Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1966

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Country music started to shift in 1966, broadening its vistas and slowly, subtly accepting the shifting tides of popular culture. Bear Family's installment in their peerless Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Hit Parade suggests this slow, gradual change over the course of its 31 tracks, often splitting the difference between Nashville and the growing insurgency coming from the west coast. Buck Owens was still perhaps the towering figure in country music, pioneering not only a modern sound but a sensibility -- his hit "Waiting in Your Welfare Line" played upon how we live today -- but Merle Haggard was also ascendant, scoring two ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Country music started to shift in 1966, broadening its vistas and slowly, subtly accepting the shifting tides of popular culture. Bear Family's installment in their peerless Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Hit Parade suggests this slow, gradual change over the course of its 31 tracks, often splitting the difference between Nashville and the growing insurgency coming from the west coast. Buck Owens was still perhaps the towering figure in country music, pioneering not only a modern sound but a sensibility -- his hit "Waiting in Your Welfare Line" played upon how we live today -- but Merle Haggard was also ascendant, scoring two iconic hits with "The Bottle Let Me Down" and "The Fugitive." Overall, the hits of 1966 leaned toward Music City, accentuating the slick, clever professionalism of such stalwarts as Jim Reeves ("Distant Drums"), such team players as David Houston (whose "Almost Persuaded" became an instant standard), and upstarts such as Mel Tillis (whose "Stateside" is a cheerful boogie), but the most interesting moments came on the margin, such as the rise of Loretta Lynn and how Dallas Frazier turned professional songcraft into a novelty so pure, it wound up being a hit decades later ("Elvira"). Generally, the songs featured on this volume of Dim Lights are sweet, smooth, and slick, the modernism revealing itself in production, not theme, but that's fine because the hits on this volume of the Country & Western Hit Parade wind up capturing the twilight of the old guard. They'd never completely fade away, but this is the last year where they'd dominate the Californian renegades and outlaws who wound up defining the last quarter-century of country music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102172618
  • Catalog Number: 0217261
  • Sales rank: 57,326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Distant Drums - Jim Reeves (2:54)
  2. 2 The Streets of Baltimore - Bobby Bare (2:39)
  3. 3 The Shoe Goes On the Other Foot Tonight - Marty Robbins (2:04)
  4. 4 Don't Touch Me - Jeannie Seely (3:15)
  5. 5 Stateside - Mel Tillis (2:22)
  6. 6 Almost Persuaded - Ray Walker (2:57)
  7. 7 I Get the Fever - Bill Anderson (2:20)
  8. 8 You Ain't Woman Enough - Loretta Lynn (2:14)
  9. 9 Husbands and Wives - Roger Miller (2:25)
  10. 10 Swinging Doors - Merle Haggard (2:54)
  11. 11 Funny, Familiar Forgotten Feelings - Don Gibson (2:13)
  12. 12 Waitin' In Your Welfare Line - Buck Owens (2:19)
  13. 13 Sweet Thang - Nat Stuckey (2:54)
  14. 14 There Goes My Everything - Jack Greene (2:36)
  15. 15 Elvira - Dallas Frazier (2:33)
  16. 16 The Bottle Let Me Down - Merle Haggard (2:47)
  17. 17 I've Been a Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be a Long Time Gone) - Roger Miller (2:17)
  18. 18 Misty Blue - Wilma Burgess (2:42)
  19. 19 Unmitigated Gall - Faron Young (2:44)
  20. 20 I Want To Go With You - Eddy Arnold (2:42)
  21. 21 The One On the Right is On the Left - Johnny Cash (2:49)
  22. 22 (Pardon Me) I've Got Someone To Kill - Johnny Paycheck (2:57)
  23. 23 Touch My Heart - Ray Price (3:37)
  24. 24 I'd Just Be Fool Enough - The Browns (2:42)
  25. 25 The Fugitive (Aka I'm a Lonesome Fugitive) - Merle Haggard (2:57)
  26. 26 Skid Row Joe - Porter Wagoner (3:03)
  27. 27 Apartment #9 - Tammy Wynette (2:59)
  28. 28 Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens (2:29)
  29. 29 Anita You're Dreaming - Waylon Jennings (2:27)
  30. 30 Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) - Loretta Lynn (2:10)
  31. 31 Distand Drums - Jim Reeves (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Bill Anderson Vocals
Eddy Arnold Vocals
Bobby Bare Leader, Vocals
Glen Campbell Guitar, Vocal Harmony
The Carter Family Choir, Chorus
Johnny Cash Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Don Gibson Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Jack Greene Vocals
Merle Haggard Guitar, Leader, Vocals
David Houston Vocals
