The Thesaurus Transcriptions

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
So what's to say about five CDs worth of unreleased Hank Snow material from 1950-1956, some of the artist's hottest years? Thesaurus was an RCA imprint that recorded nothing but radio transcriptions. Snow recorded 138 tracks, none of which were ever released to the public, all of which are included here, completely remastered from master tapes and acetates. Snow is accompanied on the vast majority of these tracks by his Rainbow Ranch Boys, and some heavy company such as Chet Atkins, steel player Joe Talbot, and fiddler Curly Wise. Problem is, these details had to be fleshed out by the researcher who wrote the liner notes, Charles Wolfe. Most of the sessions say "Hank Snow, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
So what's to say about five CDs worth of unreleased Hank Snow material from 1950-1956, some of the artist's hottest years? Thesaurus was an RCA imprint that recorded nothing but radio transcriptions. Snow recorded 138 tracks, none of which were ever released to the public, all of which are included here, completely remastered from master tapes and acetates. Snow is accompanied on the vast majority of these tracks by his Rainbow Ranch Boys, and some heavy company such as Chet Atkins, steel player Joe Talbot, and fiddler Curly Wise. Problem is, these details had to be fleshed out by the researcher who wrote the liner notes, Charles Wolfe. Most of the sessions say "Hank Snow, voice and guitar, other details unknown." It doesn't matter, though, fans of Snow will be able to readily recognize when guests appear and when the band is popping off many his classics, as well as many more obscurities. The sound quality on this set is astonishingly good considering the original condition of much of the source material. While it's true that RCA treasured Snow almost from the beginning for his earning power and his prestige in the country market, archival standards were not what they are today, and deterioration was inevitable. But the folks in the Bear Family lab painstakingly remastered these tapes, getting rid of most of the hiss, but leaving enough to include all the music. The Thesaurus transcriptions are also not hindered in any way by the continuing practice of including intros and outros -- like the Jim Reeves and Friends set. The honky tonk music flows fast, free, and passionately from Snow's deep Canadian folk-rooted voice. In listening to "Weary Blues" on disc one or "Then I Turned and Walked Away" from disc four, or "Do Right Daddy Blues" from disc five -- and all of these are random examples, you could have chosen dozens of others -- one can hear, in the grain of Snow's voice, what made him connect with people in the same way they connected with Hank Williams: simplicity and directness. Snow took care never to hide his voice and words behind arrangements or instrumental flourishes -- even when a picking duel occurred in his songs -- he went straight for the heart of the vocal and dragged it up to the top of the mix and let the story fall in front of the listener, bringing them into the song, whether it was a gospel tune; a Western swing blues; a somber, lovelorn ballad; or a honky tonk good-time dance tune. Snow sang them all the same way: to the listener. He could move from his lovely baritone to a lilting tenor as a device for getting a lyric, not an arrangement, across. What makes these tracks even more special is that since Snow wasn't bound by having to make records for sale, for commercial gain, he and his band felt no pressure in performing them. There is a relaxed, easy, strolling atmosphere present in all of the Thesaurus sessions; toward the end of 1952 and on until 1956, the sessions became sort of a social gathering for Snow and his musicians, a workshop for songs such as "Fire on the Mountain," "The End of the World," "Pins and Needles," "The Streamline Cannonball," "Blue Dreams," "The Sun Has Gone Down on Our Love," "Whispering Hoper," and literally dozens of others. Often the Thesaurus versions are superior to the more familiar commercially recorded ones for this very reason. It's not so much that they're so