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DOCK BOGGS Smithsonian Folkways 40108 His Folkways Years, 1963-1968 ● CD $24.98
Two CD set featuring all the recordings made by this great traditional musician for Folkways between 1963 and '68 and originally issued on three LPs. Although lacking the ferocity of his early recordings he was still a fount of great songs and music.

 
JOHNNY BOND Cattle 266 The Fabulous Johnny Bond ● CD $18.98
27 tracks recorded between 1941 and 1951 by this popular West Coast country artist includes 15 sides from rare radio transcriptions cut between 1949 and 1951. Sidemen include Joaquin Murphy, Jimmy Wakely, Noel Boggs and others.
JOHNNY BOND: A Heart Full Of Love (for A Handful Of Kisses)/ Baby You're Thru Foolin' Me/ Cherokee Waltz/ Hills Of Kentucky/ I Found You Out/ I Love You Because/ I Won't Stand In Your Way/ I'll Step Aside/ It Ain't A Gonna Happen To Me/ John's Other Wife/ Kentucky Waltz/ Lily Of The Valley/ Mister And Mississippi/ Oklahoma Waltz/ Put Me To Bed No. 2/ Read It And Weep/ Somebody Loves You/ Sparkling Blue Eyes Waltz/ Starlight On The Prairie/ Tennessee Saturday Night/ Texas Cannonball/ The First Rose/ They Got Me/ Till The End Of The World/ Wasted Tears/ What Would You Do If You Were Me/ What's Been Goin' (while I've Been Gone)

 
JOHNNY BOND Cattle 313 Alabama Boogie Boy ● CD $18.98
27 tracks recorded between 1951 and '54 by this popular and prolific performer. Sidemen on these sessions include Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, Joe Maphis, Tommy Jackson, Wesley Tuttle and others.
JOHNNY BOND: Alabama Boogie Boy/ Anybody's Baby/ Back Street Affair/ Born To Be Bad/ Broke, Disgusted And Sad/ Everybody Knew The Truth But Me/ Fire Water/ I Dreamed I Searched Heaven For You/ I Found You Out/ I Lose Again/ I Went To Your Wedding/ I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ In Old Mexico/ Live And Let Live/ Louisiana Lucy/ My Darling Lola Leestealin'/ Number Nine Blues/ Old Man Blues/ Our Love Isn't Legal/ Peace Be Still/ Put A Little Sweetnin' In Your Love/ Sweet Mama, Tree Top Tall/ Thanks/ The Hills Of Old Kentucky/ The Man Behind The Throttle/ The Ninety And Nine

 
JOHNNY BOND Jasmine 3541 I Like My Chicken Fryin' Size ● CD $11.98
23 track collection of sides from the late 40s and early 50s by this popular performer including his hits Divorce Me C.O.D./ So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed/ The Daughter Of Jole Blon/ Oklahoma Waltz and others

 
JOHNNY BOND Starday SCD 147 Songs Of That Wild, Wicked But Wonderful West ● CD $9.98

 
BOONE CREEK Sugar Hill 3701 One Way Track ● CD $16.98
 

 
BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS B.A.C.M. 049 Singing & Swinging ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
21 tracks from one of the finest and most prolific Western Swing bands led by singer/ guitarist Bill Boyd. The varied material here was recorded between 1934 and 1950 and features appearances by lots of stellar musicians like Bob Dunn, Noel Boggs, Zeke Campbell, Cecil Brower, Knocky Parker, Art Davis and others. Includes I Wish I Knew The Way You Feel/ An Ace/ Oh Monah (You Shall Be Free)/ That's Why I'm Jealous Of You/ Why Don't You Love Me/ Singing And Swinging For Me/ Lone Star/ Spanish Fandango, etc. Excellent sound and informative notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)
BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS: An Ace/ Boyds Tin Roof Blues (instr)/ Fan It/ Goofus (instr.)/ Guess Whos In Town/ Homecoming Waltz (instr.)/ I Cant Tame Wild Women/ I Wish I Knew The Way You Feel/ Ive Got The Blues For Mammy/ Lone Star/ Mama Dont Like No Music/ New Steel Guitar Rag (instr.)/ Oh Monah (You Shall Be Free)/ Palace In Dallas/ Ramblers Rag (instr.)/ Singing And Swinging For Me/ Spanish Fandango (instr.)/ Thats Why Im Jealous Of You/ Wah Hoo/ Why Dont You Love Me/ Windswept Desert (Desert Blues)

 
BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS Cattle CCD 229 The Golden Age Of Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers ● CD $18.98
A collection of 24 tracks recorded between 1934 and 1947 by this fine and popular Western Swing band - most which have not been reissued before in any form. Includes sidemen like Marvin Montgomer/ banjo, Noel Boggs/ steel, John "Knocky" Parker/ piano and others.

