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Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1949

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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 1949 volume in the Bear Family's Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series is one of the strongest. Country music became a true hotbed of activity as the '40s ended, with labels both major and independent recording and manufacturing titles in record numbers. The music on this 28-track set offers a small example of the wealth that was flooding jukeboxes, small independent radio stations, and even ending up in record shops across the nation. Some of the selections here, such as "Ghost Riders in the Sky" by Vaughn Monroe, and Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" are equaled by those of Leon McAuliffe's "Panhandle Rag," Bill Nettles' "Hadacol Boogie," and Johnnie & Jack's "What About You." Leon Payne's brilliant,. "I Love You Because," and Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Mule Train" are here as well. None of these cuts are necessarily rare, but placed in sequence like this makes for an amazing mix reproduced in almost uniformly excellent sound quality. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/23/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051695422
  • Catalog Number: 16954
  • Sales rank: 329,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra (3:03)
  2. 2 Room Full of Roses - The Sons of the Pioneers (3:07)
  3. 3 I Wish I Had a Nickel - Jimmy Wakely (3:03)
  4. 4 Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams & the Drifting Cowboys (2:44)
  5. 5 Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away - Eddy Arnold & His Tennessee Plowboys (2:57)
  6. 6 Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait) - Little Jimmy Dickens (2:50)
  7. 7 Blues Stay Away from Me - The Delmore Brothers (2:49)
  8. 8 Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:29)
  9. 9 Candy Kisses - George Morgan (2:53)
  10. 10 Panhandle Rag - Leon Mcauliffe & His Western Swing Band (2:49)
  11. 11 Slippin' Around - Floyd Tillman (2:50)
  12. 12 Bonaparte's Retreat - Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys (2:49)
  13. 13 Hadacol Boogie - Bill Nettles & His Dixie Blue Boys (2:51)
  14. 14 I Love You Because - Leon Payne (2:44)
  15. 15 Whoa Sailor - Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys (2:20)
  16. 16 Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello - Ernest Tubb (2:59)
  17. 17 Why Don't You Haul off and Love Me - Wayne Raney (2:59)
  18. 18 Will You Be Satisfied That Way - Jimmie Skinner (2:42)
  19. 19 The Old Cross Road - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:44)
  20. 20 What About You - Johnnie & Jack and the Tennessee Mountain Boys (3:02)
  21. 21 The White Dove - Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys (3:17)
  22. 22 Philadelphia Lawyer - The Maddox Brothers & Rose (3:15)
  23. 23 This Cold War with You - Floyd Tillman (2:52)
  24. 24 My Bucket's Got a Hole in It - T. Texas Tyler (3:00)
  25. 25 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams & the Drifting Cowboys (2:46)
  26. 26 Warm Red Wine - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:56)
  27. 27 I'm Throwing Rice - Eddy Arnold & His Tennessee Plowboys (2:40)
  28. 28 Mule Train - Tennessee Ernie Ford (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Flatt Guitar, Vocals
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Scruggs Baritone (Vocal)
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Eddy Arnold Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Little Jimmy Dickens Guitar, Vocals
Tennessee Ernie Ford Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Mandolin
George Morgan Guitar, Vocals
Hank Thompson Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Floyd Tillman Guitar, Vocals
Vaughn Monroe Leader, Vocals
Leon McAuliffe Steel Guitar
Pee Wee King Accordion, Leader
Ken Curtis Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Leon Payne Guitar, Vocals
Ernest Tubb Guitar, Vocals
Shot Jackson Steel Guitar
Jimmie Skinner Guitar, Vocals
Johnnie Wright Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Roy Ayres Steel Guitar
Billy Byrd Electric Guitar
Don Costa Guitar
Johnny Cuviello Drums
