Wishful Thinking

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Bear Family's Wishful Thinking compilation gathers virtually everything that Bakersfield sound pioneer Wynn Stewart ever recorded, summarizing his three-decade career over the course of ten discs. "Keeper of the Keys," "It's Such a Pretty World Today," "Sing a Sad Song," "Waltz of the Angels," and the title track are some of the many highlights from this 279-song collection, which traces Stewart's evolution from his hard-driving, rockabilly tinged sound in the '50s to a more pop-oriented country style in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. His complete works for labels such as Jackpot-Challenge, Copre, Playboy, and his own Win and Pretty World imprints are also included. As with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Bear Family's Wishful Thinking compilation gathers virtually everything that Bakersfield sound pioneer Wynn Stewart ever recorded, summarizing his three-decade career over the course of ten discs. "Keeper of the Keys," "It's Such a Pretty World Today," "Sing a Sad Song," "Waltz of the Angels," and the title track are some of the many highlights from this 279-song collection, which traces Stewart's evolution from his hard-driving, rockabilly tinged sound in the '50s to a more pop-oriented country style in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. His complete works for labels such as Jackpot-Challenge, Copre, Playboy, and his own Win and Pretty World imprints are also included. As with all Bear Family releases, Wishful Thinking also includes extensive liner notes, and the first full-length Wynn Stewart biography is part of the package as well. Though the California Country: The Best of the Challenge Masters collection is probably still the best introduction to Stewart's work, Wishful Thinking is a treasure for his longtime fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127158864
  • Catalog Number: 15886
  • Sales rank: 90,254

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Waited a Liftetime (3:08)
  2. 2 After All (2:37)
  3. 3 Throw a Little Wood on the Fire (2:24)
  4. 4 Castaway Heart (3:08)
  5. 5 It's Not the Moon That Makes the Difference (2:22)
  6. 6 You Took Her Off My Hands (2:50)
  7. 7 Why Do I Love You So (2:06)
  8. 8 That Just Kills Me (2:32)
  9. 9 The Waltz of the Angels (3:07)
  10. 10 Slowly But Surely (2:10)
  11. 11 The Keeper of the Key (2:48)
  12. 12 A New Love (2:22)
  13. 13 Hold Back Tomorrow (2:35)
  14. 14 Sweethearts in Heaven (2:40)
  15. 15 I Wish I Could Say the Same (2:30)
  16. 16 A Night to Remember (2:48)
  17. 17 No Tomorrow (2:25)
  18. 18 Is Love Out of Style (2:39)
  19. 19 With This Ring (2:00)
  20. 20 She Just Tears Me Up (1:56)
  21. 21 Come On (1:57)
  22. 22 School Bus Love Affair (1:53)
  23. 23 Come On (2:12)
  24. 24 School Bus Love Affair (2:01)
  25. 25 The Long Black Limousine (3:06)
  26. 26 Hungry Heart (2:37)
  27. 27 I Sold the Farm (3:04)
  28. 28 How the Other Half Live (2:21)
  29. 29 Yankee Go Home (2:32)
  30. 30 Come On (1:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Never Out of My Heart (2:05)
  2. 2 Rain, Rain (1:49)
  3. 3 Never Out of My Heart (2:17)
  4. 4 Above and Beyone (The Call of Love) (1:59)
