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JACKIE PHELPS & JIMMIE RIDDLE Gusto 0556 Stars Of Hee Haw & The Grand Ole Opry ● CD $7.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
A most enjoyable collection featuring two fine musicians who first worked together in Roy Acuff's band and worked again togethr on the TV Show "Hee Haw". Phelps is an outstanding electric guitarist in the Merle Travis mould - he does six numbers including a couple of pleasing vocals and is joined by harmonica wizard Riddle on a couple of them along with a fine group including an excellent steel guitarist. Riddle does some fine harmonica instrumentals as well as a couple of vocals including the talking blues Huntin' Blues which also features him doing some "eefing."Most entertaining. (FS)

THE PHELPS BROTHERS Bronco Buster 9043 Two Decades Of Country Music ● CD $18.98
27 tracks featuring sides from 1936 and 1955 by this group.
THE PHELPS BROTHERS: A Thousand Glasses/ All Too Soon They Grow Up/ Atlanta Blues/ Bye Bye Blues/ Can't Help Loving You/ He Made it All Possible/ Hoping/ Hot Time in Nashville/ How Much Do You Care/ I'm Beginning to Forget You/ I'm Gonna Sit Right down (and Write Myself a Letter)/ Look What I've Got/ Lulu's Back in Town/ Minnie the Mermaid/ Next Time I Get Married/ Nobody's Darling but Mine/ Roaring Robbie Moore/ Roll along Prairie Moon/ Someone's Gonna Get Hurt Now/ The Moose River Mine Song (the Glitter of Gold)/ The Rose in Her Hair/ The Terrible Tupelo Storm/ Think of Me/ What More Can I Do?/ You Gotta See Mama Every Night/ You're Beginning to Change

STU PHILLIPS Bear Family BCD 15721 A Journey Through The Provinces ● CD $21.98
35 tracks, 79 min., recommended
Before he became a Nashville resident, scored several modest hits for RCA, and joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry, Calgary resident Stu Phillips recorded three fine albums for a native Canadian label, Rodeo Records. All three lps, minus one number, are presented here. Accompanied only by his own guitar on these 1958 recordings, he is more a smooth folk balladeer than a commercial country singer. Featured numbers include The Village Blacksmith/ En Roulant Ma Boule/ Canada-i-o/ Mountain Boy and White Stallion Legend. Good sound quality, fine graphics, notes by the artist himself, and several photos, sadly without captions. (DH)

THE PICKARD FAMILY B.A.C.M. 084 Walking In The Parlour - Old Time Playing And Singing ● CD $14.98
Delightful collection of 21 tracks by this family who are little known today but were among the first stars of the Grand Ole Opry. Led by multi instrumentalist Obed Pickard who played fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica and Jews harp he was usually joined by his wife Leila May on piano, daughter Ruth on accordion and sons Bubb & Charlie on guitars. A varied collection recorded between 1927 and 1930 it includes traditional and vaudeville songs performed with skill and enthusiasm including Behind The Parlour Door/ Get Away From That Window/ Kitty Wells (the song that inspired Muriel Deason to change her name to Kitty Wells)/ The Old Grey Horse (a solo Jews harp piece)/ On The Dummy Line/ She Never Came Back/ She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain/ Buffalo Gals/ The Blind Boys Lament, etc.
THE PICKARD FAMILY: Behind The Parlour Door/ Birmingham Jail/ Buffalo Gals/ Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie/ Down In Arkansas/ Get Away From That Window/ Goodbye My Honey/ Ill Meet Her When The Sun Goes Down/ Kitty Wells/ Lifes Railroad To Heaven/ My Old Boarding House/ On The Dummy Line/ Rabbit In The Pea Patch/ She Never Came Back/ Shell Be Comin Round The Mountain/ The Blind Boys Lament/ The Little Red Caboose Behind The Train/ The Old Gray Goose Is Dead/ The Old Grey Horse/ The Picture On The Wall/ Walking In The Parlour

