Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

by Eddie Noack

The first of two comprehensive Bear Family sets chronicling the recordings of unheralded hard country singer Eddie Noack, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes covers the years from 1949 and 1961. He started out on Gold Star and stayed there until 1951, when he went over to Four Star, with his big break arriving in 1954, when he fell under the wing of Pappy Daily, who…  See more details below


The first of two comprehensive Bear Family sets chronicling the recordings of unheralded hard country singer Eddie Noack, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes covers the years from 1949 and 1961. He started out on Gold Star and stayed there until 1951, when he went over to Four Star, with his big break arriving in 1954, when he fell under the wing of Pappy Daily, who brought him over to Starday and then had him follow Pappy to both D and Mercury. Daily didn't just sign Noack, he was an advocate, getting his superstar George Jones to record many different Noack songs, including "Relief Is Just a Swallow Away" which, when combined with Hank Snow's hit version of Eddie's "These Hands," helped establish Noack as a country songwriter. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes shows that, in addition to being a good Nashville craftsman, he was also a solid singer in his own right, working in the vein of Hank Williams, singing hard country that sounded very much like that of George Jones. Where Jones was a dynamic, expressive singer, Noack was plain-spoken and stoic -- an attribute that is admirable, sometimes alluring, but rarely makes a singer a star. Noack was never a star, though it wasn't for lack of trying. All those attempts, along with several unreleased demos which capture his folkier side, are collected here, and although there is a slight saminess to this collection, the sturdiness of Noack's writing and singing cannot be denied. He sounds like an important cog in the machine: a reliable songwriter and good performer who unfortunately just couldn't catch a break.

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Disc 1

  1. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  -  Roadbuddies
  2. Trifflin' Mama Blues  -  Roadbuddies
  3. Pyramid Club  - Bill Byrd
  4. Simulated Diamonds  - Bill Byrd
  5. Hungry But Happy  - Bill Byrd
  6. Raindrops In the River  - Bill Byrd
  7. Frown On the Moon
  8. Unlucky Me
  9. Green Back Dollar  - Cecil "Gig" Sparks
  10. Tragic Love  - Bill Byrd
  11. I Can't Run Away  -  R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys
  12. I'd Still Want You  -  R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys
  13. Music Makin' Mama From Memphis  -  R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys
  14. Please Mr. Postman  -  R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys
  15. There's a Place In My Heart  -  R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys
  16. I'm Going To See My Baby  -  R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys
  17. Too Hot To Handle
  18. How Does It Feel To Be a Winner
  19. Nothing  -  Pecos Valley Boys
  20. First and Last Thing  -  Pecos Valley Boys
  21. (As the Band Played) Paul Jones
  22. Pride
  23. Spoken Message To Don Pierce
  24. Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby
  25. As Long As You Call
  26. Forlorn, Forgotten, and Forsaken
  27. Walking the Street
  28. Simulated Diamonds
  29. Moonlight On the Water
  30. Hungry But Happy
  31. Raindrops In the River
  32. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  33. Unlucky Me

Disc 2

  1. Fair Today, Cold Tomorrow  -  Western Cherokees
  2. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  3. Take It Away Lucky  -  Western Cherokees
  4. Don't Trade  -  Western Cherokees
  5. Left Over Lovin'
  6. Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby
  7. I'll Be So Good To You
  8. Think of Her Now
  9. Wind Me Up
  10. If It Ain't On the Menu
  11. Me and My New Baby
  12. The Life You've Lived
  13. You Done Got Me
  14. The Life You've Lived
  15. If Hearts Could Talk
  16. When the Bright Lights Grow Dim
  17. Think of Her Now
  18. It Ain't Much But It's Home
  19. For You I Weep
  20. You Done Got Me
  21. The Worm Has Turned
  22. She Can't Stand the Light of Day
  23. Think of Her Now
  24. Scarecrow
  25. Dust On the River
  26. What's the Matter Joe?
  27. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  28. For You I Weep
  29. Can You Answer To God?
  30. Lucky In Cards
  31. Mister Nice Guy
  32. Six Feet Down
  33. Relief is Just a Swallow Away
  34. Are You Really Here
  35. It's Hard To Tell an Old Love Goodbye
  36. That Certain You Know What

