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ROY ACUFF Ace CDCHD 988 Once More It's Roy Acuff/ King Of Country Music ● CD $18.98
Reissue of Roy's first two albums issued on his own Hickory label. The first album featured 12 tracks original issued as Hickory singles between 1957 and 1960 including Once More/ I Don't Care (If You Don't Love Me)/ So many Times/ They'll Never Take Her Love From Me/ Don't Know Why/ Thanks For Not Telling Me, etc. The second LP includes remakes of some of his most popular songs of the 30s and 40s.
ROY ACUFF: (Today) My Love Came Back To Me/ Come And Knock (On The Door Of My Heart)/ Don't Know Why/ Don't Make Me Go To Bed And I'll Be Good/ Fireball Mail/ I Don't Care (If You Don't Love Me/ Lonely Mound Of Clay/ Nero Played His Fiddl/ Night Train To Memphis/ Once More/ Pins And Needles (In My Heart)/ Searchin' For Happiness/ So Many Times/ Thanks For Not Telling Me/ The Automobile Of Life/ The Great Speckled Bird/ The Old Age Pension Check/ The One I Love (Is Gone)/ The Precious Jewel/ The Wreck On The Highway/ They'll Never Take Her Love From Me/ Unloved And Unclaimed/ Wabash Cannonball/ Write Me Sweetheart

ROY ACUFF Ace CDCHD 999 Sings American Folk Songs/ Hand-Clapping Gospel Songs ● CD $18.98
Ace's second collection of Roy Acuff's recordings for his own Hickory label. This one features his fifth and sixth albums issued in 1963. Most of these recordings have never appeared on CD before.
ROY ACUFF: Birmingham Jail/ Budded Roses/ Build Me A Cabin In Gloryland/ Give My Love To Nell/ Glory Is Coming/ I Saw The Light/ I'll Fly Away From Here/ It's All Right Now/ Jesus Died For Me/ Little Rose Wood Casket/ Mother Was A Lady/ Put My Little Shoes Away/ Red River Valley/ Shut Up In The Mines/ Somebody Touched Me/ Thank God/ The Glory Bound Train/ The Great Titanic/ The House Of The Rising Sun/ The Letter Edged In Black/ Travelling The Highway Home/ Turn Your Radio On/ Wait For The Light To Shine/ Zeb Turney's Gal

ROY ACUFF B.A.C.M. 089 In The Shadow Of The Smokies ● CD $14.98
Complementing the box set of Roy's early recordings on Proper (Proper Box 70 - King Of Country Music - $26.98) this is another superb set of early sides featuring 23 tracks recorded between 1940 and 1952.
ROY ACUFF: Blue Eyed Darling/ Branded Wherever I Go/ Bully Of The Town (instr.)/ Devil‘s Train/ Farther Along/ Grey Eagle (instr.)/ In The Shadow Of The Smokies/ It‘s Too Late Now To Worry Anymore/ My Tears Don‘t Show/ No One Will Ever Know/ Pale Horse And His Rider/ Pliney Jane/ Pretty Little Widow (instr.)/ She Isn‘t Guaranteed/ Short Changed In Love/ Songbirds Are Singing In Heaven Tonight/ Steel Guitar Chimes/ Ten Little Numbers/ That Glory Bound Train/ Things That Might Have Been/ This World Can‘t Stand Long/ Wonder Is All I Do/ You‘re My Darling

