The Three Bells

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Eight CDs and over 240 songs is overkill, except that there's a lot worth hearing here. Disc One opens in 1954 with Jim Ed and Maxine Brown's debut recordings for the Fabor label, including "Looking Back to See," which was successful enough to get them a touring slot with a young Elvis Presley. The sound, while primitive in comparison to their subsequent RCA recordings is very pleasing, with bright harmonies and simple, straightforward accompaniment. As soon as they got to RCA , their sound bloomed -- the textures of the instruments became more vivid, with the "voices" of the guitars nearly as crisp as those of the singers themselves. By this time, they were one of country ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Eight CDs and over 240 songs is overkill, except that there's a lot worth hearing here. Disc One opens in 1954 with Jim Ed and Maxine Brown's debut recordings for the Fabor label, including "Looking Back to See," which was successful enough to get them a touring slot with a young Elvis Presley. The sound, while primitive in comparison to their subsequent RCA recordings is very pleasing, with bright harmonies and simple, straightforward accompaniment. As soon as they got to RCA , their sound bloomed -- the textures of the instruments became more vivid, with the "voices" of the guitars nearly as crisp as those of the singers themselves. By this time, they were one of country music's great mixed harmony groups, and were applying those vocal talents to bluesy numbers, as well as softer country and bluegrass material. "The Three Bells" was the massive hit that turned the trio toward pop material in 1959. Their repertory on Disc Three was broadening to include more overt folk material and pop standards. By the time of Disc Four, Hank Garland and John D. Loudermilk were playing most of the guitar, though Atkins was still producing, and the results remained impressive. Disc Five is dominated by a brace of inspirational tunes cut for their Little Brown Church Hymnal album, and also includes their cover of "They Call the Wind Maria," one of Jim Ed Brown's best performances. Disc Six is probably the only 1964-vintage archive to feature songs by Hank Snow and Bob Dylan coming from the same outfit. Discs Seven and Eight leave the group at the end of their time as a trio, prior to Bonnie's retirement late in 1967 -- highlights include a ton of beautifully sung country, pop, and folk numbers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127156655
  • Catalog Number: 15665
  • Sales rank: 76,457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rio De Janeiro (2:36)
  2. 2 Looking Back to See (2:18)
  3. 3 Itsy Witsy Bitsy Me (2:32)
  4. 4 Why Am I Falling (2:19)
  5. 5 Draggin' Main Street (1:55)
  6. 6 Your Love Is As Wild As The West Wind (2:22)
  7. 7 Cool Green (2:19)
  8. 8 Do Memories Haunt Me (2:29)
  9. 9 It's Love I Guess (2:09)
  10. 10 I'm Your Man, I'm Your Gal (2:12)
  11. 11 Set The Dawgs On 'Em (2:36)
  12. 12 Jungle Magic (2:46)
  13. 13 You Thought, I Thought (2:32)
  14. 14 Here Today and Gone Tomorrow (3:00)
  15. 15 The Grass Is Green (2:39)
  16. 16 Lookin' On (2:20)
  17. 17 I Take the Chance (2:45)
  18. 18 I Can't See for Looking (2:37)
  19. 19 I'm In Heaven (2:17)
  20. 20 Goo Goo Dada (2:37)
  21. 21 Just As Long As You Love Me (2:37)
  22. 22 Getting Used To Being Lonely (2:19)