  5. 5 Open Up My Heart (2:13)
  6. 6 Open Up My Heart (2:16)
  7. 7 Wishful Thinking (2:44)
  8. 8 Wishful Thinking (2:07)
  9. 9 Uncle Tom Got Caught (2:07)
  10. 10 We'll Never Love Again (2:25)
  11. 11 Wrong Company (2:15)
  12. 12 Heartaches for a Dime (2:32)
  13. 13 Playboy (2:21)
  14. 14 Searching for Another You (2:12)
  15. 15 Big City (2:25)
  16. 16 If You See My Baby (2:05)
  17. 17 I'd Rather Have America (2:37)
  18. 18 Big, Big Love (2:25)
  19. 19 One More Memory (2:11)
  20. 20 Wall to Wall Heartaches (2:25)
  21. 21 Girl in White (2:22)
  22. 22 Donna on My Mind (2:34)
  23. 23 Falling for You (2:32)
  24. 24 Judy (2:39)
  25. 25 I Don't Feel at Home (2:53)
  26. 26 I Done Done It (1:53)
  27. 27 Loversville (2:20)
  28. 28 Three Cheers for the Loser (2:20)
  29. 29 Judy (2:38)
  30. 30 Playboy (2:21)
  31. 31 If You See My Baby (2:15)
  32. 32 I'd Rather Have America (2:37)
  33. 33 If You See My Baby (2:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Couples Only (2:30)
  2. 2 Another Day, Another Dollar (2:30)
  3. 3 One Way to Go (2:33)
  4. 4 Don't Look Back (2:56)
  5. 5 I"M Not the Man I Used to Be (2:15)
  6. 6 Slightly Used (2:17)
  7. 7 The Happy Part of Town (2:40)
  8. 8 Half of This, Half of That (2:21)
  9. 9 Don't Spook Me (2:06)
  10. 10 I Keep Forgettin' That I Forgot About You (2:19)
  11. 11 Do Die (1:51)
  12. 12 Does He Love You Like I Do (2:21)
  13. 13 Sha-Marie (2:32)
  14. 14 You Told Him (2:49)
  15. 15 Take It or Leave It (2:10)
  16. 16 'Cause I Have You (2:35)
  17. 17 Happy Crazy (2:36)
  18. 18 Half Way in Love (1:59)
  19. 19 Sing a Sad Song (2:38)
  20. 20 My Rosalie (2:35)
  21. 21 You Took Her Off My Hands (2:34)
  22. 22 Money Talks (2:34)
  23. 23 Angels Don't Lie (2:22)
  24. 24 You Kiss Me Like You're Waving Goodbye (2:17)
  25. 25 The Tourist (3:25)
  26. 26 Ol' What's Her Name (2:45)
  27. 27 It's Such a Pretty World Today (2:32)
  28. 28 Unfaithful Arms (3:02)
  29. 29 Let's Pretend We're Kids Again (2:48)
  30. 30 The World's Youngest Naughty Old Man (2:27)
  31. 31 You Can Always Give Her Back to Me (2:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 That's the Only Way to Cry (2:26)
  2. 2 Out There Is Your World (2:56)
  3. 3 Love's Gonna Happen to Me (2:07)
  4. 4 I Won't Live That Long (2:38)
  5. 5 Spittin' Guitar (2:07)
  6. 6 Down Came the World (2:39)
  7. 7 Mama's Gone Home (3:11)
  8. 8 In Love (2:11)
  9. 9 Above and Beyond (2:05)
  10. 10 Big, Big Love (Make Big Love) (2:01)
  11. 11 Waltz of the Angels (2:43)
  12. 12 Loversville (2:14)
  13. 13 It's So Cold in Your House and Lonesome in Mine (2:51)
  14. 14 Orange Blossom Special (2:58)
  15. 15 Daddy's Girl (2:19)
  16. 16 Sing the Same Song (2:32)
  17. 17 You're That Someone Else (2:29)
  18. 18 Fresh Out of Love (2:27)
  19. 19 Something Pretty (2:26)
  20. 20 She Didn't Color Daddy (2:35)
  21. 21 Good Old Fashioned Love (2:52)
  22. 22 If Tomorrow Could Be Yesterday (2:18)
  23. 23 One More Memory (2:37)
  24. 24 My Own Little World (2:36)
  25. 25 Built-In Love (2:35)
  26. 26 This Cold War With You (3:03)
  27. 27 It's Too Much Like Lonesome (2:59)
  28. 28 Your Stepping Stone (2:20)
  29. 29 Man, Man, Mr. Sandman (1:59)
  30. 30 An Arm's Length from You (2:41)