raw, because Snow was a consummate professional, but they are fresher, more immediate, without the usual distance between a recording set in time and space and the listener at the other end of the speakers. This is a set that will be of supreme interest not only to Snow collectors, but to those who collect vintage country music as well. There is nothing here that should have been discarded -- except some of the corny photos in the booklet -- and none of it rings the least bit contrived or untrue. This is one of the most important box sets that Bear Family has ever done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127154880
  • Catalog Number: 15488
  • Sales rank: 100,866

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:50)
  2. 2 Weary River (2:32)
  3. 3 Bury Me Deep (3:16)
  4. 4 Let's Pretend (2:52)
  5. 5 Address Unknown (3:19)
  6. 6 Golden River (2:39)
  7. 7 Barefoot Blues (2:59)
  8. 8 I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail (2:12)
  9. 9 Brand on My Heart (3:02)
  10. 10 With This Ring I Thee Wed (2:49)
  11. 11 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (2:26)
  12. 12 Fire on the Mountain (1:09)
  13. 13 Draggin' the Bow (1:18)
  14. 14 Steel Guitar Rag (1:30)
  15. 15 Wabash Blues (1:33)
  16. 16 I'm Movin' On (2:32)
  17. 17 Handcuffed to Love (3:26)
  18. 18 The Convict and the Rose (3:17)
  19. 19 Anniversary Blue Yodel (2:45)
  20. 20 Frankie and Johnny (4:16)
  21. 21 Closed for Repairs (2:27)
  22. 22 The End of the World (2:52)
  23. 23 I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do (2:49)
  24. 24 Pins and Needles (1:43)
  25. 25 Where Romance Calls (2:14)
  26. 26 The Streamlined Cannonball (2:59)
  27. 27 Trouble in Mind (2:26)
  28. 28 The Last Letter (3:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Headin' Down the Wrong Highway (2:46)
  2. 2 Lonely (2:37)
  3. 3 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (2:41)
  4. 4 These Tears Are Not for You (2:41)
  5. 5 Jealous Heart (2:41)
  6. 6 Hawaiian Cowboy (1:37)
  7. 7 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (3:42)
  8. 8 Whispering Hope (2:34)
  9. 9 It Is No Secret (2:26)
  10. 10 Molly Darling (3:14)
  11. 11 I'll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers (3:36)
  12. 12 Blue Dreams (1:35)
  13. 13 Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train (1:40)
  14. 14 Lonely River (2:44)
  15. 15 I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin' (2:40)
  16. 16 Texas Plains (2:16)
  17. 17 Born to Lose (2:55)
  18. 18 Too Many Tears (2:47)
  19. 19 Travellin' Blues (2:42)
  20. 20 A Faded Rose, a Broken Heart (2:39)
  21. 21 Yodeling Ranger (2:22)
  22. 22 Roll Along Kentucky Moon (2:55)
  23. 23 Zeb Turner's Gal (3:07)
  24. 24 The Sun Has Gone Down on Our Love (3:18)
  25. 25 I Walk Alone (2:43)
  26. 26 Old Shep (3:13)
  27. 27 Mississippi River Blues (2:12)
  28. 28 Linda Lou (2:43)
Disc 3
  1. 1 My Good Gal's Gone (2:53)
  2. 2 Breeze (2:48)
  3. 3 This Cold War with You (2:31)
  4. 4 I Love You Nellie (3:14)
  5. 5 Beautiful Dreamer (3:23)
  6. 6 Twelfth Street Rag (2:26)
  7. 7 Bye Bye Blues (2:02)
  8. 8 Hilo March (1:49)
  9. 9 Orange Blossom Special (1:42)
  10. 10 Beaumont Ride (1:46)
  11. 11 Just When I Needed You (4:08)
  12. 12 Ninety Nine Year Blues (2:24)
  13. 13 My Blue-Eyed Jane (2:39)
  14. 14 Yodeling Cowboy (3:00)
  15. 15 The Cannon Ball (1:19)
  16. 16 It's Been So Long, Darling (3:21)
  17. 17 The Lover's Farewell (3:01)
  18. 18 You Nearly Lose Your Mind (3:26)
  19. 19 Kentucky Waltz (2:00)
  20. 20 There's a Pony Standin' in His Stall (2:18)
  21. 21 Among My Souvenirs (2:51)
  22. 22 Little Old Home Down in New Orleans (2:28)
  23. 23 The Rainbow's End (3:38)
  24. 24 Tragic Romance (2:26)
  25. 25 We'll Never Say Goodbye, Just Say So Long (2:34)
  26. 26 I'll Go on Alone (3:08)
  27. 27 The Cowhand's Last Ride (2:25)
  28. 28 I Almost Lost My Mind (3:05)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Patanio (The Pride of the Plains) (3:07)
  2. 2 That Heart Belongs to Me (3:16)
  3. 3 Peach Picking Time Down in Georgia (2:18)
  4. 4 Alabama Jubilee (1:20)
  5. 5 Farewell Blues (1:30)
  6. 6 In an Old Dutch Garden (By an Old Dutch Mill) (2:17)
