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July 2013

NEWSLETTER

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Yesterday & Today Records

P O Box 54

Miranda

NSW 2228

Ph(02) 95311710

Email: steve@yesterdayandtoday.com.au

Web: www.yesterdayandtoday.com.au

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What a couple of months it has been with 3 major players passing away.

 

George Jones: what can you say that hasn’t already been said. His passing really took every one by surprise. He had had a few trips to hospital over the past couple of years and most were of a precautionary nature so it was a real shock. Vern Gosdin, in the great “Chip Off the Old BlocK” says “Jones sounded just like Hank” when he first heard him so the classic voice we came to know and love was honed over many years. His greatest moment is unquestionably “He Stopped Loving Here Today”. Written by two of the best in Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman it gained the award for the CMA Song of the Year in two consecutive years, 1980 and 1981 which is unprecedented. Everything about the song is wrong as far as hit potential goes. There is a ridiculously long intro and the song is sad. George apparently didn’t like the song and insisted the lost love make a return...or so the story goes. And indications are the final single release was actually culled from a few recording session. But who cares. It is beyond criticism. Superb enough to play and play and pay and never get tired of it.

 

Slim Whitman: Very popular, especially in Australia and England. He achieved his main success in the USA when a tv marketed greatest hits album broke all records for such a campaign. In latter years he gained fame in the movie “Mars Attacks”. Had most of his early Imperial recordings re-released on 2 Bear Family boxes.

 

Chet Flippo: The name may not mean a lot to many but let me assure you as far as writers go there was none better. Chet gained his initial fame as the writer who reported the “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” landmark recording session and even participated on the recording of the title song. But it was his work as a reviewer and writer on the Rolling Stone magazine that saw him rise to prominence and was responsible for reviewing a lot of country albums which helped spread the popularity of the genre among the hipper younger audience. He did the liner notes for the “Wanted the Outlaws” album. He was responsible for one of the best books on Hank Williams, in “Your Cheatin’ Heart” in which he wrote with dialogue between Hank and the other “characters” in the book. It was a wonderful cross between fiction and non fiction if you like, all backed up by brilliant research that subsequent writers have paid the utmost tribute to. I got to meet Chet on a couple of occasions and he was an extremely fine human being who also made a great cup of coffee. He will be missed.

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Now, on a happier note have a couple of on line radio shows I would like to tell you about which give two vastly different coverages.

 

Eddie White is often referred to in these pages. No, not the Swedish Cowboy but the Cosmic Cowboy who is heard on 2RRR Sydney from 5pm-7pm Fridays. You can tune in at www.2rrr.org.au and I guarantee you will hear some well themed radio shows and something different. Eddie is a connoisseur of all the good things in life such as Killer Kowalski, The Three Stooges and rugby league, 3 things he shares with yours truly. But he also is a bit of a wine nut and in that area I concede he has spilt more (literally) than I have ever touched. His motto is “Texas Music is an attitude not a place - it can come from Texas or Minnesota or California or Oregon or anywhere.”

 

Paul Hazell presents a show from the Old Dart tune in at www.uckfieldfm.co.uk

Paul lived in Australia for a good many years and has a special affinity with the music of the earlier days of Australian country music, though he offers country music from around the world as long as it is country music. The show goes from 9pm to midnight Sunday UK so by my calculations that means it runs from 6am 7am or 8am Monday Sydney time depending on whether and where daylight savings is in operation. Paul has been instrumental in a lot of the Jasmine label releases and is very open to suggestions.

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ALL THE LATEST

 

