Smoke That Cigarette: Pleasure to Burn

Smoke That Cigarette: Pleasure to Burn


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Smoking cigarettes used to be as American as apple pie. Ah, but times change. Now smoking is akin to working a street corner in a dubious profession. Soon, one suspects, only musicians will light up -- and with public smoking bans in place everywhere, they'll have to do it in the back alley. But that won't be new. Musicians have been smoking in back alleys since time began, as this fun 32-track sampler of songs from Bear Family's vast back catalog makes clear. Cigarettes are rich in metaphor, standing in for romance, loneliness, restless nights, and frustration, among other things, in these songs. Things start off here with a giant cough that then spills over into Jimmy Martin's talking bluegrass take of "I Can't Quit Cigarettes" before proceeding through smoking songs of every style and genre, from the country wryness of Roger Miller's "Dad Blame Anything a Man Can't Quit" to the lush, sexy crooning of Peggy Lee's "Don't Smoke in Bed," Paul Clayton's folk narrative "My Last Cigarette," and Frank Sinatra's urbane "These Foolish Things." Times do change, and if the public attitude toward smoking and smokers has turned to the seamy, back-alley side of things, people -- particularly musicians -- are still going to do what they feel they need to do to pull themselves together. Life gets hard sometimes and sometimes you just have to lean on something. Marty Robbins sums it up best here in his "Cigarettes and Coffee Blues": "Wonderin' how our love went wrong/Wonderin' who's to blame/Listenin' while the jukebox/Plays a song that makes me blue/Another cup of coffee/And a cigarette or two."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2010
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127168009
catalogNumber: 2716800
Rank: 202699

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Technical Credits

Joe Maphis   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Paul Clayton   Composer
Slim Dusty   Composer
Hank Davis   Liner Notes,Concept,Photo Scanning
Roger Miller   Composer
Billy Walker   Composer
Tommy Collins   Composer
Bonnie Guitar   Composer
Tex Williams   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Jerry Crutchfield   Composer
Mary Drummond   Composer
Herb Hendler   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Bill Mack   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Frederick Tobias   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Tim Spencer   Composer
Phil Wells   Lyric Transcription
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Concept
Willard Robison   Composer
Carl Swanson   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Paul Westmoreland   Composer
Billy Kitchen   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Illustrations
Baker Knight   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Buck Peddy   Composer
Doug Arthur   Composer
Moncrief   Composer
Charles Kenny   Composer
Paul Sapp   Composer
William McNulty   Composer
Eugene Gifford   Composer
Gary Le Gallant   Illustrations
Donn Filetti   Illustrations
Glen Troutman   Composer
Earl Jarrett   Composer

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