Tulsa Straight Ahead

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Leave it to Germany's Bear Family label to release the most representative compilations on the planet when it comes to country artists. While the imprint's box sets are the world-class standard with their excellent sound, utterly complete track listings, and coffee table-style books with exhaustive essays and discographical details, their single-disc issues are no less attractive or definitive. Take this 31-cut volume on legendary steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe, who made his name as a member of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys from 1935-1942 before going solo. These sides were cut between 1949 and 1955 for Columbia. Before that he recorded for the Majestic label, which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Leave it to Germany's Bear Family label to release the most representative compilations on the planet when it comes to country artists. While the imprint's box sets are the world-class standard with their excellent sound, utterly complete track listings, and coffee table-style books with exhaustive essays and discographical details, their single-disc issues are no less attractive or definitive. Take this 31-cut volume on legendary steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe, who made his name as a member of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys from 1935-1942 before going solo. These sides were cut between 1949 and 1955 for Columbia. Before that he recorded for the Majestic label, which went broke in 1948. This disc represents more than half of McAuliffe's 59 sides for Columbia. In addition to his lone hit, "Panhandle Rag," for which he will always be remembered, it also includes a treasure trove of other sides, including his anthem "Tulsa, Straight Ahead," the burning fingerpop of "Rag Mop," and other minor hits such as "Cimarron Rag," "Mr. Steel Guitar," and of course, "Blue Guitar Stomp." In addition to these representative cuts, Bear Family has featured a number of non-released performances, including another version of "Pan Handle Rag" and the first and much more intense reading of the classic "Hard-Hearted Girl." For fans of Western swing, this single-disc comp is absolutely stellar. There isn't a dud track on the set, and Kevin Coffey's historical essay is exhaustive, perhaps even unprecedented on this kind of reissue, and as always, there is complete discographical information. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169877
  • Catalog Number: 2716987
  • Sales rank: 102,596

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leon McAuliffe Primary Artist, Steel Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Ray DeGeer Saxophone
Tommy Perkins Drums
Eldon Shamblin Guitar
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Vocals
Cecil Brower Fiddle
Dave Coleman Drums
Morris Billington Piano
Robert Berg Fiddle, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Milton "Pee Wee" Calhoun Piano
Herschel Marson Drums
Bill Dozier Fiddle, Vocals, Background Vocals
Francis Keith Coleman Fiddle, Vocals, Background Vocals
Marion Griffin Percussion
Robert Kiser Guitar
Murel Wayne Johnson Clarinet, Saxophone, Choir, Chorus
Joe Knight Guitar
Lee C. Keith Trumpet
Duana Bass Vocals, Background Vocals
Salomon J. Gamboa Drums
James Edward Hall Fiddle, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Robert "Bobby" Lee Trumpet
Benny W. Willbanks Guitar
Madge Suttee Piano
Technical Credits
Don Law Producer
Richard Weize Liner Notes
Kevin Coffey Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Glenn White Illustrations
Russ Wapensky Liner Notes
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
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