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Williams Hank, Jr. - Rich White Honky Blues [Explicit Content] (CD)€18,00
2022 release. Hank Williams, Jr.’s sound has always been built on the blues and his album Rich White Honky Blues is a sonic testimony to that. The project came together over three hot days in Nashville, recorded live with the finest blues session players in the country at producer Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio. Never one to rest on his laurels, even after 56 studio albums, the acclaimed Country Music Hall of Fame member is still finding new creative ground to explore.
Various - Rhythm & Western Vol. 2 – Your Cheatin’ Heart (CD)€15,00
We’re kicking off with a fabulous version of Hank Snow’s ”I’m Moving On” by Clyde McPhatter, right before getting to ”Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice” by Joe Liggins. Damita Jo gives us an up-tempo version of Hank Williams’s classic ”Jambalaya” and Ike Turner goes back to his Country & Western roots in ”Going Home.” Bobby Hebb delivers a cool version of the C&W standard ”Night Train To Memphis” penned and first recorded by Roy Acuff but also recorded by Red Foley, Grandpa Jones, Webb Pierce, Floyd Cramer, and a myriad of other artists. Low Rawls & The Pilgrim Travelers with ”If He Holds Your Hand” are the perfect example of how much Country & Western was influenced by Black Gospel. The infamous Hank Penny Western Swing tune ”Catch Em Young, Treat Em Rough, Tell Em Nothin’” is cleverly revisited here by Mabel Scott. I think Cecil Gant’s version of ”Goodnight, Irene” is one of my favourites. More bronze hillbilly ditties by Billy Bland and Little Mac followed by an incredible version of ”Got You On My Mind” by Brook Benton (a song also recorded by Webb Pierce, Jim Reeves, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kitty Wells, Buck Owens and a buttload of other singers). More greatness from Ray Charles with his take of ”It Makes No Difference Now” (Gene Autry, Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb etc.) and Ivory Joe Hunter with his ”I Almost Lost My Mind”. A change of pace with the Lovers (”I Wanna Be Loved”) and a nice R&B rendition of Jimmie Davies’s classic ”You Are My Sunshine”. Lazy Lester gives a swamp blues treatment to ”I Hear You Knocking” (originally written as a C&W song by his producer JD Miller) and Little Esther magically turns Jim Reeve’s Country hit “Am I Easy To Forget” into R&B without really changing much. Arthur Alexander is next with an excellent version of Johnny Bond’s ”I Wonder Where You Are Tonight” a song also recorded by Hank Snow, The Louvin Brothers, Porter Wagoner, Flatt & Scruggs, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, and many, many more. I believe ”Long Gone” is the only Western song Eartha Kitt ever recorded but I may be wrong, the great King Curtis gives an unexpected ”Stand By Me” treatment to ”Your Cheatin’ Heart” and it really works. I’m convinced that ”Don’t Break This Heart Of Mine” by Jimmy Beasley and ”Farewell” by Willy & Ruth would have been C&W hits done by Country artists. More ”Country & Western-sounding” Black Gospel with ”Wade In The Water” by The Soul Stirrers. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters go C&W trying their hand at Buck Owens’ hit song ”Excuse Me (I’ve Got A Heartache)” and I must confess I like what they have done with it. A second helping of Little Esther this time doing Hank Williams’ ”Why Should We Try Anymore” followed by a boss version of Hank Thompson’s ”Humpty Dumpty Heart” by Elton Anderson. I always thought ”I Burned Your Letter” by Ruth Brown was a C&W tune that got labeled as ”R&B” because of Ruth’s skin color. I’m glad I could include the song in this volume. It was actually one of the very first ones I thought of when I started to work on this series. The closing number is the classic Western tune ”Cigarettes, Whusky, and Wild, Wild Women” by The Big Three Trio. The Nashville songwriter Tim Spencer penned this song in 1947 and first recorded it with his group Sons of the Pioneers. the song is titled either Cigareets, Whuskey, and Wild, Wild Women or Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild, Wild Women. and has been recorded by numerous artists. Country & Western fans probably remember the version recorded by Buck Owens.
