Personnel includes: Roy Acuff (vocals); Lonnie "Pap" Wilson (acoustic guitar); Pete Kirby (banjo, dobro, background vocals); Howard "Howdy" Forrester (fiddle); Jimmie Riddle (harmonica, piano); Joe Zinkan (bass).
Recorded in 1964. Originally released on Capitol Records (2103). Includes liner notes by Paul Kingsbury.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
The original Great Roy Acuff LP was a reissue of material Acuff had recorded for Capitol between 1953-1955, including one song, the tragic "Please Daddy Forgive," that had not been previously released. The album begins with an excellent train song, "Sunshine Special," before running through a characteristic set of sentimental, spiritual, and moralistic songs. It's unfortunate that "Rushing Around" and "Sweep Around Your Own Back Door" were sequenced next to each other since their refrains have virtually identical melodies. The Dualtone CD is a straight reissue of the 1964 album that reproduces the original album art and adds new notes, but it is unnecessarily brief (a two-fer would have been a better value). All of this material is duplicated and expanded on Bear Family's two-disc set, The King of Country Music. ~ Greg Adams