Title - 'Mr. Country'
Artist - Carl Smith
For those not in the know, Carl Smith (March 15, 1927 – January 16, 2010) was an American country music singer.
Known as "Mr. Country," Smith was the husband of June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and Goldie Hill, and the father of Carlene Carter.
He was one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 Billboard hits, including 21 in a row.
Indeed, Smith's success continued well into the 1970s, when he had a charting single every year except one. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
These unreleased recordings on his new album, appropriately entitled Mr. Country have been enhanced by Producer Larry Marrs with a light touch, adding some acoustic and electric guitar, bass, snare drum, kick drum and background vocals, bringing the tracks up to twenty-first century audio standards.
Included are four unreleased versions of Smith's #1 hits which is important to know as a distinction between those tracks verses the newly updated ones is admittedly found, but Marrs felt it was essential to exactly match the style and the tone of those original recordings nonetheless.
1. 'Are You Teasing Me'
2. 'If Teardrops Were Pennies'
3. 'Deep Water'
4. 'Loose Talk'
5. 'Mr. Moon'
6. 'Hey Joe'
7. '(When You Feel Like You're In Love) Don't Just Stand There'
8. 'There Stands the Glass'
9. 'I Love You Because'
10. 'Foggy River'
11. 'The Best Years of Your Life'
12. 'She Called Me Baby'
13. 'I Over Looked An Orchid'
14. 'The Way I Lose My Mind'
We begin with the laid back, foot-tappin' wonderment of 'Are You Teasing Me,' which he backs up with his #8 hit from 1951 'If Teardrops Were Pennies.'
The upbeat jazz, finger-snappin' delight 'Deep Water' is a pure gem of a cut and that's backed by both Smith's last #1 hit 'Loose Talk' (1954) and the fourth single released by Smith in 1951, the #4 hit 'Mr. Moon.'
A 1953 popular song written by Boudleaux Bryant, up next is 'Hey Joe' and spent eight weeks at #1 on the US country music chart that same year. Then comes the wonderful country duo of the brilliantly titled #1 hit '[When You Feel Like You're in Love] Don't Just Stand There' (1952) and the reflective 'There Stands a Glass.'
The gentle country hipsway of 'I Love You Because' is always something beautiful to hear and is followed by his #18 hit from 1967, 'Foggy River.'
The reminiscing of 'The Best Years of Your Life' (#15, 1959) is another stand out cut from Smith and is backed by the storytelling of a lost love within 'She Called Me Baby.'
The album then rounds out with the impassioned sentiment within his second (non-charting) single 'I Overlooked an Orchid' and then the yearning fiddle work of 'The Way I Lose My Mind' brings the musical show to a close.
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