Swingwest!, Vol. 1: Bakersfield

Swingwest!, Vol. 1: Bakersfield

     
 

Part one of Razor & Tie's three-part series of Bakersfield country from the '50s and '60s leans heavily (though not exclusively) on Ken Nelson-produced cuts for Capitol. Perhaps this 20-track overview is a bit too casual in its sweep for the country fanatic, but it's a good sampler of key sounds for most listeners. Many of the style's…  See more details below

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Part one of Razor & Tie's three-part series of Bakersfield country from the '50s and '60s leans heavily (though not exclusively) on Ken Nelson-produced cuts for Capitol. Perhaps this 20-track overview is a bit too casual in its sweep for the country fanatic, but it's a good sampler of key sounds for most listeners. Many of the style's important figures are represented here, including Ferlin Husky, Jean Shepard, Tommy Collins, Wynn Stewart, Rose Maddox and Merle Haggard. The selections often dig past obvious hits to less obvious items, like Husky's 1952 recording of "Gone" with Speedy West on guitar (which he would re-record a few years later in Nashville for a big hit), Jan Howard's "I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again" (written by husband Harlan), the "Please Mr. D.J." 1964 B-side by Merle Haggard, and Bobby Austin's "Apartment #9" (covered with greater success by Tammy Wynette). There's also one of country's most ridiculous hit novelties, Red Simpson's "I'm a Truck."

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018219723
catalogNumber:
82197

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Tracks

  1. China Doll  - Terry Preston
  2. You Better Not Do That  - Tommy Collins
  3. Crying Steel Guitar Waltz  - Jean Shepard
  4. Gone  - Terry Preston
  5. A Dear John Letter  - Ferlin Husky
  6. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)
  7. What'cha Gonna Do Now?  - Tommy Collins
  8. The Waltz of the Angels  - Wynn Stewart
  9. Humdinger  -  Farmer Boys
  10. The Keeper of the Key  - Wynn Stewart
  11. Kissing My Pillow
  12. I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again
  13. Conscience I'm Guilty
  14. Sing a Little Song of Heartache
  15. Sing a Sad Song  - Merle Haggard
  16. Please Mr. D.J.  - Merle Haggard
  17. The Highway Patrol
  18. Apartment #9
  19. It's Such a Pretty World Today  - Wynn Stewart
  20. I'm a Truck

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Maphis   Track Performer
Jan Howard   Track Performer
Tommy Collins   Track Performer
Farmer Boys   Track Performer
Red Simpson   Track Performer
Jean Shepard   Track Performer
Ferlin Husky   Track Performer
Rose Maddox   Track Performer
Wynn Stewart   Track Performer
Bobby Austin   Track Performer
Rose Lee   Track Performer
Merle Haggard & the Strangers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Albert Stanton   Composer
Dale Noe   Composer
Lance Guynes   Composer

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