Life of a Poor Boy [2011]

Life of a Poor Boy [2011]

by Stonewall Jackson
     
 
Omni's 2011 release Life of a Poor Boy may contain the same cover and title of Stonewall Jackson's 1960 LP but it's not an expanded reissue of the album: it's a compilation of material recorded between 1957 and 1968, with the pre-1965 material emphasized slightly. Much of this has never surfaced on CD before and oddly, both in terms of availability and tenor of

Overview

Omni's 2011 release Life of a Poor Boy may contain the same cover and title of Stonewall Jackson's 1960 LP but it's not an expanded reissue of the album: it's a compilation of material recorded between 1957 and 1968, with the pre-1965 material emphasized slightly. Much of this has never surfaced on CD before and oddly, both in terms of availability and tenor of material taking precedent over hits. Of the generous 30 tracks here, only eight overlap with Collectors Choice 2002 standard-bearer The Best of Stonewall Jackson and most of these songs -- "Life to Go," "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water," "Blues Plus Booze (Means I Lose)," "Mary Don't You Weep" -- fit Omni's concept of songs of country, crime, heartbreak, and poverty. "Waterloo," his biggest hit, may be missing, but this isn't a compilation designed to serve up the hits, it's a "more of the best" uncovering some very good hardcore honky tonk and progressive county previously hidden away on vinyl records, many of them rare. Some of the songs are novelties, some border on generic, but there are more than enough keepers among these 30 cuts to warrant its purchase by hardcore fans of either Jackson or '60s country.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2011
Label:
Omni
UPC:
9326425805107
catalogNumber:
141
Rank:
185132

Tracks

  1. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
  2. Help Stamp Out Loneliness
  3. Life Of A Poor Boy
  4. Trouble And Me
  5. The Water's So Cold
  6. Wild Wild Wind
  7. I've Got To Change
  8. Thirty Links Of Chain
  9. While The Daisies Grow Free
  10. Mary Don't You Weep
  11. Picket Sign
  12. Give It Back To The Indians
  13. Promises And Hearts (Were Made To Break)
  14. The Neon Lights (Don't Care Who They Burn)
  15. I'll Go Get The Tool Box
  16. Poor Red Georgia Dirt
  17. This World Holds Nothing (Since You're Gone)
  18. If This House Could Talk
  19. There's No Reason To Be Living
  20. The Wine Flowed Freely
  21. Blues Plus Booze (Means I Lose)
  22. Drinking And Driving
  23. My Song
  24. Smoke Along The Track
  25. Life To Go
  26. Gettin' Older
  27. I Can't Go On Living This Way
  28. Knock Off Your Naggin'
  29. Don't Be Angry
  30. Why I'm Walkin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stonewall Jackson   Primary Artist
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Billy Grammer   Guitar
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Dobro,Guitar
Bill Pursell   Organ,Piano
Harold Bradley   Banjo,Bass Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jerry Kennedy   Dobro,Guitar
Neal Matthews   Guitar
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Organ,Piano
Marijohn Wilkin   Organ,Piano
Paul Williams   Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Arnie Derksen   Guitar
Roy Huskey   Banjo,Bass Guitar
Willie Ackerman   Drums
Little Roy Wiggings   Steel Guitar
Alvin Leon Shutton   Guitar
William Gruebel   Drums

Technical Credits

Stonewall Jackson   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Gary Stewart   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Joe Walsh   Composer
Larry Lee   Composer
Don Helms   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Joe Babcock   Composer
Bobby Dyson   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Frank Jones   Producer
David Landis   Layout
Don Law   Producer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Edison Youngblood   Composer
Hugh X. Lewis   Composer
David Wilkins   Composer
Alan Rose   Composer
Jimmy Rule   Composer
Elkin Brown   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Gene Crysler   Composer
Benny Joy   Composer
Mac McCarty   Composer
Roy Botkin   Composer
Van Givens   Composer
Wade Jackson   Composer
Jason Odd   Liner Notes
Jack Schneider   Composer
Jimmie Low   Composer
Glenn Canyon   Composer
Edward West   Composer
Claude Southall   Composer
Art Wolpert   Composer

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