Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1945

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Germany's Bear Family is well known for its stellar box set reissues of country, rock, and rhythm & blues recordings, as well as for single titles by deserving if not necessarily remembered American artists. Their mastering, production, and packaging set the industry standard for excellence. The six-volume Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series was released on CD in December of 2008 and covered the years 1945-1950, a strange and wonderful time in country music history born from of the end of the War Department's restrictions on shellac and the end of the recording ban, all near the end of the second world war. These discs all contain either 27 or 28 tracks, and are lavishly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Germany's Bear Family is well known for its stellar box set reissues of country, rock, and rhythm & blues recordings, as well as for single titles by deserving if not necessarily remembered American artists. Their mastering, production, and packaging set the industry standard for excellence. The six-volume Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series was released on CD in December of 2008 and covered the years 1945-1950, a strange and wonderful time in country music history born from of the end of the War Department's restrictions on shellac and the end of the recording ban, all near the end of the second world war. These discs all contain either 27 or 28 tracks, and are lavishly annotated with historical essays and track by track annotation by the esteemed Colin Escott, and contain with photographs of performers and record sleeves where available. The 1945 volume is indicative of the rest. Contained here are well-known numbers by legendary artists as well as some relative obscurities -- to novices anyway. But anyway you slice it, these tracks were compiled from the best audio sources available. The better-known selections here are Bob Wills' "Smoke on the Water" and "Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima," Dick Thomas' "Sioux City Sue," Phil Harris' Western swing classic "That's What I Like About the South," Wesley Tuttle's "With Tears in My Eyes," Floyd Tillman's "Each Night at Nine," Tex Ritter's "You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often," Roy Acuff's "We Live in Two Diffr'ent Worlds," Jack Guthrie's stone classic "Oklahoma Hills" (Woody's uncle), and Spade Cooley's "Shame on You," just to name a few. This volume is just a peek into the world that Bear Family opens in the Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series. To add to the bounty: the sound quality here is also unmatched anywhere else.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169501
  • Catalog Number: 2716950
  • Sales rank: 84,769

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smoke on the Water - Bob Wills & His Texas Cowboys (2:59)
  2. 2 At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry (2:49)
  3. 3 Shame on You - Spade Cooley & His Orchestra (2:53)
  4. 4 That's What I Like About the South - Phil Harris & His Orchestra (2:54)
  5. 5 Jealous Heart - Jenny Carson (3:10)
  6. 6 Sioux City Sue - Dick Thomas (3:05)
  7. 7 Tomorrow Never Comes - Ernest Tubb (3:05)
  8. 8 There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder - Jimmie Davis (2:28)
  9. 9 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Lulu Belle & Scotty (3:00)
  10. 10 Headin' Down the Wrong Highway - Ted Daffan (2:45)
  11. 11 Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie & His Oklahomans (2:58)
  12. 12 Boogie Woogie Boy - Porky Freeman Trio (3:03)
  13. 13 Don't Fence Me In - Gene Autry (2:35)
  14. 14 The Cattle Call - Eddy Arnold (3:06)
  15. 15 I'm Losing My Mind Over You - Al Dexter and His Troopers (2:52)
  16. 16 Each Night at Nine - Floyd Tillman & His Favorite Playboys (2:46)
  17. 17 Hang Your Head in Shame - Red Foley (2:55)
  18. 18 You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter & His Texans (2:45)
  19. 19 That's All - Merle Travis (2:53)
  20. 20 With Tears in My Eyes - Wesley Tuttle & His Texas Stars (2:56)
  21. 21 Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:51)
  22. 22 It's Been So Long Darling - Ernest Tubb (3:16)
  23. 23 Nails in My Coffin - Jerry Irby (2:40)
  24. 24 Detour - Paul Westmoreland & His Pecos River Boys (2:47)
  25. 25 We Live in Two Diff'rent Worlds - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:50)
  26. 26 Blue Ranger - Hank Snow (2:50)
  27. 27 Guitar Boogie - The Rambler Trio (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddy Arnold Guitar, Vocals
Gene Autry Vocals
Jimmie Davis Vocals
Moon Mullican Piano
Merle Travis Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Jack Guthrie Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Ernest Tubb Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Johnny Bond Guitar
Lulu Belle Vocals
Tex Williams Vocals
Spade Cooley Fiddle, Leader
George Kennedy Trumpet
Ted Adams Bass
Perry Botkin Jr. Guitar, Leader
Jenny Carson Vocals
Millard Kelso Piano
Charles Mitchell Electric Guitar
Monte Mountjoy Drums
Smokey Rogers Guitar
Mischa Russell Violin
Dick Thomas Vocals
George Thow Trumpet
Joe Holley Fiddle
Rex Call Fiddle
Ted Daffan Leader
Earl Joaquin Murphey Steel Guitar
Deuce Spriggens Bass, Vocals
Frankie Marvin Steel Guitar, Leader
Paul Sells Accordion
Joe Shelton Guitar
George Williamson Piano
Arthur Shapiro Bass
Maurice Stein Saxophone
Herbert M. Paige Bass, Guitar
Johnny Sapp Fiddle
Scotty Wiseman Vocals
Johnnie Edwards Drums
Paul Westmoreland Steel Guitar, Accompaniment
James Robert Wills Fiddle
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Earl Hatch Drums
Eddie Bennett Piano
Billy Hughes Fiddle
Jesse J. Colvard Steel Guitar
Carl H. Hunt Fiddle
August Klein Accordion
Phil Harris & His Orchestra Vocals
Charlie Morgan Guitar
Melvin Leon Short Rhythm Guitar
Alan H. Barker Bass
Quilla Hugh Freeman Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Tommy Sargent Rhythm Guitar
John Westmoreland Bass
Frankie J. Marvin Steel Guitar, Leader
Robert James "Bobby" Ray Fiddle
William Ellsworth "Alex" Brashear Trumpet
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan Vocals
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners Guitar
Gabe Tucker Bass, Trumpet
Genevieve Clark Accordion
Ivan Eppinoff Violin
Mervin Fischal Bass
Louise Heising Violin
Maurice Cameron Hill Electric Guitar
Gerald Hutcheson Fiddle
Roscoe Krawl Guitar, Vocals
James Howard "Speedy" McNatt Fiddle
Clyde Moffett Bass
James Erwin Short Guitar, Leader
Ozzie Westley Guitar
Ivan LeRoy Wiggins Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Jack Guthrie Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Lulu Belle Duet
Spade Cooley Composer
Al Dexter Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Jack Howard Composer
James Paris Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Dick Thomas Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Tex Owens Composer
Ted Daffan Composer
Zeke Clements Composer
Jerry Irby Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Steve Hathaway Illustrations
Dave Sax Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Kevin Coffey Illustrations
Scotty Wiseman Composer, Duet
Lee Blastic Composer
Ray Freedman Composer
Paul Westmoreland Composer
Ekko Whelan Composer
Paul Howard Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay Illustrations
Steve Nelson Composer
Arthur Smith Composer
Porky Freeman Composer
Al Turner Illustrations
Tom Gindhart Composer
Jealous Heart Composer
Cliff Johnsen Composer
Clements Composer
James B. Paris Composer
Nunn Composer
Ray Freedman Composer
Ed Nelson Composer
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