  23. 23 A Man With a Plan (1:56)
  24. 24 (Just A Lot Of) Sweet Talk (2:04)
  25. 25 Don't Tell Me Your Troubles (2:16)
  26. 26 The Last Thing That I Want (2:31)
  27. 27 Preview Of The Blues (2:00)
  28. 28 My Isle of Golden Dreams (2:47)
  29. 29 I'm In Heaven (2:11)
  30. 30 I Guess I'm Crazy (2:46)
  31. 31 Sky Princess (2:06)
  32. 32 I'll Hold You in My Heart (2:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 How Can It Be Imagination (2:41)
  2. 2 I Heard The Bluebirds Sing (2:38)
  3. 3 It Takes a Long, Long Train With a Red Caboose (To Carry My Blues Away) (2:36)
  4. 4 Don't Use The Word Lightly (2:07)
  5. 5 Waltz Of The Angels (3:09)
  6. 6 The Table Next to Me (2:19)
  7. 7 Money (2:49)
  8. 8 You'll Always Be In My Heart (2:41)
  9. 9 Behave Yourself, Jose (2:18)
  10. 10 Just in Time (2:32)
  11. 11 The Man in the Moon (1:56)
  12. 12 Ain't No Way In This World (1:57)
  13. 13 Crazy Dreams (2:18)
  14. 14 True Love Goes Far Beyond (2:17)
  15. 15 Only One Way to Love You (2:04)
  16. 16 Be My Love (2:08)
  17. 17 Land Of Golden Dreams (2:04)
  18. 18 Love Is In Season (2:26)
  19. 19 Would You Care? (2:34)
  20. 20 The Trot (2:10)
  21. 21 Beyond The Shadow (2:37)
  22. 22 This Time I Would Know (2:12)
  23. 23 The Three Bells (2:53)
  24. 24 Wake Up Jonah (2:21)
  25. 25 Be My Love (2:12)
  26. 26 Heaven Fell Last Night (2:06)
  27. 27 Your Pretty Blue Eyes (2:13)
  28. 28 Unchained Melody (2:32)
  29. 29 Indian Love Call (2:11)
  30. 30 Blues Stay Away from Me (2:39)
  31. 31 Dream On (She'll Break Your Heart) (1:50)
  32. 32 Where Did The Sunshine Go? (2:07)
  33. 33 We Should Be Together (2:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bye Bye Love (0:21)
  2. 2 Bye Bye Love (2:04)
  3. 3 I Still Do (2:34)
  4. 4 Only The Lonely (2:11)
  5. 5 Hi De Ank Tum (1:46)
  6. 6 Love Me Tender (2:28)
  7. 7 Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes (1:58)
  8. 8 Blue Bells Ring (2:25)
  9. 9 Scarlett Ribbons (For Her Hair) (2:39)
  10. 10 Red Sails In The Sunset (2:29)
  11. 11 That's My Desire (2:31)
  12. 12 That Little Boy of Mine (2:19)
  13. 13 Halfway To Heaven (2:02)
  14. 14 Teen-Ex (1:53)
  15. 15 Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa) (2:41)
  16. 16 Margo (The Ninth Of May) (2:45)
  17. 17 Cool Water (2:52)
  18. 18 True Love (2:11)
  19. 19 The Enchanted Sea (2:28)
  20. 20 The Old Lamplighter (2:24)
  21. 21 Billy McCoy (2:35)
  22. 22 Am I That Easy to Forget? (1:55)
  23. 23 The Whiffenpoof Song (2:21)
  24. 24 Streamlined Cannonball (2:26)
  25. 25 My Adobe Hacienda (2:24)
  26. 26 Pledge Of Love (2:18)
  27. 27 Wabash Blues (2:22)
  28. 28 Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I'm Gone) (3:13)
  29. 29 Margo (The Ninth Of May) (2:51)
  30. 30 Chandelier Of Stars (2:32)
  31. 31 Eternally (1:38)
  32. 32 Brighten The Corner Where You Are (1:58)
  33. 33 The Blue Skirt Waltz (2:11)
  34. 34 Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue) (3:29)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lonely Little Robin (3:14)
  2. 2 The Wayward Wind (2:22)
  3. 3 The Old Village Choir (2:01)
  4. 4 High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) (3:27)
  5. 5 Lavender Blue (2:46)
  6. 6 Blues in My Heart (2:09)
  7. 7 Chandelier Of Stars (2:16)
  8. 8 The Whiffenpoof Song (2:26)
  9. 9 Blue Christmas (2:13)
  10. 10 This Land Is Your Land (2:03)
  11. 11 In the Pines (2:20)
