A Tombstone Every Mile [Bear Family]

A Tombstone Every Mile [Bear Family]

by Dick Curless

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A Tombstone Every Mile [Bear Family]

For a man who was regarded as a cult artist for most of his career, Dick Curless was certainly able to surround himself with the cream of the crop when it came to producers and sidemen, among whom are listed Buck Owens, Tommy Collins, James Burton, Ralph Mooney, Harold Bradley, Pete Drake, David Duke (not that one), and a slew of others. Tombstone Every Mile, the name of Curless' first bona fide hit in 1964, is a Bear Family collection that compiles 191 tracks over seven CDs. It is an exhaustive collection of everything Curless recorded for Tower, Event, Alagash, Standard, and Tiffany from 1950 through 1969. He signed with Capitol in 1970, and there's another box covering that period. Curless recorded until finishing his last album literally days before his death in 1995. While this set documents the singer/songwriter's first forays into Ernest Tubb-style honky tonk, it spends a great deal of time displaying his roots in the Bakersfield sound pioneered by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and others and his transition into making "truck driver's music" -- mostly because his cult was made of truckers, not because he wrote for them exclusively. Virtually every kind of country music is documented here, from honky tonk barnburners to gospel tunes to love ballads to novelty tunes to cowboy songs and classic ballads. There are train songs and pain songs, truck songs and mama songs. His readings of tunes by Lefty Frizzell, Red Simpson, Merle Travis, Don Gibson, Billy Mize, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Haggard, Collins, public domain tunes such as "Streets of Laredo," and his own early efforts established him as a great stylist and singer as well as a keen interpreter -- his version of Cash's "I Walk the Line" is only eclipsed by the master's. Curless' repertoire covered the entire history of the music as it came down from the Carter Family. There are over a dozen complementary unreleased masters here, making this a must for the country collector, and to have the material organized in such painstaking chronologically recorded fashion adds depth and dimension to Curless' development as an artist. Ultimately, if you are at all a fan, this set and his final album, Traveling Through on the Rounder label, are the things to have. The Capitol period is good, it's just not revelatory like this stuff is.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1996
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127158826
catalogNumber: 15882
Rank: 242659


Disc 1

  1. Coast of Maine
  2. Ida Dance
  3. Jelly Doughnuts
  4. Fiddler's Dance
  5. Cottage in the Pines
  6. Cupid's Arrow
  7. Baby Darling
  8. Naponee
  9. Rocky Mountain Queen
  10. Streets of Laredo
  11. The Foggy Dew
  12. China Nights
  13. Blues in My Mind
  14. Lovin' Dan Sixty Minute Man
  15. Midnight Turning Day Blues (Blue Yodel No. 6)
  16. Bright Lights and Blonde Haired Women
  17. Travelin' Man
  18. I'm Ragged But I'm Right
  19. St. James Infirmary
  20. You Never Miss the Water (Till the Well Runs Dry)
  21. Rosalita
  22. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  23. Please Don't Pass Me By
  24. Nine Pound Hammer No. 1
  25. Rocky Mountain Queen
  26. Dick Curles/Al Hawkes on the First Event Release

Disc 2

  1. Nine Pound Hammer No. 1
  2. I Am a Pilgrim
  3. Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old Kentucky Home
  4. I Ain't Got Nobody
  5. Rainbow in My Heart
  6. Something's Wrong with You
  7. Evil Hearted Man Blues
  8. I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven
  9. Deck of Cards
  10. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
  11. Strawberry Roan
  12. Red River Valley
  13. Cowboy Jack
  14. On Top of Old Smokey
  15. Home on the Range
  16. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
  17. The Old Chisholm Trail
  18. I Ride an Old Paint
  19. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo
  20. Green Grow the Lilacs
  21. The Last Roundup
  22. The Crawdad Song
  23. Rock Island Line
  24. Don't Fence Me In
  25. The Big Rock Candy Mountain
  26. Roving Gambler
  27. Molly Darling

Disc 3

  1. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  2. Liza Jane
  3. Careless Love
  4. Buffalo Gal
  5. San Antonio Rose
  6. Little Brown Jug
  7. I've Been Working on the Railroad
  8. Silver Threads Among the Gold
  9. You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine
  10. I Was Seeing Nellie Home
  11. Beautiful Dreamer
  12. My Old Kentucky Home
  13. Whispering Hope
  14. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  15. Rock of Ages
  16. The Church in the Wildwood
  17. Bring Them In
  18. Onward, Christian Soldiers
  19. Nearer My God to Thee
  20. In the Garden
  21. Jesus Loves Me
  22. I Love to Tell the Story
  23. The Old Rugged Cross

