WILLIAMS - THE COLLECTION SPECTRUM RECORDS (UNIVERSAL)
Here we have 18 songs running for over 43 minutes in the latest Hank
Williams collection to be released. I am sure by now every country music fan
has at least one of Hanks albums, so I hear you ask "why keep
releasing them". Well, probably because they still sell is one
good reason, these are on CD is another, and most of all, there's another
NEW generation out there who will appreciate these songs, just like
they appreciate Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and many other
influential singers and songwriters. Nobody did it like Hank back then,
he blazed the trail like no other, and most of those who followed did
so in his footsteps, and not just in country music. 12 of the tracks
were written by Hank himself and another 3 are co-writes by Hank. The
remaining 3 songs are ‘Wedding Bells’; ‘Dear John’
& ‘Lost Highway’. So check this one out, the songs
are listed below. Personally I think revisiting a Hank Williams collection
should be made compulsory, and not just for country fans.
OTHER SONGS: I'm A Long Gone Daddy/You're Gonna Change/Honky Tonkin'/My
Son Calls Another Man Daddy/Baby, We' re Really In Love/Mansion on a Hill/Mind
Your Own Business/Lonesome Whistle/Howljn' at the Moon/I Won't be Home Anymore/Nobody's
Lonesome for Me/Why Should We Try Anymore/I just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin’/Weary
Blues From Waitin'/I Saw The Light.
REEVES - GENTLEMAN JIM - THE HAYRIDE YEARS - SUNDOWN - TKOMAGNUM
16 tracks running 39 minutes makes up this collection. Its the remaining
15 recordings of performances by Jim on the Louisiana Hayride between 1954 and
58. It opens with a promotional spot for Abbott & Fabor Records,
featuring snatches of songs by various artistes, and band 4 includes the
Louisiana Hayride Theme and AFN promo. Bands 2 & 3 are from April
55, Band 4 July 1955, band 5 from August 55, and 6 to 16 is from "Country
Style USA" on AFN (American Forces Network) broadcast on 15th December
1958. The signal fades at times but the voice, as we came to know it,
was still at least a foot away from the microphone. The vocal on ‘Am
I Losing You’ shows the new style was just around the corner. For
the country fan who likes real history with his collection this one is for you,
its also for the Jim Reeves collector and for those who like their country from
OTHER SONGS: Red Eyed and Rowdy / Everywhere You Go / Penny Candy / Yonder
Comes A Sucker / r m Hurting Inside / My Lips are Sealed / Roly Poly /
According to my Heart / Have I told You Lately That I Love You / I Wonder
/Kentucky Waltz / Waiting For A Train / Each Time You Leave / Four Walls
/ Yonder Comes A Sucker. (www.tkomagnum.co.uk)
(Available from all good record stores or direct on Tel No 01494450606).
LEE - MORE OF THE BEST (and then some) - UNIVERSAL RECORDS
in complete contrast, it's time for a listen to the undisputed First Lady of
Country Dance. This 21 track CD holds 13 previously released tracks, classed
here as ..."a second round of Scooter Lee's Greatest Hits.
but also 8 BRAND NEW SONGS never released by Scooter before " Now
I hate to be picky, but greatest hits? where? what chart? which country?
or is this just publicity hyperbole...Oh yes, and another thing,"
BRAND NEW SONGS", bad choice of words, surely new recordings would
suffice, as "Splish Splash" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" are
certainly not new songs. This recording and Scooter Lee don't need hype like
that, as this CD stands up along side all her previous recordings, quality songs
with quality musicians from a highly respected singer/songwriter in my book.
I've always said, when reviewing Scooter's CDs, this is not just linedance music.
There's everything here for a good hours dancing from out and out country through
Cajun music, waltzing, rock 'n roll, disco and even retro mix. The song titles
lend themselves to the dance titles in most cases, and 9 of the songs have Scooter's
name behind them. Recommended for the dancer and for the country fan, who doesn't
mind the odd non-country song included. The CD comes with a 24-page booklet with
19 dance scripts. This was released to coincide with her tour in Britain in June/July,
sorry I missed her in Edinburgh, but maybe next time.
ALLAN- THE ARIZONA COWBOY -BRITISH ARCHIVE OF COUNTRY MUSIC
of the Singing Cowboy-Actor-songwriter and all around nice guy, Rex Allan is
well documented and while his light never shone as brightly as Roy Rogers or
Gene Autry, he did leave his mark as the ‘Last
of the Singing Cowboys’. His career in the movies came during the
arrival of TV and the demise of the singing cowboy movies, but his 4 year
stint and the impression he made, was to last the remainder of his life.