ROY ACUFF Bear Family BCD 15652 King Of Country Music ● CD $41.98
57 tracks, 149 min. recommended
After Acuff left Columbia in 1953, over the next five years he recorded for Capitol, Decca and MGM. This double CD begins with his 1953-1955 Capitol recordings with the Smoky Mountain Boys including Tied Down, Lonesome Joe (actually a version of the Cajun number Poor Hobo), and the aching ballads Don't Say Goodbye and Jimmy Work's That's What Makes The Jukebox Play. His version of Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper's I Closed My Heart's Door, is issued for the first time. The Capitol remakes of Acuff's favorites are fine. the first 1955 Decca sessions featured two flat Acuff duets with Kitty Wells, backed by Johnny and Jack's band. The second and final Decca session featured the wretched novelty I Like Mountain Music, but also the wrenching and heartfelt Plant Some Flowers By My Grave. The MGM gospel album included such standards as Where the Soul Never Dies and This World Is Not My Home. Don't be confused by the photos; the booklet includes some photos predating the music within. Notes by Otto Kitsinger. (RK)
ROY ACUFF: Along The China Coast/ Come Back Little Pal/ Crazy Worried Mind/ Don't Judge Your Neighbor/ Don't Say Goodbye/ Fire Ball Mail/ Hold To God's Unchanging Hand/ How Beautiful Heaven Must Be/ I Closed My Heart's Door/ I Closed My Heart's Door/ I Like Mountain Music/ I Wanta Be Loved/ I'm Building A Home (in The Sky)/ I'm Planting A Rose/ Is It Love Or Is It Lies/ It's Hard To Love/ Jesus Died For Me/ Little Moses/ Lonely Mound Of Clay/ Lonesome Joe/ Lord Build Me A Cabin/ Night Train To Memphis/ Oh Those Tombs/ Pins And Needles (in My Heart)/ Plant Some Flowers By My Graveside/ Please Daddy Forgive/ River Of Crystal/ Rushing Around/ Shake My Mother's Hand For Me/ Six More Days/ Sixteen Chickens And A Tambourine/ Streamline Heartbreaker/ Sunshine Special/ Swamp Lily/ Sweep Around Your Own Back Door/ Take My Hand, Precious Lord/ Thank God/ That's What Makes The Jukebox Play/ The Great Judgement Morning/ The Great Speckled Bird/ The Great Titanic/ The Night Spots (of The Town)/ The Precious Jewel/ The Thief Upon The Tree/ The Unclouded Day/ The Wreck On The Highway/ This World Is Not My Home/ Tied Down/ Wabash Cannon Ball/ Were You There When They Crucified My Lord/ What Do You Think About Me/ What Will I Do/ Where Could I Go (but To My Lord)./ Where The Soul Never Dies/ Whoa Mule/ Goodbye Mr. Brown/ Mother Hold Me Tight

ROY ACUFF Cattle 254 Two Dozen Times The King Of Country Music ● CD $18.98
24 tracks covering sides from 1936 to 1949.
ROY ACUFF: Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Blue Ridge Sweetheart/ Blues In My Mind/ Bonnie Blue Eyes/ Dance Around Molly (Inst.)/ Doin' It The Old Fashioned Way/ Easy Rockin' Chair/ Golden Treasure/ Gone, Gone, Gone (But Not Forgotten)/ Gonna Have A Big Time Tonight/ I Heard A Silver Trumpet/ I Talk To Myself About You/ I Think I'll Go Home And Cry/ I'll Always Care/ It's Just About Time/ It's So Hard To Smile/ Let Me Be The First To Say I'm Sorry/ Lonesome Indian (Inst.)/ My Mountain Home Sweet Home/ Polk County Breakdown (Inst.)/ Smoky Mountain Rag (Inst.)/ That Beautiful Picture/ What Would You Do With Gabriel's Trumpet?/ You'll Reap Those Tears

ROY ACUFF Cattle 255 The Rare Masters By The King Of Country Music ● CD $18.98
23 tracks from 1939 to 1950.
ROY ACUFF: A Vagabond's Dream/ Answer To Sparkling Brown Eyes/ Are You Thinking Of Me Darling?/ Come Back Little Darling/ Don't Wait 'Til Judgement Day (To Cast Your Sins Away)/ Heartaches And Flowers/ I Called And Nobody Answered/ I Gambled And Lost/ I Know We're Saying Goodbye/ I Wish I Had Kissed You Goodbye/ It's All Right Now/ Jesus Died For Me/ Money Won't Buy This Soul Of Mine/ Mother's Prayers Guide Me/ Po' Folks (All The Time)/ Tennessee Central (Number 9)/ The Day They Laid Mary Away/ The Midnight Train/ There's A Big Rock In The Road/ We Planted Roses On Our Darling's Grave/ When They Take That Last Look At You/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken (My Family Circle)/ You Are My Love

ROY ACUFF Columbia CK 39998 Columbia Historic Edition ● CD $7.98
Another superb collection - this one features 16 great sides recorded between 1936 & 1951 by this great and important performer. Includes 4 from his first recording sessions in 1936 including his original recording of Wabash Cannonball with vocals by the mysterious Sam "Dynamite" Hatcher who also played harmonica with the group. Acuff's group was one that helped popularise the sound of the dobro and these sides feature two of the best - Clell Sumney and Pete "Oswald" Kirby. Sumney really gets to work on the wonderful 1937 recording of Steel Guitar Blues . Other tracks include Ida Red/ Streamlined Cannonball/ I'll Be Alone/ When I Lay My Burden Down/ Weary Lonesome Blues/ Freight Train Blues , etc. Five tracks have never been issued before. A must!