PIE PLANT PETE & BASHFUL HARMONICA JOE Cattle 305 Sing And Play Their Hillbilly Favorites ● CD $18.98
Pie Plant Pete (Claude Moye) started his musical career in the late 20s and teamed up with Bashful Harmonica Joe (Joe Troynan) in the mid 30s. The 20 tracks here are from rare recordings made for the Process label in 1947 including Over Yonder Over There/ Come Back To My Heart/ Winding/ Goodbye My LOver Goodbye/ I'm Gonna Take My Linda Home To Stay/ You Go To Your Church And I'll Go To Mine/ I Miss You Sweetheart, etc.
PIE PLANT PETE & BASHFUL HARMONICA JOE: Boy Am I Glad/ Bury Me Beneath The Willow/ Come Back To My Heart/ Down By The Railroad Tracks/ Gonna Have A Big Time Tonight/ Goodbye My Lover Goodbye/ I Miss You Sweetheart/ I'm Gonna Ride That Train To Heaven/ I'm Gonna Take My Linda Home To Stay/ My Blue Skies Have Turned To Grey Skies Now/ Over Yonder Over There/ Railroad Blues-barnyard Blues/ Shadows Of Night/ That Mother-in-law/ The Rooster Serenade/ The Story Has Ended/ Tritzem Yodel/ Winding/ You Go To Your Church And I'll Go To Mine/ You Wouldn't Know The Whitewashed Stable Now

WEBB PIERCE Bear Family BCD 15522 The Wondering Boy, 1951-1958 ● CD $74.98
Pierce was one of several people who defined the honky tonk style. But in fairness, he hadn't performed in years. That's why this is one of Bear Family's most important collections. It brings together 113 Decca recordings, 13 unissued. It's all here: "Wondering," "Back Street Affair," "The Last Waltz," "More and More," "Slowly," "Yes, I Know Why" and "There Stands The Glass," some of the greatest music of that entire period. We find Webb was so exacting he recorded several of his hits more than once until he got the version he he felt worthy of release. There are gospel numbers (some unissued), as well as two hit duets with Red Sovine. Their version of "Why Baby Why" beat out George Jones's original to reach # 1 in 1955 and "Little Rosa," his maudlin hit recitation with Sovine, is hilarious today, with Red's horribly ersatz Italian accent. Yet for all his country purism, Pierce could rock. He recorded Bill Justis' instrumental "Raunchy" with lyrics and had it released under the name "Shady Wall." He also updated "Teenage Boogie," a version of "Hayride Boogie," originally recorded with Tillman Franks for Webb's short-lived Pacemaker label. The booklet comes complete with old ads, terrific photos, and a near-definitive discography. Annotator Otto Kitsinger has done outstanding research but presented it poorly, with a narrative that's choppy and tough to read. How you do the research is nice to know, but what you found and how you explain it is more important. The music speaks more eloquently. (RK)

WEBB PIERCE King KCD 648 The One And Only... ● CD $9.98
Reissue of long out of print album featuring 12 of Webb's earliest Four Star sides from 1949/50.

FIDDLING JACK PIERCE & THE OKLAHOMA COWBOYS B.A.C.M. 132 Also Featuring The Smyth County Ramblers & Tenneva Ramblers ● CD $14.98
Entertaining and varied collection featuring the obscure but fine Virginia fiddler Jack Pierce. The first five tracks features fine old time string band from two groups that Jack was a member of - The Tenneva Ramblers and The Smyth County Ramblers. He didn't surface again until 1936 when he recorded the remaining 17 tracks - first as Jack Pierce & His Boys and later as Jack Pierce & The Oklahoma Cowboys. These latter groups perform a mix of western, novelty and western swing oriented material.
FIDDLIN JACK PIERCE & THE OKLAHOMA COWBOYS: Darling, Where Have You Been So Long?/ Has Anybody Seen My Gal/ Hillbilly Shack In The Valley/ If I Had My Way/ If You Don‘t Believe I‘m Leavin‘/ In The Golden West With You/ I‘m Going To Georgia/ Keep On Shining Colorado Moon/ Lookin‘ For A Hillbilly Bride/ Miss liza, Poor Gal/ Monday Morning Blues/ Mountain Rhythm/ My Home On The Western Plains/ My Name Is Ticklish Reuben/ Oklahoma Blues/ South Of The Mason Dixon Line/ Spoonin‘ Neath A Western Sky/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ The Blue Ridge Home I Love/ Wabash Blues/ Way Down In Alabama/ Where The Western Horizon Begins

