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American Country Songs Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B009ZYAFES
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MUSIC LOVER IN MEIZHOU on November 28, 2007
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.
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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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