  31. 31 Why Didn't I Write That Song (2:16)
Disc 5
  1. 1 A Thousand Wonders (2:44)
  2. 2 Don't Lay Your Head on My Shoulder (2:21)
  3. 3 There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere (2:05)
  4. 4 Happy Blues (2:23)
  5. 5 A Tough Row to Hoe (2:02)
  6. 6 Kiss-A Me, Love-A Me (2:31)
  7. 7 Let the Whole World Sing It With Me (2:45)
  8. 8 You're Everything to Me (2:21)
  9. 9 Strings (2:29)
  10. 10 I'll Die Tryin' (2:37)
  11. 11 Living in Sunshine (2:48)
  12. 12 Lousiana Blues Harp Man (2:14)
  13. 13 Missing You (3:04)
  14. 14 Wishful Thinking (2:25)
  15. 15 The Keeper of the Key (2:25)
  16. 16 I Was Just Walking Out the Door (2:15)
  17. 17 Back to the Blue Room (2:16)
  18. 18 Run Away (2:21)
  19. 19 Who Are You (2:49)
  20. 20 World Wide Travelin' Man (2:00)
  21. 21 No Time Like the Present (2:54)
  22. 22 I'm Beginning to Believe (2:26)
  23. 23 Since Baby's Gone (2:45)
  24. 24 All of a Sudden (2:27)
  25. 25 In Your Arms of Love (2:37)
  26. 26 Let's Invest in a Little Bit of Love (2:08)
  27. 27 If Houses Had Hearts (2:49)
  28. 28 But You Know I Love You (3:04)
  29. 29 Happy Happy Birthday (3:08)
  30. 30 Games People Play (2:39)
  31. 31 I Bought the Shoes (That Just Walked Out on Me) (2:31)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Young as Spring (3:09)
  2. 2 Come on Home (And Sing the Blues to Daddy) (2:38)
  3. 3 Goin' Steady (2:09)
  4. 4 Yours Forever (2:32)
  5. 5 Cry Baby (2:20)
  6. 6 You Don't Care What Happens to Me (2:43)
  7. 7 You Can't Wynn, Stewart (2:44)
  8. 8 Today I Started Loving You Again (2:50)
  9. 9 I'd Do the Impossible (2:36)
  10. 10 Care (2:38)
  11. 11 Bar Fly (2:24)
  12. 12 It's a Beautiful Day (2:37)
  13. 13 Let Me Be the First to Go (2:44)
  14. 14 When We Had Nothing (1:57)
  15. 15 Let Me Be the First to Go (2:43)
  16. 16 A Maiden's Prayer (2:48)
  17. 17 Cheatin's in Style (2:20)
  18. 18 It's All in the Game (2:27)
  19. 19 Rainy Night in Georgia (3:32)
  20. 20 Prisoner on the Run (3:55)
  21. 21 Wonder Could I Live There Anymore (2:35)
  22. 22 It's a Small Thing (2:56)
  23. 23 You're No Secret of Mine (2:34)
  24. 24 Heavenly (2:41)
  25. 25 (She Was Made) After Man (2:31)
  26. 26 Do It to Someone You Love (3:18)
  27. 27 Baby It's Yours (2:26)
  28. 28 I Was Ther First One to Know (2:44)
  29. 29 I Can See Sunshine (2:08)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Unforgotten Man (2:51)
  2. 2 High Heaven (2:02)
  3. 3 For the Good Times (4:01)
  4. 4 Hello Little Rock (2:15)
  5. 5 You Can't Take It With You (2:25)
  6. 6 How Many Miles Am I Out of My Mind (2:24)
  7. 7 Paint Me a Rainbow (3:17)
  8. 8 Everything Needs a Little Woman's Touch (2:17)
  9. 9 I Know They'll Make Room for You (3:25)
  10. 10 Search Through the Ashes (2:42)
  11. 11 Poison Red Berries (2:54)
  12. 12 Me and My Jesus Would Know (3:39)
  13. 13 Love Ain't Worth a Dime Unless It's Free (3:38)
  14. 14 It's Raining in Seattle (2:44)
  15. 15 If I Were You (And I Wish I Was) (3:11)
  16. 16 Knock on Wood (1:59)
  17. 17 (Lord) Take Me With You (1:35)
  18. 18 Riverside of Memphis (5:45)
  19. 19 It Always Rains on Me (1:47)
  20. 20 The Kid 'N Me (2:58)
  21. 21 To Make Things Better (2:31)
