The Tiffany Transcriptions [Box Set]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
When in 2009 the producers at the Collectors' Choice Music reissue label came out with their first box set, they zeroed in on what many consider to be the best recordings ever made by bands under the leadership of Bob Wills 1905-1975, who is now widely acknowledged as the primary force behind the development of Western swing. In 1945, Wills formed a business partnership with Oakland, California radio DJ Clifton "Cactus Jack" Johnson, and songwriter-entrepreneur Clifford Sundin, establishing the Tiffany Music, Inc. transcription service. This little enterprise was created in order to produce extended duration recordings exclusively intended for radio broadcast purposes. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
When in 2009 the producers at the Collectors' Choice Music reissue label came out with their first box set, they zeroed in on what many consider to be the best recordings ever made by bands under the leadership of Bob Wills 1905-1975, who is now widely acknowledged as the primary force behind the development of Western swing. In 1945, Wills formed a business partnership with Oakland, California radio DJ Clifton "Cactus Jack" Johnson, and songwriter-entrepreneur Clifford Sundin, establishing the Tiffany Music, Inc. transcription service. This little enterprise was created in order to produce extended duration recordings exclusively intended for radio broadcast purposes. Over a time period from March 1946 through December 1947, Wills periodically took his Texas Playboys into the recording studio for independently managed jam sessions that yielded 26 platters measuring 16 inches across. Legend has it these dates usually took place when the band was fresh off the touring circuit and therefore limbered up for delivering their best work. Although some of the transcriptions received airplay over a network serving Oklahoma, Texas, and much of the West Coast, demand slackened as most radio stations opted for Wills' commercially released recordings, so that many of these exceptionally fine performances went unheard until they were posthumously released on LP during the '80s. When all 150 tracks are laid out, examined, and savored as a totality, it becomes clear that Wills was using the Tiffany sessions to develop the band and expand its book well beyond the standard cowboy, country, and mainstream pop repertoire. Here in high relief is etched the evidence of Wills' personal listening habits: what he heard over the air and very likely what he owned in his private record collection. Bob Wills was crazy about jazz, and the Tiffany Transcriptions are like a massive fingerprint that proves it beyond a doubt. Herein are Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Fats Waller covers. There are Western-style stomps based on ideas by Bennie Moten, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole. Wills listened carefully to what was in the air; he'd been absorbing African-American blues since the early 1920s, had a knack for fundamental numbers by Spencer Williams and Richard M. Jones, and made a point of interpreting a swinging big-band theme by Woody Herman in the late '40s. Wills featured songs made popular by Tommy Dorsey, Cab Calloway, and Louis Armstrong in a mix with cowboy songs and airs by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. The ten-CD Tiffany Transcriptions box set should be approached with open arms. It is a profoundly North American, mid-20th century listening experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742099126
  • Catalog Number: 991

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nancy Jane - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:49)
  2. 2 Mission to Moscow - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:10)
  3. 3 Dinah - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:27)
  4. 4 Lone Star Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:27)
  5. 5 Cotton Patch Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:53)
  6. 6 Sweet Jennie Lee - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:08)
  7. 7 I Hear You Talkin' - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  8. 8 The Girl I Left Behind Me - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:15)
  9. 9 Straighten Up and Fly Right - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:36)
  10. 10 Little Betty Brown - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:52)
  11. 11 Nobody's Sweetheart Now - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:35)
  12. 12 Blackout Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (4:36)
  13. 13 What's the Matter with the Mill - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:50)
  14. 14 Jumpin' at the Woodside - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take Me Back to Tulsa - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:12)
  2. 2 Faded Love - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:07)
  3. 3 Right or Wrong - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:35)
  4. 4 Bring It on Down to My House - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (4:42)
  5. 5 Cherokee Maiden - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:56)
  6. 6 Steel Guitar Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:28)
  7. 7 Stay a Little Longer - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:21)
  8. 8 Roly Poly - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:29)
  9. 9 Cotton Eyed Joe - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:47)
  10. 10 Time Changes Everything - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:18)
  11. 11 Corrine, Corrina - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:25)
  12. 12 Ida Red - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:01)