Nelson Willie - A Beautiful Time (CD)€18,00
Willie is back with his 72nd solo studio album. A full-fledged album of new studio material produced with long-time collaborator Buddy Cannon, it comes on Willie’s 89th birthday and shows off just how prolific he continues to be as the album includes some of his finest songwriting and performances in years! The 14 tracks include five amazing new Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon compositions, new songs from Chris Stapleton & Rodney Crowell (the first single ”I’ll Love You Till The End Of Time”) and a cadre of top Nashville songwriters, plus a couple of plum covers by Leonard Cohen (”Tower Of Song”) and The Beatles (”With A Little Help From My Friends”) given expert interpretation by Willie.
Turner Zep - No More Nothin’ – Selected Singles 1949-1961 (CD)€13,00
One of the most in-demand session guitarists of his day in the realms of 1940s Country music, William ’Zeb Turner’ Grishaw is revered among fans of hillbilly boogie for his string of cheerful and chiefly up-tempo recordings for the King label in the first half of the 1950s. Turner’s King 78s and 45s are part of the foundation on which rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll are built and even though his name is not remembered as well as those of the chief architects of those genres, his role in their creation is unmistakable.
While it couldn’t possibly include every track from every session he played on, Jasmine’s new Turner compilation brings together every recording that Turner made in his own name for King between 1949 and 1953 and adds some sides that he leased to King a few years later, up to when he stopped recording in the early 60s. The finite playing time of a CD does not allow us to include everything Turner recorded, but this is nevertheless the most complete collection of his masters that has ever been issued on a single CD before.
Remastered as always from the best possible sources, with detailed annotation on Turner and his career, this is what country music sounded like – at its very best – before the arrival of ’The Nashville Sound’ later in the 50s.
More than 20 years have passed since Turner’s catalogue was anthologised digitally for the first time, and demand for his records still remains strong among hillbilly and rockabilly collectors. Jasmine is happy to put these terrific tunes back into circulation after such a long break and we are confident that it will be a strong seller!
Various - Rhythm & Western Vol. 1 – When Two Worlds Collide (CD)€15,00
This album opens with a fantastic doo-wop version of the first number 1 Hillbilly- Honky Tonk hit ever ”Pistol Packing Mama” by the Hurricanes, followed by Long John Hunter’s rendition of Grandpa Jones classic ”Old Rattler” before moving to “A Knockin’ At My Baby’s Door” – a song that I believe would have been regarded as C&W if only a white singer instead of Titus Turner would have recorded it. Same thing for tunes like ”Ida Red” and ”Rosa Lee” and many more. I really dig Koko Taylor’s take on Webb Pierce’s ”Honky Tonk Song” and Gene Autry’s classic ”Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle” by the Ray-O-Vacs. I always thought Fats Domino had a strong C&W thing to most of his songs and it’s really plain to see just listening to his version of Hank Williams ”Your Cheating Heart” featured here. The King Curtis version of the classic ”Home on The Range” sounds to me just like the records made in Nashville around that time by white C&W sax player Boots Randolph (that actually tried hard to sound like Curtis) and also the classic Country tune ”When Two Worlds Collide” by Damita Jo sounds 100% like something straight out the top of the C&W charts of that era. Too bad she was the wrong color. Esther Phillips’s take on ”Release Me” (popularized by Ray Price and Kitty Wells) had the same fate in the C&W charts but scored a nice number 1 on the R&B charts – despite sounding just like a white Nashville C&W production. Guitar Jr. gives us a gritty version of ”Pick Me Up On Your Way Down” another chestnut recorded by Charlie Walker, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, and a lot more. The great Scatman Crothers takes ”Ghost Riders In The Sky” (the greatest Western song of all time) straight to Harlem. I included many other ”Rhythm & Western” gems here by Smokey Hogg, Wade Flemons, The Coasters, Mercy Dee, Solomon Burke, and The Crowns. The best known is probably ”Maybellene” by Chuck Berry – the epitome of a C&W song done by an African-American artist. The closing track is the first recording of the classic Western track ”Corinne Corrina” by Charlie McCoy & Bo Chatman. In 1928 when the song was released, this was a black ”Blues” track. Decades later this black sound became magically white, and this type of music was suddenly white as snow.
