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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even when isolated from the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century, the 51-track Country: The American Tradition is impressive. Columbia was one of the biggest labels in the early days of the record industry, as is evident from the beginning of this collection, which features cuts by Fiddlin' John Carson, Charlie Poole, Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers, and the Carter Family. What's more impressive is that the label -- and later, its subsidiaries -- captured the sound of each era. A glance at the featured artists -- Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash, the Byrds, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, George Jones, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even when isolated from the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century, the 51-track Country: The American Tradition is impressive. Columbia was one of the biggest labels in the early days of the record industry, as is evident from the beginning of this collection, which features cuts by Fiddlin' John Carson, Charlie Poole, Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers, and the Carter Family. What's more impressive is that the label -- and later, its subsidiaries -- captured the sound of each era. A glance at the featured artists -- Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash, the Byrds, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and the Dixie Chicks are among them -- gives a sense of not only how the label developed, but how country music did as well. Some major artists are missing -- they didn't sign everyone, after all -- as are some trends, but the overall effect is overwhelming. This set traces the history of country music in the 20th century, offering a terrific educational experience while also being entertaining. It's a feat that's difficult to pull off, let alone by concentrating on one group of labels, which is why it's all the more impressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646581629
  • Catalog Number: 65816

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane (2:47)
  2. 2 Cindy in the Meadows (3:09)
  3. 3 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues (2:52)
  4. 4 Soldier's Joy - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers (2:57)
  5. 5 Lafayette (Allons a Lafayette) (2:56)
  6. 6 Lovesick Blues (2:50)
  7. 7 Hobo's Lullaby (3:11)
  8. 8 Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) (3:11)
  9. 9 I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart (3:08)
  10. 10 Great Speckled Bird - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:55)
  11. 11 A Beautiful Life (2:41)
  12. 12 Song of the Bandit - The Sons of the Pioneers (2:47)
  13. 13 Orange Blossom Special - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:23)
  14. 14 Back in the Saddle Again (2:36)
  15. 15 New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:38)
  16. 16 Born to Lose (2:43)
  17. 17 Pistol Packin' Mama - Al Dexter and His Troopers (2:49)
  18. 18 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:04)
  19. 19 Slipping Around (2:46)
  20. 20 The Fields Have Turned Brown (2:34)
  21. 21 Hillbilly Fever (2:56)
  22. 22 Always Late (With Your Kisses) (3:07)
  23. 23 Loose Talk (2:33)
  24. 24 Crazy Arms (2:31)
  25. 25 Hop, Skip and Jump (1:52)
  26. 26 The Battle of New Orleans (2:29)
  27. 27 El Paso (4:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Big Bad John (3:01)
  2. 2 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash (2:36)
  3. 3 Flowers on the Wall (2:20)
  4. 4 Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Flatt & Scruggs (2:20)
  5. 5 Almost Persuaded - David Houston (2:58)
  6. 6 Hickory Wind (3:32)
  7. 7 Stand by Your Man (2:41)
  8. 8 Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson (2:57)
  9. 9 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) (3:48)
  10. 10 Behind Closed Doors (2:56)
  11. 11 Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone) (2:24)
  12. 12 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (2:19)
  13. 13 Golden Ring (3:03)
  14. 14 Take This Job and Shove It (2:37)
  15. 15 The Devil Went Down to Georgia (3:35)
  16. 16 He Stopped Loving Her Today (3:17)
  17. 17 Seven Year Ache (3:17)
  18. 18 Crying My Heart Out over You (3:01)
  19. 19 Pancho and Lefty (4:47)
  20. 20 I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried (3:19)
  21. 21 He Thinks He'll Keep Her (4:05)
  22. 22 How Can I Help You Say Goodbye (4:25)
  23. 23 Third Rock from the Sun (2:49)
  24. 24 Wide Open Spaces (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Flatt Guitar
Flatt & Scruggs Track Performer
Josh Graves Dobro
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Vocals
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Ricky Skaggs Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals, Track Performer