  22. 22 What a Good Time I Didn't Have Last Night (2:29)
  23. 23 That's My Woman (2:55)
  24. 24 Why Don't You Come to Me (2:49)
  25. 25 When (2:35)
  26. 26 Ugg (2:30)
  27. 27 Second Best (2:30)
  28. 28 Vin Rose (3:12)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Don't Worry 'Bout That World (3:34)
  2. 2 She's the Nearest Thing to Perfect (3:35)
  3. 3 What a Good Time I Didn't Have Last Night (2:33)
  4. 4 Guess I'll Never Find Another You (2:30)
  5. 5 Sing That Sad Song Again (3:41)
  6. 6 Get All Your Love Together (3:06)
  7. 7 It Always Rains on Me (3:04)
  8. 8 Lonely Rain (2:49)
  9. 9 Just Now Thought of You (3:04)
  10. 10 Seasons of My Heart (3:50)
  11. 11 Don't Monkey With My Widder (2:46)
  12. 12 Wishful Thinking (2:48)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna Kill You (2:34)
  14. 14 After the Storm (2:40)
  15. 15 Playboy (2:12)
  16. 16 Sing a Sad Song (3:10)
  17. 17 Big, Big Love (2:34)
  18. 18 It's Such a Pretty World Today (2:32)
  19. 19 Wishful Thinking (2:38)
  20. 20 'Cause I Have You (2:34)
  21. 21 It's Such a Pretty World Today (2:31)
  22. 22 It's a Beautiful Day (2:36)
  23. 23 Love's Gonna Happen to Me (2:08)
  24. 24 Eyes Big as Dallas (2:35)
  25. 25 Could I Talk You into Lovin' Me Again (3:40)
  26. 26 I Was Raised Down on the Farm (3:01)
  27. 27 Such a Perfect Day for Making Love (3:10)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Nobody's Fool But My Own (2:37)
  2. 2 Wait a Minute (2:54)
  3. 3 Inflation Blues (3:01)
  4. 4 Heartbreak Mountain (2:44)
  5. 5 Wait Till I Get My Hands on You (2:46)
  6. 6 Wishful Drinkin' (2:59)
  7. 7 The Wild Side of Life (3:34)
  8. 8 Searching for Another You (2:50)
  9. 9 I Don't Feel Like Singin' Tonight (2:54)
  10. 10 California Time Again (3:27)
  11. 11 I Told You So (3:05)
  12. 12 Lovin' Up a Storm (2:50)
  13. 13 Would You Want the World to End (3:39)
  14. 14 Breakin' Up Is Breakin' Up My Mind (3:19)
  15. 15 Wait Till I Get My Hands on You (2:42)
  16. 16 Would You Want the World to End (3:33)
  17. 17 The Wild Side of Life (3:33)
  18. 18 You're That Someone Else (2:31)
  19. 19 No Time Like the Present (2:55)
  20. 20 Since Baby's Gone (2:46)
  21. 21 Hello Little Rock (2:16)
  22. 22 You Can't Take It With You (2:28)
  23. 23 How Many Miles Am I Out of My Mind (2:19)
  24. 24 Love Ain't Worth a Dime Unless It's Free (3:07)
  25. 25 When (2:35)
Disc 10
  1. 1 But You Know I Love You (3:16)
  2. 2 Young as Spring (2:37)
  3. 3 Games People Play (2:57)
  4. 4 It Is No Secret (3:05)
  5. 5 Instrumental (2:52)
  6. 6 Let Me Talk to You (3:30)
  7. 7 Turkey in the Straw (2:22)
  8. 8 But You Know I Love You (3:06)
  9. 9 Young as Spring (2:39)
  10. 10 Games People Play (2:58)
  11. 11 Wild One - Jackie Burns (1:43)
  12. 12 Breakin' the Rules - Jackie Burns (2:33)
  13. 13 Pennies from Heaven - Jackie Burns (2:22)
  14. 14 The End of the World - Jackie Burns (3:07)
  15. 15 The Kid 'N Me (2:48)
  16. 16 With or Without Your Love (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wynn Stewart Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Soprano (Vocal), Overdubs
Clarence White Guitar
Glen Campbell Guitar
Jimmy Collins Steel Guitar
Hank Garland Guitar
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Merle Haggard Guitar
