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Stanley BrothersEarly Starday/King Years – 1958 to 1961 (4CD set) ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $21.99 29.98
Our favorite years of the Stanley Brothers – material recorded after they'd left the bigger labels, and really started to hit their stride for the smaller indies King and Starday Records! Both companies were completely faithful to the growing sound of bluegrass, and really let the brothers take off and soar – unlocking that amazing harmony style that made their vocals so wonderful, and really honing their instrumental skills – often working alongside the mandolin of Bill Napier, whose talents here are tremendous! The set's way nicer than you might expect from the Gusto label – much more in a Bear Family mode, with very detailed notes, session information, and lots of images – all to support over 100 classic tracks, with titles that include "I Saw The Light", "Wild Bill Jones", "I'd Worship You", "Just Dreamin", "Beneath The Maple", "If I Lose", "Daybreak In Dixie", "Lonely Tombs", "Pass Me Not", "Purple Robe", "Wings Of Angels", "The Angel Of Death", "Your Selfish Heart", "How Mountain Girls Can Love", and our favorite-ever recording of "Man Of Constant Sorrow". CD

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VariousStarday Custom Series #500-675 – Rockabilly, Country, Hillbilly, & Gospel – 1953 to 1957 (10 CD set) ... CD
Starday/Be! (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy 10CD ... $198.99 199.99
An amazing look at a very underground strain of music during the postwar years – the now-legendary "custom" series at Starday Records – a system by which individuals could send in their own music and get them pressed up on a limited run! Other labels offered such a service, but Starday has probably become the most famous over the years – partly because if the music was deemed worthy, the label would sign the artist themselves – and partly because there were hundreds of singles that came through the process that were hard-burning gems at the time! Given Starday's usual roster, there's a fair bit of hillbilly, country, and rockabilly in the mix – but the scope of sounds also includes a bit of R&B, gospel, and other styles too – all brought together here for the first time ever, in a comprehensive box that looks at the first five years of the series. Many singles were pressed with their own label names, which makes this package way more than just Starday label rarities – and artists hailed from all over the country, including many who never saw the light of day after these records. The full history of the series is told in the massive hardcover book – which lists each record individually, with label scans, recording information, and photos and bios of the artists. The huge book is almost worth it alone for any fan of this period of music – but the set also comes with 10 CDs that present each single in chronological order – 312 songs, and a heck of a lot of rare music, all done up beautifully! CD

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✨✧ Stanley BrothersEarly Starday/King Years – 1958 to 1961 (4CD long box edition) ... CD
King, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
Our favorite years of the Stanley Brothers – material recorded after they'd left the bigger labels, and really started to hit their stride for the smaller indies King and Starday Records! Both companies were completely faithful to the growing sound of bluegrass, and really let the brothers take off and soar – unlocking that amazing harmony style that made their vocals so wonderful, and really honing their instrumental skills – often working alongside the mandolin of Bill Napier, whose talents here are tremendous! The set includes over 100 classic tracks and an oversized booklet with great notes, discography, and wonderful vintage photographs! CD
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Joe MaphisAmazing Joe Maphis – King Of The Strings ... CD
Starday/Gusto, Early 60s. New Copy ... $3.99 9.99
Joe Maphis was definitely the king of the strings back in the day – a guitarist who was so tight, he had to play a double-necked electric just to give his fingers enough to do – something that wouldn't come into vogue much later, until the 70s arena rock guitarists started to showcase the instrument! Yet Joe was never as overstated as those guys – because while deft, he's also strongly focused on melody and timing – never needing to show off too much, but still really blowing us away with his playing on a record like this – an amazing showcase to his straight-ahead skills on the guitar, as he works here on an early Mosrite model, designed by Joe himself. Titles include "Hot Rod Guitar", "Double Neck Boogie", "Coffee Break", "Scalping The Indians", "Fiddlin On The Guitar", and "A Little Bit Of Travis". CD

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VariousCountry Music Hall Of Fame Vol 2 ... LP
Starday, 1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light aging.)

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✨✧ Shot Jackson & Buddy EmmonsSteel Guitar & Dobro Sounds Of Shot Jackson & Buddy Emmons ... CD
Starday/Nashville, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An instrumental classic from the glory days of Starday Records – a set that features singing steel guitar and dobro from the team of Shot Jackson and Buddy Emmons! Shot's on the front cover, without Buddy – and the liner notes of these old albums never tell us too much about the contents – so we're guessing that Jackson's the main soloist, with some help from Emmons on steel guitar – but whatever the setting, the sound is superb – that kind of crisp, clear, no-nonsense approach that always made Starday sessions like this so great! Titles include "Fort Worth Drag", "Singing Strings Of Steel", "Riding The Rails", "Hound Dog Blues", "Honky Tonk Angels", "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight", and "Plantation Home". CD

