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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than I expected, August 25, 2007
Cory L. Schwent (Bloomsdale, MO United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hillbilly Fever (Audio CD)
When I first saw this collection become available, I figured it was just some cheap, budget line collection. Probably wouldn't have any notes, and would just be a hodge podge of recordings.

Well, one night I got brave and ordered it. Holy smokes!!! I'd say as of right now, this is the definitive Red Foley collection. It contains his first recordings from 1933, and hits almost all of his top 10 hits. Only "Our Lady of Fatima," "Slaves of a Hopeless Love Affair," and "Jilted" are omitted.

All of the recordings have great sound, and are all the original masters. Nothing from his double greatest hits remake album from the mid 60's are included.

The booklet is another revelation. Probably in the same league with a Bear Family booklet, it features great notes, and individual recording dates.

This collection is a steal for the price it's available for. You really don't need to be hesitant when thinking about purchasing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful "Discovery", December 27, 2007
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Red Foley may be forgotten now, but he was a great star once and this shows why. If you've heard anything of Red's and liked it, then you can't go wrong with this box. He sang like Bing and had such an easygoing but also witty style that he does not become tiresome to listen to. This box has long-forgotten gems like a song called "Television" which shows that people back then had the same concerns about technology and loss of privacy that they now have for camera-phones and You-Tube.

The sound quality is great and the booklet is informative. I didn't know Red Foley from Red Sovine until I picked up a single-disc on him last year and learned who he was. I decided to look a little deeper and bought this box set. It's definitely one for the permanent collection.

What's also great about these Proper boxes is that unlike an American box you don't have to open the whole thing up to get to an individual disc and they hardly take up any more space than two regular CD's.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to Remember Red Foley, February 6, 2007
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Red Foley has faded abit in our memory of country greats and this collection shows why that's too bad. This very inexpensive Four CD set is chocked full of great tunes. Foley had a very pleasant Baritone voice and he used in many great novelty tunes, ballads, sacred songs and love songs that are in the package. This collection is a must for Country music fans and as noted the price is right. I give this CD set only 4 stars because about 1/4 of the songs are not memorable or of high quality. There are certainly 75 gems here among my favorites are "Hang your head in shame", "smoke on the water" and "peace in the valley".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Box Of The U.K. Now Has The Best Red Foley CD Compilation Available, January 4, 2014
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This 4-CD 100-track release by Proper Box of the U.K. covers the vast output of the great Country vocalist Red Foley with the proverbial blanket, and comes with excellent sound reproduction and a 44-page booklet containing informative liner notes written by Adam Komorowski. During a prolific recording career, mainly with Decca, he racked up 61 Top 30 Country hits between 1944 and 1959, 57 of which finished in the Top 10, with 14 of his singles also entering various elements of the Pop charts. In total, he finished with 65 Country charters and here you get all but 14 of them along with several non-charting B-sides, failed singles and a few sides never released as singles at the time of recording. The complete contents are shown in the Comments below along with discography details.

Red recorded the most songs that included "Tennessee" in the title before passing away on September 19, 1968 at the relatively young age of 58, just a year after his induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Unfortunately he didn't get to see his son-in-law Pat Boone (who married daughter Shirley) make the Top 40 Country charts with Texas Woman in 1976, nor his granddaughter's eight between 1977 and 1981, but he was justifiably proud of Pat and his 38 Top 40 Pop hits between 1955 and 1962. To paraphrase granddaughter Debbie's biggest hit, he indeed "lit up our lives."

Backing musicians and co-vocalists involved in the tracks read like a Who's Who of Country music: guitarists Hank Garland, Grady Martin, Billy Byrd, Hartford Taylor, Jack Anglin, Louis Innis, Zeke Turner, Dickie Harris, Don Helms, Bud Isaacs and Billy Robinson; fiddlers Homer "Slim" Miller, Dorris Paul Warren and Harry (Simovitz) Sims; accordionist Augie Klein; trombonist Francis Craig; saxophonists Johnnie Wright, Brownie Reynolds, Clyde Moffett, Jack Drake and Ernie Newton; pianist/organist Owen Bradley (also xylophone); Karl Davis on the mandolin; drummers Buddy Harman and Farris Coursey (also snare drum and percussionist); the Bob Moore orchestra; the Lawrence Welk orchestra; and vocalists Minnie Pearl, Kitty Wells, Betty Foley (his daughter), Roberta Lee, Evelyn Knight, Ernest Tubb, The Jordanaires, The Andrews Sisters and The Anita Kerr Singers.

