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Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol.3 - Basin Street Blues


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Audio CD, September 28, 1993
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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000333V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Basin Street Blues
2. I'm A Ding Dong Daddy
3. Crazy Rhythm
4. Milk Cow Blues
5. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
6. Four Or Five Times
7. Frankie Jean
8. It's Your Red Wagon
9. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
10. You Just Take Her
11. Barnard Blues
12. I Never Knew
13. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
14. Take The 'A' Train

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Track Listings 1. Basin Street Blues 2. I'm A Ding Dong Daddy 3. Crazy Rhythm 4. Milk Cow Blues 5. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone 6. Four Or Five Times 7. Frankie Jean 8. It's Your Red Wagon 9. A Good Man Is Hard To Find 10. You Just Take Her 11. Barnard Blues 12. I Never Knew 13. Baby Won't You Please Come Home 14. Take The 'A' Train

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If you asked Bob Wills what kind of music he and his Texas Playboys played, he sure as hell wouldn't have said "country." He resented any association with "rural music," and once the western part of the term country & western somehow vanished, he felt even less (if possible) kinship with that genre. This Tiffany volume focuses exclusively on the jazz and blues staples that Wills adored, and it brilliantly highlights the band's improvisational sophistication. Most of the material here was popularized by jazz and blues legends of the 1920s and 1930s including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, and Memphis Minnie. As with all of the Tiffany radio transcriptions, recorded at the Playboys' late-1940s peak, Wills's crew would have at these tunes without a shred of rehearsal, giving them each that spark of spontaneity. --Marc Greilsamer

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ahhhh ha! Now if only the Hat Acts that run country music would give a listen. This is the stuff that dreams are made of, jazz from the sticks, swinging licks by the ultimate slick hicks. Bob and the boys have a ball on this one, mixing their own approach to swing with blues and jazz tunes (these are jazz classics NOW, but many were current then) and the results are as satisfying as they are hard to duplicate nowdays. I don't care how many hepcats dress up in zoot suits, ain't nobody does it the way the Playboys did it. And this is one of their best, most relaxed efforts. You can tell they're enjoying every minute of it, blending boundaries, mixing musical styles, the result is as smooth as a good red hot gumbo with an ice cold beer. There aren't a whole lot of 'Bob Wills Classics' on here, it's jazz, brought to you by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. As only they could do it. If this one don't make you want to jump, sway and holler...better stick with them polka lessons.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yes. They wear cowboy hats. They play fiddles and ride horses and hail from Texas (Wills is from Turkey, Texas to be exact). They sing about "light folks" and "dark folks". They also have what is probably the most salient giveaway feature: lap-steel slide guitar. To modern musical stereotypes this means one thing: "country" music. Luckily the stereotypes will be greatly disappointed by the rich and almost eclectic mix on this CD (or any of the Tiffany Transcriptions CDs). Jazz lives here, cohabitating with blues and swing. Songs made famous by the giants of jazz (Ellington, etc.) pour out of the digital bits. Fiddle and slide guitar cozy up to electric blues and swing like lifelong lovers. This unlikely (in today's segmented music industry) combination exudes joy, spontaneous dancing and hollering. Wills himself does plenty of hollering before, after, and during songs. His gracious and often hilarious interactions with his band add a dimension to this music not often heard. During the guitar solo for "Milk Cow Blues" Wills shouts out proudly: "Ladies and Gentelemen that is Junior Barnard and his standard guitar... that is two more payments and it'll be his." On "I Never Knew" Tommy Duncan flubs a note in the verse and says "Missed that one" and laughs. When he hits the same note in the final verse, Wills says "Hit it that time!" Spontaneity of this caliber pervades the Tiffany recordings. Vocalists laugh out loud and speak off-the-cuff. Not typical stuff.

One major standout track, "Frankie Jean", features Tommy Duncan accompanied by only one guitar. Half spoken-word, half-whistling, this song adds another dimension to the band's repitoire.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on June 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A tribute to Junior Barnard get the tiffanies for him June 16, 2003
One of the most important legacies of the Tiffany transcriptions is the work of Lester Barnard Junior, the great guitarist who played with Wills between 1945 and 1947. His tenure with the band is largely missing its Columbia recordings of the Day. Barnard was like Spade Cooley's steel Guitarist Joacquim Murphy: he would simply disappear for weeks, and months at a whim or an intuition, but would always return to the band. Unfortunately, he died in an automobile accident in 1947.
Barnard was the real precursor of modern rock and rockabilly guitar playing. He set up his guitar in his own way with a DeArmond pickup and a pickup from a steel guitar, wired out of phase. He was one of the first to use a volume pedal. His though he had modified acoustic jazz guitars to electrify them, Junior's guitar almost always sounded like a solid body electric, not like an electric jazz guitar.
Thankfully, lots of Junior's work was recorded on the Tiffany recordings--in fact they ought to put out a best of Junior Barnard. On this CD listen in astonishment to the original version of the The Barnard Blues which snarls and twists and bites and cuts like something the Allman brothers would not be ashamed of. In fact this tract has been selected for several CDs offering the best of "country" guitar.
I also love the Frankie Jean recitation by Tommy Duncan on this tune, and the guitar, mandolin, and steel trio work of Eldon Shamblin, Tiny Moore, and Herbie Remimngton on Crazy Rhythm and A-Train. The selections here indicate that this is jazz oriented-music as another reviewer has pointed out. Even four or five times which sounds like a traditional country bag is really out of the Lionel Hampton book!
Just writing about it makes it sounds so good, I almost started to buy it, even though I have had this stuff since it first came out years ago.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When folks talk about styles of jazz and swing, they mention Kansas City, Memphis, Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, et al. Bob Wills and his Boys prove they are "The Hot Club of Tulsa". It is too bad that many of these cuts were "previously unreleased". The Playboy's version of "Take the 'A' Train" is hot enough to singe the Duke's fingers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Burket on March 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This volume with the McKinney Sisters vocals (recorded in 1946 and 1947) is a ton of fun and a fine addition for someone who already has a good library of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys doing their more typical repertoire. Many of the tunes are the sort of novelties that were popular with big bands during the 1940s: you get a couple Hawaiian selections (and Hawaiian steel flavor on many tunes), a couple hillbilly takeoffs, and even something called "Will there be any yodeling in Heaven?" For the most part, it's a swinging, jazzy flavor throughout -- but not "Western Swing" as one normally thinks of it. But, typical of many Bob Wills bands, the players are first-rate and are featured generously. The recording is good, but the liner notes aren't much.
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