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The Best of Jimmie Rodgers

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Not the country singer, but the folk/pop singer's original Roulette hits- Honeycomb; Kisses Sweeter Than Wine; Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again; Secretly; Are You Really Mine , and more, plus hits from the Dot ( It's Over ) and A&M ( Child of Clay ) labels!

1. Honeycomb
2. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
3. Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again
4. Long Hot Summer
5. Secretly
6. Make Me A Miracle
7. Are You Really Mine
8. The Wizard
9. Bimbombey
10. I'm Never Gonna Tell
11. Ring-A-Ling-A-Lario
12. Wonderful You
13. Tucumcari
14. T.L.C. Tender Love and Care
15. Waltzing Matilda (Australian Folk Song)
16. Woman From Liberia
17. It's Over
18. Child Of Clay

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032RW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2001
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In the very late fifties, early sixties my mother used to play Jimmie Rodgers' music on our record player all the time. Consequently, I grew up listening to his folksy, warm voice singing "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", "Secretly", "Waltzing Matilda", "Ring-A-Ling-A-Lario", "Honeycomb", and "Woman From Liberia". I always loved it when my mother played his album, and over the years it stayed with me until I, too, decided I would listen to his music and bought this outstanding CD.
Jimmie Rodgers always thought of himself primarily as a folk singer, yet most of the songs he sang were country flavored pop tunes because that was where the market was. His lilting, mellow voice was able to cross over easily to another genre of music, making him one of the most popular entertainers of the time.
Unfortunately, in late 1967, his career was derailed by an off-duty policeman in California who stopped him, ostensibly for driving erratically. What happened next was never made clear. Suffice to say, Jimmie Rodgers spent the better part of a year in a hospital with traumatic head injuries, a turn of events which impacted substantially on his career, as it took him several years to recuperate. Yet, notwithstanding this tragic turn of events, his was once one of the brightest stars on the horizon, and this eighteen track compiliation of songs for which he was noted is terrific and well worth having!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By John A. Kuczma on May 29, 2000
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Jimmie Rodgers was one of the most successful artists of the late fifties; however, in any discussion of the music of that period, he remains unthought of by most until one of his songs is mentioned. Then, there is an almost unanimous "Oh, Yeah!" from everyone, quickly followed by "Do You Remember. . . .?"
The answer is "Yes," most folks do remember, and this excellent Rhino collection will bring all of those memories flooding back. The biggest hits are all here, highlighted by "Honeycomb", "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", "Uh,Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again" and "Secretly". But the strength of this compilation lies in what follows. There is the fairly well known "Make Me a Miracle" and the whimsical "Bimbombey", both of which are usually recognized the moment they start playing.
The disc includes five lesser known cuts that would make the album worth having even if none of the previously mentioned tracks were there. Rodgers' beautiful second tenor soars with the ballads "Wonderful You" and "Child of Clay". As a bonus, there are excellent versions of "Waltzing Matilda" and "It's Over".
Rhino put eighteen tracks on this disc and not one of them is out of place. Anytime you combine excellent material and an excellent voice you get a remarkable product. The Best of Jimmie Rodgers is just that, a remarkable compilation that belongs in any good collection of the formative days of pop/rock. Highly recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bluesy200 on March 23, 2004
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I was pleasantly surprised with this album. Jimmie Rogers is indeed a great singer: clear as a bell vocals. All of his familiar songs are here, along with the not-so-familiar. I don't know if "Waltzing Matilda" was a big hit in the past, but it sure sounds good nowadays.
As usual, Rhino created a splendid album here. I buy Rhino because I can always expect superb audio quality. That is what I got...again.
Great music, for sure!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce R. Gilson on October 12, 2004
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Jimmie Rodgers suffers from neglect, perhaps because he came before the public in the late '50s when Rock'n'Roll was sweeping the nation. And though I've seen him called a R'n'R singer, he is really a traditional pop singer, who sounded much like, for example, Guy Mitchell (another singer who deserves more recognition, of course!)

This album is a collection of his biggest hits, and if you don't Know Jimmie Rodgers, it's a great sampling of what he could do, while if you already know and love his voice, you'll get all the top hits that made him great.

The biggest of these, "Honeycomb" and "Kisses Sweeter than Wine," begin the set, and it ends up with "Child of Clay," which was his last hit before a vicious physical attack destroyed his health and almost ended his life, cutting short a great career.

This is a really good CD, and highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 15, 2002
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It is amazing how completely Jimmie Rodgers seems to have faded from our collective consciousness, for this was a star who was consistently on the top ten list for years in the late 1950s. From his signature "Honeycomb" to "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", from "Ring-A-Ling-A-Lario" to "Are You Really Really Mine", he was always on the radio and always on American Bandstand. The List of hits goes on and on, including "Secretly", "The Wizard", "Bimbombey", "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again", "Tucumcari", and "It's Over". All of these and more are included here, and they provide the listener with a great sampling of all of the hits this guy was capable of pumping out. This is great stuff, and it is mysterious to me that he seems to have escaped popular notice in the decades since. Enjoy!
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