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Texas Troubadour [Box set, Import]

Ernest TubbAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2003)
  • 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 Box UK
  • ASIN: B000083EHV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walking The Floor Over You
2. Try Me One More Time
3. Soldiers Last Letter
4. Yesterdays Tears
5. Keep My Memry In Your Heart
6. Tomorrow Never Comes
7. Careless Darlin
8. Its Been So Long Darling
9. Rainbow At Midnight
10. Filipino Baby
11. Drivin Nails In My Coffin
12. Dont Look Now (But Your Broken Heart Is Showing)
13. So Round So Firm So Fully Packed
14. Ill Step Aside
15. Seamans Blues
16. You Nearly Lose Your Mind
17. Forever Is Ending Today
18. That Wild And Wickedlook In Your Eye
19. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)
20. Lets Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello
See all 99 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Ernest Tubb's country music legacy is an enormous one. He introduced amplified instruments onto the Grand Old Opry, spearheaded the honky tonk movement in country music and supported and encouraged numerous young artists in the business. 100 tracks are included in this 4 CD box which comes with a 48 page booklet bearing all the Proper hallmarks.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore country mostly from the forties June 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ernest Tubb was one of the earliest superstars of country music. Unlike his friend Red Foley whose voice had pop crossover appeal, Ernest had a voice that was pure country with no obvious crossover appeal. Yet Ernest had hits in the American pop charts because the songs were of such great quality.

This compilation covers the best of his Decca recordings from 1940 to 1952, although that was far from the end of his recording career. He continued to have big country hits well into the sixties, in which decade he recorded three albums of duets with Loretta Lynn. The set is divided up so that most of the hits from the period covered are on the first two CD's. The third CD contains a selection of other songs that he wrote, while the fourth CD contains his versions of songs written by others (not all covers - some were written for him). The last two CD's include some hits too - they couldn't fit them all on the first two.

The hits include all the songs for which Ernest is best remembered and some that have since yielded interesting covers. They include Walking the floor over you, Soldier's last letter, Tomorrow never comes (covered by Elvis Presley), Filipino baby, So round so firm so fully packed, Let's say goodbye like we said hello, Have you ever been lonely have you ever been blue, Slipping around, Blue Christmas and I love you because.

Ernest, though not the first to record Blue Christmas, was the first to have a hit with it though it has since become identified with Elvis Presley. Likewise, Ernest's huge country hit with I love you because is generally forgotten - Jim Reeves made the song his own in the sixties when he had a huge international hit with it.

Ernest also recorded plenty of duets, especially with Rod Foley.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I spent my misspent youth listening to Ernest Tubb June 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have Peter Harris to thank for bringing this boxed set to my attention. I had a small collection of Tubb's songs, but one in particular, which I always liked, I could not find anywhere;
probably because I had the name wrong: I thought it was "On My Way to Italy (From the Gulf of Mexico)". It was, instead, titled "Seaman's Blues." I could play it on the guitar, and knew the lyrics, but I wanted it by Ernest Tubb. Now I have it. Thanks again, Peter Harris (see his spotlight review.)

There are four CDs in this boxed set, with 25 songs on each, all by Ernest Tubb. Too many to critique them all, but if you are familiar with his singing, you won't need a critique. Contrary to another critic, I found the quality of the CD quite good. I'm always amazed at the number of critics who spend more time criticizing the technical quality of the vehicle (CD, DVD, etc.) than the quality of the singer's voice or instrumental skill of the side men.

These days, it is the digital mastering. In the old days it was the clicks and pops in the records. Well, in the beer halls on the Mex border, we were often too drunk to care, and we enjoyed the music for the music itself. T. Texas Tyler and Ernest Tubb were big with that audience. Marty Robbins was in the Navy at the time (along with me) and no one had yet heard of him. We never heard of Patsy Cline or Jim Reeves, either, although they may have been around. We surely knew Eddy Arnold, although he was not yet Pat Boone's father-in-law, and Red Foley.

So, don't expect soothing pop music from Ernest Tubb. It's country/western, beer hall music that you could sit and nurse your broken heart to all night.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honky Tonk Legend March 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ernest Tubb was simply one of the best country singers to ever walk before the mike. This box set is an affordable collection of his greatest recordings. Don't let the price fool you--all the songs are great, the sound is wonderful, and the booklet is very informative. If you can't afford the Bear Family sets, this is the way to go. Let's hope Proper keeps doing country reissues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable March 12, 2006
By Jess
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Here is a 4-CD Set that costs less than most 2-CD Sets; and this one has 100 songs; all original. You cannot go wrong with this one. A fine booklet is also included which provides info regarding discography. All of ET's big hits are here, as well as some lesser known numbers. There's duets with the legendary Red Foley, and you can hear the incredible lead guitar which made his music so recognizable, despite the ever-changing lineup of guitarists on display here. Proper Records released this set, and they deserve a big thumbs-up on this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality March 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to Ernst Tubb via another cd: A Loretta Lynn box set where he did a couple of duets with her. I was impressed by his powerful, booming voice on the cd and decided to check this out.

Needless to say I was disappointed with this cd.

Now I know it is cheap, BUT, it reminds me of the old adage: "You get what you pay for."

I wish I had listened to the reviewer here who complained about the poor sound quality. The sound quality of this cd is atrocious. You have to turn your radio up so loud to even hear it and even then, the percussion here is non existent. Did he even have a drummer??? You wouldn't know by listening to this collection.

Also, his voice sounds nothing like he did with the Lynn duets or from some of the other cds that you can sample here.

As for the music, a lot of the riffs seem to be very repetitive also. At times you find yourself saying "Didn't I hear this song before?"

It does have some good points to it though. Some of the duets that he does with Red Foley are good and many of the songs you think to yourself "If the sound quality was better this would be quite good."
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3.0 out of 5 stars E.T.
It's E. T. that's all you need to say. That's all I'm going to say. I'm not saying any more.
Published 28 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars "Country Gold" fits this collection
Seems I' re-discovering the good ol' Country Music fro the 40's and 50's. Some of this music I remember from when I was "knee high to a grasshopper" (as my granddad used... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I found plenty to enjoy.
This collection introduced me to ET. I started wondering about his music after hearing Junior Brown's "My Baby Don't Dance to Nothing but Ernest Tubb". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bronto154
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Early Ernest Tubb
The answer is no, there are no drums in traditional country music which includes this set. In older country music, the rhythm was carried by the stringed instruments, guitar,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Moreau
5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Tubb The Texas Troubadour
Love the old standard of Country music. Covers his entire career including some Grand Ol' Opry performances. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars dad loved this
This was a Father's Day gift for my 89 year old dad who is an Ernest Tubb fan from years ago. He loved it, is playing one disc at a time for the folks at an adult day care center... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Judith A. Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, sloppy research
The version here of Let's Say Goodbye like we said hello is not the original, but a remake from the late fifties. The backing vocals give it away. Read more
Published on July 6, 2010 by M. Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Troubadour
Lots of good old country music in this set. You really get your money's worth. We really enjoy listening to Ernest Tubb and the other "oldies".
Published on January 6, 2008 by S. B. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value
Wow - a compendium of the best of Ernest Tubb from 1941-1950 at a bargain price. Sound quality is excellent (given the age of the masters) and the music is quintessential Texas... Read more
Published on December 29, 2005 by Paul W. Dennis
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