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Doughboys Playboys & Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing (Mini LP Sleeve) Box set, Import

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4CD 99 track collection that covers the history of classic Western Swing. Includes extensive liner notes. A must for true fans of this artform!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sunbonnet Sue - Fort Worth Doughboys
  2. Nancy Jane - Fort Worth Doughboys
  3. Oh You Pretty Woman - Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
  4. Brownie's Stomp - Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
  5. Osage Stomp - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  6. Who Walks In When I Walk Out - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  7. Boyd's Blues - Bill Boyd & Cowboy Ramblers
  8. I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart - Patsy Montana & Prarie Ramblers
  9. Sadie Green (The Vamp Of New Orleans) - Roy Newman & His Boys
  10. Who's Sorry Now - Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
  11. Down By The O-H-I-O - Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
  12. Barn Dance Rag - Bill Boyd & His Country Ramblers
  13. Never No More Blues - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  14. Too Busy - Bob Wills & Texas Playboys
  15. Rambler's Stomp - Doug Bine & His Dixie Ramblers
  16. The Eyes Of Texas - Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
  17. The Yellow Rose Of Texas - Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
  18. Red's Tight Like That - Tune Wranglers
  19. Buster's Crawdad Song - Tune Wranglers
  20. Big Daddy Blues - Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys
  21. Feather Your Nest - Washboard Wonders
  22. Dirty Dog - Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys
  23. My Galveston Gal - Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
  24. El Rancho Grande - Tune Wranglers
  25. Texas Sand - Tune Wranglers

Disc: 2

  1. Women Women Women - Shelly Lee & His Alley Cars
  2. Mean Old Lonesome Blues - Buddy Jones
  3. Bring It On Down To My House - Derwood Brown & His Musical Brownies
  4. Corrine Corrina - Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers
  5. One Sweet Letter From You - Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers
  6. Fort Worth Stomp - Crystal Spring Ramblers
  7. The Women ('Bout To Make A Wreck Out Of Me) - Buddy Jones
  8. Streamlined Mama - Buddy Jones
  9. Blue Guitars - Light Crust Doughboys
  10. Dirty Dog Blues - Modern Mountaineers
  11. Mississippi Sandman - Modern Mountaineers
  12. Hot Tamale Pete - Bob Skyles & Skyrockets
  13. Married Man Blues - Nite Owls
  14. There'll Be Some Changes Made - W. Lee O'Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys
  15. Dirty Hangover Blues - W. Lee O'Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys
  16. Lose Your Blues & Laugh At Life - Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Boys
  17. Range Rider Stomp - Range Riders
  18. Hold That Critter Down - Sons Of The Pioneers
  19. Chicken Reel Stomp - Tune Wranglers
  20. Playboy Stomp - Bob Wills & Texas Playboys
  21. Moonlight In Oklahoma - Smokey Wood & The Wood Chips
  22. Keep On Truckin' - Smokey Wood & The Wood Chips
  23. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) - Brown's Musical Brownies
  24. Just Once Too Often - Light Crust Doughboys
  25. Loud Mouth - Modern Mountaineers

Disc: 3

  1. Kangaroo Blues - Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers
  2. Pine State Honky Tonk - Claude Casey & His Pine State Playboys
  3. Better Quit It Now - Adolph Hofner & His Texans
  4. Pussy Pussy Pussy - Light Crust Doughboy
  5. I'll Keep My Old Guitar - Adolph Hofner & His Texans
  6. Cowboy's Swing - Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys
  7. Lonesome Road Blues - W. Lee O'Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys
  8. Liza Pull Down The Shades - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  9. Truck Driver's Blues - Cliff Bruner & His Boys
  10. My Untrue Cowgirl - Jewel Cowboys
  11. San Antonio Rose - Cliff Bruner & His Boys
  12. Gonna Get Tight - Sunshine Boys
  13. Let's Make Believe We're Sweethearts - Light Crust Doughboys
  14. Mississippi Muddle - Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys
  15. Billy Boy - Louise Massey & Her Westerners
  16. Good Gracious Gracie - Light Crust Doughboys
  17. Mean Mean Mama (From Meana) - Light Crust Doughboys
  18. Jones Stomp - Port Arthur Jubileers
  19. Rockin' Rollin' Mama - Buddy Jones
  20. Blue Steel Blues - Ted Daffan's Texans
  21. New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills & Texas Playboys
  22. Bob Wills Special - Bob Wills & Texas Playboys
  23. Pussywillow - Port Arthur Jubileers
  24. Tobacco State Swing - Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys

Disc: 4

  1. Draftboard Blues - Cliff Bruner & His Boys
  2. Whatcha Gonna Do - Hi-Flyers
  3. Cotton Eyed Joe - Adolph Hofner & His San Antonians
  4. Sally's Got A Wooden Leg - Sons Of The West
  5. What's The Matter With Deep Elem - Sunshine Boys
  6. Lil Liza Jane - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  7. Pistol Packin' Mama - Al Dexter & His Troopers
  8. Forgive Me One More Time - Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
  9. Shame On You - Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
  10. Steel Guitar Stomp - Hank Penny
  11. Boogie Woogie Boy - Porky Freeman
  12. That's What I Like About The South - Cliff Bruner
  13. Stay A Little Longers - Bob Wills & Texas Playboys
  14. Oklahoma Blues - Zeke Clements & His Western Swing Gang
  15. Oklahoma Stomp - Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
  16. Nails In My Coffin - Jerry Irby & His Texas Ranchers
  17. Bob Wills Two Step - Luke Wills Rhythm Busters
  18. I Got Texas In My Soul - Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
  19. Wildcat Mama - Hank Penny
  20. Betty Ann - Jesse Ashlock
  21. One Year Ago Tonight - Don Churchill & Texas Mavericks
  22. Oakie Boogie - Johnny Tyler & Riders Of The Rio Grande
  23. Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
  24. Square Dance Boogie - Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys
  25. Humpty Dumpty Heart - Hank Thompson