  12. 12 Brighten The Corner Where You Are (2:03)
  13. 13 Greenwillow Christmas (2:03)
  14. 14 Remember Me (2:32)
  15. 15 The Twelfth of Never (2:18)
  16. 16 Nevada (2:53)
  17. 17 Where Was I (When We Became Strangers) (2:16)
  18. 18 You're So Much A Part Of Me (2:04)
  19. 19 Revenge (2:29)
  20. 20 The Bandit (2:44)
  21. 21 Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (2:17)
  22. 22 Down in the Valley (2:29)
  23. 23 Shenandoah (2:43)
  24. 24 Columbus Stockade Blues (1:59)
  25. 25 Clementine (1:59)
  26. 26 Poor Wayfaring Stranger (2:18)
  27. 27 Ground Hog (2:15)
  28. 28 Poor Wildwood Flower (2:20)
  29. 29 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? (2:41)
  30. 30 John B. Sails (2:26)
  31. 31 My Pretty Quadroon (3:05)
  32. 32 Down On The Old Plantation (2:43)
Disc 5
  1. 1 My Baby's Gone (2:36)
  2. 2 Alpha And Omega (2:37)
  3. 3 Foolish Pride (2:14)
  4. 4 Angel's Dolly (2:48)
  5. 5 Alpha And Omega (2:29)
  6. 6 My Baby's Gone (1:59)
  7. 7 Whispering Pine (2:17)
  8. 8 Remember Me (2:29)
  9. 9 Lord, I'm Coming Home (2:27)
  10. 10 How Great Thou Art (3:05)
  11. 11 Child Of The King (2:28)
  12. 12 Just as I Am (2:12)
  13. 13 The Church in the Wildwood (1:45)
  14. 14 An Evening Prayer (2:18)
  15. 15 In the Gardden (2:44)
  16. 16 Whispering Hope (3:22)
  17. 17 When They Ring Those Golden Bells (2:02)
  18. 18 Where No One Stands Alone (2:28)
  19. 19 My Latest Sun Is Sinking Fast (2:48)
  20. 20 (Prayer Is The Key To Heaven) Faith Unlocks The Door (2:14)
  21. 21 It's Just A Little Heartache (2:03)
  22. 22 No Love At All (2:15)
  23. 23 Buttons and Bows (2:03)
  24. 24 The Old Master Painter (2:13)
  25. 25 They Call the Wind Maria (2:55)
  26. 26 Forty Shades Of Green (2:41)
  27. 27 Is It Make Believe (2:08)
  28. 28 Everlasting (2:31)
  29. 29 The Twelfth Rose (2:29)
  30. 30 Watching My World Fall Apart (2:30)
  31. 31 Oh, No! (2:27)
  32. 32 Dear Teresa (2:35)
Disc 6
  1. 1 The Rhumba Boogie (2:00)
  2. 2 Great Speckled Bird (2:38)
  3. 3 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes (2:21)
  4. 4 Sugar Foot Rag (1:58)
  5. 5 Fair And Tender Ladies (2:34)
  6. 6 Tragic Romance (2:51)
  7. 7 Four Walls (3:08)
  8. 8 You Nearly Lose Your Mind (2:21)
  9. 9 Mansion On The Hill (2:23)
  10. 10 Wondering (2:27)
  11. 11 Mommy, Please Stay Home With Me (3:07)
  12. 12 Looking Back to See (2:20)
  13. 13 Anna (2:10)
  14. 14 Pirouge (2:04)
  15. 15 The Happy Fool (1:57)
  16. 16 The Grass Is Red (2:30)
  17. 17 Circuit Ridin' Preacher (2:00)
  18. 18 Halfbreed (2:12)
  19. 19 The Young Land (2:25)
  20. 20 The Gun, the Gold, the Girl (2:15)
  21. 21 Mister And Mississippi (2:11)
  22. 22 Blowin' In The Wind (2:53)
  23. 23 Tobacco Road (2:40)
  24. 24 Then I'll Stop Loving You (2:19)
  25. 25 You're Easy To Remember (2:19)
  26. 26 I Know My Place (2:21)
  27. 27 My Baby Doesn't Love Me Anymore (2:19)
  28. 28 Love Didn't Pass Me By (2:32)
  29. 29 The Outskirts of Town (2:28)
  30. 30 Tangled Web (2:22)
  31. 31 My Destiny (2:25)
  32. 32 Johnny, I Hardley Knew You (2:51)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Three Hearts In A Tangle (2:28)
  2. 2 I Take the Chance (2:50)
  3. 3 Everybody's Darlin 'Plus Mine (2:26)
  4. 4 Meadow Green (2:37)
  5. 5 One Take Away One (1:51)
  6. 6 No Sad Songs For Me (2:48)
  7. 7 I Feel Like Crying (1:59)
  8. 8 The Big Blizzard (2:41)
  9. 9 Watch The Roses Grow (2:07)
  10. 10 A Little Too Much to Dream (1:56)