THE PINE VALLEY COSMONAUTS Bloodshot 029 The Pine Valley Cosmonauts ● CD $14.98
An alternative country tribute to the king of western swing from group led by Mekons/ Waco Brothers guitarist Jon Langford. With guest appearances from Robbie Fulks, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Sally Timms, The Meat Purveyors and others.

CHARLIE POOLE County 3501 Old Time Songs Recorded From 1925-1930 ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 50 min., recommended
This disc is actually essential to any real fan of old time country music, since so little has been reissued on CD. Poole hailed from the region of North Carolina that produced some of the best black ragtime and blues, and his music shared the jaunty blues feeling of those recordings. He picked the banjo in a precise three finger style that owed more to minstrel shows and ragtime than to raucous white country music. The North Carolina Ramblers also featured fine bluesy fiddle by Lonnie Austin or Odell Smith, and great guitar from Norman Woodlieff and Roy Harvey. Poole's characteristic nasal vocals grace these tracks as well; sixteen of the best known and most enduring old time country standards. Tracks include White House Blues/ Sweet Sunny South/ Shootin' Creek/ He Rambled/ Leaving Home/ Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues/ Take A Drink On Me/ Took My Gal A Walkin' along with 8 others, all originally recorded by Columbia between 1925 and 1930. RP)

CHARLIE POOLE County 3508 Volume 2 ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 51 minutes, recommended
This second volume of Charlie Poole recordings on County is from the same period as the rural Virginia string bands reviewed elsewhere in this issue. Poole's was easily the most famous of the old time string bands that flourished in Virginia and North Carolina in the 1920's and the wit and high spirited delivery that contributed to his fame are in ample evidence here. Poole on banjo and guitarist Roy Harvey play on every cut, joined on fiddle by Posey Rorer, Odell Smith, or Lonnie Austin. While most of Pooles famous tunes are found on Volume 1, the material here is consistently interesting and enjoyable. It includes reworkings of folk songs like Gypsy Girl and If I Lose, I Don't Careand Tin Pan Alley selections such as There'll Come a Time and It's a Movin' Day. Baltimore Fire laments the conflagration of 1905. Poole, whose fondness and capacity for spirits was legendary, led a life every bit as raucous and flamboyant as his playing and his verve and vigor shines through clearly on these classic recordings. (DP)

CHARLIE POOLE County 3516 The Legend Of Charlie Poole, Vol. 3 ● CD $15.98
Great collection of songs recorded between 1926 and 1930.