Jennings Waylon - The Journey: Six Strings Away 6CD BOXSET + BOOK (CD)€140,00
6-CD LP-sized box set with 60-page hard cover book) This is the second volume of Waylon’s pre-Outlaw recordings; this story begins in June 1968 & goes to 1972. Along the way he develops some of the pivotal personal & musical relationships of his life with Shel Silverstein, Billy Joe Shaver, Bobby Bare & his wife Jessi Colter – the set consists of 147 tracks and includes several complete early albums.
Williams Hank - I’m Gonna Sing: The Mother’s Best Gospel Radio Recordings (2CD) (CD)€20,00
Hank Williams’ career was brief and incendiary. Most of those fortunate enough to have seen him in concert say that he was a captivating performer. Now, sixty years after his passing, we finally get a sense of Hank Williams onstage, adding another dimension to our scant knowledge of him. Still popular today, he’s a giant in American music.
DESTINED TO SURVIVE: The performances heard here were recorded on acetate discs (meant to be played only once or twice) that were shelved in 1951, and they gradually faded from common memory. In the 1970s the acetates were saved from the trash by a WSM employee and eventually given to Hank’s daughter, Jett. On behalf of the estate, Jett fought an eight-year battle to establish ownership, finally winning the right to release these recordings in partnership with Time Life.
“There’s magic in these radio shows, meant to be ephemeral and now captured for eternity, like a soap bubble preserved in a box. The result is a prismatic view of an iconic performer.”
Carter Bill - Ramblin’ Fever – The Complete Recordings 1953-61 (2CD)€18,00
2-CD (Digisleeve, 6-plated), 36-page booklet, 67 tracks. Total playing time approx. 155 min.
On this double CD, Bear Family Records® is the first label to present all commercial recordings of the great Bill Carter released between 1953 and 1961, including recordings he made as a singer with Western Swing bandleader Big Jim DeNoone.
The Arkansas musician kicked off with country music and hillbilly and jumped on the rockabilly bandwagon in the mid-50s.
This compilation additionally includes his outstanding gospel recordings for the Rural Rhythm label and recordings with Western Swing bandleader Big Jim De Nonne for 4-Star., among others, with the Cooper Brothers.
A total of 67 recordings for 4-Star, Republic, Tally, Ozark, Rural Rhythm, Honey B and ’D’ among ohers.
41 songs on CD for the first time and 14 of them are previously unreleased!
In the 1950s California, he and his band accompanied numerous big names in country music on tour on the West Coast.
Shortly after signing a promising contract with M-G-M and before his final breakthrough, Carter retired from the music business in 1961 and from then on devoted himself exclusively to Christian country music.
Extensive liner notes by Michael Hurtt in the comprehensive illustrated booklet.
Carefully restored and remastered recordings.
Bill Carter was born in 1929 in Eagleton, Arkansas, moved with his family to Oklahoma in 1937 and six years later to Indio, California. His family encouraged the teenager’s interest in music and paid for his singing lessons. Before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1949, he had already performed on several local radio stations. During his military service in California, he formed his first C&W bands and performed in the San Francisco area and at a radio station in San Antonio, Texas.
After completing his military service in 1953, Carter joined Jim DeNoone’s country band as a vocalist and performed at the ’California Hayride’ in San Francisco and elsewhere. The band’s recordings for Gilt-Edge Records, produced that same year, feature Bill Carter as a singer for the first time. He eventually formed his own trio, with whom he worked regularly over the next five years, aiming to become known beyond the local area. During the 1950s in California, he and his band accompanied numerous big names in country music such as Marvin Rainwater, Lefty Frizzell, Freddie Hart, T-Texas Tyler and Buck Owens on tour on the West Coast.
Between 1956 and 1961, Carter recorded under his own name for small and mid-sized labels such as 4-Star, Republic, Tally, Black Jack, Honey B, ’D’, Rural Rhythm and Ozark. The 1957 up-tempo number I Wanna Feel Good, produced in Bakersfield, California for Tally, became his biggest hit and opened the doors to the ’Louisiana Hayride’ and the ’Grand Ole Opry’. In the years after 1961 Carter followed a new personal orientation and produced Christian Country Music from then on.
