Eddy Arnold - Thereby Hangs A Tale [RCA Victor LSP-2036] (1959)

Released: 1959
Country: US
Label: RCA Victor
Catalog: LSP-2036
Genre: Country, Folk

Item# SR-RCLSP2036RE
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

Note: 1967 reissue

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Tom Dooley
02 Nellie Sits A-Waitin'
03 Tennessee Stud
04 The Battle Of Little Big Horn
05 The Wreck Of The Old '97
06 The Red Headed Stranger
07 Johnny Reb, That's Me
08 Riders In The Sky
09 Boot Hill
10 Ballad Of Davy Crockett
11 Partners
12 Jesse James

Thereby Hangs A Tale
Eddy Arnold

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Album Review

Greg Adams [allmusic.com]

Thereby Hangs a Tale is devoted to songs that tell a story, from Eddy Arnold's hit version of Jimmie Driftwood's ''Tennessee Stud'' to older songs like ''Riders in the Sky'' and ''The Wreck of the Old '97.'' Johnny Horton's ''The Battle of New Orleans'' was a phenomenal hit in 1959, and its influence is felt on the historical songs Arnold tackles, from ''The Battle of Little Big Horn'' to ''Boot Hill,'' the latter of which was released unsuccessfully on a single. Arnold's performances are far more subdued than Horton's and lack the martial snare drum beats, giving Thereby Hangs a Tale a folk flavor. A version of ''Tom Dooley'' reinforces the folksy tone, as does ''The Red Headed Stranger,'' a contemporary song that Willie Nelson later revived. Arnold's thematic albums are often his most interesting, and Thereby Hangs a Tale is no exception.