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Legends Of Country Music: Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys Box set, Original recording remastered

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Though Bob Wills has long been heralded as a country-music icon (an inspiration for artists from Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson through Lyle Lovett and Asleep at the Wheel, and toasted by Waylon Jennings in "Bob Wills Is Still the King"), the Texas fiddler considered himself more of a jazz bandleader. The Texas Playboys' signature dance-floor style of Western swing encompassed blues, jazz, country, and pop standards, with a sophistication at odds with the era's image of "hillbilly music." This four-disc centennial anthology (a little late, as Wills was born in 1905 and died in 1975) documents the musical progression of the band and its music from regional phenomenon to national treasure. The 105 tracks (remastered, but all previously released) showcase the legendary "twin guitars" of Leon McAuliffe and Eldon Shamblin, the smooth crooning of Tommy Duncan, the irrepressible spirit of Wills himself, and a songbook of classics such as "New San Antonio Rose" (with lyrics added to the original instrumental), "Take Me Back to Tulsa," and "Faded Love." In jukeboxes and roadhouses throughout the Southwest, it is Bob Wills, not Benny Goodman, who remains the "King of Swing." --Don McLeese

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sunbonnet Sue - Fort Worth Doughboys
  2. Nancy Jane - Fort Worth Doughboys
  3. Osage Stomp
  4. Get with It
  5. Spanish Two Step
  6. Maiden's Prayer
  7. I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me)
  8. Who Walks in When I Walk Out
  9. Oklahoma Rag
  10. Sitting On Top of the World
  11. I Can't Be Satisfied
  12. Waltz In D
  13. She's Killing Me
  14. Bluin' The Blues
  15. Steel Guitar Rag
  16. Trouble in Mind
  17. What's The Matter With The Mill
  18. Basin Street Blues
  19. Red Hot Gal of Mine
  20. Too Busy
  21. Crippled Turkey
  22. Bring It on Down to My House, Honey
  23. Right or Wrong
  24. Swing Blues No. 1
  25. White Heat

Disc: 2

  1. Steel Guitar Stomp
  2. Rosetta
  3. Blue Yodel #1
  4. I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)
  5. Oozlin' Daddy Blues
  6. Black Rider
  7. Down Hearted Blues
  8. Pray For The Lights To Go Out
  9. San Antonio Rose
  10. Silver Bells
  11. Beaumont Rag
  12. Whoa Babe
  13. Ida Red
  14. Yearning
  15. I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do
  16. Prosperity Special
  17. You're Okay
  18. Liza Pull Down the Shades
  19. That's What I Like 'Bout the South
  20. My Window Faces The South
  21. Don't Let The Deal Go Down
  22. Lone Star Rag
  23. That Brownskin Gal
  24. Corrine Corrina
  25. Time Changes Everything
  26. Bob Wills Special
  27. Big Beaver

Disc: 3

  1. New San Antonio Rose
  2. Liebestraum
  3. Lyla Lou
  4. Maiden's Prayer
  5. The Girl I Left Behind Me
  6. I Knew The Moment I Lost You
  7. Twin Guitar Special
  8. Take Me Back to Tulsa
  9. Takin' It Home
  10. Cherokee Maiden
  11. Dusty Skies
  12. My Life's Been a Pleasure
  13. Drop Me off at Bob's Place
  14. Home in San Antone
  15. That Hot Lick Fiddlin' Man
  16. Miss Molly
  17. My Confession
  18. Ten Years
  19. Let's Ride with Bob
  20. Bluer Than Blue
  21. Hang Your Head In Shame
  22. Texas Playboy Rag
  23. Roly Poly
  24. Stay a Little Longer
  25. I Can't Go On This Way
  26. I'm Thru Wastin' Time On You
  27. New Spanish Two Step

Disc: 4

  1. Sugar Moon
  2. Brain Cloudy Blues
  3. Bob Wills Boogie
  4. Fat Boy Rag
  5. The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget
  6. Hometown Stomp
  7. Misery
  8. Deep Water
  9. Bubbles In My Beer
  10. Papa's Jumpin'
  11. Sally Goodin'
  12. Still Water Runs the Deepest
  13. Blues For Dixie
  14. Keeper of My Heart
  15. Ida Red Likes The Boogie
  16. Boot Heel Drag
  17. Faded Love
  18. St. Louis Blues
  19. Cadillac In Model "A"
  20. Heart To Heart Talk
  21. Wabash Blues
  22. A Big Ball In Cowtown (We'll Dance Around)
  23. Panhandle Rag
  24. Blue Bonnet Lane
  25. What Makes Bob Holler
  26. Goin' Away Party

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • 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: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • ASIN: B000GRTR2E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Ross on September 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Born to a poor family in Limestone County, Texas, Bob Wills (the undisputed "King of Western Swing") has become synonymous with that style of music. In 2006, this 4-disc release in Columbia "Legends of Country Music" series is a great way to celebrate his centennial! Wills had learned to play the fiddle by age ten. By the late 1920s, he and Herman Arnspiger were performing in the Fort Worth area as The Wills Fiddle Band. In 1931, they were joined by Milton & Durwood Brown and called themselves Aladdin's Laddies. Disc #1 in this set begins in 1932 with recordings of The Light Crust Doughboys, the band formed after the Light Crust Flour Co. hired the band for radio broadcasts. Because of a trademark, Victor Records called them The Fort Worth Doughboys. By 1934, Wills had formed his own band, moved to Tulsa, and signed with Okeh Records. Disc #2 covers 1937-1940, and disc #3 spans 1941-45. Disc #4 begins with 1946 and ends with Bob Wills' final session (1973 in Dallas).

It's important for such compilations to include a musician's big hits, as well as a sampling of their entire repertoire and influential pieces. We hear many favorites like "Big Ball in Cowtown," "Bubbles In My Beer," "Roly Poly," "Take Me Back to Tulsa" and "Stay A Little Longer." "San Antonio Rose" and "New San Antonio Rose" are both included, the former written in just 30 minutes when Wills needed another number at a recording session. Pandhandle Rag was a top ten hit in 1949. We're given the 1969 version here. Leon McAuliffe's influential "Steel Guitar Rag" appears on disc #1. In the 1960, Wills made the charts with "Shape Up or Ship Out" and "I Don't Love Nobody." Unfortunately, these songs are not provided. And how in the heck could they not have included "Across the Alley from the Alamo"? Oh well ...
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I must own about 30 Bob Wills cd's and this has made many of them obsolete. If you are a Bob Wills fan there is no need for me to convince you of Will's and his band's virtuosity. For those of you who aren't familiar with Bob Wills and western swing music, I think you owe it a hearing. Wills mixed blues, jazz, big band, and western music and literally invented what we know as western swing. The list of great musicians who played with this band are impressive. Not many people realize that Rolling Stone magazine selected Eldon Shamblin as the greatest rhythm guitar player of all time.

The recording quality of this cd is so far above everything else I've heard that it must be stressed here.

What makes Bob Holler? If he were alive today this reproduction of his great music would!
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My husband and I have been a Bob Wills fan for many years. He is 80 and a collector of Bob Wills music. He was truly the "King of Western Swing" and this is a wonderful collection of his music.
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I own other Bob Wills recordings, but this is the most comprehensive. It's not really country music at all...It has its own kind of energy and incorporates various styles of music. It's inventive and ageless and it's just pure pleasure to hear.
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