With this double CD Bear Family Records® delivers the comprehensive work show on the career of the versatile Bill Carter. Of the total of 67 tunes, only the ten best rockers were previously released on Bear Family’s 10″LP ’Cool Tom Cat’ (BAF14010). So Carter’s complete commercial recordings from the years 1953-61 are united on this double album!
The detailed liner notes are written by Michael Hurtt, who together with Billy Miller, deceased five years ago, wrote the great book ’Mind Over Matter’ about the history of Detroit’s Fortune label!
Curtis Mac - Early in the Morning / Nashville Marimba Band (CD)€18,00
Mac Curtisin GRT-levymerkille äänittämät kaksi albumia yhdellä CD:llä ja kaksi bonusbiisiä vuonna 1974 julkaistulta singleltä. Tommy Allsupin vuosina 1970 ja 1971 tuottamista albumeista ”Early in the Morning” julkaistiin vuonna 1970 ja ”Nashville Marimba Band” vuonna 1977.
Mac Curtis’ album ”Early in the Morning” was originally released on GRT label in 1970. When GRT closed their Nashville record division, the master was reverted back to Mac along with an album made by Mac Curtis’ Nashville Marimba Band. This Mac’s second GRT album was not released until Mac himself put the money behind it and released it in 1977. The original LP release is as rare as can be and if you got a change, buy it.
We are now expanding the Bluelight CD edition from 1999 to a package which contains both of these Mac’s GRT albums produced by Tommy Allsup plus two bonus tracks from a 45rpm single. There is, however, a reason for a warning to all Mac’s rockabilly fans. Nashville Marimba Band is excatly what you can expect – instrumental versions of country hits played with marimba! It’s a pity Mac is no longer with us, we’d love to cut with him an album filled with rockabilly hits in marimba style!
Bare Bobby - 100% All American – The Singles As & Bs, 1956-1962 (CD)€13,00
Country music legend Bobby Bare almost had a #1 pop hit in 1958 without anyone knowing. His song about Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and induction into the US military ’The All-American Boy’ charted while Bare was himself in the Army and unable to promote it. Released under the name of his friend Bill Parsons (who DID promote it!) it was a global hit, and reached #2 on the US Hot 100.
Parsons never had another hit, but once he got out of the Army and got his career back on track Bare scored 70 Country chart hits between 1962 and 1986, several of which crossed over to Pop.
Jasmine’s new collection brings together five years’ worth of recordings from the 1950s and early 60s that Bare released on various labels, before he finally ’made it’ under his own name in 1962 (naturally enough, including ’The All American Boy’). ’100% All American’ shows that the talent was there right from the off, and that it would only be a matter of time before that permanent breakthrough came with ’Shame On Me’ (also included here).
Remastered from the best possible sources with detailed annotation on the early years of this future Country giant, it is a collection that no fan of vintage country, pop or rock ’n’ roll will want to pass up!
Hutchins Loney - Buried Loot – Demos From The House Of Cash And ”Outlaw” Era, ’73-’78 (CD)€20,00
From Hutchins’s time managing the House of Cash publishing label in the 1970″s. In addition to his vas catalog of traditional country music, there are songs never before heard by Hazel Smith and Helen Carter, as well as Johnny Cash penned tunes recorded for the first time. Featuring an A-team of some of Music City’s finest session players, ’Buried Loot’ is a time capsule from an exciting era of creativity in country music. Digipak includes 8 page booklet with extensive liner notes and photos. Mastered by Grammy nominated engineer and archivist, John Baldwin.
Various - Gunsmoke – Volume 7 & 8 / Dark Tales Of Western Noir From A Ghost Town Jukebox (CD)€18,00
Seventh and eighths volume in the great limited edition series on Stag-O-Lee. As usual Stag-O-Lee combines two vinyl versions onto one compact disc.
This is a collection of oddball country weepers, moody rockabilly and popcorn noir from the 1950’s and early 60’s.
