CD Fallen Angel/Cross Country * (CD 7045730),
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Fallen Angel/Cross Country *

  • 1. Fallen Angel
    2. Rose and a Thorn, A
    3. Let Forgiveness In
    4. So Used to Loving You
    5. There's More Pretty Girls Than One
    6. Forgive Me
    7. Truck Driver's Blues
    8. Is My Ring on Your Finger
    9. My Rough and Rowdy Ways
    10. Walk on the Wild Side of Life, A
    11. No One But Me
    12. Last Night
    13. Heartaches by the Number
    14. You Are My Life
    15. Waterloo
    16. Cry Cry Darling
    17. Free of the Blues
    18. I'm Letting You Go
    19. Take Time
    20. Someday You'll Call My Name
    21. Alla My Love
    22. Crazy Wild Desire
    23. I'm Fallin' in Love With You
    24. I Close My Eyes
    25. Drifting Texas Sand
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 126

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: John Philibert.
    Of all the performers from the golden era of country & western music -- the early 1950s until 1969 -- among the most stubborn about his honky tonk sound had to be Webb Pierce. In the '50s alone, Pierce racked up 40 Top Ten singles, among them 13 number ones. He continued to chart well into the '60s even as the countrypolitain sound overwhelmed hardcore honky tonk. Thanks to Hux, we get a pair of Pierce classics from the early '60s on a single disc, Fallen Angel and Cross Country. The first of these albums from 1961 boasted the Top Five title track, "Let Forgiveness In" -- a self-penned cut that charted in the Top Ten -- the hardcore shuffle "Truck Driver's Blues," and a fine version of the classic Jamie Rodgers' tune "My Rough and Rowdy Ways." Hux was also kind enough to include the bonus cut "Drifting Texas Sand," which appeared in place of "Last Night" on some pressings of the record. The former cut was chosen by Bob Dylan for Best of the Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour compilation. Cross Country boasted a double A-side hit in the shimmying "Take Time," that borrowed plenty from early vocal group rock & roll, and the strolling, pedal steel-whining honky tonker "Crazy Wild Desire." Speaking of honky tonk, the opening track on Cross Country is an excellent version of Harlan Howard's "Heartaches by the Number." The sound here is as crisp and clean as can be, there is an historic liner essay by Jon Philibert, and complete lyrics. For Pierce fans, this is a treasure trove of music that's been out of print for decades. ~THom Jurek

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese two albums catch him in fine voice -- nasal and abrasive -- as he essays such classics as 'Crazy Wild Desire' and the tearstained 'Fallen Angel'..."
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