  13. 13 Maiden's Prayer - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:55)
  14. 14 San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Basin Street Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:37)
  2. 2 I'm a Ding Dong Daddy - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:11)
  3. 3 Crazy Rhythm - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:56)
  4. 4 Milk Cow Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:53)
  5. 5 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:36)
  6. 6 Four or Five Times - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:52)
  7. 7 Frankie Jean - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:52)
  8. 8 It's Your Red Wagon - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:54)
  9. 9 A Good Man Is Hard to Find - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:09)
  10. 10 You Just Take Her - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:32)
  11. 11 Barnard Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (4:23)
  12. 12 I Never Knew - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:22)
  13. 13 Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:19)
  14. 14 Take the 'A' Train - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:08)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Texas Playboy Theme (Opening) - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (0:44)
  2. 2 You're from Texas - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:26)
  3. 3 Beaumont Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:39)
  4. 4 Lum & Abner Special (San Antonio Rose) - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:40)
  5. 5 Texarkana Baby - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  6. 6 Little Joe the Wrangler - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:53)
  7. 7 New Spanish Two-Step - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:49)
  8. 8 Texas Plains - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:25)
  9. 9 Home in San Antone - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:53)
  10. 10 Blue Bonnet Lane - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:30)
  11. 11 Across the Alley from the Alamo - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:52)
  12. 12 Along the Navajo Trail - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:08)
  13. 13 Spanish Fandango - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:42)
  14. 14 My Brown-Eyed Texas Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:35)
  15. 15 Red River Valley - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:37)
  16. 16 Texas Playboy Theme (Closing) - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (0:41)
Disc 5
  1. 1 My Window Faces the South (2:07)
  2. 2 Swing Blues (3:47)
  3. 3 I Had Someone Else Before I Had You (2:30)
  4. 4 A Smooth One (2:08)
  5. 5 Don't Cry Baby (3:38)
  6. 6 Three Guitar Special (2:21)
  7. 7 China Town (2:32)
  8. 8 Fat Boy Rag (2:33)
  9. 9 Lazy River (2:14)
  10. 10 Sweet Georgia Brown (2:16)
  11. 11 At the Woodchopper's Ball (2:37)
  12. 12 Sweet Kind of Love (3:42)
  13. 13 If It's Wrong to Love You (2:31)
  14. 14 A Little Bit of Boogie (4:05)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Oklahoma Hills - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:52)
  2. 2 Sally Goodin - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:48)
  3. 3 I Had a Little Mule - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:51)
  4. 4 Playboy Chimes - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:50)
  5. 5 Never No More Hard Times Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:34)
  6. 6 I'll Get Mine Bye and Bye - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:19)
  7. 7 Jesse Polka - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:35)
  8. 8 Oh Monah - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:33)
  9. 9 Smith's Reel - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:57)
  10. 10 I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:24)
  11. 11 Oklahoma Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:26)
  12. 12 Dev'lish Mary - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:30)
  13. 13 It's My Lazy Day - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:29)
  14. 14 Sally Goodin - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:12)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Keep Knockin' (But You Can't Come In) - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:00)
  2. 2 Honeysuckle Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:11)
  3. 3 Worried Mind - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:23)
  4. 4 Okie Boogie - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:22)
  5. 5 C-Jam Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:31)
  6. 6 I Can't Go on This Way - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:09)
  7. 7 Sweet Moments - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  8. 8 My Gal Sal - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:16)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Be Boss from Now On - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:23)
  10. 10 Lonesome Hearted Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:38)
  11. 11 Joe's Place - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:24)
  12. 12 Sugar Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:19)
  13. 13 Too Long - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:52)
  14. 14 Tea for Two - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:15)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Miss Molly - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:09)
  2. 2 Ten Years - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:28)
  3. 3 Blues for Dixie - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:47)
