Eddy Arnold

The World of Eddy Arnold

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Eddy Arnold recorded an incredible number of albums and used the format in many different ways. He made country albums, pop albums, folk albums, thematic albums, and various other kinds of albums that, from his perspective as well as that of the music buyer, must have helped differentiate one from the other and keep things fresh. Having said that, The World of Eddy Arnold may be the most half-baked thematic album he ever made, consisting as it does of songs with the word "world" in their titles. This kind of thing had been done many times before by many artists, but usually with a more cohesive effect. An entire album of songs about loneliness or nighttime, for example, holds more mood-setting potential than a bunch of songs that merely use the word "world." What's worse is that the album is a repackaging of recordings from previous albums going back to the early '60s, a few of which ("Make the World Go Away," "Turn the World Around") were major hits. So not only is the theme flimsy, but the music is not new and the cover does not warn buyers that the album consists of previously released material. Arnold's popularity was such that, despite its dubious value, The World of Eddy Arnold reached the country album Top 40.

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