Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Tennessee Ernie Ford|
Genres: Country, Pop, Christian
Much like jazz's Nat King Cole, country's Tennessee Ernie Ford had a star appeal and charisma that could not be confined to a strict roots-oriented genre. These 40 cuts cover his 27-year association with Capitol Records an... more »
Much like jazz's Nat King Cole, country's Tennessee Ernie Ford had a star appeal and charisma that could not be confined to a strict roots-oriented genre. These 40 cuts cover his 27-year association with Capitol Records and definitively illustrate the power and versatility of his one-of-a-kind baritone vocals. The fiery country boogies of the late '40s and early '50s--somewhere between Western swing and rockabilly--find him leading a blistering band that included aces such as Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West, and Merle Travis. However, the pop mainstream beckoned and Ford sounded equally as comfortable in front of jazz-oriented big bands, pop-vocal harmonies, and bluesy acoustic guitars. Ford also introduced Southern gospel to the masses, exemplified by the collection's final six numbers. Though the terrain changes often, there's nary a weak tune in the bunch. --Marc Greilsamer
Great Set to Have
Timothy A. Womac | Calhoun, TN United States | 06/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since some genius decided to quit printing the box set of Ernie's work, another company saw their chance and jumped at it and here's the result.It is, actually, better arranged in this set than the box set for several reasons.First, the songs are in chronical order as they should be.
Second, some of Ernie's best work, his gospel, spirituals, and hymns are represented. They were sorely missed in the box set. They close out the collection. This is approriate since Ernie closed most of his TV shows with one.
Third, the song "Hicktown" representing Ernie's brief comeback on the country charts is included.A few more of Ernie's covers on country and pop standards would have been appreciated, but overall an excellent job."
Why haven't the blues crowd put a claim on Tennessee Ernie?
R. L. MILLER | FT LAUDERDALE FL USA | 08/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The only genres you'll find this man listed under are "classic country" and "gospel". That's legit enough as far as it goes, but then how do you explain his signature hit "Sixteen Tons"? It got most of its exposure on pop radio with the Elvis stuff. It's not only blues in the classic Leadbelly "working man as a two-legged draft animal" tradition, the beat is moderate swing and the chord structure is bona fide jazz. About the only thing that might make it even faintly country is that the workplace mentioned is a coal mine, "company sto'" and all. Step up the beat a bit and Brian Setzer wouldn't give it thumbs down. Transpose it up half an octave and Tony Bennett would sing it. It goes to show you that pigeonholing music can be just as misleading as it is instructive."
A great collection of his songs.
trackerhoj | Boonville, IN USA | 03/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD set contains songs that Ernie sang back when he was on television. It contains some of his famous work songs like "Sixteen Tons" and "Work Song" as well as the hymns he is know for. He has a wonderful voice and anyone who is a fan of the Ford show should definatly have this set in there collection."