22 Greatest Hits of Sheb Wooley Or Do You Say Ben Colder
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Not a one of these songs are the original recordings and most suffer from a lack of quality. "Purple People Eater" comes off quite good but that's where it ends. The recordings are just not good.
Mercury Nashville/Polygram Records, where are the original MGM recordings? They've taken on a new life in the "shareware" world and you would do well to do something other than license a few masters to Bear Family and do something domestically. Of course, Mercury is too busy worrying with their lap dancer Shania Twain and too many others who CLAIM to be country to worry about treating their back catalog with respect-witness their treatment of the Hank Williams catalog.
See my comment below this review for updated information about availability of these Sheb Wooley (Ben Colder) recordings.
The case of Sheb Wooley [and his alter-ego Ben Colder] is a classic example of what I'm talking about. Nowhere, it seems, can you find a complete collection of his original 16 Country and/or pop hit singles recorded between 1955 and 1971 - all for MGM. You might find Purple People Eater on some novelty compilations, and maybe one or two of his better Country hits like That's My Paw, but never all together.
This pathetic offering from Tee Vee Records even suggests that they are giving you 22 of his "best" - but you find that tracks 3 to 5, 9, 13, and 15 to 22 were not hits for Sheb/Ben - either Country or pop. Legitimate hits represented are at tracks 1,2,6 to 8 and 10 to 12, while track 14 was the flip of Fifteen Beers Ago. Of course, that's negated by the fact that all are re-makes.
Sheb, who played Pete Nolan on the TV series Rawhide with Clint Eastwood, began his singing career with a version of Are You Satisfied? in December 1955, seeing it top out at # 95 Billboard Pop Top 100 b/w Humdinger. Three years later he struck gold when The Purple People Eater shot to # 1 Top 100 in summer 1958 and remained there for six solid weeks b/w I Can't Believe You're Mine. It even managed to crack the R&B charts at # 18.
Exactly one year after that Sweet Chile peaked at # 70 Hot 100 b/w More. Then came another 3-year drought until That's My Paw made it to # 1 Country and # 51 Hot 100 b/w Meet Mr. Lonely early in 1962. Later that year his alter-ego, Ben Colder, struck paydirt with a parody of the Rex Allen hit Don't Go Near The Indians.Read more ›
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I think that all of BEN COLDER songs are extemely funny and entertaining. My favorite has always been I WALK THE LINE #2 and HELLO WALLS#2.... Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by Linda S. Dotson Music
These are re-recordings, but apart from Purple people eater and That's my pa (the only two songs that are not parodies), the original recordings are not available on CD. Read morePublished on April 3, 2003 by Peter Durward Harris
This is a great CD. Trying to find songs by Ben Colder was impossible until this disc was released - and it contains almost every song he recorded. Read morePublished on February 12, 2001