 
BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS Cattle CCD 234 Swing With Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers ● CD $18.98
24 more sides from the late 30s and early 40s by this excellent Western Swing band.

 
ELTON BRITT Cattle 260 Stars And Stripes Forever ● CD $18.98
Collection of yodeling songs (including duets with Rosalie Allen), Western songs, country blues, polkas and more from this popular performer recorded between 1933 when he cut his first solo recording through 1951. Most tracks have not been reissued before on LP or CD.

 
THE BROTHER BOYS Sugar Hill 3805 Plow ● CD $16.98
 

 
THE BROTHER BOYS Sugar Hill 3844 Presley's Grocery ● CD $15.98
 

 
HERSCHEL BROWN Document DOCD 8001 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, 1928-29 ● CD $15.98
23 tracks, 71 mins, recommended. First in what promises to be a very extensive series of early country music reissues from Johnny Parth, the man who has reissued more than 700 CDs of pre-war African American blues, gospel and vocal quartet material. Like those reissues the country reissues will feature the "complete recordings in chronological order" of the artists included. Sound quality is generally decent, packaging is basic with black and white graphics, notes by an expert in the field and full discographical information. This first volume features 23 tracks recorded 1928/29 by various groups featuring washboard player, spoons player and raconteur Herschell Brown. Half the cuts feature him on washboard with various small groups playing old time breakdowns and the rest are a mix of novelty sketches with music and talking blues. With the exception of L.K. Sentell who plays some very fine guitar most of the other musicians are unknowns but whoever they are they are generally good ans in addition to the usual fiddles and banjo some cuts include harmonica, piano and even clarinet - the latter fitting in surprisingly well. An entertaining selection of music - good sound and informative notes from Tony Russell who is one of the leading experts in the field of old time country music. (FS)

 
HYLO BROWN Bear Family BCD 15572 1954-60 ● CD $41.98
The man whose vocal range and use of falsetto was so impressive that he was promoted as "High-Low" gets a well-deserved retrospective. The 46 Capitol tracks here include solid bluegrass numbers, mainstream country songs, and even several previously unreleased tracks aimed at a slightly more pop market, numbers on which Brown is ably backed by the Jordanaires. Titles include Flower Blooming in the Wildwood/ Put My Little Shoes Away/ Lost To A Stranger/ The Prisoner's Song, and It's All Over Now (But the Crying). Brown is generally held to be one of the unheralded heroes of bluegrass, but he served part of his apprenticeship under the country balladeer Bradley Kincaid, and he liked the early songs of Eddie Arnold, so his approach to a song, even one that's clearly in the bluegrass camp, is much less hard-edged than those singers who sought more directly to imitate Bill Monroe. As a result, a CD-length program of his material is both more varied and easier on the ears. Full discographical information, solid notes, and excellent sound. Recommended. (DH)

 
HYLO BROWN Copper Creek 135 In Concert ● CD $16.98
17 tracks, 38 min; recommended. This live concert recording from 1959 was recorded at The New River Ranch in Rising Sun, Maryland. It is especially welcome since there is so little vintage material available from the redoubtable Hylo Brown, so nicknamed because his natural vocal range in his prime extended from a warm, rich baritone at bottom to a sweet, high tenor on top; he often sang falsetto as well. Brown recorded an album's worth of classic bluegrass material for Capitol in the early fifties, played bass for Flatt and Scruggs during the late fifties, and led his own Timberliners, featured here, after that for a time, including a stint as a sort of second unit to Flatt and Scruggs for Martha White Mills. This recording features Hylo's legendary voice and guitar along with an excellent band featuring Jim Smoak on banjo, Tater Tate on fiddle and Jay Bailey on bass in a program of oldtime bluegrass bound to please aficionados of the traditional repertoire. Songs and tunes include The Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind/ Farewell Blues/ Cabin On The Hill/ Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms/ Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me/ Paddy On The Turnpike/ Tragic Romance, and others. Satisfying. (RP)

