Editors’ Notes Jim Ed Brown possessed a fine baritone voice and an unerring instinct for carrying a song. Yet for all his considerable talents, the man is best known for one number, the late-night jukebox favorite “Pop a Top” which, with its eminently hummable chorus and lovelorn lyrics, succinctly and eloquently captured the lonely comforts of a sad song and a bottle of beer. Of course, Jim Ed Brown’s career runs a bit deeper than “Pop a Top””, and the sides featured on The Essential Jim Ed Brown contain many fine examples of well worn, effortlessly graceful country pop. All of the expected topics — faithless women, strong liquor, and lonely barrooms — are covered by tunes like “You Can Have Her”, “Bottle, Bottle” and “Broad-Minded Man.” Only Jim Ed Brown’s very earliest sides such as the doo-wop inflected “The Three Bells” deviate from this basic but enjoyable country-pop template. Even though nothing here approaches the heart-stopping brilliance of “Pop a Top” this collection does much to bolster the reputation of a skilled country singer who deserves to be saved from one-hit wonder purgatory.

SONG
I Take the Chance
1
2:43
 
Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
2
2:59
 
Looking Back to See
3
2:18
 
The Three Bells (Les trois cloches)
4
2:53
 
Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)
5
2:39
 
Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
6
2:15
 
They Call the Wind Maria
7
2:51
 
Pop a Top
8
2:20
 
You Can Have Her
9
2:50
 
Bottle, Bottle
10
2:43
 
Man and Wife Times
11
2:44
 
Morning
12
3:06
 
Angel's Sunday
13
2:34
 
Southern Loving
14
2:14
 
Broad-Minded Man
15
2:32
 
Sometime Sunshine
16
2:31
 
It's That Time of Night
17
3:09
 
Gently Comes Love
18
3:13
 
Barroom Pals and Goodtime Gals
19
2:37
 
You're the Part of Me
20
3:27
 

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