The Stanley Brothers Track Performer
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Vocals
Clarence White Guitar
Roy Acuff Fiddle, Vocals, Track Performer
Lynn Anderson Vocals, Track Performer
Gene Autry Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
The Carter Family Track Performer
Johnny Cash Vocals, Track Performer
Rosanne Cash Track Performer
Floyd Cramer Piano
Rodney Crowell Guitar, Track Performer
Little Jimmy Dickens Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Diffie Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Flacke Guitar
Lefty Frizzell Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Mandolin
Merle Haggard Guitar, Track Performer
John Hartford Fiddle
Chris Hillman Bass, Vocals
Johnny Horton Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
David Houston Vocals, Track Performer
George Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson Vocals, Track Performer
Patty Loveless Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Maphis Guitar
Skeets McDonald Bass
Patsy Montana Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Paycheck Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Price Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Charlie Rich Vocals, Track Performer
Marty Robbins Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Carl Smith Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
The Sons of the Pioneers Track Performer
Gid Tanner Fiddle, Track Performer
Floyd Tillman Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Warren Fiddle
Tammy Wynette Vocals, Track Performer
Chuck Wagon Gang Track Performer
The Byrds Track Performer
The Collins Kids Track Performer
Gram Parsons Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Lang Guitar
Matt Rollings Piano
Wayne Johnson Clarinet, Saxophone
Larry Collins Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Curtis Guitar
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Donnie Fritts Background Vocals
Chris Gantry Guitar
Steve Gibson Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Roy Hall Guitar
Billy Swan Background Vocals
Buck White Piano
Leon McAuliffe Steel Guitar
Lew DeWitt Tenor (Vocal)
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Bill Pursell Piano
Chubby Wise Fiddle
Bobby Wood Keyboards, Background Vocals
Johnny Bond Guitar
Riley Puckett Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Fiddlin' John Carson Fiddle, Vocals
Emmett Miller Track Performer
Goebel Reeves Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
North Carolina Ramblers Track Performer
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Vocals
Al Dexter Guitar, Vocals
Dixie Chicks Track Performer
Hugh & Karl Farr Fiddle, Guitar
Red Jones Bass
Jesse Ashlock Fiddle
Earl Ball Piano
Eddie Bayers Drums
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Benmont Tench Hammond Organ
Bruce Bouton Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley Banjo
Cleoma Breaux Guitar
The Statler Brothers Track Performer
Dennis Burnside Piano
Rosemary Butler Background Vocals
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Mary Chapin Carpenter Acoustic Guitar
A.P. Carter Vocals
Sara Carter Autoharp, Vocals
Mark Casstevens Guitar
Curly Chalker Steel Guitar
Charlie Daniels Fiddle, Vocals
Jack Clement Guitar
Jon Corneal Drums
Billy Crain Guitar
Tom Crain Guitar
Walt Cunningham Keyboards
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio Keyboards
Hank DeVito Steel Guitar
Jimmy Dean Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Tommy Duncan Vocals
Bobby Dyson Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar
Fred Edwards Drums
Bobby Emmons Keyboards
Joseph Falcon Accordion, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Bob Glaub Bass
Emory Gordy Bass
Marshall Grant Bass
Buddy Harman Drums
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
John Jennings Guitar, Background Vocals
Kevin Kelley Drums
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Buddy Killen Bass
Millie Kirkham Background Vocals
Jerry Kroon Drums
Russ Kunkel Drums
Mike Leech Bass
Lloyd Maines Steel Guitar
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
George Marinelli Guitar
James Marshall Drums
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Bill McElhiney Trumpet
Jerry McGee Guitar
Roger McGuinn Guitar, Vocals
Clayton McMichen Fiddle
Robert McNally Saxophone
Chips Moman Guitar
Greg Morrow Drums
Wayne Moss Guitar
Tiny Mott Saxophone
Andy Newmark Drums
Ernie Newton Bass
Mark O'Connor Fiddle
Jody Payne Guitar
Luther Perkins Guitar
Charlie Poole Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
Norbert Putnam Bass
Michael Rhodes Bass
Tom Roady Percussion
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Dick Roberts Steel Guitar
Billy Sanford Guitar
Arthur Schutt Piano
Leonard Seago Vocals
Eldon Shamblin Guitar
Jerry Shook Guitar
Jimmy Smith Guitar
Preston Smith Background Vocals
Ralph Smith Piano