 
THE BROWNS Bear Family BCD 15665 The Three Bells ● CD $189.98
Eight discs, 257 songs, approximately 10 hours, fans only
I guess the Browns (Jim Ed Brown and sisters Bonnie and Maxine) must have one helluva following in Europe. The Beatles liked 'em, according to the notes. That would explain why Bear Family's issued their complete Fabor and RCA recordings in this beautiful box. That's the good news. In all honesty, this is more Browns than anyone except a dyed-in-the-wool fan could take. They had only 21 Billboard chart entries through their entire career, way less than 10 percent of their total output. And once you get past their decent 1954 Looking Back to See and Here Today and Gone Tomorrow (their first hits). the early, novelty-laden Abbott stuff is hard to take. Songs like the moronic Itsy Witsy Bitsy Me/ Set the Dawgs On 'Em, and Goo Goo Da Da shouldn't be listened to on a full stomach. The harmonies are pleasant on the ballads, but awfully monotonous. At RCA, Chet Atkins produced them and at times played some tasty guitar. They found their biggest successes there with I Take the Chance/ I Heard the Bluebirds Sing. Their biggest triumph was their sentimental crossover smash, The Three Bells, a reworked French pop hit recorded by, among others, Edith Piaf. Equally sentimental versions of Scarlet Ribbons and The Old Lamplighter also crossed over though, thank God, their awful version of Indian Love Call did not. Despite recording album after album, their country hits were few. The set ends with their final 1967 session. Jim Ed, who'd also recorded as an RCA solo artist, ultimately found his greatest success there. This is one of Bear's finest packages, however. Country Music Foundation staffer Chris Skinker's tremendous liner notes, done with full cooperation from the Browns, rank with the best Bear has ever published. Just as fine are the rare photos from the Brown archives, including a doozy of the threesome performing in front of an old S & H Green Stamp store. If only the dull music justified all this . . . (RK)

 
MILTON BROWN & HIS MUSICAL BROWNIES Origin Jazz Library 1000 Western Swing Chronicles, Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98
25 tracks, essential
If you can't afford the box set of Brown's complete recordings (Texas Rose 1-5 Five CDs with book - $69.98) this single album is a great introduction to the music of one of the creators of Western swing featuring sides ranging from the bouncy Nancy Jane recorded at his first session in 1932 as a member of The Fort Worth Doughboys -a group that also included Bob Wills - and ends with the beautiful love song A Thousand Good Nights recorded at his last session in March, 1936 - just a month before his tragic early death. Brown's group, The Musical Brownies, changed musical history. To his brother Derwood's rock solid guitar, he added Ocie Stockard's equally steady tenor banjo, the Earl Hines-influenced piano of Fred "Papa" Calhoun (the 1st piano in Western Swing), and the dazzling, jazzy, Venuti-styled fiddle of Cecil Brower. Then, in 1935, he added the utterly astounding, revolutionary amplified steel guitar of Bob Dunn, whose take-off style featured some of the earliest examples of amplified guitar to be recorded and incorporated blues, Hawaiian guitar & the trombone of Jack Teagarden. This wildly infectious, jazzy danceband served the marvelous, easy-swinging vocals of Milton, who could croon sweetly, growl the blues, jive like Cab Calloway, or shout to the heavens the joys of womanhood, babies, Texas, or rascality. All manner of vaudeville, blues, pop, and swing were given his special treatment. Sound quality on this issue is superb and the 20 page booklet has informative notes by Brown's biographer Cary Ginell, great and rare photos and discographical information. (JM/ FS)

