Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1968

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
What happened in country music in 1968 was this: it got harder and leaner in some places and much softer in others, a schism Bear Family's wonderful 1968 volume in their ongoing Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Music Hit Parade quite ably illustrate. It's not so easy to say that the West Coast preferred lean, electrified twang while Music City liked things a little more polished. The opening Waylon Jennings hit "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" -- nicely bookended on this 31-track collection by Jim Alley's barely known version -- shows how the Nashville crew were happy to deliver tough hard rockers, while the California ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
What happened in country music in 1968 was this: it got harder and leaner in some places and much softer in others, a schism Bear Family's wonderful 1968 volume in their ongoing Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Music Hit Parade quite ably illustrate. It's not so easy to say that the West Coast preferred lean, electrified twang while Music City liked things a little more polished. The opening Waylon Jennings hit "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" -- nicely bookended on this 31-track collection by Jim Alley's barely known version -- shows how the Nashville crew were happy to deliver tough hard rockers, while the California contingent were eager to overload their arrangements with strings, echoed guitars, and effects, all showcased on the brilliant, near-psychedelic "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell. These two singles were perhaps the strongest evidence of how all the rules were changing -- and that includes the incongruous inclusions from two Gram Parsons projects, the International Submarine Band and the Byrds, neither of which came close to the charts and neither of which fit in with the rest of the material here even if they did suggest where country music would eventually go -- but apart from the strangely defiant George Jones, who feels utterly divorced from the zeitgeist, there isn't a song here that doesn't reflect the shifting sensibilities of the '60s in some fashion. Traditionalists like Charlie Louvin and the Osborne Brothers open up their sound to accommodate the changing times; Johnny Cash's spiritual hoe-down "Daddy Sang Bass" carries an electric charge; Loretta Lynn and Jeannie C. Reilly tackle feminism with "Fist City" and "Harper Valley PTA," but so does Tammy Wynette, whose "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" captures the pain of a splintering marriage, while "Stand by Your Man" illustrates its flipside. But the songs that still sound vital belong to Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tom T. Hall, acts that bridge classic traditions -- whether it's honky tonk music or folk songs -- with a modern sensibility, and "Mama Tried," "Another Place, Another Time," and "Ballad of Forty Dollars" all feel rich, fully realized, and alive, songs that still speak to modern sensibilities decades after their initial release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102172632
  • Catalog Number: 0217263
  • Sales rank: 60,269

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line - Waylon Jennings (2:23)
  2. 2 D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette (2:59)
  3. 3 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash (2:45)
  4. 4 Luxury Liner - The International Submarine Band (2:54)
  5. 5 Skip a Rope - Henson Cargill (2:39)
  6. 6 Mama Tried - Merle Haggard (2:13)
  7. 7 Beneath Still Waters - George Jones (2:39)
  8. 8 I Wanna Live - Glen Campbell (2:47)
  9. 9 Harper Valley P.T.a. - Jeannie C. Riley (3:13)
  10. 10 Train Leaves Here This Morning - Gene Clark (3:50)
  11. 11 The Carroll County Accident - Porter Wagoner (2:51)
  12. 12 Another Place Another Time - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:26)
  13. 13 I Take a Lot of Pride In What I Am - Merle Haggard (2:49)
  14. 14 Fist City - Loretta Lynn (2:14)
  15. 15 Will You Visit Me On Sundays? - Charlie Louvin (2:48)
  16. 16 The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp - Johnny Darrell (2:56)
  17. 17 Little Green Apples - Roger Miller (2:40)
  18. 18 Ballad of Forty Dollars - Tom T. Hall (3:02)
  19. 19 Hickory Wind - The Byrds (3:32)
  20. 20 Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers (2:37)
  21. 21 What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me) - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:37)
  22. 22 Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (3:12)
  23. 23 Holding On To Nothin' - Porter Wagoner (2:30)
  24. 24 Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash (2:22)
  25. 25 I Started Loving You Again - Merle Haggard (2:22)
  26. 26 How Long Will My Baby Be Gone? - Buck Owens (2:14)
  27. 27 When the Grass Grows Over Me - George Jones (2:55)
  28. 28 I Walk Alone - Marty Robbins (3:21)
  29. 29 Next In Line - Conway Twitty (2:51)
  30. 30 Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette (2:42)
