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I Guess That Comes from Being Poor
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2008
from a bygone era. I can't stop listening to this cd. Todays country music is pale and shameful when compared to true artistry such as showcased on this collection. The first ten songs alone are worth the cost, buy it before its gone!!! Masterful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2008
ASIN: B000OVOW9Y I guess that comes from being poor
I always have been a big fan of Norma Jean's Music but after listening to this terrific collection of songs I appreciate her talent more and more, what a wonderful songs, Truck drivin'woman, Another man loved me last night, You wouldn't know love and Haggard's covers: Hungry eyes and I threw away the rose, just to name a few ones. Please OMNI more reissued Norma Jean's albums soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
It's odd that Norma Jean was the also-ran to Dolly Parton's enormous success. She has a better voice and is just as gorgeous as Dolly. The first part of this compilation is a little grim for my taste, but the second half is absolutely wonderful. If you like country music from the late 60's to early 70's, this is twangy, cheatin, heartbreakin perfection. I knew I would love it from looking at the cover, but I'm glad that bonus material was included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In my vinyl days, I only acquired two Norma Jean albums, these being Best of Norma Jean and I guess that comes of being poo All tracks from those two albums are now available on CD, but I'd buy a lot more if only some record label would re-master and release it.

Norma Jean's commercial peak was during the mid-sixties, when she was a regular on the Porter Wagoner TV show, the most successful country music TV show at the time. Even during that period, the wholesome image she presented on-screen didn't match the reality of the relationship that she developed with Porter Wagoner, who was married but separated from his wife at the time. She quit his TV show in 1967 because he wouldn't divorce his wife, and the eventual replacement was the largely unknown (at the time) Dolly Parton. Unfortunately, Norma Jean gradually faded from the scene, her records selling in ever-diminishing quantities and her last RCA album was released in 1973, subsequent releases being sporadic.

This compilation features two complete albums plus eight of the eleven tracks from a third. The person who put this together avoided the albums that were popular while Norma Jean was a TV regular, opting instead for later releases that, he claims, represent the true best of Norma Jean. He may well be right based on the excellence of what is here, but I haven't heard the albums he ignored. I do know that several of them are tribute albums (to Kitty Wells, Porter Wagoner and others).

Here, the first album (I guess that comes of being poor, from 1972) mostly contains covers of country songs about poverty. I was familiar with several of the songs from other sources even in my vinyl days, including Hungry eyes (Merle Haggard), One's on the way (Loretta Lynn), Po' folks (Bill Anderson), Old Doc Brown (a Red Foley song that I first heard on a Johnny Cash LP) and of course Coat of many colors, an early Dolly Parton classic, which Norma Jean interprets a little differently. The title track is the only original song on this outstanding album. Like Dolly and the other singers who recorded these songs, Norma Jean knows about poverty from her childhood and sings these songs with real feeling.

The other album presented here in full (Body and soul, from 1968) contains Truck drivin' woman, a minor country hit for Norma Jean that can also be found on the same re-issue label's hits collection Heaven Help the Working Girl, but the rest of this album is dominated by cheating songs - not the usual ones where the woman is the victim, but ones showing Norma Jean as the other woman - a role she knew all about from her affair with Porter Wagoner. The tracks include In the park after dark (about an illicit liaison), Woman hungry (effectively saying that if women don't satisfy their men, those men will find what they want elsewhere) and Once more I'll let you in (not about a woman giving her philandering husband yet another chance, but instead about her own illicit liaison). These songs stray much further from traditional family values than most other country singers recorded at the time. Even the title track finds Norma Jean being with one man but thinking about another.

The remaining album (Another man loved me last night, from 1970) is represented by eight tracks, the three omissions being What more could I do, Is anybody going to San Antone (a cover of a Charley Pride classic) and Two good reasons. It's not as controversial as Body and mind, but still includes Somebody's gonna plow your field, with Norma Jean threatening her man to pay attention to her needs.

Apart from the lyrical content, Norms Jean stuck firmly to the kind of music that she felt comfortable with, not diluting her music with pop influences. In so many ways, she was the perfect country singer and it is so sad to see that she is now regarded as a minor footnote in country music history. She deserves much better than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2010
I've play this everyday since I got it. I almost forgot what a great singer Norma Jean is. She has real heart and sincerity in her voice. I remember her so well from TV as a kid. She's the real thing. I wish all her RCA albums were available on CD. Thanks Norma Jean.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2008
After listening to the sound samples, I remember some of these songs from my mothers old 8 track tapes. So nice to have those songs available on CD. This is a great compilation that I'm going to get soon. Great songs, from a fine country lady at a excellent price!!
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A combination of new and old songs from Miss Norma Jean. Love her singing and her song choices here. Amazon shipped immediately and it arrived in excellent shape. Thanks
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on August 4, 2013
My favorites are Hundred Dollar Funeral, All Of Me Belongs To You and All I've got Left. There's not a bad track on the CD! I've played It daily since I received It!
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on July 30, 2014
I had over time had parts of my collection stolen & really wanted copies. Some albums are meant to be heard on vinyl. Happy to receive the stereo copies.
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on November 12, 2014
My favorite country singer ever since she was on the Porter Waggoner show - and a couple of tunes I'd not hear before..
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