 
MILTON BROWN & HIS MUSICAL BROWNIES Proper BOX 59 Daddy Of Western Swing ● CD $25.98
4 CDs, 106 tracks, essential
In 1932, the seminal western band The Light Crust Doughboys split in 2. Fiddler Bob Wills & banjo player Sleepy Johnson eventually started the great Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Singer Milton Brown & his young guitar-slinger brother Derwood formed The Musical Brownies. Adding such future greats as banjo player Ocie Stockard, pianist John "Papa" Calhoun (nicknamed in honor of his hero Earl "Fatha" Hines), fiddler Cecil Brower & legendary pedal steel player Bob Dunn. The band initially recorded for Bluebird - their 4/4/34 session is considered the 1st real Western Swing recording session. After 2 sessions with Bluebird, resulting in 18 recordings, the band switched to Decca for the rest of their short life, hastened by the death of Milton in complications from a car crash just 2 years later, 4/12/36. Derwood kept the Brownies together for a littler while & this set ends with 4 tunes by Derwood Brown & His Musical Brownies. Set includes such greats as Easy Ridin' Papa/ Garbage Man Blues/ Brownie's Stomp/ Get Along Cindy/ Who's Sorry Now/ You're Bound To Look Like A Monkey, etc. With 32 page booklet. (GM)

 
MILTON BROWN & THE BROWNIES Texas Rose 1-5 Complete Recordings Of The Father Of Western Swing ● CD $69.98
5 CDs, 120 tracks, 350 min, essential
At last, the complete recorded legacy of Milton Brown, the charasmatic vocalist/bandleader from Fort Worth who, as detailed in Cary Ginell's fine book Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing-$29.95, created the hybrid music known as Western Swing. Born in 1903 in central Texas, he started singing his mixture of country, pop & Tin Pan Alley, and blues songs in high school, joining with fiddler Bob Wills & guitarist Herman Arnspiger, eventually recording 2 sides Sunbonnet Sue & Nancy Jane (included here) as the Fort Worth Doughboys in 1932. Soon he formed his Musical Brownies, with innovations that changed musical history. To his brother Derwood's rock solid guitar, he added Ocie Stockard's equally steady tenor banjo, the Earl Hines-influenced piano of Fred "Papa" Calhoun (the 1st piano in Western Swing), and the dazzling, jazzy, Venuti-styled fiddle of Cecil Brower. In 1934, they recorded 18 lively sides for Bluebird, strutting the stuff that made them the most popular band in Fort Worth and caught the ear of every aspiring picker in the state. Then, he added the utterly astounding, revolutionary amplified steel guitar of Bob Dunn, whose take-off style incorporated blues, Hawaiian guitar & the trombone of Jack Teagarden. Among the 84 hot sides recorded for Decca in 1935-36 are the 1st (maybe 2nd) examples of amplified guitar to be recorded. This wildly infectious, jazzy danceband served the marvelous, easy-swinging vocals of Milton, who could croon sweetly, growl the blues, jive like Cab Calloway, or shout to the heavens the joys of womanhood, babies, Texas, or rascalarity. All manner of vaudeville, blues, pop, and swing were given his special treatment. Unfortunately, this unique talent was silenced by an auto crash in 1936. His brother Derwood tried to continue, waxing 14 fines sides in 1937, 2 with vocals by Jimmie Davis. But, the magic left with Milton, leaving Wills & others bring Western Swing to wider acceptance and glory. Still, these wonderful sides, heard here with amazingly fine sound and complemented by the fine booklet by Ginell, have a joy and vivacity rarely equaled in popular music. Rush to your phone, mailbox, fax or passenger pigeon to order this jewel. (JM)

 
THE BROWN'S FERRY FOUR King 590 Sacred Songs, Vol. 2 ● CD $9.98
16 tracks, 39 mins, highly recommended. 16 superb examples of gospel quartet sings from this legendary occasional group featuring Merle Travis, Grandpa Jones & The Delmore Brothers. The Delmores provide most of the leads with the others providing harmonies with occasionally Red Foley substituting for Travis on bass vocals. Backup is mostly Merle's guitar with occasional mandolin. Songs include Will The circle Be Unbroken/ If We Never Meet Again/ Everybody Will Be Happy Over there/ When The Good Lord Cares/ When he Blessed My Soul, etc. Half a dozen tracks are duplicated on Starday 3017. Sound is not great but certainly satisfactory. (FS)

 
THE BROWN'S FERRY FOUR Starday 3017 16 Greatest Hits ● CD $9.98
16 tracks, 39 mins, highly recommended 16 superb examples of gospel quartet sings from this legendary occasional group featuring Merle Travis, Grandpa Jones & The Delmore Brothers. The Delmores provide most of the leads with the others providing harmonies with occasionally Red Foley substituting for Travis on bass vocals. Backup is mostly Merle's guitar with occasional mandolin. The songs are mostly Alton Delmore originals along with a few old favotites. The sound on a few tracks is muffled but most of it sounds fine. (FS)

