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Larger Than Life

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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
All of Sleepy LaBeef's most important records -- from his early singles for Starday to his latter-day sides for Sun -- are included on the mammoth, six-disc box set Larger Than Life. LaBeef recorded for a number of different labels during his career, and during that time, he explored a variety of roots music, from rockabilly and country to blues and soul. Spanning three full decades, Larger Than Life contains 158 tracks, including all of his recordings for Starday, Dixie, Columbia, and Sun. The box begins in the '50s and ends in the '70s, hitting all of LaBeef's best moments in the interim. A set of this size is designed for hardcore fans, and they are the ones who will ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
All of Sleepy LaBeef's most important records -- from his early singles for Starday to his latter-day sides for Sun -- are included on the mammoth, six-disc box set Larger Than Life. LaBeef recorded for a number of different labels during his career, and during that time, he explored a variety of roots music, from rockabilly and country to blues and soul. Spanning three full decades, Larger Than Life contains 158 tracks, including all of his recordings for Starday, Dixie, Columbia, and Sun. The box begins in the '50s and ends in the '70s, hitting all of LaBeef's best moments in the interim. A set of this size is designed for hardcore fans, and they are the ones who will treasure it -- for less-dedicated listeners, the music may become rather monotonous, since the sheer length of the box is overwhelming. However, Larger Than Life is a treasure for devoted followers, since it collects many rare items -- LaBeef's records have never been very easy to track down -- adding an excellent booklet and many demos and outtakes in the measure. For those fans, it's a necessary addition to their collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/1996
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051566227
  • Catalog Number: 15662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby Let's Play House (2:40)
  2. 2 Don't Make Me Go (3:01)
  3. 3 All Alone (2:03)
  4. 4 I'm Through (2:15)
  5. 5 Lonely (2:30)
  6. 6 All the Time (1:52)
  7. 7 All the Time (2:05)
  8. 8 Lonely (2:34)
  9. 9 I Ain't Gonna Take It (2:04)
  10. 10 Little Bit More (2:28)
  11. 11 Ballad of a Teenage Queen (1:57)
  12. 12 You're So Easy to Love (2:03)
  13. 13 I Wish I Was the Moon (2:14)
  14. 14 The Ways of a Woman in Love (2:09)
  15. 15 Home of the Blues (1:42)
  16. 16 You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven (2:05)
  17. 17 Guess Things Happen That Way (1:55)
  18. 18 Can't Get You off of My Mind (2:17)
  19. 19 I Found Out (1:45)
  20. 20 Turn Me Loose (2:16)
  21. 21 Ridin' Fence (1:43)
  22. 22 Ride on Josephine (2:59)
  23. 23 Walkin' Slowly (2:48)
  24. 24 Tore Up (1:56)
  25. 25 Lonely (3:00)
  26. 26 Ride on Josephine (3:08)
  27. 27 Lonely (2:35)
  28. 28 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (3:01)
  29. 29 I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone (2:30)
  30. 30 Drink up and Go Home (2:47)
  31. 31 Teardrop on a Rose (2:13)
  32. 32 A Long Time to Forget (1:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Goodnight Irene (2:10)
  2. 2 Leave Me Alone with the Blues (2:15)
  3. 3 Oh So Many Years (2:07)