  4. 4 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:06)
  5. 5 Sun Bonnet Sue - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:08)
  6. 6 Sitting on Top of the World - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (4:51)
  7. 7 Big Beaver - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:24)
  8. 8 There's Gonna Be a Party for the Old Folks - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:27)
  9. 9 South - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:35)
  10. 10 Trouble in Mind - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:30)
  11. 11 Little Liza Jane - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:09)
  12. 12 Sioux City Sue - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1:59)
  13. 13 My Confession - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:27)
  14. 14 Get Along Home Cindy - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:09)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Texas Playboy Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:30)
  2. 2 My Life's Been a Pleasure - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:23)
  3. 3 Elmer's Tune - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:32)
  4. 4 G.I. Wish - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:41)
  5. 5 Milk Cow Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:53)
  6. 6 Shame on You - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:26)
  7. 7 12th Street Rag - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:04)
  8. 8 In the Mood - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:18)
  9. 9 You Don't Care What Happens - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:27)
  10. 10 St. Louis Blues, Pt. 1 - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:28)
  11. 11 St. Louis Blues, Pt. 2 - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (5:54)
  12. 12 What Is This Thing Called Love - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:31)
  13. 13 Sentimental Journey - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:31)
  14. 14 Back Home in Indiana - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:31)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Betcha My Heart - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:24)
  2. 2 I'm Crying My Heart Out - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:23)
  3. 3 All by Myself - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:46)
  4. 4 It's All Over Now - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:42)
  5. 5 Jealous Hearted Me - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:47)
  6. 6 Don't Sweetheart Me - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:35)
  7. 7 Miss You - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (4:00)
  8. 8 I Want My Mama - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:06)
  9. 9 You're Only in My Arms - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:52)
  10. 10 It's a Good Day - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:14)
  11. 11 I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:01)
  12. 12 Echoes from the Hills - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:38)
  13. 13 Hawaiian War Chant - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:14)
  14. 14 When Day Is Done - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  15. 15 Put Your Arms Around Me - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  16. 16 Will There Be Any Yodeling in Heaven - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:18)
  17. 17 Feudin' and Fightin' - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:10)
  18. 18 Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:35)
  19. 19 To You Sweetheart Aloha - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:27)
  20. 20 Blue Skies - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:04)
  21. 21 There's a Silver Moon on the Golden Gate - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:51)
  22. 22 Pal of My Lonely Hour - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Wills Primary Artist, Fiddle, Vocals
Tiny Moore Fiddle, Mandolin
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Lester Barnard Jr. Electric Guitar
Alex Brashear Trumpet
Johnny Cuviello Drums
Tommy Duncan Vocals
Millard Kelso Piano
Monte Mountjoy Drums
Herb Remington Steel Guitar
Eldon Shamblin Electric Guitar
Billy Jack Wills Bass
Joe Holley Fiddle
Roy Honeycutt Steel Guitar
Dean McKinney Vocals
Evelyn McKinney Vocals
Ocie Stockard Banjo
Louis Tierney Fiddle, Saxophone
Luke Wills Bass
Tommy Doss Vocals
Slim Andrews Vocals
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
Merle Haggard Liner Notes
Tiny Moore Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Irving Berlin Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Spade Cooley Composer
Jesse Ashlock Composer
Ray Benson Liner Notes
Euday L. Bowman Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Johnny Cuviello Author
Paul Dresser Composer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Bob Fisher Remastering
R.J. Jones Composer
Ashley Kingman Liner Notes
Monte Mountjoy Liner Notes
Cole Porter Composer
Herb Remington Liner Notes
Fred Rose Composer
Eldon Shamblin Liner Notes, Author
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Roy Honeycutt Liner Notes
Luke Wills Liner Notes
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Dean McKinney Moore Liner Notes
Jeff Alexson Interviewer
Jack Hawkins Engineer
M.H. DeWitt Engineer
Ranger Doug Liner Notes
Bob Pinson Photo Courtesy
R.A. Andreas Photo Courtesy
Robert Stinnett Cover Photo
Phil Baxter Composer
Lucy Fletcher Composer
Ray Freedman Composer
Byron Gay Composer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Cottonseed Clark Composer
O.W. Mayo Composer
Marco H. Hellman Composer
Dean Moore Photo Courtesy
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