CHARLIE POOLE JSP JSPCD 7734 With The North Carolina Ramblers And The Highlanders ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 96 tracks, essential
Although there are some flaws in this collection it is still an absolutely indispensable set featuring recordings by one of the finest and most popular string bands of the late 20s led by singer and banjo player Charlie Poole. Poole had a distinctive vocal style and played banjo in a precise three finger style that owed more to minstrel shows and ragtime than to the more raucous style of other old time banjo players and was to prove an influence on later generations of banjo player and was a forerunner of Scruggs style bluegrass banjo. The group usually worked as a trio and Poole was joined by fine fiddlers Poser Rorer, Lonnie Austin or Odell Smith and except for the groups first session in July 25th which featured guitarist Norman Woodlieff their regular guitarist was Roy Harvey and the group adopted the name the North Carolina Ramblers. The sound of the group was a joy - more melodic and nuanced than many of their contemporaries and their material included traditional ballads (some with their origins in English and Irish songs), minstrel songs, old popular songs, sentimental songs and more. Their first session yielded their wonderful Don't Led You Deal Go Down which sold over 100,000 copies and put their name on the map. Roy Harvey also recorded as leader of the North Carolina Ramblers sometimes with Poole on banjo and at other times with Bob Hoke on banjo-mandolin and many of these tracks are featured here though one six track session from February 1928 is misidentified as by Poole and The North Carolina Ramblers when he isn't present at all. Many of the groups songs became old time and later bluegrass standards and includes such gems as The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee/ White House Blues/ Sweet Sunny South/ He Rambled/ Coon From Tennessee/ If I Lose, I Don't Care/ Take A Drink On Me/ Baltimore Fire/ If The River Was Whiskey (a great variation on Hesitatin' Blues)/ Hungry Hash House and many more. It also includes the delightful four part musical/ comedy skit A Trip To New York issued as by The Alleghany Highlanders and a couple of banjo solos by Poole accompanied by Roy Harvey's sister Lucy Terry. Sound quality is generally excellent though a few tracks are from worn 78s. The only real drawback is that it doesn't quite include everything Poole recorded as a couple of 78s are not included though they are in the hands of collectors and could have been used if a little more effort had been taken by JSP. It's also puzzling that they didn't include a couple of unissued tracks that have been reissued on LP and CD. Still apart from those minor omissions this is a truly stellar and inspiring collection of old time country music. (FS)
CHARLIE POOLE: A Home Without Babies/ A Letter To My Mother/ A Letter To My Mother/ A Trip To New York Part 1/ A Trip To New York Part 2/ A Trip To New York Part 3/ A Trip To New York Part 4/ A Young Boy Left His Home One Day/ As We Parted At The Gate/ Baltimore Fire/ Bill Mason/ Bill Mason/ Blue Eyes/ Budded Rose/ Budded Roses/ Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister/ Don't Let Your Deal Go Down/ Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues/ Falling By The Wayside/ Flop Eared Mule/ Flyin' Clouds/ Forks Of Sandy/ From Tennessee/ George Collins/ Give My Love To Nell/ Goodbye Booze/ Goodbye Mary Dear/ Goodbye Sweet Liza Jane/ He Rambled/ Home Without Love/ Honeysuckle/ Hungry Hash House/ Husband And Wife Were Angry One Night/ I Cannot Call Her Mother/ I Once Loved A Sailor/ I'll Be There Mary Dear/ I'm Glad I'm Married/ If I Lose, I Don't Care/ If The River Was Whiskey/ It's Movin' Day/ Jealous Mary/ Just Keep Waiting Till The Good Time Comes/ Kitty Blye/ Leaving Dear Old Ireland/ Leaving Home/ Look Before You Leap/ Lynchburg Town/ May I Sleep In Your Barn/ Milwaukee Blues/ Monkey On A String/ Mountain Reel/ My Gypsy Girl/ My Mother And My Sweetheart/ My Wife Went Away And Left Me/ Old And Only In The Way/ On The Streets Of Glory/ Pearl Bryant/ Please Papa Come Home/ Poor Little Joe/ Ragtime Annie/ Ramblin' Blues/ Richmond Square/ San Antonio/ She Is Only A Bird In A Gilded Cage/ Shootin' Creek/ Southern Medley/ Sunset March/ Sweet Sefrain/ Sweet Sixteen/ Sweet Sunny South/ Sweet Sunny South/ Take A Drink On Me/ Take Back The Ring/ Take Me Back To Home And Mother/ Tennessee Blues/ The Bluefield Murder/ The Brave Engineer/ The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee/ The Highwayman/ The Letter That Never Came/ The Man That Rode The Mule Around The World/ The Old Clay Pipe/ The Only Girl I Ever Loved/ There'll Come A Time/ There'll Come A Time/ There's A Mother Old And Gray Who Needs Me Now/ Too Young To Marry/ Took My Gal A Walkin'/ Under The Double Eagle/ We Will Outshine The Sun/ What Is Home Without Babies/ White House Blues/ Wild Horse/ Wreck Of The Virginian No.3/ You Ain't Talkin' To Me

