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The Essential Porter Wagoner
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Album: The Essential Porter Wagoner
# Song Title   Time
1)    Satisfied Mind, A - (mono)
2)    Company's Comin'
3)    Eat, Drink and Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry)
4)    What Would You Do (If Jesus Came to Your House)
5)    Tryin' to Forget the Blues
6)    I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
7)    Your Old Love Letters
8)    Misery Loves Company
9)    I've Enjoyed as Much of This as I Can Stand
10)    Sorrow on the Rocks
11)    Green, Green Grass of Home
12)    I'll Go Down Swinging
13)    Skid Row Joe
14)    Cold Hard Facts of Life, The
15)    Carroll County Accident, The
16)    Big Wind
17)    Last One to Touch Me, The
18)    What Ain't to Be, Just Might Happen
19)    Highway Headin' South
20)    I Haven't Learned a Thing
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Porter Wagoner, Merle Haggard.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • This is part of RCA Nashville's Essentials series.
  • True to its title, this is an excellent, comprehensive introduction to the work of this important country music figure. The disc opens with a humble take on "A Satisfied Mind" that shows Wagoner's roots in bluegrass and gospel. In short order, though, we're treated to the rollicking, honky-tonk side of Wagoner, as he revels in the joys of drink as heartache antidote on "Eat, Drink and be Merry (for Tomorrow You'll Cry)" and I'll Go Down Swinging."
  • Throughout much of his early career, Wagoner was heavily influenced by Hank Williams, but by the mid-to-late 1960s, he came fully into his own as a musical storyteller. The grim murder ballad "The Cold Hard Facts of Life," one of his finest moments, still sounds just as stirring and unsettling decades later, and the complex narrative of "Carroll County Incident" is in a class with Tom T. Hall. Even in the '70s, Wagoner was mixing downhome sentiments with baleful moodiness, as on the disc-closer "I Haven't Learned a Thing," which brings things full circle.
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