Steuart Smith Guitar
Bee Spears Bass
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Al Stricklin Piano
Tanya Tucker Track Performer
Pete Wade Guitar
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Acoustic Guitar
Cheryl Warren Background Vocals
Biff Watson Guitar
Howard Watts Bass
Sharon White Background Vocals
Bob Wills Fiddle, Track Performer
Lonnie Wilson Percussion, Drums
Glenn Worf Bass
Paul Worley Guitar
Bob Wray Bass
Reggie Young Guitar
Joe Zinkan Bass
W.S. Holland Drums
Buddy Buller Guitar
Woody Carter Fiddle
Freddy Courtney Accordion
Ted Daffan Steel Guitar, Track Performer
Louis Dunn Drums
Lowell Frisby Bass
Salty Holmes Guitar
Chick Hurt Mandola
Son Lansford Bass
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Fate Norris Banjo
Jack Pruett Guitar
Darold Raley Fiddle
Leo Raley Mandolin
Dick Reinhart Guitar
Posey Rorer Fiddle
Gerald Tomlinson Guitar
Bob Moore Bass
Sam Pruett Guitar
Lee Bogan Background Vocals
Blackie Crawford Guitar
Karl Garvin Trumpet
Charlie Hayward Bass
John Barlow Jarvis Piano
Tubby Lewis Trumpet
Pee Wee Reid Bass
Tex Atchison Fiddle
Samantha Bumgarner Fiddle, Vocals, Track Performer
Anna Carter Alto
Lorrie Collins Guitar, Vocals
Larrie Londin Drums
Bob Nolan Vocals
Lloyd Perryman Bass, Vocals
The Prairie Ramblers Track Performer
Don Reid Tenor (Vocal)
Harold Reid Bass
Floyd Robinson Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Paul Sells Accordion
Leonard Slye Guitar, Vocals
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys Track Performer
The Charlie Daniels Band Track Performer
Al Dexter and His Troopers Track Performer
Jess Easterday Guitar
Jake Tullock Bass
Fred Whiting Bass
Leo McConville Trumpet
Clell Summey Steel Guitar
Norman Woodlieff Guitar
"Papa" John Gordy Piano
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Jabbo Arrington Guitar
Martie Seidel Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Red Taylor Fiddle
Natalie Maines Vocals
Tommy Nash Guitar
Bobby Charles Jr. Bass
Joe Chernay Bass
Emily Robison Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Vocals
Joe Osborn Bass
Jack "Happy Jack" Taylor Bass
Lester Woodie Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert Mandolin, Vocals
Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys Track Performer
Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers Track Performer
Sons of the Bandit Track Performer
Victor Battista Bass
David Parker "Dad" Carter Tenor (Vocal)
Eva Davis Banjo
Phil Baisley Baritone
Clato Buchanan Banjo
Bob Hopson Guitar
Johnny Johnson Bass
Coy Crank Steel Guitar
Ernest "Jim" Carter Bass
Lewis E. "Louie" Tierney Saxophone
Joe Callahan Guitar
Johny Christopher Guitar, Background Vocals
Carter Cotner Fiddle
Williams "Smokey" Dacus Drums
Dan Fitch Voices
Craig "Flash" Fletcher Background Vocals
Wilmot "Holly" Hollinger Trumpet
Lindley "Spike" Jones Drums
Rose Carter Karnes Soprano
Stan Kind Drums
Tommy Mahness Fiddle
Hale Owens Drums
Mickey Ralphael Harmonica
Tanya Rucker Vocals
Johnny Seibert Steel Guitar
J.D. Standbee Steel Guitar
Evrett Stover Trumpet
Clifton Howard "Van Howard" Vandevender Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Madge Suttee Piano
Technical Credits
Roy Acuff Composer
Rodney Crowell Producer
Joe Diffie Producer
Jools Holland Composer
Joe South Composer
Lew DeWitt Composer
Bill C. Malone Essay
Carl Butler Composer
Billy Altman Annotation
John Boylan Producer
Tony Brown Producer
Mary Chapin Carpenter Composer, Producer
Roy Carter Composer
June Carter Cash Composer
Blake Chancey Producer
Charlie Daniels Composer
Tom Crain Composer
Chris Difford Composer
Fred Edwards Composer
Fred Foster Producer
Emory Gordy Producer, String Arrangements
John Jennings Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Kathryn King Editorial Production
Don Law Producer
James Marshall Composer
Bill McElhiney String Arrangements
Billy Sherrill Producer
Johnny Slate Producer
Guy Smith Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Gary Usher Producer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Paul Worley Producer
Charlie Hayward Composer
David McGee Essay
Vaughn Horton Composer
Merle Kilgore Composer
Nedra Olds-Neal Producer
Janet Boye Art Direction
Randall Martin Label Design
M. Christian Composer
Charlie Sarrica Graphic Design
Sandy Lorenzo Marketing
Rosemary Mulligan Marketing
Don Schlitz Composer
Gladys Stacey Composer
Louise Certain Composer
Taz DeGregorio Composer
George Vaughn Composer
Artie Yeranian Graphic Design
Seth Foster Mastering
Traditional Composer
Ron Juliano Graphic Design
John Greenebaum Composer
Dianne Spoto Shattuck Marketing
Marni Elliott Marketing
Marguerite Hisen Marketing
Michelle Kerrigan Marketing
Arnold Levin Art Direction
Doug McKeown Marketing
Darren Salmeiri Copy Coordination
Burton Collins Composer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Susan Gibson Composer
Karen Good Taylor Composer
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