Please try again later. Verified Purchase. My mom requested a few various artists from her day and this box set came to mind. I remembered the commercials that used to be on tv. I was amazed as a kid at the number of great songs. These are the best songs. So I looked it up and found it! She absolutely loves it. It very much overdelivered. If I could give it 10 stars I would!
One person found this helpful. Great deal and great buy. From a great period in time! Love this music! This is a great collection we had seen on TV, but the retail Time-Life price was out of our budget. Fortunately, another purchaser was selling a once-used set for about half the retail price. There were a couple of small cracks in the cases, but we usually buy CDs primarily to load onto the iPod, so the cases will be filed for possible in-house use and the minor imperfections didn't matter.
The songs are recorded by the original artists and many are no longer available, so this collection filled in many of the memories of the period that we didn't have.
Recommend highly, some of the songs are what my husband calls "one-hit wonders" so trying to purchase individual CDs that included all of these songs even if available would have required us to buy music we don't like just to get the specific songs we wanted.
I was not disappointed. These were the collective hits of the 70's by the original artists in high quality format and it reminded me of a time when music was memorable and words meant something.
There are 11 CDs in the set but to purchase the hits of these artists on seperate discs would be prohibitive and let's face it Not so with this set Great value for the collection. Price here is much better than the online Sony Star Of Love (1960) - Various - Country Music In Australia (CD). This was a gift to my husband and he plays this collection a lot off of his ipod and off the AppleTV.
He gets hours of listening enjoyment from this set and sometimes I catch him singing along. That's always a good thing for someone as serious as he is. Great set of tunes, here. All original songs. None of that re-done, half of the band's dead, oh well. No shortened 'AM' cuts, either. Immigrants to the southern Appalachian Mountainsof the Southeastern United Statesbrought the folk music and instruments of AfricaEuropeand the Mediterranean Basin along with them for nearly years, which developed into Appalachian music and eventual blues and bluegrass music.
As the country expanded westward, the Mississippi River and Louisiana became a crossroads for country music, giving rise to Cajun music. In the Southwestern United Statesit was the Rocky MountainsAmerican frontierand Rio Grande that acted as a similar backdrop for Native AmericanMexicanand cowboy ballads, which resulted in New Mexico music and the development of Western musicand its directly related Red DirtTexas countryand Tejano music styles.
The U. Congress has formally recognized Bristol, Tennessee as the "Birthplace of Country Music",  based on the historic Bristol recording sessions of Before these, pioneer settlers, in the Great Smoky Mountains region, had developed a rich musical heritage. The first generation emerged in the early s, with Atlanta's music scene playing a major role in launching country's earliest recording artists. James Gideon "Gid" Tanner — was an American old-time fiddler and one of the earliest stars of what would come to be known as country music.
His band, the Skillet Lickerswas one of the most innovative and influential string bands of the s and s. During the second generation s—sradio became a popular source of entertainment, and "barn dance" shows featuring country music were started all over the South, as far north as Chicago, and as far west as California, Star Of Love (1960) - Various - Country Music In Australia (CD).
During the s and s, cowboy songs, or Western music, which had been recorded since the s, were popularized by films made in Hollywood, many featuring the king of the "singing cowboys", Gene Autry.
Bob Wills was another country musician from the Lower Great Plains who had become very popular as the leader of a " hot string band ," and who also appeared in Hollywood westerns. His mix of country and jazzwhich started out as dance hall music, would become known as Western swing. Wills was one of the first country musicians known to have added an electric guitar to his band, in Gospel music remained a popular component of country music. Another type of stripped-down and raw music with a variety of moods, became popular among poor communities in New MexicoOklahomaand Texas ; the basic ensemble consisted of classical guitarbass guitardobro or steel guitar, though some larger ensembles featured electric guitarstrumpetskeyboards especially the honky-tonk piano, a type of tack pianobanjosand drums.
This sound had its roots in the Native AmericanHispanoand American frontier music of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexicoincluding Westernhonky tonkrancheraand corrido. By the early s a blend of Western swing, country boogie, and honky tonk was played by most country bands. Rockabilly was most popular with country fans in the s, and could be called the year of rockabilly in country music, with Johnny Cash emerging as one of the most popular and enduring representatives of the rockabilly genre; rockabilly was also a starting point for eventual rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presleywho would return to his country roots near the end of his life.
Beginning in the mids, and reaching its peak during the early s, the Nashville sound turned country music into a multimillion-dollar industry centered in Nashville, Tennessee ; Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves were two of the most broadly popular Nashville sound artists, and their deaths in separate plane crashes in the early s were a factor in the genre's decline. Starting in the early s, and during the mids, Western singer-songwriters such as Michael Martin Murphey and Marty Robbins rose in prominence as did others, throughout Western music traditions, like New Mexico music 's Al Hurricane.
