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The First 10 Years: 1956-1966 Box set, Import

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(4-CD LP-sized Box Set with 64-page hardcover book) The first comprehensive anthology spotlighting Bill Anderson, the most successful singer-songwriter during the Nashville Sound's classic era. Contains 21 'Billboard' country chart hits, including such favorites as Po' Folks, Mama Sang A Song, Still, Bright Lights And Country Music, I Love You Drops and I Get The Fever. Includes everything from Anderson's first eight DECCA albums plus seven non-LP 'B' sides and three unissued studio tracks. Also includes five duets with Jan Howard, including the chart-topping For Loving You. Features the first reissue of Anderson's rare, early TNT singles including the rocking Take Me and the premiere recording of his enduring honky-tonk anthem City Lights. Includes twelve demos of Anderson originals from the singer's private collection, among them a duet featuring a teen-aged Dolly Parton!

With a career dating back to the mid-fifties, Bill Anderson is probably the most successful singer-songwriter in country music history. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than a half-century, he remains an engaging performer, a prolific writer and one of the industry's most respected elder statesmen. His best-selling DECCA recordings of the late fifties and through the sixties were benchmarks in the emerging Nashville Sound. Outside of indifferently assembled 'hits' packages, these sides have never been properly reissued on compact disc - until now. Assembled with the singer's co-operation, this four-CD compilation gathers every surviving master recording from 1956 through 1966, plus an alternate version of 3 A.M. The set includes Anderson's first single, released while he was a 19-year-old University of Georgia student.

For those who only know the singer for the intimate, soft-spoken vocals and recitations that landed him the nickname 'Whispering Bill,' these early sides are a revelation, a diverse mix ranging from rockabilly balladry to Texas-style shuffles to unapologetic honky-tonk to Nashville pop country. The set also includes twelve demos from Anderson's private collection, including such now-celebrated songs as I Love You Drops; The Cold, Hard Facts Of Life; Once A Day; Slippin' Away; and The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'. A young Dolly Parton duets with Anderson on If It's All The Same To You. This collection includes a detailed biography of Anderson's remarkable career through 1966, illustrated with photos and memorabilia from the singer's personal archive.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Empty Room - Bill Anderson
  2. Take Me - Bill Anderson
  3. City Lights - Bill Anderson
  4. No Song To Sing - Bill Anderson
  5. That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome (single version) - Bill Anderson
  6. The Thrill Of My Life - Bill Anderson
  7. Ninety-Nine - Bill Anderson
  8. Back Where I Started From - Bill Anderson
  9. It's Not The End Of Everything - Bill Anderson
  10. Dead Or Alive - Bill Anderson
  11. No Man's Land - Bill Anderson
  12. The Tip Of My Fingers - Bill Anderson
  13. Walk Out Backwards - Bill Anderson
  14. Best Of Strangers - Bill Anderson
  15. Flowing Waters And Shifting Sands - Bill Anderson
  16. Goodbye Cruel World - Bill Anderson
  17. Po' Folks - Bill Anderson
  18. As Long As I Live - Bill Anderson
  19. It Takes A Worried Man - Bill Anderson
  20. City Lights - Bill Anderson
  21. Columbus Stockade Blues - Bill Anderson
  22. Mama Sang A Song - Bill Anderson
  23. Wedding Bells - Bill Anderson
  24. Yonder Comes A Sucker - Bill Anderson
  25. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Bill Anderson
  26. On And On And On - Bill Anderson
  27. Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands - Bill Anderson
  28. Down Came The Rain - Bill Anderson
  29. Still - Bill Anderson
  30. You Made It Easy - Bill Anderson
  31. I Wish It Was Mine - Bill Anderson
  32. That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome - Bill Anderson

