The Thin Man from the West Plains: The RCA Sessions 1952-1962

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
From a cover of "Settin' the Woods on Fire" in September 1952 to "Blue House Painted White" in August of 1962, this four-CD set is a priceless overview of the best part of Porter Wagoner's career. Disc one features his earliest stuff, most of which is solid honky tonk material sung in Hank Williams' style. Most of it disappeared without a trace at the time, but it's all extremely enjoyable and shows some of Wagoner's versatility. His own sound, as it developed on the later songs on disc one and all of disc two, is more backwoods, with a strong folk component, but also beautifully harmonized. Wagoner's most striking attribute was the sheer joy evident in his singing and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
From a cover of "Settin' the Woods on Fire" in September 1952 to "Blue House Painted White" in August of 1962, this four-CD set is a priceless overview of the best part of Porter Wagoner's career. Disc one features his earliest stuff, most of which is solid honky tonk material sung in Hank Williams' style. Most of it disappeared without a trace at the time, but it's all extremely enjoyable and shows some of Wagoner's versatility. His own sound, as it developed on the later songs on disc one and all of disc two, is more backwoods, with a strong folk component, but also beautifully harmonized. Wagoner's most striking attribute was the sheer joy evident in his singing and playing, whether he was doing a deeply religious number "What Would You Do" or a loving tribute to Bill Monroe "Uncle Pen". He was equally comfortable with bluegrass and also country-blues, as is clear from the previously unissued "My Brand of Blues," where he sounds a lot like Johnny Cash. Disc three shows Wagoner working in a smoother, more sentimental and commercial country-pop-oriented vein, but as late as 1959, he was still doing wonderfully exuberant numbers. Disc four covers the early '60s, the period during which Wagoner continued to merge the stripped-down country of his roots and the smooth Nashville sound. Among the outtakes released for the first time is "Private Little World," featuring a killer guitar solo totally unexpected in a romantic number like this. The accompanying book is informative, though not as well organized as the usual Bear Family notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051154998
  • Catalog Number: 15499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Settin' the Woods on Fire - Porter Wagoner (2:31)
  2. 2 Headin' for a Weddin' - Porter Wagoner (2:26)
  3. 3 Lovin' Letters - Porter Wagoner (2:32)
  4. 4 I Can't Live with You (I Can't Live Without You) - Porter Wagoner (2:50)
  5. 5 Bringing Home the Bacon - Porter Wagoner (2:21)
  6. 6 An Angel Made of Ice - Porter Wagoner (2:50)
  7. 7 Takin' Chances - Porter Wagoner (2:29)
  8. 8 All Roads Lead to Love - Porter Wagoner (2:07)
  9. 9 That's It - Porter Wagoner (2:17)
  10. 10 A Beggar for Your Love - Porter Wagoner (2:53)
  11. 11 Trademark - Porter Wagoner (2:17)
  12. 12 Don't Play That Song - Porter Wagoner (2:48)
  13. 13 The Flame of Love - Porter Wagoner (2:23)
  14. 14 Dig That Crazy Moon - Porter Wagoner (2:25)
  15. 15 Trinidad - Porter Wagoner (2:18)
  16. 16 Get out of Here - Porter Wagoner (2:28)
  17. 17 Get out of Here - Porter Wagoner (2:29)
  18. 18 My Bonfire - Porter Wagoner (2:52)
  19. 19 Town Crier - Porter Wagoner (2:30)
  20. 20 Love at First Sight - Porter Wagoner (2:29)
  21. 21 Be Glad That You Ain't Me - Porter Wagoner (2:36)
  22. 22 Our Shivaree - Porter Wagoner (2:36)
  23. 23 Company's Comin' - Porter Wagoner (2:46)
  24. 24 Tricks of the Trade - Porter Wagoner (2:49)
  25. 25 A Satisfied Mind - Porter Wagoner (2:48)
  26. 26 A Good Time Was Had by All - Porter Wagoner (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hey, Maw - Porter Wagoner (2:11)
