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Classic Recordings Box set, Import

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This four-CD set puts Marvin Rainwater's recording career from 1953 through 1969 into sharp relief, most notably his inability to fix on a sound, either country or rockabilly, and stick with it. In a fairer world, he wouldn't have had to decide, because he was good at both. Disc One opens with his earliest officially released sides, which ran the gamut from rockabilly to faux-western to upbeat comic country-pop to country-blues, and one good dog song ("Tennesse Hound Dog Yodel"). Rainwater's best numbers here, however, may be the raucous rocker "Hot and Cold" and the only slightly more restrained "Mr. Blues," both of which show off Roy Clark's lead guitar in the strongest light. Disc Two is more consistent, with fewer of the pop efforts of the prior years. The rockabilly sides, especially "(There's Always) A Need for Love," really spark this disc and provide the real drive around more convention pop/rock & roll numbers like "I Dig You Baby." Disc Three has its great moments, such as "It Wasn't Enough," amid a series of duets with singer Bill Guess that present Rainwater at his most commercial and accessible. Disc Four contains Rainwater's earliest sides, cut as demos in 1953 and 1954, and while the quality of the sound is a little shaky, the stuff goes to the core of Rainwater's music-making, freewheeling studio performances without looking for the next big hit or trying to catch the wave of public fancy. The real joy here, however, are five live numbers recorded in 1962 -- Rainwater, already gone from MGM and disillusioned, still loved playing to an audience, as these sides show, and the only pity is that there isn't more of this stuff, especially since the sound is unexpectedly good. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Gotta Go Get My Baby
  2. Daddy's Glad You Came Hom
  3. Albino (Pink Eyed) Stalli
  4. Sticks & Stones
  5. Tea Bag Romeo
  6. Tennessee Houn' Dog Yodel
  7. Dem Low Down Blues
  8. Where Do We Go From Here
  9. Hot & Cold
  10. Mr Blues
  11. Gett Off The Stool
  12. What Am I Supposed To Do
  13. (Sometimes) I Feel Like L
  14. Why Did You Have To Go &
  15. Gonna Find Me A Bluebird
  16. 'cause I'm A Dreamer
  17. So You Think You've Got T
  18. Look For Me (I'll Be Wait
  19. Wayward Angel
  20. My Brand Of Blues
  21. My Love Is Real
  22. Lucky Star
  23. Majesty Of Love (& Connie
  24. You My Darling You (& Con
  25. Whole Lotta Woman (Undubb
  26. Whole Lotta Woman
  27. That's The Way I Feel
  28. Baby Don't Go
  29. Two Fools In Love (& Patt
  30. Because I'm A Dreamer (&
  31. Down In The Cellar
  32. Crazy Love (& Patty Rainw
  33. Moanin' The Blues
  34. Gamblin' Man (Roving Gamb
  35. I Dig You Baby
  36. Dance Me Daddy
  37. Nothin' Needs Nothin' (Li
  38. (There's Always) A Need F
  39. No Good Runaround
  40. (Don't Be) Late For Love
  41. Last Time
  42. Can I Count On Your Love
  43. Let Me Live Again ( &Patt
  44. Lonely Island
  45. Born To Be Lonesome
  46. Love Me Baby (Like There'
  47. That's When I'll Stop Lov
  48. Song Of New Love
  49. Halfbreed
  50. Valley Of The Moon
  51. Young Girls
  52. Pale Faced Indian (Lament
  53. Wayward Angel
  54. Hard Luck Blues
  55. She's Gone
  56. Yesterday's Kisses
  57. You're Not Happy
  58. I Can't Forget
  59. Boo Hoo
  60. Touch Top Cat
  61. (There's A) Honky Tonk In
  62. Hey Good Lookin'
  63. Do It Now
  64. It Wasn't Enough
  65. That Little House
  66. Part Time Lover (& Bill G
  67. That Aching Heart (& Bill
  68. Love's Prison (& Bill Gue
  69. I Saw Your New Love Today
  70. My Old Home Town
  71. Branded
  72. It Wasn't Enough
  73. Sing The Girls A Song
  74. Indian Burial Ground
  75. Black Sheep
  76. Troubles My Little Boy Ha
  77. Sorrow Brings A Good Man
  78. I Want Your Heart
  79. Talk To Me
  80. Run For Your Life Boy
  81. Old Gang's Gone (& Bill G
  82. Cold Woman (Double Tracke
  83. Oklahoma Hills
  84. Wedding Rings (& Patty Ra
  85. Let Me Live Again
  86. I Love My Country
  87. Burning Bridges
  88. These Thoughts Of You (&
  89. Bad Girl (& Bill Guess)
  90. Black Jack Mcclain
  91. Heart's Hall Of Fame
  92. Hit & Run Lover
  93. Korea's Mountain Northlan
  94. Tainted Gold
  95. Don't Tell Me Boy (In Pri
  96. Don't Try To Change Your
  97. Do You Want To Know
  98. Engineer's Song (The Boy
  99. Freight Train Blues
  100. Key
  101. Let's Go On A Picnic
  102. Moments Of Love
  103. So Long
  104. Teardrops
  105. Wanderer In Me
  106. What You Got You Don't Wa
  107. Would Your Mother Be Prou
  108. You Can't Keep A Sectret
  109. Love Me Baby (Like There'
  110. (There's A) Honky Tonk In
  111. My Old Home Town (Alt)
  112. Old Gang's Gone (& Bill G
  113. Cold Woman (Slow Version)
  114. Wedding Rings (& Patty Ra
  115. Introduction
  116. So You Think You've Got T
  117. Halfbreed
  118. Whole Lotta Woman
  119. I'll Always Be Lonely (&
  120. Wishful Thinking (Patty R