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✨✧ Moore & Napier/Jimmy Logsdon/Reno & SmileyTruck Drivers Queen ... CD
Starday/Nashville, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest entries in the Starday Records series of truck-themed collections in the 60s – partly because this one features material by just a small core of artists, and also because there's a fair bit of bluegrass in the mix as well! The tunes still have the truck-heavy tones of the other work of the time – but the vibe here is much more bluegrass than country (although we love country truck records too!) – and showcases some of the excellent artists who were being recorded by Starday at the time, with a very lean, respectful sound that holds up wonderfully over the years! Titles include "Truck Driver's Queen", "Hot Rod Kids & Women Drivers", "Truck Driver's Woman", and "Long White Line" by Moore & Napier; "Little Mountain Road", "Crossroads", and "Brand New Road" by Reno & Smiley; and "Gear Jammer" and "Truck Drivin Daddy" by Jimmy Logsdon. CD

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✨✧ Arthur SmithGuitar Boogie – The Hits Of Arthur Smith & His Crackerjacks ... CD
Nashville/Starday, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Chugging country guitar from Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith – one of the hottest country instrumentalists of the 50s! Smith's heard here in a nicely understated setting – a Starday session from the 60s, with a great back to basics vibe that really focuses on his tight work on the strings – set up on tunes that have a nicely rompin rhythm, but which always feature Smith breaking out in a mighty sharp solo! Titles include his classic "Guitar Boogie" – plus "11 String Strut", "Flat Top Hari Kari", "Guitar Hop", "Maggie Blues On Guitar", "Troubled Mind Blues", and "Philadelphia Guitar". CD

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✨✧ Red Sovine, Willis Brothers, Wade Jackson, & OthersThere Stands The Glass ... CD
Starday, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Booze and country music go together as well as – well, maybe booze and just about anything else – yet there's a special mood to a country tune when the theme is alcohol and remorse – bedfellows who've given us plenty of great country songs over the years! This collection offers up some great overlooked country music drinking songs – tunes from the farther reaches of the Starday Records catalog, brought together here as a really strong collection that's filled with overlooked gems. Most tunes are more in the Sunday morning saint style than the Saturday night hellraiser variety – and the quality of the work is great throughout – with titles that include "Cork & The Bottle" and "Twenty Beers" by Jimmie Skinner, "Set Up Another" by George Riddle, "The Dang Hangover" by Johnny Bond, "Weekend Willie" by The Willis Brothers, "Just Like Dad" by T Texas Tyler, "Sippin On A Sud" by Wade Jackson, and "Don't Let My Glass Run Dry" by Red Sovine. CD

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✨✧ VariousTruck Drivin Son Of A Gun ... CD
Starday/Nashville, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nobody put together a truck driving country record better than the Starday/Nashville label in the 60s – and this sweet little set is a perfect tribute to their talents! The set's full of cool, groovy, truck-themed tunes from the indie underground of the time – not the polished pop work of the big labels, but close-to-the-ground cuts from a company who really gave a lot of new ideas a chance – ideas, in this case, that had a lot to do with the rising role of the truck driver, and all the complications of interstate travel! There's plenty of nicely obscure tunes here – and maybe a few that you'll know from other collections, but which are more than appreciated in this company too. Titles include "When I Come Drivin Through" by The Willis Brothers, "Big Mack" by Johnny Bond, "Truck Drivin Son Of A Gun" by Red Sovine, "Convoy In The Sky" by The Willis Brothers, "The Gear Jammer & The Hobo" by Red Sovine, "That's Truck Drivin" by Slim Jacobs, "Man Behind The Wheel" by George Morgan, and "Thunder On The Road" by Johnny Bond. CD

