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The Best of Country [Columbia]

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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

Though it doesn't deserve the definitive title The Best of Country, Columbia's 48-song box set does collect memorable songs from some of country music's innovators and early stars, including Gene Autry, Johnny Horton, Red Skelton, and Don Gibson. The Carter Family's "My Texas Girl," Claude King's "Wolverton Mountain," the Statler Brothers' "Flowers on the Wall," and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" are some of the set's standout tracks; songs from Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Carl Butler, Stonewall Jackson, and Floyd Tillman add to the collection's credibility. Overall, The Best of Country is a worthwhile compilation, even if its name is a little too ambitious.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Marty Robbins Amazon
2 Carl Smith Amazon
3 Ray Price Amazon
4 Marty Robbins Amazon
5 Johnny Bond Amazon
6 Al Dexter Amazon
7 Johnny Cash Amazon
8 Ray Price Amazon
9 George Morgan Amazon
10 Claude King Amazon
11 Charlie Walker Amazon
12 Carl Perkins Amazon
13 Johnny Cash Amazon
14 Marijohn Wilkin & The Jacks Amazon
Molly O'Day Amazon
16 David Houston Amazon
17 Marion Worth Amazon
18 Ray Price Amazon
19 Floyd Tillman Amazon
20 Stonewall Jackson Amazon
21 Ray Price Amazon
Carl Butler Amazon
23 Don Gibson Amazon
24 The Statler Brothers Amazon
25 Johnny Cash Amazon
Bob Atcher Amazon
Norma Jean Amazon
28 Claude King Amazon
29 The Carter Family Amazon
30 Billy Walker Amazon
31 Bob Wills Amazon
32 Johnny Cash Amazon
33 Bill Monroe Amazon
34 Johnny Cash Amazon
Bobby Lord Amazon
36 Gene Autry Amazon
37 Jimmy Dean Amazon
38 Little Jimmy Dickens Amazon
39 Marty Robbins Amazon
40 Stonewall Jackson Amazon
Marion Worth Amazon
42 Rose Maddox Amazon
43 Flatt & Scruggs Amazon
44 Johnny Horton Amazon
45 Carl Butler Amazon
Hawkshaw Hawkins Amazon
Red Skelton Amazon
48 Chuck Wagon Gang Amazon
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