Ron Williams “Foolproof” Loveshine $28 Ron Williams simply has one of the best country voices you would ever hear. The nuances are perfect and he has his own identity with what I can only call a slight sibilant ring and quiver at the end of some lines. This latest album from Ron, who is son of one time Merle Haggard spouse Leona Williams (he certainly incorporates a few stylish elements you may associate with Mr Hag) is simply fabulous. It opens with “Dead & Gone” and I had goosebumps 30 seconds in. It is somewhat clichéd to sing about how bad modern Nashville artists have become. But this song avoids them. It highlights the things that don’t appear in modern country music rather than taking the “shooting fish in the barrel” approach that many have. Ron has been lucky to also have been associated with great writer Dave “Is Anybody Going to San Antone” Kirby who had a hand in 5 of the songs on this album and they all offer a great testimony to his legacy. “Maybe Love Will Save the Day” is a classic nostalgic look at a failing relationship. Listen to the great steel & fiddle work on this track by Mike Johnson and Larry Franklin respectively. Ron incorporates a few uptempo songs in for balance including a rather odd choice in Chuck Berry’s Nadine”. Surprisingly it is worked as a country rock song, extremely well but then again Chuck is a great country lyricist. In saying that Ron is the consummate ballad singer. As good as Mark Chesnutt, as good as anyone. “I Will” has a very stripped down backing. “To Close to the Border”, is an excellent song which reminds a little of “Come a Little Bit Closer”. A lot of folks have enjoyed Ron’s previous albums and they can rest assured this will offer a similarly rewarding experience. For those who haven’t, try this and discover a real star.

 

Alan Kennedy “Mobile Baby” $28 This self produced album is stunning. Superb. The uptempo songs are as fine as the ballads. Kennedy doesn’t have classic country star looks...in fact he looks a tad like H G Nelson, but lack of style fits in with the best indie country has to offer. Ron Sweet, Arnold Sanford, David Oxford were never going to be winners of the Beau Brummel award. Mason Fields is shown as composer of nine of the songs on this and “Chicken TrucK”, a song he wrote with John Anderson is included here. If you think the piano is great you only have to look and see it is the best of the lot, Hargus “Pig” Robbins. Incidentally research shows Monroe Fields has wriitten some gems over the years such as “Size Seven Round Made of Gold” (Lacy J Dalton/George Jones), as well as songs for Tammy Wynette and George Jones. The quality of songs is excellent. He has the temerity to cover “The Door” a hit for George Jones and he nails it and even manages to sound a little like Vern Gosdin in the process. He also does a terrific cover of Hank Williams’ “Honky Tonk Blues” & it is superbly done. Unfortunately the steel guitar player on that track isn’t credited but kudos to him. “Pig” Robbins is also grand with a couple of solos. The Monroe Fields songs are of the highest calibre; some will be familiar to you. I can’t remember a better debut. Unlike some indies the recording is superb. There has obviously been no expense spared and Alan Kennedy deserves the greatest success, Can’t fault a single track. Will appeal to fans of George Jones, John Anderson, Vern Gosdin and Travis Tritt despite the fact Alan has his own identity & it shines through. 10/10!!

 

Sarah Gayle Meech “One Good Thing” $28 This is sensational. A modern female singer who fully embraces everything that is great about the genre and has an attitude that you would bet Patsy Cline would have given a double thumbs up approval. First thing you notice is that Sarah Lee looks like “bad girl”. She could not look less like the main stream artists if she tried. Tattooed and pouting...she sings like the dickens and has written all songs which offer a great mix of uptempo songs and ballads. Whilst we have included a couple of more up-beat songs on the sampler cd (it would have been possible to pick two at random...they are that good) ballads such as “Lucky Girl” are also darn good. You could imagine Patsy Cline doing a song like “Drink Myself to Sleep”. All songs were written by Sarah. The quality of her band cannot be emphasised enough. On “Drink Myself to Sleep” we are treated to a wonderful piano solo from Micah Hulscher, a name I dare say as unfamiliar to you as to be. It is followed by a guitar solo from Kenny Vaughan, formerly a member of Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives. “Foolish” is another great ballad. She runs through all the semi-miscreant deeds she has enacted after being foolish enough to leave her beau. The up tempo songs are a revelation. Her attitude on some reminds a little of Dale Watson and it is interesting that she has recently been in the studio with Dale and has fileld in for him at his regular Austin gig on a couple of occasions. “Unlucky in Love” is I think my favourite track...as I said they are all so good...”She’ll spend all night on a bar stool drinking alone”...could it be Sarah’s own story? This is at the least right up there with the best our other femme Honky Tonker, Miss Leslie, has offered. Sensational!!!

