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Tennessee Ernie FordPortrait Of An American Singer 1949 to 1960 (5CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy 5CDs & Book ... $129.99 176.98
The first collection to ever do justice to one of our favorite singers of all time – the legendary Tennessee Ernie Ford, an artist so great he was practically a genre unto himself! Ford's music of this era is beyond compare – rooted in early country and hillbilly styles, but also open to some strong influences from R&B at times too – especially in his more romping numbers, which are always a treat. And Ernie also had a way of putting over a historical theme with a nice sense of wit – that kind of wry style and wink of the eye that Lee Hazlewood later took up more strongly – but which makes even the more straightforward songs here still sound completely delightful. Production is wonderful, too – not soppy pop country, but cool Capitol Records in the 50s – with this nice kick that really sounds great, and which sets fire to the often-playful arrangements from Jack Fascinato. And as with all recent Bear Family set, the production values knock the whole thing out of the park – with this heavy 12" square hardcover book – 124 pages, and filled with vintage images, album scans, record labels, and even lots of notes on the music. 154 tracks on 5CDs – including duets with Kay Starr, Cliffie Stone, Mollie Bee, and others. CD

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Wanda JacksonRockin' With Wanda (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $19.99
Wanda Jackson may look nice and sweet on the cover, but she's a raw rocker throughout on this classic Capitol album from early in her career – cut at a time when Jackson was drinking a brew that was equal part R&B, hillbilly, and early rock influences – all fused together in a wonderfully powerful groove – one that definitely fits her unique vocal approach! Wanda sings at a level here that really should have done permanent damage to her vocal chords – this raw, throat rasping mode that's instantly recognizable – and forever set the tone for all the later female rockers who might never have come later, had Jackson not opened the door! Titles include "Fujiyama Mama" – one of the most incendiary unsung rock and roll singles of all time – plus other great ones like "Rock You Baby", "Cool Love", "Honey Bop", "Baby Loves Him", "Mean Mean Man", "You've Turned To A Stranger", and "Hot Dog That Made Him Mad". CD features bonus tracks – including "Our Song", "Sinful Heart", "Date With Jerry", "Reaching", "Savin My Love", and "I'd Rather Have You". CD

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Hank ThompsonHank Thompson At The Golden Nugget ... CD
Capitol, 1961. Used ... $4.99
A live album recorded at a Vegas casino, complete with some occasional sound effects from the floor! The feel is nice and spontaneous, and there's some added jazzy horns in the mix – which makes for a nice contrast with the intimate twang of Hank's guitar. Titles include "I Guess I'm Getting Over You", "Honky Tonk Girl", "She's Just A Whole Lot Like You", "Steel Guitar Rag", and "Lost Highway". CD
(Out of print, small cutout through spine.)
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✨✧ Wade RayIdaho Red – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Overlooked western swing material from Wade Ray – a mighty smiling singer, and one with a style that definitely matches his good spirits! The music here is a bit later than more familiar western swing – but that's also part of its charm, as both the instrumentation and production are nice and focused - blending Wade's vocals and fiddle work with some twanging electric guitar, and great Hollywood 50s recording styles that give the music the sharpness and bounce of some of the best Capitol Records country cuts of the time. If you've never heard Wade, there's plenty here to love – a whopping 30 tracks in all, mostly pulled from his time at RCA – with titles that include "Saturday Night", "Fiddlin Rag", "Call Me Up", "Don't Wait To Baby Your Baby", "Idaho Red", "Two Red Red Lips", "I Need A Good Girl Bad", "Walk Softly", and "Let Me Go Devil". CD

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✨✧ Mac WisemanTis Sweet To Be Remembered – Complete Recordings – 1951 to 1964 (6CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 6CDs & Book ... Out Of Stock
Amazing music from the great Mac Wiseman – an artist who was as important to the growth of bluegrass in the 50s as Bill Monroe or the Stanley Brothers – but who doesn't always get his due! Mac's voice is amazing – wonderfully expressive, but in a slyly subtle way – and his range of material here is wonderful, and often surpasses most of the settings in which he worked! A good deal of tracks come from Wiseman's time at Dot Records – where he also acted as their country A&R person – and the set features loads of singles that have never been reissued from the Dot years – plus later Capitol Records tracks, including a full Capitol album that was never released! We've really fallen in love with Mac's music over the years – and this collection does him justice that no other package on the market has before – complete with 164 prime recordings on 6CDs, and a massive heavy book that's filled with images, photos, and rich writings on Wiseman's career by Charles Wolfe and Eddie Stubbs! CD

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