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Foy Willing -> Tammy Wynette

TEX WILLIAMS
FOY WILLING & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
THE WILLIS BROTHERS
BILLY JACK WILLS
BOB WILLS
JOHNNY LEE WILLS
MAC WISEMAN
SHEB WOOLEY
JIMMY WORK
TAMMY WYNETTE
 

 
TEX WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 046 Hey Mr. Cotton Picker ● CD $14.98
22 tracks from the 40s by this popular western performer - includes guest appearance by Smokey Rogers and Jo Stafford.
TEX WILLIAMS: Big Bars Polka/ Blackstrap Molasses/ Bronco Busters Ball/ Castle Of My Dreams/ Chickashay Gal/ Cowboy Polka/ Don't Make Love To Mary/ Good Night Cincinnati, Good Morning Tennesse/ Hey Mr. Cotton Picker/ I Want To Be Near You/ Johnstown Polka/ Just A Pair Of Blue Eyes/ Never Trust A Travelling Salesman/ Only Politickin'/ Rose Of The Alamo/ Shame On You/ She Didn't Even Kiss Me Goodbye/ Sweet Little Boogalie/ The Urn On The Mantle/ Three Little Girls Dressed In Blue/ Tulsa Trot/ With Men Who Know Tobacco Best

 
FOY WILLING & HIS RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE B.A.C.M. 056 Foy Willing & Riders Of The Purple Sage ● CD $14.98
24 tracks including both commercial recordings and radio transcriptions from one of the most popular western harmony groups of the 40s. Includes two tracks with Louis Prima's Orchestra.
FOY WILLING & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: 160 Acres/ Be My Darlin‘/ Bouquet Of Roses/ Chant Of The Wanderer/ Cowboy‘s Heaven/ Detour/ Goodbye & Good Luck/ Hang Your Head In Shame/ Hazy Mountains/ I Care No More/ I‘m Waltzing With A Broken Heart/ Just A Little Lovin‘/ Little White House With You Inside/ Mary Lou/ Nobody‘s Lost On The Lonesome Trail/ Prairie Echoes/ Rose Of Old Pawnee/ So Long To The Red River Valley/ Someone Won Your Heart Little Darlin‘/ Sometime/ Texas Plains/ Vout Cowboy/ Your Tears Came Too Late/ You‘ll Never Have My Love Anymore

 
FOY WILLING & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE Cattle 215 Trail Herdin' Cowboy ● CD $18.98
20 tracks from late 40s radio transcriptions.
FOY WILLING & RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: Among My Souvenirs/ Avalon (instrumental)/ Blue Shadows On The Trail/ Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes/ California/ Divorce Me C.o.d./ Goin‘ Down The Road Feelin‘ Bad/ Holiday For The Blues/ I Cried Myself To Sleep Over You/ Missouri Waltz (hush-a-bye Ma Baby)/ Oregon/ Red River Valley/ Ridin‘ Down That Old Texas Trail/ Song Of The Sierras/ Texas Blues/ Trail Herdin‘ Cowboy/ Wait‘ll I Get My Sunshine In The Moonlight/ Where The Cool Clear Water Spills./ Where The Mountains Meet The Sky/ You Can‘t Be True Dear

 
FOY WILLING & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE Cattle 216 The Timber Trail ● CD $18.98
FOY WILLING & RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: Ages And Ages Ago/ Anytime/ At The Rainbow‘s End/ Everything‘s Goin‘ My Way/ Have I Told You Lately (that I Love You)/ Home On The Range/ I Still Do/ I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ I‘ll Have Somebody Else/ I‘ll Hold You In My Heart/ Lay Your Little Head On My Shoulder/ Managua, Nicaragua/ Midnight Masquerade/ Moonlight On The Prairie/ My Adobe Hacienda/ Nellie Bly/ On The Old Spanish Trail/ The Timber Trail/ Trail To Mexico/ When The White Roses Bloom (in Red River Valley)

