Tennessee Ernie Ford

Bless Your Pea Pickin' Heart!

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One of Tennessee Ernie Ford's signature phrases is used as the title of this budget collection of stray Capitol recordings from the late '50s. The album begins with an agreeable song written around the aforementioned saying, and thereafter contains three of Ford's minor pop hits from the period: "Ivy League" is a cloying bit of collegiate humor, and "Sunday Barbecue" is a vocal version of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra's "Doodletown Fifers." Add "Glad Rags," which scraped the bottom of the charts in 1959, and you have a fair collection of Ford's last few pop hits. Unfortunately , none of them are very good. The mild rock & roll of "She's My Baby" and "Kiss Me Big" (a re-recording from the Ol' Rockin' Ern EP) are more appealing, but -- quality control issues notwithstanding -- Bless Your Pea Pickin' Heart! is a decent compendium of minor hits and oddities for collectors.

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