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#73. 120 Favorite Country LPs, Part 1
(see Part 2 for more albums)
This is a continuation of the "underrated" theme started in Gallery #71. It's hard to make a case for underrated C&W when there's never been a critic's top 100 C&W list! Since this is VinylBeat.com, we're focusing on the vinyl years of 1955-1985. Again, this list is subjective and reflects my musical tastes. I did a lot of editing just to arrive at this number; apologies if your favorite was omitted. The list is alphabetical. There are no greatest hits compilations, but there are a few albums that feature tracks taken from 45s or 78s that had never been on an album before (Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Wynn Stewart, etc.). Check out the sample songs!


AsleepAtTheWheel-TexasGol
Asleep At The Wheel - Texas Gold - Capitol ST 11441
ChetAtkins-ASessionWith-R
Chet Atkins - A Session With - RCA LPM 1090
MoeBandy-IJustStartedHati
Moe Bandy - I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today - GRC GRDJ 10005
"Bump Bounce Boogie"
"Corrine Corrina"
"Honky Tonk Amnesia"
PhilBaugh-CountryGuitar-L
Phil Baugh - Country Guitar - Longhorn LP 002
ClintBlack-KillingTime-RC
Clint Black - Killing Time - RCA 9668-1
TonyBooth-Lonesome7-7203-
Tony Booth - Lonesome 7-7203 - Capitol ST 11126
"Dry Camel"
"Nothings News"
"Lonesome 7-7203"
JimmyBryant-CountryCabinJ
Jimmy Bryant - Country Cabin Jazz - Capitol T1314
NortonBuffalo-LovinInTheV
Norton Buffalo - Lovin' In The Valley Of The Moon - ST-11625
FiddlinFrenchieBurke-same
Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke - (same) - 20th Century T 74006
"The Night Rider"
"Desert Horizon"
"Big Mamou"
JohnnyBush-HereComesTheW
Johnny Bush - Here Comes The World Again - RCA APL1 0216
JohnnyBush-LiveAtDanceTo
Johnny Bush - Live At Dance Town USA - Whiskey River WRLP 8024
JerryByrd-SteelGuitarFav
Jerry Byrd - Steel Guitar Favorites - Mercury MG 20345
"That's All That Matters To Me"
"What A Way To Live"
"Steelin' The Blues"
RoseanneCash-SomewhereIn
Roseanne Cash - Somewhere In The Stars - CBS FC 37570
RoseanneCash-KingsRecord
Roseanne Cash - King's Record Shop - Columbia FC 40777
JohnnyCash-NowThereWasAS
Johnny Cash - Now There Was A Song - Columbia CS 8254
"I Look For Love"
"Runaway Train"
"Seasons Of My Heart"
CharlesRiverValleyBoys-B
Charles River Valley Boys - Beatle Country - Elektra EKS 74006
VasserClements+Others-Hi
Vasser Clements + Others - Hillbilly Jazz - Flying Fish FF 101
SpadeCooley-SagebrushSwi
Spade Cooley - Sagebrush Swing - Columbia HL 9007 (10")
"I've Just Seen A Face"
"Little Rock Getaway"
"Spadella"
CountryAll-Stars-StringD
Country All-Stars - String Dustin' - RCA LPM 3167 (10")
RodneyCrowell-Diamonds&D
Rodney Crowell - Diamonds & Dirt - Epic FC 44076
DelmoreBrothers-SongsBy-
Delmore Brothers - Songs By - King 589
"Marie"
"I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried"
"Blues Stay Away From Me"
DesertRoseBand-same-MCA5
Desert Rose Band - (same) - MCA 5991
JimmyDickens-RaisinTheDi
Jimmy Dickens - Raisin The Dickens - Columbia CL 1047
DaveDudley-Sings-GoldenR
Dave Dudley - Sings - Golden Ring 110
"Time Between"
"Take An Old Cold Tater"
"Six Day sOn The Road"
SteveEarle-GuitarTown-MC
Steve Earle - Guitar Town - MCA 5713
StoneyEdwards-ACountrySi
Stoney Edwards - A Country Singer - Capitol ST 741
JoeEly-same-MCA2242
Joe Ely - (same) - MCA 2242