 
THE WILLIS BROTHERS Gusto 0841-2 20 Great Truck Drivin' Songs ● CD $8.98
Collection of 20 trucking songs recorded in the mid/ late 60s from this fine family trio - Guy (guitar & vocals), Skeeter (fiddle and vocals) and Vic (accordion, piano & vocals) with various added musicians. The group dates back to the 1930s and originally performed as The Oklahoma Wranglers and they accompanied Hank Williams on his first recording session but it wasn't until their 60s Starday recordings that they started having chart hits. This set includes their big hit from 1964 Give Me Forty Acres (To Turn This Rifg Around) plus other songs like Blazing Smokestack/ Drivin's In My Blood/ Long Haul Weekend/ Diesel Drivin' Donut Dunkin' Dan/ Soft Shoulders And Dangerous Curves/ When I Come Driving Through/ End Of The Road and more. This appears to be trimmed down version of their out of print DeLuxe release "24 Great Truck Drivin' Songs."

 
BILLY JACK WILLS Joaquin 2503 Billy Jack Wills & His Western Swing Band ● CD $15.98
19 tracks, 46 min. essential
It's been 14 years since this groundbreaking set appeared on the defunct Western label created a stir. This wasn't Bob Wills's swing, but a next- generation style that took into account such postwar phenomena as bebop and urban jump blues. The band, based at Bob Wills's Wills Point Ballroom in Sacramento, owned the town before Bob snatched it away in 1954. They recorded for 4-Star, but nothing there matched this material, recorded to fill in on the band's daily KFBK radio show when they were out of town. With Billy Jack and Tiny Moore vocalising (Tiny doing the lion's share here), and Tiny using the arranging skills he'd learned in the Texas Playboys, they created synergy with steel guitar kid whiz Vance Terry that drove the band as hard as Billy Jack's drumming. The numbers here have an unrelenting energy, from Lonesome Hearted Blues and an instrumental version of the old big-band fave Dipsy Doodle that sounds even better here though George Morrow's capable remastering than it did on the first album. Tiny does Willie Mabon's I Don't Know proud and such big band chestnuts as Tuxedo Junction, Summit Ridge Drive and C Jam Blues let the band stretch out. The album has one track from the second BJ Wills Western LP (Steel Guitar Stomp) and two unheard gems. Billy Jack's Get Along Home Cindy takes another old Playboy favorite in different directions and Caravan, propelled by Dick McComb's hot trumpet, are worthy additions. Rich Kienzle's original liner notes have been expanded and updated. Now, all Joaquin, home of Ray Condo and one of the hottest new labels on the West Coast for a long time, has to do is give us an expanded version of "Crazy, Man, Crazy!" the second Billy Jack LP, and all will be well. (AK)
BILLY JACK WILLS: Air Mail Special/ Basin Street Blues/ Blue Guitar Stomp/ C Jam Blues/ Caravan/ Dipsy Doodle/ Get Along Home Cindy/ I Don't Know/ Johnson Rag/ Lonesome Hearted Blues/ Mr. Cotton Picker/ Roch City Boogie/ St. Louis Blues/ Steel Guitar Stomp/ Summit Ridge Drive/ Teardrops From My Eyes/ Tuxedo Junction/ Twin Guitar Special/ Woodchopper's Ball

 
BILLY JACK WILLS Joaquin 2505 Crazy Man Crazy ● CD $15.98
Long awaited second collection from Joaquin. Originally issued on Western in 1983 this CD has two additional cuts and has been newly remastered. It features early 50s radio transcriptions with Wills/ vocals, Tiny Moore/ vocals, electric mandolin and fiddle, Vance Terry/ steel guitar and others. Some exciting performances, leaning more to rockers. Their version of Crazy, Man Crazy equals Bill Haley's, with much more sophisticated musicianship.