  2. 2 How Quick - Porter Wagoner (2:13)
  3. 3 I Like Girls - Porter Wagoner (1:59)
  4. 4 Itchin' for My Baby - Porter Wagoner (2:28)
  5. 5 Eat, Drink and Be Merry (For Tomorrow You'll Cry) - Porter Wagoner (2:25)
  6. 6 I'm Steppin out Tonight - Porter Wagoner (2:26)
  7. 7 Let's Squiggle - Porter Wagoner (2:26)
  8. 8 Living in the Past - Porter Wagoner (2:35)
  9. 9 What Would You Do (If Jesus Came to Your House) - Porter Wagoner (2:45)
  10. 10 How Can You Refuse Him Now? - Porter Wagoner (2:23)
  11. 11 Tryin' to Forget the Blues - Porter Wagoner (2:30)
  12. 12 Uncle Pen - Porter Wagoner (2:23)
  13. 13 How I've Tried - Porter Wagoner (2:17)
  14. 14 I Like Girls - Porter Wagoner (2:02)
  15. 15 Tryin' to Forget the Blues - Porter Wagoner (2:04)
  16. 16 I've Known You from Somewhere - Porter Wagoner (2:25)
  17. 17 Seeing Her Only Reminded Me of You - Porter Wagoner (2:11)
  18. 18 Midnight - Porter Wagoner (2:53)
  19. 19 I Guess I'm Crazy - Porter Wagoner (2:47)
  20. 20 Born to Lose - Porter Wagoner (2:49)
  21. 21 Ivory Tower - Porter Wagoner (2:36)
  22. 22 I Should Be with You - Porter Wagoner (2:34)
  23. 23 Would You Be Satisfied? - Porter Wagoner (2:28)
  24. 24 I'm Day Dreamin' Tonight - Porter Wagoner (2:18)
  25. 25 I'll Pretend - Porter Wagoner (2:33)
  26. 26 Who Will He Be - Porter Wagoner (2:43)
  27. 27 Good Mornin' Neighbor - Porter Wagoner (2:19)
  28. 28 My Brand of Blues - Porter Wagoner (2:48)
  29. 29 Thinking of You - Porter Wagoner (2:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Thought I Heard You Call My Name - Porter Wagoner (2:39)
  2. 2 Turn It over in Your Mind - Porter Wagoner (2:32)
  3. 3 Pay Day - Porter Wagoner (2:00)
  4. 4 Big Wheels - Porter Wagoner (2:05)
  5. 5 A Wound Time Can't Erase - Porter Wagoner (2:29)
  6. 6 As Long as I'm Dreaming - Porter Wagoner (2:06)
  7. 7 Your Love - Porter Wagoner (2:06)
  8. 8 Doll Face - Porter Wagoner (1:54)
  9. 9 I Don't Want This Memory - Porter Wagoner (2:27)
  10. 10 Burning Bridges - Porter Wagoner (2:23)
  11. 11 Five O'Clock in the Morning - Porter Wagoner (2:03)
  12. 12 Heaven's Just a Prayer Away - Porter Wagoner (2:30)
  13. 13 Tomorrow We'll Retire - Porter Wagoner (2:36)
  14. 14 Just Before Dawn - Porter Wagoner (2:31)
  15. 15 Dear Lonesome - Porter Wagoner (2:15)
  16. 16 Tell Her Lies (And Feed Her Candy) - Porter Wagoner (2:06)
  17. 17 Haven't You Heard - Porter Wagoner (2:29)
  18. 18 Don't Ever Leave Me - Porter Wagoner (2:16)
  19. 19 Who'll Buy the Wine - Porter Wagoner (2:25)
  20. 20 Me and Fred and Joe and Bill - Porter Wagoner (2:01)
  21. 21 Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Porter Wagoner (2:12)
  22. 22 I Thought of God - Porter Wagoner (2:42)
  23. 23 I'm Gonna Sing - Porter Wagoner (2:22)
  24. 24 Our Song of Love - Porter Wagoner (2:18)
  25. 25 The Battle of Little Big Horn - Porter Wagoner (2:18)
  26. 26 Luannie Brown - Porter Wagoner (2:33)
  27. 27 Your Kind of People - Porter Wagoner (2:33)
  28. 28 The Girl Who Didn't Need Love - Porter Wagoner (2:28)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Legend of the Big Steeple - Porter Wagoner (3:13)
  2. 2 Wakin' up the Crowd - Porter Wagoner (2:05)
  3. 3 An Old Log Cabin for Sale - Porter Wagoner (2:55)
  4. 4 Falling Again - Porter Wagoner (2:20)
  5. 5 Old Jess - Porter Wagoner (2:43)
  6. 6 Your Old Love Letters - Porter Wagoner (2:15)
  7. 7 Heartbreak Affair - Porter Wagoner (2:11)
  8. 8 Everything She Touches Gets the Blues - Porter Wagoner (2:17)
  9. 9 I Cried Again - Porter Wagoner (2:19)
  10. 10 Tricks of the Trade - Porter Wagoner (2:34)
  11. 11 My Name Is Mud - Porter Wagoner (2:26)
  12. 12 Sugar Foot Rag - Porter Wagoner (2:00)
  13. 13 I Thought I Heard You Call My Name - Porter Wagoner (2:35)
  14. 14 One Way Ticket to the Blues - Porter Wagoner (2:38)
  15. 15 Take Good Care of Her - Porter Wagoner (2:28)
