Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The first of ten volumes produced for CD by Jeff Alexson and Tom Diamant of radio transcriptions done by Bob Wills and his band in the mid-'40s is the strongest of the bunch. Done for the Tiffany Music Company -- a concern formed by Wills, songwriter Clifford Sundin, and radio personality Clifton Johnson Cactus Jack -- between 1946 and 1947, these recordings were intended as the basis for a syndicated radio series, but soon after the initial distribution of some of the recordings, the company was dissolved and the music withdrawn. Sundin had possession of the recordings, along with the relevant business files and promotional materials, until his death in 1981, after which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The first of ten volumes produced for CD by Jeff Alexson and Tom Diamant of radio transcriptions done by Bob Wills and his band in the mid-'40s is the strongest of the bunch. Done for the Tiffany Music Company -- a concern formed by Wills, songwriter Clifford Sundin, and radio personality Clifton Johnson Cactus Jack -- between 1946 and 1947, these recordings were intended as the basis for a syndicated radio series, but soon after the initial distribution of some of the recordings, the company was dissolved and the music withdrawn. Sundin had possession of the recordings, along with the relevant business files and promotional materials, until his death in 1981, after which the release of the music became possible through Kaleidoscope Records which also handles records by Kate Wolf, Tiny Moore and Jethro Burns, the Bobs, the Sundogs, and the Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, distributed by Rhino. The music features Wills and his band performing in a freer atmosphere than the typical recording session, not trying for a perfect take as much as a lively flow to each of the songs that would make the radio listener continue to tune in each week. The music is closer to a live performance than anything else Wills and his band ever recorded, with the members very informal and obviously enjoying themselves. Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 1 gives a good idea of the entire ten-disc set, a mix of country, dance, jazz, folk, and blues standards including a version here of "What's the Matter With the Mill," a song equally well known in versions by Moon Mullican and Muddy Waters, with vocalist Tommy Duncan at the top of his form. The sound is astonishingly good as well, given the age of the masters and the fact that they were never intended to be preserved for posterity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1993
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227146924
  • Catalog Number: 71469

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Primary Artist, Bass, Fiddle, Flute, Vocals, Track Performer
Tiny Moore 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, Flute
Roy Honeycutt Steel Guitar
Dean McKinney Vocals
Evelyn McKinney Vocals
Ocie Stockard Banjo
Louis Tierney Fiddle, Flute, Saxophone
Luke Wills Bass
Technical Credits
Tiny Moore Liner Notes
M. Brown Composer
Bob Fisher Remastering
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Jack Hawkins Engineer
M.H. DeWitt Engineer
Bob Pinson Photo Courtesy
Robert Stinnett Cover Photo
Joe Young Composer
Billy Moore Jr. Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Traditional Composer
Donaldson Composer
Anderson Composer
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