 
BOB WILLS Bear Family BCD 15689 The Longhorn Recordings ● CD $21.98
23 tracks, 60 min., good
Bob Wills recorded 23 songs for the Longhorn label in 1964, all of which are included here. The best songs here are 12 traditional fiddle tunes, with Bob on fiddle, Luke Wills on bass, Marvin Montgomery on banjo, and C.G. "Sleepy" Johnson on guitar. It sounds like Bob sittin' on his porch playing with his buddies, quite a radical departure from the big band style of the Texas Playboys. This recording also includes all the studio chatter, which is actually pretty interesting. The remainder of the disc consists of fairly typical Wills' material with Joe Andrews handling the vocals. Some of these 23 tunes were originally issued as singles, and all of them (except for You'll Never Walk Out On My Heart) were re-issued on Longhorn LPs in the early eighties. This material is far from Wills' best, but it is worthwhile. (PG)

 
BOB WILLS Bear Family BCD 15933 San Antonio Rose ● CD $299.98
Bear Family has finally issued it's long awaited comprehensive reissue of Bob Wills Columbia recordings. It's one of Bear Family's best boxes yet featuring 11 CDs, a DVD (yes a DVD!), an enormous hard bound book with extensive notes, discography, rare photos and other memorabilia. There are 305 tracks in all which includes Bob's first recordings for Bluebird with Milton Brown and others as The Forth Worth Doughboys, all his Vocalion, Okeh and Columbia recordings, two CDs worth of unissued tunes and alternate takes and five rare radio airshots from 1944/45. The DVD features the movie "Take Me Back To Oklahoma" and other goodies. According to sources who have heard the set the sound quality is absolutely breathtaking with a clarity to the instrumental work that sheds new light on the recordings. The book with extensive notes by Wills expert Rich Kienzle has lots of new information, rare photos and other memorabilia and newly researched discography by Bob Pinson. 

 
BOB WILLS Bear Family BCD 16550 Faded Love, 1947-1973 ● CD $359.98
Long awaited second box set from Bob Wills features all the surviving commercial recordings made by Wills between 1947 and hid final recordings of 1973. 13 CDs featuring 357 tracks recorded for MGM, Decca, Longhorn, Liberty & Kapp. Includes hits like Bubbles In My Beer/ Keeper Of My Heart/ Thorn In My Heart/ Faded LOve as well as previously unissued performances including the legendary 1971 reunion session teaming Wills & The PLayboys with Merle Haggard. In addition there is a DVD with 1951 Snader transcriptions plus a 136 page hard cover book with newly researched notes by Rich Kienzle, discography and many photos - some previously unpublished.

 
BOB WILLS Capitol 28331 For The Last Time ● CD $8.98
BOB WILLS: A Big Ball in Cowtown/ Baby, That Would Sure Go Good/ Blue Bonnet Lane/ Bubbles in My Beer/ Comin' Down from Denver/ Crippled Turkey/ Faded Love/ Goin' Away Party/ I Can't Go on This Way/ I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do/ Keeper of My Heart/ Milk Cow Blues/ Miss Molly/ My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You/ Playboy Theme/ San Antonio Rose/ She's Really Gone/ Silver Lake Blues/ Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)/ That's What I Like About the South/ Twin Guitar Boogie/ What Makes Bob Holler/ When You Leave Amarillo (Turn off the Lights)/ Yearning (Just for You)

 
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS Cattle 315 28 Rare Presto Label Items ● CD $18.98
28 rare transcriptions done by Bob & The Texas Playboys in 1949 by the Presto Company for the Crossley Automobile Company with Eldon Shamblin, Herb Remington, Jesse Ashlock, Tiny Moore, Luke Wills and others. The band is hot and the recordings feature vocals by Ashlock, Billy Jack Wills, Carl Luper and others. The Presto sessions include a number of songs not recorded elsewhere. Over 90 titles are known to exist so hopefully more releases will be forthcoming.
BOB WILLS & THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS: A Heart Full Of Love (for A Handful Of Kisses)/ Beaumont Rag/ By An Old Watermill By A Waterfall/ Dipsy Doodle/ Elmer's Tune/ Gray Eagle/ Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider)/ In The Mood/ Just A Little Lovin' (will Go A Long Way)/ Just Friends/ Liberty/ Lonesome Hearted Blues/ Mexicali Rose/ My Life's Been A Pleasure/ Playboy Chimes/ Rainbow/ Rosetta/ Rubber Dolly/ Silver Bells/ Spanish Fandango/ Sugar Moon/ Sunrise Serenade/ Talking 'bout You/ Texas Home/ The Waltz You Saved For Me/ This Is Southland/ Tuxedo Junction/ Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now?

