Texas Troubadour [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Texas Troubadour is an extremely competitively priced four-CD set covering the highlights of the first 16 years of Ernest Tubb's career, from "The Last Thoughts on Jimmie Rodgers" in 1936 up through his September 1952 holiday recording "Merry Texas Christmas You All!" -- it's no substitute for Bear Family Records' Walking the Floor Over You or Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello, which cover his complete output in chronological order from this period, but if you can't afford Bear Family's releases and don't mind the fact that nobody involved with the recordings, including the artist or his family, is getting paid, then this is an alternative. The sides are all cleanly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Texas Troubadour is an extremely competitively priced four-CD set covering the highlights of the first 16 years of Ernest Tubb's career, from "The Last Thoughts on Jimmie Rodgers" in 1936 up through his September 1952 holiday recording "Merry Texas Christmas You All!" -- it's no substitute for Bear Family Records' Walking the Floor Over You or Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello, which cover his complete output in chronological order from this period, but if you can't afford Bear Family's releases and don't mind the fact that nobody involved with the recordings, including the artist or his family, is getting paid, then this is an alternative. The sides are all cleanly mastered, at a very healthy volume level, and are assembled to showcase different aspects of his talent and history -- disc one "Walking the Floor Over You" and disc two "Slippin' Around: The Hits, Vol. 2" get the chart history out of the way in a unified manner, covering 1941 through 1949 and 1949 through 1952, respectively, from "Walking the Floor Over You" through "Too Old to Cut the Mustard." Disc three "Blue Eyed Elaine: Tubb the Songwriter" is the jewel of this box, pulling together all of Tubb's original sides from the same period -- taken on its own, that disc is a five-star compilation, worth the cost of the set by itself, with some of Tubb's best non-hit performances, his most alluring vocals, and a downright soulful, spellbinding undertone throughout; it's such a good idea that MCA should have thought of it. Finally, disc four "Time After Time: Writers Galore" ties up the loose ends, covering Tubb's best non-charting sides by other songwriters, filling in the holes between the hits and his own songs. The other major component is a highly detailed 48-page booklet containing an essay covering Tubb's whole career with an understandable emphasis on the '30s, '40s, and early '50s and a full sessionography on the songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2003
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520020541
  • Catalog Number: 54
  • Sales rank: 82,316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walking the Floor Over You (2:38)
  2. 2 Try Me One More Time (2:21)
  3. 3 Soldier's Last Letter (3:14)
  4. 4 Yesterday's Tears (2:59)
  5. 5 Keep My Mem'ry in Your Heart (3:03)
  6. 6 Tomorrow Never Comes (3:01)
  7. 7 Careless Darlin' (2:47)
  8. 8 It's Been So Long, Darling (3:26)
  9. 9 Rainbow at Midnight (3:09)
  10. 10 Filipino Baby (3:01)
  11. 11 Drivin' Nails in My Coffin (2:56)
  12. 12 Don't Look Now (But Your Broken Heart Is Showing) (3:07)
  13. 13 So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed (2:54)
  14. 14 I'll Step Aside (2:41)
  15. 15 Seaman's Blues (3:13)
  16. 16 You Nearly Lose Your Mind (2:46)
  17. 17 Forever Is Ending Today (3:14)
  18. 18 That Wild and Wicked Look in Your Eye (2:41)
  19. 19 Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue) (2:51)
  20. 20 Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello (2:30)
  21. 21 Till the End of the World (2:27)
  22. 22 I'm Bitin' My Fingernails and Thinking of You (2:18)
  23. 23 Don't Rob Another Man's Castle (2:47)
  24. 24 Daddy, When Is Mommy Coming Home (2:57)
  25. 25 Mean Mama Blues (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Slipping Around (2:52)
  2. 2 My Tennessee Baby (2:29)
  3. 3 My Filipino Rose (2:45)
  4. 4 Warm Red Wine (3:09)
  5. 5 Blue Christmas (2:50)
  6. 6 White Christmas (2:49)
