- Released: March 31, 1998
- Label: Mercury Nashville
- 1.I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)
- 2.Turn The World Around
- 3.I Want To Go With You
- 4.Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me
- 5.I Really Don't Want To Know
- 6.Make The World Go Away
- 7.Bouquet Of Roses
- 8.Cattle Call
- 9.What's He Doing In My World
- 10.Don't Rob Another Man's Castle
- 11.Anytime - (CD only)
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves.
Unknown Contributor Role: Kevin Reeves.
Eddy Arnold spent nearly all of his extraordinary career with RCA, but for a brief period in the early 1970's, Arnold jumped ship and recorded for MGM Records. While at MGM, Arnold did what most hit makers do when they switch labels: he re-recorded all his hits. Misleading packaging (including a label proclaiming "11 #1 Hits!) might lead consumers to believe that THE HITS includes the original versions of these songs, but it does not. Rather, it consists of the MGM re-recordings of many classics, including "Bouquet of Roses," "Cattle Call," and "I'll Hold You in My Heart." Oddly, it does not include any of the four new hits Arnold recorded during his brief stint with MGM.
While the recordings on THE HITS are well-executed and perfectly adequate, they are no substitute for Arnold's earlier classic takes on these songs. To find these, invest in a copy of THE ESSENTIAL EDDY ARNOLD. Those looking for Arnold's earliest, more countrified hits should consider EARLY HITS OF THE TENNESSEE PLOWBOY.