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✨✧ VariousTruck Stop ... CD
Starday/Nashville, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's a mighty classy truck stop on the cover of this album – and the set's a mighty classy batch of trucker-themed tunes from the catalog of Starday Records! These aren't the shlocky truck country tunes of the 70s, but instead some great material from the postwar years – a time when the interstates were really opening up, and the role of the truck was about to surpass the role of the train. The tunes here all mark the new challenges of the time, sometimes with a good deal of humor – and titles include "Gears" by Johnny Bond, "Man Behind The Wheel" by George Morgan, "Long Haul Weekend" by The Willis Brothers, "Big Footed Dan" by Benny Martin, "Big Rig Guitar" by Joe Maphis, "Truck Driving Buddy" by Frankie Miller, "Sleeper Cab Blues" by Tom O'Neal, and "Pinball Machine" by Lonnie Irving. CD
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Bob AllenGeorge Jones – The Life & Times Of A Honky Tonk Legend – Updated Edition ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 24.99
George Jones was a country singer with a hell of a voice, and a hell of a lot of ups and downs in his life – a fair bit of issues that were brought on by his lifestyle and upbringing, all of which had an undeniable impact on the emotional strength of his music! Writer Bob Allen chronicles all these many aspects of George's life and career – with historical details that really match the wealth of Jones' deep recorded catalog – and which follow him through early raw sounds on Starday/Mercury, to his mainstream fame on United Artists and Musicor in the 60s, to his emergence as the key singer of heartbreaking songs in the 70s! George's voice changed often over the years, and he always found a way to make the music match – an aspect that Allen really understands as he keeps up with Jones' success and struggles. This new edition includes a postscript – and is 337 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Link DavisBig Mamou ... CD
Okeh/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 26.99
Link Davis is holding a saxophone on the cover, but he's also a hell of a fiddler too – and this huge collection of his music follows a strong shift in his style over the course of the 50s – from a rootsy cajun musician to one that's got more of a rocking vibe overall! The package brings together rare Okeh and Starday Records singles from Link – material produced by two top country talents of the 50s, Don Law and Pappy Dailey – with a quality level that makes each individual tune really sparkle, and sound great here together as a constellation of overlooked gems from the time! There's plenty of shift between Louisiana and east Texas modes in the music – and titles include "Sixteen Chicks", "Big Mamou", "Time Will Tell", "Hey Garcon", "Rice & Gravy Blues", "Bayou Buffalo", "Trucker From Tennessee", "Slippin & Slidin Sometimes", "Big Coonie", "Grasshopper Rock", "Would You Be Waiting", and "The Crawfish Crawl". CD

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George JonesGeorge Jones & The Jones Boys – Live In Texas 1965 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
Fantastic work from the young George Jones – working here at the height of his powers, and in a raw live setting that's a nice change from some of the polish of his studio recordings of the 60s! George's voice is great – already hitting that wider range that marked his Musicor material as a huge step forward from his years on the Mercury and Starday labels – but the live setting also returns some of the grit of those early days, and has Jones working with the very romping Jones Boys combo – who can not only cook on stage, but also bring in some of the searing guitar that made George's initial singles appeal to the young rock market too. The group get a few instrumental moments in the spotlight, too – which makes for a nice addition to the set – and although the material had been issued before, this set goes back to the original tapes, remasters the whole set, and also features a total of 26 titles that include "Who Shot Sam", "White Lightnin", "Jole Blon", "The Race Is On/Hold It", "Big Harlan Taylor", "The Window Up Above", "She Thinks I Still Care", "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds", "Aching Breaking Heart", "Sing A Sad Song", "Act Naturally", and "I'm Ragged But I'm Right". CD

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George JonesGeorge Jones Sings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Southern Routes, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
Stunning early sounds from the legendary George Jones – material recorded in the years before his bigger fame on the Musicor and Epic labels – and tracks that show that Jones was already a hell of a well-developed talent right from the start! The cuts here sparkle with that trademark George Jones vocal sound – but also have a nice sort of an edge, as George hasn't settled down into that totally smooth approach of later years – and instead here moves between rocking moments and more twang-heavy tunes – served up on an assortment of singles and rare tracks recorded for the Mercury, Starday, and Dixie labels. Titles include "Too Much Water", "Seasons Of My Heart", "Gonna Come Get You", "I'm Ragged But I'm Right", "Eskimo Pie", "No No Never", "Play It Cool", "Take The Devil Out Of Me", "Just One More", and "No Money In This Deal". A hell of a collection – 29 tracks in all! CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Sleepy LaBeefLarger Than Life (6CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. Used 6CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Almost 25 years of music from Sleepy LaBeef – a southern star who first got his start during the late 50s rockabilly years, then kept on making great music – even if most of the world wasn't paying attention! The box runs the full gamut of Sleepy's first chapter of recording – from early singles on Starday and Dixie, to 60s material for Columbia, and a wealth of 70s sides for the revived Sun Records! As usual with Bear Family, the box features a big booklet with lots of notes and photos. CD
(Box has some very light wear on the bottom edge, but is in great shape overall.)

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✨✧ Red SovineTeddy Bear ... CD
Gusto, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The biggest classic ever from Red Sovine – a landmark record from the CB Radio years of trucker country music! Red Sovine had cut many records for King and Starday before Teddy Bear, but the set's a perfect summation of the more sentimental style he brought to his music – which often included a bit of recitation too – with a quality that's even better here than in early years, given the aging quality of Sovine's voice! Instrumentation is a bit out of time – maybe more late 60s than mainstream 70s country – but that's also a real part of the charm of the record – as Red reminds the America of the disco years that out on the road, there was a very different way of life still going on. Titles include the megahit "Teddy Bear", plus "Love Is", "1460 Elder Street", "18 Wheels Hummin Home Sweet Home", "Does Steppin Out Mean Daddy Took A Walk", "Last Mile Of The Way", "Daddy", and "Bootlegger King". CD

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