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • 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: Proper (Dna)
  • ASIN: B00005EQQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a great panorama of Western Swing from its origins with Bob Wills and Milton Brown working together inthe Original Light Crust Dough Boys in the early 1930s to Tex Williams' great electric swing band from just after WWII. I've had these sides since Columbia issue an earlier version on LP more than 20 years ago.
This music has little to do with what was considered Country music at the time or its emasculated mutant descendants in Nashville.
This was not marketed as Country music. In fact in 1945 when Bob Wills, the acme of Western SWing, was the biggest grossing public attraction in the entertainment business, he had his sole invitation to the Grand Ole Opry, and then he almost walked out of there before he played a song because the hayseeds wouldn't let him bring on his drums and horns (not allowed onthe Opry until the late 1950s!).
Western Swing comes from Jazz from the pop Jazz of the 20s and early 1930s, included people who went back and forth between bands like Wills and Spade Cooley to the white big bands (though Bob Wills once tried to hire a black alto player[against the law in Oklahoma] and of late Les Paul has taken to claiming he saw Charlie Christian sit in with the Playboys at Cains and there are pictures of the Playboys having drinks in Chicago with black Jazz greats like Ben Webster!!). Townsend Wills' biographer interviewed many Playboys and none of them felt they were part of Country, but part of Jazz.
Basically it begins with people trying to play Jazz and Blues influenced music with the instruments of the old Southwestern Barn dance bands: guitar, fiddle, piano, adding in drums, and in many bands all the instruments of the Jazz orchestras.
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This comes from a listener who hates what has become of country music and what passes for country music nowadays. It literally makes me sick, as do the "artists" who perform it, with their poofy hair, phony cowboy hats, phony twangy guitars and phony "country" accents. It is the worst music on the face of the earth--worse even than rap/hip hop (and that's saying something). The only thing as bad was that so-called "hair metal" from the 1980's, which is thankfully now a dead genre, while country music still lives on as the champ of awful musical garbage.
I do like to listen to the old, REAL country music from early recordings. I don't know how genuine this is as "mountain music", or if it's considered real country, as it is a meshing of different styles of music. In a way it sounds a lot like Cajun music, without the accordions, and in English. Since they originated in close geographical proximity (Louisiana and Texas), I guess there was a lot of trading influences back and forth. But I really dig this set. There is so much at such a great price, most of it being top-notch entertainment, that anyone interested in American music owes it to themself to buy this set.
The best recording in the set is Bob Wills's "Stay A Little Longer", but a many other songs are nearly as good. Highlights are the original recording of "Pistol Packing Mama" and "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart". "Buster's Crawdad Song" is a real gas, though if you're sensitive to politically incorrect lyrics, you shouldn't listen too closely to the words. "Who Walks In When I Walk Out", "Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette)" and the Light Crust Doughboy's hilarious, and very swingy "Pussy Pussy Pussy" are additional highlights, as are the countryfied versions of standard pop hits like "Who's Sorry Now", "There'll Be Some Changes Made" and "I'm Confessin"".
Get this record throw that Tim McGraw and Garth brooks stuff in the incinerator.
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A huge slice of 20th century Americana, this 4 cd collection is a bargin too. This set from the UK beats anything available in the USA for an all around review of western swing music. All the bases are covered, and in chronological sequence. You can hear the progression from a jug band and string band sounds of the 30's to where it blended into honky tonk in the 50's. If you're only familiar with Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, this is a real treat. Nobody here beats him, but this provides a great context of where he came. You can hear the roots of honky tonk and rock and roll on these four sides, but this is great music that stands on its own. Recommended! All the people buying O Brother should pick this up, its the real deal!
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I read some of the other reviews and I can apperciate a lot what other folks are saying. I really agree with the one who said that todays Country Music makes them sick. What in the name of God does a naked Faith Hill rolling around a bed under the sheets singing some half baked so called Modern Country have to do with the music that I was raised on and grown to love. As the Great Bill Monroe stated "That junk ain't part of nothing",(I saw that on a FH video that was being played on cabel TV). What a moral let down, instead of appearing as one of our Country Stars she looks a lot more like a B-girl- that's where we are today. I said all that to say this: If you love WesternSwing like I do then you will love this set - it really has a lot of good stuff and takes you back to the days of Bob, Milton,Tommy,Leon, Spade and many other outstanding Western Swing artists. This set was a real welcome to my Swing Collection.

Keep in mind that this music ain't for everybody.If you like spending time listening to the likes of a feuding Toby with the Dixie Chicks then this real Roots Music ain't for you. But if you would be willing to sell your top coon hound to get the money to get tickets to see "Asleep at the Wheel" then you might be a fan that can apperciate what was started by Bob & Milton way down in Texas back in the early 30's.

While I type this review I'm listening to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys perform "Faded Love" on my computer so I'll cut it short. Buy this set - at this price you can't afford not too. While you are at it do what I did and get the "Proper Records - Bob Wills/Take Me Back To Tulsa" also - you will be Blessed !

"ENJOY" Joe Kopeck / Parkville,MD.
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