  4. 4 Somebody's Been Beatin' My Time (1:46)
  5. 5 Bring Around Rosie (2:06)
  6. 6 Completly Destroyed (2:39)
  7. 7 Another Mile to Go (2:42)
  8. 8 This New Love (2:11)
  9. 9 You Can't Catch Me (2:40)
  10. 10 Everybody's Got to Have Somebody (To Love) (2:13)
  11. 11 Shame, Shame, Shame (2:26)
  12. 12 Ain't Got No Home (2:21)
  13. 13 I Feel a Lot More Like I Do Now (2:41)
  14. 14 I'm Too Broke (To Pay Attention) (2:09)
  15. 15 Drinking Again (2:41)
  16. 16 A Man in My Position (2:03)
  17. 17 Go Ahead On (2:18)
  18. 18 Schneider (2:11)
  19. 19 Sure Beats the Heck Outta' Settlin' Down (2:08)
  20. 20 Too Young to Die (2:23)
  21. 21 Two Hundred Pounds of Hurt (2:07)
  22. 22 If I Go Right, I'm Wrong (2:31)
  23. 23 Every Day (2:13)
  24. 24 Man Alone (2:18)
  25. 25 Too Much Monkey Business (2:03)
  26. 26 Sixteen Tons (2:29)
  27. 27 Got You on My Mind (2:45)
  28. 28 Birds of All Nations (3:09)
  29. 29 The Back of His Hand (2:34)
  30. 30 Asphalt Cowboy (2:48)
  31. 31 Blackland Farmer (2:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 She's Bringin' Me Down (2:20)
  2. 2 Buying a Book (4:41)
  3. 3 Me and Bobby McGee (2:53)
  4. 4 Boom, Boom, Boom (2:40)
  5. 5 It Ain't Sanitary (2:42)
  6. 6 Honey Hush (2:46)
  7. 7 A Hundred Pounds of Lovin' (2:11)
  8. 8 Ballad of Thunder Road (2:43)
  9. 9 I'm Ragged But I'm Right (1:41)
  10. 10 Tender Years (2:39)
  11. 11 The Other Side of You (2:52)
  12. 12 Stormy Monday (4:28)
  13. 13 Cool Water (2:03)
  14. 14 Mule Train (2:32)
  15. 15 The Streets of Laredo (3:38)
  16. 16 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (2:16)
  17. 17 Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (2:24)
  18. 18 Tumbling Tumbleweeds (2:25)
  19. 19 Strawberry Roan (3:46)
  20. 20 High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) (2:30)
  21. 21 Wagon Wheels (2:08)
  22. 22 Home on the Range (1:51)
  23. 23 There Ain't Much After Taxes (2:04)
  24. 24 Good Rockin' Boogie (1:54)
  25. 25 Roll over Beethoven (2:53)
  26. 26 Party Doll (2:14)
  27. 27 I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday (1:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 You Can Have Her (4:42)
  2. 2 Mathilda (3:17)
  3. 3 Faded Love (3:51)
  4. 4 From a Jack to a King (2:13)
  5. 5 Send Me Some Lovin' (2:37)
  6. 6 You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover (2:45)
  7. 7 Young Fashioned Ways (2:23)
  8. 8 Sitting on Top of the World (2:18)
  9. 9 Matchbox (2:31)
  10. 10 Corrina, Corrina (2:23)
  11. 11 Let's Turn Back the Years (2:47)
  12. 12 What Am I Living For? (3:44)
  13. 13 Reconsider Baby (3:34)
  14. 14 Raining in My Heart (2:07)
  15. 15 Put Your Arms Around Me (2:23)
  16. 16 Elvira (3:27)
  17. 17 Polk Salad Annie (3:59)
  18. 18 I'm the Man (2:48)
  19. 19 Queen of the Silver Dollar (2:43)
  20. 20 Long Tall Texan (1:57)
  21. 21 Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer) (4:00)
  22. 22 Baby Let's Play House (2:09)
  23. 23 Tall Oak Tree (3:48)
  24. 24 Take Me Back to Tulsa (2:23)
  25. 25 Blue Moon of Kentucky (2:37)
  26. 26 I'll Keep on Loving You (1:47)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone (2:30)
  2. 2 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (4:40)
  3. 3 Satisfied (2:41)
  4. 4 Ezekiel's Boneyard (3:56)
  5. 5 I Saw the Light (2:53)
  6. 6 I'll Never Let the Devil Win (2:56)
  7. 7 This Train (3:13)
  8. 8 I'll Be Somewhere Listening (2:32)
  9. 9 I Feel Like Traveling On (2:05)
