Standing Somewhere in the Shadows: The Legendary King Sessions 1953, Plus

Standing Somewhere in the Shadows: The Legendary King Sessions 1953, Plus

by The Bailes Brothers
     
 

The Bailes Brothers' recording career stretched over quite a few years and several labels after they made their first discs in 1945, and included two separate stints for King. The first, a brief one consisting of a couple dozen recordings done in Nashville in the last half of 1946, are thoroughly documented on Bear Family's companion CD to this collection, RememberSee more details below

Overview

The Bailes Brothers' recording career stretched over quite a few years and several labels after they made their first discs in 1945, and included two separate stints for King. The first, a brief one consisting of a couple dozen recordings done in Nashville in the last half of 1946, are thoroughly documented on Bear Family's companion CD to this collection, Remember Me: The Legendary King Sessions 1946. By the time they came back to King in 1953, the act was fading a bit, not having recorded since 1947 (Johnnie Bailes did a stint in prison in the intervening years). For their 1953 King sessions, the ever-changing Bailes Brothers lineup featured just two brothers, guitarist/lead singer Walter and mandolinist/tenor vocalist Johnnie, backed by Lambert Arend on steel guitar and Big Tiny Smith on bass. All 11 of the tracks they released on King in 1953 and 1954 (along with the previously unissued "I'll Run All the Way") are on this compilation, which adds two songs from Walter Bailes' 1956 single, and eight songs from four 1957-1960 solo singles by Johnnie Bailes. If hard times were getting the brothers down, however, they didn't show it on the 1953 King recordings. They're fine hillbilly harmony tunes, mostly penned by members of the Bailes family, if a little old-fashioned at a time when country music was rapidly evolving. They're often lyrically pious, whether or not they were explicitly religious or gospel-oriented, as you can tell from the titles of "Jesus' Blood," "There's a Difference in Religion and Salvation," "Avenue of Prayer," and "God's Hand Rules the World." Yet they're delivered with an inviting, if somewhat fatalistic, cheer that makes them more accessible and emotionally resonant than many folk and country performances of such material were. Their solo sides reflect a bit of the mid-'50s trends in country and pop, and are less consistent, but aren't without their assets, Walter doing pleasingly plaintive vocal duets with his wife Frankie on the 1956 single "'Cause He Loved Me First"/"Saved." Johnnie got into early Nashville uptempo honky tonk on late-'50s cuts like the quite good "So Much," co-written by Mel Tillis and featuring Webb Pierce on harmony vocal. That would have been a promising direction to follow, but his career staggered along with a couple historical folk pieces on his next 45, Bailes returning to a religious vein with two sentimental country-pop-gospel numbers on his 1960 single. Much of the Bailes Brothers' complex history during this period is recounted in depth in Dick Spottswood's liner notes, and other phases of their career are covered on both Remember Me: The Legendary King Sessions 1946 and another Bear Family compilation, Oh So Many Years, which concentrates on their 1945-1947 Columbia sessions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127171337
catalogNumber:
2717133
Rank:
109335

Tracks

  1. That's What We Need
  2. Jesus' Blood
  3. I Can't Help What Others Do
  4. There's a Difference In Religion and Salvation
  5. Avenue of Prayer
  6. There's a Handwriting On the Wall
  7. The Muddy Sea of Sin
  8. Goodbye Hallelujah I'm Gone
  9. God's Hand Rules the World
  10. I'll Run All the Way
  11. Watch and Pray
  12. Standing Somewhere In the Shadows
  13. 'Cause He Loved Me First  - Walter Bailes
  14. Saved  - Walter Bailes
  15. I Owe It To My Heart  - Johnnie Bailes
  16. You Make Me Live Again  - Johnnie Bailes
  17. It's Bound To Happen  - Johnnie Bailes
  18. So Much  - Johnnie Bailes
  19. Ballad of Honest Abe  - Johnnie Bailes
  20. Hula Star  - Johnnie Bailes
  21. (If I Were) Alone With God  - Johnnie Bailes
  22. He Will  - Johnnie Bailes

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bailes Brothers   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Benny Martin   Fiddle
Gordon Terry   Fiddle
Owen Bradley   Piano
Floyd Chance   Bass
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Webb Pierce   Vocal Harmony
Walter Bailes   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Byrd   Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey   Drums
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland   Guitar
Basil "Sonny" Burnette   Steel Guitar
Johnnie Bailes   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Bob L. Moore   Bass
Harold Ray Bradley   Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
Bishop M. Sykes   Guitar
"Big Tiny" Smith   Bass
Lambert Arend   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Ray Price   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Walter Bailes   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Jurgen Crasser   Mastering
Frankie Bailes   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
Dick Spottswood   Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Biographical Notes
Bailes   Composer
A. R. Peddy   Composer
Sam Malbuch   Photo Restoration
Billie Ford   Composer
Jimmy Fautheree   Composer

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