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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127171337
  • Catalog Number: 2717133
  • Sales rank: 80,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's What We Need (2:19)
  2. 2 Jesus' Blood (2:29)
  3. 3 I Can't Help What Others Do (2:38)
  4. 4 There's a Difference In Religion and Salvation (2:36)
  5. 5 Avenue of Prayer (2:57)
  6. 6 There's a Handwriting On the Wall (2:56)
  7. 7 The Muddy Sea of Sin (2:35)
  8. 8 Goodbye Hallelujah I'm Gone (2:29)
  9. 9 God's Hand Rules the World (2:28)
  10. 10 I'll Run All the Way (2:21)
  11. 11 Watch and Pray (2:55)
  12. 12 Standing Somewhere In the Shadows (2:50)
  13. 13 'Cause He Loved Me First - Walter Bailes (2:18)
  14. 14 Saved - Walter Bailes (2:18)
  15. 15 I Owe It To My Heart - Johnnie Bailes (2:58)
  16. 16 You Make Me Live Again - Johnnie Bailes (2:30)
  17. 17 It's Bound To Happen - Johnnie Bailes (2:09)
  18. 18 So Much - Johnnie Bailes (2:06)
  19. 19 Ballad of Honest Abe - Johnnie Bailes (2:45)
  20. 20 Hula Star - Johnnie Bailes (2:32)
  21. 21 (If I Were) Alone With God - Johnnie Bailes (2:41)
  22. 22 He Will - Johnnie Bailes (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 Jr. Steel Guitar
Johnnie Bailes Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Bob L. Moore Bass
Harold Ray Bradley Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. 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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