Best of Floyd Tillman CD
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Well, there are also CD compilations claiming to present the best of an artist, but which do not quite deliver. This is one of them. The sound quality is excellent, which is par for the course when it comes to Collector's Choice, but in a 24-track CD for a singer with but 10 charted singles to his credit from 1944 to 1960, why would they leave out three, including his ONLY # 1? Sorry, but you can't have a "best of" album without an artist's best hit ever!
They should also have found room for one of his first compositions, which became a best-seller for Dickie McBride in 1939, the now-classic It Makes No Difference Now, which he himself recorded that year after securing that contract with Decca.
With the advent of Billboard's Country singles charts in 1944, his first Decca success was They Took The Stars Out Of Heaven, # 1 that February b/w Why Do You Treat Me This Way? (neither here). Later that year Each Night At Nine was released and it rose to # 4 early in 1945, but while that Decca side IS included, they also omit the flipside, G.I. Blues, which charted at # 5! Starting to see a pattern here?
All the above hits were billed to Floyd Tillman and His Favorite Playboys, but after he moved over to Columbia in 1946 all releases were shown as simply Floyd Tillman. All six hits with that label are here, along with four of the B-sides, beginning with Drivin' Nails In My Coffin, a # 2 in September 1946 b/w Some Other World.
A full year would then pass before his next hit - and my particular Tillman favourite - I Love You So Much, It Hurts.Read more ›
I think a lot of attention belongs on the great songs that Floyd wrote that became Honky Tonk Standards in the 1940s and 1950s and most were still around in the music in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. In fact, with a fairly decent collection of Western Swing or Country records, particularly by stars who understand Floyd's importance like Willie Nelson, Mr. Haggard, Hank Thompson, and Ray Price you might have most or even all of these songs and think you don't need this.
Floyd was one of the most interesting singers I have ever heard. He has a certain lisp like way of slowing down the words and suggesting and sustaining them in a style that I think is really unique. There is something about the way he sings his songs that transforms them into a personal statement of his own, even if you have heard them a 1000 times by someone else who is formally a great singer that you love like Willie or Haggard.
I can't forget a tape of demos he made in the 1980s that was so interesting or his appearance on the stage at Austin City Limits (because if you know what Floyd looked like, you might notice him out sitting up front in a number of their shows). There are still songs so electric and right that he did that I perform them straight from those performances without having to find the words and music.
Beyond that, this is the real thing. This was Honky Tonk music before it had a name. This comes out of a different place than the prewar nashville music. This comes of the explosion of Western Swing during the war and after. Money in pockets, jobs, and no more dust bowl.Read more ›
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Here's a great CD of one of the true fathers of Country Music; maybe not in the same vein as Jimmie or Hank, but this collection will knock your socks off. Read morePublished on January 15, 2006 by Jess
From the other reviews, I have learned more than 99.9% of people still alive care to know about Floyd Tillman. (Those Canadian winters are very cold I guess). Read morePublished on September 28, 2004 by Eclectic Reviewer