"Fearless Heart"
"The Cute Little Waitress"
"She Never Spoke Spanish To Me"
JoeEly-HonkyTonkMasquera
Joe Ely - Honky Tonk Masquerade - MCA 2333
BuddieEmmons-SteelGuitar
Buddie Emmons - Steel Guitar Jazz - Mercury SR 60843
BuddieEmmons-same-Emmons
Buddie Emmons - (same) - Emmons ELP 1001
"West Texas Waltz"
"The Preacher"
"Blue Jade"
FlyingBurritoBrothers-Gi
Flying Burrito Brothers - Gilded Palace Of Sin - A&M SP 4175
FlyingBurritoBrothers-sa
Flying Burrito Brothers - (same) - A&M SP 4295
TennesseeErnieFord-OlRo
Tennessee Ernie Ford - Ol' Rockin' Ern - Capitol T888
"Hot Burrito No 2"
"White Line Fever"
"Blackberry Boogie"
DallasFrazier-TellItLike
Dallas Frazier - Tell It Like It Is! - Capitol ST 2764
LeftyFrizzell-ListenToLe
Lefty Frizzell - Listen To Lefty - Columbia HL 9021 (10")
GreatSpeckledBird-same-A
Great Speckled Bird - (same) - Ampex A 10103
"Home In My Hand"
"Look What Thoughts Will Do"
"Trucker's Cafe"
LloydGreen-TheHitSounds-
Lloyd Green - The Hit Sounds - Little Darlin' LD 4005
LloydGreen-SteelRides-Mo
Lloyd Green - Steel Rides - Monument KZ 33368
MerleHaggard-BrandedMan-
Merle Haggard - Branded Man - Capitol ST 2789
"Green Strings"
"Canadian Sunset"
"I Threw Away The Rose"
MerleHaggardsStrangers-G
Merle Haggard's Strangers - Getting To Know - Capitol ST 590
MerleHaggard-ATributeToT
Merle Haggard - A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player - Capitol ST 638
MerleHaggard-SomeDayWell
Merle Haggard - Some Day We'll Look Back - Capitol ST 835
"Comin' Home"
"Right Or Wrong"
"Train Of Life"
InternationalSubmarineBa
International Submarine Band - Safe At Home - LHI S-12.001
WandaJackson-RockinWithW
Wanda Jackson - Rockin' With Wanda - Capitol T1384
WaylonJennings-HonkyTonk
Waylon Jennings - Honky Tonk Heroes - RCA APL 1-0240
"Blue Eyes"
"Rock Your Baby"
"You Ask Me To"
WaylonJennings-TheRambli
Waylon Jennings - The Rambling Man - RCA APL 1-0734
WaylonJenningsDreamingMy
Waylon Jennings - Dreaming My Dreams - RCA APL 1-1062
DougJernigan-UptownToCou
Doug Jernigan - Uptown To Country - Emmons ELP 1002
"I Can't Keep My Hands Off Of You"
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way"
"Diggin' Doug"
JimNJesse-DieselOnMyTail
Jim & Jesse - Diesel On My Tail - Epic BN 26314
GeorgeJones-SalutesHankW
George Jones - Salutes Hank Williams - Mercury SR 60257
GeorgeJones-GrandOleOpry
George Jones - Grand Ole Opry's New Star - Mercury MG 20306
"Give Me 40 Acres"
"Hey Good Lookin'"
"Don't Stop The Music"
GeorgeJones-TheNewFavori
George Jones - The New Favorites Of - UA UAL 3193
KrisKristofferson-Kristo
Kris Kristofferson - Kristofferson - Monument SLP 18139
JerryLeeLewis-TouchingHo
Jerry Lee Lewis - Touching Home - Mercury SR 61343
"Open Pit Mine"
"Blame It On The Stones"
"Touching Home"
LouvinBrothers-IraAndCha
Louvin Brothers - Ira And Charlie - Capitol T910
PattyLoveless-HonkyTonkA
Patty Loveless - Honky Tonk Angel - MCA 42223
LorettaLynn-WritesEmNSin
Loretta Lynn - Writes 'Em & Sings 'Em - Decca DL 75198
"Here Today & Gone Tomorrow"
"Blue Side Of Town"
"You Want To Give Me A Lift"
JoeMaphis-FireOnTheStrin
Joe Maphis - Fire On The Strings - Columbia CL 1005
GradyMartin-Dance-O-Rama
Grady Martin - Dance-O-Rama - Decca DL5566 (10")
CountryJoeMcDonald-Think
Country Joe McDonald - Thinking Of Woody Guthrie - Vanguard VSD 6546
"Randy Lynn Rag"
"Pork Chop Stomp"
"Sinking Of The Ruben James"





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