 
ED BRUCE Bear Family BCD 15830 Puzzles ● CD $21.98
 

 
CLIFF BRUNER Bear Family BCD 15932 Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers ● CD $135.98
5 CD set with book featuring 123 tracks by this fine western swing band recorded between 1937 and 1950 for Decca, Mercury and AYO. Includes sidemen like Bob Dunn, Link Davis & Moon Mullican. Includes unissued tracks and alternate takes. With lavishly illustrated 56 page book

 
HOYT "SLIM" BRYANT & HIS WILDCATS B.A.C.M. 245 Volume 2 ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing B.A.C.M. 178 this is another fine collection of Western flavored music by this excellent group that that evolved from Clayton McMichen's Louisville-based Georgia Wildcats. Slim Bryant and His Wildcats were staples on Pittsburgh radio and television during the '40s and early '50s. Taking its vocal cues from California's close-harmony Western trios, the Wildcats were particularly notable for their hot take-off guitar, fiddle and accordion solos. Like the first volume this is drawn from a series of more than 200 radio transcriptions made in the mid/ late 40s. The material ranges from close harmony vocals in the mould of The Sons Of The Pioneers to hot instrumental workouts. Bryant's solid guitar is abetted by fiddler Ken Newton, accordionist Al Azzaro and bassist Loppy Bryant. Tracks include Columbus Stockade Blues/ West Winds/ Barbara Polka/ I Might Have Known/ There'll Be Some Changes Made/ Ida Red/ Bessie james/ Detour, etc. Sound is excellent and there are informative notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
HOYT "SLIM" BRYANT & HIS WILDCATS: A Bicycle Built For Two/ Are You Tired Of Me Darling/ Baby Doll/ Barbara Polka (instr.)/ Bessie James/ Closing Theme/ Columbus Stockade Blues/ Detour/ Don't Trouble Me/ Durang's Hornpipe (instr.)/ Have I Waited Too Long/ Headin' For The Great Divide/ I Love You So Much It Hurts Me/ I Might Have Known/ I Only Want A Buddy, Not A Sweetheart/ Ida Red (instr.)/ Is It Too Late Now/ Listen To The Mocking Bird (instr.)/ My Heart's Still In Mexico/ Old Joe Clark (instr.)/ Opening Theme/ Over The Santa Fe Trail/ Rosalita/ Some Must Win, Some Must Lose/ Swingin' On An Old Rope Swing/ That Pioneer Mother Of Mine/ The Last Letter/ There'll Be Some Changes Made (instr.)/ West Winds/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

 
SMILEY BURNETTE Cattle  203 Gentle Genius Of Country Music, 1934-47 ● CD $18.98
21 tracks from this singer. comedian and movie star, 3 previously unissued. Among the accompanying musicians is Merle Travis.

 
SAM BUSH Sugar Hill 3849 Glamour And Grits ● CD $17.98
12 tracks, 53 minutes, recommended
After years out of the spotlight managing Emmylou Harris' band, Sam Bush recently began touring again, often together with ex bandmate John Cowan. Now we have this strong solo album, Bush's first since 1984. Actually this could be described as 3/4 of a New Grass Revival reunion, as Cowan and Bela Fleck are featured prominently throughout. Bush remains very much in the forefront however, in this collection evenly divided between instrumentals and vocal numbers. To my ear the instrumentals are the most enjoyable, but fans of Bush's blend of musical styles will be more than satisfied by everything here. Whayasay opens the album featuring fine jazz influenced bluegrass picking all around. Bush sings and plays beautifully on Bob Marley's Is It Love. All Night Radio has the makings of an FM radio hit, with more than a nod to Van Morrison. Bush's slide mandolin is featured on Watson Allman and the whole group rocks out on the closer Galway. (DP)

