Take Me Back to Tulsa [Proper Box]

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All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Everyone who's ever explored Western swing knows that Bob Wills' music was revolutionary, but any fan who hasn't listened to the music on disc one of this collection probably doesn't realize how revolutionary it really was. Most modern retrospectives concentrate on music that Wills made after his signature sound was firmly established, but the earliest and seldom heard sides here are fascinating in that they reveal the specific foundations for Wills' great synthesis. Old-timey fiddle tunes, primitive jazz, blues, gospel -- the breadth of his repertoire was staggering, and his bands not only played those myriad disparate genres, but mastered them utterly. There are dozens of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Everyone who's ever explored Western swing knows that Bob Wills' music was revolutionary, but any fan who hasn't listened to the music on disc one of this collection probably doesn't realize how revolutionary it really was. Most modern retrospectives concentrate on music that Wills made after his signature sound was firmly established, but the earliest and seldom heard sides here are fascinating in that they reveal the specific foundations for Wills' great synthesis. Old-timey fiddle tunes, primitive jazz, blues, gospel -- the breadth of his repertoire was staggering, and his bands not only played those myriad disparate genres, but mastered them utterly. There are dozens of seldom-heard gems throughout this four-disc set, but none more exciting than those found early on: "Get With It," with Leon McAuliffe's jazzy, astonishingly dissonant guitar solo that predates Scotty Moore's rockabilly licks by nearly 20 years, Tommy Duncan's brilliant, jazzy yodeling on "I Ain't Got Nobody," the beautiful gospel ballad "There's No Disappointment in Heaven," "Basin Street Blues," and on and on. The accompanying 50-page booklet contains a nice historical essay and rare photographs, but may be problematic to researchers in that its session notes are sometimes inaccurate. In terms of the music, however, nothing but good words can be said. Many of these songs have probably never been heard by CD-era fans, being previously available only on Bear Family's massive box set, and every single one of Wills' hits are included, as well as many of the classic Tiffany Transcriptions. And all for under $25.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2002
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 604988993226
  • Catalog Number: 32
  • Sales rank: 2,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nancy Jane - Fort Worth Doughboys (3:14)
  2. 2 Sunbonnet Sue - Fort Worth Doughboys (3:04)
  3. 3 Osage Stomp - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:03)
  4. 4 Get With It - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:03)
  5. 5 Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:55)
  6. 6 Maiden's Prayer - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:06)
  7. 7 I Ain't Got Nobody - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:48)
  8. 8 Who Walks in When I Walk Out - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  9. 9 Oklahoma Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:49)
  10. 10 Smith's Reel - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:51)
  11. 11 Weary of the Same Ol' Stuff - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:47)
  12. 12 No Matter How She Done It - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:53)
  13. 13 Bluin' the Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:12)
  14. 14 Red Hot Gal of Mine - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:03)
  15. 15 Steel Guitar Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:46)
  16. 16 What's the Matter With the Mill? - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:55)
  17. 17 Sugar Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:03)
  18. 18 Basin Street Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:37)
  19. 19 Too Busy - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:37)
  20. 20 Fan It - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:52)
  21. 21 There's No Disappointment in Heaven - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:55)
  22. 22 Swing Blues No. 1 - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:43)
  23. 23 Playboy Stomp - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:46)
  24. 24 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:23)
  25. 25 Never No More Hard Times Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:32)
  26. 26 Oozlin' Daddy Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Black Rider - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:47)
  2. 2 Pray for the Lights to Go Out - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  3. 3 San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:34)
  4. 4 Carolina in the Morning - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:47)
  5. 5 Silver Bells (That Ring in the Night) - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:43)
  6. 6 Beaumont Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:43)
  7. 7 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:32)
