Hank Locklin

Please Help Me I'm Falling [Collectables]

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This is a strange collection, not to be confused with Bear Family's multi-disc set of the same name. It's not a best-of or a greatest-hits collection, despite the presence of some monster sellers -- the title track and "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" are present in their hit versions, along with "Livin' Alone," "It's a Little Bit Like Heaven," and "Geisha Girl." The rest are good songs, but hardly hits, including the spritely "Seven Days" (written by Locklin), which could've been a great song for Buddy Holly to cover; the mournful "Blues in Advance"; the comical "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me" and "Foreign Car"; and John D. Loudermilk's angst-filled "When the Band Plays the Blues." The sound is bright and loud, although some of the textures seem harsh, especially the reverb on certain tracks, and the notes are a little haywire, claiming that Locklin wrote "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" in 1958, when he'd previously recorded it twice for other labels and had already charted with it. Sad to say, this 14-song CD is the one of the few alternatives to Bear Family's four-disc set covering Locklin's post-1955 career.

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