3-CD Digipac with 60-page booklet, 70 tracks, playing time 177 minutes.
First CD release of six best-selling concept albums that gave the late country music superstar Porter Wagoner a cult following (please see German review for album titles). Features a rogue's gallery of murderers, philanderers, depressives, death-row inmates, unrepentant barflies, panhandling winos and other losers. Includes extensive notes covering these fascinating albums and Porter Wagoner's life and career.
Porter Wagoner died October 26, 2007 after a brief illness. Mainstream audiences best knew the lanky, rhinestone-suited singer as a symbol of 'old Nashville' and a longtime member of The Grand Ole Opry. But a younger audience embraced him for the dark, nightmarish concept albums he made for RCA Victor during the late sixties. With songs penned by such writers as Bill Anderson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Mel Tillis, Porter Wagoner's mind-numbing country noir sagas are filled with as much despair as any low-budget grindhouse movie or cheesy paperback novel. Since their original release, these albums gained a cult following among the psychotronic set, alt-country fans and the Goth subculture. After being out of print for more than two decades, they're available once again in glorious stereo from the original two-track mixdown tapes.