  8. 8 Whoa Baby - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:36)
  9. 9 I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:39)
  10. 10 My Window Faces the South - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:05)
  11. 11 That's What I Like About the South - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:38)
  12. 12 The Waltz You Saved for Me - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:32)
  13. 13 Prosperity Special - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:40)
  14. 14 Don't Let the Deal Go Down - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:44)
  15. 15 You're Okay - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:27)
  16. 16 Lone Star Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:45)
  17. 17 Corrine, Corrina - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  18. 18 Bob Wills Special - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:32)
  19. 19 Time Changes Everything - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:41)
  20. 20 Big Beaver - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:38)
  21. 21 New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:36)
  22. 22 I Knew the Moment I Lost You - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:49)
  23. 23 Twin Guitar Special - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:39)
  24. 24 Take Me Back to Tulsa - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:42)
  25. 25 Takin' It Home - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:53)
  26. 26 Please Don't Leave Me - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:42)
  27. 27 Cherokee Maiden - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:00)
  28. 28 Dusty Skies - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:56)
  29. 29 My Life's Been a Pleasure - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 We Might as Well Forget It - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:47)
  2. 2 Home in San Antone - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:32)
  3. 3 Liberty - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:41)
  4. 4 Miss Molly - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:36)
  5. 5 You're from Texas - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:45)
  6. 6 Goodbye Liza Jane - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:43)
  7. 7 My Confession - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:58)
  8. 8 Texas Playboy Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:38)
  9. 9 Roly Poly - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:41)
  10. 10 Stay a Little Longer - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:47)
  11. 11 Just a Plain Old Country Boy - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:46)
  12. 12 New Spanish Two-Step - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:33)
  13. 13 I'm Feelin' Bad - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:58)
  14. 14 Cotton Eyed Joe - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:42)
  15. 15 Brain Cloudy Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:46)
  16. 16 Bob Wills Boogie - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:38)
  17. 17 Fat Boy Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:51)
  18. 18 A Good Man Is Hard to Find - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:10)
  19. 19 A Little Bit of Boogie - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (4:10)
  20. 20 Along the Navajo Trail - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:09)
  21. 21 Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:20)
  22. 22 Betcha My Heart - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:20)
  23. 23 Chinatown - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:30)
  24. 24 Dinah - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:29)
  25. 25 Frankie Jean - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:52)
  26. 26 Hawaiian War Chant - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I'm a Ding Dong Daddy - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:14)
  2. 2 Milk Cow Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:55)
  3. 3 My Gal Sal - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:17)
  4. 4 Red River Valley - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:39)
  5. 5 Sugar Moon - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:16)
  6. 6 Sweet Jennie Lee - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:09)
  7. 7 The Girl I Left Behind Me - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:16)
  8. 8 At the Woodchopper's Ball - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:39)
  9. 9 Blues for Dixie - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:52)
  10. 10 Bubbles in My Beer - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:18)
  11. 11 Can't Get Enough of Texas - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:35)
  12. 12 Cotton Patch Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:49)
  13. 13 Cowboy Stomp - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:28)
  14. 14 Crazy Rhythm - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:56)
  15. 15 Deep Water - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:57)
  16. 16 Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:27)