Waylon Jennings Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Loretta Lynn Vocals
Buck Owens Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Johnny Paycheck Vocals
Ray Price Vocals
Jim Reeves Guitar, Vocals
Marty Robbins Vocals
Ray Stevens Harpsichord
Mel Tillis Vocals
Tammy Wynette Vocals
Faron Young Vocals
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Johnny Russell Guitar
Roger Miller Vocals
James Burton Dobro, Electric Guitar
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Billy Walker Leader
Buck Trent Banjo
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
Phil Baugh Guitar
Red Simpson Guitar
Byron Bach Violin
Owen Bradley Conductor
Jim Ed Brown Leader, Vocals
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Jack Collier Guitar
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Emmons Keyboards
Dallas Frazier Vocals
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Pamela Goldsmith Vocals
Marshall Grant Bass
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Choir, Chorus
Millie Kirkham Choir, Chorus
James Kirkland Bass
Sheldon Kurland Violin
Pierre Menard Violin
Ralph Mooney Steel Guitar
Wayne Moss Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
Bonnie Owens Vocal Harmony
Luther Perkins Guitar
Don Rich Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Jeannie Seely Vocals
Jerry Shook Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
George Tidwell Trumpet
Porter Wagoner Vocals
Jerry Whitehurst Piano
Marijohn Wilkin Choir, Chorus
William Wright Choir, Chorus
Joe Zinkan Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
W.S. Holland Drums
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
William Whitney Pursell Piano
Bob Moore Bass
Hugh Gordon Stoker Choir, Chorus
Willie Cantu Drums
Solie Isaac Fott Viola
Jerry Reed Hubbard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Helen "Peaches" Price Drums
Bonnie Brown Vocals
Wilma Burgess Vocals
Fred Carter Jr. Electric Guitar
Robert L. Johnson Guitar
Nat Stuckey Vocals
Bill Johnson Steel Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar, Electric Guitar
Neal Matthews Jr. Choir, Chorus
Kenneth Goldsmith Violin
Harvey Wolfe Cello
Mel Rogers Drums
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Mack Magaha Fiddle
George W. McCormick Guitar, Leader
James Ellington Piano
George French Jr. Piano
George Edward "Leo" Jackson Electric Guitar, Leader
Martin Kathan Violin, Viola, Vocals
Maxine Brown Vocals
Len "Snuffy" Miller Drums
David Briggs Piano
James Beck Gordon Drums
J.R. Jelly Sanders Guitar
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge Electric Guitar
Howard Ralph Carpenter Violin
Doyle Floyd Hendricks Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
William McElhiney Trumpet, Leader
Brenton Bolden Banks Violin
Lewis Augustus Talley Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joseph S. Zinkan Bass
Mary E. Greene Choir, Chorus
Gerald W. Gropp Rhythm Guitar
Bob L. Moore Bass
Lillian Vann Hunt Violin
Harald Rugg Steel Guitar
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy Harmonica, Trumpet, Vibes
Harold Ray Bradley Rhythm Guitar, 6-string Electric Bass
Jerry D. Smith Organ, Piano
Richie Frost Percussion
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton Choir, Chorus
Raymond C. Walker Choir, Chorus
Thomas Rexton Brumley Steel Guitar
Ronald C. Warden Guitar
Lula G. Howard Choir, Chorus
Leonard "Len" Miller Drums
Alton W. Leadbetter Guitar
Robert D. "Bob" Morris Bass
Jimmy Lance Guitar
William Robert Mize Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Joseph T. Babccok Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Chet Atkins Producer
Merle Haggard Composer
Waylon Jennings Composer
Loretta Lynn Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Johnny Paycheck Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Casey Anderson Composer
Freddie Hart Composer
Tompall Glaser Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Chester B. Atkins Producer
Owen Bradley Producer
Robin "Hood" Brians Producer
Jack Clement Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Fred Foster Producer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Frank Jones Producer
Jerry Kennedy Producer
Don Law Producer
Aubrey Mayhew Composer, Producer
Ken Nelson Producer
Don Rich Composer
Billy Sherrill Composer, Producer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Alex Zanetis Producer
Bobby Austin Composer
Liz Anderson Composer
Don Bowman Composer
Nat Stuckey Composer, Producer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Peggy Sue Wells Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Frank Page Producer
Brenda Colladay Illustrations
Buddy Mize Composer
Donny Young Composer
Bob Montgomery Composer
Charles "Fuzzy" Owen Producer
Donny Lytle Composer
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