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Although he didn't dominate its charts as he did the country ones in his long heyday, Eddy Arnold did have an impact in the pop world. After coming to stardom in the 1940s, Arnold took a place in the vanguard of the Nashvi... more »
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Although he didn't dominate its charts as he did the country ones in his long heyday, Eddy Arnold did have an impact in the pop world. After coming to stardom in the 1940s, Arnold took a place in the vanguard of the Nashville Sound, crooning pleasingly the likes of "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" and "Just Call Me Lonesome." The former was first a hit for vocal group the Casinos, but Arnold's songs likewise benefited noncountry artists; soul singers Joe Simon and Dorothy Moore both cut his "Moody Blue" (not included here), and jazz singer Helen Merrill earlier tackled "Anytime." This volume of RCA's Essential series mostly lives up to its title while missing at least one obvious choice, the sweet "Bouquet of Roses." Also, some of the later recordings slide perilously close to Perry Como territory. Still, Arnold's best records are hard to resist, and anyone interested in hearing where, say, Vince Gill learned some lessons will want this CD. --Rickey Wright
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Eddies songs are just truly heart felt
Stephen L. Smith | 06/24/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"i strongly recommend tuning into "One Kiss Too Many". Simply one of the prettiest songs i have ever heard. excellent cd for the folks who enjoy the classic country sound"
Essentially Misleading Would Be A Better Title
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I have found, when purchasing other "Essential" compilations that, for the most part, they give you ALL original recordings. They may not always be charted single hits, but if culled from LPs at least they are from the original LP.
In this instance the CD put together for BMG is full of misleading information. For example, while you can't tell from the cover shown above, on the reverse it alerts you to the fact that I Really Don't Want To Know is a 1959 remake and not the 1954 original that went to # 1 Country and stayed on those charts for an incredible 37 weeks.
So, if you were looking at the list of contents and saw that proviso you would be excused for believing that ALL the other songs were the original versions. But that is not the case, and only when you buy it and remove the wrapping do you discover the following from the liner notes:
Molly Darling - was re-recorded in 1961 and is not the version that went # 10 Country in 1948;
Just Call Me Lonesome - was re-recorded in 1962 and is not the 1955 # 2 Country (31 weeks on charts);
Cattle Call - was re-recorded in 1965 and is not the 1955 # 1 (26 weeks);
Anytime - was re-recorded in 1959 and is not the # 1 (for 9 weeks) Country hit that stayed lon the charts for 39 weeks!)
Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me - was re-recorded in 1961 and is not the 1950 # 1 Country.
That's five out of the 20 selections - or 25% - on which you are being misinformed from the visible content list before purchase. I brought this to the attention of the producers in an e-mail and actually received an apology. So my advice is to avoid it and search out other compilations if, like me, you want only original versions."
The Essential Eddy Arnold
Stephen L. Smith | Greensboro, Alabama USA | 04/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anybody who loves the smooth sincere way Eddy Arnold approaches a song, will likely love "The Essential Eddy Arnold." This CD samples some of Eddy's earlier music as well as his later recordings. For me, he gets better with age, and his later recordings are very beautiful and sung with meaning. "You Don't Miss A Thing" especially speaks to the heart of anyone who has lost their first love. Nobody sings a song with the tenderness of Eddy Arnold. This CD should please any Eddy Arnold fan."