Anita Carter

Appalachian Angel: Her Recordings 1950-1972

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Bear Family are known for their completeness, and the quality of their packaging, and what they've done with the work of Anita Carter (who died in 1999) is certainly up to scratch, what with seven CDs and a hardback book to give all the details of her career. The big question is -- why? She was hardly a major figure in country music, and scrambled hard to be anything but a minor artist. Perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was propositioned by both Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, giving her the leap from country to rock. A member of the Carter Family, the preeminent clan in country, and sister to June, she performed with her siblings, but managed a smash in 1951, duetting with Hank Snow on "Bluebird Island" and "Down the Trail of Achin' Hearts," both of which went into the Top Five on the country charts. She was one third of 'Nita, Rita & Ruby, but for the most part her career was focused on appearing in different incarnations of the Carter Family group. She could sing, and she had the looks, but as a solo act, no one really seemed to know what to do with her -- and on the basis of much of the material here, no one could find her a decent song. She did manage a few hits in the latter half of the '60s, first with "I'm Gonna Leave You," then "I Got You," which paired her with fledgling outlaw Waylon Jennings. That's all well and good, and her last almost-hit "Tulsa County" is also part of the package, along with everything else you could imagine or desire. But when you get right down to it, apart from the family name, there's little here to warrant such an extensive and expansive collection. It's actually a case where a single-disc set would serve her memory better.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:54
2 2:12
3 2:48
4 2:22
5 2:52
6
2:59
7
feat: Hank Snow
2:11
8
feat: Hank Snow
2:41
9 2:49
10 2:55
11 2:34
12
2:47
13 1:40
14
2:41
15 2:38
16 2:52
17 2:50
18 2:04
19 2:41
20 2:37
21 2:40
22
feat: Hank Snow
2:44
23
feat: Hank Snow
2:26
24 2:25
25 2:20
26 2:17
27 2:16
28
2:36
29 1:59

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:12
2 2:23
3 2:31
4 2:50
5 2:29
6
2:18
7 2:02
8 2:13
9 2:25
10
2:07
11 2:04
12 2:16
13
1:53
14
feat: Hank Snow
2:48
15
feat: Hank Snow
2:28
16
feat: Hank Snow
2:54
17
feat: Hank Snow
2:52
18
feat: Hank Snow
2:31
19
feat: Hank Snow
1:59
20
feat: Hank Snow
2:28
21
feat: Hank Snow
2:47
22
feat: Hank Snow
2:08
23
feat: Hank Snow
2:38
24
feat: Hank Snow
2:17
25
feat: Hank Snow
2:28
26
feat: Hank Snow
2:48
27
feat: Johnny Cash
2:35

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:54
2 3:37
3 3:16
4 4:15
5 2:21
6 1:59
7 2:59
8 3:00
9
2:22
10 2:52
11
2:00
12 2:32
13 2:23
14 2:55
15 2:54
16 3:15
17 3:31
18 3:01
19 2:32
20 2:21
21 2:18
22 2:08
23 2:15
24 2:20
25 2:29
26 2:54
27 2:31
28 2:00
29 2:03

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2 2:31
3 2:33
4 2:33
5 2:12
6 2:21
7 2:24
8
2:12
9 1:58
10 2:12
11 2:41
12 2:41
13 2:37
14 2:14
15 2:51
16 2:17
17 2:07
18 2:40
19 2:36
20 2:39
21 2:32
22 2:32
23 2:43
24 2:50
25 2:10
26 2:54
27 2:36
28 2:16
29
2:07
30
2:37
31
3:39
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