Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1950

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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 final volume in the Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series covers the year 1950. As reflected in the track choices here, hillbilly boogie is in its full maturity, and the serious roots of hard honky tonk music are entering the jukebox and radio eras. There are some killer holdovers from the prime of Western swing, such as Moon Mullican and Bob Wills whose classic "Faded Love" is included. But more the norm are performers like Hank Penny with "Bloodshot Eyes", Little Jimmy Dickens "Hillbilly Fever", Lefty Frizzell "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" , Ernest Tubb "Letters Have No Arms", Jimmie Skinner"You Don't Know My Mind", Carl Smith "I Overlooked an Orchid While Looking for a Rose", Hank Williams "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", and Webb Pierce. The latter's killer "Drifting Texas Sand" is one of the real high points here. Floyd Tillman's "I've Got the Craziest Feeling," and Red Foley's "Sugarfoot Rag" also lend to the overall wealth of this collection. But the true stellar moment is one of the earliest rock & roll tunes in Hardrock Gunter's "Birmingham Bounce,"complete with a wah-wah sounding steel guitar! that kicks the pants off Bill Haley's "Shake, Rattle & Roll," and predates Chuck Berry by a few years -- though to be fair, this sounds like a hillbilly version of the music played by Louis Jordan. In any case, this final volume is a fitting send-off to one of the most successfully curated of the bunch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/23/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051695521
  • Catalog Number: 16955

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy - Red Foley (2:49)
  2. 2 Blue Canadian Rockies - Gene Autry (3:14)
  3. 3 Sleepy Eyed John - Ole Rasmussen (2:40)
  4. 4 If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time - Lefty Frizzell (2:59)
  5. 5 Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams (2:40)
  6. 6 I Overlooked an Orchid (While Searching for a Rose) - Carl Smith (3:02)
  7. 7 Hillbilly Fever - Little Jimmy Dickens (2:58)
  8. 8 Faded Love - Bob Wills (2:54)
  9. 9 Sugarfoot Rag - Red Foley (2:26)
  10. 10 I've Got Five Dollars and It's Saturday Night - Ted Daffan (3:02)
  11. 11 I'll Never Be Free - Kay Starr (2:39)
  12. 12 Bloodshot Eyes - Hank Penny (2:20)
  13. 13 I Love You a Thousand Ways - Lefty Frizzell (2:49)
  14. 14 Birmingham Bounce - Hardrock Gunter (2:48)
  15. 15 Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You) - Stuart Hamblen (3:01)
  16. 16 I'll Sail My Ship Alone - Moon Mullican (2:58)
  17. 17 Rag Mop - Johnnie Lee Wills (2:51)
  18. 18 Steppin' Out - Billy Starr (3:03)
  19. 19 The Tattooed Lady - Skeets McDonald (2:50)
  20. 20 Letters Have No Arms - Ernest Tubb (3:07)
  21. 21 Hot Rod Race - Arkie Shibley (2:30)
  22. 22 You Don't Know My Mind - Jimmie Skinner (2:57)
  23. 23 I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome - Bill Monroe (2:48)
  24. 24 Drifting Texas Sand - Webb Pierce (2:48)
  25. 25 I've Got the Craziest Feeling - Floyd Tillman (2:58)
  26. 26 I'm Movin' On - Hank Snow (2:51)
  27. 27 The Fields Have Turned Brown - The Stanley Brothers (2:38)
  28. 28 Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Flatt & Scruggs (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Flatt Guitar
Bill Monroe Mandolin
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Gene Autry Vocals
Little Jimmy Dickens Guitar, Vocals
Red Foley Guitar, Vocals
Tennessee Ernie Ford Vocals
Lefty Frizzell Guitar, Vocals
Hank Garland Guitar, Soloist
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Mandolin
Skeets McDonald Guitar, Vocals
Moon Mullican Piano, Leader, Vocals
Floyd Tillman Guitar, Vocals
Johnnie Lee Wills Leader
Kay Starr Vocals
Hardrock Gunter Guitar, Vocals
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Stuart Hamblen Vocals
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Hank Penny Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Ernest Tubb Vocals
Johnny Bond Guitar
Shot Jackson Steel Guitar
Jimmie Skinner Guitar, Vocals
Harold Bradley Guitar
Billy Byrd Guitar
Jerry Carter Accordion
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Keith Coleman Fiddle
Benny Gill Violin
Rudy Lyle Banjo
Jimmy Martin Guitar
Bob McNett Electric Guitar
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Ernie Newton Bass
Webb Pierce Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Perkins Drums