ROY ACUFF Columbia CK 48956 The Essential Roy Acuff, 1936-1949 ● CD $9.98
20 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
This is a fabulous collection of 20 early recordings by this country music pioneer who was the first inductee in the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Acuff's group was one that helped popularize the sound of the dobro and these sides feature two of the best - Clell Sumney and Pete "Oswald" Kirby. Sumney really gets to work on the wonderful 1937 recording of Steel Guitar Blues. The set includes the classic Great Speckle Bird recorded at Roy's first session in OCtober, 1936 and 1947 remakes of two of his most popular songs Wabash Cannonball and Freight Train Blues. Other songs featured include Just To Ease My Worried Mind/ The Precious Jewel/ Wreck On The Highway/ Night Train To Memphis/ Not A Word From Home/ Jole Blon/ Waltz Of The Wind/ Tennessee Waltz and others. Good sound and informative notes from Colin Escott. (FS)
ROY ACUFF: A Sinner's Death (I'm Dying)/ Black Mountain Rag/ Fireball Mail/ Freight Train Blues/ Great Speckle Bird/ I'll Forgive You, But I Can't Forget You/ It Won't Be Long (Till I'll Be Leaving)/ Jole Blon/ Just To Ease My Worried Mind/ Lonesome Old River Blues/ Night Train To Memphis/ Not A Word From Home/ Steel Guitar Blues/ Tennessee Waltz/ The Precious Jewel/ The Prodigal Son/ This World Can't Stand Long/ Wabash Cannon Ball/ Waltz Of The Wind/ Wreck On The Highway

ROY ACUFF Jasmine 3532 Hear The Mighty Engine Rush ● CD $11.98
23 of Roy's sides from the 40s - I Couldn't Believe It Was True/ Weary Lonesome Blues/ The Pale Horse And His Rider/ Steel Guitar Blues/ Railroad Boomer/ The Southbound Train/ Tennesee Waltz/ Honky Tonk Mamas, etc.

