Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127171429
  • Catalog Number: 2717142
  • Sales rank: 207,957

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - The Roadbuddies (2:21)
  2. 2 Trifflin' Mama Blues - The Roadbuddies (2:15)
  3. 3 Pyramid Club - Bill Byrd (2:21)
  4. 4 Simulated Diamonds - Bill Byrd (2:33)
  5. 5 Hungry But Happy - Bill Byrd (2:57)
  6. 6 Raindrops In the River - Bill Byrd (2:40)
  7. 7 Frown On the Moon (2:47)
  8. 8 Unlucky Me (2:37)
  9. 9 Green Back Dollar - Cecil "Gig" Sparks (2:24)
  10. 10 Tragic Love - Bill Byrd (2:51)
  11. 11 I Can't Run Away - R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys (2:42)
  12. 12 I'd Still Want You - R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys (2:39)
  13. 13 Music Makin' Mama From Memphis - R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys (2:24)
  14. 14 Please Mr. Postman - R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys (2:39)
  15. 15 There's a Place In My Heart - R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys (2:18)
  16. 16 I'm Going To See My Baby - R.D. Hendon & the Western Jamboree Cowboys (2:48)
  17. 17 Too Hot To Handle (2:18)
  18. 18 How Does It Feel To Be a Winner (2:26)
  19. 19 Nothing - The Pecos Valley Boys (2:19)
  20. 20 First and Last Thing - The Pecos Valley Boys (2:26)
  21. 21 (As the Band Played) Paul Jones (2:20)
  22. 22 Pride (2:50)
  23. 23 Spoken Message To Don Pierce (0:22)
  24. 24 Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby (1:36)
  25. 25 As Long As You Call (0:42)
  26. 26 Forlorn, Forgotten, and Forsaken (1:07)
  27. 27 Walking the Street (1:01)
  28. 28 Simulated Diamonds (1:27)
  29. 29 Moonlight On the Water (1:46)
  30. 30 Hungry But Happy (0:44)
  31. 31 Raindrops In the River (2:01)
  32. 32 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1:25)
  33. 33 Unlucky Me (1:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fair Today, Cold Tomorrow - The Western Cherokees (2:21)
  2. 2 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (2:07)
  3. 3 Take It Away Lucky - The Western Cherokees (2:26)
  4. 4 Don't Trade - The Western Cherokees (2:07)
  5. 5 Left Over Lovin' (2:13)
  6. 6 Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby (2:03)
  7. 7 I'll Be So Good To You (2:29)
  8. 8 Think of Her Now (2:36)
  9. 9 Wind Me Up (2:13)
  10. 10 If It Ain't On the Menu (2:13)
  11. 11 Me and My New Baby (1:30)
  12. 12 The Life You've Lived (2:13)
  13. 13 You Done Got Me (1:29)
  14. 14 The Life You've Lived (2:25)
  15. 15 If Hearts Could Talk (2:37)
  16. 16 When the Bright Lights Grow Dim (2:16)
  17. 17 Think of Her Now (2:53)
  18. 18 It Ain't Much But It's Home (2:35)
  19. 19 For You I Weep (2:50)
  20. 20 You Done Got Me (2:08)
  21. 21 The Worm Has Turned (2:16)
  22. 22 She Can't Stand the Light of Day (2:31)
  23. 23 Think of Her Now (2:37)
  24. 24 Scarecrow (2:32)
  25. 25 Dust On the River (2:32)
  26. 26 What's the Matter Joe? (2:09)
  27. 27 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (2:04)
  28. 28 For You I Weep (3:18)
  29. 29 Can You Answer To God? (2:43)
  30. 30 Lucky In Cards (1:33)
  31. 31 Mister Nice Guy (1:41)
  32. 32 Six Feet Down (1:33)
  33. 33 Relief is Just a Swallow Away (1:40)
  34. 34 Are You Really Here (2:11)
  35. 35 It's Hard To Tell an Old Love Goodbye (1:47)
  36. 36 That Certain You Know What (1:37)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Can't Play Hookey (2:23)
  2. 2 My Steady Dream (2:25)
  3. 3 Wonderin' Oakie (2:17)
  4. 4 Have Blues, Will Travel (2:36)
  5. 5 The Price of Love (2:18)
  6. 6 Relief is Just a Swallow Away (2:06)
  7. 7 It's Hard to Tell an Old Love Goodbye (2:22)
  8. 8 Love's Other Face (2:35)
  9. 9 I Don't Live There Any More (2:04)
  10. 10 Walk 'Em Off (2:52)
  11. 11 The Man on the Wall (2:05)
  12. 12 Shake Hands wth the Blues (2:15)
  13. 13 A Million Friends But No Sweetheart (2:54)
  14. 14 Don't Look Behind (2:23)
  15. 15 A Thinkin' Man's Woman (A Lovin' Man's Girl) (1:59)
  16. 16 Shake Hands With the Blues (2:00)
  17. 17 Sunflower Song (2:00)
  18. 18 Too Weak To Go (2:17)
  19. 19 Firewater Luke (2:34)
  20. 20 The Price of Love (2:16)
  21. 21 The Same Old Mistakes (2:00)
  22. 22 Invisible Stripes (2:24)
  23. 23 So Funny I Could Cry (1:22)
  24. 24 Shotgun House (2:11)
  25. 25 I Slipped Out of Heaven (2:01)
  26. 26 Firewater Luke (2:46)
  27. 27 Invisible Stripes (2:49)
  28. 28 The Same Old Mistakes (2:29)
  29. 29 Shotgun House (2:29)
  30. 30 Where Do You Go (When You Say Goodnight) (2:38)
  31. 31 Love is For Fools (1:36)
  32. 32 The Life You've Lived (2:13)
  33. 33 I Speak Your Name (1:48)
  34. 34 The Same Old Mistakes (2:00)
  35. 35 You've Got a Woman (2:56)
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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
Al 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
Chris Zwarg Mastering
Maralyn McKinney Illustrations
Ted Marek Source Material
Rube Wrightsman Source Material
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