Jean Shepard

The Melody Ranch Girl

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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

Track Listing - Disc 5

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