Another Log on the Fire: Hillbilly Central #2

Another Log on the Fire: Hillbilly Central #2

by Tompall Glaser
     
 
Another Log on the Fire: Hillbilly Central #2, the second of Bear Family's reissues of Tompall Glaser's MGM/Polydor recordings, pairs 1974's Tompall Glaser Sings the Songs of Shel Silverstein and 1975's The Great Tompall and His Outlaw Band, adding the bonus tracks of "Loving You Again

Overview

Another Log on the Fire: Hillbilly Central #2, the second of Bear Family's reissues of Tompall Glaser's MGM/Polydor recordings, pairs 1974's Tompall Glaser Sings the Songs of Shel Silverstein and 1975's The Great Tompall and His Outlaw Band, adding the bonus tracks of "Loving You Again" and "T for Texas." The latter song was one of two songs Glaser had on the era-defining 1976 compilation Wanted! The Outlaws, the album that propelled Tompall to cult semi-stardom and gave him two Country Top 40 hits, which amounts to the peak of his solo stardom, even if he did scale slightly higher with a reunited Glaser Brothers a few years later, largely due to the groundwork he laid here. This was the peak of his commercial success and in some ways his creative peak, too. At the very least, these two records represent Tompall Glaser in full flight, settling into his home turf at Hillbilly Central -- the studio he inherited and renamed after the Glaser Brothers split, supported by a sympathetic group of buddies, cutting songs that fit his broken-in, worn-down voice. First up was Sings the Songs of Shel Silverstein which, by its very nature, didn't dig as deep as Charlie. Tompall wound up picking Silverstein songs that were jokes -- sometimes wry, often dirty -- or danced around emotions instead of baring them. Glaser's weathered voice leant the ballads some considerable weight -- the slow-rolling "Grab a Hold" and "Roll On," the sticky sentimentality of "Echoes," and the stately sadness of "Oleander" all gain stature in Tompall's hands. These round out an album that's essentially a party record, anchored by the cheerfully offensive "Put Another Log on the Fire," the carnivalesque "Musical Chairs," the sleepy "Old New Orleans Custom," and the frankly irritating singalong "Country Gospel Good Book Rock 'n' Roll." These are Silverstein at his best and his worst, and if other singers captured his humor better -- Bobby Bare and Dr. Hook spring to mind -- Glaser at least proved himself to be one of his best interpreters here. The Great Tompall and His Outlaw Band has a bit of a similar party vibe as Songs of Shel Silverstein but it's a much looser party and probably a bit more fun, too. It's no mistake that Glaser's band gets a co-billing here: the focus isn't on a songwriter, it's on the music, which includes a lot of country standards given funky contemporary outlaw treatments. The album-opening "The Wild Side of Life" makes a bridge back to the spare, dusty original, but by the time the loose-limbed shuffle kicks on Fred Rose's "We Live in Two Different Worlds," let alone the wild groove they lay down on Tommy Duncan's "Time Changes Everything," it's clear this is a richer, fuller album than Shel Silverstein. Make no mistake, Silverstein still has a significant presence here -- as Glaser cuts the hazy, lazy "When It Goes, It's Gone Girl," trips through "Broken Down Mama" (first aired on the U.K. LP Take the Singer with the Song), and turns "If I'd Only Come and Gone" into a lament that stretches far beyond its smutty title -- but mixed in are the old standards, a good Glaser original in "I Can't Remember," a terrific take on Waylon and Willie's "Good Hearted Woman," Jack Clement's cinematic "West Canterbury Subdivision Blues" (whose wide vistas recall singles Tompall cut with his brothers in the '60s), and the excellent Lee J. Fry tune "The Hunger," which Waylon later turned into a hit. All this makes for, in pure musical terms, the richest album Tompall cut for MGM, rivaling Charlie as the finest album Glaser made in his mid-'70s peak.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2006
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127165206
catalogNumber:
16520
Rank:
54250

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tompall Glaser   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Norman Blake   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Fiddle,Electric Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin
Waylon Jennings   Acoustic Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Mel Brown   Electric Guitar
Casey Anderson   Background Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Troy Seals   Acoustic Guitar
Mary Beth Anderson   Background Vocals
Chuck Cochran   Piano
Bobby Emmons   Piano
Duke Goff   Bass
Moi Harris   Drums
Russ Hicks   Strings
Kyle Lehning   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards
Kenny Malone   Drums,Vibes
Ralph Mooney   Steel Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Bobby Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Andy McMahon   Piano
Alfred F. Newell   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Strings
William C. Rainsford   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord
Charles Folk   Drums
Pall Bearers & The Glaseroonies   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Composer,Producer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Bob Gibson   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer,Producer
Tompall Glaser   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Jim Casey   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Fred Rose   Composer
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Artwork
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning

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