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Week ending 6/23/12: #1 albums this week in country music history

1967: Eddy Arnold – The Best of Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1972: Charley Pride – The Best of Charley Pride, Vol. 2 (RCA)

1977: Waylon Jennings – Ol’ Waylon (RCA)

1982: Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind (Columbia)

1987: Randy Travis – Always & Forever (Warner Brothers)

1992: Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All (Mercury)

1997: Tim McGraw – Everywhere (Curb)

2002: Kenny Chesney – No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (BNA)

2007: Big & Rich – Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace (Warner Brothers)

2012: Alan Jackson – Thirty Miles West (Capitol)

6 responses to “Week ending 6/23/12: #1 albums this week in country music history

  1. Ken Johnson June 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    “The Best Of Eddy Arnold” album was a bit disappointing for fans who expected to hear Eddy’s original hits. Eight songs from the 1940’s & 50’s on that LP were newer stereo re-recordings rather than the orginal singles. Eddy personally disliked his early recordings and preferred the newer versions. The album included original hit versions of just four songs for the 1960’s – What’s He Doin’ In My World, Make The World Go Away, The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me and I Want To Go With You. COLLLECTORS NOTE: The CD version of this album contains Eddy’s hit single version of “I Want To Go With You.” To date all other Eddy Arnold CD’s & all various artist CD compilations with that title have issued an alternate take.

    Charley Pride ruled the top of the country album charts for 42 weeks during 1972. “Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs” went #1 on the first day of 1972 where it remained for 16 weeks. It was replaced at the top by “The Best Of Charley Pride Vol. 2” which continued for yet another 16 week run. A third album “A Sunshiny Day With Charley Pride” began it’s 10 week stay at the top in September.
    Pride’s Best Of Volume 2 was a bit light on actual hits. Of the ten tracks only six were singles. Of those six singles one was a sacred song that stalled at #21. Odd that his previous number one hits “(I’m So) Afraid Of Losing You Again,” “Wonder Could I Live There Anymore” and “I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me” were overlooked at that time for lesser material. Not one of those three tracks was ever issued on a Charley Pride hit compilation until the CD era.

    • Paul W Dennis June 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Another 1972 hit for Charley, “It’ Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer” never made it onto a hit collection, either . “I’m So Afraid of Losing You Again” was on the original pressing of BEST OF V2 (it might have been deleted on later pressings). The other two were never collected onto hit collections until the CD era

      In retrospect THE BEST OF EDDY ARNOLD was disappointing, but at the time it was issued I was 15 and had little or no recollection of the original recordings, which hadn’t been played on radio in years (my Dad wasn’t a big Eddy Arnold fan so the only Eddy Arnold album he had was the 1963 album CATTLE CALL which had none of his 40s hits on it). Judged on its own merits, it was a pretty good album.

      OL’ WAYLON was just another album – he made many that I liked better. Ditto for Willie’s ALWAYS ON MY MIND.

      FOREVER AND ALWAYS was a worthy follow up to STORMS OF LIFE – it wasn’t as strong an album (STORMS OF LIFE is one of the five or six best country albums in my collection of 5000+ albums) but had many excellent tunes on it. Of the remaining albums on the list, I really like the new Alan Jackson album and am indifferent to the McGraw, Chesney and Big & Rich entries

      • Ken Johnson June 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        My copy of “The Best Of Charley Pride Vol. 2” was a budget reissue that I purchased as a cut-out in the late 1970’s to fill that hole on my Pride collection. I did not buy it when it was first released as it did not contain any songs that I did not already have. You’re right – I overlooked that it was abridged for reissue.

        The Canadian RCA label released a great collection of albums in the 1970’s under the “County Club” banner. “The Hits Of Charley Pride” volume was especially good as it included many tracks that did not make in onto Charley Pride hit compilations in the U.S including the track that you mentioned “It’s Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer.” That sixteen track album included every Charley Pride single released from 1971 to 1975. The lone exception is that only one side of a two-sided sacred release was included. “Let Me Live” was omitted. On a trip to Canada during the 1990’s I found a CD copy of that album and immediately grabbed it up. Here’s a link to a vinyl copy of this exceptional compilation album if you care to view the track listing:

        http://www.amazon.com/greatest-hits-4151–vinyl-record/dp/B003XXAXS0/ref=sr_1_48?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1340564229&sr=1-48&keywords=hits+of+charley+pride

        Makes you wonder why U.S. labels can’t release collections this comprehensive.

  2. luckyoldsun June 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Did not remember that Rig & Bitch had a #1 album after their “Ride A Cowboy” thing.

  3. Ben Foster June 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Nice to see a strong debut for Jackson’s Thirty Miles West, even though whether it will maintain its momentum remains to be seen.

  4. J.R. Journey June 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Always On My Mind is one of my favorite Willie Nelson albums, and probably my favorite actual studio album. My other top picks all seem to be live recordings. The title track and “Last Thing I Needed” are essential Nelson listening.

    I only have the Nelson and McGraw albums on this list. I’ll probably pick up Jackson’s at some point because I have all the others save for his gospel album, but I wasn’t very impressed with what I heard so I’m in no rush to buy it.

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