ROY ACUFF Proper BOX 70 King Of Country Music ● CD $26.98
4 CDS, 101 tracks, highly recommended
Invaluable collection devoted to the early recordings of this great country pioneer featuring all of the important recordings he made between 1936 and 1950 including all his early hits and the many songs that have been covered by numerous other artists. Includes four from his first recording sessions in 1936 including the first recording of what was to become his trademark song - the Carter Family's Wabash Cannonball with vocals by the mysterious Sam "Dynamite" Hatcher who also played harmonica with the group - a later recording of this song from 1947 with Acuff doing the vocals is also included. Acuff's group was one that helped popularize the sound of the Dobro and these sides feature two of the best - Clell Sumney and Beecher "Pete" Kirby. Sumney (later known as Cousin Jody) appears on the earlier sessions (1936-1938) and turns in some impressive playing particularly on the instrumental Smokey Mountain Rag and the hot honky tonk numbers like Shout Oh Lulu/ Honky Tonk Mamas and Steel Guitar Blues and also contributes the chime like fills heard on the ballads. Kirby who appears on the sessions from 1939 on also turns in some fine work. Some of the later sessions feature Jimmy Riddle on accordion or harmonica and Tommy Magness takes over the fiddle chores from Acuff. Roy's material included traditional songs, Carter Family songs honky tonk, pop songs and gospel and includes many songs that have become country standards like Great Speckle Bird/ Freight Train Blues/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven/ Streamlined Cannonball/ Be Honest With Me/ Drifting Too Far From The Shore/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken/ Be Honest With Me/ Fireball Mail/ We Live In Two Different Worlds/ Prodigal Son/ Waltz Of The Wind and many others. Sound quality is decent though a little too much of the high end has been cut off and the set includes a 40 page illustrated booklet with biographical and discographical details. (FS)
ROY ACUFF: A Sinner's Death (I'm Dying)/ A Vagabond's Prayer/ An Old Three Room Shack/ Answer To Sparkling Eyes/ Are You Thinking Of Me Darling/ Automobile Of Life/ Be Honest With Me/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Black Mountain Rag/ Blue Ridge Sweetheart/ Blues In My Mind/ Bonnie Blue Eyes/ Brother Take Warning/ Charming Betsy/ Come Back Little Pal/ Dance Around Molly/ Doin' It The Old Fashioned Way/ Drifting Too Far From Shore/ Easy Rockin' Chair/ Eyes Watching You/ Fireball Mail/ Fly Birdie Fly/ Freight Train Blues/ Freight Train Blues/ Golden Treasure/ Gone Gone Gone (But Not Forgotten)/ Gonna Have A Big Time Tonight/ Great Speckle Bird/ Heartaches And Flowers/ Honky Tonk Mamas/ I Called And Nobody Answered/ I Heard A Silver Trumpet/ I Know You're Saying Goodbye/ I Talk To Myself About You/ I Think I'll Go Home And Cry/ I'll Always Care/ I'll Forgive But I Can't Forget/ I'll Reap My Harvest In Heaven/ I'm Building A Home/ Ida Red/ It Won't Be Long (Til I'm Leaving)/ It's All Right Now/ It's Just About Time/ It's So Hard To Smile/ Jesus Died For Me/ Just To Ease My Worried Mind/ Let Me Be The First To Say I'm Sorry/ Living On The Mountain Baby Mine/ Lonesome Indian/ Low And Lonely/ Lying Woman Blues/ Mother's Prayers Guide Me/ Mule Skinner Blues/ My Mountain Home Sweet Home/ New Greenback Dollar/ Night Train To Memphis/ Not A Word From Home/ Old Age Pension Cheque/ One Old Shirt/ Our Own Jole Blon/ Pins And Needles (In My Heart)/ Po' Folks All The Time/ Polk County Breakdown/ Red Lips/ Sad Memories/ Shout Oh Lulu/ Smoky Mountain Rag/ Smoky Mountain Rag/ Steamboat Whistle Blues/ Steel Guitar Blues/ Stuck Up Blues/ Tennessee Central (No.9)/ Tennessee Waltz/ That Beautiful Picture/ The Broken Heart/ The Day They Laid Mary Away/ The Midnight Train/ The Precious Jewel/ The Prodigal Son/ The Streamlined Cannonball/ There's A Big Rock In The Road/ Wabash Cannonball/ Wabash Cannonball/ Wait For The Light To Shine/ Waiting For The Call To Glory/ Walkin' In My Sleep/ Waltz Of The Wind/ We Live In Two Different Worlds/ Weary River/ What Would You Do With Gabriel's Trumpet/ When I Lay My Burden Down/ When They Take The Last Look At You/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken/ Worried Mind/ Wreck On The Highway/ Write Me Sweetheart/ Yes Sir That's My Baby/ You Are My Love/ You'll Reap These Tears/ You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven/ You've Gotta See Mama Every Night

ROY ACUFF Tee Vee 6001 The King Of Country Music ● CD $12.98
20 tracks, 55 min., recommended. Classic recordings from the 40s and 50s - in electronic stereo - Great Speckled Bird/ Waiting for the Light to Shine/ I Saw the Light/ The Great Shining Light/ The Great Judgement Morning/ Wabash Cannonball/ Be Honest With Me/ Fireball Mail. If you're going to buy one Acuff album, this is certainly the one to get since these are really his most important recordings. Previously released as Columbia LP 16596, budget presentation.

CHARLIE ADAMS Bear Family BCD 16312 Cattin' Around ● CD $21.98
30 tracks from the early/mid 50s by Texas singer and his band The Western All Stars.

