The CD age has produced an onslaught of Eddy Arnold compilations, all more or less interchangeable and all modeled after THE BEST OF EDDY ARNOLD, the vinyl-era hits package that cemented public perception of Arnold's "greatest hits." The 12 songs included here, although a tiny fraction of the artist's 128 chart singles, are indeed the ones most country fans associate with Eddy Arnold: "Bouquet of Roses," "Make the World Go Away," "What's He Doin' In My World?," "You Don't Know Me," and "Cattle Call" are all here, among others. Each demonstrates the easy charm that allowed Arnold to crossover from the country charts to the pop charts.
THE BEST OF ignores the more rustic recordings of Arnold's early career, focusing instead on the "countrypolitan" sound he popularized during his years hosting "Eddy Arnold Time" on television. Those looking for Arnold's earliest recordings should look for EARLY HITS OF THE TENNESSEE PLOWBOY, while those seeking a single-disc overview of Arnold's entire career should check out THE ESSENTIAL EDDY ARNOLD.
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