|Cash, Johnny - The Legend|
(Sony 86977-87852 EU-10 125:-)
Den definitiva samlarboxen med "The Man In Black". Smakfullt sammastäld i teman är detta ett ypperligt tillfälle att ta del av Johnny Cash gedigna låtskatt. Boxen innehåller även exklusiva texter och foton.
|Driftwood, Jimmie - Americana|
(Bear Family BCD-15465 Ger-91 350:-)
Justly renowned as the writer of The Battle Of New Orleans, Jimmie Driftwood was a true maverick. He was an Arkansas schoolteacher who wrote songs to illustrate his classes. He had a sure grasp of history, a rough untutored voice, and he played homemade instruments. His 82 RCA recordings (complete here) are a storehouse of American history and folklore, set to some of the catchiest melodies around. In addition to the complete and uncensored 'Battle of New Orleans', there's such folk and country classics as 'Tennessee Stud', 'Arkansas Traveler', 'Sal's Got A Sugarlip', 'Billy Yank And Johnny Reb', 'I'm A poor Rebel Soldier', and 'First Covered Wagon'. If only all history was this enjoyable!
|Gibson, Don - The Singer / The Songwriter 1961-1966|
(Bear Family BCD-15.664-DI Ger-93 500:-)
We pick up where '1949-1960' leaves off, and although the hits were growing smaller, Don was cutting some of the most strikingly original music to come out of Nashville in the early-to-mid '60s. Surely no one else in Nashville would have even contemplated recording with Los Indios Tabajaras, much less made it work. Gospel, standards, blues, and hits like Yes, I'm Hurting, Oh Such A Stranger and A Born Loser are all here.
|Jackson, Wanda - Right or Wrong|
(Bear Family BCD-15.621-DI Ger-92 500:-)
How she could sing! At 17 she was dating Elvis, and when he told her she should switch to rock 'n' roll, she did! Then the fireworks started. All the great rockin' sides are here: the early Deccas, and all the Capitol recordings up to 1962. Fujiyama Mama, Mean Mean Man, Party, I Gotta Know... etc.
The country hits are here too, like Right Or Wrong and In The Middle Of A Heartache, as well as the original Silver Threads And Golden Needles, and the original version of the song she wrote for Buck Owens, Kickin' Our Hearts Around. Listen for the dynamite guitar of Roy Clark, plus Al Downing and the Poe Cats, and the Los Angeles session cats.
|James, Sonny - Young Love / Complete Recordings 1952-1962|
(Bear Family BCD-16373-FK Ger-02 900:-)
Sonny James, the Southern Gentleman, used the popular Nashville sound of the '60s to countrify pop hits of the past into a form accessible to many, broadening country music's appeal across the nation. This comprehensive 6-CD Box Set contains all of his recordings from 1952-1962 with a completely annotated, detailed 62 page book.
|Nelson, Willie - One Hell of a Ride|
(Sony 8697-13915 US-08 275:-)
There have been other Willie Nelson box sets in the past, but the 4-disc One Hell of a Ride, released just before the country icon's 75th birthday, leaves every other collection in the dust. A truly career-encompassing anthology, it covers more than 50 years of music, from Willie's 1950s indie singles all the way up to the 21st century.
While the blockbusters are here ("Always on My Mind," "On the Road Again," etc. ), the real public service performed by this box is reaching back to great Nelson albums from the '60s that have long been out of print, and scooping up some of their dusty gems. For instance, "One in a Row" shows that Willie could croon a countrypolitan-style tune with the best of them, while "Texas in My Soul" is an early example of the jazzy Western swing influence that has always been an undercurrent of Nelson's music. One Hell of a Ride follows the Red Headed Stranger's growth from well-groomed Nashville cat to hirsute country outlaw to grey-bearded elder statesman, cherry-picking the best of every phase along the way.
|Parton, Dolly - Dolly|
(Sony 8697-48086 EU-09 350:-)
Dolly Parton's story is mighty but it's never properly been told on record until this 2009 Legacy box set.
Spanning 99 tracks over four discs, beginning with the early-'60s demo "Gonna Hurry (As Slow as I Can)" and running until the end of her stay with Columbia in the early '90s, Dolly may miss her bluegrass comeback of the new millennium but this is the only gap in the narrative, and it's not greatly missed, because this captures her prime.
Dolly has genuine momentum, beginning with her earliest stabs at girl group pop, running through duets with the Merry Melody Singers, not getting to her star-making duets with Porter Wagoner until the end of the first disc, allowing plenty of time for her complex story to be told in some detail, including several rarities and seven unreleased cuts. Some fan favorites may be missed, but this hits all the hits, along with expertly chosen album tracks, creating a substantial and entertaining testament to Dolly's skills as an entertainer, song stylist, and incisive songwriter.