  16. 16 I Went out of My Way - Porter Wagoner (2:33)
  17. 17 Tennessee Border - Porter Wagoner (1:50)
  18. 18 I Gotta Find Someone (Who Loves Like I Do) - Porter Wagoner (2:18)
  19. 19 Uncle Pen - Porter Wagoner (2:03)
  20. 20 Misery Loves Company - Porter Wagoner (2:37)
  21. 21 Cryin' Loud - Porter Wagoner (2:27)
  22. 22 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight - Porter Wagoner (2:08)
  23. 23 Frosty the Snowman - Porter Wagoner (2:14)
  24. 24 Cold Dark Waters - Porter Wagoner (2:31)
  25. 25 Ain't It Awfu - Porter Wagoner (2:03)
  26. 26 Wasted Years - Porter Wagoner (2:18)
  27. 27 Private Little World - Porter Wagoner (2:39)
  28. 28 I've Enjoyed as Much of This as I Can Stand - Porter Wagoner (2:42)
  29. 29 Blue House Painted White - Porter Wagoner (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Porter Wagoner & the Wagonmasters Primary Artist
Porter Wagoner Indexed Contributor, Bass, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Rufus Thibodeaux Fiddle
Chet Atkins Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Floyd Cramer Organ, Piano
Hank Garland Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Hall Guitar
Paul Mitchell Piano
George Rhodes Guitar
Pete Drake Guitar, Steel Guitar
Jan Howard Vocals
Anita Kerr Vocals
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Fiddle, Drums, Electric Guitar
Anita Carter Vocals
Archie Campbell Guitar
Rusty Kershaw Guitar
Brenton Banks Violin
Jack Drake Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean Bass, Leader
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Vocals
Eddie Hill Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Hugh Jarrett Vocals
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Millie Kirkham Vocals
Neal Matthews Vocals
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Louis Dean Nunley Vocals
Verna Richardson Violin
Robbins Piano
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Bobby Thompson Banjo
C. Robert Thompson Banjo
Don Warden Steel Guitar, Vocals
Cecil Brower Fiddle
Dorothy Ann Dillard Vocals
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Jerry Byrd Bass
Louis Dunn Drums
Bryan Martin Steel Guitar
Dale Potter Fiddle
Bob Moore Bass
Jack Shook Rhythm Guitar
Hugh Gordon Stoker Vocals
Horace "Benny" Williams Vocals
Harold Morrison Banjo
Ray C. Walker Vocals
June Webb Guitar
Robert White Bass
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Loren Otis Shook Rhythm Guitar
Walter Garland Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Vocals
Marvin H. Hughes Piano
Audie "Buster" Fellers Fiddle
John W. Greubel Drums
Herschel Haworth Jr. Electric Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Claude J. Phelps Guitar
Velma E. Williams Smith Guitar
Lamesa Williams Guitar
Benny Williams Guitar
Joyce Paul Vocals
William Paul Ackerman Drums
"Papa" John Gordy Piano
Sonny Burnette Steel Guitar
Alfred W. "Red" Gale Fiddle, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Alex Garland Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bill Mount Wood Block
Robert White Bass
Claude Jackson Steel Guitar
Donald D. Davis Steel Guitar
Samuel Hollingsworth Bass
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Producer
Eurreal Montgomery Composer
Porter Wagoner Composer, Producer, Illustrations
Joe Hayes Composer
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Otto Kitsinger Illustrations
Don Roy Illustrations
Phil Wells Contributor, Tape Comparison
Dale Vinicur Liner Notes
Bruce Hailstalk Tape Research
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer, Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Robert Chapin Illustrations
Don Hoglen Illustrations
William Witney Purcell Contributor
Hugh Ashley Composer
Lois Blanchard Composer
Celia Ferguson Composer
Sandra Ferguson Composer
John Mullins Composer
C. Green Composer
David Estes Composer
Lorraine Hall Illustrations
Si Siman Producer
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