Reviewed by C. Eric Banister
When "the Nashville Sound" emerged in the mid-1950s to stave off the threat of rock and roll, one of the first groups to find success with it was a family trio from Arkansas, The Browns. Jim Ed and sisters Maxine and Bonnie initially found success on a small independent Arkansas label, but soon moved to the big leagues on RCA. It was there, in 1959, working with Chet Atkins, that The Browns recorded their signature song, "The Three Bells." The song quickly went number one on both the pop and country charts marking Atkins first crossover hit of many.
During their career, the Browns recorded a wide variety of songs from pop standards "Scarlet Ribbons" and "The Old Lamplighter," which the group hit both the pop and country charts with, to solemn heartache songs like "Oh, No!" Included here also are the up-tempo fun songs like "Looking Back To See" and the dizzying "Coming Back To You."
"The Complete Hits" brings together all of the Browns hits from 1954 to 1967, the year Bonnie retired due to health problems. Not many compilations cover the groups' career as thoroughly and finely as this does. A great addition to any country music fans library.