The Cold Hard Facts Of Life / Soul Of A Convict (plus extra tracks)
Two original "concept" albums from 1967 on one CD!

Porter Wagoner was perhaps the most unique of all country music performers. Beneath the kitsch and showbiz of his Purple Nudie suits and Blonde Pompadour lies a legacy of music profound, spiritual and supremely theatrical. Here for the first time on one CD are two of his very finest “concept” albums (both originally issued in 1967) “The Cold Hard Facts Of Life” and “Soul Of A Convict” plus a number of rare 45 only tracks and versions. Superb showmanship and earth-cracking sincerity abound as Porter’s cast of inebriates, cut-throats and troubled souls are captured on wax in all their moribund glory. Remastered with love and care from the original tapes and complete with original artwork and exclusive liner notes these albums were recorded at a time of great tumult in Porter’s personal and professional life and are without doubt the darkest jewels in country music’s crown!

*Two original albums from the king of psychotronic country! First time on one CD!!
*Deluxe collectors 20 page package featuring original LP artwork and exclusive liner notes. All tracks are remastered 2008 from the original master tapes!
*Features the chart hits The Cold Hard Facts Of Life, Julie, The Green Green Grass Of Home and Be Proud Of Your Man!
*Compiled and curated by noted musician (Snog, Soma, Black Lung) and film composer(The Hard Word etc.) David Thrussell.

1. First Mrs Jones
2. Words And Music
3. Cold Hard Facts Of Life
4. Sleep
5. Hundred Dollar Funeral
6. If I Could Only Start Over
7. Tragic Romance
8. Try Being Lonely
9. I'll Get Ahead Someday
10. I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye
11. Shopworn
12. Julie
13. Boston Jail
14. Convict And The Rose
15. I Relived My Life Today
16. I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail
17. Let Me In
18. Big River Train
19. Snakes Crawl At Night
20. They're All Going Home But One
21. Folsom Prison Blues
22. Soul Of A Convict
23. Green Green Grass Of Home
24. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle
25. I Lived So Fast And Hard
26. Your Mother’s Eyes
27. Julie (single version) *
28. Be Proud Of Your Man (single version) *
29. House Of Shame
30. Fallen Leaves

all tracks stereo except * which are mono

Original RCA Victor Stereo/Mono Recordings Produced by Bob Ferguson. Recorded in RCA’s “Nashville Sound” Studio, Nashville Tennessee 1966-1967.

Executive in charge of CD reissue: David Thrussell
Layout and design: Richard Grant / I+T=R
Remastered from the original RCA Victor master tapes 2008 by Simon Polinski at Laundry Goat Studios