THE PRAIRIE RAMBLERS B.A.C.M. 048 The Oregon Trail ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of sides recorded between 1935 and 1952 by this fine, long lived and versatile string band which usually featured Tex Atchison or Alan Crockett/ fiddle, Chick Hurt/ mandolin & tenor banjo, Salty Holmes or Bernie Smith/ lead guitar, Jack Taylor/ bass and others with vocals by various of the band members. The material is a mixture of swinging tunes, sentimental tunes, risque songs (issued under the name of The Sweet Violet Boys), western swing and novelty pieces with some hot instrumental work. (FS)
THE PRAIRIE RAMBLERS: All I Ever Do Is Wait/ Answer To Ill Be Back In A Year/ Darling Do You Love Another/ Deed We Do/ Easy On The Eye/ Ghost In The Graveyard/ Have A Heart Taft-Hartley/ I Love My Fruit/ Ill Be Back In A Year Little Darling/ Ill Love You Till I Die/ Im A Married Man/ Im Looking For The Bully Of The Town/ Nellies Not The Same Nell Now/ Old Mississippi Moon/ The Girl At The End Of The Bar/ The Oregon Trail/ Theres A Man That Comes To Our House/ Will I Ride The Range In Heaven/ Yip Yip Yowie, Im An Eagle/ You Were Right And I Was Wrong/ Youre The Fly In My Ointment

THE PRAIRIE RAMBLERS B.A.C.M. 149 Back To My Mountain Home ● CD $14.98
The third volume of sides on B.A.C.M by this fine string band from Kentucky. This volume focuses on the group's early years from 1935 to 1938 when the group was basically Chick Hurt on mandolin & tenor banjo, Tex Atchison/ fiddle, Salty Holmes/ guitar and Jack Taylor/ bass with other musicians occasionally substituting for Atchison and Holmes and various other musicians added from time to time.

RAY PRICE Bear Family BCD 15843 The Honky Tonk Years, 195-1966 ● CD $249.98
10 discs, 266 tracks , essential
For casual fans of Ray Price, this is undoubtedly too much to swallow. The Sony Essential Ray Price CD has the biggest and best hits at a reasonable cost. Diehard Price fans, on the other hand, will find this the Holy Grail, the definitive collection of Price's honkytonk material. Following his first lousy 1950 78 for Bullet Records come his complete 1950-1966 Columbia recordings, issued and otherwise. The story has always been that Price made great honky tonk records for 15 years, standing tall against both rock and the Nashville Sound before selling out to the pop market with Danny Boy (the last song on this collection), recorded in 1966 with a full orchestra. By 1970 he was better known for tedious, sappy orchestrated ballads like You Wouldn't Know Love and For the Good Times. This collection supports the premise, yet it ain't always so cut and dried. Price's 1951-1954 Columbia sides were mediocre Hank Williams knock-offs. He finally came to his senses in 1954 by forming the Cherokee Cowboys and adding a strong Bob Wills-derived dance beat to his music. In 1956, the shuffle beat he used on his 1956 smash hit Crazy Arms became a permanent part of honky tonk . Even with the small string sections on some of his 60's recordings, the Cherokee Cowboys' sound dominated Price's music, and the strings aren't that obtrusive. The final song recorded before Danny Boy , a great, blues-drenched orchestral version of Willie's I Let My Mind Wander , is a killer. Packaging is Bear Family plus: solid discography, amazing sound and a hardback book packed with unpublished photos, including rare color shots of Willie and Paycheck as Cherokee Cowboys. Rich Kienzle's vivid essay, nearly 40,000 words, is the definitive account of Price's great days, seen through the eyes of various band members and some of Price's regular studio pickers. It closes with a weird transcript of a 1970 Columbia Records publicity interview in which Price, the country pop king, proudly discussed recording a song from Camelot. It's one of Bear Family's all-time greatest reissues. (AK)

RAY PRICE Columbia CK 8866 Greatest Hits ● CD $9.98
Includes some of his most enduring 50s material including Heartaches By The Number and City Lights , all in the classic Price shuffle style that's come back into favor with George Strait in recent years. Forget the schlock he did later. THIS is the music that Price will be remembered by. RK

