A Tombstone Every Mile [Bear Family]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For a man who was regarded as a cult artist for most of his career, Dick Curless was certainly able to surround himself with the cream of the crop when it came to producers and sidemen, among whom are listed Buck Owens, Tommy Collins, James Burton, Ralph Mooney, Harold Bradley, Pete Drake, David Duke not that one, and a slew of others. Tombstone Every Mile, the name of Curless' first bona fide hit in 1964, is a Bear Family collection that compiles 191 tracks over seven CDs. It is an exhaustive collection of everything Curless recorded for Tower, Event, Alagash, Standard, and Tiffany from 1950 through 1969. He signed with Capitol in 1970, and there's another box covering that...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For a man who was regarded as a cult artist for most of his career, Dick Curless was certainly able to surround himself with the cream of the crop when it came to producers and sidemen, among whom are listed Buck Owens, Tommy Collins, James Burton, Ralph Mooney, Harold Bradley, Pete Drake, David Duke not that one, and a slew of others. Tombstone Every Mile, the name of Curless' first bona fide hit in 1964, is a Bear Family collection that compiles 191 tracks over seven CDs. It is an exhaustive collection of everything Curless recorded for Tower, Event, Alagash, Standard, and Tiffany from 1950 through 1969. He signed with Capitol in 1970, and there's another box covering that period. Curless recorded until finishing his last album literally days before his death in 1995. While this set documents the singer/songwriter's first forays into Ernest Tubb-style honky tonk, it spends a great deal of time displaying his roots in the Bakersfield sound pioneered by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and others and his transition into making "truck driver's music" -- mostly because his cult was made of truckers, not because he wrote for them exclusively. Virtually every kind of country music is documented here, from honky tonk barnburners to gospel tunes to love ballads to novelty tunes to cowboy songs and classic ballads. There are train songs and pain songs, truck songs and mama songs. His readings of tunes by Lefty Frizzell, Red Simpson, Merle Travis, Don Gibson, Billy Mize, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Haggard, Collins, public domain tunes such as "Streets of Laredo," and his own early efforts established him as a great stylist and singer as well as a keen interpreter -- his version of Cash's "I Walk the Line" is only eclipsed by the master's. Curless' repertoire covered the entire history of the music as it came down from the Carter Family. There are over a dozen complementary unreleased masters here, making this a must for the country collector, and to have the material organized in such painstaking chronologically recorded fashion adds depth and dimension to Curless' development as an artist. Ultimately, if you are at all a fan, this set and his final album, Traveling Through on the Rounder label, are the things to have. The Capitol period is good, it's just not revelatory like this stuff is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127158826
  • Catalog Number: 15882

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coast of Maine (1:58)
  2. 2 Ida Dance (1:57)
  3. 3 Jelly Doughnuts (1:31)
  4. 4 Fiddler's Dance (1:59)
  5. 5 Cottage in the Pines (3:26)
  6. 6 Cupid's Arrow (1:56)
  7. 7 Baby Darling (4:15)
  8. 8 Naponee (4:03)
  9. 9 Rocky Mountain Queen (2:42)
  10. 10 Streets of Laredo (1:45)
  11. 11 The Foggy Dew (2:15)
  12. 12 China Nights (4:29)
  13. 13 Blues in My Mind (3:05)
  14. 14 Lovin' Dan Sixty Minute Man (2:15)
  15. 15 Midnight Turning Day Blues (Blue Yodel No. 6) (1:44)
  16. 16 Bright Lights and Blonde Haired Women (3:06)
  17. 17 Travelin' Man (2:21)
  18. 18 I'm Ragged But I'm Right (1:44)
  19. 19 St. James Infirmary (3:06)