 
BOB WILLS Cattle 316 26 More Rare Presto Label Items CD $18.98
The second volume of rare transcriptions done by Bob & The Texas Playboys in 1949 by the Presto Company for the Crossley Automobile Company with Eldon Shamblin, Herb Remington, Jesse Ashlock, Tiny Moore, Luke Wills and others. 26 tracks including vocals by Bob, Luke Wills, Tiny Moore, Jesse Ashlock and others.
BOB WILLS & THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Cherokee Maiden/ Corrine Corrina/ Cotton Patch Blues/ Don't Let Your Deal Go Down/ Dream Train/ Dreamy Eyes Waltz/ I Care No More/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ I'm A Fool To Care/ Josephine/ La Golondrina/ Little Star Of Heaven/ Milkcow Blues/ Molly Darling/ Old Shep/ Osage Stomp/ Pay Off/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Stay A Little Longer/ Still Water Runs The Deepest/ Sugar Blues/ The Last Letter/ There's A Big Rock In The Road/ Those Gone And Left Me Blues/ Yearning Just For You/ You're The Sweetest Rose In Texas

 
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS Columbia-Legacy 93858 Legends Of Country Music ● CD $39.98
If you can't afford Bear Family's mammoth 11 CD reissue of the King Of Western Swing's classic ARC and Columbia recordings (Bear Family BCD 15933 - $ 33 9.98) then this four CD career retrospective is the best collection of his best recordings opening with his two earliest sides from 1932 as a member of The Fort Worth Doughboys, followed with 85 tracks tracing his finest sides for Vocalion, Okeh and Columbia between 1935 and 1947 and completing the retrospective with 20 tracks recorded between 1947 and 1973 for MGM, Liberty, Kapp and his last session for United Artists. Includes his original recordings of all time classics like Steel Guitar Rag/ Faded Love/ Maiden's Prayer/ Twin Guitar Special and, of course San Antonio Rose and it's follow up New San Antonio Rose. Set is housed in 5 1/2"x10 book format with 48 page booklet with detailed notes by Wills expert Rich Kienzle and containing numerous illustrations, some previously unpublished.

 
BOB WILLS Country Routes 21 Harmony Airshots 1953 ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, 73 mins, recommended Expanded version of Country Routes 9004 this features excerpts from five radio shows brodcast over KXLA in Pasadena in 1953 plus one track from an unknown radio show in Fresno in 1946. The musical performances are interesting if not among Bob's best. By this time, vocalist Tommy Duncan had left the band; here the vocals are shared by Bob himself, steel player Billy Bowman, fiddler Bill Choate, bassist Jack Loyd, girl singer Louise Rowe, and Eldon Shamblin, who also adds his great electric guitar. There are two versions each of San Antonio Rose/ Yearnin', fiddle tunes like Billy In The Low Ground/ Draggin' The Bow, covers of hit tunes of the day like Jambalaya/ Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes, a nice In The Mood and standard Playboys fare like Faded Love/ Dusty Skies/ Silver Bells. There is a guest appearance by Patsy Montana who sings Texas Plains. Sound quality is not exceptional but is certainly acceptable. (RP/FS)

 
BOB WILLS & THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS Country Routes 34 In Hollywood, 1943-1944 ● CD $16.98
30 tracks from incredibly rare Armed Forces radio transcriptions, film soundtracks and a demo acetate cut in 1943 and 1944 during the commercial recording ban. Musicians on these sessions includes Jesse Ashlock, Louie Tierney, Alex Brashear, Jimmy Wyble, Millard Kelso, Joe Holley, Noel Boggs and others including fine jazz trumpeter Chuck Mackey who never otherwise recorded with Wills. Most of the vocals are from the great Tommy Dunacn along with contributions from Wills himself and Laura Lee Owens. Includes San Antonion Rose/ Miss Molly/ 8th Of january/ Ida Red/ Oh Henry (featuring Bob's father "Uncle" John Wills on fiddle)/ My Confession/ Sunbonnet Sue/ Too Late/ Home In San Antone/ Ida Red, etc. Excellent sound and 20 page booklet has informed notes by Kevin Coffey.
BOB WILLS: 8th of January/ Betcha My Heart I Love You/ Bob Wills Special/ Dev'lish Mary/ Goodbye Liza Jane/ Goodbye Liza Jane/ Home In San Antone/ I'll Be True To The One I Love/ I'm Talking 'Bout You/ Ida Red/ Ida Red/ Maiden's Prayer/ Miss Molly/ My Confession/ My Confession/ Oh Henry/ Perdido/ Right or Wrong/ Right or Wrong/ San Antonio Rose/ Silver Bell/ Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight/ Stay A Little Longer/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Stumbling/ Sunbonnet Sue/ Take Me Back To Tulsa/ Thanks For Your Letter/ Time Changes Everything/ Too Late

