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  • Collins Tommy - Black Cat – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (CD)


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    An underground legend celebrated by Buck Owens, who recorded a whole album of Tommy Collins’ songs, and Merle Haggard, who wrote and recorded a tribute song ’Leonard’. One of the pioneers of the honky tonk sound of Bakersfield!

    There are no other Tommy Collins CDs available, except for Bear Family’s exhaustive box set! Includes the incredible rare first single ’Campus Boogie’, plus uptempo hillbilly boogies and honky tonk classics! – Tommy Collins helped to establish the Bakersfield Sound.

    Legions of West Coast country performers and current roots/alternative country stars have built on the sound, making it one of the cornerstones of American music. Collins scored several hits as a performer, including ’You Better Not Do That’ in 1954. Just as Collins’ career was taking off, he had a religious conversion. For several years, little was heard from him. He returned to music, and signed with Columbia in 1965. The following year, had a Top 10 hit with ’I Can’t Bite, Don’t Growl’. For the next few years, he had a string of hit singles. – By the early ’70s, Collins’ professional and personal life was on the verge of collapse, due to his increasing dependency on drugs and alcohol. He recovered by writing songs, many of them recorded by Merle Haggard, including the ’70s hits ’Carolyn’ and ’The Roots Of My Raising’. In 1981, Merle Haggard had a hit single with ’Leonard’, his tribute to Collins. After the release of ’Leonard’, the spotlight again turned to Collins, who was now sober. Tommy resumed professional songwriting and his most notable success was Mel Tillis’ Top 10 1984 hit, ’New Patches’.

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  • Collins Tommy - The Capitol Collection (CD)


    Todella hyvä kokoelma! As one of the forefathers of the lively, electric Bakersfield sound, Tommy Collins is one of the most important figures of country music in the ’50s, yet his recordings have not been nearly as well-circulated as they should have been. Of course, it’s hard to complain about his work not being widely available when it was all collected on Bear Family’s exhaustive 1992 five-disc set, Leonard, but the size of that box is intimidating even for those who could afford it. Fortunately, Koch released The Capitol Collection in 2005, finally giving Collins a single-disc set of highlights of his best work. While this doesn’t contain all of his charting singles — none of his ’60s singles are here — it has all of his hits from the ’50s, including You Better Not Do That,” ”High on a Hilltop,” ”I Guess I’m Crazy,” ”It Tickles,” ”Untied,” and ”You Oughta See Pickles Now,” along with a host of other great sides that illustrate exactly why Collins was such a great inspiration to Buck Owens and, especially, Merle Haggard (who gives an interview with Daniel Cooper for the disc’s fine liner notes). While hardcore country fans will need the box, listeners with a stricter budget, or who are merely curious, should get this terrific disc, which is an essential addition to any serious country music collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide”

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