The Early Years: 1957-1969

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
James Burton has made some solo records, but he will always primarily be known as a top session guitarist. While this 28-track compilation does have about a dozen tracks on which he's the featured artist, part of a duo, or part of a group, the emphasis is on records credited to others that feature his axework. Ranging from big hits and superstars to rarities that will surprise even early rock & roll collectors, it's a testament both to his brilliant licks and his versatility. Rockabilly-pop of the late '50s and early '60s is the main fare, leading off with Dale Hawkins' 1957 hit "Susie-Q," and including four standout lesser-known tracks by Ricky Nelson, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
James Burton has made some solo records, but he will always primarily be known as a top session guitarist. While this 28-track compilation does have about a dozen tracks on which he's the featured artist, part of a duo, or part of a group, the emphasis is on records credited to others that feature his axework. Ranging from big hits and superstars to rarities that will surprise even early rock & roll collectors, it's a testament both to his brilliant licks and his versatility. Rockabilly-pop of the late '50s and early '60s is the main fare, leading off with Dale Hawkins' 1957 hit "Susie-Q," and including four standout lesser-known tracks by Ricky Nelson, the singer with whom Burton is most strongly associated. Also good, however, are the rockabilly tunes by Bob Luman especially "Red Hot" and Bobby Lee Trammell, whose smoking "Shirley Lee" would be covered by Nelson with Burton again on guitar. These are the most exciting performances, but elsewhere Burton acquits himself well on country swing a live TV performance of "Cannonball Rag"; novelties showcasing his Dobro playing, credited to Jimmy Dobro; and relatively obscure items by Lee Hazlewood, Merle Haggard, and the Everly Brothers. The material from the mid- to late '60s usually doesn't bear as strong of a stamp, but shows him adapting to the changing times with fuzztone on the 1965 solo single "Jimmy's Blues"; country-rock Dobro on Buffalo Springfield's "A Child's Claim to Fame"; and derivative but enjoyable imitation British Invasion music on a 1965 single by the Shindogs, the group he belonged to that served as the house band for the TV show Shindig. You still need a Ricky Nelson greatest-hits collection to get a full picture of Burton's finest and most influential work. But this is a pretty enjoyable listen in its own right, whether you're specifically interested in Burton or up for a consistently good anthology of rockabilly-pop-country-rock from the period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667046824
  • Catalog Number: 6704682
  • Sales rank: 206,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins (2:20)
  2. 2 Red Hot - Bob Luman (2:03)
  3. 3 Shirley Lee - Bobby Lee Trammell (1:48)
  4. 4 My Babe - Rick Nelson (2:35)
  5. 5 Cannonball Rag (2:54)
  6. 6 Don't Leave Me This Way - Rick Nelson (2:29)
  7. 7 The Creep - The Shadows (1:41)
  8. 8 Stop Sneakin' Around - Rick Nelson (2:35)
  9. 9 Swamp Surfer - Jimmy Dobro (2:02)
  10. 10 Make Up Your Mind Baby - Bob Luman (2:29)
  11. 11 Fireball Mail - Jim & Joe (2:18)
  12. 12 Blood from a Stone - Rick Nelson (2:15)
  13. 13 Real Live Fool - Lee Hazlewood (2:29)
  14. 14 Daisy Mae - Jim & Joe (2:01)
  15. 15 Everybody Listen to the Dobro - Jimmy Dobro (1:56)
  16. 16 The Guitar Player (The Ballad of James Burton) - Buddy Cagle (2:49)
  17. 17 Jimmy's Blues - Jimmy Burton (2:29)
  18. 18 Poor Boy Looking for a Home - The Green River Boys (2:15)
  19. 19 C.C. Rider - The Everly Brothers (2:12)
  20. 20 Love Lost - Jimmy Burton (2:24)
  21. 21 A Child's Claim to Fame - Buffalo Springfield (2:13)
  22. 22 If You Want to Be My Woman - Merle Haggard (2:16)
  23. 23 Moonshine - Ralph Mooney (2:00)
  24. 24 Corn Pickin' - Ralph Mooney (1:47)
  25. 25 Someday, Someday - The Shindogs (2:07)
  26. 26 Why - The Shindogs (2:17)
  27. 27 Just for a While - Carol Williams (2:11)
  28. 28 Tryin' to Be Someone - David & Lee (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Burton Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Merle Travis Composer
James Burton Composer
David Gates Composer
Dale Hawkins Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Bobby Lee Trammell Composer
Richie Furay Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Joey Cooper Composer
Glen D. Hardin Composer
Ralph Mooney Composer
Rick Nelson Composer
Scott Turner Composer
Alec Palao Illustrations
Rob Finnis Illustrations
Trevor Churchill Illustrations
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Melvin Schmidt Composer
Johnny Bachelor Composer
Mira Smith Composer
Joe Osborn Composer
Mickey Jones Composer
Baker Knight Composer
Iain Young Liner Notes, Illustrations
John Firminger Liner Notes, Illustrations
John White Composer
Floyd Jenkins Composer
Eleanor Broadwater Composer
Stan Lewis Composer
Peter Kirkpatrick Liner Notes
Billy Emerson Composer
Gertrude Rainey Composer
Martin Cooper Composer
Rupert Stephens Composer
Jesse Hodge Composer
Alan Smith Illustrations
Red West Composer
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