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Only Believe...Unissued and Rare Nashville Vocal Group Recordings

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CD Digipac with comprehensive booklet, 28 tracks. This exciting CD reveals a completely unknown chapter in the already implausible - though true - story of the Prisonaires, the prison inmates from Nashville who got onto Sun Records in Memphis in 1953 and whose best song, Just Walkin' In The Rain, became an international pop hit for Johnny Ray. In this CD you'll find: eleven astonishing songs from an unissued 'concert' recorded at the Tennessee State Penitentiary - featuring several Prisonaires members never heard until now! Fascinating spoken introductions to the songs by second tenor Alfred Brooks - and a message from the penitentiary warden Lynn Bomar! Six alternative versions of songs recorded for Sun Records! All eleven vocal group tracks by The Solotones and the Marigolds (renamed versions of the Prisonaires led by Johnny Bragg). A comprehensive booklet by Martin Hawkins containing many new interviews and insights into the story of the Prisonaires, one of the first R&B vocal groups to record and have hits in the South. It explains the background to the unissued recordings, and contains many rare and fascinating photos and illustrations.

The new Prisonaires titles reveal an even wider range of vocal harmonies and musical abilities, influences and styles than the Sun recordings. The Prisonaires rock with Caldonia and Bony Moronie, they sing sincere versions of Suppertime and Gentle Hands, they reprise their best-known songs including Just Walkin' In The Rain, and they make fun with The Boastin' Texan and other titles.

Get this CD and you'll hear the Prisonaires as never before; you'll have completed your Prisonaires collection; and you'll have the complete story of the Marigolds/Solotones. This CD is one of three discs telling the complete story of the Prisonaires and of their lead singer, Johnny Bragg. The early part of the tale has been told in our CD of Sun recordings: The Prisonaires - Just Walkin' In The Rain (Bear Family 15523). This CD, Only Believe... tells the middle part of the story. Watch out later for our planned CD World Of Make Believe, containing all the rare and unissued recordings by Johnny Bragg as a solo vocalist.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. THE PRISONAIRES: When The Saints Go Marching In
  2. THE PRISONAIRES: In The Garden
  3. THE PRISONAIRES: Bony Moronie
  4. THE PRISONAIRES: Suppertime
  5. THE PRISONAIRES: Caldonia
  6. THE PRISONAIRES: Gentle Hands
  7. THE PRISONAIRES: Just Walkin' In The Rain
  8. The Boastin' Texan
  9. THE PRISONAIRES: Warden's Message
  10. THE PRISONAIRES: A Prisoner's Prayer
  11. THE PRISONAIRES: Only Believe
  12. THE PRISONAIRES: Senor Siskin
  13. THE MARIGOLDS: Rollin' Stone
  14. THE MARIGOLDS: Why Don't You
  15. THE MARIGOLDS: Don't Say Tomorrow
  16. THE MARIGOLDS: Rollin' Stone (2)
  17. THE MARIGOLDS: Two Strangers
  18. THE MARIGOLDS: Love You-Love You-Love You
  19. THE MARIGOLDS: Juke Box Rock & Roll
  20. THE MARIGOLDS: It's You Darling, It's You
  21. THE SOLOTONES: Front Page Blues
  22. THE SOLOTONES: Pork And Beans
  23. THE PRISONAIRES: Baby Please
  24. THE PRISONAIRES: What'll You Do Next
  25. THE PRISONAIRES: There Is Love In You
  26. THE PRISONAIRES: Rockin' Horse
  27. THE PRISONAIRES: Two Strangers
  28. THE PRISONAIRES: Lucy You Know I Want You


Product details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bear Family
  • ASIN: B0053EJ1XK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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