 
BOB WILLS Curb 77389 Greatest Hits ● CD $9.98
A collection of 11 tracks drawn from MGM, Kapp & Liberty - Faded Love/ Keeper Of My Heart/ New San Antonio Rose/ Across The Alley From The Alamo/ Heart To Heart Talk/ Ida Red, etc.

 
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS Fremeaux & Associates 164 Anthology, 1932-1947 ● CD $29.98
Two CD set.
BOB WILLS: Beaumont Rag/ Bring It On Down To My House/ Corrine Corrina/ Cowboy Stomp./ Get With It/ Home In San Antone/ I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do/ Ida Red/ Little Liza Jane/ Milk Cow Blues/ My Little Cherokee Maiden/ Never No More Blues/ Never No More Hard Time Blues/ New Roly Poly/ New San Antonio Rose/ Oozlin' Daddy Blues/ Osage Stomp/ Playboy Stomp/ Pray For The Lights To Go Out/ Sittin' On Top Of The World/ Spanish Two-step/ Stay A Little Longer/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Steel Guitar Stomp/ Sunbonnet Sue/ Swinging The Blues/ T For Texas (blue Yodel # 1)/ Take Me Back To Tulsa/ Take The "a" Train/ Texas Playboy Rag/ That's What I Like About The South/ Time Changes Everything/ Twin Guitar Special/ What's The Matter With The Mill?/ White Heat/ Who Walks In When I Walk Out?