So turn out the lights, sit back and relax to the so
Hutchins Loney - Appalachia (re-mastered) (CD)€13,00
Appalachia, the sole, full length album from Loney Hutchins’s most productive era in the 1970’s. Recorded over 3 days in 1979 at Lee Hazen’s Studio by the Pond by Jack ’Stack-a-Track’ Grochmal – the resulting country rock album was too folksy for LA and too electric for Nashville. Featuring a rhythm section from Dolly Parton’s live band during her ’Jolene’ period, and searing hot country licks, this reissue is restored from the original 2″ multitrack tapes to its original 10 songs, including two never before heard tracks.
Available for the first time on CD & LP, only previously released on cassette in the early 80’s. All the fidelity of a Steve Miller album, the choogle of ZZ Top, the modern country swagger of Eddie Rabbit, and all the mullets of then-bur-geoning groups like Alabama.
Hear this electric neon country-rock album, and see why it was too country for LA and too rock for Nashville!
Moore Lattie - Juke Box to Juke Joint – The Anthology 1952-1962 (CD)€13,00
In the realms of 1950s rockabilly, Lattie Moore’s original 1952 recording of ’Juke Joint Johnny’ is considered by a significant number of collectors to be the earliest example of a genre that had not yet been invented. It wasn’t a big hit, and it didn’t bring much fame or fortune to Lattie at the time – but 20 years or so later it made him a hero to young UK rockabilly fans, many of whom were not yet born when he recorded it for Speed Records.
Hit or not, ’Juke Joint Johnny’ did sell well enough to bring Lattie to the attention of the King label, for whom he recorded the great material that makes up most of Jasmine’s ’Juke Joint To Juke Box’ – the most complete overview of his early career to date.
As well as two versions of his classic debut recording – cut 6 years apart – the 28 tracks here include other Lattie collector favourites like ’Why Did You Lie To Me’, ’I’m Not Broke But I’m Badly Bent’ (revived in the 1990s by Tulsa’s Tractors, who had a big country hit with it) and early 60s honky tonk gems such as ’Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin’ and ’Here I Am Drunk Again’. While the accent throughout is definitely on the upbeat, Lattie’s way with a slowie is also highlighted by selections such as ’Foolish Castles’ and ’Lonesome Man Blues’.
Lattie lived long enough to know that his premium quality hillbilly recordings were being appreciated by a younger generation. Jasmine’s new collection – remastered as always from the best possible sources – shows exactly why there was so much love for Lattie Harrison Moore and his music, so many years after it was made.
The Very Best of Sonny James 1952-1962€13,00
Known throughout his life and career as ’The Southern Gentleman’, SONNY JAMES was one of the very first C&W/Pop crossover artists, back in the 50s.
In total, he would go on to register 72 C&W and Pop hits between 1953-1983, including an unprecedented run of 16 consecutive #1 C&W singles between 1967-71.
This compilation is drawn from his 45rpm releases between 1952-62, across five different labels, Capitol, NRC, RCA-Victor, Groove and Dot, of which around half were C&W and/or Pop hits.
Included is his first major crossover success, the multi-million-selling ’Young Love’, which topped both the C&W and Pop charts in 1957, alongside other major hits like ’For Rent (One Empty Heart)’, ’Twenty Feet Of Muddy Water’, ’The Cat Came Back’, ’You’re The Reason I’m In Love’, ’First Date, First Kiss, First Love’, and ’Uh-Huh-Mm’.
Also included are collectors’ items like ’Let’s Go Bunny Huggin”, ’Red Mud’, ’I Wish This Night Would Never End’ and his unlikely vocal cover version of The Shadows’ worldwide instro hit ’Apache’.
His non-Capitol sides are virtually impossible to find elsewhere on CD.
Smith Sammi - Looks Like Stormy Weather 1969-1975 (CD)€20,00
Sammi Smith sang soulful, melancholy country music. Her low, distinctively husky voice was built for sad songs, and she has been described as country music’s Dusty Springfield.
Compiled and annotated by Bob Stanley, ”Looks Like Stormy Weather” is a collection built for winter nights. There was a compelling warmth to her voice that should have taken her out of country and into the Hot 100 – or even the UK charts – more than once, but her only real crossover moment came in 1971 when she scored the original hit version of ’Help Me Make It Through The Night’.
