The Melody Ranch Girl

Jean Shepard

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The Melody Ranch Girl Review

by Thom Owens

The five-disc box set The Melody Ranch Girl collects all 151 tracks that Jean Shepard recorded for Capitol Records between 1952 and 1964. Shepard's recordings for Capitol were undeniably her best -- by and large, this is fiery, passionate honky tonk. All of her hits from this era, from "A Dear John Letter" and "A Satisfied Mind" to "Beautiful Lies" and "Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar)," are included, as are several rarities, outtakes, and complete albums, including Songs of a Love Affair, one of the first country concept albums. The set also includes a thorough discography and biography, as well as many rare photos. For casual fans, The Melody Ranch Girl is far too lengthy and detailed to be pleasurable listening, yet for dedicated followers, it's an essential purchase.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jean Shepard 02:43 Amazon
2 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon
3 Jean Shepard 02:36 Amazon
4 Jean Shepard 02:11 Amazon
5 Jean Shepard 02:36 Amazon
6 Jean Shepard feat: Ferlin Husky 02:33 Amazon
7 Jean Shepard 02:47 Amazon
8 Jean Shepard 02:25 Amazon
9 Jean Shepard feat: Ferlin Husky 02:26 Amazon
10 Jean Shepard 02:34 Amazon
11 Jean Shepard 02:42 Amazon
12 Jean Shepard 02:18 Amazon
13 Jean Shepard 02:42 Amazon
14 Jean Shepard feat: Ferlin Husky 02:08 Amazon
15 Jean Shepard 02:45 Amazon
16 Jean Shepard 02:21 Amazon
17 Jean Shepard 02:52 Amazon
18 Jean Shepard feat: Ferlin Husky 02:19 Amazon
19 Jean Shepard feat: Simon Crum 02:23 Amazon
20 Jean Shepard 02:35 Amazon
21 Jean Shepard 02:39 Amazon
22 Jean Shepard 02:32 Amazon
23 Jean Shepard 02:36 Amazon
24 Jean Shepard 02:43 Amazon
25 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon
26 Jean Shepard 02:50 Amazon
27 Jean Shepard 02:33 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jean Shepard 02:22 Amazon
2
Jean Shepard 02:42 Amazon
3 Jean Shepard 02:49 Amazon
4 Jean Shepard 02:41 Amazon
5 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon
6
Jean Shepard 02:33 Amazon
7 Jean Shepard 02:25 Amazon
8 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon
9 Jean Shepard 02:29 Amazon
10 Jean Shepard 02:36 Amazon
11 Jean Shepard 02:23 Amazon
12 Jean Shepard 02:14 Amazon
13 Jean Shepard 02:39 Amazon
14 Jean Shepard 02:40 Amazon
15 Jean Shepard 02:23 Amazon
16 Jean Shepard 02:26 Amazon
17 Jean Shepard 02:16 Amazon
18 Jean Shepard 02:40 Amazon
19 Jean Shepard 02:32 Amazon
20 Jean Shepard 02:25 Amazon
21 Jean Shepard 02:17 Amazon
22 Jean Shepard 02:15 Amazon
23 Jean Shepard 02:37 Amazon
24 Jean Shepard 02:18 Amazon
25 Jean Shepard 02:13 Amazon
26 Jean Shepard 02:39 Amazon
27 Jean Shepard 02:13 Amazon
28 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon
29 Jean Shepard 02:22 Amazon
30 Jean Shepard 02:18 Amazon
