Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1969

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The first song on the 1969 volume of Bear Family's Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music is "Kay," a song that explicitly references the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, while the second, Buck Owens' "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?," splits the difference between a harpsichord and a fuzz guitar. In other words, the '60s in all their paisley splendor had arrived to the mainstream of country music but the upheaval is apparent in other places, yet in ways that aren't quite so splashy. Bobby Bare's mournful, symphonic cheating anthem "(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn," is a Tom T. Hall tune, filled with telling details that capture not just a place, but a time. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The first song on the 1969 volume of Bear Family's Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music is "Kay," a song that explicitly references the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, while the second, Buck Owens' "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?," splits the difference between a harpsichord and a fuzz guitar. In other words, the '60s in all their paisley splendor had arrived to the mainstream of country music but the upheaval is apparent in other places, yet in ways that aren't quite so splashy. Bobby Bare's mournful, symphonic cheating anthem "(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn," is a Tom T. Hall tune, filled with telling details that capture not just a place, but a time. Hall's particular gift is naturally apparent on his own hit "Homecoming, " -- an oddly melancholy tale of an oblivious, absent country singer visiting his old, ailing father -- but such modern narratives are also evident on Roger Miller's version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" and Johnny Cash's riotous take on Shel Silverstein's "A Boy Named Sue." These are balanced by hard honky tonk via Jerry Lee Lewis, Bare's jingoistic "God Bless America Again," Charlie Rich's soulful "Life's Little Ups and Downs," Glen Campbell's achingly symphonic country-pop, Merle Haggard's dogged, determined Bakersfield country, and the singles of Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, which attempt to polish and shoehorn all these trends into something pop and palatable. Looking back just a few years prior, it'd be hard to believe that country music would encompass so many sounds and sensibilities and that's why Dim Lights 1969 is such a thrilling compilation: the adventure is palpable in nearly every track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102172649
  • Catalog Number: 0217264
  • Sales rank: 50,600

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kay - John Wesley Ryles (3:44)
  2. 2 Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass? - Buck Owens (2:23)
  3. 3 (Margie's at) The Lincoln Park Inn - Bobby Bare (3:22)
  4. 4 Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man - The Byrds (3:55)
  5. 5 Workin' Man Blues - Merle Haggard (2:36)
  6. 6 Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone) - Loretta Lynn (2:58)
  7. 7 All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) - Charley Pride (3:04)
  8. 8 Galveston - Glen Campbell (2:48)
  9. 9 To Make Love Sweeter for You - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:50)
  10. 10 A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash (3:46)
  11. 11 Rings of Gold - Dottie West (2:44)
  12. 12 Statue of a Fool - Jack Greene (2:55)
  13. 13 Me and Bobbie McGee - Roger Miller (4:05)
  14. 14 Sin City - The Flying Burrito Brothers (4:11)
  15. 15 Homecoming - Tom T. Hall (3:19)
  16. 16 I'll Share My World With You - George Jones (2:32)
  17. 17 God Bless America Again - Bobby Bare (2:51)
  18. 18 Wine Me Up - Faron Young (2:26)
  19. 19 You Gave Me a Mountain - Johnny Bush (4:03)
  20. 20 Just Someone I Used to Know - Porter Wagoner (2:25)
  21. 21 Try a Little Kindness - Glen Campbell (2:28)
  22. 22 She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:40)
  23. 23 Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard (2:45)
  24. 24 To See My Angel Cry - Conway Twitty (2:42)
  25. 25 Bloody Merry Morning - Willie Nelson (3:17)
  26. 26 Life's Little Up and Downs - Charlie Rich (3:40)
  27. 27 Ruben James - Kenny Rogers & the First Edition (2:48)
  28. 28 Kay - Billy Lee Riley (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clarence White Guitar, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Bobby Bare Leader, Vocals
Glen Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Cash Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Don Gibson Guitar, Vocals
Jack Greene Vocals
Merle Haggard Vocals
Tom T. Hall Vocals
Chris Hillman Mandolin, Vocals
George Jones Vocals
Loretta Lynn Vocals
Willie Nelson Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Buck Owens Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Dolly Parton Vocals
Charley Pride Vocals
Charlie Rich Piano, Vocals
Conway Twitty Vocals
Dottie West Leader, Vocals
Tammy Wynette Vocal Harmony
Faron Young Vocals
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Jerry Lee Lewis Piano, Leader, Vocals
