Country Music News
February 2006

The Best Of
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(17 Selections – Playing Time 48:54)
Home Again This Year / The Fella That Looked Like Me / Its So Old But Ever So New In Newfoundland / Japanese Gin / Aunt Martha’s Sheep / Little Boats Of Newfoundland / Piece Of Bologna / Old Newfie Outhouse / Maritime Farewell / The Nine Thirteen / Shift Old Ireland / Me And Brother Bill / Old Flat Rock Hills / C.N. Bus / Thank God We’re Surrounded By Water / Baggage Coach Ahead / Aunt Martha’s Sheep (reprised)

Dick Nolan missed out on seeing this special tribute to his music released, by only a matter of weeks…the Canadian music legend passed away December 13, 2005 – “The Best Of” was in its final stages of manufacturing at the time of his death, and hit store shelves only weeks later.

Dick Nolan was a superb interpreter of traditional country material, and created a national following with his early Johnny Cash ‘tribute’ albums and his albums filled with trucking songs, released on Arc Records. Nolan however was best recognized for his classic 1972 novelty hit Aunt Martha’s Sheep, and most of Dick Nolan’s “hits” were flavoured with his native Newfoundland themes; many of which are captured here on this Best Of album, featuring selections from his albums released on RCA Victor in Canada. The original Lp recordings for the label resulted in a Platinum record for his Fisherman’s Boy album (containing Aunt Martha’s Sheep), and two follow-up albums which reached Gold status; an achievement almost unheard of for a Canadian recording act of that era.

In addition to the classic Aunt Martha’s Sheep, selections here that will ring familiar with fans who followed country and “newfie’ music from the 70’s, include winners like Piece Of Bologna, Old Newfie Outhouse, The Fella That Looked Like Me, Little Boats Of Newfoundland and Me And Brother Bill, the sequel to Aunt Martha’s Sheep.

Dick Nolan’s talents as a songwriter were never fully appreciated – his story songs, especially of his native Newfoundland, were virtually unparalleled, still his most memorable song, Aunt Martha’s Sheep was a co-write with fellow Newfoundlander Ellis Coles, collaborator also on Me And Brother Bill.

All of the selections here, culled from Dick Nolan’s RCA sessions, were produced by the late Jack Feeney at RCA studios in Toronto, save for Aunt Martha’s Sheep and C.N. Bus, both of which were produced by Ben Weatherby at studios in St. John’s, NL.


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