The Singer -- The Songwriter: 1949-1960

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The 11 years covered in this first of two Don Gibson retrospectives by the German Bear Family label are the most captivating in his career. Beginning in 1949, Gibson began recording as part of the hillbilly jump band Sons of the Soil for Mercury. From the moment Gibson's lead vocal comes through the mix it is evident that even if he wasn't writing a lot of songs at the time, he was performing them as if they were his. Early on he issued four tracks, including the underground classic "Automatic Mama," a rockabilly prototype. A year later, Gibson & His King Cotton Kingfolks were at RCA working with Stephen Sholes and they issued eight sides that offered a more complex ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The 11 years covered in this first of two Don Gibson retrospectives by the German Bear Family label are the most captivating in his career. Beginning in 1949, Gibson began recording as part of the hillbilly jump band Sons of the Soil for Mercury. From the moment Gibson's lead vocal comes through the mix it is evident that even if he wasn't writing a lot of songs at the time, he was performing them as if they were his. Early on he issued four tracks, including the underground classic "Automatic Mama," a rockabilly prototype. A year later, Gibson & His King Cotton Kingfolks were at RCA working with Stephen Sholes and they issued eight sides that offered a more complex version of the Sons' style of country, bluegrass, and pop, with just a shade of jump thrown in. In 1952, Gibson moved to Columbia as a solo artist and recorded with Don Law and Troy Martin, and guitarist Chet Atkins, which is where his mature voice began to take shape, as evidenced by his first songwriting credit, "No Shoulder to Cry On," and a smoking version of Johnnie Masters' "Walkin' in the Moonlight." His chart success was evident, too, placing tracks steadily in the Top 40 of Billboard's country chart In 1955 Gibson moved again to MGM, where he recorded his first true smash and a bona fide country music classic: "Sweet Dreams." Yet it wasn't until he returned to RCA in 1957 that Gibson made of himself a living legend in recording arguably the greatest two-sided single ever issued in the history of the genre: "Oh, Lonesome Me" b/w "I Can't Stop Loving You," which sold not only for him, but was redefined by Ray Charles on his legendary Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music album. The late MGM period and his reunion with RCA is exhaustively documented here with alternate and unissued takes as well as unreleased tracks. Gibson was fortunate enough to be a big enough star when players like Floyd Cramer, Atkins, Rusty Kershaw, Buddy Harman, and Bob Moore were redefining the Nashville studio sound. The gospel tracks here -- from the albums No One Stands Alone and That Gibson Boy, as well as Sweet Dreams, which he re-recorded three more times before the end of 1960 -- were all so far above the bar artistically that it was difficult for critics to define Gibson, hence his crossover into the pop world where he influenced a young Gram Parsons among many others. In all there are 122 tracks on this four-CD set, and a fine booklet that offers exhaustive and accurate track information and a fine biographical essay. The sound is fine and the packaging, like all of German Bear Family's boxes, is exquisite. But it's in the music that the truth of Gibson's legend is borne out and on CDs two and three are where the songwriter finally eclipses the singer, though the singer remains a force of nature capable of interpreting any song in a personal and original way; just check out Gibson's read of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On." This is essential for serious fans of the legendary music and for any Gibson collector because of its wealth of previously uncollected material. Volume two focuses on the years 1961 to 1968 and contains more gems, but this is the defining one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127154750
  • Catalog Number: 15475
  • Sales rank: 98,851

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Lost My Love (The Color Song) (2:49)
  2. 2 Why Am I So Lonely? (2:57)
  3. 3 Automatic Mama (2:41)
  4. 4 Cloudy Skies (3:13)
  5. 5 I Love No One But You (2:49)
