Tennessee Ernie Ford

Long, Long Ago

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Tennessee Ernie Ford's connection to country music was mostly tangential in 1963 because of his shift toward pop music and, in particular, pop interpretations of traditional folk songs. Ford had previously explored the latter territory on the albums This Lusty Land! (1956) and Gather 'Round (1959), but exploited the formula again on Long, Long Ago. The dozen somnolent renditions of sentimental standards like "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" and "In the Gloaming" would pass by like a continuous, lulling tone if not for the perkiness of "When You and I Were Young, Maggie" in the middle of the album. Recommended for insomniacs and enthusiasts of parlor music.

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