Classic Recordings

Classic Recordings

by Marvin Rainwater
     
 
This four-CD set puts Marvin Rainwater's recording career from 1953 through 1969 into sharp relief, most notably his inability to fix on a sound, either country or rockabilly, and stick with it. In a fairer world, he wouldn't have had to decide, because he was good at both. Disc One opens with his earliest officially released sides, which ran the gamut from rockabilly

Overview

This four-CD set puts Marvin Rainwater's recording career from 1953 through 1969 into sharp relief, most notably his inability to fix on a sound, either country or rockabilly, and stick with it. In a fairer world, he wouldn't have had to decide, because he was good at both. Disc One opens with his earliest officially released sides, which ran the gamut from rockabilly to faux-western to upbeat comic country-pop to country-blues, and one good dog song ("Tennesse Hound Dog Yodel"). Rainwater's best numbers here, however, may be the raucous rocker "Hot and Cold" and the only slightly more restrained "Mr. Blues," both of which show off Roy Clark's lead guitar in the strongest light. Disc Two is more consistent, with fewer of the pop efforts of the prior years. The rockabilly sides, especially "(There's Always) A Need for Love," really spark this disc and provide the real drive around more convention pop
ock & roll numbers like "I Dig You Baby." Disc Three has its great moments, such as "It Wasn't Enough," amid a series of duets with singer Bill Guess that present Rainwater at his most commercial and accessible. Disc Four contains Rainwater's earliest sides, cut as demos in 1953 and 1954, and while the quality of the sound is a little shaky, the stuff goes to the core of Rainwater's music-making, freewheeling studio performances without looking for the next big hit or trying to catch the wave of public fancy. The real joy here, however, are five live numbers recorded in 1962 -- Rainwater, already gone from MGM and disillusioned, still loved playing to an audience, as these sides show, and the only pity is that there isn't more of this stuff, especially since the sound is unexpectedly good.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/1994
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127156006
catalogNumber:
15600
Rank:
292493

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Gotta Go Get My Baby
  2. Daddy's Glad You Came Home
  3. Albino (Pink Eyed) Stallion
  4. Sticks and Stones
  5. Tea Bag Romeo
  6. Tennessee Houn' Dog Yodel
  7. Dem Low Down Blues
  8. Where Do We Go from Here
  9. Hot and Cold
  10. Mr. Blues
  11. Get off the Stool
  12. What Am I Supposed to Do?
  13. (Sometimes) I Feel Like Leaving Town
  14. Why Did You Have to Go and Leave Me
  15. Gonna Find Me a Bluebird
  16. 'cause I'm a Dreamer
  17. So You Think You've Got Troubles
  18. Look for Me (I'll Be Waiting for You)
  19. Wayward Angel
  20. My Brand of Blues
  21. My Love Is Real
  22. Lucky Star
  23. The Majesty of Love
  24. You, My Darling You
  25. Whole Lotta Woman
  26. Whole Lotta Woman
  27. That's the Way I Feel
  28. Baby, Don't Go
  29. Two Fools in Love
  30. Because I'm a Dreamer
  31. Down in the Cellar

Disc 2

  1. Crazy Love
  2. Moanin' the Blues
  3. Gamblin' Man (Roving Gambler)
  4. I Dig You Baby
  5. Dance Me Daddy
  6. Nothin' Needs Nothin' (Like I Need You)
  7. (There's Always) a Need for Love
  8. No Good Runaround
  9. (Don't Be) Late for Love
  10. The Last Time
  11. Can I Count on Your Love
  12. Let Me Live Again
  13. Lonely Island
  14. Born to Be Lonesome
  15. Love Me Baby (Like There's No Tomorrow)
  16. That's When I'll Stop Loving You
  17. A Song of New Love
  18. Halfbreed
  19. The Valley of the Moon
  20. Young Girls
  21. The Pale Faced Indian (Lament of the Cherokee Nation)
  22. Wayward Angel
  23. Hard Luck Blues
  24. She's Gone
  25. Yesterday's Kisses
  26. You're Not Happy
  27. I Can't Forget
  28. Boo Hoo
  29. Tough Top Cat
  30. (There's A) Honky Tonk in Your Heart

Disc 3

  1. Hey, Good Lookin'
  2. Do It Now
  3. It Wasn't Enough
  4. That Little House
  5. Part Time Lover
  6. That Aching Heart
  7. Love's Prison
  8. These Thoughts of You
  9. Bad Girl
  10. I Saw Your New Love Today
  11. My Old Home Town
  12. Branded
  13. It Wasn't Enough
  14. Sing the Girls a Song
  15. Indian Burial Ground
  16. The Black Sheep
  17. Troubles My Little Boy Had
  18. Sorrow Brings a Good Man Down
  19. I Want Your Heart
  20. Talk to Me
  21. Run for Your Life Boy
  22. The Old Gang's Gone
  23. Cold Woman
  24. Oklahoma Hills
  25. Wedding Rings
  26. Let Me Live Again
  27. I Love My Country
  28. Burning Bridges
  29. Black Jack Mcclain

Disc 4

  1. Heart's Hall of Fame
  2. Hit and Run Lover
  3. Korea's Mountain Northland
  4. Tainted Gold
  5. Don't Tell My Boy (In Prison Living a Lie)
  6. Don't Try to Change Your Little Woman
  7. Do You Want to Know
  8. Engineer's Song (The Boy and the Engineer)
  9. Freight Train Blues
  10. The Key
  11. Let's Go on a Picnic
  12. Moments of Love
  13. So Long
  14. Teardrops
  15. The Wanderer in Me
  16. What You Got, You Don't Want
  17. Would Your Mother Be Proud of You
  18. You Can't Keep a Secret
  19. Love Me Baby (Like There's No Tomorrow)
  20. (There's A) Honky Tonk in Your Heart
  21. My Old Home Town
  22. The Old Gang's Gone
  23. Cold Woman
  24. Wedding Rings
  25. Introduction
  26. So You Think You've Got Troubles
  27. Halfbreed
  28. Whole Lotta Woman
  29. I'll Always Be Lonely
  30. Wishful Thinking

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Rainwater   Primary Artist,Vocals
Roy Clark   Banjo,Bass,Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Connie Francis   Vocals
Jimmy Day   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,6-string Electric Bass
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sid Bass   Conductor
Floyd Chance   Bass
Buddy Harman   Drums
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Bill Guess   Vocals
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Bill Badgett   Steel Guitar
Patty Rainwater   Vocals
Ray Rainwater   Drums
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Mickey Woodward   Steel Guitar
Roger Woodward   Bass

Technical Credits

Hank Garland   Contributor
George Jones   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Hardrock Gunter   Illustrations
Walter Scott   Composer
Marvin Rainwater   Contributor,Illustrations
John Burton   Illustrations
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Biographical Information
Kelso Herston   Producer
Bob Jones   Illustrations,Disc Dub
Ken Jones   Contributor
Harry Meyerson   Producer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Mark Wilder   Disc Dub
Hank Williams   Composer
Phil Wells   Tape Comparison
Howard Cockburn   Illustrations
Diethold Leu   Contributor,Illustrations
Bill Millar   Contributor,Illustrations
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
R.A. Andreas   Contributor,Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Adam Komorowski   Illustrations
Roy Link   Illustrations
Patty Rainwater   Contributor,Illustrations
Ray Rainwater   Contributor,Illustrations
Ian Saddler   Illustrations
Ronnie Isle   Composer

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