 
BUZ BUTLER B.A.C.M. 156 Money Ain't Everything ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, recommended
Buz Butler's main claim to fame was that he was the first artist to record the song Mule Train that was subsequently a #1 hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford but as this collection shows he was a very worthwhile artist. This collection of sides recorded between 1947 and 1951 is thought to be his entire output. Very little is known about Busby but publicity material from the time indicates he was originally from Georgia and got interested in music as a child. The material here is varied with novelty songs, country boogies and soulful honky tonk ballads. His version of Jimmie Rodgers Muleskinner Blues is an energetic performance that has a lot in common with the Fendermen's hit version from 1960. There are also two fine duets with female vocalist Cass Dailey. (FS)
BUZ BUTLER: A Little Scrap Of Paper/ A Year Of City Livin'/ Bloodshot Eyes/ Bonaparte's Retreat/ Chew Tobacco Rag/ Coyote Blues/ Friend In The Tennessee Waltz/ Gambling Fool/ Get Goin' Engineer/ I Framed The Wrong Picture/ It Only Cost Three Cents To Break My Heart/ Make Believe Kisses/ Medicine Show/ Money Ain't Everything/ Mule Train/ Muleskinner Blues/ Poison Ivy/ Rubber Ball Bounce/ Smokey Mountain Waltz/ Strike A Match/ Ten Thousand Miles/ Tennessee Rosebud/ The One That I Want Won't Have Me/ We Get Along So Good Together

 
CARL BUTLER Bear Family BCD 16118 A Blue Million Tears ● CD $21.98
28 tracks, recommended A fine collection of sides recorded for Capitol and OKeh between 1950 and 1953 by this fine artist who, surprisingly, did not have any hits of his own until the 60s. He was a prolific songwriter and a number of his songs were hits for other artists, most notably his good friend Carl Smith. The songs here a mix of bluegrass and honky tonk country including many originals. Sidemen on these sessions include Dobroists George "Speedy" Krise and Harold "Shot" Jackson, fiddler Clarence "tater" Tate, Art Wooten, Tommy Jackson and others. Includes 28 booklet with notes by Ronnie Pugh and full discographical information. All the songs here are making their first appearance on CD. (FS)
CARL BUTLER: Alone Without You/ Blue Million Tears/ Country Mile/ Crowded Out/ Everything Will Be The Same/ For Fooling Around/ Heartbreak Express/ I Just Said Goodbye To My Dreams/ I Live My Life Alone/ I Need You So/ It's Wrong To Be Jealous/ Linda Lou/ My Heart Tells Me (you'll Come Back To Stay)/ No Guarantee On My Heart/ No Trespassing/ Our Last Rendezvous/ Penny For Your Thoughts (a Nickel For A Hug)/ Plastic Heart/ River Of Love/ Shake, Rattle & Roll/ So Close/ Stepping On My Heart/ String Of Empties/ Vicious Lies/ Victim Of Lies/ White Rose/ You Can't Insure A House Of Dreams/ You Plus Me

 
CARL & PEARL BUTLER Bear Family BCD 15739 Crying My Heart Out For You ● CD $21.98
12 tracks, 33 mins, recommended In 1974 and in 1976, just a few years before Pearl Butler's death, Carl and Pearl went back into the studio. Their hitmaking days long past, David McCormick, manager of the Ernest Tubb Record Shops, produced 12 excellent songs released as Country We Love an LP on the little-known Pedaca label. Bear Family has justifiably reissued this set, which showed Carl and Pearl still in fine voice. The backing stayed traditional, with some little known studio musicians and the better known Opry guitarist Joe Edwards, rhythm guitar master Ray Edenton, Willie Ackerman and D.J. Fontana on drums and Joe Zinkan on bass. The numbers mix Carl and Pearl favorites like Don't Let Me Cross Over and Carl's composition If Teardrops Were Pennies (a hit for Carl Smith) along with other fine traditional material. Someday, Bear should tackle the Butlers' Columbia classics. Until then, this will do just fine. Fine notes by Charles Wolfe put the album into the right perspective. (RK)

 
THE BYRDS Columbia 65150 Sweetheart of the Rodeo ● CD $11.98
One of the most important milestones of the late 60s "Country Rock" era, this album turned many people towards the sounds that eventually became the mainstay of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, and beyond. Includes Clarence White on lead guitar and some truly impressive work by Gram Parsons, the avatar of the entire genre. Newly remastered in 1997 with eight bonus tracks - three previously unissued songs and five rehearsal and alternate takes. (RK)

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