King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller

King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller

by Roger Miller
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/1995
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0731452699329
catalogNumber:
526993
Rank:
17692

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. My Pillow
  2. Poor Little John
  3. A Man Like Me
  4. The Wrong Kind of Girl
  5. Jason Fleming
  6. A World So Full of Love
  7. When a House (Is Not a Home)
  8. You Don't Want My Love
  9. When Two Worlds Collide
  10. Sorry, Willie
  11. So Saith He the Lord
  12. Lock, Stock and Teardrops
  13. Ain't That Fine
  14. Less and Less
  15. Chug-A-Lug
  16. Lou's Got the Flu
  17. The Moon Is High (And So Am I)
  18. Dang Me
  19. It Takes All Kinds to Make a World
  20. Reincarnation
  21. Hard Headed Me
  22. Do-Wacka-Do
  23. Atta Boy Girl
  24. Our Hearts Will Play the Music

Disc 2

  1. King of the Road
  2. As Long as There's a Shadow
  3. You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd
  4. Heartbreak Hotel
  5. Big Harlan Taylor
  6. One Dyin' and a Buryin'
  7. The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me
  8. It Happened Just That Way
  9. Engine, Engine #9
  10. Kansas City Star
  11. England Swings
  12. I've Been a Long Time Leavin'
  13. Husbands and Wives
  14. Train of Life
  15. Dad Blame Anything a Man Can't Quit
  16. You're My Kingdom
  17. My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died
  18. Home
  19. Absence
  20. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
  21. Walkin' in the Sunshine
  22. A Million Years or So
  23. Pardon This Coffin

Disc 3

  1. Ballad of Waterhole #3
  2. Old Toy Trains
  3. Little Green Apples
  4. What I'd Give to Be the Wind
  5. Boeing Boeing 707
  6. Treat Me Like a Human
  7. What Are Those Things (With Big Black Wings)
  8. Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line
  9. Swiss Cottage Place
  10. Me and Bobby McGee
  11. Where Have All the Average People Gone
  12. The Best of All Possible Worlds
  13. Invitation to the BLues
  14. Tall Tall Trees
  15. Don't We All Have the Right
  16. That's the Way I Feel
  17. Half a Mind
  18. Hoppy's Gone
  19. What Would My Mama Say
  20. Orange Blosson Special
  21. Old Friends
  22. Guv'Ment
  23. River in the Rain

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Miller   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Ray Price   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Joe Maphis   Composer
Faron Young   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Alan Stoker   Mastering Consultant
Country Music Foundation   Producer
Daniel Cooper   Annotation
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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