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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
JSP's outstanding four-CD Bob Wills anthology consists of 100 classic Western swing performances recorded between September 1935 and April 1940 in Dallas, Fort Worth, Chicago, and Saginaw. Almost all of these 78-rpm records came out under the name of the Texas Playboys; the only exceptions are two fiddle and guitar duets by Bob Wills and Sleepy Johnson and a pair of early ditties by the Fort Worth Doughboys. This is most tantalizing, as Wills, always a capable fiddler and an exuberant vocalist, also worked for a while with the original Light Crust Doughboys, a fun little outfit whose earliest recordings have yet to be comprehensively reissued. JSP has done with Bob Wills ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
JSP's outstanding four-CD Bob Wills anthology consists of 100 classic Western swing performances recorded between September 1935 and April 1940 in Dallas, Fort Worth, Chicago, and Saginaw. Almost all of these 78-rpm records came out under the name of the Texas Playboys; the only exceptions are two fiddle and guitar duets by Bob Wills and Sleepy Johnson and a pair of early ditties by the Fort Worth Doughboys. This is most tantalizing, as Wills, always a capable fiddler and an exuberant vocalist, also worked for a while with the original Light Crust Doughboys, a fun little outfit whose earliest recordings have yet to be comprehensively reissued. JSP has done with Bob Wills what it does with every artist deemed worthy of such a rigorous retrospective. The well-chosen, carefully remastered recordings are laid out in chronological order and complete discographical information is enclosed, along with informative liner notes in the form of an extended biographical essay appended with a small but useful bibliography. This wonderfully uplifting music is a natural byproduct of mingling cultural currents during the years immediately preceding the Second World War. Change was literally in the air, and phonograph records and radio were the media that accelerated new developments and encouraged cross-pollination. Bob Wills listened to recordings by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Leroy Carr, Fats Waller, and Bessie Smith. He became inspired by Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Earl Hines, James P. Johnson, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lionel Hampton. Wills heard live big-band broadcasts originating hundreds of miles away and began combining stylistic tropes that were unmixable according to entrenched bigoted social convention. Wills created a hybrid genre using Afro-American jazz and blues and his own home-grown brand of Western country music, beautifully tempered with melodies he learned from the Mexican population in Texas. Western swing cut through all kinds of socially imposed racial and ethnic delineations. It was also very entertaining, and still is. Anyone interested in this genre should seriously consider obtaining and absorbing JSP's well-researched and refreshingly affordable Bob Wills collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065777029
  • Catalog Number: 7770
  • Sales rank: 89,660

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sunbonnet Sue (3:04)
  2. 2 Nancy Jane (3:12)
  3. 3 Osage Stomp (3:02)
  4. 4 Get with It (3:04)
  5. 5 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (2:40)
  6. 6 Spanish Two Step (2:56)
  7. 7 Maiden's Prayer (3:05)
  8. 8 Wang Wang Blues (3:01)
  9. 9 St. Louis Blues (3:14)
  10. 10 Good Old Oklahoma (3:06)
  11. 11 Blue River (2:36)
  12. 12 Mexicali Rose (3:16)
  13. 13 I Ain't Got Nobody (2:45)
  14. 14 Never No More Blues (2:57)
  15. 15 Who Walks in When I Walk Out (2:53)
  16. 16 Old Fashioned Love (3:20)
  17. 17 Oklahoma Rag (2:50)
  18. 18 Black and Blue Rag (2:43)
  19. 19 Sittin' on Top of the World (3:20)
  20. 20 Four or Five Times (2:48)
  21. 21 I Can't Be Satisfied (3:01)
  22. 22 Smith's Reel (2:51)
  23. 23 Harmony (2:49)
  24. 24 She's Killing Me (2:47)
  25. 25 Weary of the Same Old Stuff (2:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 No Matter How She Done It (2:55)
  2. 2 Bluin' the Blues (3:11)
  3. 3 Steel Guitar Rag (2:49)
