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The Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 1

Bob Wills & His Texas PlayboysAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000333T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Mission To Moscow
3. Dinah
4. Lone Star Rag
5. Cotton Patch Blues
6. Sweet Jennie Lee
7. I Hear You Talkin'
8. The Girl I Left Behind Me
9. Straighten Up And Fly Right
10. Little Betty Brown
11. Nobody's Sweetheart Now
12. Blackout Blues
13. What's The Matter With The Mill
14. Jumpin' At The Woodside

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does not get any better than this I mean that. July 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Incidentally, if you like the Hot Club of Cowtown, this is the period of Bob Wills music that most of their Western Swing tunes seek to replicate. Elana really has studied the great fiddling of Jim Joe Holly and Louis Tierny on these records, and Whit has really listened to the electric mandolin playing of Tiny Moore as well as the guitar playing of Junior Bernard and Eldon Shamblin.
The Tiffanies are extra special. I can remember in the 1970s, when a friend of a friend of a friend who had some of the original transcriptions made some copies for me, and I carried them around like precious family heirlooms when I moved, never packed but always in my coat pockets. The transcriptions were made to be played on radio stations, at a time when Radio Stations didn't normally play regular records. They were all done quickly whenever the band was in the Oakland-San Fransisco area over the years of the mid 1940s.
People I know who heard the Texas Playboys live in the 1940s and 1950s say these recordings come closer to what the band actually sounded like compared to their releases on Columbia and later MGM. For one thing, they weren't force to record mostly original songs, but could sample a broad repertoire. This record contains their totally swinging though somewhat weird rendition of the theme to the WWII movie snow job of Stalin "Mission to Moscow," Nat King Cole's Straighten Up and Fly Right, and Basie's Jumpin' at the Woodside. One of the good things about the Tiffanies, is that Will recorded all of his old recordings and you get to hear them with new personnel.
My favorite is a tune called "Blackout Blues" which Wills recorded around 1940 as "Honey What You Gonna Do." Check it out on one of Columbia's anthology.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get kicked in the pants and like it... July 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Years ago I read an article reviewing volume 1 of "The Tiffany Transcriptions" in which the author said: "I have yet to meet someone who, after hearing Wills' music, did not like it." Though this is an obvious hyperbole, you would have to be pretty downcast to not like this stuff. It's as uplifting as a shot of caffeine or a good kick in the pants.
This is not purely "country" music, though it has some elements of country music in it. The cover art with bucking broncos, cowboy hats and lasso font betrays the rich music inside. True, the band uses a lapsteel, a banjo, and fiddle is omnipresent. Nonetheless, the music is more a mixture of ska, jazz, blues, and swing than it is purely "country." The guitar solos sound more out of jazz than Willie Nelson, and there are trumpet, saxophone, and piano solos. In it's day this music would not have been called "country." In today's parlance "Country Swing" would probably be the most fitting description. Sometimes the sound resembles Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives, other times it sounds right out of Django Reinhardt (whose band also used fiddle and banjo with great effect).
Since these recordings were made live in a radio studio in the mid 1940s there is an energy there that is absent on a lot of today's recordings that subscribe to the "let's compartmentalize all of the instruments and destroy their acoustic interaction" recording philosophy. The band members interact with one another, and there is undeniable acoustic interaction between the live instruments. One band member adds running commentary through whoops, hollers (which reminded my finacé of "Mr.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great starting point for a Bob Wills review! June 13, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
As a life-long Bob Wills fan, and the daughter of a Bob Wills super-fan, I've listened to almost every version of his recordings. The Tiffancy Transcriptions are excellent, and the sound quality cannot be better. This is a really enjoyable start to a great collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome August 12, 2013
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I had this cd many years ago and lost. I was extremely happy to have it again. One of my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WESTERN SWING LOST GOLDEN NUGGETS October 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
THERE ARE NINE VOLUMES OF CD'S OF BOB WILLS' AND THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS "TIFFANY TRANSCRIPTIONS" RECORDED IN THE LATE 40'S EARLY 50'S WHICH WERE NOT RELEASED AS BOB WILLS RECORDS AT THE TIME, I THINK THEY WERE RECORDED TO BE BROADCAST ON RADIO PROGRAMS. I HAVE ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN OF THESE, GET THEM ALL IF YOU CAN FIND THEM ANYMORE. THESE ARE MY FAVORITE BOB WILLS RECORDINGS, BETTER THAN ANYTHING THEY LAID DOWN ON WAX, THESE RECORDINGS SEEM TO SWING MORE THAN THOSE OLD 78'S. BOB WILLS AND THE TEXAS PALYBOYS WERE ONE OF THE FIRST BANDS TO EMPLOY THE USE OF ELECTRIC GUITAR (WITH A BIG BAND!) AND AMPLIFICATION, AND FREQUENTLY USED TWIN GUITARS PLAYING THE MELODY, THEY WERE LIGHT YEARS AHAEAD OF THEIR TIME. NOT QUITE JAZZ, NOT QUITE COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH, BUT DIFFERENT FROM EACH OF THEM.
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