The late s in American music produced a unique blend as a result of traditionalist backlash within separate genres. In the aftermath of the British Invasionmany desired a return to the "old values" of rock n' roll. At the same time there was a lack of enthusiasm in the country sector for Nashville-produced music. What resulted was a crossbred genre known as country rock.
Fourth generation s—s music included outlaw country with roots in the Bakersfield soundand country pop with roots in the countrypolitanfolk music and soft rock. By the mids, Texas country and Tejano music gained popularity with performers like Freddie Fender.
During the early s country artists continued to see their records perform well on the pop charts. In a style of "neocountry disco music" was popularized. During the mids a group of new artists began to emerge who rejected the more polished country-pop sound that had been prominent on radio and the charts in favor of more traditional "back-to-basics" production; this neotraditional movement would dominate country music through the late s and was typified by the likes of George Strait.
Attempts to combine punk and country were pioneered by Jason and the Scorchersand in the s Southern Californian cowpunk scene with bands like the Long Ryders and Mojo Nixon. During the fifth generation scountry music became a worldwide phenomenon.
Two types of artists enjoyed mainstream popularity: neotraditionalists such as Alan Jacksonand the more broadly popular stadium country acts, in particular Garth Brooks. The Dixie Chicks became one of the most popular country bands in the s and early s. The sixth generation s—present has seen a certain amount of diversification in regard to country music styles.
The influence of rock music in country has become more overt during the late s and early s. Most of the best-selling country songs of this era were in the country pop genre, such as those by Lady AntebellumFlorida Georgia LineCarrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. The first commercial recording of what is widely considered to be the first country song featuring vocals and lyrics was Fiddlin' John Carson with " Little Log Cabin in the Lane " for Okeh Records on June 14, Vernon Dalhart was the first country singer to have a nationwide hit in May with " Wreck of the Old 97 ".
Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family are widely considered to be important early country musicians. From Scott County, Virginiathe Carters had learned sight reading of hymnals and sheet music using solfege. Rodgers fused hillbilly country, gospel, jazz, blues, pop, cowboy, and folk, and many of his best songs were his compositions, including "Blue Yodel",  which sold over a million records and established Rodgers as the premier singer of early country music.
Record sales declined during the Great Depressionbut radio became a popular source of entertainment, and "barn dance" shows featuring country music were started by radio stations all over the South, as far north as Chicago, and as far west as California.
WSM's 50,watt signal in could often be heard across the country. Moon Mullicanfor example, played Western swing but also recorded songs that can be called rockabilly. Between andcountry crooner Eddy Arnold placed eight songs in the top In the s and s, cowboy songs, or Western music, which had been recorded since the s, were popularized by films made in Hollywood.
Cowgirls contributed to the sound in various family groups. This would begin a movement toward opportunities for women to have successful solo careers. Spade Cooley and Tex Williams also had very popular bands and appeared in films. At its height, Western swing rivaled the popularity of big band swing music. Drums were scorned by early country musicians as being "too loud" and "not pure", but by Western swing big band leader Bob Wills had added drums to the Texas Playboys.
In the mids, the Grand Ole Opry did not want the Playboys' drummer to appear on stage. Although drums were commonly used by rockabilly groups bythe less-conservative-than-the-Grand-Ole-Opry Louisiana Hayride kept its infrequently used drummer back stage as late as By the early s, however, it was rare for a country band not to have a drummer. For several decades Nashville session players preferred the warm tones of the Gibson and Gretsch archtop electrics, but a "hot" Fender style, using guitars which became available beginning in the early s, eventually prevailed as the signature guitar sound of country.
Country musicians began recording boogie inshortly after it had been played at Carnegie Hallwhen Johnny Barfield recorded "Boogie Woogie". The trickle of what was initially called hillbilly boogie, or okie boogie later to be renamed country boogiebecame a flood beginning in late One notable release from this period was the Delmore Brothers ' "Freight Train Boogie", considered to be part of the combined evolution of country music and blues towards rockabilly.
The hillbilly boogie period lasted into the s and remains one of many subgenres of country into the 21st century. That was the ordination of bluegrass music and how Bill Monroe came to be known as the "Father of Bluegrass. Red Foley Star Of Love (1960) - Various - Country Music In Australia (CD), the biggest country star following World War II, had one of the first million-selling gospel hits " Peace in the Valley " and also sang boogie, blues and rockabilly.
