Doughboys Playboys & Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing (Mini LP Sleeve) Box set, Import
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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A great mixture of the genre and every track was on the money. You've bound to like something out of 99 songs!Published 18 months ago by Wesley B. Loflin III
I enjoy this music even though I am not a c/w fan. Another time of difference but the beat is timeless and too good to miss.Published on January 27, 2014 by Flissart
Excellent content not readily available elsewhere. Lots of detail on printed pages inside the CD but in tiny print since it was condensed (apparently) from vinyl size pages.Published on December 1, 2009 by L. Moore
Others have elloquently said it already - this is great music;
I'm basically a jazz fan and I can really appreciate this blend of country, jazz, blues, pop and everything else... Read more
IF SOMEBODY PUT TOGETHER THIS COMPILATION OF SONGS FOR A MASTER'S THESIS ON THE HISTORY OF WESTERN SWING MUSIC, THEY COULDN'T HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB THAN THIS. Read morePublished on October 20, 2007 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
Western swing fans will be dancing in the streets over this brilliant box set. It features 99 cuts dating from 1932 through the late 40's. Read morePublished on July 7, 2006 by Robert G. Martinez
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