RED ALLEN Rebel 1127 Keep On Going - The Rebel & Melodeon Recordings ● CD $15.98
23 tracks, 61 minutes, essential
Since most of the great bluegrass music from the '40s and '50s has migrated to compact disc, bluegrass labels are finally rescuing and digitizing lost classics from the '60s. Most newcomers to traditional bluegrass probably never heard of Harley "Red" Allen from southeastern Kentucky, but longtime enthusiasts have always considered him one of the music's finest lead tenors, easily comparable with Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, Paul Williams and Bobby Osborne. Although some of Allen's music migrated to compact disc, the bulk of it doesn't represent what he was all about, such as his 1955-58 M-G-M records with the Osborne Brothers. A celebrated 1964 Folkways album, currently available on Smithsonian-Folkways, de-emphasizes Allen's vocals to better showcase his then-partner, the brilliant, unorthodox mandolinist Frank Wakefield. Now, at last, Allen's finest moments on record are once again available on two long-promised Rebel collections. The first, "Keep On Going: The Rebel and Melodeon Sessions" gathers all of Allen's recordings from April 1963 to fall 1965, excluding the Folkways sessions. Four tracks from an Allen-Wakefield demo session (three previously unreleased) kick off the set, followed by the duo's only Rebel single, Little Birdie b/w Faded Memory. When Wakefield joined the Greenbriar Boys, Allen recruited an existing trio, Bill and Wayne Yates and banjo player Bill Emerson as his new "Kentuckians." Their sole Melodeon album was a certified classic and its songs became a resource for amateur pickers: Hello City Limits/ Sad and Lonesome Day/ Down Where the River Bends/ Worry My Life Away/ I Don't Know Why and Journey's End, among others. This set recovers one unissued song from those sessions: Ralph and Peggy Stanley's If That's the Way You Feel. This album concludes with Allen's final Rebel session featuring the Yates Brothers, banjo player Porter Church and the astounding, volatile fiddler Scotty Stoneman. Their cover of Bill Monroe's Close By is worth the price of the disc. Jon Hartley Fox provides a deft overview of Allen's life and musical career during this period. (DS)

RED ALLEN Smithsonian Folkways 40127 The Folkways Years, 1964-1983 ● CD $15.98
A 28 tracks retrospective of this brilliant bluegrass singer including his 1964 Folkways album "bluegrass" (Folkways 2408 with Frank Wakefield, Bill Keith, etc), six previously unissued tracks from the "bluegrass" sessions and ten tracks from later albums released between 1979 and 1981 with Vassar Clements, Marty StuartBuddy Griffin & others.

RED ALLEN & FRANK WAKEFIELD Acoustic Disc 11 The Kitchen Tapes ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 49 mins, essential
Recorded live in 1963 by David Grisman & Peter Siegel, these performances have achieved legendary status over the years among bluegrass affcionados; they were, says Grisman in his liner notes, "my curriculum; I wore them out trying to learn picking and singing bluegrass style. The original recordings recorded "in a Hyattsville, Maryland kitchen, surrounded by wives, kids, thawing steaks and guitars", are made available to the public for the first time. The sound here is fine, considering the circumstances, and the performances are amazing, taking us back to a time when it was possible to hear in the voices and picking of these two giants of bluegrass history sounds as old as the hills and at the same time astonishingly inventive and brand new. Allen was among the finest traditional singers in the history of bluegrass; he was also, as is amply demonstrated here a great and underappreciated bluegrass guitarist. Wakefield demonstrates his mastery of the traditional bluegrass repertoire here, but it is on his five originals that he demonstrates why Grisman has said that Frank split the bluegrass mandolin atom. The numbers include an early version of his classic New Campton Races, Well Enough Alone and Catnip, as well as two Wakefield originals never commercially released until now, I Can't Forget Old What's Her name and Hey Mr Mando. This disc is at the same time a provileged glimpse of bluegrass history and a permanent record of two all time great bluegrass musicians doing what they do best. Not coincidentally it should serve as a demonstration to future generations of aspiring pickers just as it did David Grisman. (RP)

REX ALLEN B.A.C.M. 013 The Arizona Cowboy ● CD $14.98
20 tracks recorded in the 40s and early 50s by this popular cowboy singer.
REX ALLEN: A Petal From A Faded Rose/ Albuquerque Polka/ Blues In My Mind/ Don't Cha/ Feudin & Fightin'/ Honolulu Boogie/ Hot Time In New Orleans Tonight/ I Ain't Gonna Cry No More/ I Gotta Have My Baby Back/ I'm So Alone With The Crowd/ Little Brown Shoes/ Mister & Mississippi/ Naggin'/ Over Three Hills/ Sentimental Fool/ Take It Back And Change It For A Boy/ Ten More Miles To Go/ Too Lee Rollum (I'm An Arizona Cowboy)/ Yodelin' Crazy/ You Drifted

