Cold Hard Facts of Life
The first CD release of the six best-selling concept albums that gave this late country music superstar a cult following (and if you want to know what we mean by "concept," just look at the cover art of this boxed set!). These were the dark, nightmarish records he made for RCA Victor during the late-’60s; "Confessions of a Broken Man," "The Bottom of the Bottle" and "Down in the Alley" introduced Porter’s alter ego, Skid Row Joe, a one-time family man turned disheveled, panhandling alcoholic, while "The Soul of a Convict" revealed the world of prison inmates and their long-suffering families, "The Cold Hard Facts of Life" explored the minds and motivations of murderers, philanderers and bums, and "The Carroll County Accident" was centered around the hit song concerning a fatal car wreck. These come in glorious stereo from the original two-track mixdown tapes, with extensive annotation. This ain’t cry-in-your-beer country—this is the hard stuff. Bear Family.
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