Half as Much

Half as Much

by Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2004
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127166661
catalogNumber:
16666
Rank:
200160

Tracks

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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers   Primary Artist
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
C. Williams   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Billy Simmons   Composer

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