King of the Road [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The subtitle of Mercury Nashville's three-disc box set King of the Road is "The Genius of Roger Miller", a sentiment that listeners only familiar with his deliberately silly smashes would dispute, but as this three-disc, 70-track set plays out, it becomes clear that this is hardly hyperbole. If genius is a unique voice, either in writing or delivery, Miller certainly qualifies. If genius is an artist who displays a depth and variety of material, Miller fills the bill. If genius is creating a body of work unlike no other, Miller certainly fits the bill. Miller's genius lay in his command of small details, unassumingly witty wordplay, and seemingly effortless ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The subtitle of Mercury Nashville's three-disc box set King of the Road is "The Genius of Roger Miller", a sentiment that listeners only familiar with his deliberately silly smashes would dispute, but as this three-disc, 70-track set plays out, it becomes clear that this is hardly hyperbole. If genius is a unique voice, either in writing or delivery, Miller certainly qualifies. If genius is an artist who displays a depth and variety of material, Miller fills the bill. If genius is creating a body of work unlike no other, Miller certainly fits the bill. Miller's genius lay in his command of small details, unassumingly witty wordplay, and seemingly effortless songcraft. Apart from "King of the Road," which developed an iconic status separate from his career, his hits were so funny, so easy, that it seemed his music was too light to withstand such an exhaustive retrospective, but that's hardly the case. Miller's hits were often wonderful, often the pinnacle of his talents, but look closer and it becomes clear that they happened to be the songs that were the singles; he often wrote songs that could have been as big as his hits, but weren't released as singles, or were tucked away on records to be discovered by diligent fans. It's a testament to his talent that not all of these are featured on this otherwise comprehensive box set; the 1991 Country Tunesmith collection alone contains many great songs that could have made the cut. They are missed, as are Miller's brilliant songs from Walt Disney's 1973 animated adaptation Robin Hood "Not in Nottingham" is as lovely as anything he's done, but that doesn't mean that King of the Road doesn't work as a retrospective -- it just means that, like other great artists, he has more than enough great music to fit onto three CDs. The three CDs are filled with wonderful music -- songs that prove Miller is one of the great country songwriters, capable of songs wrenching in either their humor or pain, and one of the most distinctive voices in the genre. Needless to say, it's essential to any serious country collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/1995
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • UPC: 731452699329
  • Catalog Number: 526993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Pillow (2:11)
  2. 2 Poor Little John (1:55)
  3. 3 A Man Like Me (2:25)
  4. 4 The Wrong Kind of Girl (2:15)
  5. 5 Jason Fleming (2:02)
  6. 6 A World So Full of Love (1:58)
  7. 7 When a House (Is Not a Home) (2:28)
  8. 8 You Don't Want My Love (1:59)
  9. 9 When Two Worlds Collide (2:10)
  10. 10 Sorry, Willie (2:23)
  11. 11 So Saith He the Lord (1:12)
  12. 12 Lock, Stock and Teardrops (2:25)
  13. 13 Ain't That Fine (2:33)
  14. 14 Less and Less (2:27)
  15. 15 Chug-A-Lug (2:01)
  16. 16 Lou's Got the Flu (1:45)
  17. 17 The Moon Is High (And So Am I) (1:57)
  18. 18 Dang Me (1:47)
  19. 19 It Takes All Kinds to Make a World (2:36)
  20. 20 Reincarnation (1:58)
  21. 21 Hard Headed Me (2:29)
  22. 22 Do-Wacka-Do (1:44)
  23. 23 Atta Boy Girl (1:54)
  24. 24 Our Hearts Will Play the Music (2:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 King of the Road (2:25)
  2. 2 As Long as There's a Shadow (2:03)
  3. 3 You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd (1:53)
  4. 4 Heartbreak Hotel (2:12)
  5. 5 Big Harlan Taylor (2:06)
  6. 6 One Dyin' and a Buryin' (2:01)
  7. 7 The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me (2:46)
  8. 8 It Happened Just That Way (1:51)
  9. 9 Engine, Engine #9 (2:17)
  10. 10 Kansas City Star (2:17)
  11. 11 England Swings (1:52)
  12. 12 I've Been a Long Time Leavin' (2:14)
  13. 13 Husbands and Wives (2:22)
  14. 14 Train of Life (2:06)
  15. 15 Dad Blame Anything a Man Can't Quit (2:06)
  16. 16 You're My Kingdom (2:31)
  17. 17 My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died (1:53)
  18. 18 Home (1:47)
  19. 19 Absence (2:34)
  20. 20 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (3:00)
  21. 21 Walkin' in the Sunshine (2:37)
  22. 22 A Million Years or So (2:30)
  23. 23 Pardon This Coffin (2:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ballad of Waterhole #3 (2:17)
  2. 2 Old Toy Trains (2:02)
  3. 3 Little Green Apples (2:38)
  4. 4 What I'd Give to Be the Wind (2:37)
  5. 5 Boeing Boeing 707 (1:19)
  6. 6 Treat Me Like a Human (1:42)
  7. 7 What Are Those Things (With Big Black Wings) (2:07)
  8. 8 Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line (2:05)
  9. 9 Swiss Cottage Place (3:27)
  10. 10 Me and Bobby McGee (4:04)
  11. 11 Where Have All the Average People Gone (3:02)
  12. 12 The Best of All Possible Worlds (2:56)
  13. 13 Invitation to the BLues (2:34)
  14. 14 Tall Tall Trees (2:13)
  15. 15 Don't We All Have the Right (1:57)
  16. 16 That's the Way I Feel (1:50)
  17. 17 Half a Mind (2:46)
  18. 18 Hoppy's Gone (2:33)
  19. 19 What Would My Mama Say (3:08)
  20. 20 Orange Blosson Special (3:28)
  21. 21 Old Friends (3:04)
  22. 22 Guv'Ment (2:37)
  23. 23 River in the Rain (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger Miller Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Nelson Track Performer
Ray Price Track Performer
Technical Credits
Joe Maphis Composer
Faron Young Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Dave Grusin Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Alan Stoker Mastering Consultant
The Country Music Foundation Producer
Gary Usher Composer
Daniel Cooper Annotation
Bob Merrill Composer
Jim Kemp Art Direction
Mickey Braithwaite Art Direction
M. Christian Composer
Kira Florita Executive Producer
H. Robert Composer
Fred L. Foster Composer
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