REX ALLEN B.A.C.M. 051 Song Of The Hills ● CD $14.98
B.A.C.M. second collection devoted to this popular and prolific western star features a varied selection of material including bluesy swing, cowboy songs, songs with girl choruses and orchestras and more
REX ALLEN: Afraid/ Always You/ As Long As The River Flows On/ Broken Down Merry Go Round/ Chime Bells/ Cottage In The Clouds/ Further Along/ Hootin‘ And Howlin‘/ Jambalaya/ Loaded Pistol/ Miranda Doaks/ No One Will Ever Know/ Rack Up The Balls Boy/ Ragtime Melody/ Song Of The Hills/ Tag Along/ Tennessee Tears/ Till The Well Goes Dry/ Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old Tucky Home/ Two Faced Clock/ Waltz Of The Roses/ Who Shot The Hole In My Sombrero

REX ALLEN B.A.C.M. 083 The Voice Of The West ● CD $14.98
B.A.C.M.'s third collection of this popular Western singer features 26 tracks drawn from radio transcriptions made in the late 40s
REX ALLEN: Buffalo Gals/ Covered Wagon Trail/ Cowboy’s Heaven/ Cowboy’s Lullaby/ Dreaming Of My Texas Home/ Happy Yodeling Man/ I Left My Heart In Texas/ Little Old Sod Shanty/ Little Ranch House On The Old Circle B/ Lonely World/ Low Rollin’ Hills/ Me And My Burro/ Mellow Mountain Moon/ Melody Of The Plains/ My Music Mountain Home/ Pop Goes The Weasel (Instr.)/ Red River Valley/ Ridin’ Towards The Red Setting Sun/ Rock Me To Sleep In My Rocky Mnt Home/ Tears On My Old Guitar/ The Range In The Sky/ Wastin’ Time/ Way Out West In Texas/ When It’s Prayer Meeting Time/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ When The Roses Bloom Again

REX ALLEN Bear Family BCD 15284 Voice Of The West ● CD $21.98
The complete sessions for Jack Clement's JMI label, done in March, 1972. Bear Family released this on LP as "Boney Kneed, Hairy Legged Cowboy Songs" (BFX 15024), which was originally issued as "Rex Allen Sings" (JMI 4003 from 1973). However, this contains the complete sessions including four previously unissued songs including Merle Haggard's Today I Started Loving You Again & Bob McDill's Catfish John . 16 great cowboy songs in all with minimal backing including a beautiful Streets Of Loredo with just accoustic guitar backing, + fiddle medley featuring Johnny Gimble, + Braggin' Drunk From Wilcox/ Little Joe The Wrangler/ Moonshine Steer , etc. Excellent sound. (GM)

REX ALLEN Bloodshot BS 801 Last Of The Great Singing Cowboys ● CD $13.98
Previously unissued radio transcriptions from 1946-49 when Allen was a regular on Chicago's WLS Barn Dance - Arkansas Traveler/ Way Out West Is CallingHeadin' For The Open Range/ Riding Down To Mexico, etc.

REX ALLEN Jasmine 3506 Riding All Day - The Life Of A Cowboy ● CD $11.98
REX ALLEN: Bad Brahma Bull/ Chiquita/ Cielito Lindo/ Covered Wagon/ Dreaming Of The Western Plains/ Girl I Left Behind Me/ Going Back To My Texas Home/ Headin' For The Open Range/ Hold On Little Doggie/ Home On The Range/ I Want To Be A Cowboy's Dream Girl/ Life Of A Cowboy/ Little Girl Dressed In Blue/ Memories Of The Range/ Mountain Home/ My Cross Eyed Girl/ My Miss By The Swiss Chalet/ Night Time In The West/ Partners Of The Saddle/ Ridin' Down The Canyon/ Riding All Day/ She Buckaroo/ Strawberry Roan/ When The Campfire Is Low On The Prarie/ Yodelin' Crazy

ROSALIE ALLEN B.A.C.M. 135 The Yodeling Queen ● CD $14.98
25 sides by this fine singer and top class yodeler who was known as "Queen Of the Yodelers" though only a couple of tracks here feature yodeling. The first 12 tracks are from a rare 1955 LP recorded with Shorty Warren's Western Rangers doing hits of the 40s and early 50s like he Taught Me How To Yodel/ Have You Ever Been Lonely/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ Your Cheatin' Heart/ I'll Keep On Loving You, etc. The remaining tracks are from singles recorded between 1945 and 1953 featuring fine vocals and varied arrangements ranging from Western to straight country to pop. Includes Castaway/ I Gotta Have You/ I'd rather Be A Cowgirl/ He Lived In Texas, She Lived In Arkansas (a duet with Billy Williams)/ I Wanna Sit, etc. Only one track duplicates Cattle 226 ($18.98).
ROSALIE ALLEN: Castaway/ Columbus Stockade Blues/ Cranberry Kisses & Strawberry Hugs/ Ding Dong Polka/ Green As Grass/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ Have You Ever Been Lonely/ He Lived In Texas She Lived In Arkansas/ He Taught Me How To Yodel/ Hills Of Pride/ I Gotta Have You/ I Laughed At Love/ I Wanna Sit/ I‘d Rather Be A Cowgirl/ I‘ll Keep On Loving You/ Jealous Heart/ Just A Sailor‘s Sweetheart/ My Adobe Hacienda/ My Old Familiar Heartache/ Spanish Polka/ Tears On My Pillow/ Tennessee Waltz/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ Whoa Sailor/ Your Cheatin‘ Heart