In the post-war period, country music was called "folk" in the trades, and "hillbilly" within the industry. Another type of stripped down and raw music with a variety of moods and a basic ensemble of guitar, bass, dobro or steel guitar and later drums became popular, especially among poor whites in Texas and Oklahoma. It became known as honky tonk and had its roots in Western swing and the ranchera music of Mexico and the border states, particularly Texas, together with the blues of the American South.
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys personified this music which has been described as "a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, a little bit of black and a little bit of white Williams' influence in particular would prove to be enormous, inspiring many of the pioneers of rock and roll,  such as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewisas well as Chuck Berry and Ike Turnerwhile providing a framework for emerging honky tonk talents like George Jones. Webb Pierce was the top-charting country artist of the s, with 13 of his singles spending weeks at number one.
He charted 48 singles during the decade; 31 reached the top ten and 26 reached the top four. By the early s, a blend of Western swing, country boogie, and honky tonk was played by most country bands. Western music, influenced by the cowboy ballads, New MexicoTexas country and Tejano music rhythms of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexicoreached its peak in popularity in the late s, most notably with the song " El Paso ", first recorded by Marty Robbins in September Western music's influence would continue to grow within the country music sphere, Western musicians like Michael Martin MurpheyNew Mexico music artists Al Hurricane and Antonia ApodacaTejano music performer Little Joeand even folk revivalist John Denverall first rose to prominence during this time.
This Western music influence largely kept the music of the folk revival and folk rock from influencing the country music genre much, despite the similarity in instrumentation and origins see, for instance, the Byrds ' negative reception during their appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. The main concern was largely political: most folk revival was largely driven by progressive activists, a stark contrast to the culturally conservative audiences of country music.
Only a handful of folk artists, such as Burl Ives and Canadian musician Gordon Lightfootwould cross over into country music after the folk revival died out. During the mids a new style of country music became popular, eventually to be referred to as rockabilly. Inthe first all-country radio station was established in Lubbock, Texas. As country radio became more popular, trucking songs like the hit song Six Days on the Road by Dave Dudley began to make up their own subgenre of country.
These revamped songs sought to portray American truckers as a "new folk hero", marking a significant shift in sound from earlier country music. The song was written by actual truckers and contained numerous references to the trucker culture of the time like "ICC" for Interstate Commerce Commission and "little white pills" as a reference to amphetamines. Rockabilly was most popular with country fans in the s; one of the first rock and roll superstars was former Western yodeler Bill Haleywho repurposed his Four Aces of Western Swing into a rockabilly band in the early s and renamed it Star Of Love (1960) - Various - Country Music In Australia (CD) Comets.
Rockabilly was an early form of rock and rollan upbeat combination of blues and country music. The program showcased top stars including several rockabilly artists, some from the Ozarks. As Webb Pierce put it in"Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to sell country music in a place like New York City.
Nowadays, television takes us everywhere, and country music records and sheet music sell as well in large cities as anywhere else. The Country Music Association was founded inin part because numerous country musicians were appalled by the increased influence of rock and roll on country music. Beginning in the mids, and reaching its peak during the early s, the Nashville sound turned country music into a multimillion-dollar industry centered in Nashville, Tennessee.
Under the direction of producers such as Chet AtkinsBill PorterPaul CohenOwen BradleyBob Fergusonand later Billy Sherrillthe sound brought country music to a diverse audience and helped revive country as it emerged from a commercially fallow period. This subgenre was notable for borrowing from s pop stylings: a prominent and smooth vocal, backed by a string section violins and other orchestral strings and vocal chorus.
Instrumental soloing was de-emphasized in favor of trademark "licks". The "slip note" piano style of session musician Floyd Cramer was an important component of this style.
By the mids, the genre had developed into countrypolitan. Countrypolitan was aimed straight at mainstream markets, and it sold well throughout the later s into the early s. InRay Charles surprised the pop world by turning his attention to country and western music, topping the charts and rating number three for the year on Billboard's pop chart  with the " I Can't Stop Loving You " single, and recording the landmark album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. It relied on electric instruments and amplification, in particular the Telecaster electric guitar, more than other subgenres of the country music of the era, and it can be described as having a sharp, hard, driving, no-frills, edgy flavor—hard guitars and honky-tonk harmonies.
Ken Nelsonwho had produced Owens and Haggard and Rose Maddox became interested in the trucking song subgenre following the success of Six Days on the Road and asked Red Simpson to record an album of trucking songs. Haggard's White Line Fever was also part of the trucking subgenre.