In the event you were hoping they were in this set, the missing charted sides are: Our Lady of Fatima - # 5 C/# 16 Pop Nov 1950 - Decca Faith 9-14526; Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - # 8 Billboard Best Selling Children's Records Dec 1951 - Decca 9-46267 as the B-side of Frosty The Snowman; Slaves Of A Hopeless Love Affair - # 8 C May 1953 - Decca 28567; Put Christ Back Into Christmas - # 23 Pop Dec 1953 - Decca 9-28940 billed as Red Foley With The Anita Kerr Singers; Jilted - # 7 C May 1954 - Decca 29110 (but they do include the non-charting B-side, Pin Ball Boogie); I'm A Stranger In My Home - # 12 C duet with Kitty Wells - July 1954 - Decca 29056 (as the B-side of One By One); You And Me - # 3 C Feb-April 1956 - Decca 29740 b/w the "follow-along" hit No One But You - both duets with Kitty Wells; Travelin' Man - # 29 C June 1959 - Decca 30882; Happiness Means You - # 43 C May-June 1967 - Decca 32126 b/w Hello Number One - both duets with Kitty Wells; Living As Strangers - # 63 C Dec 1967-Jan 1968 - Decca 32223 - duet with Kitty Wells; Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - # 74 C Jan 1969 posthumous charted side - duet with Kitty Wells on Decca 32427.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Foley Recordings, 1933 - 1955, January 20, 2014
Paul Moreau "handyman" (Small Farm, Minnesota, USA) - See all my reviews
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AvidOldiesCollector has already provided most of the interesting information on this set so I'll try to not repeat it. Hopefully, I'll be adding some bits of information he didn't include in his review.

The audio quality of the vast majority of this set is excellant. Only track two and three of CD1 show much surface noise. On track two (Lone Cowboy)the noise is significant while on track three (Echoes Of The Old Plantation Home) it is almost insignificant. Warning, some people will find the wording and performance of Echoes Of The Old Plantation Home to be quite offensive. Red adopts a southern black dialect for this song and some of the wording is quite embarrassing to those with a modern outlook.

CD1 contains "Old Shep" , which Red Foley initially released in 1941, a song he wrote with Arthur Willis in 1933 about a dog he owned as a boy. According to Wikipedia, in reality, his German shepherd, poisoned by a neighbor, was named Hoover. Perhaps this explains why this version of the song is so emotional and personal.

Of all of the versions I've heard, it is the Red Foley version that most appeals to me. Note that he recorded Old Shep in 1935 (Conqueror), 1941, 1944 (World, 1946 (Decca), and 1963 (Columbia). I think the version here is the Decca recording from 1946. This is the song that Red Foley recorded most often.

The session notes indicate that "Shame on You" and "At Mail Call Today" were recorded 26 June 1945 at the Decca Recording Studio. Only Red Foley and the Lawrence Welk Orchestra are listed as the musicians present at that session. I'm assuming that what sounds like a small country music combo on "Shame on You" is part of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra. Had the session indicated the presence of other musicians, I'd not included Lawrence Welk as the accompanying artist as the accompaniment doesn't sound like Lawrence Welk.

This set contains 54 Charting hits. There are 5 charting hits during this period that are not in this CD set. In addition, are the following top 100 recordings that are outside the time period of this set:

"You and Me" (with Kitty Wells) 3

"Travelin' Man" 29

"Happiness Means You" (with Kitty Wells) 43
"Hello Number One" (with Kitty Wells) 60
"Living as Strangers" (with Kitty Wells) 63

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" (with Kitty Wells) 74

The track listing below is in the form used by MP3Tag's Convert -> textfile - tags function. Note that I've used the track names as they appear in the Red Foley sessions list. A link to that list appears in the first comment of this review as do the instructions for using the list with MP3Tag to modify your MP3 tags.

01;Single Life Is Good Enough For Me;Red Foley & The Cumberland Ridge Runners;1933;;
02;Lone Cowboy;Red Foley & The Cumberland Ridge Runners;1933;;
03;Echoes Of The Old Plantation Home;Red Foley & The Cumberland Ridge Runners;1934;;
04;I Don't Care Anymore;Red Foley;1941;;
05;Is It True;Red Foley;1941;;
06;Pals Of The Saddle;Red Foley;1941;;
07;Be Honest With Me;Red Foley;1941;;
08;Someday, Somewhere Sweetheart;Red Foley;1941;;
09;Hang Your Head In Shame;Red Foley;1944;4;
10;Smoke On The Water;Red Foley;1944;1;
11;There's A Blue Star Shining in Heaven Tonight;Red Foley;1944;5;
12;At Mail Call Today;Red Foley & The Lawrence Welk Orchestra;1945;3;
13;I'll Never Let You Worry My Mind;Red Foley;1945;5;
14;Shame On You;Red Foley & The Lawrence Welk Orchestra;1945;1;
15;Harriet;Red Foley with Roy Ross & His Ramblers;1946;4;
16;Have I Told You Lately That I Love You;Red Foley with Roy Ross & His Ramblers;1946;5;
17;Old Shep;Red Foley with Roy Ross & His Ramblers;1946;;
18;My Poor Little Heart Is Broken;Red Foley with Roy Ross & His Ramblers;1946;;
19;Never Trust A Woman;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;2;
20;Smile Will Chase Away A Tear;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
21;Till The End Of Time;Red Foley with Roy Ross & His Ramblers;1946;;
22;Rye Whiskey;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1946;;
23;That's How Much I Love You;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1946;4;
24;Freight Train Boogie;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys ;1947;5;
25;New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde);Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;1;

