Eddy Arnold

Songs I Love to Sing

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Songs I Love to Sing illustrates in a nutshell Eddy Arnold's changing image in the '60s, from country crooner to all-around pop entertainer. The album was originally released in 1963 under the title Country Songs I Love to Sing, with a rustic cover photo of Arnold strumming his guitar on the porch of a log cabin. The reissue excises the word "country" from the title, replaces the original cover with a suave head shot, and offers a new set of liner notes cleansed of all references to country music. Where the original album declared Arnold "one of the great country (and pop!) singers," the reissue refers to him only as a pop singer. Likewise, the reference to his nickname (the Tennessee Plowboy) in the early notes is omitted from the reissue. The album itself is a collection of early recordings (all but two of the cuts were big hits for Arnold between 1946-1951) that are unmistakably "country" (however mild), and the attempt to sell it to the pop audience in a misleading package is simply dishonest.