Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1947

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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 third volume in this series covers the year 1947, and offers a portrait of a year rife with hillbilly boogie classics. The South and the Southwest must have been feeling heady in the post war years, because the music here -- even in the ballads -- reflects a sense of well being, fun, and even hedonism. The set opens with Tex Williams' nugget "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette!" Despite the fact that the Commander Cody version has transplanted it in popular culture memory, it doesn't touch the original for its stellar musicianship, dry-drawl delivery, and knee-slapping humor. It cooks as a transitional piece of Western swing to hillbilly boogie, and it's easy to hear rock & roll's roots in this music. Other harder-driven tunes are Maddox Brothers & Rose's "Milk Cow Boogie," Hank Williams' "Move It on Over," Jack Guthrie's "Oakie Boogie," and Merle Travis' "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed." That said, there are a number of fine ballads in the set as well, such as Cowboy Copas' "Signed Sealed and Delivered," and Eddy Arnold's "I'll Hold You in My Heart 'Til I Can Hold You in My Arms." Another smoking number is the wild, raw, and outrageous "Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers off of Me," by Fairley Holden. The sound quality here is wonderfully warm, full, and present. This collection adds immeasurably to the series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169525
  • Catalog Number: 2716952
  • Sales rank: 64,314

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams & the Western Caravan (2:57)
  2. 2 It's a Sin - Eddy Arnold & His Tennessee Plowboys (2:28)
  3. 3 Sugar Moon - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:34)
  4. 4 Cigarettes, Whusky, And Wild, Wild Women - The Sons of the Pioneers (2:56)
  5. 5 Cocaine Blues - Billy Hughes (2:36)
  6. 6 Milk Cow Blues - The Maddox Brothers & Rose (3:11)
  7. 7 Foggy River - Moon Mullican & the Showboys (2:51)
  8. 8 I'll Step Aside - Ernest Tubb (2:42)
  9. 9 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:43)
  10. 10 Freight Train Boogie - The Delmore Brothers (2:46)
  11. 11 So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Merle Travis (3:00)
  12. 12 Signed, Sealed and Delivered - Cowboy Copas (2:38)
  13. 13 I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold & His Tennessee Plowboys (2:44)
  14. 14 Move It on Over - Hank Williams (2:47)
  15. 15 Never Trust a Woman - The Cumberland Valley Boys (3:12)
  16. 16 Shenandoah Waltz - Clyde Moody (2:47)
  17. 17 Oakie Boogie - Jack Guthrie & His Oklahomans (2:36)
  18. 18 New Pretty Blonde (New Jole Blon) - Moon Mullican & the Showboys (3:01)
  19. 19 Rockin' Chair Money - Bill Carlisle (2:59)
  20. 20 The Tramp on the Street - The Cumberland Mountain Folks (2:51)
  21. 21 Sunny Side of the Mountain - Hawkshaw Hawkins (2:57)
  22. 22 Keep Them Cold Icey Fingers off of Me - Fairley Holden & His Six Ice Cold Papas (2:48)
  23. 23 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:05)
  24. 24 Bringin' in the Georgia Mail - Charlie Monroe & the Kentucky Pardners (2:54)
  25. 25 Dust on the Bible - The Bailes Brothers (2:57)
  26. 26 I've Found a Hiding Place - Carl Story & His Melody Four Quartet (2:54)
  27. 27 Canned Heat - Chet Atkins & His Colorado Mountain Boys (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Flatt Guitar
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Leader, Vocals
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Carl Story Vocals
Mac Wiseman Bass
Roy Acuff Vocals
Eddy Arnold Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar, Leader
Jethro Burns Guitar, Mandolin
Red Foley Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Hank Garland Guitar
Hawkshaw Hawkins Vocals
Moon Mullican Piano, Vocals
Merle Travis Electric Guitar, Vocals
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Bill Carlisle Vocals
Jack Guthrie Vocals
Clyde Moody Guitar, Vocals
Ernest Tubb Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Monroe Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Molly O'Day Guitar, Vocals
Tex Williams Leader, Vocals
Ramona Jones Bass
Jesse Ashlock Fiddle
Lester Barnard Jr. Electric Guitar
Johnny Cuviello Drums
Lynn Davis Guitar, Vocals
Bud Duncan Steel Guitar
Homer Haynes Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Millard Kelso Piano
Ira Louvin Mandolin