DJ Ralph Emery recalled being in a motel room with Sammi one night in 1970 where she had sat and played him a whole bunch of Kris Kristofferson songs. At that point, neither the DJ nor Sammi had a clue what was around the corner for her or for her friend Kristofferson, who was then just the janitor at Columbia Records. ’Help Me Make It Through The Night’ topped Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for three weeks in 1971, peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, won ”Single of the Year” and the ”Best Country Song” at the CMA awards, and a Grammy for ”Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female”. Sammi’s voice would have been new to most listeners – it’s melancholic ache and sensuous depth suited the song’s needs perfectly. Now signed to the tiny Mega label, she would record seven albums for them between 1970 and 1975, and the pick of them are the heart of this compilation.
Various - Sweet Dreams Forever (CD)€15,00
The Four Stars of Country and Western music are vocalists; Randy Hugues, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Patsy Cline who perished in a plane crash on 05 March 1963. Their legend lives on through these TWENTY-NINE upbeat recordings which are; pre-rock ‘n’ roll country boogie beat, with a smattering of rockabilly as the 1950s musically changed. The exploration begins in 1948 and ends in 1962 before the music’s identity was radically changed. Two song thrushes provide vocal support for two recordings, Rita Robbins sings with Hawkshaw Hawkins and Kathy Copas performs with her father Cowboy Copas, and they add lustre to the album.
From the post-war years of the late 1940s through to the early 1960s, a generation of Western singers and songwriters emerged with a style influenced by former traditional Western artists and developed the musical direction. Many adopted a frank, plainspoken lyrical approach, or used salacious lyrics that set them apart from the mainstream Country and pop music establishments. The albums recordings are the embodiment of this development, and the album curtails just before the saccharin musical arrangements became common place in Nashville Tennessee recording studios.
The album focuses on the artists upbeat recordings and presents rarely re-issued salacious hillbilly boogies from Randy Hughes. He was also Patsy Cline’s manager, guitarist, and the pilot on the heart-breaking flight. The tenor vocal and flat-top guitar picking of Cowboy Copas, who additionally sings one flat-get-it rockabilly classic, and duets on one recording with his daughter Kathy, who was the wife of Randy Hughes. There is pioneering blues, boogie and honky-tonk from 6 ft 5 inches tall, Hawkshaw Hawkins, who made country song thrush Jean Shepard a widow. The lady on the pinnacle of stardom Patsy Cline breathed emotion into every song she sang and is probably the most well-known performer for the general public.
The story is told in the liner notes from re-issue producer Mark Armstrong and brought stunningly to life with layout and design from Urban Zotel. The clear Atomicat Records sound was produced by our team members at The Studio That Time Forgot, El Paso Texas. The top-quality eco-friendly cardboard sleeve is specially designed to avoid the use of plastic and be environmentally friendly. The songs which are honk tonk dance-floor-fillers are perfect for; Dee Jays, home listening, or cruising around. All that remains is to say, “crank up the volume and dig these musical gems.
You are listening to music from the past and preserving the future!
Wynette Tammy - Bedtime Story / My Man (CD)€15,00
• Known as The First Lady of Country Music.
• Two classic albums from 1972 that are available for the first time on CD.
• Both albums were produced by Billy Sherrill and feature background vocals by The Jordanaires.
• “Bedtime Story” includes two chart hits, the title track reaching No. 1 and ‘Reach Out Your Hand’ peaking at No. 2. The album peaked at No. 7 and remained on the Billboard chart for 26 weeks.
• “My Man” includes three No. 1 singles, ‘Good Lovin’’, ‘’Til I Get It Right’ and the title track. The album peaked at No. 2 and remained on the Billboard chart for 22 weeks.
• In 1998 Tammy was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, having sold more than 30 million records, reached No. 1 some twenty times and became the first female country artist to sell a million albums.
Haggard Merle - Branded Man/ Sing Me Back Home/ Okie From Muskogee (2CD) (CD)€20,00
Three country No.1 albums dating from 1967, 1968 and 1970 from the legendary Merle Haggard .