Skeets McDonald Bass, Guitar
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Eddie Cochran Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Merrill Moore Piano
Jan Howard Vocals
Phil Baugh Guitar
Joe Barnhill Guitar
Gordon Terry Fiddle, Guitar
Alfred Bruneau Guitar
The Anita Kerr Singers Vocals
Earl Poole Ball Percussion, Piano
Stuart Basore Steel Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Harold Bradley Guitar
Larry Butler Piano
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Bobby Dyson Bass
Jack Eubanks Guitar
Archie Francis Drums
Ralph Gallant Drums
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Sam Goldstein Drums, Tambourine
Joe Grant Choir, Chorus
Buddy Harman Drums
Roy Harte Drums
Larry Muhoberac Piano
Louis Dean Nunley Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Billy Sanford Guitar
Dale Sellers Guitar
Jerry Shook Electric Bass, Gut String Guitar, String Bass
John Stacey Drums
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Darrel Terwilliger Fiddle
Charles Vaughn Jr. Bass
Sam White Choir, Chorus
Paul Whitehead Piano
Jerry Whitehurst Piano
Lawrence "Red" Wooten Bass
Joe Zinkan Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard Vocals
Ron Oats Piano
Herman Wade Guitar
Dennis Hromek Bass
Larry Wilson Guitar
Bob Moore Bass
Bobby Austin Bass, Guitar, Electric Bass
Jelly Sanders Fiddle
Buddy Cagle Guitar
Fred Carter Jr. Guitar
John Wakely Guitar
James Capps Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
William Guilford Wright Jr. Vocals
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
Clarence "Bud" Dooley Bass
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Jack Sanderson Guitar
Bobby George Rhythm Guitar
Shirley Ash Piano
George French Jr. Piano
Robert C. Thompson Guitar
Jeannie Bare Vocals
Anthony Amico Drums
David William Allen Drums
Hap Arnold Bass
Robert J. Bare Guitar
Cecil R. Bays Guitar
Junior Boyer Steel Guitar
Ronald E. "Rollie" Bundock Bass
Jackie Burns Vocals
James Coulvard Guitar
Charles Edward "Eddie" Drake Guitar
Donald P. Duffy Bass
Robert "Bobby Wayne" Edrington Guitar
Harold Glen Garrison Guitar
Russ Hansen Guitar
Technical Credits
George Jones Composer
Johnny Paycheck Duet
Tommy Collins Composer
Buzz Rabin Composer
Earl Ball Producer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Illustrations
Eddie Kilroy Producer
Dave Kirby Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
George Richey Producer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Stan Shulman Producer
Wynn Stewart Composer, Duet
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Marvin Hughes Producer
Bob Bishop Producer
Phil Wells Tape Comparison
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Jimmy Payne Contributor
Dave Sax Tape Comparison
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Darrell Edwards Composer
Joe Johnson Producer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Dave Pittman Composer
Doug Yoder Contributor
David Smith Contributor
Charlie Ammerman Producer
Dale Noe Composer
Russ Arnold Contributor
Robert J. Bare Producer
Cecil R. Bays Illustrations
Jackie Burns Duet
Ray Cobb Contributor
Jack Gunter Producer
Lance Guynes Composer
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