His pride and joy was the singing career of his son Rex Allan Jr. in the
late 70's early 80's as he told me when I met and interviewed him in Dallas
back then. Now this CD has 20 tracks taken from his movies and other recordings
between 1950 and 1954. The musical backing includes the Lew Douglas and
the Harry Geller Orchestras, with the Jack Halloran Choir and the Hud
Conlon Singers. The other recordings have Jerry Byrd, Judy Perkins and
the Arizona Wranglers as seen in the movies. There's quite a few novelty
songs, ‘Feudin & Fightin’; ‘Ten More Miles’;
‘Mister & Mississippi’; ‘Naggin’ and ‘Yodelin
Crazy’. His rich voice shines on the ballads like ‘Sentimental
Fool’; ‘Blues in my Mind’; ‘I'm So Alone With
The Crowd’ and ‘A Petal From A Faded Rose’. His best
known hit ‘Take It Back & Change It For A Boy’ is also
included. This is another gem from the Archive and certainly worth a listen if
you like the singing cowboy genre, or want to collect golden oldies. Available
direct from Tel: 01304 205000 or at www.bacountrymusic.fsnet.co.uk
FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS-SIN CITY-THE VERY BEST OF UNIVERSAL
in 1968 the Burrito Brothers came together after Gram Parson left the Byrds and
met Chris Hillman. Chris Ethridge and Sneaky Pete Kleinlow joined and they started
recording. Their first album was ‘The Gilded
Palace Of Sin’, followed by ‘Burrito Deluxe’, and both
these albums are now together on this CD. (Chris Ethridge left before
the 2nd album and was replaced by Bernie Leadon, while they added Michael
Clarke on drums ). The additional tracks are ‘The Train Song’;
‘Six days On The Road’ and ‘Close Up The Honky Tonks’
(which became the title track to a later album). Altogether 25 tracks
running 78 minutes on one CD. Now the songwriting partnerships of Parsons/Hillman/Ethridge
and Bernie Leadon give us 18 of the songs, Chip Moman-Dan Penn give us
2 and other songs include Red Simpson's Honky Tonks, Earl Green's Six
Days and Harlan Howard's "Image of Me", Bob Dylan's "If
You Gotta Go" and Mick Jaggar's "Wild Horses". There are
additional musicians on must tracks,( different drummers on the 1st album
until Clarke arrived,) and Byron Berline and Leon Russell on Fiddle & piano
on the 2nd. This is 70's nostalgia and for those who didn't think they were country
at the time, listen to the this CD and I think you will change your mind!
HAMILTON IV & SANDY KELLY - WE WILL MEET AGAIN - CASTLE SELECT RECORDS.
12 track CD from George & Sandy consists of new recordings of
Traditional Irish Music, Country and Folk ballads, and a fine fusion of
sounds from both sides of the Atlantic. Recorded in Ballina/Co. Mayo,
and Nashville. The Nashville end was produced by George V (Hege) while
the Irish end was produced by Mike Kelly who also played bass. George
opens the CD with a solo version of "Long Long Before Your Time",
Sandy goes solo next on "Leaving Enniskillen". They share "The
Famine Song" .Sandy sings "Maggie", George "Immigrant
Eyes" and they share "The Fields of Athenry". The other
6 songs are "From Clare to There"(George),"The Isle of
Innisfree"(Sandy),"When the rain comes" Duet), "The
Raggle Taggle Gypsy" Sandy), "Rare Old Times" (George)
and "We Will Meet Again"( duet). This is as traditional as
it comes, wonderful arrangements, lovely laid back musical backing, featuring
fiddle, steel, uileann pipes, acoustic guitars, mandolin and keyboards, all is
a gentle setting. I must give a special mention to the title track written by
George V, a lovely song and this version should be released here as a single.
Could do wonders. I won't bore you with all the problems I had with this CD to
get to this stage, but it was certainly well worth the wait.
SONGS: Roll Back The Rug/Pride & Joy/Traces/Last Time Uh-Huh/Little
Jalapeno/Wonderful One!/Wanna Make You Mine/ Splish Splash/Moving On Up/If
You Love Me/If You Don't Straighten Up/Twisting The Night away/Let Me
call You Sweetheart/On Your Own/I Love My Louisiana man/Well Oiled Lovin'
Machine/Barefottin'/Rock & Roll Waltz/Steppin' Out/Wasn't That A
12 songs, covering 44 minutes, all from the same songwriter or as it says on
the label its " A Totally Terry Production". Terry's
been around the block a time or two on the British scene from his start
in the early 70's when he won awards for his songs. This collection has
a few gems and while the production may suffer from lack of finance at
time the songs more than make up. There are some great story songs here
like on "Emma" "They Have Their Dreams" "The
Songwriter" and "I Remember Rosie". The love songs and
broken love-affair songs work well and I'm sure that others could have successes
with these songs. There's a couple of folky songs, but mainly I see all these
songs with lovely smooth fiddle and steel in a different setting musically. This
is available direct only on 07715942567 orwww.hometown.aol.co.uk/songwritermck/myhomepage.