  7. 7 Sally Goodin' (1:19)
  8. 8 Arkansas Traveller (1:16)
  9. 9 A Petal from a Faded Rose (3:13)
  10. 10 It's a Sin (1:59)
  11. 11 Wedding Bells (3:45)
  12. 12 At Mail Call Today (3:30)
  13. 13 Those Blues Eyes Don't Sparkle Anymore (2:07)
  14. 14 Have I Stayed Away Too Long? (2:47)
  15. 15 San Antonio Rose (2:36)
  16. 16 Each Minute Seems a Million Years (3:06)
  17. 17 Blue Steel Blues (1:45)
  18. 18 Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away (2:26)
  19. 19 Blue Rose of the Rio (2:26)
  20. 20 My Wubba Dolly (Rubber Dolly) (1:41)
  21. 21 Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues (2:22)
  22. 22 The Land of My Childhood Dreams (2:30)
  23. 23 Wreck of the Old '97 (2:05)
  24. 24 My Life with You (2:29)
  25. 25 The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart) (2:04)
  26. 26 I'm Coming Home/Song of the Saddle (1:46)
  27. 27 Easter Parade (1:51)
  28. 28 Peter Cottontail (1:32)
Disc 5
  1. 1 My Rough and Rowdy Ways (2:29)
  2. 2 Sing Me a Song of the Islands (3:08)
  3. 3 Little Joe (2:15)
  4. 4 White Christmas (2:03)
  5. 5 Blue Christmas (2:29)
  6. 6 Making Believe (2:26)
  7. 7 Any Old Time (2:18)
  8. 8 Never No' Mo' Blues (2:34)
  9. 9 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again (2:41)
  10. 10 Katy Hill (1:35)
  11. 11 Put Your Arms Around Me (2:17)
  12. 12 I Was Sorta Wonderin' (1:45)
  13. 13 San Antonio Rose (1:57)
  14. 14 Over the Waves (2:00)
  15. 15 Do Right Daddy Blues (1:45)
  16. 16 As Long as I Live (2:21)
  17. 17 Poison Love (1:46)
  18. 18 Loose Talk (1:57)
  19. 19 The Waltz You Saved for Me (2:38)
  20. 20 Memories Are Made of This (2:34)
  21. 21 I Really Don't Want to Know (2:23)
  22. 22 The Wayward Wind (2:04)
  23. 23 Chant of the Wanderer (1:55)
  24. 24 Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet (1:28)
  25. 25 When You and I Were Young, Maggie (1:22)
  26. 26 Sentimental Journey (1:40)
  27. 27 The Birth of the Blues (1:51)
  28. 28 Outroduction (1:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Snow Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Velma Smith Guitar
Robert Chubby Wise Fiddle
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden Fiddle
Ed Hyde Musician
Joseph Hale III Talbot Steel Guitar
Velma E. Williams Smith Guitar
Buford Gentry Musician
Sleepy McDaniel Musician
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Hank Snow Composer, Illustrations
Rex Allen Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter Composer
William Shakespeare Hays Composer
Howard Barnes Composer
David Bennett Composer
Euday L. Bowman Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Sara Carter Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Byron Gregory Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Ray Whitley Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Roy Rogers Composer
Gene Sullivan Composer
Chauncey Gray Composer
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes
Karl Davis Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Bert Lown Composer
Harty Taylor Composer
Wiley Walker Composer
Henry Whitter Composer
Nick Shaffran Illustrations
Charles Wolfe Liner Notes
Hoffman Nienburg Artwork
Hoffmann Nienburg Art Direction
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Illustrations
F.J. Lewey Composer
Rex Zario Illustrations
Edgar Leslie Composer
Dedette Lee Hill Composer
Elsie McWilliams Composer
Harry Owens Composer
Bert Lawn Composer
Robert A. King Composer
Harry McAuliffe Composer
Jack Rollins Composer
Ramblin' Red Ross Composer
Betty Chapin Composer
Clark VanNess Composer
Alton Watson Composer
Percy Wenrich Composer
Kay Werner Composer
Ekko Whelan Composer
Lulubelle White Composer
Raymond Hall Composer
Jay Johnson Composer
Will Grosz Composer
Jerry Williams Composer
Gene Earle Illustrations
Walter W. Fuchs Illustrations
Frederick Hamm Composer
James Austin Butterfield Composer
George Washington Johnson Composer
Horatio Nicholls Composer
Sue Werner Composer
Hope Harlow Composer
Emma Johnson Composer
Stanley Murphy Composer
Steve Nelson Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
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