Gram Parsons Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Carl Perkins Electric Guitar
Roger Miller Vocals
Gene Parsons Banjo, Harmonica, Drums, Vocals
James Burton Guitar, Leader
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar, Leader
Johnny Bush Vocals
Jimmy Day Bass
The First Edition Vocals
Billy Grammer Guitar, Leader
Martin Katahn Violin
John Wesley Ryles Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar
Byron Bach Cello
Earl Ball Piano
Earl Poole Ball Electric Harpsichord
Chuck Berghofer Bass
George Binkley III Violin
Larry Butler Piano
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Marvin Chantry Viola
Stephen Clapp Violin
Sammy Creason Drums
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Jay Dawson French Horn
Al DeLory Conductor
James Luther Dickinson Keyboards
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dolores Edgin Choir, Chorus
Jack Eubanks Electric Guitar
Rita Figlio Choir, Chorus
Charlie Freeman Guitar
Dennis Good Trombone
Marshall Grant Bass
Hoyt Hawkins Choir, Chorus
John Hughey Steel Guitar
Kenny Rogers Vocals
Millie Kirkham Choir, Chorus
Sheldon Kurland Violin
Billy Linneman Bass
Kenneth Lovelace Fiddle
Tommy McClure Bass
Roger McGuinn Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Laverna Moore Choir, Chorus
Wayne Moss Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Roy Nichols Electric Guitar
Billy Lee Riley Guitar, Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Organ, Piano
Billy Sanford Electric Guitar
Mike Settle Vocals
Jerry Shook Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Lewis Talley Guitar
Don Tweedy Conductor
David Vanderkooi Cello
Porter Wagoner Vocals
Duane West Choir, Chorus
Jerry Wiggins Drums
Dave Zettner Guitar
W.S. Holland Drums
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Glenn Baxter Trumpet
Howard Carpenter Viola
William Whitney Pursell Piano
Bob Moore Bass
Akira Nagai Violin
Hugh Gordon Stoker Choir, Chorus
Solie Isaac Fott Violin
Jerry Reed Hubbard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joe E. Lewis Choir, Chorus
Gene Mullins Trombone
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar, Leader
Neal Matthews Jr. Choir, Chorus
Harold E. Cruthirds Jr. Cello
Stephanie Woolf Violin
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Chris Ehtridge Bass, Piano, Vocals
Mack Magaha Fiddle
George W. McCormick Rhythm Guitar
Jerr Haynie French Horn
Bill Walker Organ, Vibes
Bob Wooton Electric Guitar
Norman D. Hamlett Steel Guitar
June Evelyn Page Choir, Chorus
James Beck Gordon Drums
Bill West Steel Guitar
Albert "Al Bruno" Bruneau Guitar
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Pete Rodis Drake Steel Guitar
Kenneth Buttery Drums
Willard Price Bass
Ned Gail Davis Steel Guitar
Doyle Floyd Hendricks Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Terry Williams Vocals
Robert L. Becker Viola
William McElhiney Trumpet
Brenton Bolden Banks Violin
John York Electric Bass, Vocals
Bob L. Moore Bass
Lillian Vann Hunt Violin
Harald Rugg Steel Guitar
William Fitzpatrick Violin
Harold Ray Bradley Guitar, 6-string bass
Carol Walker Violin
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade Electric Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. Drums
Richard Morris Percussion
Ronald Tutt Drums
Jo Lennon Parker Violin
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton Choir, Chorus
James J. Doster Trombone
Raymond C. Walker Choir, Chorus
Robert D. "Bob" Morris Bass
Glenn Huggins Choir, Chorus
Raymond C. Walker Jr. Choir, Chorus
Eddie Hoh Drums
Billy English Drums
Jean Bare Choir, Chorus
Charles W. Trent Electric Banjo
Tommy Markhan Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Bobby Bare Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Tom T. Hall Composer
Chris Hillman Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Faron Young Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
The Flying Burrito Brothers Producer
Gram Parsons Composer
Mike Post Arranger
Pete Drake Producer
Chester B. Atkins Producer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Owen Bradley Producer
Jack Clement Composer, Producer
Glen D. Hardin Arranger
Al DeLory Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Bob Ferguson Producer
Fred Foster Composer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Doug Gilmore Composer
Bob Johnston Producer
Jerry Kennedy Composer, Producer
Henry Lewy Producer
Larry Marks Producer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
George Richey Producer
Billy Sherrill Producer
Mort Thomasson Engineer
Don Tweedy Arranger
D. Bergen White Arranger
L.E. White Composer
Ben Wilson Composer
Tommy Hill Producer
Bobby Austin Composer
Jan Crutchfield Composer
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Producer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Eddie Burris Composer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Margaret Ann Rich Composer
Eddie Crandall Composer
Alex Harvey Composer
Hank Mills Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Boyce Hawkins Composer
Curt Sapaugh Composer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily Producer
Gene Thomas Composer
Danny Davis Producer
Carlton Haney Composer
Sharon Higgins Composer
Glen Sutton Composer
A. L. "Doodle" Owens Composer
Jim Webb Composer
Brenda Collins Illustrations
Charles Felton Jarvis Producer
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