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Purple People Eater Import

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SHEB WOOLEY....April 10, 1921-Sept.16, 2003.From the day he opened his eyes in the dusty breaks of Eric Oklahoma until the moment he closed his eyes and smiled as he met his maker...he was singing, laughing, writing songs,playing a guitar,sawing on his old fiddle (as he did in his movie role in OUTLAW JOSIE WALES with friend Clint Eastwood..) his harmonicas; in many western tv series or on a ... Read more in Amazon's Sheb Wooley Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000001B59
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Purple People Eater
2. Walkin' Guitar
3. Wild And Wooley, Big Unruly Me
4. Josie (Brown)
5. The Birth Of Rock 'N' Roll
6. Honey I'm Lonesome (The Telegraph Song)
7. A King Or A Clown
8. You Can Do It
9. Purple People Eater #2
10. Hyoom
11. I Found Me An Angel
12. Pygmy Love
13. Mirage
14. Do I Remember
15. Running With The Night Crowd
16. The Taste Of Ashes
17. Let The Big Wing Blow
18. Santa Claus Meets The Purple People Eater
19. Crazy Butterfly
20. Skin Tight, Pin Stripped, Purple Pedal Pushers
See all 31 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Inspired by the success of David Seville's "Witch Doctor," Sheb Wooley decided to work up his own tape-manipulation novelty and created "The Purple People Eater," a huge number one hit in 1958. This CD is a companion to Bear Family's That's My Pa box set and two other single discs which, in combination, account for most of Wooley's recordings. The Purple People Eater concentrates on novelty songs, including the instrumental EP The Purple People Eater Plays Earth Music, a couple of sequels to "The Purple People Eater," and the unbelievable "Pygmy Love." Other recordings are merely pop-oriented (Wooley's first hit from 1955, "Are You Satisfied") or up-tempo country, but for the most part, this is the wackiest music in Wooley's catalog. Bear Family usually organizes its reissues in a more sensible manner than Sheb Wooley received with his haphazard thematic packages, but lovers of novelty music will appreciate this one. ~ Greg Adams, All Music Guide

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
You'll love this funny C.D, which is packed with great songs! I love Purple people eater, and my whole family is always listening to it! Think of a mix of any of the "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" C.D.s and young childrens story C.D.s, and this is the outcome. The only reason I left out the 5th star is because it IS a tad expensive, BUT worth the money! So, BUY BUY BUY!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lighten_up_already2 VINE VOICE on April 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I actually had a vinyl copy of the "Purple People Eater" when I was a child, so I was thrilled to find this CD. I'll admit I bought it just to get Purple People Eater, but I was surprised to find that I could sit through the entire CD and just enjoy it. It's not just Purple People Eater and a lot of garbage, but rather just a whole lot of fun.

Particularly interesting are the "sequels" to Purple People Eater. Sheb seems to have tried to capitalize on his novelty hit several times. I never knew these songs existed.

And, Sheb wasn't just a novelty act. He did a number of country folksie sounding songs that were just plain good wholesome 1950's to early 60's male pop vocalist sounding stuff.

So, come for the Purple People Eater, but don't just eat and run. Stay around for the whole platter.
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Born Shelby F. Wooley on April 10, 1921 in Erick, Oklahoma, this singer/songwriter certainly had a diverse career, having started as the head of a Western Swing band in the style of Spade Cooley and Bob Wills, then gravitating to the more sentimental ballads featured in what then passed as straight "cowboy" music later in the 1940s as performed by such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Later, after joining MGM, he began to fuse elements of Western Swing with those of R&B and in the 1960s began a string of comic parodies of big Country hits under the alias Ben Colder (some might remember him from his role of Pete Nolan in the TV series Rawhide with Clint Eastwood). But while there are currently quite a few Sheb Wooley/Ben Colder CD compilations on the market, not one of them contains the 17 titles he placed on the national Pop and/or Country charts from 1955 to 1971 under both personae, all for MGM, never mind their B-sides, leaving completist hits collectors totally frustrated. The excellent Bear Family of Germany comes the closest to capturing his charted singles as Sheb Wooley at least (not one Ben Colder release among them) with no less than 227 sides contained in these five releases:

Rawhide/How The West Was Won (October 1995) - 24 tracks of straight "cowboy" style songs none of which were among his hits;
The Purple People Eater (November 1997) - 31 tracks which include 2 hits and one B-side;
That's My Pa - 4-CD Box Set (March 1998) - 113 tracks which include 7 hits and 3 B-sides;
Wild And Wooley Big Unruly Me (1999) - 29 tracks which include 1 hit and 4 B-sides;
White Lightnin' (April 2012) - 30 tracks which include 1 hit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Moreau on January 16, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an album of humorous songs and mostly done with a light rock and roll beat. Country music purists might not appreciate these songs even though they are done by a country music artist.

Like at least one other reviewer, I bought this CD mostly for Purple People Eater but was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the content.

The audio quality is top notch on this CD.

This CD will not be sufficient for the Sheb Wooley fan who will want a collection of both his country music songs as well as a collection of the tracks recorded under the name Ben Colder. I'd recommend also getting "That's My Pa"four CD collection and a Ben Colder album. "22 Best of The Best; Ben Colder, Sheb Wooley, 1921-2003"may contain all or mostly remakes, but it include far more Ben Colder tracks than any other current collection. "Shakey Breaky Car"uses many of the same tracks as the 22 hits album; it too is mostly remakes. "Eskimos, Mean Old Queens & Little Bitty Steers" seems to be mostly the original Den Colder tracks along with the songs that inspired the Ben Colder spoofs. However, in a couple of cases, it has live recordings rather than the studio versions heard over the radio. For that reason, I prefer some of the remakes over the versions on the 22 hits album.

Obviously, it would be nice to have a reasonably complete collection of the songs by Sheb Wooley under both of his recording names, especially if that collection concentrated mostly on the studio recordings.
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