 

Billy Yates “Only One George Jones” M.O.D. label $28 Billy has been a favourite for years. He almost had an album out on Curb in the mid nineties and he almost had an album out on Columbia a little while later. In the mean time he achieved success as a writer responsible for one of George Jones’ last big hits “I Don’t Need No Rockin’ Chair”. Finally he had an album out on the Almo label and lo and behold the label went bust. It was the recipient of great reviews and featured a wonderful song called “Flowers”...a tale of regret like no other. So after 2 almost albums and an album that vanished because the label went under he decided he would start “my own damn” label and hence we have M.O.D. his own label. He opens with his tribute to his hero and honestly could anyone have done better?? I doubt it. As a bonus we get a bonus track of “Choices”, one from Billy’s first album, but this time including a bonus vocal from George Jones. You could tell George’s voice had almost gone BUT it was still George Jones and is still wonderful. He was responsible for one of the most popular songs from Adam Harvey’s “Workin’ Overtime”, “The House That Jack Built” and includes his own version here. It is co-write with Jerry Salley who is one of several co-writers Billy works with. The solo composition “The Man I Used to Be” is classic traditional styled country...”from someone she loved so to someone whe barely knows...she’s in love with the man I used to be”. Every single one of the songs is great and it is easy to see why Billy is one of the most respected men in Nashville. He can sing honky tonk as well as ballads. “The Shoulder” is a great tale of the young rebel on the cusp of following a wrong path who manages to pick himself up. “The Father & the Son” is another excellent ballad with a religious connotation. 16 tracks. I’d have to say Billy’s best album yet and that is some recommendation.

 

Daughters of Bluegrass – “Pickin’ Like a Girl” 4cds (Blue Circle) $58 This is a very special set. There is no male participation at all...well there is some...all songs are by Dixie and/or Tom T Hall. There is seemingly an infinite variety of styles and some are quite folky. There are 69 tracks. Packaging is a tad quirky...they are in 4 dvd cases with a slip sleeve to hold them together. A very comprehensive set of session details are included plus an alphabetical photo montage of the participants. You’d have to say Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent are the only notable omission; it seems everyone else who has anything to do with bluegrass music and is female is a participant. Notable is the inclusion of Aussie Karen Lynne who is featured lead on “No Matter How Hard I Cry”. Other notables include an “almost” reunion of Wild Rose (Pam Gadd, Wanda Vick and Nancy Cardwell (Erdos) on “Song maker”. Other notables include Pam Tillis, Dale Ann Bradley, Donna Ulisse, Laurie Lewis, Sonya Isaacs, Sierra Hull, Pam Perry (also ex Wild Rose), Fayssoux Starling (Mclean), Stella Parton etc Laurie Lewis etc. It must have been recorded over a period as Janette Carter, last surviving child of AP & Sarah Carter is included on the rustic but wonderful “Poor Little Sadie”...just her and autoharp. That brings us to the songs. Tom T and Dixie have certainly not been idle. Most are not familiar. Many feature a trademark story.Disc 3 is gospel oriented. There were over 100 participants. A very special project.

 

DVD George Jones Through the Years $28 Classic Country, the label responsible for the excellent Porter Wagoner show dvd set have compiled 7 shows which give a decade summary of the career of George Jones. The shows represented during the 142 minute duration of the dvd are:

1. Porter Wagoner Show June 3rd, 1968

2. Wilburn Brothers Show January 14th , 1969

3. Pop Goes the Country show # 115 September 25th, 1974

4. Pop Goes the Country Show #403 January 11th, 1977

5. Pop Goes the Country Show #404 January 11th, 1977

6. Pop Goes the Country Show #601 February 20th, 1979

7. Pop Goes the Country Show #712 May 28th, 1989

The second, third and fifth shows include duets with Tammy Wynette. The last show has him performing “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. Other guests along the way include Loretta Lynn, Porter & Dolly, Dottie West, Larry Gatlin, Tom T Hall, Charly McClain, Jan Howard etc. Yep, a lot of bang for the buck. Don’t miss it.