RAY PRICE Columbia CK 45068 American Originals ● CD $9.98
This one's got some problems. Four numbers are original 50s and 60s shuffle style honkytonk: his version of Buck Owens' Under Your Spell Again/ San Antonio Rose/ Crazy Arms and Talk To Your Heart. All of these sound great on CD. So does his 1980 duet with Willie Nelson on Faded Love from their stunning duet album San Antonio Rose. The sticky sweet pop of 1969's For The Good Times is included, though curiously, the followup I Won't Mention It Again is not. But the versions of Night Life and Release Me are abominable re-recordings complete with a sickeningly sweet orchestra. Compiler Jim Kemp apparently didn't know the difference, and hat's inexcusable. (RK)

RAY PRICE Columbia CK 48532 The Essential Ray Price, 1951-62 ● CD $9.98
Ray Price got short shrift on Columbia's mediocre American Originals reissue series. This time Geller picked 20 of his hits and other material from 1951 to 1962, including many of the honky tonk "shuffle" ballads that still influence today's traditional singers. Though Price's style bore the clear stamp of Hank Williams at first, he developed his own intense vocal style and excelled with it. Most of these songs here are country standards. "Crazy Arms," "I'll Be There," "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You" (the definitive version) "Release Me" to "City Lights" are among the greatest country recordings ever made, period. Also here are his hit versions of "You Done Me Wrong" (a song he and George Jones wrote that George recorded on his new MCA album), Don Gibson's "Wasted Words," Lefty Frizzell's "If You're Ever Lonely, Darling," Mel Tillis's "Heart over Mind" and "I've Got A New Heartache." The latest track is his 1962 # 5 hit "Pride." Considering the impact Price had in these days before he abandoned his traditional roots for bad, overproduced schlock ballads, a collection like this is long overdue. (RK)

RAY PRICE Jasmine 3505 In A Honky Tonk Mood ● CD $11.98
21 tracks, 48 mins, highly recommended
Although you'd never know it from the cover or liner notes this album is not studio recordings but an outstanding set of performances from radio performances from the mid/late-50s. The performances here are a million miles away from Ray's later pop flavored efforts with superb honky tonk singing from Ray and terrific backup from his band The Cherokee Cowboys - some featuring the groups unique triple fiddle sound. The songs here includes live versions of some of his early big hits I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)/ If You Don't Somebody Else Will/ City Lights/ You Done Me Wrong/ Release Me and others. He also does great versions of Hank Williams' Take These Chains From My Heart, Bob Wills' San Antonio Rose and others. There are a couple of beautiful gospel songs with vocal by the backup by The Jordaniares and a couple of fine instrumentals from the band. Ray's singing here is, if anything, even more impassioned than his studio recordings of the time. Sound quality is excellent. This is an indispensable collection for lovers of honky-tonk country. (FS)

RAY PRICE Koch 7928 Night Life ● CD $11.98
12 tracks, essential One of Ray Price's greatest albums, it was named for Price's hit version of the Willie Nelson song. For many, Price's is the ultimate interpretation. This straight reissue of Columbia 1971, originally released in 1963, features covers of Lonely Street, Hank Thompson's Wild Side of Life, There's No Fool Like A Young Fool, Charlie Rich's Sittin' And Thinkin and Bright Lights and Blonde Haired Women, an obscure song Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded in 1950. Price also remade his 1955 hit Let Me Talk to You for the album. Price's legendary flair for exaggeration is obvious in his spoken introduction, where he introduces Night Life by stating it was written "especially for me by a boy down Texas way." Fact: Willie Nelson wrote and recorded Night Life before he ever moved to Nashville or knew Ray Price. The notes by "The Hound" are shallow, and like most notes by disc jockeys, substitute hyperbole for history. (AK)

CHARLEY PRIDE RCA 53227-2 Anthology ● CD $23.98
Two CD set featuring 40 tracks recorded between 1966 and 1982 by this fine singer including many big hits - includes Just Between You And Me/ The Easy Part's Over/ Kaw-Liga/ All I have To Offer You Is Me/ Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone/ I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me/ Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'/ She's Too Good To Be True/ Amazing Love/ Then Who Am I/ She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory/ Someone Loves You Honey/ You Win Again, etc. Includes 16 page illustrated booklet with informative notes by Rich Kienzle.

