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Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1946
     

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1946

 
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

Overview

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. 1946 was a stellar year for all forms of country music as this volume attests. It kicks off with the original version of "Atomic Power" by the Buchanan Brothers that walks a fine line between Western swing, hillbilly boogie, and proto-bluegrass vocal harmonies. Of course, Bob Wills was still at the pinnacle of his mighty run and is represented here by "New Spanish Two Step" and "Stay a Little Longer." Eddy Arnold's classic charting "That's How Much I Love You" is in this mix, as is Bill Monroe's "Kentucky Waltz," with entries by Merle Travis, Gene Autry, the Delmore Brothers, Al Dexter with his groovy "Wine, Women and Song," and Cowboy Copas' "Tragic Romance." Some of the true standouts, though, are reserved for Hank Penny's "Steel Guitar Stomp," Spade Cooley's "Three Way Boogie," and Grandpa Jones' "Eight More Miles to Louisville." The sound quality is not to be beat, making this an essential collection if there ever was one.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2008
Label:
Bear Family Germany
UPC:
4000127169518
catalogNumber:
2716951
Rank:
299589

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Acuff   Vocals
Eddy Arnold   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Merle Travis   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Ernest Tubb   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Johnny Bond   Guitar
Elton Britt   Guitar,Vocals
T. Texas Tyler   Guitar,Vocals
Ted Adams   Bass
Mac Ceppos   Violin,Leader
Millard Kelso   Piano
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Monte Mountjoy   Drums
Mischa Russell   Violin
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Stanley Walker   Guitar
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Earl Joaquin Murphey   Steel Guitar
Lloyd "Lonzo" George   Bass
Roy Lanham   Guitar
Wiley Morris   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Zeke Morris   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Salvator Franzella   Clarinet
Lloyd Copas   Guitar,Vocals
James Robert Wills   Fiddle
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry   Drums
Melvin Leon Short   Rhythm Guitar
William Feinbloom   Bass
Larry DePaul   Accordion
John Magness   Fiddle
Jack McTaggart   Trumpet
Golden Stewart   Guitar
Braun   Bass
Felton Harkness   Fiddle
Frankie J. Marvin   Steel Guitar,Leader
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan   Vocals
Jimmy Simmons   Bass
Wilmot "Holly" Hollinger   Trumpet
Bertrand Hirsch   Violin,Leader
William Owen Bradley   Piano
John Will Drake   Guitar
Troy Jack Drake   Bass
Wayne Fleming   Steel Guitar
Justin Gordon   Clarinet
A. William Graham   Trumpet
Fred "Red" Herron   Fiddle
James Howard "Speedy" McNatt   Fiddle
Carl Mosher   Steel Guitar
Clarence A. Poindexter   Guitar,Vocals
Samuel Reitz   Violin
Joy May Schaller   Banjo,Vocals
James Erwin Short   Electric Guitar
Clifford G. Snyder   Bass
Oscar Sullivan   Mandolin
Ivan LeRoy Wiggins   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Harry Choates   Arranger
Roy Acuff   Composer
Eddy Arnold   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Tex Ritter   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Zeb Turner   Composer
Noel Boggs   Composer
Dale Evans   Composer
T. Texas Tyler   Composer
Spade Cooley   Composer
Art Satherley   Producer
Bill Cox   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Mel Foree   Composer
Earl Murphy   Composer
Smokey Rogers   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Jim Scott   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Aubrie Gass   Composer
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Bobby Miller   Producer
Frank Walker   Producer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Fred Kirby   Composer
Wiley Morris   Composer
Zeke Morris   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Dave Sax   Illustrations
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations
Bonnie Dodd   Composer
Wally Fowler   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Ivan M. Tribe   Illustrations
Jimmie Hodges   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
George Bambi   Composer
Syd Nyman   Producer
George Bambi   Composer
Albert Poindexter   Composer
Clarke VanNess   Composer
Sarah Jane Cooper   Composer
Louis M. Jones   Composer
Alton & Rabon Delmore   Composer
John Miller   Composer
Joe May Creasy   Composer
Wallace Fowler   Composer
Graydon Hall   Composer

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