31 Jean Shepard 02:25 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon
2 Jean Shepard 02:13 Amazon
3 Jean Shepard 02:13 Amazon
4 Jean Shepard 02:08 Amazon
5 Jean Shepard 02:36 Amazon
6 Jean Shepard 02:54 Amazon
7 Jean Shepard 02:27 Amazon
8 Jean Shepard 02:21 Amazon
9 Jean Shepard 02:48 Amazon
10 Jean Shepard 02:18 Amazon
11 Jean Shepard 02:22 Amazon
12 Jean Shepard 02:43 Amazon
13 Jean Shepard 02:12 Amazon
14
Jean Shepard 02:06 Amazon
15 Jean Shepard 02:24 Amazon
16 Jean Shepard 02:09 Amazon
17 Jean Shepard 02:25 Amazon
18 Jean Shepard 02:07 Amazon
19 Jean Shepard 02:23 Amazon
20 Jean Shepard 02:31 Amazon
21 Jean Shepard 02:12 Amazon
22
Jean Shepard 02:15 Amazon
23
Jean Shepard 02:39 Amazon
24 Jean Shepard 02:21 Amazon
25 Jean Shepard 02:13 Amazon
26 Jean Shepard 02:15 Amazon
27 Jean Shepard 02:49 Amazon
28 Jean Shepard 02:05 Amazon
29
Jean Shepard 02:10 Amazon
30 Jean Shepard 02:09 Amazon
31 Jean Shepard 02:20 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jean Shepard 02:31 Amazon
2 Jean Shepard 02:41 Amazon
3 Jean Shepard 02:50 Amazon
4 Jean Shepard 02:48 Amazon
5 Jean Shepard 02:31 Amazon
6 Jean Shepard 02:53 Amazon
7 Jean Shepard 03:11 Amazon
8 Jean Shepard 02:09 Amazon
9 Jean Shepard 02:14 Amazon
10 Jean Shepard 02:00 Amazon
11 Jean Shepard 02:38 Amazon
12 Jean Shepard 02:10 Amazon
13 Jean Shepard 02:33 Amazon
14 Jean Shepard 02:22 Amazon
15 Jean Shepard 02:26 Amazon
16 Jean Shepard 02:30 Amazon
17 Jean Shepard 02:41 Amazon
18 Jean Shepard 02:54 Amazon
19 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon
20 Jean Shepard 02:41 Amazon
21 Jean Shepard 02:27 Amazon
22
Jean Shepard 02:50 Amazon
23
Jean Shepard 02:36 Amazon
24 Jean Shepard 02:13 Amazon
25 Jean Shepard 02:51 Amazon
26 Jean Shepard 02:48 Amazon
27 Jean Shepard 02:54 Amazon
28 Jean Shepard 02:46 Amazon
29 Jean Shepard 02:35 Amazon
30 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jean Shepard 02:33 Amazon
2 Jean Shepard 02:16 Amazon
3 Jean Shepard 02:24 Amazon
4
Jean Shepard 02:13 Amazon
5 Jean Shepard 02:18 Amazon
6 Jean Shepard 02:24 Amazon
7 Jean Shepard 02:30 Amazon
8 Jean Shepard 02:44 Amazon
9 Jean Shepard 02:50 Amazon
10 Jean Shepard 02:19 Amazon
11 Jean Shepard 02:16 Amazon
12 Jean Shepard 02:23 Amazon
13 Jean Shepard 02:30 Amazon
14 Jean Shepard 02:21 Amazon
15 Jean Shepard 02:35 Amazon
16 Jean Shepard 02:05 Amazon
17 Jean Shepard 02:43 Amazon
18 Jean Shepard 02:28 Amazon
19 Jean Shepard 02:29 Amazon
20 Jean Shepard 02:27 Amazon
21 Jean Shepard 02:22 Amazon
22 Jean Shepard 02:51 Amazon
23 Jean Shepard 02:03 Amazon
24 Jean Shepard 02:13 Amazon
25 Jean Shepard feat: Cal Smith 02:36 Amazon
26 Jean Shepard feat: Cal Smith 02:18 Amazon
27 Jean Shepard 02:47 Amazon
28 Jean Shepard 02:24 Amazon
29 Jean Shepard 02:31 Amazon
30 Jean Shepard 02:45 Amazon
31 Jean Shepard 02:22 Amazon
32 Jean Shepard 02:39 Amazon
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