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Maverick Country - The Definitive Real Country Collection

Maverick Country - The Definitive Real Country Collection


The definition of Country Music has always been fluid; emanating from the deep south of the United States, often around Nashville, Tennessee, the term now encompasses almost 100 years of music by thousands of performers, musicians and composers from hundreds of towns and cities across the USA and even from further afield. Predating Country was Hillbilly Music but when that term was recognised as being derogatory, it was changed to Country & Western, with its sub-divisions such as Bluegrass, Cajun, Western Swing, and a number of others. Initially music made by and listened to by the working classes, in the late 1950s the music became more respectable and reactionary, and often, sickly-sweet in style and safe and sound in its subject matter. Since that time two opposing styles have co-existed the commercial and the alternative.
This collection brings together 100 classic tracks from the period when Country Music was dangerous, dirty and full of infidelity, drunken behaviour, loss of faith and other sins of the flesh and the soul. The performers were pushing the envelope, creating something new and, without a blueprint, were essentially making it up as they went along. True musical mavericks like Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff among many others, were the early pioneers of this form and later artists like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Lefty Frizell picked up the mantle and kept the flame burning.
Many of these country legends didnt just talk the talk, they also walked the walk. The likes of Hank Williams and later Johnny Cash were among the most creative, albeit penitent, sinners in musical history and numerous early C&W performers and musicians were wilder and more outrageous than most of todays supposed wild men of rock all lined up together.
Often accused of sounding the same this selection proves that theory to be nonsense as the disparate styles of the genre are displayed across the four discs making up this set, as all at once the songs collected illustrate how important country was to the impending Rock n Roll explosion of the mid-1950s. And while some of the hardcore country performers like Slim Whitman and Hank Snow resented the changes that were taking place, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and Chuck Berry were all hugely inspired by country. Indeed, Bill Haley and The Comets were a western swing outfit long before Rock Around The Clock had even been written. And as for Elvis, it was unquestionably his joint loves of Country and Rhythm & Blues which informed the dazzling performance he put on for Sun Records proprietor Sam Phillips in 1954 which got the whole Rock genre underway.
Featuring records from the early 1920s when country music first appeared up to the late 1950s, this set, subtitled The Real Country Collection, includes exactly what is says on the tin and nothing else!

Tracklist:

DISC 1
1. Puttin' on the Style - Vernon Dalhart (3.01)
2. Sail Away Ladies - Uncle Dave Macon (2.57)
3. Hallelujah I'm a Bum - Harry McClintock (2.38)
4. Tramp's Mother - Goebel Reeves (2.55)
5. Wonderful City - Sara Carter & Jimmie Rodgers (2.55)
6. Ain't We Crazy - Bradley Kincaid (2.59)
7. Yodelling Bagman - Tex Morton (2.48)
8. Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Roy Acuff (2.17)
9. Peach Picking Time in Georgia - Riley Puckett (2.26)
10. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Gene Autry (2.45)
11. When the Rains Tumble Down in July - Slim Dusty (2.37)
12. Song of the Water Wheel - Buddy Starcher (2.37)
13. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette - Tex Williams (2.39)
14. Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold (2.31)
15. Chime Bells - Elton Britt (2.35)
16. Tramp on the Street - Bill Carlisle (3.02)
17. Signed Sealed and Delivered - Cowboy Copas (2.36)
18. Deck of Cards - T. Texas Tyler (3.20)
19. Candy Kisses - George Morgan (2.50)
20. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams (2.46)
21. San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3.10)
22. Little White Church - Mac Wiseman (2.34)
23. I'll Go On Alone - Marty Robbins (2.37)
24. Turn Around - Carl Perkins (3.04)
25. You Win Again - Jerry Lee Lewis (3.21)

