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22 Greatest Hits of Sheb Wooley Or Do You Say Ben Colder

Sheb Wooley, Wooley/ColderAudio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tee Vee Records
  • ASIN: B000003OOJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Purple People Eater
2. That's My Pa
3. I Walk The Line No. 2
4. Detroit City No. 2
5. Runnin' Bare
6. Don't Go Near The Eskimos
7. Harper Valley P.T.A. (Later The Same Day)
8. Little Green Apples
9. 10 Little Bottles
10. 15 Beers Ago
11. Almost Persuaded
12. Hello Walls No. 2
13. Green Green Grass Of Home No. 2
14. Sunday Morning Fallin' Down
15. Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms
16. Folsom Prison Blues
17. Little Brown Shack Out Back
18. D-I-V-O-R-C-E No. 2
19. Easy Lovin'
20. Help Me Fake It Through The Night
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tee-Vee Records and re-recordings! July 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well, Tee-Vee/Gusto/whatever they are records is at it again, passing off re-records as the genuine article. They go and find a lesser known country artist or one who is out of the prime of their career and these artists re-record their hits (or sometimes non-hits) for Tee-Vee. This is a quite common case with many of Red Sovine's "hits" as well.

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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-recordings February 13, 2001
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Beware... these are re-recordings and lame ones at that. Some of Sheb Wooley's earlier recordings ("Purple People Eater") can be found on a Bear Family single-CD release. "That's My Pa" can also be found on both single and box set CD's by Bear Family. His later stuff has yet to show up in its original (MGM) form.

See my comment below this review for updated information about availability of these Sheb Wooley (Ben Colder) recordings.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars re-recordings May 16, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
The only reason I purchased this CD was to get the track "That's my Pa". I have plenty of CD's with the original version of "The Purple People Eater". This CD's tracks of "That's my Pa" and "The purple People Eater" are not the original recordings and are not even very good re-recorded versions. This CD was very disappointing and is being returned.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inferior Inferior Inferior June 8, 2000
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Watch out! These are nobody's greatest hits! What a way to make a buck! Find some outtakes or whatever this material is -- then try to pass it off as the "greatest hits" of someone. This is an ancient practice by record companies -- the same people that are so upset because we trade an mp3 of the genuine article. Don't buy this one, folks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did MGM Lose Many Of Their Masters In A Fire? August 30, 2007
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When it comes to MGM hits of the 1950s and 1960s more often than not they are presented as re-makes. What happened? Did they lose much of their historical master material in a fire or something?

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Re-recorded December 22, 2002
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I was slightly disappointed with this. I thought that these would be original songs of his but, most are ones that he redid later on and some he jazzed up. They're still good but lack the feeling of his original songs.
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