O'DONNELL - THE DANIEL O'DONNELL SHOW - ROSETTE RECORDS.
tracks on 2 CDs recorded in Killarny last year is the latest release from Daniel
on Rosette records. The video made No. 4 on the Video Chart on its release. This
made the charts too at the end of July. If you've seen Daniel's concert then
this is a great souvenir, if you haven't this gives you the show for ever more.
Its his first "LIVE"album
in ten years and only 4 songs are repeated, Stand Beside Me, I Just
Want To Dance With You, Somewhere Between (duet with Mary Duff) and
How Great Thou Art. Most stars who do a 2nd live album usually do mostly
the same programme, so this comes as a bonus. Theres 5 duets with Mary
Duff, and 3 medley's, making it 34 songs in all. Lovely recording, great
mixture of mainly country songs ,and the big bonus is the price, a double
CD for the price of a single. One to add to your ever growing Daniel
collection, and as ever a quality recording and an excellent "LIVE" show.
SONGS:(CD l) Stand Beside Me/Home to Donegal/Medley/Waltz Across Texas/Old
Dungarvan Oak/Medley/I Heard the Bluebirds Sing(Duet)/Vaya Con Dios
(Duet)/Belfast/You're the Reason/I Can't See Me Without You/An Irish
Lullaby/Galway Bay/My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You: (CD 2) Our House
Is A Home/Among The Wicklow Hills/My Irish Molly (duet) Hello Darlin'/Only
This Moment In Time/Green Green Grass of Home/Medley/Somewhere Between
(Duet)/Top Of The World (Duet)/ Roads of Kildare/I Just want To Dance
With You/Rivers Of Babylon/How Great Thou Art
ROBINSON and his Pioneers--GOING BACK TO TEXAS BRITISH ARCHIVE OF COUNTRY
another gem from the Archive,17 tracks from the "Life gets
Tejus" man. 17 classic songs running for 67 minutes. His long career
from the 20' s through to the middle 50' s was not without incident,
like his parting with Vernon Dalhart. He then formed his Buckaroo's
with John & Bill Mitchell and Bill's wife Pearl, who toured world-wide
for many years. The name was changed to the Pioneers for the European
audiences and for Radio Luxemburg sponsors Oxydol. There's simple backing
with harmonica, guitars and banjo at times, while others have the full
treatment with full orchestra and choir." Cowboys Home in Heaven"
"South of the Border" " Going Back to Texas" are
included but the opening medley runs 8 minutes and includes "Open
Up Them Pearly Gates", "Will the Angels Play their Harps For
Me" " Casey Jones" " Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie"
"Hallelujah I'm A Bum" "Barnacle Bill The Sailor"
"Why Did I get Married" "Why Am I A Hobo?" "Out
On The Prairie" and "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane". Other
gems include "The Dame I Left Behind Me" "Stackolee Blues"
and "Makin A Record Parts 1 & 2".
LIMIT - NO 7 - M.J.MUSIC
goes without saying that Speed Limit are one of Britain's Top Duos and the clear
cut voice of Angie and outstanding steel playing of Tony make them a joy to listen
to on CD or "Live". This
great CD shows the duo off to perfection, a fine balance of tempos,
mainly new American country songs faithfully reproduced here. The
oldies include 2 Ed Bruce songs,Everythings a Waltz and First Taste
Of Texas while the Lorrie Morgan song If You Came Back From Heaven
is the only slow ballad on the 13 tracks. Wayne Golden plays Electric
& acoustic guitars, Stuart Payne plays bass and drum backings,
Scott Newstead plays keyboards, and Mervyn Flitter engineers and produces the
lot. Quality recording from a quality duo which should be in the awards when
they come around. The CD is aimed at the dancers too as the BPMs are included.
BROOKINGS - FROGTOWN RECORDS. (1) HIDING BEHIND YOUR HEART
a delight, the opening phrases from Doug on "Hiding Behind
Your Heart" on this 12 track CD.He writes all the songs except
the opener and closer," Battle Hymn of the Republic" and
"America The Beautiful". Vocally he sounds like Marty Robbins
at times, like Jim Reeves at others, but his voice has that certain richness
more suitable to the slower songs on this CD.Full country backing of lead, acoustic,
bass and steel guitars, drums and keyboards gives this album an overall rich
LET GO, LET GOD, YOU'RE THERE
Another 13 songs from Doug on his 2nd release for Frogtown Records.
Same top quality ,same musicians, same production team and obviously
recorded at the same time as above. The only difference here is that
this CD is Country Gospel-Inspirational songs. Doug writes 10 of the
songs, Rhonnie Scheuerman write 2 more and the Battle Hymn Of The
republic is repeated from the above album. Both are available from
Doug direct at www.diamonddoug.com