  6. 6 Carolina Breakdown (2:49)
  7. 7 Roses Are Red (2:39)
  8. 8 Wiggle Wag - Hal D. Peeler (2:20)
  9. 9 Dark Future (2:20)
  10. 10 Just Let Me Love You (2:33)
  11. 11 A Blue Million Tears (2:26)
  12. 12 Red Lips, White Lies and Blue Future (2:42)
  13. 13 Sample Kisses (2:23)
  14. 14 No Shoulder to Cry On (2:41)
  15. 15 Let Me Stay in Your Arms (2:31)
  16. 16 We're Stepping out Tonight (2:14)
  17. 17 Waitin' Down the Road (2:46)
  18. 18 Walkin' in the Moonlight (2:23)
  19. 19 I Just Love the Way You Tell a Lie (2:16)
  20. 20 You Cast Me out (Forevermore) (2:39)
  21. 21 Symptoms of Love (2:49)
  22. 22 Selfish with Your Kisses (2:20)
  23. 23 Ice Could Heart (2:27)
  24. 24 Many Times I've Waited (2:34)
  25. 25 The Road of Life Alone (2:42)
  26. 26 Run Boy (2:43)
  27. 27 Sweet Dreams (2:34)
  28. 28 I Must Forget You (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ah-Ha (2:17)
  2. 2 It Happens Everytime (2:29)
  3. 3 I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time (2:29)
  4. 4 I Ain't A-Studyin' You, Baby (2:09)
  5. 5 I'm Gonna Fool Everybody (2:20)
  6. 6 I Believed in You (2:08)
  7. 7 What a Fool I Was to Fall (For You) (2:16)
  8. 8 You're the Only One for Me (2:26)
  9. 9 I Love You Still (2:15)
  10. 10 Everything Turns out for the Best (2:19)
  11. 11 I Can't Leave (2:21)
  12. 12 Sittin' Here Cryin' (2:22)
  13. 13 Too Soon to Know (2:35)
  14. 14 Pretty Rainbow (1:52)
  15. 15 Blue Blue Day (1:56)
  16. 16 Tell It Like It Is (2:26)
  17. 17 Oh, Lonesome Me (2:32)
  18. 18 I Can't Stop Loving You (2:39)
  19. 19 Tell It Like It Is (2:14)
  20. 20 It Has to Be (2:28)
  21. 21 Give Myself a Party (2:31)
  22. 22 Look Who's Blue (2:26)
  23. 23 Bad Bad Day (2:39)
  24. 24 I Can't Leave (2:16)
  25. 25 Take Me as I Am (Or Let Me Go) (2:33)
  26. 26 Heartbreak Avenue (2:45)
  27. 27 We Could (2:32)
  28. 28 If You Don't Know It (2:13)
  29. 29 Sweet, Sweet Girl (1:53)
  30. 30 Blues in My Heart (2:41)
  31. 31 Give Myself a Party - Autry Inman (2:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Taller Than Trees (2:23)
  2. 2 Satisfied (2:21)
  3. 3 Wait for the Light to Shine (2:01)
  4. 4 Canaan's Land (1:52)
  5. 5 (Prayer Is the Key to Heaven) Faith Unlocks the Door (2:34)
  6. 6 Evening Prayer (2:30)
  7. 7 Lord I Am Coming Home (2:35)
  8. 8 Satisfied (2:23)
  9. 9 Climbing up the Mountain (2:01)
  10. 10 Where No One Stands Alone (2:49)
  11. 11 Known Only to Him (2:55)
  12. 12 My God Is Real (2:34)
  13. 13 That Lonesome Valley (2:02)
  14. 14 Who Cares (For Me) (2:23)
  15. 15 When Will This Ever End (2:08)
  16. 16 Sweet, Sweet Girl (2:10)
  17. 17 A Stranger to Me (2:35)
  18. 18 Won't Cha Come Back to Me (1:36)
  19. 19 A Stranger to Me (2:07)
  20. 20 As Much (2:01)
  21. 21 Who Cares (For Me) (2:15)
  22. 22 I Wish It Had Been a Dream (2:43)
  23. 23 Ages and Ages Ago (2:20)
  24. 24 Even Tho' (1:57)
  25. 25 Didn't Work Out, Did It? (2:21)
  26. 26 It's My Way (2:09)
  27. 27 Almost (3:12)
  28. 28 Do You Think (2:00)
  29. 29 Foggy River (2:01)
  30. 30 Midnight (2:14)
  31. 31 Lonesome Old House (2:10)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Don't Tell Me Your Troubles (2:13)
  2. 2 I Couldn't Care Less (2:07)
  3. 3 Don't Tell Me Your Troubles (2:18)
  4. 4 Heartbreak Avenue (2:23)
  5. 5 Big Hearted Me (2:19)
  6. 6 Maybe Tomorrow (2:28)
  7. 7 Everybody But Me (1:56)
  8. 8 I've Movin' On (2:12)
  9. 9 Just One Time (2:47)
  10. 10 I May Never Get to Heaven (2:43)
  11. 11 Lonely Street (2:31)
  12. 12 On the Banks of the Old Ponchartrain (2:41)
  13. 13 Why Don't You Love Me (1:51)
  14. 14 If I Can Stay Away Long Enough (2:35)
  15. 15 Never Love Again (2:00)
  16. 16 The Streets of Laredo (3:21)
  17. 17 My Love for You (2:39)
  18. 18 My Hands Are Tied (2:01)
  19. 19 It Only Hurts for a Little While (2:25)
  20. 20 (I'd Be) Be a Legend in My Time (2:26)
  21. 21 Far Far Away (2:12)
  22. 22 Foolish Me (2:15)
  23. 23 My Tears Don't Show (2:32)
  24. 24 The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise (2:41)
  25. 25 What About Me (2:14)
  26. 26 The Next Voice You Hear (3:09)
  27. 27 Hurtin' Inside (2:17)
  28. 28 Sweet Dreams (2:10)
  29. 29 Time Hurts (As Well as It Heals) (2:13)
  30. 30 What's the Reason I'm Not Pleasing You (2:00)
  31. 31 Sweet Dreams (1:58)
