Hank Snow

My Nova Scotia Home

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Not only did RCA Victor reissue and repackage the recordings of Hank Snow, literally tearing down one snowman to build another one, the material also went through the shovels of the budget Camden line, emerging in the form of various albums recognizable from their tacky covers. This one has a photograph that might be Nova Scotia, although it could also be anywhere picturesque. Thus is this record's commitment to the grand province of Nova Scotia proven to be feeble, alluded to in the title but not quite enough of a reoccurring subject in Snow's repertoire to pin an entire album on. Now, probably if the grand old man had been asked to create a concept album about Nova Scotia, he would have gladly obliged. In fact, when this set was released, Snow was probably begging the record label to let him make some new sides and they were probably telling him to go off in the corner and melt. At any rate, the Nova Scotia material, including a song about squid, is combined with various material about the comforts of home, including two country "mother" songs (and that doesn't mean "Up Against the Wall You Redneck Mother"), songs about home, and novelties such as "How She Could Yodel." The consistency of the Snow RCA recordings is a bit like a serving of Dutch cheese in that there a certain level of quality can be relied on, especially from the studio bands working in the days before producers began telling pickers not to pick. Lots of other Snow has fallen in terms of available recordings, so this one is just for the Nova Scotia-nauts.

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