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Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1946

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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. 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/23/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051695125
  • Catalog Number: 16951

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Atomic Power - Buchanan Brothers (2:43)
  2. 2 Rainbow at Midnight - Ernest Tubb (3:13)
  3. 3 That's How Much I Love You - Eddy Arnold (3:10)
  4. 4 Filipino Boy - Cowboy Copas (2:46)
  5. 5 Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter (2:51)
  6. 6 New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills (2:34)
  7. 7 Someday - Elton Britt (2:51)
  8. 8 No Vacancy - Merle Travis (2:43)
  9. 9 No One Will Ever Know - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:31)
  10. 10 Zeb's Mountain Boogie - Owen Bradley (2:37)
  11. 11 I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine - Gene Autry (2:54)
  12. 12 Tragic Romance - Cowboy Copas (2:53)
  13. 13 Hillbilly Boogie - The Delmore Brothers (2:47)
  14. 14 As Long as I Live - The Bailes Brothers (2:54)
  15. 15 Rocky Road Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:38)
  16. 16 Eight More Miles to Louisville - Grandpa Jones & Ramona (2:44)
  17. 17 Dark as a Dungeon - Merle Travis (2:50)
  18. 18 Salty Dog Blues - Morris Brothers (2:40)
  19. 19 Jole Blon - Harry Choates (2:47)
  20. 20 Ruby - Cousin Emmy & Her Kinfolk (2:44)
  21. 21 Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:49)
  22. 22 Midnight Special - The Delmore Brothers (3:02)
  23. 23 Some Other World - Floyd Tillman (2:44)
  24. 24 Steel Guitar Stomp - Hank Penny (2:53)
  25. 25 Black Jack David - T. Texas Tyler (2:51)
  26. 26 You Will Have to Pay - Tex Ritter (2:54)
  27. 27 Stay a Little Longer - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:50)
  28. 28 Three Way Boogie - Spade Cooley & His Orchestra (2:41)
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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
Les 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 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
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
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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