DISC 2
1. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) - Jimmie Rodgers (3.24)
2. Muscle Shoal Blues - DeFord Bailey (3.09)
3. Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family (3.10)
4. Lovesick Blues - Emmett Miller (2.48)
5. If the River Was Whiskey - Charlie Poole (3.05)
6. Keyhole in the Door - Jimmie Davis (2.47)
7. My Mary - Milton Brown (3.02)
8. Are You from Dixie - The Blue Sky Boys (2.40)
9. Orange Blossom Special - The Rouse Brothers (2.55)
10. Walking the Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb (2.36)
11. Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis (3.00)
12. (Our Own) Jole Blon - Roy Acuff (2.53)
13. Life Gets Tee -Jus Don't It - Carson Robison (2.50)
14. Tennessee Waltz - Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys (2.59)
15. Guitar Boogie - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (3.19)
16. Blues Stay Away from Me - The Delmore Brothers (2.52)
17. I Love You Because - Leon Payne (2.42)
18. I Never See Maggie Alone - Kenny Roberts (3.01)
19. White Dove - The Stanley Brothers (3.16)
20. Take It Away Leon - Leon McAuliffe & His Western Swing Band (2.43)
21. If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time - Lefty Frizzell (2.56)
22. Setting the Woods on Fire - Porter Wagoner (2.29)
23. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams (2.52)
24. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash (2.43)
25. Walking After Midnight - Patsy Cline (2.44)

DISC 3
1. Wreck of the Old '97 - Vernon Dalhart (3.18)
2. In the Jailhouse Now - Jimmie Rodgers (3.19)
3. Little Red Caboose Behind the Train - Paul Warmack & His Gully Jumpers (2.57)
4. Wabash Cannonball - The Carter Family (2.57)
5. Old Shep - Red Foley (3.16)
6. They Took the Stars Out of Heaven - Floyd Tillman (2.08)
7. Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie (2.47)
8. Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2.46)
9. Move It on Over - Hank Williams (2.44)
10. I'm My Own Grandpa - Lonzo and Oscar (3.02)
11. Pan American - Hawkshaw Hawkins (2.52)
12. I'll Sail My Ship Alone - Moon Mullican (3.02)
13. Chicken Hearted - Jim Reeves (3.03)
14. Vision of My Mother - The Stanley Brothers (2.59)
15. Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet - The Stanley Brothers (2.53)
16. Slipping Around - Jimmy Wakely & Margaret Whiting (2.09)
17. Roses Are Red - Don Gibson (2.38)
18. Slippin' Around with Jole Blon - Bud Messner & His Sky Line Boys (2.30)
19. Missing in Action - Jim Eanes & the Shenandoah Valley Boys (3.02)
20. Beers and Pinballs - Claude King (2.48)
21. Back Street Affair - Webb Pierce (2.44)
22. Heart's Hall of Fame - Marvin Rainwater (3.21)
23. Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys (2.39)
24. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells (2.29)
25. Satisfied Mind - Porter Wagoner (2.51)

DISC 4
1. When The Work's All Done This Fall - Carl T. Sprague (2.54)
2. Little Joe the Wrangler - Jules Verne Allen (3.10)
3. Goodbye Old Paint - Harry McClintock (2.49)
4. Lone Star Trail - Ken Maynard (3.12)
5. Cowhand's Last Ride - Jimmie Rodgers (3.00)
6. Strawberry Roan - Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2.58)
7. Cattle Call - Tex Owens (3.04)
8. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart - Patsy Montana (3.08)
9. Cool Water - The Sons of the Pioneers (2.43)
10. Back in the Saddle Again - Gene Autry (2.34)
11. Texas Cowboy - Hank Snow (2.54)
12. Sitting by the Old Corral - Wilf Carter (2.42)
13. Pistol Packing Mama - Al Dexter (2.48)
14. Last Round Up - Johnny Bond (2.18)
15. I've Sold My Saddle for an Old Guitar - Eddie Dean (2.56)
16. Riding Down the Canyon - Jesse Rogers (2.58)
17. Tumbling Tumbleweeds - The Sons of the Pioneers (2.39)
18. Don't Fence Me In - Roy Rogers (2.49)
19. Dim Narrow Trail - Texas Ruby (2.27)
20. There's an Empty Cot in the Bunkhouse - Jimmy Wakely (2.54)
21. Arizona Waltz - Rex Allen (2.58)
22. Mule Train - Tennessee Ernie Ford (3.06)
23. High Noon - Tex Ritter (2.30)
24. Four-Legged Friend - Roy Rogers (2.47)
25. Indian Love Call - Slim Whitman (3.05)



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