George Hamilton IV

My North Country Home

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George Hamilton IV is known for his 1956 smash “A Rose and a Baby Ruth,” but roughly ten years later he embarked on a more interesting journey, heading up toward the Great White North to cut a series of six albums of Canadian songs. These albums were somewhat lost to time, never seeing reissue until Bear Family’s 2011 set My North Country Home, which contains each of the six LPs over the course of three CDs. Hamilton’s ear was turned by Gordon Lightfoot and he soon discovered Leonard Cohen, Ian Tyson, and Joni Mitchell, recording their work and songs by other Canadian tunesmiths that were more explicitly about their homeland. This had a considerably folkier bent than the music Hamilton was making in Nashville, yet the soft, hazy arrangements were hardly meant for coffeehouses; this was soothing soft pop that fit his clean, honeyed voice. By any other name this is middle-of-the-road pop, distinguished by its slight country-folk bent and dogged concentration on Canadian writers, which is enough to make My North Country Home a gently fascinating period piece.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:39
2 2:46
3 2:38
4 2:21
5 2:28
6 2:38
7 5:16
8 4:56
9 2:54
10 3:20
11 2:39
12 2:20
13 2:45
14 2:38
15 3:01
16 3:02
17 3:10
18 2:35
19 2:36
20 4:56
21 2:20
22 3:24
23 2:11
24 2:21
25 2:38
26 2:34
27 3:31

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 3:35
3 3:23
4 2:35
5 1:57
6 2:50
7 3:01
8 3:12
9 3:07
10 3:54
11 3:19
12 3:52
13 2:20
14 3:36
15 3:13
16 2:14
17 2:29
18 3:07
19 2:34
20 2:19
21 2:23
22 2:15
23 3:14
24 4:31
25 2:34
26 2:11
27 3:13
28 3:34
29 3:16

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:02
2 2:54
3 3:03
4 2:51
5 3:40
6 3:29
7 2:38
8 2:24
9 2:25
10 2:34
11 2:57
12 3:10
13 2:07
14 2:37
15 3:16
16 2:42
17 3:40
18 3:43
19 2:16
20 3:13
21
3:22
22
3:28
23 1:45
24 3:11
25
2:51
26 2:02
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