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The first of two volumes that document the career of one of the world's greatest-ever guitarists, recognised as such by many top musicians, including Keith Richards, who gave the induction speech when James entered the Rock'n'roll Hall Of Fame. Burton's instantly recognisable finger-picking style graced many fine records by artists including Dale Hawkins, Rick Nelson and John Denver. He was the mainstay of Elvis Presley's TCB band, backing him on record and in concert.

1. Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins
2. Red Hot - Bob Luman
3. Shirley Lee - Bobby Lee Trammel
4. My Babe - Ricky Nelson
5. Cannonball Rag - James Burton
6. Don't Leave Me This Way - Ricky Nelson
7. The Creep - The Shadows
8. Stop Sneakin' Around - Ricky Nelson
9. Swamp Surfer - Jimmy Dobro
10. Make Up Your Mind Baby - Bob Luman
11. Fireball Mail - Jim & Joe
12. Blood from a Stone - Ricky Nelson
13. Real Live Fool - Lee Hazlewood
14. Daisy Mae - Jim & Joe
15. Everybody Listen to the Dobro - Jimmy Dobro
16. Guitar Player - Buddy Cagle
17. Jimmy's Blues - Jimmy Burton
18. Poor Boy Looking for a Home - The Green River Boys Feat. Glen Campbell
19. See See Rider - The Everly Brothers
20. Love Lost - Jimmy Burton
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B005GPFCUC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs on November 11, 2011
James Burton - The Early Years 1956-1969 (Ace Records)
In 1956 James Burton was 17 years old and was already a respected semi-pro guitarist. He'd been a regular on the popular Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport for three years and was getting regular session work. The earliest recording on this excellent collection is a low key 1956 Carol Williams track, but a year later he hooked up with Ricky Nelson, and continued moonlighting as a session musician, playing on a succession of prime rockabilly cuts, including Dale Hawkins' "Susie-Q" and Bob Luman's "Red Hot" - both included here.

His work with Nelson attracted a considerable fanbase, including Elvis Presley and various Beatles and Stones, and there are four tracks here to represent their collaboration. The best, "My Babe" and "Stop Sneakin' Around" are full of energy, with Burton's guitar propelling the songs.

Over the 28 tracks, there's a surprisingly wide range of artists represented, including The Everly Brothers, Merle Haggard, Lee Hazlewood, and in 1967 he played on the Buffalo Springfield's "A Child's Claim To Fame". A 1969 Buddy Cagle track is the latest recording here, before joining Presley in Vegas in his famous TCB Band, then later hooking up with Emmylou Harris' Hot Band. But, as they say in the movies, that's a whole `nother story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arne Metzner on June 5, 2012
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This is a cd with a few tracks by James himself and several with James playing guitar. It's a very good album, and I will ask everyone who loves Elvis, Ricky Nelson and the other greats to buy this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doug on January 4, 2014
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james burton is god......not eric clapton. james' clear telecaster sound has survived the years, and only gotten better. from "suzy q" to sessions with buffalo springfield, and merle haggard, james laid 'em down- clean and simple. not to say all of james' solos were easy to play, on this cd we hear some solos that definitely demanded some serious dexterity.
one of the best things about james' solos, is that he always played to the song, the song did not play to him- the true sign of a master.
listen to these tracks and dig 'em, then flush out your collection with james' work with gram parsons, emmylou harris, and elvis presley. you wanna hear modern music in the making? look to james burton, and you won't need to look any further.
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