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Complete Decca Recordings
     

Complete Decca Recordings

by Jim Eanes
 
The bluegrass audience has claimed Jim Eanes as one of their own, but his early Decca recordings combine country music's stock rhythm and steel guitar with Hubert Davis' bluegrass banjo for a hybrid style that many people would not consider bluegrass, although it is not much different from his later Starday recordings. Recorded between

Overview

The bluegrass audience has claimed Jim Eanes as one of their own, but his early Decca recordings combine country music's stock rhythm and steel guitar with Hubert Davis' bluegrass banjo for a hybrid style that many people would not consider bluegrass, although it is not much different from his later Starday recordings. Recorded between 1952 and 1955, and predating the Starday sessions many fans believe yielded his best work, Eanes' Decca sides reflect the trends and concerns of their time. "In a Little Spanish Restaurant" is a country rhumba of the sort that Hank Snow often recorded, while "I'm No Communist" and "They Locked God Outside the Iron Curtain" address the Cold War. "Little Brown Hand," an ode to a dark-skinned girl, is an adaptation of the (minstrel era?) folk song "Little Yellow Gal," while "Wiggle Worm Wiggle" and "Kiss Me! Kiss Me!" represent Eanes' foray into the world of novelty songs. Decca reportedly pushed Eanes toward a more commercial country sound, so "Don't Hand Me That Stuff" and "Sweet Lovin' Baby" prominently feature the electric guitars of session players such as Chet Atkins and Hank Garland without entirely abandoning his established style. The presence of more traditional material, including waltzes and a number of banjo breakdowns, may serve as a counterweight for bluegrass purists, but the anthology is a mixed bag whatever one's tastes. None of Eanes' Decca recordings reached the national charts, but his long career and the enduring interest in his Starday recordings more than justify this look at a neglected chapter of his career.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/1999
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127159342
catalogNumber:
15934
Rank:
282408

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Performance Credits

Jim Eanes   Primary Artist,Guitar
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Leader
Buddy Killen   Bass
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Jerry Rivers   Fiddle
Hubert Davis   Banjo
Bob Moore   Bass
Jack Shook   Guitar
Autry Inman   Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Donald Slayman   Fiddle
Roy Russell   Guitar
Robert Lee "Bob" Foster   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Cotton   Composer
Paul Roberts   Composer
Jim Eanes   Composer
Lee Garrett   Composer
L.A. Jones   Composer
D. Morris   Composer
Hubert Davis   Composer
Autry Inman   Composer
Gary B. Reid   Biographical Notes
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Lewis Compton   Composer
Arthur Hiller   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Voss   Artwork
Paul Cohen   Producer
S. Wright   Composer
Chuck Darwin   Composer

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