01;Tennessee Saturday Night;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;1;
02;Too Many Blues;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
03;Blues In My Heart;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;15;
04;I'm Picking Up The Pieces Of A Broken Heart;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
05;I'm Waltzing With A Broken Heart;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
06;Just A Man And His Dog;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
07;Ruby Red Lips;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
08;Television;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
09;Tit For Tat;Red Foley & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
10;Two Cents Three Eggs And A Postcard;Red Foley;1949;8;
11;The Last Thing I Want Is Your Pity;Red Foley, DICK THOMAS & The Cumberland Valley Boys;1947;;
12;Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1949;7;
13;I Wish I Had a Nickel;Red Foley;1949;;
14;Candy Kisses;Red Foley;1949;4;
15;Careless Kisses;Red Foley & Judy Martin;1949;8;
16;I'm Throwing Rice;Red Foley;1949;11;
17;Steal Away;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1949;9;
18;Tennessee Polka;Red Foley;1949;4;
19;Tennessee Border;Red Foley;1949;3;
20;When God Dips His Love In My Heart;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1949;;
21;I Gotta Have My Baby Back;Red Foley;1949;10;
22;Sunday Down In Tennessee;Red & Eva Alen Foley;1949;3;
23;Tennessee Border #2;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1949;2;
24;Goodnight Irene;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1950;1;
25;Choc'late Ice Cream Cone;Red Foley & Judy Martin;1950;5;

01;Birmingham Bounce;Red Foley & Judy Martin;1950;1;
02;Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy;Red Foley;1949;11;
03;Hillbilly Fever #2;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1950;9;
04;Just A Closer Walk With Thee;Red Foley & The Jordanaires;1949;9;
05;Love Bug Itch;Red Foley, Minnie Pearl & Ernest Tubb;1950;;
06;Somebody's Cryin';Red Foley;1950;;
07;Sugarfoot Rag;Red Foley;1949;4;
08;Cincinnati Dancing Pig;Red Foley;1950;2;
09;Mississippi;Red Foley & Judy Martin;1950;1;
10;Old Kentucky Fox Chase;Red Foley & The Dixie Dons;1950;;
11;Texas vs. Kentucky;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1950;;
12;Sugarfoot Rag Square Dance;Red Foley;1950;;
13;The Strange Little Girl;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1951;9;
14;Tater Pie;Red Foley & Evelyn Knight;1950;;
15;Alabama Jubilee;Red Foley & The Nashville Dixielanders;1951;3;
16;Hobo Boogie;Red Foley;1950;8;
17;I Want To Be With You Always;Red Foley & The Andrews Sisters;1951;;
18;Hot Rod Race;Red Foley;1950;7;
19;(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley;Red Foley & The Sunshine Boys Quartet;1951;5;
20;My Heart Cries For You;Red Foley & Evelyn Knight;1950;6;
21;Night Train To Memphis;Red Foley & Roberta Lee;1951;;
22;Dixie;Red Foley & The Nashville Dixielanders;1951;;
23;Milk Bucket Boogie;Red Foley;1952;8;
24;I Gotta Have You;Red Foley & Roberta Lee;1951;;
25;Midnight;Red Foley;1951;1;

01;Salty Dog Rag;Red Foley;1951;8;
02;Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes;Red Foley;1952;8;
03;Too Old To Cut The Mustard;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1951;5;
04;Deep Blues;Red Foley;1952;;
05;Shake A Hand;Red Foley & The Anita Kerr Singers;1953;6;
06;No Help Wanted;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1953;7;
07;Hot Dog Rag;Red Foley;1953;;
08;Hot Toddy;Red Foley;1953;6;
09;Double-Dating;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1953;;
10;You're A Real Good Friend;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1953;;
11;Playin' Dominoes And Shootin' Dice;Red Foley;1953;;
12;It's The Mileage That's Slowing Us Down;Red Foley & Ernest Tubb;1953;;
13;One By One;Red Foley & Kitty Wells;1953;1;
14;Skinnie Minnie (Fishtail);Red Foley;1954;;
15;My Window Faces The South;Red Foley & Grady Martin;1954;;
16;Hearts Of Stone;Red Foley;1954;4;
17;As Far As I'm Concerned;Red & Betty Foley;1953;8;
18;Pin Ball Boogie;Red Foley;1954;;
19;As Long As I Live;Red Foley & Kitty Wells;1954;3;
20;Hominy Grits;Red Foley;1950;;
21;A Satisfied Mind;Red & Betty Foley with The Anita Kerr Singers;1955;3;
22;Plantation Boogie;Red Foley & The Anita Kerr Singers;1955;;
23;Crawdad Song;Red Foley & Evelyn Knight;1950;;
24;Make Believe;Red Foley & Kitty Wells;1954;6;
25;Frosty The Snow Man;Red Foley;1950;;
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, January 8, 2013
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For the most part the sound is very good. There are some cuts here that I had not heard before. And there are lots of his duets with Tennessee Ernie Ford and Ernest Tubb.

If you need some Red Foley this set is well worth the money.
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