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Tulsa Straight Ahead
     

Tulsa Straight Ahead

by Leon McAuliffe
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2009
Label:
Bear Family Germany
UPC:
4000127169877
catalogNumber:
2716987
Rank:
96133

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Performance Credits

Leon McAuliffe   Primary Artist,Steel Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Ray DeGeer   Saxophone
Tommy Perkins   Drums
Eldon Shamblin   Guitar
Billy Joe Walker   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
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning

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