 
BOB WILLS JSP JSPCD 7770 King Of Western Swing, Vol. 1 ● CD $28.98
The first in a series of four CD sets to reissue all the issued recordings by Bob Wills. This first volume starts with his first two sides from 1932 as a member of The Fort Worth Doughboys then proceeds to the first session with his Texas Playboys in September, 1935 continuing through to a session in April, 1940. It also includes his fiddle/ guitar duet from 1935 with Sleepy Johnson. Lots of great musicians in his band like Jesse Ashlock, Leon McAuliffe, Al Stricklin, Johnnie Lee Wills, Cecil Brower, Smoky Dacus and others along with the great vocals of Tommy Duncan. It includes the first recordings of such classic tunes as Osage Stomp/ Maiden's Prayer/ Four Or Five Times/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Sunbonnet Sue/ I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)/ San Antonio Rose/ Ida Red/ My Window Faces The South and lots more - 100 tracks in all. All tracks are from the collection of famed collector Joe Bussard and this set does not include any of the unissued songs or alternate takes featured on the massive Bear Family set (Bear Family 15933 - San Antonio Rose - 11 CDs plus DVD covering everything through 1945 - $ 299 .98) but is an inexpensive way to get all those key early recordings of this country pioneer.
THE FORT WORTH DOUGHBOYS: Nancy Jane/ Sunbonnet Sue/ BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Alexander's Ragtime Band/ Back Home Again In Indiana/ Basin Street Blues/ Beaumont Rag/ Black And Blue Rag/ Black Rider/ Bleeding Hearted Blues/ Blue Prelude/ Blue River/ Bluin' The Blues/ Bring It On Down To My House/ Carolina In The Morning/ Corrine Corrina/ Dedicated To You/ Don't Let The Deal Go Down/ Dreamy Eyes Waltz/ Drunkard's Blues/ Empty Bed Blues/ Everybody Does It In Hawaii/ Fan It/ Four Or Five Times/ Gambling Polka Dot Blues/ Get Along Home Cindy/ Get With It/ Good Old Oklahoma/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I Can't Be Satisfied/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ I Don't Lov'a Nobody/ I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate/ I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do/ I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas/ Ida Red/ If I Could Bring Back My Buddy/ Keep Knocking (But You Can't Come In)/ Let Me Call You Sweetheart (I'm In Love With You)/ Little Girl, Go Ask Your Mama/ Little Red Head/ Liza Pull Down The Shades/ Lone Star Rag/ Loveless Love/ Maiden's Prayer/ Mean Mama Blues/ Mexicali Rose/ Moonlight And Roses (Bring Mem'ries Of You)/ My Window Faces The South/ Never No More Blues/ Never No More Hard Times Blues/ No Matter How She Done It/ No Wonder/ Oh Lady Be Good/ Oh You Beautiful Doll/ Oklahoma Rag/ Old Fashioned Love/ Oozlin' Daddy Blues/ Osage Stomp/ Playboy Stomp/ Pray For The Lights To Go Out/ Prosperity Special/ Red Hot Gal Of Mine/ Right Or Wrong/ Rosetta/ San Antonio Rose/ She's Killing Me/ Silver Bells/ Sittin' On Top Of The World/ Sophisticated Hula/ Spanish Two Step/ St. Louis Blues/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Steel Guitar Stomp/ Sugar Blues/ Sunbonnet Sue/ Swing Blues #1/ Swing Blues #2/ That Brownskin Gal/ That's What I Like ‘Bout The South/ The Convict And The Rose/ The New St. Louis Blues/ The Waltz You Saved For Me/ There's Going To Be A Party(For The Old Folks)/ Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again/ Too Busy/ Trouble In Mind/ Tulsa Stomp/ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/ Wang Wang Blues/ Way Down Upon The Swanee River/ Weary Of The Same Old Stuff/ What's The Matter With The Mill/ White Heat/ Who Walks In When I Walk Out/ Whoa Babe/ Yearning (Just For You)/ You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)/ You're Okay/ BOB WILLS & SLEEPY JOHNSON: Harmony/ Smith's Reel

 
 
BOB WILLS MCA 5917 The Best Of Bob Wills ● CD $6.98
CD issue of MCA 153. Don't be fooled by the title - these are hardly Bob's best and don't feature the Texas Playboys. These are a dozen of Bob's best done for Kapp, 1966-69, his last recordings before his stroke in May '69, done with huge orchestras of Nashville sessionmen. Sound quality is excellent, performances professional, playing time is less than a half hour. Good liner notes by Rich Kienzle - San Antonio Rose/ Deep In The Heart Of Texas/ Big Balls In Cowtown/ Pan Handle Rag (GM)

 
BOB WILLS MCA 170117 Best Of - The Millenium Collection ● CD $9.98
BOB WILLS: Across from the Alamo/ Bob's Breakdown/ Bubbles in My Beer/ Cadillac in Model 'A'/ Cherokee Maiden/ Faded Love/ Keeper of My Heart/ Lone Star Rag/ Milk Cow Blues/ New San Antonio Rose/ New Spanish Two-Step/ Time Changes Everything

