The sound is excellent, and the notes are extremely informative, although there is relatively little about the recording sessions themselves. The booklet is filled with wonderful photos as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/1998
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127157263
catalogNumber: 15726
Rank: 104959


Disc 1

  1. Mother's Prayer
  2. Mommy, Please Stay Home With Me
  3. Cattle Call
  4. Each Minute Seems Like a Million Years
  5. Did You See My Daddy over There
  6. Many Tears Ago
  7. I Walk Alone
  8. You Must Walk the Line
  9. (I'll Have to) Live and Learn
  10. Be Sure There's No Mistake
  11. I Couldn't Believe It Was True
  12. I Talk to Myself About You
  13. All Alone in This World Without You
  14. Can't Win, Can't Place, Can't Show
  15. What Is Life Without Love?
  16. That's How Much I Love You
  17. Why Didn't You Take That, Too?
  18. Chained to a Memory
  19. Easy Rockin' Chair
  20. To My Sorrow
  21. It's a Sin
  22. I'm Somebody Nobody Loves
  23. That Little Boy of Mine
  24. Don't Bother to Cry
  25. Me Too

Disc 2

  1. I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)
  2. Bouquet of Roses
  3. What a Fool I Was
  4. Little Angel with the Dirty Face
  5. Wondering What to Do
  6. The Prisoner's Song
  7. Rockin' Alone (In an Old Rockin' Chair)
  8. It Makes No Difference Now
  9. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  10. Seven Years with the Wrong Woman
  11. Molly Darling
  12. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  13. Who at My Door Is Standing
  14. Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away
  15. Texarkana Baby
  16. (In the) Hills of Tomorrow
  17. My Daddy Is Only a Picture
  18. Say You'll Be Mine
  19. There's Not a Thing (I Wouldn't Do for You)
  20. I've Got a Lifetime to Forget
  21. Anytime
  22. A Heart Full of Love
  23. My Heart Cries for You
  24. I've Got Other Fish to Fry
  25. This Is the Thanks I Get (For Loving You)

Disc 3

  1. You Know How Talk Gets Around
  2. Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)
  3. Till the End of the World
  4. Save a Little Corner in Your Heart
  5. M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)
  6. I Wouldn't Trade the Silver in My Mother's Hair
  7. That Wonderful Mother of Mine
  8. Bring Your Roses to Her Now
  9. I Wish I Had a Girl Like You Mother
  10. My Mother's Sweet Voice
  11. There's No Wings on My Angel
  12. The Echo of Your Footsteps
  13. Why Didn't You Take That, Too?
  14. That Little Boy of Mine
  15. My Heart Cries for You
  16. This Is the Thanks I Get (For Loving You)
  17. Don't Rob Another Man's Castle
  18. Me Too
  19. Little Angel with the Dirty Face
  20. I've Got Other Fish to Fry
  21. Many Tears Ago
  22. I Walk Alone
  23. Show Me the Way Back to Your Heart
  24. Homesick, Lonesome and Sorry
  25. One Kiss Too Many

Disc 4

  1. I Was Foolish When I Fell in Love with You
  2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
  3. I Tied a Little String Around My Finger
  4. I'm Throwing Rice
  5. Shepherd of My Heart
  6. Why Should I Cry
  7. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
  8. To the Last Beat of My Heart
  9. Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me
  10. Evil Tempt Me Not
  11. When Jesus Beckons Me Home
  12. Will Santy Come to Shanty Town
  13. Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
  14. The Lily of the Valley
  15. Softly and Tenderly
  16. Mama and Daddy Broke My Heart
  17. You Touched Me
  18. Cattle Call
  19. Chained to a Memory
  20. The Nearest Thing to Heaven
  21. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
  22. Prison Without Walls
  23. Cuddle Buggin' Baby
  24. Enclosed One Broken Heart

Disc 5

  1. Tie Me to Your Apron Strings Again
  2. Behind the Clouds
  3. A Million Miles from Your Heart
  4. At the Close of a Long, Long Day
  5. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
  6. If I Never Get to Heaven
  7. The Lovebug Itch
  8. White Christmas
  9. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  10. There's Been a Change in Me
  11. Precious Little Baby
  12. Through a Stranger's Eyes
  13. Open Thy Merciful Arms
  14. Jesus and the Atheist
  15. Behind the Clouds
  16. Precious Little Baby
  17. Kentucky Waltz
  18. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
  19. Jesus and the Atheist
  20. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
  21. I'm Writing a Letter to the Lord

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddy Arnold   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Anita Kerr   Organ
Little Roy Wiggins   Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean   Bass
Danny Perri   Guitar
Jack Pleis   Piano
Victor Willis   Piano
Jack Shook   Guitar
Lloyd "Lonzo" George   Bass
Charles "Skeeter" Willis   Bass,Vocals
James "Guy" Willis   Guitar
Adrian McDowell   Fiddle
Vic Willis   Piano
Harold Spierer   Piano
Jack Kelly   Piano
William Owen Bradley   Piano
James V. Swinney   Bass

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
William Shakespeare Hays   Composer
Owen Bradley   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   Producer
Dick Smith   Composer
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Little Jack Little   Composer
Phil Wells   Contributor
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Vic McAlpin   Composer
Alex Alstone   Composer
Thomas Dilbeck   Composer
Wally Fowler   Composer
Alton Watson   Composer
Michael Streissguth   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Biographical Information
Bob Miller   Composer
Will L. Thompson   Composer
Roy Botkin   Composer
Shep Sessions   Composer
Mel Butler   Composer
Steve Nelson   Composer
Gabe Tucker   Illustrations
Clyde Hager   Composer
Ed Nelson   Composer

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