 

Various “The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs” (Doubloon Records) $28 This has an exceptional lineup and comparisons are hard but if you enjoyed the Stephen Foster Tribute “Beautiful Dreamer” I dare say you would enjoy this. Richard Thompson opens on “The Band Played On” ..that great song about Casey waltzing with the strawberry blonde, who he would later claim as his wife. Wonderfully simple instrumentation headed by the guitar of producer Gabe Rhodes and the multi keyboard skills of former Band member Garth Hudson and the violin of Richard Bowden who used to be in the Maines Brothers Band and shouldn’t be confused with the Richard Bowden who was half of the Pinkard & Bowden team (with Sandy Pinkard). It is followed by the glorious Kimmie Rhodes wonderful “Perfect Day”. Like quite a few of the songs the stripped down instrumentation gives it somewhat of a folky feel that works very well. Next we have Graham Parker and the 1867 song “The Flying Trapeze” (yep...he floats through the air). Now if this isn’t a quirky song then I don’t know what is! It is all about the girl who, in spite of having a beau, only longs for the daring young man. Sang from that beau’s point of view we can only say the song doesn’t have a happy ending as “my love, he purloined away”. Now, I ask you how many times have you used “purloin” in a sentence of late!! The second earliest song is “Long Time Ago” from 1839 which features Jimmy LaFave o

n vocal and a delightful harmony by Kimmie Rhodes. “Home Sweet Home” featuring Christine Collier is the oldest song dating from 1823. Dave Davies of the Kinks shows another side with his version of “After the Ball”. Kimmie’s daughter, Jolie Midnight, takes lead on a couple. “Silver Dagger” is about a girl telling her perspective suitor that her mother sleeps beside her with a silver dagger in her hand because he is simply not good enough for her. No beating round the bush. Kimmie Rhodes contributions will delight those who adore the album “West Texas Heaven”. The poetic “Sweet Mystery of Life” is just wonderful. 19 tracks including several instrumentals. Not for everyone but it certainly isn’t like much else.

 

Ronnie Miller “Brothers , Legends & Friends” $25 Ronnie is a steel guitar player and this album is a mix of instrumentals and songs with guest vocalists. Now watch the ears prick up when I say those guest vocalists include Vince Gill & Daryle Singletary! Vince is fine on a reprise of the song he hit big with, “Look at Us” but Daryle is simply fabulous on “Lost in the Feeling” a song originally a hit for Conway Twitty and later revived by Mark Chesnutt. He also shines on a Conway Twitty medley which runs for over 6 minutes. Daryle previously recorded the consummate Twitty cover when he did “The Note” and here includes segments of “Hello Darling”, “Fifteen Years Ago”, “Next in Line”, “I Love You More Today”, “To See an Angel Cry” and “How Much More Can She Stand”. Currently the steel guitar player for Charley Pride, and for the best part of 20 years, Ronnie also features his boss on an extended medley of Charley Pride hits. Just wish we could get a new solo album from Mr Singletary!

 

Curly Putman “World of Country Music/ Lonesome Country” (Omni) 2on1 $28

Curly Putman is without question at the top of the tree as far as Nashville songwriters go. I’d have to say there is simply NOT a higher profile country song than “Green Green Grass of Home” ever. But it took Tom Jones’ version to get Curly Putman to the recording studio where he recorded the first of only two albums. A third emerged a few years ago. Now, great songwriters don’t necessarily make great singers but Curly certainly was able to do both. Most of the songs were written by him alone. One exception was “My Elusive Dreams” written by Curly and Billy Sherrill. Billy of course turned it into a hit for Tammy Wynette and David Houston but Curly’s version more than stands alone. The second album also featured a song which is part of country music history, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”, a classic written with Bobby Braddock. Has there ever been a hit song where the title is spelled? As a bonus “Little Bitty Soldier Boys”, a rare single is included as a bonus cut. Great singer. Great songs. Great cd.

 

Gerald Smith “Hits & More” $25 Gerald is another songwriter who recently was associated with Clinton Gregory’s comeback album. Have included on the sample cd his version of “What Part of No”, one of Lorrie Morgan’s best ever songs. Now, Lorrie’s was plain & simple a female’s song. Well Gerald cleverly changes that with a spoken introduction in which he tells of overhearing a girl in a bar fend off a pest. The first 9 songs feature his versions of songs he wrote for others including Collin, Raye, George Starit and George Jones (Gerald’s own version of “Silver Bullet” is simply fabulous.). The last 4 are new songs though Clinton Gregory also did a fine version of the witty “You Play Like Chet”. We also have Gerald’s gospel album “Born Again” $25 The songs are originals so not the re-hash of all the standards that some gospel albums tend to be) 12 in all.