  31. 31 Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line - Jim Alley (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doug Dillard Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Glen Campbell Guitar, Vocals
The Carter Family Choir, Chorus
Johnny Cash Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Merle Haggard Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Tom T. Hall Vocals
John Hartford Fiddle
Chris Hillman Bass, Vocal Harmony
Waylon Jennings Guitar, Leader, Vocals
George Jones Vocals
Loretta Lynn Vocals
Buck Owens Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Dolly Parton Vocals
Jeannie C. Riley Vocals
Marty Robbins Vocals
Conway Twitty Vocals
Tammy Wynette Vocals
Gene Clark Guitar, Vocals
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Jerry Lee Lewis Piano, Leader, Vocals
Gram Parsons Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Carl Perkins Electric Guitar
Roger Miller Vocals
James Burton Electric Guitar
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Buck Trent Electric Banjo
Jan Howard Vocals
Grady Martin Dobro
Henson Cargill Vocals
Johnny Darrell Vocals
Anita Carter Choir, Chorus
Red Simpson Guitar
Jimmy Bryant Guitar
The Anita Kerr Singers Choir, Chorus
Don Beck Mandolin
Harold Bradley Electric Bass
The Statler Brothers Choir, Chorus
Bob Buchanan Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Roy Edward Burris Drums
Larry Butler Piano
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Jon Corneal Drums, Vocal Harmony
Al DeLory Conductor
Bobby Dyson Electric Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
Dolores Edgin Choir, Chorus
Marshall Grant Bass
Hoyt Hawkins Choir, Chorus
John Hughey Steel Guitar
Kevin Kelley Drums
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Bernie Leadon Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Louvin Vocals
Kenneth Lovelace Fiddle
Roger McGuinn Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Wayne Moss Electric Guitar, Leader
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Roy Nichols Electric Guitar
John Nuese Guitar
Sonny Osborne Banjo, Vocals
Bonnie Owens Vocal Harmony
June Page Choir, Chorus
Luther Perkins Electric Guitar
Norbert Putnam Bass
Don Rich Gut String Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Jerry Shook Guitar
Porter Wagoner Vocals
W.S. Holland Drums
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Leon Chase Copeland Bass
Billy Mize Vocal Harmony
Hugh Gordon Stoker Choir, Chorus
Jerry Ward Bass
Willie Cantu Drums, Tambourine
Joe E. Lewis Choir, Chorus
Tommy Markham Percussion, Drums
Jim Alley Vocals
Fred Carter Jr. Electric Guitar
Harold Morrison Banjo
Dale Sledd Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Dobro, Guitar, Leader
Neal Matthews Jr. Choir, Chorus
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
Mack Magaha Fiddle
George W. McCormick Guitar
George French Jr. Piano
Ronnie Blackwell Electric Bass
Norman D. Hamlett Steel Guitar
Harold R. "Ray Stevens" Ragsdale Organ
Joseph T. Babcock Choir, Chorus
June Evelyn Page Choir, Chorus
David Briggs Piano
J.R. Jelly Sanders Guitar
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Doyle Floyd Hendricks Bass
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Lewis Augustus Talley Guitar
Joseph S. Zinkan Bass
Bob L. Moore Bass
Harald Rugg Steel Guitar
J.D. Maness Steel Guitar
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy Harmonica
Harold Ray Bradley Guitar
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bob Osborne Mandolin, Vocals
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. Drums
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton Choir, Chorus
Raymond C. Walker Choir, Chorus
Larry Estes Drums
Thomas Rexton Brumley Steel Guitar
Robert D. "Bob" Morris Bass
Dorothy S. DeLeonibus Choir, Chorus
Donald C. Warden Steel Guitar, Leader
David Jackson Bass
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Tom T. Hall Composer
Loretta Lynn Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Tammy Wynette Composer
Gene Clark Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Cliffie Stone Producer
Bobby Russell Composer
Jimmy Bryant Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer
Chester B. Atkins Producer
Owen Bradley Producer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Jerry Chesnut Composer
Al DeLory Orchestration
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Bob Ferguson Composer, Producer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Bob Johnston Producer
Jerry Kennedy Producer
Eddie Kilroy Producer
Don Law Producer
Bernie Leadon Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Bonnie Owens Composer
Curly Putman Composer
George Richey Producer
Billy Sherrill Composer, Producer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Gary Usher Producer
Curtis Wayne Composer
Jack Moran Composer
Wayne Kemp Composer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Don Chapel Composer
Glenn Tubb Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily Producer
Charles "Fuzzy" Owen Producer
Jerry Chestnut Composer
Brenda Collins Illustrations
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