Queen of Country Music [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bear Family, the venerable German label that does reissue boxes of U.S. artists better than any American label -- with the possible exception of Mosaic -- has taken the cream of Kitty Wells' career and issued one of the most historically important collections in the history of country music. The Queen of Country Music is a four-CD box, with exhaustive biographical and session notes by Charles Wolfe that document, in their entirety, nine years of Ms. Wells career, from its inception through to its turning point and superstardom, the years 1949 to 1958; there are 114 tracks in all. Along with every major hit and B-side from the eras, the set includes classic original versions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bear Family, the venerable German label that does reissue boxes of U.S. artists better than any American label -- with the possible exception of Mosaic -- has taken the cream of Kitty Wells' career and issued one of the most historically important collections in the history of country music. The Queen of Country Music is a four-CD box, with exhaustive biographical and session notes by Charles Wolfe that document, in their entirety, nine years of Ms. Wells career, from its inception through to its turning point and superstardom, the years 1949 to 1958; there are 114 tracks in all. Along with every major hit and B-side from the eras, the set includes classic original versions of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," "Hey Joe!," "I Hear the Jukebox Playing," "Lonely Side of Town," "Making Believe," "Dust on the Bible," "The Place That Kills," "Right or Wrong," "Just When I Needed You," "The Great Speckled Bird," "Jealousy," and many others. There are plenty of alternate takes, unissued tracks and, as the session notes attest., Ms. Wells was the beginning point for many, including the legendary producer Owen Bradley, who worked with her and Patsy Cline simultaneously. Box sets such as this one, while geared to the collector and fanatic have, it would seem, limited appeal, but The Queen of Country Music can be looked at in a different light entirely. The story of Ms. Wells ascent to stardom also accurately reflects the changing tides in Nashville and the changing popular attitudes toward country music. Like Don Gibson, Ms. Wells, while remaining firmly a country, roots, and honky tonk vocalist, nonetheless, because of Bradley's production techniques and marketing changes ushered in by Chet Atkins at RCA, experienced a certain amount of crossover success due to massive jukebox play in barrooms and lounges all over the North, As in the Gibson set, this one offers a real view of Nashville's evolution into its real glory years from 1955-1970.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127156389
  • Catalog Number: 15638
  • Sales rank: 61,477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Death at the Bar (3:02)
  2. 2 Love or Hate (2:52)
  3. 3 Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet (2:49)
  4. 4 Don't Wait the Last Minute to Pray (2:42)
  5. 5 How Far Is Heaven (2:53)
  6. 6 My Mother (2:44)
  7. 7 Make up Your Mind (2:18)
  8. 8 I'll Be All Smiles Tonight (2:45)
  9. 9 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (2:32)
  10. 10 I Don't Want Your Money, I Want Your Time (2:23)
  11. 11 Searching for a Soldier's Grave (3:16)
  12. 12 I'm Too Lonely to Smile (2:25)
  13. 13 The Things I Might Have Been (2:26)
  14. 14 I Heard the Jukebox Playing (2:18)
  15. 15 A Wedding Ring Ago (2:22)
  16. 16 Divided by Two (2:27)
  17. 17 Crying Steel Guitar Waltz (2:34)
  18. 18 Paying for That Back Street Affair (2:38)
  19. 19 Icicles Hanging from Your Heart (2:12)
  20. 20 I Don't Claim to Be an Angel (2:59)
  21. 21 Honky Tonk Waltz (2:34)
  22. 22 The Life They Live in Songs (2:44)
  23. 23 You Said You Could Do Without Me (2:34)
  24. 24 Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On (2:16)
  25. 25 Hey Joe! (2:37)
  26. 26 My Cold, Cold Heart Is Melted Now (2:53)
  27. 27 I'll Love You Till the Day I Die (2:55)
  28. 28 I've Kissed You My Last Time (2:28)
  29. 29 I'm a Stranger in My Home (2:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Gave My Wedding Dress Away (2:39)
  2. 2 Cheatin's a Sin (2:51)
  3. 3 You're Not Easy to Forget (2:40)
  4. 4 Satisfied, So Satisfied (2:36)
  5. 5 One by One (2:57)
  6. 6 Release Me (2:52)
  7. 7 After Dark (2:53)
  8. 8 (Don't Hang Around) He's Married to Me (2:33)
  9. 9 Thou Shalt Not Steal (2:31)
  10. 10 Lonely Side of Town (2:41)
  11. 11 I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted (2:21)
  12. 12 I'm in Love with You (2:29)
  13. 13 Make Believe ('Til We Can Make It Come True) (2:32)
  14. 14 You and Me (2:49)
  15. 15 As Long as I Live (2:34)
  16. 16 No One But You (1:54)
  17. 17 Making Believe (2:55)
  18. 18 I'd Rather Stay at Home (2:46)
  19. 19 I Was Wrong (2:28)
  20. 20 There's Poison in Your Heart (2:38)
  21. 21 Goodbye Mr. Brown (2:38)
  22. 22 Mother Hold Me Tight (2:56)
  23. 23 Searching (For Someone Like You) (2:26)
