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The Cold Hard Facts of Life
Genres: Country, Pop
2008 three CD set housed in a digipak, featuring six best-selling concept albums that gave the Country Music superstar Porter Wagoner a cult following: Confessions Of A Broken Man (1966); Soul Of A Convict (1967); The Cold... more »
2008 three CD set housed in a digipak, featuring six best-selling concept albums that gave the Country Music superstar Porter Wagoner a cult following: Confessions Of A Broken Man (1966); Soul Of A Convict (1967); The Cold Hard Facts Of Life (1967); The Bottom Of A Bottle (1968); The Carroll County Accident (1969) and Down In The Alley-Skid Row Joe' (1970). Seventy gripping 'slice of life' songs and recitations including such memorable Top 5 Billboard Country chart hits as 'Green, Green Grass Of Home', 'Skid Row Joe; The Cold Hard Facts Of Life' and 'The Carroll County Accident'. Features a rogue's gallery of murderers, philanderers, depressives, death-row inmates, unrepentant barflies, panhandling winos and other losers. Includes extensive notes covering these fascinating albums and Wagoner's life and career. Bear Family.
Wonderful to have these in one place
E. C Goodstein | Northern CA United States | 04/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Price may be discouraging. But--wonderful to have all six of these 'concept' albums by Wagoner in one place. If dour in theme, his sweet conversational voice is very adept at communicating the themes of 'Skid Row Joe' and other down and out characters. Not everything downbeat either-- at least in arrangements. Very thoughtfully put together groups of songs by top country writers too: Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings only a few of the excellent writers represented-- and often by lesser known, but marvelous songs. If a few are melodramatic or border on bathos, his committment and clarity of expression are outstanding-- & of course top notch mid '60's Nashville players involved. Lot more to PW than just the affable host of Nashville TV shows standing around in Nudie suits, or the 'scorned' ex-partner of Dolly Parton. I haven't fully taken in everything on these albums-- there's much to savor!!"