 
BOB WILLS Proper BOX 32 Take Me Back To Tulsa ● CD $25.98
Four CD retrospective featuring 109 of the best recordings made by Wills & The Texas Playboys between 1932 and 1950. Includes 52 page booklet with extensive notes, discographical info and rare photos.
BOB WILLS: A good man is hard to find/ A little bit of boogie/ Along the Navajo trail/ At the woodchoppers' ball/ Baby won't you please come home/ Basin street blues/ Beaumont rag/ Betcha my heart/ Big beaver/ Black rider/ Blue yodel no. 1/ Blues for dixie/ Bluin' the blues/ Bob Wills boogie/ Bob Wills special/ Boot heel drag/ Brain cloudy blues/ Bubbles in my beer/ Can't get enough of Texas/ Carolina in the morning/ Cherokee maiden/ China town/ Corrine Corrina/ Cotton eyed Joe/ Cotton patch blues/ Cowboy stomp/ Crazy rhythm/ Deep water/ Dinah/ Don't be ashamed of your age/ Don't let the deal go down/ Dusty skies/ Faded love/ Fan it/ Fat boy rag/ Frankie Jean/ Get with it/ Goodbye Liza Jane/ Hawaiian war chant/ Home in San Antone/ I ain't got nobody/ I didn't realise/ I knew the moment I lost you/ I laugh when I think how I cried over you/ I wonder if you feel the way I do/ I'll be lucky someday/ I'm a ding dong daddy/ I'm feelin' bad/ Ida Red likes to boogie/ Jolie Blon likes the boogie/ Just a plain old country boy/ Keeper of my heart/ Liberty/ Little cowboy lament/ Lone star rag/ Maiden's prayer/ Milk cow blues/ Miss Molly/ My confession/ My gal Sal/ My life's been a pleasure/ My window faces south/ Nancy Jane/ Never no more hard time blues/ New San Antonio rose/ New Spanish two step/ No matter how she done it/ Oklahoma rag/ Oozlin' daddy blues/ Osage stomp/ Playboy stomp/ Please don't leave me/ Pray for the lights to go out/ Prosperity special/ Red hot gal of mine/ Red river valley/ Rock-a-bye baby blues/ Roly poly/ San Antonio rose/ Silver bells/ Smith's reel/ Spanish two step/ Stay a little longer/ Steel guitar rag/ Sugar blues/ Sugar moon/ Sunbonnet Sue/ Sweet Jennie Lee/ Swing blues no. 1/ Take me back to Tulsa/ Takin' it home/ Texas playboy rag/ That's what I like about the South/ The end of the line/ The girl I left behind/ The waltz you saved for me/ There's no disappointment in heaven/ Thorn in my heart/ Time changes everything/ Too busy/ Twin guitar special/ Twinkle twinkle little star/ We might as well forget it/ Weary of the same ol' stuff/ What's the matter with the mill/ Who walks in when I walk out/ Whoa baby/ You're from Texas/ You're okay

   
BOB WILLS & THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS Varese 66845 Seven Miles Out Of Town ● CD $13.98
15 sides from rare late 30s and 40s radio transcriptions appearing on CD in the USA for the first time. Bob and the band are in top form with his great vocalist Tommy Duncan plus sidemen like Junior Barnard, Jimmy Wyble, Joe Holly, Louie Tierney, Millard Kelso, Alex Brashear and others. Includes a number of songs not recorded elsewhere. Includes 31st Street Blues/ Sunbonnet Sue/ Twinkle Star/ What's The Matter With The Mill?/ Right Or Wrong/ Crafton Blues/ Home In San Antone/ Turkey In The Straw, etc.

 
MAC WISEMAN Bear Family BCD 15694 Teenage Hangout ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, 70 min., recommended. Wiseman perfected his craft in the forties, playing with Molly O'Day, Flatt and Scruggs, and Bill Monroe. Best known as a bluegrass artist with a clear tenor voice, this set collects sides cut for Dot between 1955-60, when the label was "encouraging" its roster to record R&B and rock 'n' roll tunes--who can forget Pat Boone's Tutti Frutti? The results were pretty satisfying, as Wiseman somehow always manages to sound good. Besides, he never really gives up his bluegrass intentions; that's why his cover of the Smiley Lewis hit I Hear You Knockin' features a fiddle. And the weirdest thing about it is, it sounds like it belongs there. The unissued title track is Mac doing rock with a bass slap's worth of billy, and though it's just fine, he sounds happier on Be Good Baby/ Ballad Of Davy Crockett/ Camptown Races. (JC)

