A simply amazing collection, and the greatest single artist country box set, ever! Bear Family has done a tremendous service to the world with this one – virtually everything Wills and the Texas Playboys recorded between the early 30s and late 40s for Columbia. Spanning 11 CDs in all, the early material in the set finds Bob and the boys working in something closer to a country blues mode, before the band was fleshed out to include horns and the bigger arrangements, and before the incredible vocalist Tommy Duncan stepped so far out front. It's a style that most of us haven't heard Wills play in – a wonderful listen, and a great peek into the roots of the group. The other 85 or so percent of the songs in the set are what we already know and love – the birth, growth, and the perfection of Western swing! The group is large and swinging, Tommy croons smoothly like the vocal giant that he was, Bob saws and haws away – the best! Whatever you might be thinking about the price tag, this is truly a bargain – with more than 300 songs, a 12-inch hard cover book with 200 pages of goodies, including a stunning collection of photos and illustrations, a great biography, complete discography, and tons more! Plus, you get a bonus DVD, in NTSC format (compatible with US players) of the film "Take Me Back To Oklahoma" – a campy Western from 1940 starring Tex Ritter – and featuring Bob and the Playboys doing several numbers! Includes "Spanish Two Step", "Bleeding Heart Blues", ""Gambling Polka Dot
Blues", "New San Antonio Blues", "Miss Molly", "The Devil Ain't Lazy", "Cowboy Stomp", "Thanks For The Heartaches", "New Texas Playboy Rag" – and hundreds more!
(Please note that there is a tear along the back of the outer box & is priced accordingly. The book, CDs & rest of the set are in fantastic condition.)