  24. 24 How Far Is Heaven (2:56)
  25. 25 Dust on the Bible (2:10)
  26. 26 Beside You (2:52)
  27. 27 I'm Counting on You (2:22)
  28. 28 They Can't Take Your Love (2:33)
  29. 29 I'm Tired of Pretending (2:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Oh So Many Years (2:46)
  2. 2 One Week Later (2:28)
  3. 3 When I'm with You (2:35)
  4. 4 Can You Find It in Your Heart (2:11)
  5. 5 Repenting (2:40)
  6. 6 I Guess I'll Go on Dreaming (2:29)
  7. 7 Each Day (2:11)
  8. 8 The Pace That Kills (2:27)
  9. 9 A Change of Heart (2:42)
  10. 10 Stubborn Heart (2:50)
  11. 11 Standing Room Only (2:23)
  12. 12 A Mansion on the Hill (2:32)
  13. 13 Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down (2:22)
  14. 14 Right or Wrong (2:52)
  15. 15 The Winner of Your Heart (2:01)
  16. 16 Dancing with a Stranger (2:42)
  17. 17 Three Ways (To Love You) (2:40)
  18. 18 She's No Angel (2:31)
  19. 19 Broken Marriage Vows (2:21)
  20. 20 What About You? (2:41)
  21. 21 Sweeter Than the Flowers (3:24)
  22. 22 You Can't Conceal a Broken Heart (2:37)
  23. 23 Just When I Needed You (2:34)
  24. 24 Lonely Street (2:23)
  25. 25 That's Me Without You (2:23)
  26. 26 Cheated out of Love (2:40)
  27. 27 The Waltz of the Angels (2:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 What About You? (2:39)
  2. 2 May You Never Be Alone (2:27)
  3. 3 If Teardrops Were Pennies (2:40)
  4. 4 Touch and Go Heart (2:47)
  5. 5 My Used to Be Darling (2:26)
  6. 6 (I'll Always Be Your) Fraulein (2:49)
  7. 7 Love Me to Pieces (2:11)
  8. 8 What I Believe Dear (Is All up to You) (2:17)
  9. 9 I Can't Stop Loving You (2:15)
  10. 10 Slowly Dying (2:47)
  11. 11 I Can't Help Wondering (2:09)
  12. 12 He's Lost His Love for Me (2:18)
  13. 13 Jealousy (2:29)
  14. 14 Mommy for a Day (2:30)
  15. 15 The Hands You're Holding Now (2:27)
  16. 16 Let Me Help You Forget (2:42)
  17. 17 All the Time (2:38)
  18. 18 Dust on the Bible (2:18)
  19. 19 (I've Got My) One Way Ticket to the Sky (2:37)
  20. 20 I Heard My Saviour Call (2:07)
  21. 21 I Dreamed I Searched Heaven for You (2:34)
  22. 22 Great Speckled Bird (2:22)
  23. 23 Matthew 24 (2:04)
  24. 24 I Need the Prayers (2:30)
  25. 25 My Loved Ones Are Waiting for Me (2:28)
  26. 26 Lord, I'm Coming Home (2:22)
  27. 27 He Will Set Your Fields on Fire (2:24)
  28. 28 Lonesome Valley (2:21)
  29. 29 We Buried Her Beneath the Willows (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kitty Wells Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Roy Acuff Vocals, Track Performer
Chet Atkins Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Red Foley Vocals, Track Performer
Benny Martin Fiddle
Grady Martin Electric Guitar
Shot Jackson Steel Guitar
Johnnie Wright Bass, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Owen Bradley Piano
Ray Edenton Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean Bass
Eddie Hill Guitar, Vocals
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Webb Pierce Vocals, Track Performer
Howard Watts Bass, Vocals
Joe Zinkan Bass, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Herman Wade Electric Guitar
Jack Anglin Guitar
Bob Moore Bass
Ray "Duck" Atkins Steel Guitar
Bud Isaacs Steel Guitar
Harold Morrison Banjo, Steel Guitar
Ruby Wright Vocals
Louis Innis Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle, Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Ray Crisp Fiddle, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Track Performer
Emory Martin Banjo
Clyde Baum Mandolin
Robert Foster Steel Guitar
Alex Garland Guitar
J. Edward Hill Guitar
Carol Sue Wright Vocals
Technical Credits
Buddy Guy Composer
Roy Acuff Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Wanda Jackson Composer
Artie Shaw Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
George Siravo Composer
Johnnie Wright Composer, Illustrations
Owen Bradley Producer
Boudleaux Bryant Vocal Effect
Neil Carter Composer
Roy Carter Composer
Mark DeBarge Composer
Mary Drummond Composer
Colin Escott Illustrations
Gregory Isaacs Composer
Bob Jones Mastering
Eddie Miller Composer
Phil Mogg Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Guy Smith Composer
Jack Anglin Composer
Jim Anglin Composer
John Bailes Composer
Walter Bailes Composer
Pee Wee Maddux Composer
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Lawton Williams Composer
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes
Autry Inman Composer
Tillman Franks Illustrations
Syd Nathan Composer
Bruce Hailstalk Tape Research
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer, Tape Research
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Walt Trott Illustrations
Murphy Maddux Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Roy Bodkin Composer
Morry Burns Composer
Dub Williams Composer
Robert Yount Composer
Johnny Wright Composer
Traditional Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Randy Aronson Tape Research
Matt Tunia Tape Research
Nat Leslie Composer
Paul Cohen Producer
Jame Work Composer
L. Bishop Composer
W. Jeffery Composer
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