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Essential Hank Snow

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20 of Hank's unbeatable RCA sides, all of 'em Top 10! Includes Rhumba Boogie; I'm Movin' On; The Golden Rocket; The Gold Rush Is Over; I Don't Hurt Anymore; The Gal Who Invented Kissin'; I Went to Your Wedding; Yellow Roses; Hello Love; Let Me Go, Lover!; (Now and Then, There's) A Fool Such As I; Lady's Man , and more.

Tender ballads, urgent travel songs, infectious boogies--Canadian Hank Snow not only handled them all, but he handled them quite well and rode them all to the top of the country charts. His music was a logical extension of his idol Jimmie Rodgers's style, and Snow's letter-perfect, prudently effective vocal delivery and crisp, tasteful acoustic-guitar runs graced countless (actually, 36) top 10 country hits. This 20-song collection provides a nice introduction to his various styles and captures all of his best-known songs. His own compositions "I'm Movin' On" and "Rhumba Boogie" plus covers like "I've Been Everywhere" and "I Don't Hurt Anymore" were not only hugely dominant hits (Shania wasn't the first Canadian country phenom), but they remain cornerstones of country. --Marc Greilsamer

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. The Rhumba BoogieHank Snow & His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. I'm Movin' OnHank Snow, The Singing Ranger, And His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Golden RocketHank Snow 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Unwanted Sign Upon Your HeartHank Snow & His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Music Makin' Mama from MemphisHank Snow & His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. The Gold Rush Is OverHank Snow & His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. I Don't Hurt AnymoreHank Snow, The Singing Rancher, and His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. (Now And Then, There's) A Fool Such As I (Single Version)Hank Snow;Hank Snow, The Singing Ranger, And His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Gal Who Invented Kissin'Hank Snow 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. I Went To Your WeddingHank Snow 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Would You MindHank Snow 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Lady's ManHank Snow 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Yellow RosesHank Snow & His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Miller's CaveHank Snow 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Beggar To A KingHank Snow 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. I've Been EverywhereHank Snow 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Ninety Miles An Hour (Down A Dead End Street)Hank Snow 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Let Me Go LoverHank Snow 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. The Wishing Well (Down In The Well)Hank Snow 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Hello LoveHank Snow 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mcgivern Owen L on December 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hank Snow, the late Singing Ranger from Liverpool, Nova Scotia had 65 Billboard hits from 1949-1974. All were on the RCA label, which must have made it a bit easier to assemble such a worthwhile compilation. "The Essential Hank Snow" spans his golden years from "I'm Movin' On" (1949) to "Hello Love" (1974). EACH of the 20 tracks was a top 10 Billboard selection! All of Hank's 6 # 1 songs are here including the epics, "I Don't Hurt Anymore" (1954) and "I'm Moving On". Both stayed on the charts for over 40 weeks (!).What's not to like here? Personal favorites are highly subjective but this reviewer loved "Would You Mind?" from 1955, "The Wishing Well" from 1965 and the aforementioned "Hello Love". Other reviewers have helpfully noted that short of buying an expensive box set, this CD is the best way of owning a solid, if not completely inclusive selection of Snow's work. On a related note, serious country fans should pay very close attention to the "Essential" series for reliable albums of the best music from our past heroes. The EHS is good, solid classic country as its' best. It is long beyond saying that they are not making any more Hank Snows and never will again. This reviewer would also bet that Mr. Snow was a true gentleman in real life, eh?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
He was a star in his native Canada for quite a few years before he exploded onto the American country music scene in early 1950 with his debut single "Marriage Vow". American audiences just loved him and before that incredible year was over Hank Snow would become a member of the Grand Ole Opry and his recording of "I'm Moving On" would top the Billboard "Top Country Singles" chart for a record-setting 21 weeks! Hank Snow would go on to become one of the biggest country acts of the 1950's and would ultimately be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1979.

"The Essential Hank Snow" chronicles his 30 year run at RCA records. This disc features 20 of his all-time best digitally remastered for your enjoyment. There are so many outstanding tunes in this collection that it is difficult to choose a favorite. I have been always partial to Hank's incredible 1962 hit "I've Been Everywhere". I also thoroughly enjoyed the rollicking "The Gal Who Invented Kissin'" from 1952, an odd mix of country and calypso that works just perfectly. Also included is "I Don't Hurt Anymore" which topped the charts for 20 weeks in 1954. Incredibly, every single one of the 20 tracks in this collection were Top Ten country hits. I enjoyed all of them.

After perusing the available options on I have come to the conclusion that this is by far the best Hank Snow collection available. The collection comes with extremely interesting liner notes and as I mentioned earlier the remastering job is terrific. If you are a fan or a student of American popular music like I am, this disc is an absolute "must have" for your collection. Highly recommended.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ronald George Reagan on August 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Hank Snow. One of the most important people in country music history no doubt. I've been a Hank Snow fan for many of my 27 years and while this is a good set and serves as a decent intro to his music, there's a little bit lacking here. First of all, BMG misses all of his early, early hits from Canada that would've made for nice listening. Also, they fail to represent Hank's undying love for the music of Jimmie Rodgers (he released 2 LP's of Jimmie's music) or his love for gospel music. It's not that they didn't have enough room for it either as the CD only runs around 55 minutes and a CD can hold up to around 75-80 minutes of playing time. Yes, this works as a great intro to Hank's music, but BMG could've given a bit more such as "The Next Voice You Hear" or "Merry Go Round of Love" which are minor hits in comparison to "I'm Movin' On", "Hello, Love" and others, but are still first rate cuts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2003
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What about that yo-yo in the earlier review whose criticism of Hank Snow is that someone else once told him Hank Williams was better?? Hey, I like Hank Williams, too, but what's the relevance? Anyway, to me Hank Snow was just a name until I heard "Golden Rocket" in a movie soundtrack several yrs ago (Who'll Stop the Rain) and was hooked immediately...had to hear more! Then I got this CD and it's been a fixture in my music rotation ever since. Once Hank's excellent, pitch-perfect voice gets into your head, you'll think about country singing in a whole new way. I also recommend the Jasmine CDs that have been released recently -- I think they're recordings from radio broadcasts in the 1950s and their non-studio immediacy really demonstrates what a consummate professional Hank Snow was. Buy this CD -- you absolutely won't be sorry (even if you already like Hank Williams!)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Burns on December 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
From North of the Border he came, carrying that Martin and a stack of songs. His impeccable repertoire abounded, and when his I'm Movin' On stayed on the charts for 50 weeks, Clarence knew he had arrived at the big time.
He gave us such classics, and he lived in the "Golden Era" of country music. Had he arrived today, they would have laughed him out of the town. Shania could not even carry his guitar case to the stage for him even if her belly was not swelling and it was bare.
He never performed in later years the same song twice on his visits to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. With over 500 recorded songs he did not need too.
"In the Dodge City Yards of the Sante Fe stood a frieght made up for the East. The engineer with his oil and waste was a groomin" the great iron beast. While 10 cars back in the murky dust a boxcar door swung wide and a hobo lifted his pal aboard taking his last long ride."--from Hank Snow's "Hobo's Last Ride."
The Singing Ranger's voice long silenced now can be heard in the eerie hall's of the Ryman after the lights are turned out and the people have all gone home, or on the CDs available from Amazon---buy this one!!!---a must have for anyone who calls themselves a Country Music Fan. Hank at his finest.
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