Black Cat: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The purpose of this compilation is, according to the liner notes, to present 30 of Collins' "earlier, for the most part more lighthearted sides." Since Bear Family already has a five-CD Collins box, and since the single-disc The Capitol Collection does a good job of collecting his most popular work, this less focused anthology is of less immediate appeal to either general fans or collectors. That's especially the case considering it has some but not all of his biggest hits, though it boasts Bear Family's typically fine packaging. If you favor the more upbeat and energetic side of 1950s hillbilly, however, this could make a good starter package or sampler. Spanning ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The purpose of this compilation is, according to the liner notes, to present 30 of Collins' "earlier, for the most part more lighthearted sides." Since Bear Family already has a five-CD Collins box, and since the single-disc The Capitol Collection does a good job of collecting his most popular work, this less focused anthology is of less immediate appeal to either general fans or collectors. That's especially the case considering it has some but not all of his biggest hits, though it boasts Bear Family's typically fine packaging. If you favor the more upbeat and energetic side of 1950s hillbilly, however, this could make a good starter package or sampler. Spanning 1951 to 1960, it showcases a country singer who might not have been as seriously ruminative as the top honky tonkers, or as rowdy as the most boisterous of his peers. But he was skilled at generating consistent, energetic early exponents of the Bakersfield sound, seldom approaching rockabilly, yet steering clear of the more polished country-pop gaining traction as the '50s progressed. Collins actually did get a little raucous and raw on the earliest and only pre-Capitol recording here, 1951's "Campus Boogie"; "Black Cat" has a hint of a rock & roll influence; and the latest sides, recorded after his brief retreat into religious life and music, is a bit more pop crossover-conscious. Yet mid-paced numbers would be his primary calling, cleanly produced by Ken Nelson and often featuring sterling picking by top guitarists like Buck Owens, Ferlin Husky, and Billy Strange. He won't displace the likes of Owens as a kingpin of the Bakersfield sound, but those who want to dig a little deeper than the biggest names in the genre will find this CD rewarding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127168979
  • Catalog Number: 16897
  • Sales rank: 129,131

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Collins Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Buck Owens Guitar
Merrill Moore Piano
Bill Woods Fiddle
Ferlin Husky Guitar
Ralph Mooney Steel Guitar
Roy Nichols Guitar
Wynn Stewart Rhythm Guitar, Leader
Lewis Talley Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
Bobby Austin Bass
Helen "Peaches" Price Drums
Billy Porter Guitar
Johnny Gilchrist Steel Guitar
William Everett Strange Guitar
Glen Wilds Guitar
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Leonard Sipes Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Wanda Collins Vocals
George French Jr. Piano
J.R. Jelly Sanders Fiddle
Wesley Buchanan Guitar
Charles Lee "Fuzzy" Owen Bass
Russell O'Neill Fiddle
R.M. Bradshaw Bass
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Tommy Collins Composer, Illustrations
Jack Guthrie Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Dick Reynolds Composer
Karl Davis Composer
Hartford Taylor Composer
Werly Fairburn Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Stefan Kohne Reissue Producer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Wanda Collins Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Marcus Heumann Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    was a good cd

    would of liked to play some sample tunes like other cd do.

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