  11. 11 Little Boy Blue (2:30)
  12. 12 Maybe Tomorrow (2:46)
  13. 13 I Can't Stand It (As Long As You Can) (2:05)
  14. 14 Gone (1:39)
  15. 15 This Heart Of Mine (Can Never Say Goodbye) (2:17)
  16. 16 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (2:24)
  17. 17 Yesterday's Gone (2:02)
  18. 18 You Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree (2:25)
  19. 19 Two Of A Kind (2:42)
  20. 20 Springtime (2:21)
  21. 21 When I Stop Dreaming (2:01)
  22. 22 Too Soon To Know (2:15)
  23. 23 Now I Can Live Again (2:10)
  24. 24 I Will Bring You Water (2:08)
  25. 25 June Is As Cold As December (2:33)
  26. 26 I'd Just Be a Fool Enough (2:42)
  27. 27 Maker Of Raindrops And Roses (3:03)
  28. 28 Making Plans (2:14)
  29. 29 Born To Be With You (2:37)
  30. 30 A Million Miles from Nowhere (2:25)
  31. 31 Big Daddy (2:01)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Where Does A Little Tear Come From (2:32)
  2. 2 Coming Back To You (2:19)
  3. 3 (I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love (2:34)
  4. 4 Gigawackem (1:53)
  5. 5 Rhythm Of The Rain (2:05)
  6. 6 Greener Pastures (3:01)
  7. 7 After Losing You (2:16)
  8. 8 The Tip of My Fingers (2:08)
  9. 9 Four Strong Winds (2:32)
  10. 10 Sorry I Never Knew You (2:41)
  11. 11 The Old Country Church (1:41)
  12. 12 They Tore The Old Country Church Down (2:30)
  13. 13 Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet (1:53)
  14. 14 He Will Set Your Fields On Fire (2:44)
  15. 15 The Night Watch (2:11)
  16. 16 When In Lift Up My Head (1:37)
  17. 17 Taller Than Trees (2:26)
  18. 18 The Mocking Bird (2:09)
  19. 19 Jezebel (2:22)
  20. 20 A Rusty Old Halo (2:20)
  21. 21 The Weapon of Prayer (2:08)
  22. 22 I Hear It Now (2:27)
  23. 23 Ride, Ride, Ride (1:34)
  24. 24 Country Boy's Dream (2:37)
  25. 25 All Of Me Belongs To You (2:02)
  26. 26 Where Does The Good Times Go (2:09)
  27. 27 I'm a Lonesome Fugitive (2:52)
  28. 28 Once (2:22)
  29. 29 Walk Through This World With Me (2:25)
  30. 30 Happy Tracks (2:12)
  31. 31 Misty Blue (2:15)
  32. 32 If The Whole World Stopped Lovin' (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Browns Primary Artist
Chet Atkins Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Floyd Cramer Organ, Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Jim Reeves Rhythm Guitar
Ray Stevens Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Background Vocals, Vibes
Maxine Brown Vocals
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Anita Kerr Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Fiddle, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Billy Strange Guitar
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Rusty Kershaw Guitar
Slim Wilson Guitar
Danny Alguire Trumpet
Byron Bach Violin
Brenton Banks Violin, Viola
M.C. Berry Drums
George Binkley III Violin
Jim Ed Brown Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Soloist
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Ray Edenton Guitar
Bob Foster Steel Guitar
Solie Fott Violin
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Vocals, Background Vocals
Lillian Hunt Violin
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Millie Kirkham Vocals, Background Vocals
Sheldon Kurland Violin
John D. Loudermilk Guitar
Neal Matthews Background Vocals
Wayne Moss Guitar, Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Louis Dean Nunley Vocals, Background Vocals