Disc: 2

  1. From A Jack To A King
  2. Little Band Of Gold
  3. Restless
  4. Happiness
  5. Reverend Mr. Black
  6. It's Been So Long, Darlin'
  7. Take These Chains From My Heart
  8. Molly
  9. 8'' x 10''
  10. I'll Be Somewhere
  11. One Mile Over - Two Miles Back
  12. Take Me Home
  13. Candy Apple Red
  14. Cincinnati Ohio
  15. Easy Come Easy Go
  16. Five Little Fingers
  17. Me
  18. 500 Miles Away From Home
  19. You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry
  20. Abilene
  21. Green, Green
  22. I'm Leaving It All Up To You
  23. I Love You More And More Every Day
  24. Memory #1
  25. In Case You Ever Change Your Mind
  26. In The Misty Moonlight
  27. 3 A.M.
  28. Then And Only Then
  29. Worry
  30. You Can Have Her
  31. Then I'll Stop Loving You
  32. Mountain Dew

Disc: 3

  1. 3 A.M. (Remake)
  2. Twist Of The Wrist
  3. Certain
  4. I Love You Drops
  5. Once A Day
  6. I Missed Me
  7. I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand
  8. Saginaw Michigan
  9. I Don't Love You Anymore
  10. Riverboat
  11. I Know You Are Married ( But I Love You Still) (with JAN HOWARD)
  12. Time Out (with JAN HOWARD)
  13. I'll Be Waiting (with JAN HOWARD)
  14. Bright Lights And Country Music
  15. Born
  16. The Freighter
  17. Wild Side Of Life
  18. Truck Drivin' Man
  19. I'll Go Down Swinging
  20. The Stranger's Story
  21. Walking The Dog
  22. How The Other Half Lives
  23. Wine
  24. All Nite Cafe
  25. Cocktails
  26. Golden Guitar
  27. Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sleep)
  28. In The Summertime
  29. Used To
  30. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Disc: 4

  1. Lovin' Pains
  2. When Liking Turns To Loving
  3. Talkin' To The Wall
  4. Next Time You're In Tulsa
  5. I Get The Fever (remake)
  6. Nail My Shoes To The Floor
  7. The First Mrs. Jones
  8. Papa
  9. For Loving You (with JAN HOWARD)
  10. The Untouchables (with JAN HOWARD)
  11. Get While The Gettin's Good
  12. Something To Believe In
  13. Ride Ride Ride
  14. My Daddy And My Mama And Me
  15. A Satisfied Mind
  16. Bad Seed
  17. Remember Me
  18. The Wheel Of Hurt
  19. Open Up Your Heart
  20. Homesick
  21. I'm Ashamed Of You
  22. If It's All The Same To You (with DOLLY PARTON)
  23. Here Lies The Heart Of Amos Brown
  24. Once A Day
  25. The Cold Hard Facts Of Life
  26. Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sleep)
  27. I Love You Drops
  28. I'll Go Down Swingin'
  29. You And Your Sweet Love
  30. The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'
  31. Slippin' Away
  32. Nobody But A Fool

