Sonny James

Heaven Says Hello

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"Heaven Says Hello" was another in a long line of number one hits for Sonny James, with many more to come. The 1968 album that shares its name is an engaging collection of country standards ("Crazy Arms," "She Thinks I Still Care") and songs co-written by James with various partners. All of the songs feature James' acoustic guitar flat-picking and his distinctive fusion of country and pop. "Misery and Agony" is a decent "Wolverton Mountain"-style story song with banjo, and "The Blues Can't Keep a Good Man Down" adds a spot of blues to the hybridized mix. The best of the album tracks is "Love Is a Happy Song," a catchy finger-snapper that recalls James' hit "True Love's a Blessing." Heaven Says Hello was recorded during James' commercial peak and contains a fair percentage of original songs, making it a substantial if not spectacular album.

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