Almost to Tulsa: The Instrumentals

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Texas Troubadours played it pretty close to the vest while backing up country singer Ernest Tubb, precisely reproducing the sound of his recorded hits, but the band's warm-up sets without him were another thing entirely, bursting with jazzy overtones and as wild and free-ranging as a water bug on speed. Tubb toured and recorded regularly from the 1940s through to his retirement in 1982 and there were dozens of different Texas Troubadours configurations during that time, but a case could be made that the Troubadours were the finest live band in any genre in America from the late 1950s through the late 1960s, and this generous 36-track set of studio instrumentals from a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Texas Troubadours played it pretty close to the vest while backing up country singer Ernest Tubb, precisely reproducing the sound of his recorded hits, but the band's warm-up sets without him were another thing entirely, bursting with jazzy overtones and as wild and free-ranging as a water bug on speed. Tubb toured and recorded regularly from the 1940s through to his retirement in 1982 and there were dozens of different Texas Troubadours configurations during that time, but a case could be made that the Troubadours were the finest live band in any genre in America from the late 1950s through the late 1960s, and this generous 36-track set of studio instrumentals from a couple of the group's classic lineups is pretty convincing proof of that. Produced by Owen Bradley and featuring the extraordinary talents of guitarist Leon Rhodes, steel guitarists Buddy Emmons and Buddy Charleton, and bassist Jack Drake (the brother of steel guitarist Pete Drake), these cuts show a crisp, adventuresome band blowing everything out of the pipes with a galloping, steam-rolling exuberance that simply has to be heard. Everything collected here is memorable, but assorted highlights would include an elegantly solid "Tuxedo Junction," the snaky "Almost to Tulsa," the beautiful and buoyant "Nashville Shuffle," and "Leon's Guitar Boogie" (there are three different versions of it here and each of them is great), but there really isn't a lame side to any of the cuts in this sequence, which sparkles, roars, swerves, and astounds from start to finish. The Texas Troubadours, at least in the group's mid-career incarnation, were simply an amazing unit. It's a wonder that Tubb ever had nerve enough to stand up in front of them and tame them down. Thanks to Bear Family Records for putting all of these explosive sides together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127159465
  • Catalog Number: 2715946
  • Sales rank: 36,931

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rose City Chimes (2:21)
  2. 2 Danny Boy (3:20)
  3. 3 Tuxedo Junction (2:11)
  4. 4 Almost to Tulsa (2:04)
  5. 5 Leon's Guitar Boogie (2:44)
  6. 6 C-Jam Blues (1:57)
  7. 7 Cool It (1:41)
  8. 8 The Waltz You Saved for Me (2:26)
  9. 9 Rhodes-Bug Boogie (2:06)
  10. 10 Walking the Floor Over You (1:47)
  11. 11 Honey Fingers (2:30)
  12. 12 Steel Guitar Rag (3:00)
  13. 13 Lover's Waltz (2:00)
  14. 14 Panhandle Rag (1:53)
  15. 15 Gardenia Waltz (2:11)
  16. 16 Redskin Rag (2:46)
  17. 17 Texas Troubadour Stomp (1:46)
  18. 18 E.T. Blues (2:03)
  19. 19 Nashville Shuffle (1:59)
  20. 20 Jamming with C and C (2:06)
  21. 21 Cain's Corner (2:11)
  22. 22 Big Beaver (2:28)
  23. 23 12th Street Rag (1:47)
  24. 24 Ridgetop Stomp (2:10)
  25. 25 Cocoanut Grove (2:43)
  26. 26 Red Top (2:37)
  27. 27 Take That (2:22)
  28. 28 Twilight Over Texas (2:38)
  29. 29 Leon's Guitar Boogie (2:03)
  30. 30 Buddie's Boogie (1:46)
  31. 31 This Ain't the Blues (1:48)
  32. 32 Four Wheel Drive (1:55)
  33. 33 Blue Wind (2:41)
  34. 34 Highland Swing (2:03)
  35. 35 Greensleeves (2:32)
  36. 36 Leon's Guitar Boogie (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Texas Troubadours Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Jack Greene Drums
Cal Smith Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Day Bass
Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Bass
Wade Ray Fiddle
Ernest Tubb Vocals
John Wiggins Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar, Electric Bass
Jack Drake Bass
Buddy Harman Drums
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Jan Kurtis Drums
Leon Rhodes Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Jerry Shook Electric Bass, Rhythm Guitar
Dale Potter Fiddle
Buddy Charleton Steel Guitar
Bobby Garrett Steel Guitar
Howard G. "Johnny" Johnson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Buck Evans Guitar
Bob Wilson & His Orchestra Piano
Bill Pfender Drums
Steve Chapman Guitar
Technical Credits
Buddy Emmons Composer
Johnny Gimble Composer
Erskine Hawkins Composer
Julian Dash Composer
Wayne King Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Jimmy Day Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Speedy West Composer
Euday L. Bowman Composer
Owen Bradley Producer
Jimmy Capps Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Leon Rhodes Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Deke Dickerson Liner Notes
Buddy Charleton Composer
George McCoy Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Jurgen Koop Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Buddy Feyne Composer
Harry Owens Composer
Emil Flindt Composer
Bun Wilson Composer
Clay Allen Composer
Doc Richardson Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Steve Chapman Composer
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