Eddy Arnold

I'm Throwing Rice

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I'm Throwing Rice is a budget reissue of ten Eddy Arnold sides from the mid-'50s in fake stereo. There are a few hits in the bunch, including "Casey Jones (The Brave Engineer)" and Arnold's competing version of Marvin Rainwater's "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird." Particularly interesting is "The Rockin' Mockin' Bird," an attempt at rock & roll cut in 1956. Beyond that, the album is a hodgepodge of sentimental ballads ("I Wouldn't Trade the Silver in My Mother's Hair") and a western show tune ("Wagon Wheels") from the years before Arnold became a veritable pop singer. If you can get past the reprocessed stereo effect, I'm Throwing Rice is a convenient anthology of assorted singles.

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