‘Okie’ made the US Pop charts, spending a year on them, with the single of the same name being a Top 50 hit ‘Okie’ was a career-changer for Haggard; for the next five years, he was the biggest country star in the US.
Merle Haggard featured in the country music charts for an astonishing 40 years.
Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with extensive new notes
Jackson Stonewall - The Complete Releases 1957-62 (2CD) (CD)€15,00
Country singer and guitarist Stonewall Jackson has enjoyed a career spanning six decades since making a huge impact in 1958 with his No. 1 country single ”Waterloo”, and was still performing at the Grand Ole Opry as he turned 80. Hailing from South Carolina, Stonewall Jackson was his real name, inspired by the Confederate General Thomas ”Stonewall” Jackson. During a chart career which lasted into the 1970s Jackson racked up over 40 hits, often, especially during his early career, crossing over into the pop charts. This 44-track 2-CD comprises the A and B sides of all his singles for the Columbia label from his recording debut in 1957 through to the end of 1962, along with the tracks from his first two albums ”The Dynamic Stonewall Jackson” and ”The Sadness In A Song”, highlighting the work of many of the finest country songwriters of the times. It naturally features all of the fourteen pop, country and UK hits which he had during this era, most notably the No. 1 country and Top 5 pop hit ”Waterloo”, as well as other Top 10 successes like ”Life To Go”, ”Why I’m Walkin'”, ”A Wound Time Can’t Erase” and ”Leona”. It represents a thorough trawl across the key formative years of his career, and is an entertaining showcase for his distinctive talents
Riley Jeannie C. - On The Honky Tonk Highway With (CD)€18,00
1-CD (Digipak) with 48-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 75 min.
On The Honky Tonk Highway with Jeannie C. Riley – Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil
The first in Bear Family Records’® new series of hard-hitting country music from artists who travelled the Honky Tonk Highway in the 1960s and ‘70s.
This CD displays the full range of the astonishing recordings Jeannie C. Riley made for Plantation Records between 1968 and 1971, a time when her songs told the truth and shamed the devil.
Jeannie had 24 country hits and 6 pop hits, including her international smash Harper Valley P.T. A. – the only song by a female country singer to top both the country and pop charts until Dolly Parton went pop 13 years later. She also had 9 charted albums.
Jeannie was an excellent singer, the real deal, whose authentic Texas honky tonk twang came together with an ability to put across a song to wider audience.
Standout songs from the finest country writers include Tell The Truth, The Girl Most Likely, The Back Side Of Dallas, Oh Singer, Country Girl, Roses And Thorns, The Street Singer, In A Moment Of Weakness, and … Harper Valley P.T.A.
The accompanying booklet by Martin Hawkins tells the fascinating story of young Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson complete with original interviews and rare photographs.
Jeannie C. Riley was born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson in 1945 in Stamford, Texas. Her childhood was lonely but competitive, and focused on singing – at first into her hairbrush, then on the local Jones County Jamboree.
She moved to Nashville in 1966 with her husband and a six month old daughter, Kim. She was turned down by Monument and Capitol and messed around by undelivered promises from other labels. Her 1981 autobiography called out the casting couch processes in Nashville years before “Me Too” came along. Johnny Cash wrote the introduction: “She was a diamond in the rough… Her story is a textbook example of what many girls have come through in order to ‘make it’ in the Nashville music community.”
In 1968 she was heard by producer Shelby Singleton. His vision saw how her voice and personality could bring alive a story song by Tom T. Hall about a woman calling out the various small town hypocrites who were criticising her. He saw Harper Valley P.T.A. as a hit single, an album, a movie and a TV series – all of which came to pass. When Jeannie recorded Harper Valley, she said: ”There wasn’t a sound as the last echoes of the guitars faded. Then I heard one of the musicians say, ‘Great God A’mighty’.” Everyone in the room was now hearing what Shelby had envisioned. Legend has it that half the music people in Nashville came in to hear the playbacks.