ROSALIE ALLEN Cattle CCD 226 The Hillbilly Yodel Star Of The 1940s ● CD $18.98
26 track collection of sides from the 40s by one of the most popular yodeling artists of the late 40s and early 50s. Includes commercial recordings and sides from radio transcriptions.
ROSALIE ALLEN: Aha! San Antone/ Along The Lonely Trail/ Believe Me, I'll Be Leaving You/ Don't Wait Too Long To Forgive (duet With Denver Darling)/ Guitar Polka (old Monterrey)/ He Lived In Texas (and She Lived In Arkansas) / Hitler Lives/ I Can't Tell That Lie To My Heart/ I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart/ If I'd Only Been True To You/ Letters From Home/ Mama What'll I Do/ Me Go Where You Go, Amigo/ Mountain Polka/ Never Trust A Man/ Put Your Arms Around Me/ Rose Of The Alamo/ Take It Back And Change It For A Boy/ When A Cowgirl Is Happy/ When You're In Love/ Wide Rollin' Plains/ Yodel Your Troubles Away/ You Ain't Got No Time For Me/ You Ain't Where You Come From Now/ TEX GRANDE AND HIS RANGE RIDERS: No Letter Today

TERRY ALLEN Sugar Hill 1047 Lubbock (On Everything) ● CD $17.98
Previously on Terry's own Fate label. CD reissue of Terry's self-produced 2-LP set originally on the Fate label. 20 cuts.

TERRY ALLEN Sugar Hill 1057 Smokin' The Dummy/ Bloodlines ● CD $17.98
18 tracks, 77 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of country rock from this outstanding singer/ songwriter/ sculptor/ painter/ screnwriter/ piano player! Originally issued on Terry's own Fate label in 1980 and 1984, I never heard them when they first came out so this reissue came as a pleasant surprise. Terry's music occupies some of the same musical landscape as his friend and musical compadre Joe Ely with tales of life on the road and the joys and misery of the Texas experience - often told with a wicked sense of humor. Terry is a fine singer with a soulful voice, his songs have memorable melodies and he is accompanied by a coterie of great Texas & California musicians (Lloyd Maines, Jesse Taylor, Joe Ely, Ponty Bone, Richard Bowdan and others). Among the highlights here are The Heart Of California/ Whatever Happened To Jesus (and Maybellene)?/ Helena Montana/ Bloodlines/ Gimme A Ride To Heaven Boy and Ourland but they're all good. Definitely makes me want to check out Terry's other albums. (FS)

THE ALLEN BROTHERS Document 8035 Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 : 1932-34 ● CD $15.98
23 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
The last volume of the Austin Brothers' complete recordings finds Austin and Lee-nothing if not consistent-pumping out more songs of drunkenness and mild indecency. If here, at the end of their career, they're stiff flogging some of the same songs-yet another version of "Salty Dog"-you don't hold it against them. At least they're good songs, and the boys sure do have a nice beat. Sound on all three volumes is fine. (DW)
THE ALLEN BROTHERS: Allen Brothers' Rag/ Allen's Lying Blues/ Baby When You Coming Back Home/ Chattanooga Mama/ Daddy Park Your Car/ Drunk And Nutty Blues/ Hey Buddy, Won't You Roll Down The Line/ Long Gone From Bowling Green/ Mercy, Mercy Blues/ Midnight Mama/ Midnight Mama/ Misbehavin' Mama/ New Deal Blues/ Padlock Key Blues/ Please Pay In Advance/ Red Hot Rambling Dan/ Red Pajama Sal/ Rough Neck Blues/ Salty Dog, Hey Hey Hey/ Skippin' And Flyin'/ Slipping Clutch Blues/ The Prisoner's Dream/ When A Man's Got A Woman