  32. 32 The Same Street (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Gibson Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar, Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Jimmie Lunceford Fiddle
Anita Kerr Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Rusty Kershaw Guitar
The Anita Kerr Singers Choir, Chorus
Brenton Banks Organ
Ray Edenton Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums, Tambourine
Hoyt Hawkins Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eddie Hill Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
Hugh Jarrett Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Millie Kirkham Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews Choir, Chorus
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Louis Dean Nunley Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Riddle Harmonica
Jerry Rivers Fiddle
Velma Smith Guitar
Leonard Sutton Guitar
Marijohn Wilkin Choir, Chorus
Joe Zinkan Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard Vocals, Choir, Chorus
J.C. "Cleo" Davis Fiddle
Culley Holt Choir, Chorus
Bob Moore Bass
Jack Shook Guitar
Hugh Gordon Stoker Choir, Chorus
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden Fiddle
Luke Brandon Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Troy M. Hatcher Drums
Summie L. Hendrick Steel Guitar
Autry Inman Guitar, Leader
Walter Lenk Drums
James "Jimmie" Selph Guitar
Marion Sumner Fiddle, Guitar
Ray C. Walker Choir, Chorus
Loren Otis Shook Guitar
Walter Garland Guitar
English P. Jr. "Jake" Tullock Bass
William Guilford Wright Jr. Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Marvin H. Hughes Piano
Neal Matthews Jr. Vocals, Choir, Chorus
D.C. Addis Guitar
P.C. Destazio Bass
Blackie Lunceford Fiddle
Hal D. Peeler Guitar
Howard Sisk Guitar, Vocals
Velma E. Williams Smith Guitar
"Papa" John Gordy Piano
James Barber Fiddle
Robert Foster Steel Guitar
Bill Kirby Bass
Milton Scarborough Accordion, Vocals
Harold Harper Guitar
H.F. Davis Banjo
Jim Barber Fiddle, Vocals
Russell Lee "Rusty" Kershaw Guitar
Howard Osmond Jr. White Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Contributor
Doug Kershaw Composer
Bill Anderson Composer
Chet Atkins Composer, Producer
Gene Autry Composer
Don Gibson Composer, Illustrations, Quotes Researched & Compiled
Benny Martin Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Sue Thompson Contributor
Brook Benton Composer
Roy Orbison Contributor
Jimmie Grier Composer
Roy Drusky Composer
Don Everly Contributor
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Rusty Kershaw Composer
Howard White Illustrations
Los ├Źndios Tabajaras Contributor
Martha Carson Composer
Carl Belew Composer
Carl Butler Composer
Frank Abbey Disc Dub
The Anita Kerr Singers Vocal Group
Dave Burgess Composer
Mel Foree Composer
Willie Jones Composer
Bob Jones Mastering, Disc Dub
Buddy Killen Composer
Don Law Producer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Murray Nash Producer
Clyde Otis Composer
Webb Pierce Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Wesley Rose Producer
Steve Sholes Producer
Wayne Walker Composer
Mark Wilder Tape Research
Hank Williams Composer
Roy Huskey Jr. Composer
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
C. Walker Composer
Otto Kitsinger Illustrations
Summie L. Hendrick Composer
Troy Martin Producer
Dave Rich Composer
Dale Vinicur Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Charles Wolfe Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Bruce Hailstalk Tape Research
Hoffman Nienburg Artwork, Art Direction
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer, Reissue Producer, Discographical Annotation, Tape Research, Biographical Information
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Joe de Priest Illustrations
Pinky Tomlin Composer
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Tennessean Illustrations
Samuel Scott Composer
Tom A. LeMay Composer
Eugene Lockhart Composer
Mack David Composer
Vic McAlpin Composer
Ernest Seitz Composer
Kenny Sowder Composer
Fred Spielman Composer
Jack Toombs Composer
Cirino Colacrai Composer
Lee Emerson Composer
Ramona Vincent Composer
Earl Hatch Composer
Traditional Composer
Sylke Lohmeyer Artwork
Ned Costner Contributor
Velvedere "Doc" Whitmire Contributor
Coy Poe Composer
Billy Roberts Contributor
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