  10. 10 The Old Country Church (2:32)
  11. 11 Standing in the Shadows (2:30)
  12. 12 Walk and Talk with My Lord (2:16)
  13. 13 Rock & Roll Ruby (2:21)
  14. 14 Big Boss Man (2:42)
  15. 15 I'm Ready If You're Willing (2:39)
  16. 16 I'm Coming Home (1:50)
  17. 17 I'm a One Woman Man (1:37)
  18. 18 Shotgun Boogie (2:32)
  19. 19 Boogie Woogie Country Girl (2:32)
  20. 20 Mystery Train (1:49)
  21. 21 There Is Something on Your Mind (3:52)
  22. 22 Jack and Jill Boogie (2:18)
  23. 23 Blues Stay Away from Me (3:48)
  24. 24 Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor (2:20)
  25. 25 Tore Up (2:23)
  26. 26 Flying Saucers Rock & Roll (1:57)
  27. 27 Red Hot (3:07)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Honky Tonk Man (2:21)
  2. 2 My Sweet Love Ain't Around (3:11)
  3. 3 If You Don't Love Me, Someone Else Will (2:13)
  4. 4 Milk Cow Blues (3:11)
  5. 5 Ride, Ride, Ride (1:58)
  6. 6 Are You Teasing Me (2:57)
  7. 7 LaBoeuf's Cajun Boogie (Home Country Blues) (2:47)
  8. 8 Go Ahead on Baby (2:57)
  9. 9 Sick and Tired (1:57)
  10. 10 Mind Your Own Business (2:02)
  11. 11 Lonesome for a Letter (2:40)
  12. 12 Detour (2:10)
  13. 13 Shame, Shame, Shame (2:00)
  14. 14 Cigarettes and Coffee Blues (2:18)
  15. 15 Cut Across Shorty (1:57)
  16. 16 I'm Feelin' Sorry (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sleepy LaBeef Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux Fiddle
Floyd Cramer Piano
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Leader
Gordon Terry Fiddle
Harold Bradley Guitar
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Clete Chapman Drums
Terry Duncan Piano
Gene Dunlap Piano
Bobby Dyson Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar, Leader
D.J. Fontana Drums
Joe Gillingham Piano
Buddy Harman Drums
Karl Himmel Drums
Bucky Meadows Organ, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Roger Morris Piano
Cliff Parker Guitar
John Probst Piano
Bill Quinn Organ
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Jack Ross Bass
Larry Sasser Steel Guitar
Lonnie Seabolt Bass
Jerry Shook Guitar
Howard Tibble Drums, Vocal Harmony
Joe Zinkan Bass
Hal Harris Guitar
Bob Moore Bass
Kenny Krumbholtz Electric Bass
Terry Nicholson Bass, Vocal Harmony
James L. Wilkerson Guitar
Dave Travis Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Steve S. Singleton Guitar
Charles Gardner Vocal Harmony
George Edward "Leo" Jackson Electric Guitar
Virgil E. Hammer Drums
Hal Higgins Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Charles Garner Vocal Harmony
Earl Aycock Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Clete Chapman Berg Drums
Charlie Busby Guitar
Wendall Clayton Bass
Mike Schellachi Drums
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Charlie Rich Composer
Sleepy LaBeef Producer, Illustrations
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Bill Justis Composer
Walter Vinson Composer
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Bill Finegan Producer
Henry Glover Composer
Roy Hayes Composer
Bob Jones Mastering
Don Law Producer
John A. Lomax Composer
Bill Quinn Producer
Wayne Raney Composer
Shelby Singleton Producer
Ray Topping Illustrations
Dave Young Mastering
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer
Richard Flohil Liner Notes
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Tom Ramsey Composer
Dave Travis Producer, Illustrations
Charles E. Durham Composer
Fran Jones Producer
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