Disc 4

  1. A Tombstone Every Mile
  2. Heart Talk
  3. Streets of Laredo
  4. King of the Road
  5. Uncle Tom
  6. China Nights
  7. Six Times a Day (The Trains Came Down)
  8. Cupid's Arrow
  9. Down by the Old River
  10. Teardrops in My Heart
  11. Nine Pound Hammer No. 3
  12. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  13. 'Tater Raisin' Man
  14. The Friend That Makes It Four
  15. Mama's Hands
  16. Mom and Dad's Waltz
  17. Daddy and Home
  18. I'm Going Home
  19. Buckaroo
  20. Little Terry
  21. Please Don't Make Me Go
  22. You, You, Only You
  23. Terrible Tangled Web
  24. A Devil Like Me (Needs an Angel Like You)
  25. No Fool Like an Old Fool
  26. Old Standby
  27. Too Late
  28. I Can't Stop (My Lovin' You)
  29. Forever and Ever
  30. Congratulations, You're Absolutely Right
  31. Heart Talk

Disc 5

  1. Highwayman
  2. The Baron
  3. Memories, an Old Picture and a Ring
  4. A Good Job Hunting and Fishing
  5. How Do I Say Goodbye?
  6. I Didn't Know Love Was This Way
  7. House of Memories
  8. All of Me Belongs to You
  9. My Side of the Night
  10. The Game of Love and Poker
  11. Try and Leave Me
  12. (Standing) on the Outside Looking In
  13. Hello Honey
  14. Nobody
  15. Hobo
  16. Tears of Saint Anne
  17. I Went Bad for a Pretty Girl
  18. Tornado Tillie
  19. Life Goes On
  20. Big Foot
  21. Mumble Boogy
  22. You Can't Go Back Again
  23. Shoes
  24. When Dad Was Around
  25. End of the Road
  26. Bury the Bottle with Me
  27. Wrinkled Crinkled Wadded Dollar Bill
  28. Just for the Record
  29. I'm Worried About Me

Disc 6

  1. The Heartline Special
  2. Secret of Your Heart
  3. I Ain't Got Nobody
  4. Bummin' on Track E
  5. Secret of Your Heart
  6. The Wild Side of Town
  7. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  8. Things
  9. Easy Woman
  10. Down on the Corner at Kelly's
  11. Tonight's the Night My Angels Halo Fell
  12. Maybe I'll Cry over You
  13. It's Nothing to Me
  14. The Good Old Days
  15. Over the Edge
  16. Blue Is a Beautiful Color
  17. A Good Year for the Wine
  18. Tears Instead of Cheers
  19. All I Need Is You
  20. A Brand New Bed of Roses
  21. Be Here to Love Me
  22. Kentucky Boy
  23. Fanning the Flame
  24. The Sun
  25. Somebody Else
  26. Jamaica Farewell

Disc 7

  1. China Nights
  2. The Golden Rocket
  3. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  4. I'm in Love Again
  5. I Walk the Line
  6. Something's Wrong with You
  7. China Nights
  8. Evil Hearted Man Blues
  9. Marianne
  10. Blues in My Mind
  11. Down by the Riverside
  12. Oh, Lonesome Me
  13. Where Is Your Heart Tonight
  14. I Can Get Along Without You Now
  15. Nine Pound Hammer No. 2
  16. What Do I Care
  17. There's Been a Change in Me
  18. After All I Ain't Got Much to Lose
  19. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  20. Monday Night
  21. Nine Pound Hammer
  22. China Nights
  23. Just a Little Lovin'
  24. I Am a Pilgrim
  25. Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old Kentucky Home
  26. Montreal Express
  27. Station Breaks
  28. Billy D. Hunter: the Tumbleweed Kid (Tribute to Dick Curless)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Curless   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Johnson   Bass
James Burton   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Tommy Collins   Guitar
Harold Bradley   Rhythm Guitar
Harry King   Piano
Ralph Mooney   Steel Guitar
Bob Morris   Bass
Jerry Byrd   Steel Guitar
Helen "Peaches" Price   Drums
Kay Adams   Track Performer
Gene Moles   Guitar
Hawkes   Maracas
Billy King   Guitar
George French   Piano
David Duke   Piano,Keyboards
Andy Bator   Fiddle,Vocals
Harold Carter   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Stephen Foster   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Bill Finegan   Composer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Vince Matthews   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Brad Benedict   Photo Illustration
Eddie Kirk   Composer
Phil Wells   Tape Comparison
R.A. Andreas   Photo Illustration
Richard Weize   Liner Notes,Tape Research
Birgit Schneider   Artwork
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Kevin Coffey   Liner Notes
Joseph Scriven   Composer
Charles C. Converse   Composer
Hawkes   Producer,Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Dan Fulkerson   Producer
Sabine Baring-Gould   Composer

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