Roy Acuff's Greatest Hits

March 11, 1997 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 11, 1997
  • Release Date: March 11, 1997
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
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  • Total Length: 41:37
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  • ASIN: B0013AZOIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,730 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronald George Reagan on August 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For anyone wanting a good cross-section of Acuff's early hits (before all of the re-records), this is a must. These are truly his greatest hits.
There are certainly a few tracks missing that could've made the cut, but the emphasis being this is an intro to the work of Acuff.
Roy bridged the gap that was between Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. He tied together the hillbilly music of old with a pop music sensibility that was just ripe for a national audience. Is it any wonder that so many early country stars found their influence here? Acuff was only bested by Hank Williams (who himself was a disciple of Acuff).
The reason this gets 3 stars is for the fake stereo that was added to these selections in the mid-60's (same masters are being used from some of the Harmony LP's such as "Waiting For My Call To Glory"). I thought we were well past the days of faking stereo, but even in that format, these takes are essential listening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Snyder on March 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Audiophiles stay away. If sound quality is what you value most, go with "The Essential Roy Acuff" in Columbia's "Country Classics" series. But if you do, you'll be missing out on a motherlode of country music and the history of the people who made it. The songs in this collection--and the order in which they are set down--are the reason why.

Religious themes have a dodgy history in country music. There's a good bit of it that seems like a nod to God to assuage the guilt over the honky-tonkin' that preceeded and was to follow. And that brings me to the genius of both Mr. Acuff and this collection: the religiousity of his music has its roots in two facts--the consciousness of his own sinfulness, and the consciousness of having death as a constant companion; a companion closer than one's own shadow. The touch of the icy finger could come from any number of sources: sudden illness and lack of medical care, old age, drunk driving--you name it. Add to that experiences that imitate and foreshadow death--like having to get on a train and leave the people and land you love (and the lonliness among strangers that goes with that), poverty, missed chances--and you come to understand that getting right with God was serious business for people who realized just how precarious and fleeting life and happiness are. Unlike Big Jawn whose songs are all about himself and how bad he feels about everything, Roy Acuff was humbled by his experiences and those of the people he sang about. It's the simple, unadorned gratitude of a sinner saved by grace--a gratitude that also extends to the simple joys of life (check out "Fire Ball Mail")--that will make this collection endure for generations to come.
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Format: Audio CD
These are re-recordings of Acuff's greatest hits from the 30s and 40s. 99% of the time I am the kind of person who would always rather listen to the original recording. However, these re-recordings, which I assume were done in the 60s, are really fantastic. The sound quality is excellent, especially compared to the original recordings and the arrangements and instrumentation are faithful to the originals as well. All in all, this is one of the few (if only) set of re-recordings that I think even approach the essentiality of the originals.
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