Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1967

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Charley Pride is featured on the front cover of the 1967 volume of Bear Family's excellent, ongoing country music series Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Music Hit Parade, and his presence suggests how things were changing. Charley was the first African-American country music superstar, a pop icon perfectly suited for the Civil Rights era, but he was positively conservative compared to other singers who charted in 1967. Some of Pride's peers tackled controversial topics -- Tammy Wynette's "I Don't Wanna Play House" addressed divorce in a clear, unsentimental fashion, while her duet with David Houston on "My Elusive Dreams" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Charley Pride is featured on the front cover of the 1967 volume of Bear Family's excellent, ongoing country music series Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Music Hit Parade, and his presence suggests how things were changing. Charley was the first African-American country music superstar, a pop icon perfectly suited for the Civil Rights era, but he was positively conservative compared to other singers who charted in 1967. Some of Pride's peers tackled controversial topics -- Tammy Wynette's "I Don't Wanna Play House" addressed divorce in a clear, unsentimental fashion, while her duet with David Houston on "My Elusive Dreams" chronicled a uniquely '60s futility -- while others rode the zeitgeist coming out of California, with Waylon Jennings sharply navigating rock and soul on his "Mental Revenge" and "The Chokin' Kind." Merle Haggard was quickly eclipsing his benefactor Buck Owens via such nervy, finely etched songs as "Branded Man" and "Sing Me Back Home," while George Jones dug in his heels with "Walk Through This World With Me," about as exquisite a single as Nashville ever produced. Elsewhere, there were straightforward honky tonk hits -- none better than Jim Ed Brown's beer-drinking anthem "Pop A Top" -- and lively, winking, referential cuts like Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man," but nothing signaled the shifting tides like John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind," Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," and, especially, Glen Campbell's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," the latter splitting the difference between the folk narrative of Hartford and the Hollywood symphony of Gentry. This was the sound of the late '60s, and it remains vivid, cinematic, and haunting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102172625
  • Catalog Number: 0217262
  • Sales rank: 45,232

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry (4:15)
  2. 2 Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town) - Johnny Darrell (2:19)
  3. 3 Mental Revenge - Waylon Jennings (2:23)
  4. 4 I Won't Come in While He's There - Jim Reeves (2:13)
  5. 5 Break My Mind - George Hamilton IV (2:20)
  6. 6 Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got) - Leon Ashley (2:35)
  7. 7 Branded Man - Merle Haggard (3:08)
  8. 8 What Kind of Girl (Do You Think I Am)? - Loretta Lynn (2:52)
  9. 9 Pop-A-Top - Jim Ed Brown (2:21)
  10. 10 Danny Boy - Ray Price (5:01)
  11. 11 Little Ole Wine Drinker Me - Robert Mitchum (2:30)
  12. 12 Gentle on My Mind - John Hartford (3:02)
  13. 13 By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Glen Campbell (2:52)
  14. 14 Tonight Carmen - Marty Robbins (2:47)
  15. 15 Life Turned Her That Way - Mel Tillis (2:22)
  16. 16 Where Does the Good Times Go - Buck Owens (2:19)
  17. 17 What Does It Take (To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied) - Skeeter Davis (2:39)
  18. 18 The Chokin' Kind - Waylon Jennings (2:29)
  19. 19 Jackson - June Carter (2:47)
  20. 20 Sing Me Back Home - Merle Haggard (2:48)
  21. 21 Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine - Wanda Jackson (2:24)
  22. 22 Guitar Man - Jerry Reed (2:30)
  23. 23 Jackson Ain't a Very Big Town - Norma Jean (2:30)
  24. 24 Walk Through This World With Me - George Jones (2:31)
  25. 25 My Elusive Dreams - Tammy Wynette (2:54)
  26. 26 It's Such a Pretty World Today - Wynn Stewart (2:32)
  27. 27 Sam's Place - Buck Owens (2:01)
  28. 28 I Don't Wanna Play House - Tammy Wynette (2:38)
  29. 29 Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger? - Charley Pride (2:19)
  30. 30 Cold Hard Facts of Life - Porter Wagoner (3:16)
  31. 31 Nashville Cats - The Lovin' Spoonful (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norman Blake Guitar
Glen Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Cash Vocals
Jimmy Collins Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Merle Haggard Guitar, Leader, Vocals
John Hartford Guitar, Vocals
David Houston Vocals
Waylon Jennings Vocals
George Jones Vocals
Loretta Lynn Vocals
Melba Montgomery Vocals
Buck Owens Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Ray Price Vocals
