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The Essential Tom T. Hall: Twentieth Anniversary Collection-The Story Songs
Tom T Hall
The Essential Tom T. Hall: Twentieth Anniversary Collection-The Story Songs
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
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If you haven't yet been bitten by the Tom T. bug, this well-chosen single-CD collection serves as a perfect introduction. Not so much a hits package--it leaves behind many of his biggest charters--Essential instead focuses...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tom T Hall
Title: The Essential Tom T. Hall: Twentieth Anniversary Collection-The Story Songs
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mercury Nashville
Release Date: 3/31/1998
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Outlaw Country, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042283452923, 042283452947

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If you haven't yet been bitten by the Tom T. bug, this well-chosen single-CD collection serves as a perfect introduction. Not so much a hits package--it leaves behind many of his biggest charters--Essential instead focuses on his strongest narratives and most memorable characters. Blessed with an uncanny ability to turn a phrase, Hall clearly isn't an average, ordinary, run-of-the-mill American; yet those are the people he's obsessed with and the people he seems to understand better than they understand themselves. Waitresses, farmers, preachers, musicians, soldiers, hitchhikers, and assorted misters and ma'ams populate his stories, and Hall himself is the narrator, the observer, the straight man as it were, utterly fascinated by what most consider mundane. Hall is amiable and incredibly credible, somehow removing all the sap from sentimentality. --Marc Greilsamer

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One of a kind
Donald T. Wardlow | goose creek, sc usa | 04/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nobody told a story in a song like Tom T. Hall. In the late '60s and '70s, you might hear "Week in a Country Jail," Homecoming, "Old Dogs, Children, '''", "Clayton Delaney," etc., on the radio. You sure to God won't now, and more's the pity. Anybody dumb enough to judge this singer based on "I like Beer," like my family did, is foolishly uninformed. 10 of these songs I've never heard before, but his reputation is rock solid and I'm buying, sight unseen. The one song of his I truly disliked--"That Song is Driving Me Crazy," isn't even on this album, so I'm banking on a winner, taking a sure thing. Nobody sounded like Tom T. Hall, either--unlike to-day, where everybody sounds like everybody else. Hall, Haggard, Cash, Twitty, Dave Dudley--you couldn't confuse them with anybody else, by voice, style of song they would record, etc."
Tom T. is classic
Dan R. Jones | Seneca, SC United States | 09/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a native of Carter Co. Kentucky, Tom T. Hall's homeplace. My father attended school with him in Olive Hill, KY. As a result I was introduced to his music at an early age. If you haven't listened to much Tom T., I suggest this album as a good starting point. His music is sincere, insightful, and powerful. I left eastern Kentucky a long time ago, but whenever I want to go back home, I throw his CDs in the player and his words take me home. Even if you're not from eastern Kentucky, his music will touch you, as he has a gift for observing and relating the human condition. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
One of the finest artists of all time!
Barbara Harnly | Talmage,PA. | 09/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"20=+ years ago,I met Tom.T.Hall at a local event....what a super entertainer he is!His songs will go on and on and on Forever!"