A marginal but respected songwriter in his own lifetime, Eddie Noack has become a Honky-Tonk legend in the decades since his death. Best known today for an obscure 45 he cut in 1968 called ‘Psycho’, Noack was a stellar songwriter and consummate performer who never really got his due. Here, for the first time, are reissued some of Noack’s very rarest recordings - a fine LP (recorded in Nashville 1973) that was only ever issued in the U.K (on a minuscule label) and a multitude of rare ‘60s/‘70s 45 only cuts that are rescued from undeserved obscurity. Many of these cuts are the equal of anything in the Noack canon - dark empathic ballads and wry commentaries on the human condition.
‘A Few Good Funerals’ is a sardonic take on small-town mores, ‘Before You Use That Gun’ a desperate plea for mercy and ‘The Memories Are Restless Tonight’ a chilling elegy from a man at the end of his tether.
Though schooled in journalism, Noack devoted his life to country music - he went largely unrewarded but left collectors a large body of stunning work. Equally adept at Honky-Tonk weepers, Gospel odes and grim murder ballads, Eddie Noack was always ‘pure country.’
•Holy Grail of Hard Livin’ Honky-Tonk
•Remastered from the original mastertapes 2015
•30 track CD. All original recordings
•16 page full colour booklet with exclusive liner notes and rare photos
•First ever official reissue for Noack's self titled 1976 LP. From the master tapes
•Entire rare original LP and 17 45 only tracks on one CD