  20. 20 You Never Miss the Water (Till the Well Runs Dry) (2:00)
  21. 21 Rosalita (1:52)
  22. 22 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (1:50)
  23. 23 Please Don't Pass Me By (10:39)
  24. 24 Nine Pound Hammer No. 1 (1:52)
  25. 25 Rocky Mountain Queen (1:50)
  26. 26 Dick Curles/Al Hawkes on the First Event Release (10:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nine Pound Hammer No. 1 (2:21)
  2. 2 I Am a Pilgrim (2:11)
  3. 3 Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old Kentucky Home (1:57)
  4. 4 I Ain't Got Nobody (2:17)
  5. 5 Rainbow in My Heart (3:09)
  6. 6 Something's Wrong with You (2:30)
  7. 7 Evil Hearted Man Blues (2:38)
  8. 8 I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven (3:13)
  9. 9 Deck of Cards (3:10)
  10. 10 High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) (3:09)
  11. 11 Strawberry Roan (3:08)
  12. 12 Red River Valley (1:58)
  13. 13 Cowboy Jack (3:49)
  14. 14 On Top of Old Smokey (2:35)
  15. 15 Home on the Range (3:26)
  16. 16 Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (2:31)
  17. 17 The Old Chisholm Trail (2:41)
  18. 18 I Ride an Old Paint (2:02)
  19. 19 Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo (3:19)
  20. 20 Green Grow the Lilacs (2:41)
  21. 21 The Last Roundup (2:46)
  22. 22 The Crawdad Song (1:59)
  23. 23 Rock Island Line (2:09)
  24. 24 Don't Fence Me In (2:56)
  25. 25 The Big Rock Candy Mountain (2:00)
  26. 26 Roving Gambler (2:50)
  27. 27 Molly Darling (2:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Yellow Rose of Texas (2:47)
  2. 2 Liza Jane (1:54)
  3. 3 Careless Love (3:05)
  4. 4 Buffalo Gal (1:52)
  5. 5 San Antonio Rose (2:45)
  6. 6 Little Brown Jug (2:10)
  7. 7 I've Been Working on the Railroad (2:13)
  8. 8 Silver Threads Among the Gold (2:20)
  9. 9 You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine (3:08)
  10. 10 I Was Seeing Nellie Home (3:11)
  11. 11 Beautiful Dreamer (3:30)
  12. 12 My Old Kentucky Home (3:33)
  13. 13 Whispering Hope (3:29)
  14. 14 What a Friend We Have in Jesus (3:46)
  15. 15 Rock of Ages (2:24)
  16. 16 The Church in the Wildwood (3:17)
  17. 17 Bring Them In (2:32)
  18. 18 Onward, Christian Soldiers (3:43)
  19. 19 Nearer My God to Thee (3:40)
  20. 20 In the Garden (3:31)
  21. 21 Jesus Loves Me (3:04)
  22. 22 I Love to Tell the Story (3:15)
  23. 23 The Old Rugged Cross (3:13)
Disc 4
  1. 1 A Tombstone Every Mile (3:02)
  2. 2 Heart Talk (3:19)
  3. 3 Streets of Laredo (3:45)
  4. 4 King of the Road (2:39)
  5. 5 Uncle Tom (2:16)
  6. 6 China Nights (3:47)
  7. 7 Six Times a Day (The Trains Came Down) (2:31)
  8. 8 Cupid's Arrow (1:34)
  9. 9 Down by the Old River (2:37)
  10. 10 Teardrops in My Heart (2:21)
  11. 11 Nine Pound Hammer No. 3 (1:59)
  12. 12 Sunny Side of the Mountain (1:57)
  13. 13 'Tater Raisin' Man (2:01)
  14. 14 The Friend That Makes It Four (2:34)
  15. 15 Mama's Hands (2:48)
  16. 16 Mom and Dad's Waltz (3:00)
  17. 17 Daddy and Home (3:16)
  18. 18 I'm Going Home (2:06)
  19. 19 Buckaroo (1:57)
  20. 20 Little Terry (1:28)
  21. 21 Please Don't Make Me Go (2:32)
  22. 22 You, You, Only You (2:02)
  23. 23 Terrible Tangled Web (2:17)
  24. 24 A Devil Like Me (Needs an Angel Like You) (2:16)
  25. 25 No Fool Like an Old Fool (2:47)
  26. 26 Old Standby (2:27)
  27. 27 Too Late (2:29)
  28. 28 I Can't Stop (My Lovin' You) (2:15)
  29. 29 Forever and Ever (2:27)
  30. 30 Congratulations, You're Absolutely Right (2:54)
  31. 31 Heart Talk (2:50)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Highwayman (3:02)
  2. 2 The Baron (3:19)
  3. 3 Memories, an Old Picture and a Ring (3:45)
  4. 4 A Good Job Hunting and Fishing (2:39)
  5. 5 How Do I Say Goodbye? (2:16)
  6. 6 I Didn't Know Love Was This Way (3:47)
  7. 7 House of Memories (2:31)
  8. 8 All of Me Belongs to You (1:34)
  9. 9 My Side of the Night (2:37)
  10. 10 The Game of Love and Poker (2:21)
  11. 11 Try and Leave Me (1:59)
  12. 12 (Standing) on the Outside Looking In (1:57)