Bud Duncan Steel Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean Bass
James Hall Fiddle
E. Johnson Piano
Millard Kelso Piano
Cal Maddox Rhythm Guitar
Cliff Maddox Mandolin
Don Maddox Fiddle
Fred Maddox Bass
Henry Maddox Mandolin
Rose Maddox Vocals
Ernie Newton Bass
Roy Nichols Guitar
Danny Perri Guitar
Jack Pleis Piano
Wayne Raney Harmonica, Vocals
Eldon Shamblin Electric Guitar
Ralph Smith Piano
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Howard Watts Bass
Hank Williams Guitar, Vocals
Billy Jack Wills Bass, Drums
Joe Zinkan Bass
Joe Holley Fiddle
Dean McKinney Vocals
Evelyn McKinney Vocals
Ocie Stockard Banjo
Jack Anglin Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Byrd Steel Guitar
Woody Carter Fiddle
Milton DeLugg Accordion, Leader
Lowell Frisby Bass
Ernie Hunter Fiddle
J.D. Standlee Steel Guitar
W. Brown Choir, Chorus
Tommy Magness Fiddle
Jack Shook Guitar
Harold McDonald Drums
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Pat Brady Bass
Alton Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Rabon Delmore Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Lonnie Glosson Harmonica
Al Hopkins Guitar
Bill Nettles Mandolin, Vocals
Bob Nolan Guitar
Lloyd Perryman Guitar
Bob Shivers Fiddle
Willie Thawl Bass
Hal Smith Fiddle
Louis Innis Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
William Edward "Zeb Turner" Grishaw Guitar
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Accordion
Joyce "Red" Murrell Guitar
Ralph "Lefty" Nason Steel Guitar
Clyde Baum Mandolin
Bill Drake Guitar
Robert Berg Fiddle
Eddie Kird Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Lewis Piano
Robert "Bobby" Sumner Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
James C. Grishaw Electric Guitar
Lonnie "Pap" Wilson Rhythm Guitar
Hugh Farr Fiddle
Karl Farr Guitar
Frank Juricek Steel Guitar
Ray "Curly" Lunsford Mandolin
Cecil "Gig" Sparks Guitar
Chuck Wiginton Guitar
Shorty Boyd Fiddle
J.T. "Tiny" Smith Bass
Sol Gamboa Drums
Leo Herbert Raley Mandolin
Herbert L. "Herb" Remington Steel Guitar
Beecher "Pete" "Bashful Brother Oswald" Kirby Steel Guitar
Robert Kiser Guitar
Murel Wayne Johnson Saxophone
James "Jimmy" Riddle Harmonica
William Ellsworth "Alex" Brashear Trumpet
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan Vocals
H.O. "Jack" Loyd Bass, Vocals
Luther Jay "Luke" Wills Bass
Clyde Carl Baum Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Dorris Paul Warren Fiddle
Jack Kelly Piano
Buck Lambert Fiddle
Theodore Nathaniel Adams Bass
E. Braghittoni Violin
Troy Jack Drake Bass
Howdy Edwards Guitar
E. Humma Violin
Lee C. Keith Trumpet
R. LaSala Trumpet
W. Mustard Trombone
Euell Nettles Guitar
Loyce Nettles Bass
William Brannon Robinson Steel Guitar
Eugene Schuler Banjo
Clifford G. Snyder Bass
Henry Ellis "Redd" Stewart Fiddle, Vocals
Oscar Sullivan Mandolin
J. West Saxophone
Ivan LeRoy Wiggins Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Eddy Arnold Composer
George Morgan Composer
Hank Thompson Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Merle Travis Sound Effects
Woody Guthrie Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Jimmie Skinner Composer
Johnnie Wright Composer
Art Satherley Producer
Paul Cohen Producer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Cliff Friend Composer
Fred Glickman Composer
Henry Glover Composer, Producer
Charles Randolph Grean Producer
Hy Heath Composer
Walt Heebner Producer
William D. Holford Engineer
Don Law Producer
Doug Pomeroy Metal Transfers
Wayne Raney Composer
Fred Rose Producer
Carter Stanley Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
Jack Anglin Composer
Michael Brooks Metal Transfers
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Jesse Kaye Producer
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
Lonnie Glosson Composer, Harmonic Arrangement
Bill Nettles Composer
Tim Spencer Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Dave Sax Illustrations, Metal Transfers
Matt Cavaluzzo Metal Transfers
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Kevin Coffey Illustrations
Herbert M. Paige Contributor
Tommy Sutton Composer
Red Fortner Composer
W.S. Barnhart Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Johnny Lange Composer
Brenda Colladay Illustrations
Steve Nelson Composer
Stan Jones Composer
Ed Nelson Jr. Composer
Bartlett Composer
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