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Bear Family
  • ASIN: B000007372
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have this album set in my home. The chart topper on this 4-album set is "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird", that sold over a million copies circa 1959. There are several songs on this album set that are in the category of 'Bluebird', that are mostly unfamiliar to the radio listening audiences, such as 'Yesterday's kisses', '(Sometimes) I feel like leavin' town', 'A Song of new Love (On golden wings)', and 'Look for me (I'll be waiting for you)'. Also, there are a couple songs that include Marvin singing duets with Connie Frances. There are several songs written by Marvin's sister, Pattie Rainwater, done by Marvin, as well as duets with Pattie. The 4th album set closes with live performances by both Marvin and Pattie on Wheeling, WV, Jubilee. There is a considerable variety of entertainment on the 4-album set of over 125 songs. Anyone who remembers Marvin from such TV shows as Arthur Gofrey's talent scouts, Ed Sullivan show, Dick Clark show, as well as his being a 'regular' on Red Foley's Ozark Jubilee, from Springfield, MO, for about 2 years, would appreciate getting to again hear his homespun songs, as well as songs of the heart, that find their way into most of our lives.
I feel certain that anyone who gets this album set will enjoy long hours listening pleasure, as there is something here for just about everyone. If you have parents who loved Country music from the 50's and 60's, you could not find a better gift to bring hours of entertainment for them.
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I was 8 years old when I first heard Marvin Rainwater's "My Love Is Real" gave me goose bumps then and I knew this guy was one of the "greats". When I talked to my husband about Marvin he recognized the "Gonna Find Me A Bluebird" but wasn't aware he had so many other hits. He got me this boxed set of CDs for my birthday and if you are looking for a unique gift for someone special who appreciates 50s 'rockabilly' and a variety of sweet sentiment, you won't go wrong.Personally, I think Marvin's style surpassed many of the "greats" of that time and can only 'spread the word' about this guy so others who have an interest in this type of music can appreciate this spectacular artist.
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One of the true legends of Country music, Marvin Rainwater is kept in front of the fans with this fabulous and exciting box set from Bear Family! The sound is great and the music is better! Every rockabilly and country hit of Marvin's as well as virtually his whole recorded legacy prior to 1970 is included in this box set! Marvin's unique way with a song has brought joy to millions over the years. It is really teriffic to be able to listen to so many songs again that were out of print. Marvin is the artist credited with helping Patsy Cline, Roy Clark, Brenda Lee, and Connie Francis get started. In this box are duets with Connie, backup and lead by Roy, and Rockabilly guest appearances by Link Wray!Also included are duets with Marvin's sister Patty Rainwater and with Bill Guess. Four long playing cds and a fullsize book with lots of pictures and discography add to the value of this Marvin Rainwater collection. If you love real country music, if rockabilly gets to your soul, then for sure get yourself a copy of "Marvin Rainwater Classsic Recordings" . Its about the best money I have ever spent. Plus Marvin came to my area and he graciously autographed it for me . So now it is a true treasure!!! Now, if only Bear Family would put out a box of 1970 to the present....the saga would continue. Pop for this one friends, you will not be disappointed.
Jim Gorichanaz
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Been a fan of this type of music that Marvin Rainwater sang since the 50s. Have not been disapointed with this box set. Would recommed it to anyone who likes good classical country music. There aren't any country music singers around today that sing this type of music. I'm always looking for good classical country music and this set of Marvin Rainwater is about as good as it gets.
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One thing about Bear Family of Germany - when they cover an oldies artist they don't do it in half-measures. They COVER him/her/them and with quality packaging that includes immaculate sound reproduction and liner notes. Here, for a 1950s singer who had all of five songs make the various national charts, they provide no less than 120 sides! Needless to say, if what you are interested in are the hits and their B-sides, you get them here, although I would imagine most such collectors would prefer to see a single volume containing those 10 sides along with a select 15 to 20 other tracks.

Born Marvin Karlton Percy in Wichita, Kansas on July 2, 1925, and of Cherokee heritage, he appeared on the Arthur Godfrey TV show in 1955 and had one single released that year by Coral before commencing a recording career with MGM. His first hit single turned out to be his best ever as Gonna Find Me A Bluebird struck a chord in both he Pop and Country markets, hitting # 3 Country and # 18 Billboard Pop Top 100 in June/July 1957 on MGM 12412. The B-side, So You Think You've Got Troubles, is regarded as a Country "follow-along" hit. Later that year they paired him with Connie Francis in an attempt to jump-start her career, but all were disappointed when the pleasant The Majesty Of Love staggered to a # 93 Top 100 in December b/w You, My Darlin', You on MGM 12555. A couple of months later, Connie took care of things herself when he cover of an old 1923 hit for Isham Jones & His Orchestra, Who's Sorry Now?, exploded to # 4 Top 100 and R&B in March/April 1958 on MGM 12588. Meanwhile, Marvin had to settle for a # 15 Country/# 60 Top 100 with Whole Lotta Woman on MGM 12609 b/w Baby, Don't Go.
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