CD American Originals [Andy Griffith] (CD 408552),
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American Originals [Andy Griffith]

  • 1. Fishin' Hole, The
    2. What It Was, Was Football (Parts 1 & 2)
    3. Cindy
    4. Love Poems: "To the Lovely Juanita Beasley"
    5. Make Yourself Comfortable
    6. North Carolina, My Home State
    7. Preacher and the Bear, The
    8. Romeo & Juliet (Parts 1 & 2)
    9. Love Poems: "Togetherness"
    10. Swan Lake
    11. Flop Eared Mule
    12. Hamlet
    13. Discovery of America, The
    14. Don't Look Back
    15. Opera Carmen
    16. Andy and Cleopatra
    17. Midnight Special, The
    18. Andy Griffith Theme, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 51400

  • Credits
    ProducerJenny Bingaman (Compilation)

    Andy Griffith narrates stories and sings.
    Personnel includes: Andy Griffith (vocals); Brownie McGhee (guitar).
    Includes liner notes by Vicki Arkoff, Mark And Brian, and Andy Griffith.
    Digitally remastered by Larry Walsh (1992, Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California).
    American Originals unexpectedly revived Andy Griffith's musical career. Thanks to a series of television commercials, the album became a hit, even if it never charted -- then again, the album was never designed with the charts in mind; it was targeted at the legions of Griffith fans who grew up on The Andy Griffith Show and currently watched Matlock. As such, it contained a bunch of stories, poems, and songs -- some original, most classics -- all of which create a mythical small-town America, a theme that should be familiar to any fan of Griffith. There's humor, but it's not a comedy record -- it's a record filled with warmth and humanity, one that comes close to capturing the spirit of Griffith. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (2/93, p.85) - "...his storytelling voice has the soothing assuredness of Huckleberry Hound....[it] is tied in our consciousness with Sheriff Andy Taylor, and fond, safe memories of Mayberry, U.S.A...."
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