 

Poco “All Fired Up” $28 Originally formed after the break up of the group Buffalo Springfield as a result of former Springfield members Richie Furay and Jimmy Messina hitting it off with steel player Rusty Young who performed on the Buffalo Springfield track “Kind Woman”. That was 1968 and some 45 years later they are still going with Rusty Young being the sole original member on board. What we get is an excellent country rock album, something that seems to have vanished somewhat from the musical landscape. A sample is included on the sample disc BUT the track everyone should fall in love with is “Neil Young”, a perfect characterisation of the vocal nuances of Mr Young.

 

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper “The Comeback Album” (Red Beet) $28 Peter Cooper writes for Nashville daily “The Tennessean” whilst Eric Brace owns the label. Together they give us a wonderful duet team with contrasting voices. Good bunch of original songs and some nice covers, including perhaps the best ever version of Texan David Halley’s delightful “Rain Just Falls”. The notes are very witty. Those to “She Can’t Be Herself” in particular...”Phil ‘The Road’ Mangler Kaufman sometimes calls us the ‘Neverly Brothers’, which stings a little but it’s better than having him dump us in the desert and set fire to us like he’s done some of his other friends”. As on most Eric & Pater albums steel guitar great Lloyd Green is fabulous. A Tom T Hall track “Mad” also features Duane Eddy, Marty Stuart & Mac Wiseman...another little witty note...”It took Bluegrass Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman 87 years , but he finally realised his dream of singing with us”.

 

Georgette Jones “”Till I Can Make It on My Own” $28 An appropriate album for Georgette; a tribute to her mother, Tammy Wynette. Not, just a copy of Tammy either, as producer Justin Trevino ensures there is enough subtlety to avoid that. He provides a wonderful duet on “Take Me” which avoids comparison to the George & Tammy original. “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” is given a more laid back version. Another George and Tammy standby, “Golden Ring” sees Georgette joined by Billy Yates. “Apartment #9” is given a wonderful laid back reading with Georgette’s husband, Jamie Lennon showing he knows his way around the steel guitar. Nice piano solo from T Jarrod Bonta. The Tammy & David Houston smash sees Georgette joined by Tony Booth. Graet! I’d have to say the album cover is pretty horrid but the content is fine. Georgette has a similar but less powerful voice to Tammy and hence the laid back approach works well. As a bonus Amber Digby adds her vocals to “Run Woman Run”.

 

Eric Strickland “I’m Bad for You” $28 This is just in and his previous “Honky Tonk Till I Die” figured in our best 5 of last year. I have included a couple of songs from that album on the sample cd. Like the previous album this revives the Outlaw movement brilliantly, with more than a nod to the influence of Waylon Jennings. I always remember when the Highwaymen first played Sydney how knocked out I was by Waylon’s voice live. It filled the venue like no other I have heard and you could imagine Eric doing the same on the terrific ballad “Angel Like You”. If you liked the previous fear not, you will like this.

 

Chris Wall “El Western Motel” (Cold Spring) $28 Chris is a favourite of Yesterday & Today since his first album “Honky Tonk Heart” came out many years ago. This is the first in years and he is ably abetted by Mr Texas, Lloyd Maines. All songs are originals with “Hello I’m a n Old Country Song” is a cowrite with Dale Watson. Thsi is the type of thing you could imagine Dale recording. The theme of music starts with the opener “Six Shiny Strings” a tale of a guitar. If you’ve liked his others don’t miss it.

