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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127156006
  • Catalog Number: 15600
  • Sales rank: 169,337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Gotta Go Get My Baby (2:15)
  2. 2 Daddy's Glad You Came Home (2:23)
  3. 3 Albino (Pink Eyed) Stallion (3:02)
  4. 4 Sticks and Stones (2:31)
  5. 5 Tea Bag Romeo (2:10)
  6. 6 Tennessee Houn' Dog Yodel (2:10)
  7. 7 Dem Low Down Blues (2:27)
  8. 8 Where Do We Go from Here (2:17)
  9. 9 Hot and Cold (2:10)
  10. 10 Mr. Blues (2:28)
  11. 11 Get off the Stool (2:35)
  12. 12 What Am I Supposed to Do? (2:45)
  13. 13 (Sometimes) I Feel Like Leaving Town (2:28)
  14. 14 Why Did You Have to Go and Leave Me (2:52)
  15. 15 Gonna Find Me a Bluebird (2:35)
  16. 16 'cause I'm a Dreamer (2:22)
  17. 17 So You Think You've Got Troubles (1:59)
  18. 18 Look for Me (I'll Be Waiting for You) (2:48)
  19. 19 Wayward Angel (2:15)
  20. 20 My Brand of Blues (2:24)
  21. 21 My Love Is Real (2:27)
  22. 22 Lucky Star (2:21)
  23. 23 The Majesty of Love (2:34)
  24. 24 You, My Darling You (2:19)
  25. 25 Whole Lotta Woman (2:43)
  26. 26 Whole Lotta Woman (3:05)
  27. 27 That's the Way I Feel (1:47)
  28. 28 Baby, Don't Go (2:10)
  29. 29 Two Fools in Love (2:11)
  30. 30 Because I'm a Dreamer (2:26)
  31. 31 Down in the Cellar (2:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Crazy Love (2:09)
  2. 2 Moanin' the Blues (2:08)
  3. 3 Gamblin' Man (Roving Gambler) (2:25)
  4. 4 I Dig You Baby (1:41)
  5. 5 Dance Me Daddy (2:34)
  6. 6 Nothin' Needs Nothin' (Like I Need You) (2:26)
  7. 7 (There's Always) a Need for Love (2:19)
  8. 8 No Good Runaround (2:13)
  9. 9 (Don't Be) Late for Love (2:00)
  10. 10 The Last Time (2:39)
  11. 11 Can I Count on Your Love (2:16)
  12. 12 Let Me Live Again (2:37)
  13. 13 Lonely Island (2:42)
  14. 14 Born to Be Lonesome (2:17)
  15. 15 Love Me Baby (Like There's No Tomorrow) (2:06)
  16. 16 That's When I'll Stop Loving You (2:13)
  17. 17 A Song of New Love (2:09)
  18. 18 Halfbreed (2:33)
  19. 19 The Valley of the Moon (2:34)
  20. 20 Young Girls (1:58)
  21. 21 The Pale Faced Indian (Lament of the Cherokee Nation) (2:41)
  22. 22 Wayward Angel (2:21)
  23. 23 Hard Luck Blues (2:39)
  24. 24 She's Gone (2:22)
  25. 25 Yesterday's Kisses (2:19)
  26. 26 You're Not Happy (2:22)
  27. 27 I Can't Forget (2:02)
  28. 28 Boo Hoo (1:47)
  29. 29 Tough Top Cat (2:56)
  30. 30 (There's A) Honky Tonk in Your Heart (1:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hey, Good Lookin' (2:18)
  2. 2 Do It Now (2:40)
  3. 3 It Wasn't Enough (2:11)
  4. 4 That Little House (2:21)
  5. 5 Part Time Lover (2:37)
  6. 6 That Aching Heart (2:40)
  7. 7 Love's Prison (2:49)
  8. 8 These Thoughts of You (2:32)
  9. 9 Bad Girl (2:31)
  10. 10 I Saw Your New Love Today (2:18)
  11. 11 My Old Home Town (2:38)
  12. 12 Branded (2:07)
  13. 13 It Wasn't Enough (2:17)
  14. 14 Sing the Girls a Song (2:37)
  15. 15 Indian Burial Ground (2:21)
  16. 16 The Black Sheep (3:34)
  17. 17 Troubles My Little Boy Had (2:31)
  18. 18 Sorrow Brings a Good Man Down (2:09)
  19. 19 I Want Your Heart (2:20)
  20. 20 Talk to Me (2:33)
  21. 21 Run for Your Life Boy (2:23)
  22. 22 The Old Gang's Gone (2:49)
  23. 23 Cold Woman (2:17)
  24. 24 Oklahoma Hills (2:54)
  25. 25 Wedding Rings (2:58)
  26. 26 Let Me Live Again (2:41)
  27. 27 I Love My Country (3:14)
  28. 28 Burning Bridges (2:37)
  29. 29 Black Jack Mcclain (2:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Heart's Hall of Fame (3:24)
  2. 2 Hit and Run Lover (2:27)
  3. 3 Korea's Mountain Northland (3:24)
  4. 4 Tainted Gold (2:15)
  5. 5 Don't Tell My Boy (In Prison Living a Lie) (2:24)
  6. 6 Don't Try to Change Your Little Woman (2:19)
  7. 7 Do You Want to Know (1:58)
  8. 8 Engineer's Song (The Boy and the Engineer) (2:33)
  9. 9 Freight Train Blues (1:37)
  10. 10 The Key (2:00)
  11. 11 Let's Go on a Picnic (1:31)
  12. 12 Moments of Love (1:53)
  13. 13 So Long (1:37)
  14. 14 Teardrops (2:20)
  15. 15 The Wanderer in Me (2:40)
  16. 16 What You Got, You Don't Want (1:55)
  17. 17 Would Your Mother Be Proud of You (2:54)
  18. 18 You Can't Keep a Secret (2:15)
  19. 19 Love Me Baby (Like There's No Tomorrow) (2:31)
  20. 20 (There's A) Honky Tonk in Your Heart (2:03)
  21. 21 My Old Home Town (2:38)
  22. 22 The Old Gang's Gone (2:45)
  23. 23 Cold Woman (2:31)
  24. 24 Wedding Rings (2:54)
  25. 25 Introduction (0:38)
  26. 26 So You Think You've Got Troubles (2:21)
  27. 27 Halfbreed (3:05)
  28. 28 Whole Lotta Woman (3:49)
  29. 29 I'll Always Be Lonely (2:28)
  30. 30 Wishful Thinking (2:37)
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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
The Anita Kerr Singers Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Sid Bass Conductor
Floyd Chance Bass
Buddy Harman Drums
Tommy Williams Fiddle
Bill Guess Vocals
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Bill Badgett Steel Guitar
Patty Rainwater Vocals
Ray Rainwater Drums
Roger Woodward Bass
Tommy Williams Jr. Fiddle
Mickey Woodward Steel Guitar
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 Mastering, 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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