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Prairie Legend
     

A Prairie Legend

by Wilf Carter
 
Four CDs containing more than 100 songs recorded by Wilf Carter aka Montana Slim between 1944 and 1952, and his self-produced sessions from 1959. Disc one features more than a dozen tracks with Carter accompanied primarily by his own acoustic guitar, and they're pretty fair cowboy songs. Carter's voice is a pleasing one, reminiscent at

Overview

Four CDs containing more than 100 songs recorded by Wilf Carter aka Montana Slim between 1944 and 1952, and his self-produced sessions from 1959. Disc one features more than a dozen tracks with Carter accompanied primarily by his own acoustic guitar, and they're pretty fair cowboy songs. Carter's voice is a pleasing one, reminiscent at times of Gene Autry, but his repertory generally doesn't intersect much with Autry's -- the early electric-accompanied sides from 1947 are also very spare and have more of a raw quality than one would expect from this era. Disc two captures Carter at the beginning of his most commercial period for RCA, doing romantic ballads as well as his usual cowboy songs. Disc three covers the tail end of his RCA period, when Carter was trying for more of a pop sound, in keeping with the declining public response to cowboy songs -- the stuff is more sentimental, but Carter never strays too far from the playful mood of his best work. Disc four closes out the RCA years with numbers like the shockingly upbeat "Goodbye Maria (I'm Off to Korea)," probably the most cheerful song ever done about that war, and "Mockingbird Love," the song Carter believes helped cost him his RCA contract. The real highlight of this disc, however, is the stuff that Carter cut himself at the end of the 1950s, which mostly consists of really good cowboy material, all originals and all played in a spare, eloquent style with Carter's voice showing tremendous vigor. With his spoken introduction to the first of these numbers, these could have been the basis for a radio show, if only the time had been right, and they capture the spirit of Carter's earliest work in Alberta and on the CBC.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/1994
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127157546
catalogNumber:
15754

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Farewell, Sweetheart, Farewell
  2. Old Shep
  3. I've Hung up My Chaps and Saddle
  4. You'll Get Used to It
  5. I Ain't Gonna Hobo No More
  6. Don't Be Mean, I Wasn't Mean to You
  7. A Sinner's Prayer
  8. Plant Some Flowers by My Graveside
  9. There's a Goldstar in Her Window
  10. My Blue Skies
  11. Put Me in Your Pocket
  12. Smilin' Thru' Tears
  13. Born to Lose
  14. No Letter Today
  15. Our Canadian Flag
  16. So Hard to Start All over Again
  17. I'll Never Die of a Broken Heart
  18. Dreaming of My Blue Eyes
  19. Memories Bring Heartaches to Me
  20. My Queen of the Prairies
  21. Rye Whiskey
  22. One Golden Curl
  23. Hang the Key on the Bunkhouse Door
  24. I'm a Fool for Foolin' Around

Disc 2

  1. There's a Loveknot in My Lariat
  2. It's Later Than You Think
  3. Too Many Blues
  4. Singing on Borrowed Time
  5. Just an Old Forgotten Letter
  6. She Lost Her Cowboy Pal
  7. Ol' Lonely
  8. If We Can't Be Sweethearts Why Can't We Be Friends
  9. Don't Cry over Me
  10. Sharing Your Love with Somebody New
  11. Don't Wait Till Judgement Day (To Cast Your Sins Away)
  12. Cowboys Days Ain't Ramblin' Days No More
  13. 'Neath a Blanket of Stars
  14. I Never Knew That I Could Be So Blue
  15. It's Just a Wild Rose I'm Sending
  16. Where the Sleepy Rio's Flowing
  17. You'll Be Sorry You Turned Me Down
  18. Dreamy Lullaby Yodel
  19. It's Hard to Forget You
  20. The Tramp's Mother
  21. Take Away Those Blues Around My Heart
  22. The Midnight Train
  23. I'm Gonna Tear Down the Mailbox
  24. It Can't Be Done
  25. All I Need Is Some More Lovin'
  26. (There's A) Bluebird on Your Windowsill
  27. When the Iceworms Nest Again
  28. Shackles and Chains

Disc 3

  1. No! No! Don't Ring Those Bells
  2. Give a Little, Take a Little
  3. Unfaithful One
  4. The Little Shirt (My Mother Made for Me)
  5. Guilty Conscience
  6. Take It Easy Blues
  7. My Heart's Closed for Repairs
  8. My Wife Is on a Diet
  9. Let's Go Back to the Bible
  10. She'll Be There (What a Friend We Have in Mother)
  11. I Wish There Were Only Three Days in the Year
  12. When That Love Bug Bites You (He'll Keep Gnawin', Gnawin', Gnawin')
  13. Just a Woman's Smile
  14. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  15. Apple, Cherry, Mince and Choc'late Cream
  16. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  17. The KP Blues
  18. The Blue Canadian Rockies
  19. Dear Evalina
  20. My Oklahoma Rose
  21. What Cigarette Is Best
  22. Sick, Sober and Sorry
  23. Teardrops Don't Always Mend a Broken Heart
  24. Wha Hoppen?
  25. Punkinhead (The Little Bear)
  26. The Night Before Christmas (In Texas, That Is)

Disc 4

  1. Goodbye Maria (I'm off to Korea)
  2. Driftwood on the River
  3. Manhunt
  4. (All You Gave Me Was) Mockingbird Love
  5. Square-Dance Boogie
  6. Sweet Little Lover
  7. Huggin', Squeezin', Kissin', Teasin'
  8. Sleep, Little One, Sleep
  9. Alabama Saturday Night
  10. Hot Foot Boogie
  11. I Remember the Rodeo
  12. Pete Knight, the King of the Cowboys
  13. When the Iceworms Nest Again
  14. My Little Grey Haired Mother in the West
  15. He Rode the Strawberry Roan
  16. Rattlin' Cannonball
  17. The Calgary Roundup
  18. That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
  19. The Smoke Went up the Chimney Just the Same
  20. The Capture of Albert Johnson
  21. Beautiful Girl of the Prairie
  22. Singing in My Last Roundup

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilf Carter   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Anita Kerr   Choir, Chorus
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Billy Mure   Guitar
Chester B. Atkins   Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano,Leader
Frank Carroll   Bass
Charles Randolph Grean   Bass,Leader
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Danny Perri   Guitar
Jerry Rivers   Fiddle
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Farris Coursey   Drums
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Vaughn Horton   Steel Guitar
Bud Isaacs   Steel Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Loren Otis Shook   Guitar
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
Anthony Gottuso   Guitar
Jerry Byrd & the String Dusters   Steel Guitar
Edward O'Conner   Steel Guitar
Braun   Bass
Tulane Sisters   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Owen Bradley   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Biographical Information
Charles Randolph Grean   Producer
Steve Lasker   Metal Transfers
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
John Klenner   Composer
Lynn Russwurm   Illustrations
Traditional   Composer
Sylke Lohmeyer   Artwork
Bob Miller   Composer
Paul Cohen   Producer
Willis Arthur   Composer

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