From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
An ambitious three-CD mini-box that is not 100% successful in its attempt to document the history of black country music, From Where I Stand is quite worthy and admirable nonetheless. Each disc is assembled thematically: disc one concentrates on pre-World War II stringband and folk acts, disc two has soul singers' interpretations of country material, and disc three spotlights black artists working more or less within the country mainstream from the late '60s onward. Disc one is interesting in its illustration of how early rural white and black musicians drew from such similar material that they could sound far closer to each other stylistically than historians might ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
An ambitious three-CD mini-box that is not 100% successful in its attempt to document the history of black country music, From Where I Stand is quite worthy and admirable nonetheless. Each disc is assembled thematically: disc one concentrates on pre-World War II stringband and folk acts, disc two has soul singers' interpretations of country material, and disc three spotlights black artists working more or less within the country mainstream from the late '60s onward. Disc one is interesting in its illustration of how early rural white and black musicians drew from such similar material that they could sound far closer to each other stylistically than historians might lead one to believe. Three of Grand Ole Opry harmonica player DeFord Bailey's rare cuts are here; other highlights are numbers by Leadbelly and artists Peg Leg Howell, Bo Chatmon who have been more commonly categorized into the blues idiom. Disc two has country-oriented material by Solomon Burke, Arthur Alexander, the Supremes, Ray Charles, Joe Tex, Etta James, and others, mostly from the golden age of soul. Disc three has cuts by modern black country acts, as well as outings into country by soul singers. Artistically, it's the least successful of the discs -- a black singer doing faceless country-pop is just as boring as a white singer doing it. There are so many covers of country tunes by soul singers on the final two discs that one gets the sense the compilers stretched the definition of black country as far as they could simply to fill this out to the length of a box set, which isn't necessarily such a bad thing. The soul cuts are probably the best in the box, and the historical connections between the artists and their country influences are made clearer by a fine 60-page booklet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/1998
  • Label: WARNER BROS / WEA
  • UPC: 093624642824
  • Catalog Number: 46428

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pan American Blues (2:59)
  2. 2 Muscle Shoals Blues (3:11)
  3. 3 Gray Eagle (2:37)
  4. 4 G Rag (3:11)
  5. 5 K.C. Railroad Blues - Andrew & Jim Baxter (3:28)
  6. 6 Dallas Rag (2:56)
  7. 7 Bill Cheatham (2:47)
  8. 8 Turkey Buzzard Blues (3:04)
  9. 9 Corrine, Corrina - Charlie McCoy (3:19)
  10. 10 Sitting on Top of the World (3:14)
  11. 11 Yodeling Fiddling Blues (3:11)
  12. 12 In the Jailhouse Now (3:11)
  13. 13 Morning Glory Waltz (3:11)
  14. 14 Midnight Special (3:07)
  15. 15 Rock Island Line (2:05)
  16. 16 Eighth of January (2:28)
  17. 17 Apple Blossom (2:22)
  18. 18 Fox Chase (1:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bloodshot Eyes (2:41)
  2. 2 Crying in the Chapel (3:02)
  3. 3 Down on the Farm (1:34)
  4. 4 City Lights - Ivory Joe Hunter (2:34)
  5. 5 I'm Movin' On (2:28)
  6. 6 Night Train to Memphis (1:49)
  7. 7 Just out of Reach (2:49)
  8. 8 You Win Again (2:15)
  9. 9 Release Me (3:17)
  10. 10 Funny How Time Slips Away (3:04)
  11. 11 Detroit City - Arthur Alexander (3:06)
  12. 12 It Makes No Difference Now - The Supremes (3:25)
  13. 13 A Satisfied Mind (2:49)
  14. 14 Will the Circle Be Unbroken (2:39)
  15. 15 Half a Mind (2:15)
  16. 16 Almost Persuaded (3:21)
  17. 17 The Chokin' Kind (2:40)
  18. 18 For the Good Times - Al Green (6:30)
  19. 19 He'll Never Love You - Ivory Joe Hunter (4:15)
  20. 20 Misty Blue (3:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Snakes Crawl at Night (2:45)
  2. 2 (I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again (3:10)
  3. 3 (Is Anybody Going To) San Antone (2:14)
  4. 4 Kiss an Angel Good Morning (2:02)
  5. 5 Color Him Father (2:41)
  6. 6 How I Got to Memphis (2:34)
  7. 7 The Man That Made a Woman out of Me (3:00)
  8. 8 She's My Rock (2:25)
  9. 9 Hank and Lefty Raised My Country Soul (2:33)
  10. 10 Pickin' Wildflowers (2:42)
  11. 11 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You (2:36)
  12. 12 Fairytale (5:04)
  13. 13 Show Me Where - Ruby Falls (2:45)
  14. 14 Touch Me (Then I'll Be Your Fool Once More) (3:46)
  15. 15 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (3:11)
  16. 16 Whiskey Heaven (3:01)
  17. 17 From Where I Stand (3:11)
  18. 18 Love Light (2:46)
  19. 19 The Grand Tour (3:17)
  20. 20 Irma Jackson (2:52)
  21. 21 There Stands the Glass - Ted Hawkins (2:30)
  22. 22 I'm a Happy Cowboy (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wynonie Harris Track Performer
Ted Hawkins Track Performer
Ivory Joe Hunter Track Performer
Etta James Track Performer
Leadbelly Track Performer
Mississippi Sheiks Track Performer
Charley Pride Track Performer
Arthur Alexander Track Performer
Solomon Burke Track Performer
Ray Charles Track Performer
Dobie Gray Track Performer
Al Green Track Performer
Dorothy Moore Track Performer
Aaron Neville Track Performer
The Pointer Sisters Track Performer
Joe Simon Track Performer
The Staple Singers Track Performer
The Supremes Track Performer
Joe Tex Track Performer
Esther Phillips Track Performer
Herb Jeffries Track Performer
Big Al Downing Track Performer
Stoney Edwards Track Performer
Joe Hinton Track Performer
Frank Patterson Track Performer
Cleve Francis Track Performer
Bobby Hebb Track Performer
Linda Martell Track Performer
Dallas String Band Track Performer
Eddie Anthony Track Performer
Bo Chatmon Track Performer
Fats Domino Track Performer
Nathan Frazier Track Performer
Murph Gribble Track Performer
Professor Longhair Track Performer
John Lusk Band Track Performer
Charlie McCoy Track Performer
The Orioles Track Performer
Barrence Whitfield Track Performer
Albert York Track Performer
Memphis Sheiks Track Performer
DeFord Bailey Track Performer
O.B. McClinton Track Performer
Ruby Falls Track Performer
Otis Williams & the Midnight Cowboys Track Performer
Peg Leg Howell Track Performer
Andrew Baxter Track Performer
Taylor's Kentucky Boys Track Performer
Andrew & Jim Baxter Track Performer
Georgia Yellow Hammers Track Performer
Mississippi Mud Steppers Track Performer
James Cole String Band Track Performer
La Melle Prince Track Performer
Technical Credits
Wynonie Harris Composer
Leadbelly Composer
Hank Penny Composer
Walter Vinson Composer
Bobby Hebb Contributor
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Johnny Durrill Composer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Composer
A.L. Owens Composer
Alan Stoker Engineer
Cliff Crofford Composer
Hollis Flatt Mastering
Jerry Joyner Cover Design
Jim Sherraden Cover Design
Virgil Stewart Composer
Dub Williams Composer
Robert Yount Composer
Unidentified Prisoner Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
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