TOM ANDERSON/ AL ROGERS Cattle 319 Two Short-Lived Hillbilly Careers ● CD $18.98
12 songs each by two utterly obscure singers about whom nothing is known. Anderson with his group The Deep Valley Boys was recorded in 1953 and '54 and is a fine honky tonk singer with a nice Hank Williams inspired yodel on some of his songs. Al Rogers is accompanied by the Rocky Mountain Boys on his 12 songs recorded between 1949 and 1954. He is a much less interesting singer who sounds a lot like Bing Crosby!
TOM ANDERSON: A Million Tears/ As The Hands Go 'round The Clock/ Everybody's Beau/ If Your Heart Had A Window/ Love Goes On Like A Ball Game/ My Heart Couldn't See/ My Heart's In A Whirl/ My Worried, Troubled Mind/ Night Time/ No More Blues From You/ Sweet Love/ The Moon And I/ AL ROGERS: All Alone, All Alone/ All The Time/ Deep Water/ Gee, But It's Lonesome Out Tonight/ Honky-tonk Heaven/ I Ain't Spoken Fer/ I'm Gettin' Nowhere, Fast/ It Wouldn't Be The Same (without You)/ Never To Be Forgotten/ Shuffle-boogie Bellhop/ Too Blue To Care/ Workin' Man's Blues

ANY OLD TIME STRING BAND Arhoolie CD 433 I Bid You Goodnight ● CD $13.98
25 tracks, 79 min; recommended
Welcome CD reissue of this popular Bay area all woman string band's two albums, originally recorded in 1978 and 1980. This group were notable for their spirited exuberance, wide ranging and diverse repertoire, and great sense of fun.The group on the first, Arhoolie, album consisted of Kate Brislin, Genny Haley, Valerie Mindel, Sue Draheim, and Suzy Rothfield, all fine instrumentalists and singers in a variety of styles. The second album, recorded for Bay Records, was minus Suzy and Valerie, included bassist Barb Montoro, and continued to stretch their repertoire. They performed everything from old time string band pieces from the repertoires of Tommy Jarrell, Uncle Dave Macon and The 6 and 7/8ths String Band to cajun dance tunes and songs to Bessie Smith blues to Carter Family classics to The Bahamian anthem I Bid You Goodnight to novelty numbers such as Home In Pasadena and C-U-B-A. It's nice to have both their hard to find albums together on this generously programmed CD. Outstanding cuts abound; here are some of my personal favorites - Dear Companion (haunting lead vocal by Kate Brislin), Valse De Orphelin (wonderful twin fiddle by Suzy (Rothfield) Thompson and Sue Draheim, compelling lead vocal by Suzy), The Carter Family's Hello Stranger and D. L. Menard's I Made A Big Mistake. (RP)

THE ARMSTRONG TWINS Arhoolie 9046 Mandolin Boogie ● CD $9.98
17 tracks, 45 mins, highly recommended
It's a real delight to finally have Floyd & Lloyd on CD! There were many fine brother duets in the history of country music but Floyd & Lloyd Armstrong were the only twins. Originally from Arkansas they moved to California in the 40s where they recorded a series of great 78s for the Four Star label in the late 40s and early 50s. The first 10 tracks are from this period and feature some truly dynamic performances with great rural harmonies and instrumental work spearheaded by Lloyd's driving mandolin leads and featuring Floyd's sturdy guitar accompaniment. The material ranges from the traditional gospel song Mother's Only Sleeping to the wonderful novelty song Beetle With A Boogie Beat with some truly inspired mandolin from Lloyd. Other songs from these sessions include Mandolin Boogie/ Mandolin Rag/ Sparkling Blue Eyes/ Address From Heaven and others including a beautiful version of the Stanley Brothers' It's Never Too Late. The last seven tracks are from 1979 when the brothers reunited, after a period away from music, following the release of their old recordings on Old Timey. While not as sparkling as their earlier sides there is still some fine singing and playing on songs like Eight Thirty Blues/ Just A Country Boy/ Old Three Room Shack/ Beautiful Brown Eyes and more with dobro and bass accompaniment. Booklet includes affectionate notes by Chris Strachwitz. My only complaint is that Arhoolie should have include more of the duos early sides - I think they recorded at least 20 tracks. (FS)


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