The country music scene of the s until the s was largely dominated by Western music influences, so much so that the genre began to be called "Country and Western". West of the Mississippi rivermany of these Western genres continue to flourish, including the Red Dirt of Oklahoma New Mexico music of New Mexico and both Texas country music and Tejano music of Texas. As Outlaw country music emerged as subgenre in its own right, Red Dirt, New Mexico, Texas country, and Tejano grew in popularity as a part of the Outlaw country movement.
Originating in the bars, fiestas, and honky-tonks of Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, their music supplemented outlaw country's singer-songwriter tradition as well as future rock -inspired alternative country and hip hop -inspired country rap artists.
Example of cowboy hat and cowboy bootstwo prominent components of country music fashion. Painting of a cowboy singing by Thomas Eakins Bob Childers performing Red dirt in Okemah, Oklahoma Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr. Derived from the traditional Western, including Red DirtNew MexicoTexas countryTejanoand honky-tonk musical styles of the late s and s. Songs such as the Johnny Cash popularized " Ring of Fire " show clear influences from the likes of Al Hurricane and Little Joethis influence just happened to culminate with artists such as Ray Price whose band, the "Cherokee Cowboys", included Willie Nelson and Roger Miller and mixed with the anger of an alienated subculture of the nation during the period, outlaw country revolutionized the genre of country music.
Waylon and I had that outlaw image going, and when it caught on at colleges and we started selling records, we were O. The whole outlaw thing, it had nothing to do with the music, it was something that got written in an article, and the young people said, 'Well, that's pretty cool.
The Outlaws. Country pop or soft pop, with roots in the countrypolitan sound, folk music, and soft rockis a subgenre that first emerged in the s.
Although the term first referred to country music songs and artists that crossed over to top 40 radio, country pop acts are now more likely to cross over to adult contemporary music. Thomasthe Bellamy Brothersand Linda Ronstadt having hits on the country charts. In response George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Jean Shepard and other traditional Nashville country artists dissatisfied with the new trend formed the short-lived "Association of Country Entertainers" in ; the ACE soon unraveled in the wake of Jones and Wynette's bitter divorce and Shepard's realization that most others in the industry lacked her passion for the movement.
During the mids, Dolly Partona successful mainstream country artist since the late s, mounted a high-profile campaign to cross over to pop music, culminating in her hit " Here You Come Again ", which topped the U.
Parton's male counterpart, Kenny Rogerscame from the opposite direction, aiming his music at the country charts, after a successful career in pop, rock and folk music with the First Editionachieving success the same year with " Lucille ", which topped the country charts and reached No. Parton and Rogers would both continue to have success on both country and pop charts simultaneously, Star Of Love (1960) - Various - Country Music In Australia (CD), well into the s.
Artists like Crystal GayleRonnie Milsap and Barbara Mandrell would also find success on the pop Star Of Love (1960) - Various - Country Music In Australia (CD) with their records. Inauthor Paul Hemphill stated in the Saturday Evening Post"Country music isn't really country anymore; it is a hybrid of nearly every form of popular music in America.
During the early s, country artists continued to see their records perform well on the pop charts. Newton's "Queen of Hearts" almost reached No. Country rock is a genre that started in the s but became prominent in the s. Described by AllMusic as the "father of country-rock",  Gram Parsons' work in the early s was acclaimed for its purity and for his appreciation for aspects of traditional country music.
Subsequent to the initial blending of the two polar opposite genres, other offspring soon resulted, including Southern rockheartland rock and in more recent years, alternative country. Ina style of "neocountry disco music" was popularized by the film Urban Cowboy which also included more traditional songs such as " The Devil Went Down to Georgia " by the Charlie Daniels Band.
As with most sudden trends, however, by sales had dropped below figures. Truck driving country music is a genre of country music  and is a fusion of honky-tonkcountry rock and the Bakersfield sound. During the mids, a group of new artists began to emerge who rejected the more polished country-pop sound that had been prominent on radio and the charts, in favor of more, traditional, "back-to-basics" production.
Many of the artists during the latter half of the s drew on traditional honky-tonk, bluegrass, folk and western swing. Beginning ina confluence of events brought an unprecedented commercial boom to country music. New marketing strategies were used to engage fans, powered by technology that more accurately tracked the popularity of country music, and boosted by a political and economic climate that focused attention on the genre.
Garth Brooks "Friends in Low Places" in particular attracted fans with his fusion of neotraditionalist country and stadium rock.
Other artists such as Brooks and Dunn "Boot Scootin' Boogie" also combined conventional country with slick, rock elements, while Lorrie MorganMary Chapin Carpenterand Kathy Mattea updated neotraditionalist styles.
