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VA - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Hit Parade 1951 (2009)

16-09-2014, 08:09
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VA - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Hit Parade 1951 (2009)

Artist: VA
Title Of Album: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Hit Parade 1951
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Bear Family Records
Genre: Country
Quality: 320 / FLAC (Artwork)
Total Time: 79:40 min
Total Size: 183 / 201 MB


1. Tennessee Ernie - The Shot Gun Boogie
2. Elton Britt and the Skytoppers - Rotation Blues
3. Hank Snow - The Golden Rocket
4. Hank Williams - Cold Cold Heart
5. Johnnie & Jack and their Tennessee Mountain Boys - Poison Love
6. Eddy Arnold - I Wanna Play House With You
7. Lefty Frizzell - Mom And Dad's Waltz
8. Carl Smith - Let's Live A Little
9. The Pinetoppers - Mockin' Bird Hill
10. Johnny Bond - Sick, Sober And Sorry
11. Moon Mullican - I Was Sorta Wonderin'
12. Big Jeff & the Radio Playboys - Step It Up And Go
13. Lefty Frizzell - Always Late (With Your Kisses)
14. The Carlisles - Too Old To Cut The Mustard
15. Eddie Hill - The Hot Guitar
16. Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers - Half As Much
17. Bill Haley and the Saddlemen - Rocket '88'
18. Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys - Slow Poke
19. Hank Snow - The Rhumba Boogie
20. The Stewart Family - Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)
21. Zeb Turner - Chew Tobacco Rag
22. Carl Smith - Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way
23. Red Foley with the Sunshine Boys Quartet - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
24. Jimmy Murphy - Electricity
25. Hank Williams - Hey Good Lookin'
26. Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys - Uncle Pen
27. Mac Wiseman - 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered
28. Jess Willard - Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor
29. Del Wood - Down Yonder

Given the track list of Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1951, an entry in Bear Family's stellar five-volume series, one can see that for country music fans, this was an amazing year all around. It's hard to imagine in the 21st century, the sounds of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s fingerpoppin' "Shotgun Boogie" coming out of a radio speaker -- let alone being announced by a disc jockey -- or coming out of some primitive jukebox in a dancehall, but it was. It’s the opening cut on this massive, 29-cut compilation, but as hot as it is, it's among equals here. The obvious ones are Hank Williams’ “Cold Cold Heart,” and “Hey Good Lookin,’” Lefty Frizzell’s “Mom and Dad Waltz,” and “Always Late (With Your Kisses)," and Eddy Arnold’s “I Wanna Play House with You.” But there are other tracks here perhaps not as well-known (except by the country music aficionados) that make this volume so essential: Mac Wiseman’s “’Tis Sweet to Be Remembered,” Eddie Hill’s “Hot Guitar,” Big Jeff’s reading of Blind Boy Fuller’s “Step It Up and Go,” and arguably the first rock & roll song ever: Bill Haley’s version of Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket ’88,” as well as “Too Old to Cut the Mustard,” by the Carlisles, and Jimmy Murphy’s wailing “Electricity.”As is customary for all releases on Bear Family, the set includes exhaustive liner notes, complete track information, and great photos. The entire set is packaged in a hardback-bound digipack and is worth every penny -- actually, the entire series is. For fans of hardcore honky tonk, Western swing, and hillbilly boogie along with some traditional country & western music, this set is essential listening. --Thom Jurek, AllMusicGuide

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xichon   User offline   16 September 2014 10:56

Wish to see All of the collection.

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puffscotty   User offline   9 October 2014 23:40

Thanks. Great Collection. I am hoping you will post the rest of the series : )

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albgardis   User offline   18 February 2015 23:43

Whoa - I almost missed this one, because it was only posted under "Country", while the other issues were listed as "Oldies" (by another poster). Luckily I found it and the links are still alive.

About what the liner notes said: the mentioned "5-volumes-series" must have been in the early stages of this series, because I have now 7 volumes (with this one counted). 1945-1951.

Are there more?

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