(2001) Rca Country Legends: Hank Snow

Hank Snow

... read moreHank Snow hailed from Canada and had already had success in his native home before breaking big on the country charts in the United States in 1950 with "I'm Moving On." RCA Country Legends covers 16 Snow favorites recorded between 1950 and 1978, concentrating most heavily on his straight honky tonk...

42′:09″ 16 Songs

1
Hank Snow
I'm Movin' On (Remastered)
2:47
2
Hank Snow
(Now And Then, There's) A Fool Such As I (Remastered)
2:28
3
Hank Snow
The Golden Rocket (Remastered)
2:44
4
Hank Snow
Let Me Go, Lover (Remastered)
2:24
5
Hank Snow
Mississippi River Blues (Buddha Remastered - February 5, 2001)
2:26
6
Hank Snow
My Nova Scotia Home (Remastered)
2:29
7
Hank Snow
Miller's Cave (Remastered)
2:38
8
Hank Snow
A Good Gal Is Hard To Find (Buddha Remastered - February 5, 2001)
2:56
9
Hank Snow
I Don't Hurt Anymore (Remastered)
2:55
10
Hank Snow
I've Been Everywhere (Remastered)
2:44
11
Hank Snow
I Almost Lost My Mind
3:05
12
Hank Snow
Confused With The Blues (Remastered)
2:55
13
Hank Snow
Ninety Miles An Hour (Down A Dead End Street) (Remastered)
2:34
14
Hank Snow
Southern Cannonball (Buddha Remastered - February 5, 2001)
2:09
15
Hank Snow
Big Wheels (Buddha Remastered - February 5, 2001)
2:11
16
Hank Snow
Hello Love (Remastered)
2:44
Released 15 May 2001, ℗ 2001 Buddha Records

Review

Hank Snow hailed from Canada and had already had success in his native home before breaking big on the country charts in the United States in 1950 with "I'm Moving On." RCA Country Legends covers 16 Snow favorites recorded between 1950 and 1978, concentrating most heavily on his straight honky tonk work of the 1950s. His arrangements frequently include steel guitar, a walking bass, fiddle, and Snow's fine acoustic guitar work. Snow is a good singer, and while his vocals are less rustic than Webb Pierce's, they nonetheless retain plenty of country twang on "Golden Rocket" and "Confused with the Blues." Snow also brings his resonant vocals to bear on a number of fine, deeply felt ballads including "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I," "I Don't Hurt Anymore," and "Let Me Go, Lover." If RCA Country Legends has a weak point, it is the inclusion of Snow's popular but inferior post-'50s work, frequently with Chet Atkins producing. While Snow retains his distinct vocal style, and while songs like "Miller's Cave" were big hits, Atkins' Nashville sheen, complete with cheesy background singers, removes any sign of country grit. For fans looking for a broad overview of Snow's career, RCA Country Legends is a good starting point; for honky tonk purists, the collection mistakenly reveals Snow at his best, only to undercut this impression with second-rate work. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.