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

dixie chicks - home1967: Eddy Arnold – Turn The World Around (RCA)

1972: Merle Haggard – The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard (Capitol)

1977: Elvis Presley – Elvis In Concert (RCA)

1982: Alabama – Mountain Music (RCA)

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

1992: Garth Brooks – The Chase (Capitol)

1997: Shania Twain – Come On Overs (Mercury)

2002: Dixie Chicks – Home (Sony)

2007: Garth Brooks – The Ultimate Hits (Pearl)

2012: Taylor Swift – Red (Big Machine)

One response to “Week ending 12/1/12: #1 albums this week in country music history

  1. Ken Johnson December 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Eddy Arnold’s “Turn The World Around” album was more middle-of-the-road-pop than country. By 1967 Eddy had fully embraced the “Nashville Sound” heavily orchestrated arrangements. Unfortunately he also began selecting much less compelling material. In particular his remakes of “Release Me” and “It’s Such A Pretty World Today” for this album did not offer anything new. They sound like something you would hear on a TV musical variety show from that era. Too bad because Eddy’s voice remained excellent at that time and whenever he was given great material he was still impressive.

    By late 1972 four years and more than 17 additional top ten single hits had passed since Merle Haggard’s first “Best Of” album was issued in the summer of 1968. For an 11 track album titled “The Best Of The Best Of Merle Haggard” you would think that it would be packed with his biggest chart hits. But instead it included only five of his recent #1 hits. Well six if you count the “live” version of “Okie From Muskogee” issued on this album rather than studio recording which was actually the hit single. (That version never made it onto a Haggard album until the CD era. However the studio single version of “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” was included, so go figure!) Two uncharted but worthy flip sides that were fast becoming Haggard concert favorites did make the cut – “Today I Started Loving You Again” and “Silver Wings.” However three other selections “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “No Reason To Quit,” and “Every Fool Has A Rainbow” were rather far from “best of the best” material in my estimation and could have easily been replaced with #1 hits. However in the early 1970’s Hag could do no wrong and despite the shortcomings I mentioned his fans purchased enough copies to eventually give that album platinum status.

    Had Elvis not died I’m doubtful that the 1977 “Elvis In Concert” album would have been that successful. Not his best performance by any means.

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