Within a month, her song was number one on the national Hot 100 chart, and number one country, and she was on TV for American Bandstand and the Bing Crosby Show. Soon she was awarded the CMA Song Of The Year and nominated as the Best Female Performer at the Grammies. She was earning 30 grand in Vegas and had her picture made with Elvis Presley. HE came to see HER. From 1969 onwards she formed a band and had a tour bus. She said, “I was virtually living on my bus,” as husband Mickey Riley drove her entourage down the honky tonk highway.
Even though the highway took her first to the top of the pop charts, to national and international TV, and to Vegas, she was still as country as they come. She said, “I took every engagement that came along – state fairs, concerts, night clubs, dinner clubs, and joints.”
Behind Jeannie, this CD features the incredible studio band of Plantation Records led by Jerry Kennedy and including some of the best players in Nashville.
The music Jeannie made during her three years with Plantation has been overshadowed by Harper Valley and not recognised for the significant and influential body of work it is – until now! Here, the story is told the Bear Family way in words, pictures, and especially in this music.
The accompanying booklet by Martin Hawkins tells the fascinating story of young Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson from west Texas, who was transformed into the iconic singer Jeannie C. Riley, who reached the highs of the record business before the lows, and who fought her way back along the honky tonk highway. Complete with original interviews and rare photographs.
After Plantation, Jeannie made some good records for MGM, Mercury and other labels. She would periodically sing only gospel, then relent, reflecting many years of what she called “torment” and what the medics eventually called bi-polar. Today, aged 77 at the time of writing, an old but glam lady, she lives back home in Texas and still sings Harper Valley in her living room, posted on Youtube.
Various - Ski Jump – 31 Ice Cubes For Your Après Ski Party (CD)€10,00
1-CD with 20-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.
No matter if it’s a big après ski party or a cozy evening by the stove in your living room, here’s the soundtrack that’s suitable for every occasion!
Bear Family Records® presents 31 songs from five decades, created between 1939 and 1973, which deal with the chilly season.
From snowstorms, skiing and snowmen to the nordic aurora: these are the themes of winter – and the music is just as varied: from easy entertainment and pop to country music, and from blues to jazz, doo-wop and rock ’n’ roll!
Well-known artists like the Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Hank Snow, Georgia Gibbs or the great Hank Williams meet with unknown colleagues here.
Several recordings appear for the first time on CD, such as both sides of an extremely rare 78 record by the British Frederic Curzon Orchestra, which also provides the title track for this CD!
Two rare recordings come from the German-speaking countries: a vocal tune by Austrian alpine skiing world champion and Olympic champion Toni Sailer and an instrumental by the Erhard Bauschke Orchestra.
In addition to unadulterated country music, which can be enjoyed particularly well by the open fireplace, western swing comes into the warm parlor with Tex Williams, Spade Cooley and Cliff Bruner.
A certain dose of rock ’n’ roll is included to warm up the frozen limbs with artists like The Cheers, The Del Vikings, Lonnie Dee and The Belmonts!
The full-color booklet includes rare photos and memorabilia, as well as liner notes for each track, written by Marc Mittelacher.
Various - Bristol Sessions 1927-28-Country Music’s Big Bang (CD)
The sessions held in 1927 in Bristol, TN have been described as the ’Big Bang of Country Music’. No other description will suffice. A&R man Ralph Peer had already made field recordings throughout the South, but even he must have been amazed at the riches he encountered in Bristol. The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers’ contributions to the sessions are already available on JSP box sets (JSP7701 and JSP7704) but there’s plenty left to entertain and enlighten. Apart from Rodgers and the Carters, few of the other artists involved had enduring recording careers, which makes this collection even more fascinating – it’s a glimpse at a long-vanished America. Key to the 1927 sessions was Ernest V. Stoneman who helped Peer with organizing the sessions, and also performed on many of the tracks. He was one of the few who would continue to record for some years to come, in contrast to The Johnson Brothers, on record from 1927-30; Alfred G. Karnes – 1927/28 (the Bristol dates being his only venture in to the recording studios), and Blind Alfred Reed – 1927/29. Others such as Mr. And Mrs. J.W. Baker, Nester and Edmonds and the Tennessee Mountaineers paid just the one visit to the studios. As well as changing tastes, many of these artists fell victim to the Depression – record sales would slump and would not reach 1929 levels until World War 2.