Boots Randolph Saxophone, Vibes
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Organ, Piano
Jerry Stembridge Electric Guitar
Rocky Stone Fiddle
Henry Strzelecki Bass
George Tidwell Trumpet
Lawrence "Red" Wooten Bass
Joe Hayes Fiddle
Cecil Brower Violin
Dorothy Ann Dillard Vocals, Background Vocals
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Glenn Baxter Vocals, Background Vocals
Howard Carpenter Violin
Farris Coursey Drums
Priscilla Ann Hubbard Vocals, Background Vocals
Charlie McCoy Organ, Bass, Harmonica, Vibes
Dale Potter Fiddle
William Whitney Pursell Piano, Background Vocals, Vibes
Jerry Rowley Fiddle
Lillian Vannhunt Violin
Bill Walker Piano
Joe Hunt Banjo
Bob Moore Bass
Hugh Gordon Stoker Vocals, Background Vocals
Kenneth Hayes Fiddle
Harold Hensley Fiddle
Jerry Reed Hubbard Bass, Guitar
Morris Palmer Drums
James "Jimmie" Selph Rhythm Guitar
Bonnie Brown Vocals
Norma Brown Vocals
Roy Lanham Guitar
Harold Morrison Dobro, Steel Guitar
Gene Mullins Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Lee Smith Organ
Ray C. Walker Vocals, Background Vocals
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Vocals, Background Vocals
Marvin H. Hughes Organ, Piano, Marimbas, Background Vocals, Vibes
Neal Matthews Jr. Vocals
Carl Garvin Trumpet
John W. Greubel Drums
Donald "Dusty" Rhodes Guitar, Drums
Velma E. Williams Smith Rhythm Guitar
A.J. Lewis Drums
Arthur Douglas "Doug" Dalton Guitar
Joell Hays Fiddle
Martin Kathan Viola
Charlie McCoy Trumpet
Donald D. Davis Bass
Abbot Singers Vocals
Selph "Jimmy" James Rhythm Guitar
Bill Walker Vibes
Maxine Brown Vocals
Vernal E. Richardson Violin
John "Woody" Applewhite Piano
Robert E. Bays French Horn
Tommy Bishop Guitar
Thomas Clinton "T. Tommy" Cutrer Drums
Jack Evins Steel Guitar
Kenneth Hays Fiddle
William A. "Bill" Walker Piano
Cameron Lavelle Mullins Trumpet
Dana King French Horn
Marian Lanham Percussion
Lafawn Paul Vocals
Dido Rowley Vocals
Dorothy "Dottie" Swanson Vocals
David Briggs Piano
Technical Credits
Rudolf Friml Composer
Chet Atkins Producer
Ray Pennington Composer
Mike Cain Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter Arranger
Sonny Thompson Composer
Richard Alder Composer
Jim Ed Brown Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Roy Carter Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Bob Ferguson Producer
Henry Glover Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Felton Jarvis Producer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Herb Newman Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Wayne Raney Composer
Dick Reynolds Composer
Adam Skeaping Mastering
Guy Smith Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Chris Skinker Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
Joe Werner Composer
Stanley Lebowsky Composer
Bruce Hailstalk Tape Research
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Fabor Robison Producer
Samuel Scott Composer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Angela Riela Composer
Majorie Barton Composer
Dion DeMarbelle Composer
Tod Galloway Composer
Jay Johnson Composer
Public Domain Composer
Johnny Douglas Mcraw Composer
Sylke Lohmeyer Artwork
J.G. Hall Composer
Si Siman Producer
William Savage Pitts Composer
Meade Minnigerode Composer
George S. Pomeroy Composer
Ray Starr Composer
Mort Greene Composer
Marge Barton Composer
Hod Pharis Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
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