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From Where I Stand: The Black Experience In Country Music

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From Where I Stand traces the history of a specific influence--the country tradition--on a particular group: black American musicians. In both conception and execution it's nearly perfect. Through three discs, this 60-song box shows how country music began in the string-band era as something shared, more than less, by both black and white musicians; how country songs have been a consistent source of inspiration to R&B and soul performers from Etta James to Al Green; and how singers such as Stoney Edwards and O.B. McClinton have followed in the footsteps of Charley Pride to help in the creation of today's brand of rock & roll-influenced country music. Which is all just to say that, for fans of country-music history, From Where I Stand is absolutely essential. --David Cantwell

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It painstakingly explores the stylistic interplay between country and blues and folk, highlighting such groundbreakers as Grand Ole Opry harmonica master DeFord Bailey, soul man Ray Charles (who made two albums of country songs in the '60s), and Nashville star O.B. McClinton. . . . -- Entertainment Weekly

Obsessed with farm, family, religion, alcohol, and movin' on, this collection of songs--all credited to black performers--documents the gray areas wherein two rural cultures collide.... [A] lot of From Where I Stand: [The Black Experience in Country Music] is black drawing on white drawing on black.... Not every jump-blueser or Motowner covering Hank or Willie on these discs adapts naturally to country's sway. But certain superstars--Al Green, Fats Domino, and, most famously, Ray Charles--do surprisingly well on this very complete boxed set.... -- Vibe

The black roots of American pop music are nowhere more visible than they are at the base of the country idiom. This entertaining three-CD set artfully reflects that relationship with an array of performances by black musicians.... The collection also cleverly shows the cross-pollination of white musicians influencing black. -- People

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pan American Blues - Deford Bailey
  2. Muscle Shoals Blues - Deford Bailey
  3. Gray Eagle - Taylor's Kentucky Boys
  4. G Rag - Georgia Yellow Hammers ( With Andrew Baxter)
  5. K. C. Railroad Blues - Andrew And Jim Baxter
  6. Dallas Rag - The Dallas String Band
  7. Bill Cheatem - James Cole String Band
  8. Turkey Buzzard Blues - Peg Leg Howell And Eddie Anthony
  9. Corinne Corinna - Charlie Mccoy And Bo Chatmon
  10. Sitting On Top Of The World - Mississippi Sheiks
  11. Yodeling Fiddling Blues - Mississippi Sheiks
  12. In The Jailhouse Now - Memphis Sheiks
  13. Morning Glory Waltz - Mississippi Mud Steppers
  14. Midnight Special - Leadbelly
  15. Rock Island Line - Leadbelly
  16. Eighth Of January - Nathan Frazier And Frank Patterson
  17. Apple Blossom - Murph Gribble, John Lusk, Albert York
  18. Fox Chase - Deford Bailey

Disc: 2

  1. Bloodshot Eyes - Wynonie Harris
  2. Crying In The Chapel - The Orioles
  3. Down On The Farm - Big Al Downing
  4. City Lights - Ivory Joe Hunter
  5. I'm Movin' On - Ray Charles
  6. Night Train To Memphis - Bobby Hebb
  7. Just Out Of Reach - Solomon Burke
  8. You Win Again - Fats Domino
  9. Release Me - Esther Phillips
  10. Funny How Time Slips Away - Joe Hinton
  11. Detroit City - Arthur Alexander
  12. It Makes No Difference Now - The Supremes
  13. A Staisfied Mind - Bobby Hebb
  14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Staple Singers
  15. Half A Mind - Joe Tex
  16. Almost Persuaded - Etta James
  17. The Chokin' Kind - Joe Simon
  18. For The Good Times - Al Green
  19. He'll Never Love You - Ivory Joe Hunter
  20. Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore

Disc: 3

  1. The Snakes Crawl At Night - Charley Pride
  2. I'm So Afraid Of Losing You Again - Charley Pride
  3. Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone - Charley Pride
  4. Kiss An Angel Good Mornin' - Charley Pride
  5. Color Him Father - Linda Martell
  6. How I Got To Memphis - Otis Williams & The Midnight Cowboys
  7. The Man That Made A Woman Out Of Me - La Melle Prince
  8. She's My Rock - Stoney Edwards
  9. Hank And Lefty Raised My Country Soul - Stoney Edwards
  10. Pickin' Wildflowers - Stoney Edwards
  11. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You - O. B. McClinton
  12. Fairytale - Pointer Sisters
  13. Show Me Where - Ruby Falls
  14. Touch Me ( I'll Be Your Once More) - Big Al Downing
  15. Jambalaya - Professor Longhair
  16. Whiskey Heaven - Fats Domino
  17. From Where I Stand - Dobie Gray
  18. Love Light - Cleve Francis
  19. The Grand Tour - Aaron Neville
  20. Irma Jackson - Barrence Whitfield
  21. There Stands The Glass - Ted Hawkins
  22. I'm A Happy Cowboy - Herb Jeffries


Product details

  • Audio CD (February 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Warner/Reprise Cntry Adv
  • ASIN: B000002NBV
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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