  7. 7 Tennessee Border, No. 2 (2:38)
  8. 8 Letters Have No Arms (3:06)
  9. 9 Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age (2:11)
  10. 10 I'll Take a Back Seat for You (2:44)
  11. 11 I Love You Because (2:42)
  12. 12 Unfaithful One (3:08)
  13. 13 Throw Your Love My Way (2:34)
  14. 14 Give Me a Little Old Fashioned Love (3:06)
  15. 15 Hillbilly Fever, No. 2 (2:52)
  16. 16 Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You) (2:58)
  17. 17 Goodnight Irene (3:03)
  18. 18 Don't Stay Too Long (3:02)
  19. 19 Hey la La (3:12)
  20. 20 Driftwood on the River (2:58)
  21. 21 The Strange Little Girl (3:13)
  22. 22 Missing in Action (3:09)
  23. 23 Somebody's Stolen My Honey (2:30)
  24. 24 Fortunes in Memories (2:37)
  25. 25 Too Old to Cut the Mustard (2:48)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Blue Eyed Elaine (2:53)
  2. 2 I'll Get Along Somehow (3:15)
  3. 3 Swell San Angelo (2:54)
  4. 4 I'll Never Cry Over You (3:05)
  5. 5 My Baby and My Wife (3:17)
  6. 6 Please Remember Me (2:49)
  7. 7 Our Baby's Book (3:07)
  8. 8 First Year Blues (2:45)
  9. 9 Wasting My Life Away (2:36)
  10. 10 When the World Has Turned You Down (2:47)
  11. 11 I'll Always Be Glad to Take You Back (2:34)
  12. 12 I Ain't Goin' Honky Tonkin' Anymore (2:33)
  13. 13 I've Really Learned a Lot (3:04)
  14. 14 I'm Wondering How (2:42)
  15. 15 I Know What It Means to Be Lonely (3:13)
  16. 16 Are You Waiting Just for Me (2:53)
  17. 17 Answer to Walking the Floor Over You (3:00)
  18. 18 There's a Little Bit of Everything in Texas (3:03)
  19. 19 Should I Come Back Home to You (3:02)
  20. 20 You'll Want Me Back (But I Won't Care) (2:51)
  21. 21 There's Gonna Be Some Changes Made Around Here (2:34)
  22. 22 I'm Free at Last (3:08)
  23. 23 Wondering If You're Wondering Too (2:42)
  24. 24 There's Nothing on My Mind (2:21)
  25. 25 Don't Brush Them on Me (2:48)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Last Thoughts of Jimmie Rodgers (2:59)
  2. 2 I'm Missing You (2:54)
  3. 3 Time After Time (3:05)
  4. 4 Fort Worth Jail (1:42)
  5. 5 You Were Only Teasing Me (3:02)
  6. 6 A Lonely Heart Knows (3:05)
  7. 7 You Hit the Nail Right on the Head (2:48)
  8. 8 Headin' Down the Wrong Highway (2:58)
  9. 9 Waiting for a Train (2:49)
  10. 10 When I Take My Vacation in Heaven (3:03)
  11. 11 Stand by Me (2:53)
  12. 12 The Old Rugged Cross (2:38)
  13. 13 What a Friend We Have in Jesus (2:39)
  14. 14 The Wonderful City (3:03)
  15. 15 Farther Along (2:51)
  16. 16 Texas vs. Kentucky (2:48)
  17. 17 G-I-R-L Spells Trouble (2:37)
  18. 18 I'm Free from the Chain Gang Now (3:10)
  19. 19 The Lovebug Itch (2:53)
  20. 20 Kentucky Waltz (3:16)
  21. 21 I'm With a Crowd But So Alone (3:09)
  22. 22 My Mother Must Have Been a Girl Like You (2:56)
  23. 23 Somebody Loves You (2:30)
  24. 24 Don't Trifle on Your Sweetheart (2:59)
  25. 25 Merry Texas Christmas You All! (2:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ernest Tubb Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Red Foley Vocals
Hank Garland Guitar
The Andrews Sisters Track Performer
Maxene Andrews Vocals
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Patty Andrews Vocals
Minnie Pearl Vocals
The Anita Kerr Singers Vocals
Owen Bradley Organ
Billy Byrd Guitar
Irving Cottler Drums
Jack Drake Bass
Dickie Harris Steel Guitar
Ernie Newton Bass
Farris Coursey Drums
Dale Potter Fiddle
Jack Shook Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Kirk Rhythm Guitar
LaVerne Andrews Vocals
Danny Dill Rhythm Guitar
Zeke Turner Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Wesley Tuttle Bass
Hal Smith Fiddle
Alcyone Beasley Vocals
Mack Mcgarr Mandolin
Eddie Tudor Guitar
Evelyn Wilson Vocals
Johnny Sapp Fiddle
Jimmie Short Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Rusty Gabbard Rhythm Guitar
Bill Drake Rhythm Guitar
Ray "Kemo" Head Steel Guitar
Jerry Byrd & the String Dusters Steel Guitar
Melvin Leon Short Rhythm Guitar
Don Davis Steel Guitar
Billy Robinson Steel Guitar
The Sunshine Trio Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roy Acuff Contributor
Justin Tubb Contributor
Peter Rynston Mastering
Adam Komorowski Liner Notes, Copy Editing
Carrie Rodgers Contributor
Tommy "Butterball" Paige Contributor
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