Country music was aided by the U. Federal Communications Commission 's FCC Docket 80—90, which led to a significant expansion of FM radio in the s by adding numerous higher-fidelity FM signals to rural and suburban areas. At this point, country music was mainly heard on rural AM radio stations; the expansion of FM was particularly helpful to country music, which migrated to FM from the AM band as AM became overcome by talk radio the country music stations that stayed on AM developed the classic country format for the AM audience.
At the same time, beautiful music stations already in rural areas began abandoning the format leading to its effective demise to adopt country music as well. This wider availability of country music led to producers seeking to polish their product for a wider audience. InBillboardwhich had published a country music chart since the s, changed the methodology it used to compile the chart: singles sales were removed from the methodology, and only airplay on country radio determined a song's place on the chart.
In the s, country music became a worldwide phenomenon thanks to Garth Brooks   who enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the decade.
Toby Keith began his career as a more pop-oriented country singer in the s, evolving into an outlaw persona in the late s with Pull My Chain and its follow-up, Unleashed. Their debut album Wide Open Spaces went on to become certified 12x platinum while their album Fly went on to become 10x platinum.
After their third album, Homewas released inthe band made political news in part because of lead singer Natalie Maines 's comments disparaging then-President George W. Bush while the band was overseas Maines stated that she and her bandmates were ashamed to be from the same state as Bush, who had just commenced the Iraq War a few days prior.
The comments caused a rift between the band and the country music scene, and the band's fourth and most recent album, 's Taking the Long Waytook a more rock-oriented direction; the album was commercially successful overall among non-country audiences but largely ignored among country audiences. After Taking the Long Waythe band broke up for a decade with two of its members continuing as the Court Yard Hounds before reuniting in and releasing new material in Shania Twain became the best selling female country artist of the decade.
The album became a major worldwide phenomenon and became one of the world's best selling albums ofand ; it also went on to become the best selling country album of all time.
Unlike the majority of her contemporaries, Twain enjoyed large international success that had been seen by very few country artists, before or after her. Critics have noted that Twain enjoyed much of her success due to breaking free of traditional country stereotypes and for incorporating elements of rock and pop into her music. Inshe released her successful fourth studio album, titled Up! Twain has been credited with breaking international boundaries for country music, as well as inspiring many country artists to incorporate different genres into their music in order to attract a wider audience.
She is also credited with changing the way in which many female country performers would market themselves, as unlike many before her she used fashion and her sex appeal to get rid of the stereotypical ' honky-tonk ' image the majority of country singers had in order to distinguish herself from many female country artists of the time.
In the early-mids, country western music was influenced by the popularity of line dancing. This influence was so great that Chet Atkins was quoted as saying, "The music has gotten pretty bad, I think.
It's all that damn line dancing. In contrast, artists such as Don Williams and George Jones who had more or less had consistent chart success through the s and s suddenly had their fortunes fall rapidly around when the new chart rules took effect.
Country influences combined with Punk rock and alternative rock to forge the " cowpunk " scene in Southern California during the s, which included bands such as the Long RydersLone Justice and the Beat Farmersas well as the established punk group Xwhose music had begun to include country and rockabilly influences.
Artists from outside California who were associated with early alternative country included singer-songwriters such as Lucinda WilliamsLyle Lovett and Steve Earlethe Nashville country rock band Jason and the Scorchers and the British post-punk band the Mekons.
Earle, in particular, was noted for his popularity with both country and college rock audiences: He promoted his debut album Guitar Town with a tour that saw him open for both country singer Dwight Yoakam and alternative rock band the Replacements.
These early styles had coalesced into a genre by the time the Illinois group Uncle Tupelo released their influential debut album No Depression in Although Wilco's sound had moved away from country and towards indie rock by the time they released their critically acclaimed album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot inthey have continued to be an influence on later alt-country artists.
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Track Listing - Disc 1. Your Cheatin' Heart. Hank Williams. Ballad of a Teenage Queen. Johnny Cash. White Lightning. George Jones. Billy Bayou. Jim Reeves. Hey Joe! Carl Smith.
Jambalaya On the Bayou. In the Jailhouse Now.
Good Time - The Festers - Texte, Die Keine Sau Versteht (CDr), I See Your Face Before Me - Dave McKenna - Dancing In The Dark (And Other Music Of Arthur Schwartz), Brown Skin - Various - Générations 88.2 (CD), I Wish - Various - Spike: Works From BEAST - Vol. 1 (CD), Wings (2) - Venus And Mars (Vinyl, LP, Album), Wumm-Spot - Various - Im Himmel Ist Die Hölle Los (CD, Album), Julia - The Weyers - Within (CD), Motorcycles - Michael McLardy - Summer Crunch E.P. (Vinyl), Jump In The Line - Harry Belafonte - Golden Records (Vinyl, LP)