Cal Maddox Rhythm Guitar
Don Maddox Fiddle
Fred Maddox Bass
Rose Maddox Vocals
Edward Mitchell Jr. Steel Guitar
Wayne Raney Harmonica
Smokey Rogers Guitar
Reginald W. Ward Bass
Howard Watts Bass
Hank Williams Guitar, Vocals
Billy Jack Wills Bass
Jimmy Winkle Guitar
Robert Chubby Wise Fiddle
Joe Zinkan Bass
Joe Holley Fiddle
Dean McKinney Vocals
Evelyn McKinney Vocals
John Bailes Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Walter Bailes Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Byrd Hawaiian Guitar
Rex Call Fiddle
Farris Coursey Drums
John Weis Guitar
Jack Shook Guitar
Jimmie Widener Banjo
Tex Atchison Fiddle
Pat Brady Bass
Ken Carson Guitar
Alton Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Rabon Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Ernest Ferguson Mandolin
Lloyd "Lonzo" George Bass
Lonnie Glosson Harmonica
Roy Lanham Guitar, Electric Guitar
Red Murrell Rhythm Guitar
Bob Nolan Guitar
Lloyd Perryman Guitar
Paul Sells Accordion
Tim Spencer Guitar
Deuce Spriggins Bass
Louis Innis Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle, Violin
George Werth Trumpet
Smoky Fields Fiddle
Velma E. Williams Smith Vocals
Harold Siegel Bass
Johnny Sapp Fiddle
Lloyd Copas Guitar, Vocals
Adrian McDowell Fiddle
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Roy Starkey Bass
Acie Peveto Steel Guitar
Billy Hughes Vocals
Johnny Tyler Rhythm Guitar
Ray "Kemo" Head Steel Guitar
August Klein Accordion
Matt Collins Electric Guitar
Spike Featherstone Harp, Vocals
Cactus Soldi Fiddle
Hugh Farr Fiddle, Mandolin, Leader
Harold Spierer Piano
Marshall Barnes Guitar
Cecil "Skeets" Williamson Fiddle
Melvin Leon Short Electric Guitar
James "Slim" Martin Fiddle, Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone
Alan H. Barker Bass
Larry DePaul Accordion
Quilla Hugh Freeman Guitar
Ossie J. Godson Piano
Idaho Slim Steel Guitar
Jack McTaggart Trumpet
Herbert L. "Herb" Remington Steel Guitar
Beasley Smith Piano
Beecher "Pete" "Bashful Brother Oswald" Kirby Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony
George Warren Barnes Guitar
Charles Hurta Fiddle
Del Heck Fiddle
George "Speedy" Krise Dobro
Evelyn "Evy Lou" Thomas Bass
Eddie McMullan Steel Guitar
Agapito "Pete" Martinez Steel Guitar
James "Jimmy" Riddle Harmonica
Richard Prine Drums
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan Vocals
Tex Isley Electric Guitar
Richard K. Hamilton Guitar
George Chumura Guitar
Don Linder Trumpet
Smokey Lohman Steel Guitar
Fairley Holden Guitar, Vocals
William Owen Bradley Piano
Troy Jack Drake Bass
Jesse L. Easterday Bass
Fred "Red" Herron Fiddle
James Howard "Speedy" McNatt Fiddle
Pioneers Track Performer
Bronson Lee Reynolds Bass
James Erwin Short Rhythm Guitar
Clifford G. Snyder Bass, Leader
John Y. Sullivan Guitar
Oscar Sullivan Mandolin
James V. Swinney Bass
Francis Tamburin Accordion
Ivan LeRoy Wiggins Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Eddy Arnold Composer
Chet Atkins Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Zeb Turner Composer
Bill Carlisle Composer
Clyde Moody Composer
Cliffie Stone Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Chubby Wise Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Charlie Monroe Composer
Tex Williams Composer
Art Satherley Producer
Jenny Carson Composer
Paul Cohen Producer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Byron Gregory Composer
Walt Heebner Producer
Al Miller Composer
Murray Nash Producer
Doug Pomeroy Metal Transfers
Fred Rose Composer
Jim Scott Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
John Bailes Composer
Walter Bailes Composer
Michael Brooks Metal Transfers
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Eddie Kirk Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Lonnie Glosson Composer
Vaughn Horton Composer
John Lair Composer
Syd Nathan Composer, Producer
Tim Spencer Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Steve Hathaway Illustrations
Dave Sax Illustrations, Metal Transfers
Matt Cavaluzzo Metal Transfers
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Kevin Coffey Illustrations
Lois Mann Composer
Harry McAuliffe Composer
Grady Cole Composer
Hazel Cole Composer
Lloyd Copas Composer
Thomas Dilbeck Composer
Billy Hughes Composer
Johnny Tyler Composer
Ivan M. Tribe Illustrations
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay Illustrations
Bobby Gregory Composer
Al Turner Illustrations
Robert Nabor Composer
Johnnie Bailes Composer
Hal Horton Composer
Tommy Dilbeck Composer
John Lair Composer
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