 

Bob Manning “All Night Radio” (Bourbon Haze) $28 The scenario is set, you are driving along a lonely road at night and you switch on the car radio and are greeted by the all night DJ, Cactus Pete. What follows is near an hour of classic country, all originals in Bob’s laid back Haggard influenced style. Tony Booth joins on the great “Makin’ Up With Her”. Many of the songs are written with Kimberley Murray, Bob’s wife/

 

Verdelle Smith “Complete Recordings 1965-1967” Omni $28 I truly believe that the Australian top 40 in the mid to late 60s was the best in the world. We had the best from the US, the best from the UK and the best home grown product for the perfect blend. Occasionally something from somewhere else would come along to make it even better. One such thing was from South Africa of all places, Verdelle Smith’s “Tar & Cement”. It was almost a genreless song. Any number of styles from folk to country could have claimed it so be waned you are not going to get a country album but a darn fine pop one. Personally the fact “Tar & Cement” went to number one in Australia is a testimony to good taste.

 

Dottie Jack “Lighter Shade of Blue” (Startex) $28 Let Justin Trevino give you the drum "Dottie Jack fans know that Dottie's albums are always hardcore traditional country albums with lots of fiddle and steel guitar. And this album is no exception. For those of you who love a country shuffle like I do, Dottie has recorded six of her favourites that are sure to make you want to get up and dance. To balance out the album there are six ballads including my personal favorite Wanda Jackson song "Because It's You". I am honoured to be included in this album as Dottie's duet partner on the classic "Nobody Wins". Dottie's powerful vocals combined with the superb harmonies provided by her sister Joni and the outstanding musicianship of some of the finest pickers in Texas make "Lighter Shade Of Blue" a must have for your collection. So pick it up today and you'll be enjoying it for years to come”. By the way Justin is superb on that duet of the Kristofferson gem.


Amber Digby “The World You’re Living In” (Heart of Texas) $28
This is the first Amber album in which she has put her hand up as a songwrite to be reckoned with. She has been responsible for the album’s best moments. “One More Thing I Wished I’d Said” is performed solo by Amber but is a cowrite with Vince Gill...now, those who are thinking recording made in heaven only have to wait a few tracks as those two do a wonderful duet on “The One I Can’t Live Without”. The album’s other duet with her husband, Randy Lindley is a George & Tammy cover and they are superb on “We Loved it Away”.

 

Kinky Friedman “Bi-Polar Tour Live from Woodstock” $28 Classic live Kinster with some intros to illustrate the songs. Pretty much the standards but Kinky can make a one liner Groucho Marx would be proud of.

 

Various Freedom Is a Hammer: Conservative Revolutionaries of the Sixties (Omni) $28 This gives a different perspective to the anti Government, pro Union perspective that most folk protest songs of the sixties gave. This is a right wing perspective featuring 3 singers Janet Greene, Tony Dolan & Vera Vanderlaan. Instead of criticiing the McCarthy years in the US, they praise McCarthy. Not for the unionists I’m afraid. What say you Pete the Quaker...how about seeing how teh other half lives!!

 

Due soon

Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis “Dos Divas” $28 First for quite a while and first for a new label. Apparently the gals did a show together as Fan Fair...on a small stage...and the results blew everyone away. They are of course both progeny of classic artists, George Morgan & Mel Tillis respectively. Can’t imagine it being anything less than fabulous.

 

RECENT REISSUES IN STOCK

Bobby Bare “The Real Thing/ I Hate Goodbyes/ Ride ‘Em Down Easy” Omni $28 Wonderful RCA releases prior to his signing with Mercury. Undisputedly some of his best with some of the best from his usual contributors Bill Joe Shaver & Shel Silverstein.

 

Jessi Colter “Mirriam/That’s the Way a Cowboy Rocks & Rolls/Ridin’ Shotgun” BGO 3on2 Completes the BGO reissues of her Capitol albums. Strange that she wrote all on the first, most on the third but did all covers on the second...now let me see...yep, Waylon Jnr aka Shooter is to blame!! Guess she didn’t have much time for writing.

 

Glen Campbell “Glen Travis Campbell/ I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star)/ I Remember Hank Williams” (BGO) 3 albums on 2cds $30 Some of his best albums from 70s when he was at his artistic and success peak. On cd for first time.

 

Glen Campbell “Try A Little Kindness / The Glen Campbell Goodtime Album / The Last Time I Saw Her” (BGO) 3 albums on 2cds $35 For some reason they have changed their price a little. Again 3 albums from his peak period. The first not only had one of his most successful singles in the title cut it was also his most successful album.