  13. 13 Hello Honey (2:01)
  14. 14 Nobody (2:34)
  15. 15 Hobo (2:48)
  16. 16 Tears of Saint Anne (3:00)
  17. 17 I Went Bad for a Pretty Girl (3:16)
  18. 18 Tornado Tillie (2:06)
  19. 19 Life Goes On (1:57)
  20. 20 Big Foot (1:28)
  21. 21 Mumble Boogy (2:32)
  22. 22 You Can't Go Back Again (2:02)
  23. 23 Shoes (2:17)
  24. 24 When Dad Was Around (2:16)
  25. 25 End of the Road (2:47)
  26. 26 Bury the Bottle with Me (2:27)
  27. 27 Wrinkled Crinkled Wadded Dollar Bill (2:29)
  28. 28 Just for the Record (2:15)
  29. 29 I'm Worried About Me (2:27)
Disc 6
  1. 1 The Heartline Special (2:52)
  2. 2 Secret of Your Heart (3:21)
  3. 3 I Ain't Got Nobody (2:00)
  4. 4 Bummin' on Track E (3:18)
  5. 5 Secret of Your Heart (3:21)
  6. 6 The Wild Side of Town (2:57)
  7. 7 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (2:38)
  8. 8 Things (2:17)
  9. 9 Easy Woman (2:25)
  10. 10 Down on the Corner at Kelly's (3:01)
  11. 11 Tonight's the Night My Angels Halo Fell (2:42)
  12. 12 Maybe I'll Cry over You (3:04)
  13. 13 It's Nothing to Me (2:40)
  14. 14 The Good Old Days (2:37)
  15. 15 Over the Edge (2:11)
  16. 16 Blue Is a Beautiful Color (2:26)
  17. 17 A Good Year for the Wine (2:06)
  18. 18 Tears Instead of Cheers (2:30)
  19. 19 All I Need Is You (2:54)
  20. 20 A Brand New Bed of Roses (2:42)
  21. 21 Be Here to Love Me (1:54)
  22. 22 Kentucky Boy (3:29)
  23. 23 Fanning the Flame (3:14)
  24. 24 The Sun (2:31)
  25. 25 Somebody Else (2:56)
  26. 26 Jamaica Farewell (2:07)
Disc 7
  1. 1 China Nights (3:05)
  2. 2 The Golden Rocket (2:27)
  3. 3 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (2:28)
  4. 4 I'm in Love Again (2:01)
  5. 5 I Walk the Line (1:28)
  6. 6 Something's Wrong with You (2:14)
  7. 7 China Nights (3:04)
  8. 8 Evil Hearted Man Blues (1:59)
  9. 9 Marianne (1:56)
  10. 10 Blues in My Mind (1:22)
  11. 11 Down by the Riverside (1:20)
  12. 12 Oh, Lonesome Me (2:25)
  13. 13 Where Is Your Heart Tonight (3:08)
  14. 14 I Can Get Along Without You Now (2:18)
  15. 15 Nine Pound Hammer No. 2 (2:06)
  16. 16 What Do I Care (2:24)
  17. 17 There's Been a Change in Me (1:33)
  18. 18 After All I Ain't Got Much to Lose (1:41)
  19. 19 Sunny Side of the Mountain (0:46)
  20. 20 Monday Night (5:36)
  21. 21 Nine Pound Hammer (4:02)
  22. 22 China Nights (2:58)
  23. 23 Just a Little Lovin' (5:04)
  24. 24 I Am a Pilgrim (3:11)
  25. 25 Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old Kentucky Home (2:50)
  26. 26 Montreal Express (1:05)
  27. 27 Station Breaks (1:28)
  28. 28 Billy D. Hunter: the Tumbleweed Kid (Tribute to Dick Curless) (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dick Curless Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Buddy Johnson Bass
James Burton Guitar
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Tommy Collins Guitar
Harold Bradley Rhythm Guitar
Harry King Piano
Ralph Mooney Steel Guitar
Bob Morris Bass
Jerry Byrd Steel Guitar
Helen "Peaches" Price Drums
Kay Adams Track Performer
Gene Moles Guitar
Al Hawkes Maracas
Billy King Guitar
George French Jr. Piano
David Duke Piano, Keyboards
Andy Bator Fiddle, Vocals
Harold Carter Fiddle
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Stephen Foster Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Bill Finegan Composer
Bob Jones Mastering
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Vince Matthews Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Brad Benedict Photo Illustration
Eddie Kirk Composer
Phil Wells Tape Comparison
R.A. Andreas Photo Illustration
Richard Weize Liner Notes, Tape Research
Birgit Schneider Artwork
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Kevin Coffey Liner Notes
Joseph Scriven Composer
Charles C. Converse Composer
Al Hawkes Producer, Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Robert Fletcher Composer
Dan Fulkerson Producer
Sabine Baring-Gould Composer
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