Curly Seckler Mandolin
Eldon Shamblin Electric Guitar
Ralph Smith Piano
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Rocky Stone Fiddle
Howard Watts String Bass
Hank Williams Guitar, Vocals
Billy Jack Wills Vocals
Joe Holley Fiddle
Woody Carter Fiddle
Farris Coursey Drums
Jimmie Curtis Steel Guitar
Ted Daffan Steel Guitar, Leader
Lowell Frisby Bass
Dale Potter Fiddle
Norman Stevens Guitar
Pee Wee Stewart Fiddle
Bobby Williamson Bass
J.D. Standlee Steel Guitar
Joel Price String Bass
Jack Shook Rhythm Guitar
Merle "Red" Taylor Fiddle
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden Fiddle
Billy Bowman Steel Guitar, Vocals
Don Harlan Clarinet
Harold Hensley Fiddle
Eddie Kirk Guitar
William Miller Violin
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Jimmie Widener Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Tex Atchison Fiddle
Carl Cotner Fiddle, Leader
Glynn Duncan Bass
Tillman Franks Bass
Dickie Harrell Drums
Allen Massey Guitar
John Russell Morgan Bass
Floyd Robinson Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Paul Sells Accordion
Mancel Tierney Piano
Joseph Hale III Talbot Steel Guitar
Clarence E. Snow Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
Ted Crabtree Steel Guitar
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano, Accordion
Johnny Strawn Fiddle
Chuck Adams Bass
Johnny Sapp Bass
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Luther Roundtree Guitar
Lester Woodie Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Robert Arrington Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Henry Boatman Fiddle
Arkie Shibley Guitar, Vocals
Teddy K. Wilds Vocals
Edward Austin Strode Piano
Earl E. Finley Jr. Guitar
Joseph Donald Mutto Drums
Lucky Moore Guitar
Ray "Curly" Lunsford Mandolin
Joe Bardelli Piano
Clarence Cagle Piano
Buster Magness Steel Guitar
Dick Morgan Guitar
Jack Peltier Drums
Buddy Attaway Guitar
Jerry Elliott Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Leo Herbert Raley Mandolin
Charles Hurta Fiddle
Benny Sims Fiddle
Gerald M. Rivers Fiddle
Jackie Hays Banjo
Carl "The Truth" Smith Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Coy Crank Steel Guitar
Howard Davis Drums
Myrl "Rusty" McDonald Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Luther Jay "Luke" Wills Bass, Tenor Banjo
Jimmy Simmons Bass
Billy Robinson Steel Guitar
Leon Huff Choir, Chorus
Dorothy Borchers Organ
William Owen Bradley Organ, Piano
Jimmy Brown Fiddle
Hazel Dooley Guitar
Troy Jack Drake Bass
Clarence Hartman Bass
Louise Helsing Fiddle
Maurice Cameron Hill Guitar
Frank Kinman Guitar
Clarence McGarr Mandolin
Jim O'Day Bass
Floyd "Ole" Rasmussen Guitar, Leader
Clifford G. Snyder Bass, Leader
Gene Thomas Guitar
William A. Tonneson Steel Guitar
Benny Walker Vocal Harmony
Madge Suttee Piano
Technical Credits
Earl Scruggs Composer
Carl Story Composer
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Hank Garland Composer
Skeets McDonald Composer
Carl Smith Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Johnnie Lee Wills Composer
Hardrock Gunter Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Stuart Hamblen Composer
Hank Penny Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Jimmie Skinner Composer
Art Satherley Producer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Henry Bernard Composer
Paul Cohen Producer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Track Notes
Henry Glover Producer
William D. Holford Engineer
Don Law Producer
Webb Pierce Arranger
Doug Pomeroy Metal Transfers
Fred Rose Producer
Carter Stanley Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
Michael Brooks Metal Transfers
Ted Daffan Composer
Jesse Kaye Producer
Tex Atchison Composer
John "Buster" Coward Composer
Jack Stapp Composer
Harry Stone Composer
Clarence E. Snow Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Discographical Information
Dave Sax Illustrations, Discographical Information, Metal Transfers
Matt Cavaluzzo Metal Transfers
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Kevin Coffey Illustrations, Discographical Information
Lois Mann Composer
Henry Thurston Composer
Morry Burns Composer
George Vaughn Composer
Russ Wapensky Discographical Information
Andrew Brown Discographical Information
Arbie Gibson Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Jim Beck Composer
Brenda Colladay Illustrations
Billy Starr Composer
Thurston Composer
Shirley Lyn Composer
Bernard Composer
Ruth Hall Composer
G. Wilson Composer
James B. Smith Composer
Anderson Composer
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