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Half as Much

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Half as Much is part two in a two-volume series that compiles Curley Williams' complete Columbia recordings. It picks up in 1949 where the first volume, Just a-Pickin' and a-Singin', leaves off, and continues to the end of Williams' tenure with the label in 1952. A smattering of alternate takes dating back to 1946 are included at the end of the program to fill out the disc. Williams was reputedly a notoriously -- even comically -- slow talker, which may help explain why the pace of his recordings is strangely relaxed for a string dance band. The anesthetized performances undercut novelties such as "Honey Do You Love Me -- Huh?" and "No Not Now," which should be sprightlier. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Half as Much is part two in a two-volume series that compiles Curley Williams' complete Columbia recordings. It picks up in 1949 where the first volume, Just a-Pickin' and a-Singin', leaves off, and continues to the end of Williams' tenure with the label in 1952. A smattering of alternate takes dating back to 1946 are included at the end of the program to fill out the disc. Williams was reputedly a notoriously -- even comically -- slow talker, which may help explain why the pace of his recordings is strangely relaxed for a string dance band. The anesthetized performances undercut novelties such as "Honey Do You Love Me -- Huh?" and "No Not Now," which should be sprightlier. Instead, there are moments when it seems as if Williams recorded his music moments before the sleeping pills took effect. Williams is known, above all, for composing the song "Half as Much," a hit for Hank Williams and Rosemary Clooney, and Curley's original version from 1951 appears on this anthology. Unfortunately, it is an unremarkable rendition of more historical interest than anything. Curley collaborated with Hank Williams on occasion, too, co-writing the two aforementioned novelty songs. Adding to the value for Hank Williams completists, the anthology presents a rare demo from 1949 of Hank and Curley singing "No Not Now." Like the first volume, Half as Much contains a variety of instrumentals, boogies, ballads, and novelties with a regional sensibility reflected in the many prominent references to Southern states. A telling quotation printed on the back of the CD package suggests that Mitch Miller, Columbia's A&R man, had never heard of Curley Williams even though Curley had been a Columbia recording artist for seven years. It may be tempting to interpret that remark as evidence of Miller's failure to recognize great talent, but it is more likely evidence of the unexceptional character of Williams' catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127166661
  • Catalog Number: 16666
  • Sales rank: 406,300

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fiddlin' Boogie - Curley Williams (2:40)
  2. 2 Barbecue Rag - Curley Williams (2:37)
  3. 3 No, Not Now - Curley Williams (2:36)
  4. 4 Shy Baby - Curley Williams (2:26)
  5. 5 Mississippi - Curley Williams (2:47)
  6. 6 Saturday Night Rag - Curley Williams (2:45)
  7. 7 Whole Hog or None - Curley Williams (2:47)
  8. 8 Honey Do You Love Me - Huh? - Curley Williams (2:34)
  9. 9 Good Ol' Alabam - Curley Williams (2:26)
  10. 10 All You Gotta Do Is Whistle - Curley Williams (2:24)
  11. 11 String Steeling - Curley Williams (2:43)
  12. 12 Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Curley Williams (2:44)
  13. 13 Lou'siana Serenade - Curley Williams (2:40)
  14. 14 Half as Much - Curley Williams (3:08)
  15. 15 Texas Swing - Curley Williams (2:19)
  16. 16 We've Come a Long Way Together - Curley Williams (3:15)
  17. 17 When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts - Curley Williams (2:38)
  18. 18 What's the Matter With My Heart - Curley Williams (2:02)
  19. 19 On the Okefenokee - Curley Williams (2:07)
  20. 20 Time and a Half Time - Curley Williams (2:03)
  21. 21 No, Not Now - Curley Williams (2:13)
  22. 22 Leave Me Alone With the Blues - Curley Williams (2:35)
  23. 23 Grandma's Turned Over Again - Curley Williams (2:44)
  24. 24 Woe Is Me - Curley Williams (2:51)
  25. 25 Georgia Boogie - Curley Williams (3:01)
  26. 26 Blue Melody - Curley Williams (2:55)
  27. 27 Good Ol' Alabam - Curley Williams (2:28)
  28. 28 All You Gotta Do Is Whistle - Curley Williams (2:23)
  29. 29 Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Curley Williams (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers Primary Artist
Curley Williams Indexed Contributor
Owen Bradley Piano
Jesse Tiny Kennedy Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey Drums
Jack Pruett Electric Guitar
Jack Shook Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Harold Hensley Fiddle
"Papa" John Gordy Piano
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Teddy K. Wilds Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jack Ford Guitar
Technical Credits
Art Satherley Producer
Mel Foree Composer
Don Law Producer
Fred Rose Producer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Curley Williams Composer
Zeke Clements Composer
Joe Pope Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
C. Williams Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Billy Simmons Composer
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