  17. 17 Keeper of My Heart - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:42)
  18. 18 Little Cowboy Lament - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:34)
  19. 19 Thorn in My Heart - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:23)
  20. 20 Ida Red Likes to Boogie - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:42)
  21. 21 Boot Heel Drag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:45)
  22. 22 Faded Love - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:53)
  23. 23 I Laugh When I Think How I Cried Over You - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:28)
  24. 24 I'll Be Lucky Someday - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:03)
  25. 25 I Didn't Realise - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:46)
  26. 26 Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  27. 27 Jolie Blon Likes the Boogie - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:20)
  28. 28 The End of the Line - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Wills Primary Artist, Fiddle, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Vocals, Electronic Mandolin
Tiny Moore Fiddle, Vocals, Electronic Mandolin
Johnnie Lee Wills Banjo
Jimmy Wyble Electric Guitar
Wayne Johnson Clarinet, Saxophone
Leon McAuliffe Steel Guitar
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Milton Brown Vocals
Ted Adams Bass
Danny Alguire Trumpet, Vocals
Herman Arnspiger Guitar
Jesse Ashlock Fiddle
Lester Barnard Jr. Electric Guitar
Alex Brashear Trumpet
Keith Coleman Fiddle
Johnny Cuviello Drums
William E. Dacus Drums
Ray DeGeer Clarinet, Saxophone
Tommy Duncan Vocals
Cameron Hill Electric Guitar
Sleepy Johnson Guitar (Tenor)
Millard Kelso Piano
Jack Lloyd Bass
Jamie MacIntosh Trumpet
Robert McNally Saxophone
Tiny Mott Saxophone
Monte Mountjoy Drums
Tommy Perkins Drums
Herb Remington Steel Guitar
Eldon Shamblin Guitar
Everett Stover Trumpet
Al Stricklin Piano
Bob White Fiddle
Billy Jack Wills Bass, Drums, Vocals
Cecil Brower Fiddle
Joe Holley Fiddle
Roy Honeycutt Steel Guitar
Dean McKinney Vocals
Evelyn McKinney Vocals
Ocie Stockard Banjo
Louis Tierney Fiddle, Saxophone
Luke Wills Bass, Tenor Banjo
Son Lansford Bass
Bill Mounce Banjo
Gene Tomlins Drums
George Balay Clarinet, Saxophone
Morris Billington Piano
Billy Bowman Steel Guitar, Vocals
Neil Duer Trombone
Bob Fitzgerald Drums
Don Harlan Clarinet, Saxophone
Doc Lewis Piano
Tubby Lewis Trumpet
Doyle Salathiel Electric Guitar
Benny Strickler Trumpet
Jimmie Widener Banjo
Woodie Wood Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Les Anderson Steel Guitar
Durwood Brown Guitar
Art Haines Fiddle, Trombone
Harley Huggins Guitar, Vocals
Joe Ferguson Bass, Saxophone
Myrl "Rusty" McDonald Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Johnny Edwards Drums
Charles Laughton Clarinet, Trumpet, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Johnny Gimble Composer
Tiny Moore Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Johnnie Lee Wills Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Woody Herman Composer
Larry Clinton Composer
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon Composer
Wayne King Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Ned Miller Composer
Cliffie Stone Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Milton Brown Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jesse Ashlock Composer
Lester Barnard Jr. Composer
M. Brown Composer
Bo Chatmon Composer
Chester Cohn Composer
Bill Cox Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Paul Dresser Composer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Roger Graham Composer
Eddie Green Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Millard Kelso Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Amy Ray Composer
Herb Remington Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Eldon Shamblin Composer
Al Stricklin Composer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Billy Jack Wills Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Louis Tierney Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Dickie McBride Composer
Jimmie Widener Composer
Carl Cotner Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Harley Huggins Composer
Jerry Irby Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Lee Martin Composer
Lee Pockriss Composer
Mancel Tierney Composer
Joe Bishop Composer
Dean McKinney Moore Composer
Jon Ginoli Composer
Dick Charles Composer
M. Christian Composer
Adam Komorowski Liner Notes
Joe Young Composer
Billy Moore Jr. Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
William Jerome Composer
Elsie McWilliams Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Larry Markes Composer
Phil Baxter Composer
Thomas Dilbeck Composer
Lucy Fletcher Composer
Emil Flindt Composer
Charles Warfield Composer
Bill Gaither Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
Johnny Noble Composer
Al Goodhart Composer
Eddie Greene Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Unknown Composer
Floyd Jenkins Composer
Dave Peyton Composer
Dan Howell Composer
O.W. Mayo Composer
Mel Stark Composer
Marvin Richard "Dickie" Jones Composer
Sam Martin Composer
Donaldson Composer
Mockridge Composer
Junior Barnard Composer
Barnard Wills Composer
L. R. Bernard Composer
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