Tennessee Ernie Ford

I Love You So Much It Hurts Me

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I Love You So Much It Hurts Me is a budget reissue of Capitol recordings from the '50s and '60s, a hodgepodge of B-sides and album tracks that vary wildly in production and orchestration. There are jazzy readings of Hank Williams' songs ("Half as Much," "Cold, Cold Heart"), densely-produced '60s pop songs ("Now It's All Over," "Since You've Been Gone"), grim story songs ("Code of the Mountains"), and pop treatments of traditional folk songs ("Black-Eyed Susie"). None of it is Ford at his best, and the seemingly random sequencing makes for a distracting listen. I Love You So Much It Hurts Me is of primary value to collectors looking for sundry single sides.

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