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

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Audio CD, Box set, Import, October 25, 2010
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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!

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
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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
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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
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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
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 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: #87,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on December 11, 2003
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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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Mojica on February 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David J. Batten on March 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. F Kopeck on June 21, 2006
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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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