The Dynamite Trail: The Decca Years

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Anyone seeking out the music of Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim, should start with this single disc before moving on to Bear Family's more ambitious box set. Carter recorded for Decca from 1954 through 1958, and all 30 of those sides originally issued on the LPs I'm Ragged But I'm Right and The Dynamite Trail are contained on this single CD. These were among the most solidly commercial sides ever cut by Carter, recorded at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville with Bradley playing piano and leading a band that included Tommy Jackson on fiddle and Jerry Byrd on steel guitar. The sound is smooth and elegant and gives Carter's voice a superb showcase -- highlights include "Maple ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Anyone seeking out the music of Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim, should start with this single disc before moving on to Bear Family's more ambitious box set. Carter recorded for Decca from 1954 through 1958, and all 30 of those sides originally issued on the LPs I'm Ragged But I'm Right and The Dynamite Trail are contained on this single CD. These were among the most solidly commercial sides ever cut by Carter, recorded at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville with Bradley playing piano and leading a band that included Tommy Jackson on fiddle and Jerry Byrd on steel guitar. The sound is smooth and elegant and gives Carter's voice a superb showcase -- highlights include "Maple Lead Waltz," "Mountain High Yodel," and "I Bought a Rock for My Rocky Mountain Gal," as well as the title tracks of the two LPs and covers of such standards as "Strawberry Roan." Even the weaker numbers, such as "The Sunshine Bird," are worth hearing and thoroughly enjoyable for the performances they receive. The real surprise here, apart from the overall quality of the music, is the beauty of Carter's yodeling, among the best and most haunting you're ever likely to hear -- "Shoo Shoo Sh' La La" is almost worth the price of the disc by itself. The sound throughout is astonishingly good, and the programming is generous, topping out at over 70 minutes of superb music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127155078
  • Catalog Number: 15507
  • Sales rank: 88,341

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wilf Carter Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Chet Atkins Guitar
Hank Garland Guitar
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
The Anita Kerr Singers Choir, Chorus
Harold Bradley Guitar
Owen Bradley Piano, Leader
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
Jerry Rivers Fiddle
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
Jerry Byrd Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey Drums
Bob Moore Bass
Jack Shook Guitar
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden Fiddle
William Guilford Wright Jr. Choir, Chorus
Tulane Sisters Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Vaughn Monroe Composer
Jimmie Dodd Composer
Owen Bradley Producer
Hoffmann Nienburg Art Direction
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Richard Flohil Liner Notes
Paul Cohen Producer
Clarke Composer
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