Disc 3

  1. Can't Play Hookey
  2. My Steady Dream
  3. Wonderin' Oakie
  4. Have Blues, Will Travel
  5. The Price of Love
  6. Relief is Just a Swallow Away
  7. It's Hard to Tell an Old Love Goodbye
  8. Love's Other Face
  9. I Don't Live There Any More
  10. Walk 'Em Off
  11. The Man on the Wall
  12. Shake Hands wth the Blues
  13. A Million Friends But No Sweetheart
  14. Don't Look Behind
  15. A Thinkin' Man's Woman (A Lovin' Man's Girl)
  16. Shake Hands With the Blues
  17. Sunflower Song
  18. Too Weak To Go
  19. Firewater Luke
  20. The Price of Love
  21. The Same Old Mistakes
  22. Invisible Stripes
  23. So Funny I Could Cry
  24. Shotgun House
  25. I Slipped Out of Heaven
  26. Firewater Luke
  27. Invisible Stripes
  28. The Same Old Mistakes
  29. Shotgun House
  30. Where Do You Go (When You Say Goodnight)
  31. Love is For Fools
  32. The Life You've Lived
  33. I Speak Your Name
  34. The Same Old Mistakes
  35. You've Got a Woman

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Noack   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Roger Miller   Vocals,Harmony
Link Davis   Fiddle,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Buskirk   Banjo,Guitar
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Johnny Greer   Guitar
Charlie Harris   Guitar
Walter Buck Henson   Bass
Herb Remington   Steel Guitar
Woody Carter   Fiddle
Ernie Hunter   Fiddle
Bill Kimbrough   Drums
Cecil "Gig" Sparks   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kenneth Allen "Little Red" Hayes   Fiddle
Mateo "Matt" Garza   Bass
Curley Herndon   Steel Guitar
J.T. "Tiny" Smith   Bass
Pietro L. "Pete" Marchiando   Accordion
Milburn Winston "Bernie" Annett   Piano
Harold F. "Hal" Harris   Guitar
Earl Aycock   Rhythm Guitar
Country Johnny Mathis   Vocals,Harmony
Joe Brewer   Steel Guitar
Theron Poteet   Piano
Jimmy Biggar   Steel Guitar
Charles "Doc" Lewis   Piano
Bill Byrd   Guitar,Mandolin
Ollie Stanley   Guitar

Technical Credits

Eddie Noack   Composer,Source Material
Johnny Bush   Source Material
Buzz Cason   Source Material
Andy Bradley   Illustrations,Source Material
Pappy Daily   Producer
Colin Escott   Source Material
Don Pierce   Producer
Bill Quinn   Producer
Herb Remington   Illustrations
Hank Williams   Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Martin Hawkins   Source Material
Clarence E. Snow   Composer
Bill Millar   Source Material
Dave Sax   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Tape Comparison,Tape Research
Larry McMurtry   Source Material
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations,Source Material
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Linda Baggett   Composer
Ted Doyle   Composer
Roger Wood   Source Material
Traditional   Composer
Rick Mitchell   Source Material
Bob Allen   Source Material
Andrew Brown   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Janet Walker   Composer
Red Hayes   Composer
Gabe Tucker   Composer
Harold F. "Hal" Harris   Composer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily   Producer
Turner   Illustrations,Source Material
James Silver   Illustrations,Source Material
W. Walker   Composer
Joe Brewer   Illustrations
Jack Starnes   Producer
Nathan Gibson   Source Material
Este   Photo Restoration
Adam Kommorowski   Source Material
Dorothy Horstman   Source Material
Maralyn McKinney   Illustrations
Ted Marek   Source Material
Rube Wrightsman   Source Material

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