CHARLEY PRIDE RCA 67428 The Essential Charley Pride ● CD $15.98
20 tracks - Just Between You And Me/ Please Help Me, I'm Falling/ Kaw-Liga/ I'd Rather Love You/ I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me/ Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'/ I'm Just Me/ Amazing Love/ I'll Be Leaving Alone/ Burgers & Fries, etc.

JOHN PRINE Oh Boy 19 In Spite Of Ourselves ● CD $14.98
John tries his hand at collection of mostly country stanadrds.

ORVAL PROPHET Bear Family 16376 The Travellin' Kind ● CD $21.98
22 tracks recorded for Decca between 1952 and 1958 by Canadian singer who stylistically has a lot in common with Hank Snow.

RILEY PUCKETT B.A.C.M. 040 There's A Hard Time Coming ● CD $14.98
21 tracks recorded between 1925 and 1940 by this brilliant blind singer and guitarist whose repertoire encompassed traditional ballads, old time fiddle tunes, cowboy songs and Tin Pan Alley pop songs. Includes sides with Ted Hawkins, Clayton McMichen, Bert Layne and others.
RILEY PUCKETT: Alabama Gal/ All Bound Down In Prison/ Altoona Freight Wreck/ Bring Me Back My Blue-eyed Boy/ Dear Old Dixieland/ Down In Arkansas/ Dream Train/ Fire On The Mountain/ Frankie & Johnnie/ I Get The Blues When It Rains/ It's A Sin To Tell A Lie/ Little Sir Echo/ Oh Susanna/ Red River Valley (1)/ Red River Valley (2)/ Rock-a-bye Baby/ The Orphan Girl/ There's A Hard Time Coming/ To Wed You In The Golden Summertime/ When I Grow Too Old To Dream/ When You Wore A Tulip

RILEY PUCKETT B.A.C.M. 115 Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 64 minutes, completists only
One of prewar country music's most prolific recording artists, Riley Puckett was featured on a half-dozen superb LP compilations during the '60s and '70s. Outside of his work with the Skillet Lickers and sideman efforts with various Atlanta-based fiddlers, Puckett's music has largely eluded reissue on compact disc. As with B.A.C.M's first Puckett anthology, this set largely avoids duplication with the tracks on those now highly collectable LPs. For collectors, this is a plus. But it's disadvantageous to anyone seeking a decent sampler of this blind singer/guitarist's finest moments on record. Many tracks here amplify the guitarist's sporadic weaknesses, breaking meter and playing wrong chords. Not surprisingly, this compilation's best cuts have been reissued before; the magnificent Rodgeresque Waiting for the Evening Mail was the title track for County's Puckett LP. Other previously reissued tracks feature Puckett backing Skillet Lickers fiddlers Clayton McMichen and Lowe Stokes. Puckett's vocal duets with McMichen are absolutely painful; Stan and Ollie have nothing to fear from their The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. When Maple Leaves Are Falling with its McMichen lead vocal could well be the worst record in Columbia's 15000-D series. Sound is generally good, though B.A.C.M. failed to correct dragging speeds on the earliest sessions. Brian Golbey provides a brief appreciation. (DS)
RILEY PUCKETT: Billy In The Low Ground/ Black Eyed Susie/ Burglar Man/ Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight/ I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again/ I Wish I Was Single Again/ I'm Drifting Back To Dreamland/ Ida Red/ It's Simple To Flirt/ Jesse James/ Long Tongued Woman/ Sally Gooden/ Sleep Baby Sleep/ Somebody's Waiting For You/ Swanee River/ Tell Me/ The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine/ Waiting For The Evening Mail/ We'll Sow Righteous Seed For The Reaper/ When The Maple Leaves Are Falling/ Won't You Come Over To My House/ You'll Never Miss Your Mother Til She's Gone


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