  4. 4 Get Along Home Cindy (2:49)
  5. 5 Trouble in Mind (2:59)
  6. 6 What's the Matter with the Mill (2:55)
  7. 7 Sugar Blues (2:54)
  8. 8 Basin Street Blues (3:03)
  9. 9 Red Hot Gal of Mine (3:07)
  10. 10 Too Busy (2:34)
  11. 11 Back Home Again in Indiana (2:53)
  12. 12 Fan It (2:44)
  13. 13 Mean Mama Blues (2:53)
  14. 14 Bring It on Down to My House (2:44)
  15. 15 Right or Wrong (2:56)
  16. 16 Swing Blues #1 (2:41)
  17. 17 Swing Blues #2 (2:47)
  18. 18 White Heat (2:45)
  19. 19 Dedicated to You (2:33)
  20. 20 Playboy Stomp (2:47)
  21. 21 Steel Guitar Stomp (2:40)
  22. 22 Rosetta (2:54)
  23. 23 Bleeding Hearted Blues (2:35)
  24. 24 Tie Me to Your Apron Strings Again (2:32)
  25. 25 Never No More Hard Times Blues (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sunbonnet Sue (2:31)
  2. 2 The New St. Louis Blues (2:47)
  3. 3 I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas (2:25)
  4. 4 Oozlin' Daddy Blues (2:29)
  5. 5 Black Rider (2:44)
  6. 6 Everybody Does It in Hawaii (2:34)
  7. 7 Alexander's Ragtime Band (2:46)
  8. 8 Blue Prelude (2:28)
  9. 9 Sophisticated Hula (2:07)
  10. 10 Pray for the Lights to Go Out (2:53)
  11. 11 Gambling Polka Dot Blues (2:26)
  12. 12 Keep Knocking (But You Can't Come In) (2:48)
  13. 13 Loveless Love (2:43)
  14. 14 Oh, Lady Be Good (2:36)
  15. 15 Way Down Upon the Swanee River (2:38)
  16. 16 Oh You Beautiful Doll (2:32)
  17. 17 Moonlight and Roses (Bring Mem'ries of You) (2:35)
  18. 18 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (2:37)
  19. 19 Tulsa Stomp (2:34)
  20. 20 Empty Bed Blues (2:44)
  21. 21 Little Red Head (2:43)
  22. 22 San Antonio Rose (2:35)
  23. 23 Little Girl, Go Ask Your Mama (2:35)
  24. 24 Carolina in the Morning (2:46)
  25. 25 The Convict and the Rose (2:45)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Silver Bells (2:43)
  2. 2 Dreamy Eyes Waltz (2:38)
  3. 3 Beaumont Rag (2:41)
  4. 4 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (2:32)
  5. 5 If I Could Bring Back My Buddy (2:28)
  6. 6 Whoa Babe (2:37)
  7. 7 Ida Red (2:24)
  8. 8 Yearning (Just for You) (2:24)
  9. 9 I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do (2:38)
  10. 10 Prosperity Special (2:40)
  11. 11 Drunkard's Blues (2:23)
  12. 12 You're Okay (2:29)
  13. 13 Liza Pull Down the Shades (2:21)
  14. 14 That's What I Like 'Bout the South (2:35)
  15. 15 My Window Faces the South (2:16)
  16. 16 The Waltz You Saved for Me (2:28)
  17. 17 Don't Let the Deal Go Down (2:44)
  18. 18 You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care) (2:54)
  19. 19 No Wonder (2:37)
  20. 20 Lone Star Rag (2:44)
  21. 21 There's Going to Be a Party (For the Old Folks) (2:44)
  22. 22 I Don't Lov'a Nobody (2:30)
  23. 23 That Brownskin Gal (2:31)
  24. 24 Corrine Corrina (2:53)
  25. 25 Let Me Call You Sweetheart (I'm in Love with You) (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Fiddle, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, yodeling
Johnnie Lee Wills Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Leon McAuliffe Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Milton Brown Vocals
Herman Arnspiger Guitar
Jesse Ashlock Fiddle, Vocals
William E. Dacus Drums
Ray DeGeer Clarinet, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Duncan Vocals, yodeling
Robert McNally Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Eldon Shamblin Guitar
Everett Stover Trumpet
Al Stricklin Piano
Derwood Brown Guitar
Ruth McMaster Fiddle
Joe Ferguson Vocals, String Bass
Clifton "Sleepy" Johnson Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan Vocals, yodeling
Alton Meeks "Al" Stricklin Piano
Arthur D "Art" Haynes Fiddle, Trombone
Thomas C. "Son" Lansford String Bass
Charles Laughton Clarinet, Trumpet, Saxophone
Thomas Elmer 'Tommy' Duncan Tenor Saxophone
Robert 'Zeb' McNally Alto Saxophone
Everett Stover Trumpet
William E. 'Smokey' Dacus Drums
Charles Laughton Clarinet
Clifford 'Sleepy' Johnson Guitar
Alton Meeks 'Al' Stricklin Piano
Ruth McMaster Fiddle
Jesse Thedford Ashlock Fiddle
C.G. 'Sleepy' Johnson Guitar (Tenor)
William Leon McAuliffe Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Wills Vocal Effect
Pat Harrison Liner Notes
Lee "Brownie" Brown Author
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