Jim Reeves Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Marty Robbins Vocals
Mel Tillis Vocals
Tammy Wynette Vocals
Wanda Jackson Vocals
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Carl Perkins Guitar, Leader
John Sebastian Steel Guitar, Vocals
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Buck Trent Banjo
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
George Hamilton IV Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Robert Mitchum Vocals
Norma Jean Vocals
Johnny Darrell Vocals
Anita Carter Choir, Chorus
Red Simpson Guitar
Leon Ashley Vocals
Brenton Banks Violin
Steve Boone Bass
Cecil Bower Violin
Jim Ed Brown Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Roy Edward Burris Drums
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Bobby Dyson Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar
Dolores Edgin Choir, Chorus
Marshall Grant Bass
Glenn Keener Guitar
Millie Kirkham Choir, Chorus
Farrell Morris Percussion, Vibes
Wayne Moss Guitar, Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick Dobro
Roy Nichols Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
Bonnie Owens Vocal Harmony
Luther Perkins Guitar
Norbert Putnam Bass, Leader
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Wynn Stewart Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Porter Wagoner Vocals
Zal Yanovsky Guitar
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
W.S. Holland Drums
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Priscilla Ann Hubbard Choir, Chorus
William Whitney Pursell Piano, Vibes
Dennis Hromek Bass
Bob Moore Bass
Willie Cantu Drums
Solie Isaac Fott Violin
Jerry Reed Hubbard Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Jelly Sanders Guitar
Fred Carter Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar
Robert L. Johnson Guitar
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Choir, Chorus
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Joe Butler Drums
Mack Magaha Fiddle
George W. McCormick Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
George French Jr. Piano
Harold R. "Ray Stevens" Ragsdale Vibraslap
Joseph T. Babcock Choir, Chorus
June Evelyn Page Choir, Chorus
David William Allen Drums
Robert "Bobby Wayne" Edrington Guitar
David Briggs Piano
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge Electric Guitar
Pete Rodis Drake Steel Guitar, Guitar (String)
Donald R. "Ritchie" Frost Percussion
Doyle Floyd Hendricks Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar, Leader
Joseph S. Zinkan Acoustic Bass
Mary E. Greene Choir, Chorus
Bob L. Moore Bass
Lillian Vann Hunt Violin
Harald Rugg Steel Guitar
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy Organ, Harmonica, French Harp
Harold Ray Bradley Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
Velma Williams Smith Rhythm Guitar
Jerry D. Smith Harpsichord
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. Drums
Donald "Don Rich" Eugen Ulrich Electric Guitar
June Carter Vocals
Sandra L. Posey Choir, Chorus
Norman Keith "Buddy" Spicher Fiddle
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton Choir, Chorus
Mary Johnson Choir, Chorus
Thomas Rexton Brumley Steel Guitar
Robert Jim Pierce Piano
Robert D. "Bob" Morris Bass
William Robert Mize Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Donald C. Warden Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
John Hartford Composer
Loretta Lynn Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
John Sebastian Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Jim Glaser Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Red Simpson Composer
Leon Ashley Composer, Producer
Chester B. Atkins Producer
Owen Bradley Producer
Jack Clement Composer, Producer
Dale Davis Composer
Al DeLory Orchestral Arrangements
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Bob Ferguson Producer
Fred Foster Producer
Bobbie Gentry Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Erik Jacobsen Producer
Felton Jarvis Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Billy Sherrill Composer, Producer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Don Tweedy Arranger
Otto Kitsinger Discographical Information
Jerry Reed Hubbard Composer
Jan Crutchfield Composer
Margie Singleton Composer
Nat Stuckey Composer
Teddy Wilburn Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Discographical Information
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Vic McAlpin Composer
Gaby Rodgers Composer
Kay Savage Composer
Sandra Seamons Composer
Russ Wapensky Discographical Information
Gene Davis Composer
Hank Mills Composer
Dick Jennings Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Dale Noe Composer
Jimmy Haskell Producer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily Producer
Paul Cohen Producer
Billy Wheeler Composer
Curly Putnam Composer
Cameron L. Mullins String Arrangements
Charles "Fuzzy" Owen Producer
Leroy Goates Composer
Fred Weatherly Composer
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