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Various Artists - Opry Video Classics (8 DVD's)

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Various Artists - Opry Video Classics

Various Artists - Opry Video Classics

Time Life
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It is impossible to express what an awesome collection Time Life has created. They have made eight DVD's using live footage of the Grand Ole Opry when it was held at the historical Ryman Auditorium. You can now own over 120 live performances of country music's most elite. From rhinestones to cowboy hats, watching these videos make you appreciate what these stars contributed to our American heritage.

Country music is one thing that everyone in America has in common. Even if you don't like it, just check your heritage. One thing you will find is that country music is intertwined with all genres in one way or another. Whether it is the wording or how the instruments are played, there will be common roots. Even in the past twenty years, you will find that it is breathtaking to see how many of the early pioneers influenced some of music's biggest named stars of today.

Sawyer Brown recorded two major hits that were originally recorded by country legends George Jones and Dave Dudley. Those two songs were "The Race Is On" and "Six Days On The Road."

"Flowers On The Wall" was such a huge hit for The Statler Brothers, and an impact on Hollywood, that it was used in the major motion picture Pulp Fiction. Many of the artists you will see have been in other movies such as Las Vegas Hillbillies and Second Fiddle To A Steel Guitar. Being in these movies prove that country music, and it stars, had a major impact on the world then, just as much as it does now.

This is the first time in history where there is a collection of videos that can be purchased. Each DVD comes in a case that is covered with pictures, but then you also get a collectors box that all of the cases fit into. This box is a perfect fit and will look great anywhere.

Each DVD comes with fifteen classic songs that are full of history. Some performances are filmed in black and white while others are in color. You will see some of the sponsors that have helped pay for the Grand Ole Opry like the Purina Grand Ole Opry, Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry, National Life and even Prince Albert Tobacco. Just like it is today, every half hour, or an hour there is a different sponsor showcased. This tradition continues to happen every night the Opry doors are open.

There have been numerous stars that have walked across this prestigious stage. Upon creating this set, Time Life broke each DVD into volumes to make it easier to view your favorite artists. The first volume is titled Songs That Topped The Charts. Every song on this album went No. 1, and help establish the career and legacy of each star. On this disc you are going to be entertained by the likes of Ferlin Huskey, Leroy Van Dyke, Billy Walker, Del Reeves, Stonewall Jackson, Tom T. Hall and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of these stars were just getting started and these were their first big hits. It is obvious by their expressions that they are doing what they love and loving what they do. Watching The Browns perform "The Three Bells" feels like you are in the front row at the Ryman. Many people never got the chance to see Cowboy Copas perform live due to the plane crash that also took the life of Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins, but with now you can.

Volume two showcases the classic duets performed on the Opry. Greats like Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, Justin Tubb and Goldie Hill, Bill Anderson and Jan Howard, and no collection would be complete without George Jones and Tammy Wynette. What made each duet so unique was the chemistry they each shared. It simply was a special time in country music.

Volume three gives you an inside look on some of members of the Country Music Hall Of Fame. These performances show the talents of this elite group of stars. Members such as "Little" Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline all stand in the wooden circle for some unforgettable performances.

Volume four pays tribute to a group of artists that made it OK to go to the bar and listen to the jukebox while you drank your problems away. Entertainers like Ernest Tubb, Jim Reeves, and George Jones sang their hearts out about cheating and leaving, which is why this volume is perfectly titled Honky Tonk Heroes.

Volume five is dedicated to the priceless Legends. There is a volume dedicated to the Love Songs and one for Pioneers. "Pioneers" showcases performance by The Carter Family and Sons Of The Pioneers.

Finally The Queens Of County sums this collection up with the leading ladies. This whole collection is priceless! Every country fans needs this set or their collection is not complete. Where else can you watch Jean Shepard or Jan Howard, and then on the next DVD see Ernest Tubb or Sonny James?

Track Lists:

Volume 1 - Songs That Topped The Charts
  1. Cowboy Copas - Alabam
  2. Ferlin Huskey - Wings Of A Dove
  3. The Browns- The Three Bells
  4. Skeeter Davis- I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
  5. George Hamilton IV - Abilene
  6. Leroy Van Dyke - Walk On By
  7. Sonny James - You're The Only World I Know
  8. Ernest Ashworth - Talking Back Trembling Lips
  9. Billy Walker - Charlie's Shoes
  10. Del Reeves - Girls On The Billboard
  11. Porter Wagoner - A Satisfied Mind
  12. Henson Cargill - Skip A Rope
  13. Stonewall Jackson - Waterloo
  14. Donna Fargo - Funny Face
  15. Tom T. Hall - The Year Clayton Delaney Died

Volume 2 - Duets

  1. Don Gibson & June Carter - Oh Lonesome Me
  2. Bobby Lord & Patsy Cline - (Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You
  3. Goldie Hill & Justin Tubb - Looking back To See
  4. Skeeter Davis & Bobby Bare - Let It Be Me
  5. George Jones & Melba Montgomery - We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds
  6. Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton - Holdin' On To Nothin'
  7. Johnny Cash & June Carter - Jackson
  8. Bill Philips & Ruby Wright - Put It Off Until Tomorrow
  9. Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn - After The Fire Is Gone
  10. George Jones & Tammy Wynette - We're Gonna Hold On
  11. Bill Anderson & Jan Howard - For Loving You
  12. David Houston & Barbara Mandrell - After Closing Time
  13. Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan - Tennessee Bird Walk
  14. George Jones & Tammy Wynette - The Ceremony
  15. Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton - If Teardrops Were Pennies
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