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 2011)
  • 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: Bear Family
  • ASIN: B005ILYN04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John A. Howe Jr. on December 2, 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,what we have here is a stunning box set from Bear Family.I've relied on these guys for years to fulfill my collection of my favorite artists.
Never do they disappoint,and they don't sure don't miss the mark here.
I really don't feel the need to give complete specs on the box,which are described pretty good here at Amazon.
The overall production here is superlative.My old records have now finally received the upgrades they have so long ago deserved. Upon putting in the very first disc---it's pretty easy to see why Bill Anderson is
one of the most important figures in the long,storied history of country music.I personally think his voice is unique and in a way,mesmerizing.
The un-issued recordings are my favorites---these have the full cooperation of Bill Anderson,and he oversaw this release.As you may know,there is a tune here with a very young Dolly.I couldn't help but think,what if...... it were Bill instead of Porter as one of the great duets of all time.Porter is my #1 hero--so I'll drop that subject.
There is a very nice hardcover book included,with awesome pictures and a complete discography.I'm more impressed with the price here at Amazon---It started at around $150---now it's $88.I picked mine up at my local independent record shop for$98.So,if you have to borrow from your kids piggy bank or college fund than by all means,please do so.This is one of those "priceless" box sets that Bear Family is known for. I didn't want to get into the specs,but you get the 1st 8 Bill Anderson original DECCA Albums-rare TNT singles from his early days-----and as a bonus you get hand picked songs from Bill's own personal archive.Not very often are cd's jammed to capacity at 83-84 minutes each.
This is an A++++++ release!!!!
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I have been a Bill Anderson fan for almost 50 years. Most of my collection is on vinyl, so when I saw this 4 CD collection of 125 songs I knew I needed to buy it. The set also comes with a photo album with stories of Bill and his back-up musicians.
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For every Bill Anderson fan, This box set is a must for your collection.In this box set you will hear the raw emotions of Bill singing in every song.Bill is one of the few Country Music Artist that put's 110% of his ever being in every song he sing's.It is nice to hear that great classic sound.Many of today's artist don't even know what that is.Everytime I have seen Bill sing he always does his best,No matter what is going on in his personal life. You will never know by hearing his voice .He is one of the few artist still around that put everything he's got when he sings.This box set tell's it all.Every song in this set you will hear him at his best.There are some songs in this set that we all know but when you listen to the other song's you would think that they were hit's as well.If I were to rate this collection on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 11.You will not make a mistake buying this box set.I can't wait for the next box set to come out.Bill has had so many hit's from the 60's thou the 2000's.It will take 4 or 5 box set's to cover all his material.IT IS THAT GOOD.
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If your a Bill Anderson fan and country fan you cant go wrong here.Bills first ten years at Decca records.Bills hits,Still,Poor Folks,I Get The Fever,etc
Plus,Bill gives us his treatment of Country Standards.
WOW.If thats not enough,the set comes with a beautful box and a hardcover book with lots of information and pictures galore.
Now,how about VOL 2?
Leave it to Bear,nobody does it better.
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This is the fourth Bear Family boxed set I've bought that was defective . In this case, only one song has a skip in it but it is one of the best songs, at the end of Disc One . I should've sent it back for exchange .
On the plus side, some of the songs are great although you may already own them if you bought " greatest hits " CDs before .
Anderson has a unique sound but, like General Tso's Chicken, his sound is too sweet to be taken in large helpings . Use selections from this set to spice up your playlists ; listening to all of the discs straight through is too much of a good thing .
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This box contains all of Bill's music that he officially recorded between December 1956 and November 1966, so it does indeed cover a ten year period, and not 11 as the year range might suggest. Those official recordings occupy all but the last 12 tracks on the last CD, and include all the tracks from his first eight albums, together with any single releases not featured on those albums. Among the country hits he had with his own recordings, you'll find The tip of my fingers, Walk out backwards, Po' folks, Mama sang a song, Still, 8 x 10, Five little fingers, Me, I get the fever and Get while the gettin's good. All those made the top 10, but the lesser hits are here too including the duets with Jan Howard.

All of the above is excellent and well worth buying this box for, if you enjoy listening to Bill Anderson as I do. Indeed, by releasing this set Bear Family have raised my hopes that they might do another volume. However, there are those last 12 tracks on the last CD, all previously unreleased. The last nine of them are demo versions that either Bill re-recorded officially (and if he did within the time-frame, those versions appear elsewhere in this box) or were recorded by other artists. That leaves tracks 21, 22 and 23.

I don't know if anybody else has recorded track 21 (I'm ashamed of you) or track 23 (Here lies the heart of Amos Brown), though Conway Twitty apparently intended to record the latter. Bill Anderson re-recorded track 22 (If it's all the same to you) in 1970 as a duet with Jan Howard, but while I hope to hear that someday, the version here is more intriguing. Recorded circa 1963, it features Dolly Parton and as far as I know, this is her first recorded duet. if you are familiar with Dolly's late sixties recordings, you'll recognize the voice, which is some way removed from her later recordings that made her famous.

Bill played a full part in producing this magnificent collection.
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