Various ‎– Hillbilly Music...Thank God! Volume 1

Bug ‎– C1-91346, Capitol Records ‎– C1-91346
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1 Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys How Cold Hearted Can You Get 2:31
A2 Jimmy Bryant And Speedy West Stratosphere Boogie 2:10
A3 Merle Travis Nine Pound Hammer 2:41
A4 Merle Travis Merle's Boogie Woogie 3:00
A5 The Louvin Brothers You're Learning 2:21
A6 Jean Shepard And Speedy West Twice The Lovin' (In Half The Time) 2:38
B1 Faron Young Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young 2:17
B2 Farmer Boys Yearning, Burning Heart 2:16
B3 Tennessee Ernie Ford And Ella Mae Morse With Cliffie Stone & Orchestra Hog-Tied Over You 2:37
B4 Skeets McDonald You Oughta See Grandma Rock 2:02
B5 Big Bill Lister There's A Tear In My Beer 2:20
B6 Milo Twins Johnson To Jones 2:21
C1 Foy Willing & The Riders Of The Purple Sage Texas Blues 2:48
C2 Tex Ritter Fort Worth Jail 3:00
C3 Jimmy Lee* I'm Diggin' A Hole To Bury My Heart 2:13
C4 Gene O'Quin It's No Use Talkin' Baby (I'm Through) 2:24
C5 Farmer Boys Flash, Crash And Thunder 2:07
C6 Jean Shepard Two Whoops And A Holler 2:23
D1 The Louvin Brothers I Wish It Had Been A Dream 2:29
D2 The Louvin Brothers The Great Atomic Power 2:40
D3 Red Simpson Roll, Truck, Roll 2:47
D4 Rose Maddox Take Me Back Again 2:31
D5 Buck Owens And Rose Maddox Mental Cruelty 2:24
D6 Buck Owens You're For Me 2:13




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November 24, 2013
edited over 3 years ago

Not the real down-home, rough-as-old-boots hillbilly that you can find on a series such as Country Hicks but still a great compilation of refined hillbilly (ie country music) featuring many big names from the country firmament. Merle Travis checks in with a weighty Nine Pound Hammer and there's a simply awe-inspiring contribution by Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West - the guitar playing on that one has to be heard to be believed. The Louvin Brothers soulful country lament You're Learning is almost worth the price of admission on its own and as for Jean Shepard's proto-feminist barnstormer - well - it's an absolute winner too. That's just a few of my favourites. I love these types of 'roots' music comps and the country side of things always comes up with the goods as far as 'song themes' go - truck-driving, divorce, girl-power, prison, heartbreak, nuclear fission and the ever-present bottle being just a few of the topics explored here. 5/5.