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Adams, Kay - Wheels and Tears
(Tower ST-5033 US-66 EX 275:-)

The trucking craze depicted a man's world in which women typically fell into supporting roles or provided comic relief. With "Little Pink Mack" in 1966, Kay Adams became the first woman to take the wheel of a big rig and drive it into country music's Top 40. Recorded with country music veteran Cliffie Stone, "Little Pink Mack" presents listeners with a selection of trucking songs and country favorites on which Adams' sassy singing resembles Loretta Lynn.

Original US pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Haggard, Merle - Land of Many Churches
(Capitol SWBO-803 US-71 EX 300:-)

Here's one for the hardest of hardcore Merle Haggard fans!

Released between "Hag" and "Someday We'll Look Back", this curio collects four live performances: two are in churches proper -- Big Creek Baptist Church and Assembly of God Tabernacle -- one is at San Quentin's Garden Chapel inside the prison, and one at Nashville's Union Rescue Mission. What's more, while two of these feature Hag with the Strangers -- including Bonnie Owens -- the other two find him backed by the Carter Family! As one can guess, the music rolls between country gospel and hymns, some with preachers introducing the numbers. It's all live, and the recordings are excellent!

Original US pressing; both sleeve and vinyls are graded EX.
Robbins, Marty - Marty after Midnight
(Columbia CS-8601 US-62 EX 300:-)

It's arguable that no country singer ever came closer to straight jazz than Robbins. Released in 1962, this album of mostly jazz standards is somewhat of an anomaly in his catalog, jazz being one of the few styles he would dabble in but never fully embrace. It is part of his remarkably diverse late-'50s/early-'60s period, in which he recorded Hawaiian music, cowboy songs, honky tonk, and pop covers, all within a five-year span.

Robbins was known to dive headlong into a style, and that's certainly true here — there's not a shred of country anywhere on this album, save for an ever-present Nashville chorus and a slightly rockabilly version of "On the Sunny Side of the Street."

Original US STEREO pressing on the "Six Eye Logo" Columbia label.'
Williams, Hank - 14 more of
(MGM E-4040 US-62 EX 275:-)

Hiram King Williams is the father of contemporary country music. He was a superstar by the age of 25; he was dead at the age of 29. In those four short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and wrote a body of songs that became popular classics. He lived a life as troubled and reckless as that depicted in his songs.

Original US pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.