 
MAC WISEMAN Bear Family BCD 15976 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered ● CD $169.98
6 CD box set, 164 songs, highly recommended
This welcome six-CD release covering Mac Wiseman's 1951-1964 Dot and Capitol output fills a significant gap in Bear Family's growing catalog of bluegrass pioneers. With his unmistakable tenor voice, bouncy rhythm and impeccable choice of material, Wiseman helped establish the music's perimeters two generations ago. Arguably more 'musical' than his early bluegrass contemporaries, Wiseman's reputation largely rests on the Dot singles collected on Discs One and Two. His popular 1951 waxing of 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered, a 19th century ballad associated with the WLS duo Mac and Bob, revealed the singer's mastery at reviving long-dormant songs. Standards associated with Wiseman include: Little White Church/ I'll Still Write Your Name in the Sand/ You're the Girl of My Dreams/ I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home/ Shackles and Chains/ I'd Rather Live by the Side of the Road/ Love Letters in the Sand and Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die, among others. Tommy Jackson and Dale Potter's twin fiddling on a 1953 session became a hallmark of Wiseman's style. As bluegrass music's popularity waned, the singer maintained his commercial viability by flirting with rock and roll. Though bluegrass purists will wince at Disc Three's first half, the era spawned gems among the misfires, most notably Wiseman's R&B covers: One Mint Julep/ Step It Up and Go and the previously unissued Shame, Shame, Shame - yes, the Smiley Lewis song. Disc Three ends with his classic "Beneath the Still Waters" album - a gospel set featuring simple acoustic guitar and bass accompaniment. Disc Four contains Wiseman's mediocre "Great Folk Ballads" and "12 Great Hits" albums, while Disc Five finds the singer attempting to reclaim his old audience. The five-string banjo and twin fiddles return, though the beat is pure Ray Price shuffle. A 1961 session successfully welds Benny Williams' bluegrass banjo to a Dixieland band, but the results were shelved. Wiseman ended his first Dot era with a conventional gospel album, then jumped to Capitol, resuming the twin-fiddle bluegrass sound he abandoned six years earlier. Though Wiseman sang as well as ever, his Capitol material rarely matched the consistency of the early Dots. Most notable is Wiseman and Williams' edgy take on Floyd Tillman's Two More Years (And I'll Be Free), which sounds like a lost Bill Monroe-Jimmy Martin duet. As always, Bear Family's presentation is outstanding. Produced with the singer's cooperation, the box contains a 76-page, picture-laden hardcover book with extensive notes by Charles Wolfe and Eddie Stubbs. (DS)

 
SHEB WOOLEY Bear Family BCD 15899 Rawhide/ How The West Was Won ● CD $21.98
Two 60s Western LPs on one CD.

 
SHEB WOOLEY Bear Family BCD 15902 That's My Pa ● CD $99.98
4 CD set set of sides from 1945 to 1972.

 
JIMMY WORK Bear Family BCD 15651 Making Believe ● CD $41.98
2 CDs. 126 mins, recommended This revised edition of Bear Family's two Work LPs includes all the material from those two discs, plus, for the first time on CD, all of his other recorded output for a variety of small labels like Trophy, Alben, Bullet and London. This gives a complete overview of Work's career from 1945-1959. The original 1948 Alben release of Tennessee Border is here, as are the excellent, witty and proudly hillbilly London recordings from 1950-51 like Pickup Truck, Southern Fried Chicken and the original Let's Live A Little, written by Jimmy and his wife and later Carl Smith's first hit. Aside from Work's best known material, Making Believe and That's What Makes the Jukebox Play, the quality of his records varied. Though a few numbers like Mr. and Mrs. Cloud were simply stupid, most of the others like Blind Heart and Digging My Own Grave from Dot deserved more exposure than they ever got. Rich Kienzle expanded on his original liner notes for both sets, and the new booklet features much in the way of photos and old advertisements not included on the LPs. (AK)

 
TAMMY WYNETTE Columbia 66018 Stand By Your Man ● CD $11.98
Includes two previously unissued tracks.

 
TAMMY WYNETTE Epic 40625 Twenty Years Of Hits ● CD $7.98
This is a fine re-release (originally a two LP set) covering the greatest hits of Tammy Wynette's career. 20 songs in all, including Stand By Your Man/ D.I.V.O.R.C.E./ I Don't Want To Play House/ Singing My Song and too many others to list. Also three with George Jones, Two Story House/ We're Gonna Hold On/ Golden Ring. A good selection of songs, crystal clear sound, an essential country disc. (PG)

 

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