 

Mac Davis “Hard to Be Humble:  The Best Of” $30 At least the first great Mac Davis cd with the wonderfully witty title song & 21 others . Includes his great writing on “Watching Scotty Grow”, “In the Ghetto”, “Something’s Burning” etc

 

Skeeter Davis “Sings Duets (with Porter Wagoner)/ Sings the Answer” 2 0n 1 $30 (Sepia) Two great albums on cd...the former never individually available..whilst the latter was available for a very short time. There are 6 bonus tracks of some of Skeeter’s best singles including the classic “I Forgot More Than You’ll ever Know”. The Porter A& Skeeter album has some great songs and starts with a reprise of a song Skeeter cut as part of the Davis Sisters, the upbeat “Rock-a-Bye Boogie”. The answer song has 6 RCA male artists followed by Skeeter’s answer song...the best is probably the “answer” to Floyd Cramer’s instrumental hit “Last Date” renamed “My Last Date With You’ for Its vocal version.

 

Dean Dillon “Slick Nickel/ I’ve Learned to Live” (Morello) 2 on 1 $30 what a welcome issue. These albums have been individually listed in our rarities section at a high price reflecting their absolute rarity. They are wonderful albums. The first features a wonderful cover of Del Shannon’s “I Go to Pieces” whilst the second has a duet with a feisty Tanya Tucker on “Don’t You Think About Leaving”. All the others are gems with home featuring the writer’s original version of songs that have hit for George Strait, Alabama and many others. As fine a writer as he is, he is a wonderful singer and interpreter.

 

Roy Drusky “In a New Dimension/ If the Whole World Stopped Lovin’” (Hux) $30 One of the smoothest country voices. Hard to get any of his recordings.

 

Barbara Fairchild “Mississippi/ Free & Easy” (SPV) $30 Very hard to get Barbara Fairchild and these two CBS albums from 1976 & 1977 are hopefully the start of more. Barbara has a distinctive style and songs are pretty good. The former contains one of her biggest hits in “Cheatin’ Is”, which was later recorded by Glen Campbell.

 

George Jones “Jones Country/ “You’ve Still Got a Place in my Heart” (Morello) Two Epic label classics, the second yielding a big hit with the title cut. $30

 

George Jones (with Johnny Paycheck & Merle Haggard) “Double Trouble (with JP)/ Taste of Yesterday’s Wine (with MH) Morello 2 0n 1 $30...The cover of the Jones Paycheck album spells one thing ...TROUBLE so how well named is it. It opens with the funny “When You’re Ugly Like Us (You Just Naturally Got to be Cool). Hallelujah!!

 

George Jones “Too Wild Too Long / You Oughta Be Here With Me” Morello $30 The first is as rare as hen’s teeth and paired with the second give arguably the best 2 albums of George’s Epic career.

 

Bob Luman “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers/ Neither One of Us” (SPV) $30 Bob is one of the many rock and rollers who made a successful transition to country music and one of the very best. The title tracks of these 2 albums were in fact his biggest country hits. He was also one of the few males to record “Delta Dawn”. These have only been available on the Bear Family box.

 

Heather Myles “Just Like Old Times/ Untamed” 2 on 1 $30 The debut albums from Heather originally on Hightone. Superb female honky tonker. A must if you don’t have them.

 

Ray Price “San Antonio Rose/ Night Life” (SPV) $30 Two albums from 1962 and 1963, both classics and the latter considered one of the best of his career. His version of the Willie Nelson title song is hard to beat. The former album is Ray’s tribute to Bob Wills.

 

Marty Robbins “El Paso City/ Adios Amigo” (Morello) $30 Two albums from 1976 and 1977, the former featuring the sequel to “EL Paso” and also achieving its nmber one position on the charts.

 

Marty Robbins “The Legend/ Come Back to Me” (Morello) Last two albums to be released in Marty’s lifetime, from 1981 and 1982 respectively (the year of his al too soon passing), and includes his last top 10 in “Some Memories Just Won’t Die”, somewhat too true as it was charting when he passed away.

 

Marty RobbinsBy The Time I Get To Phoenix / Tonight Carmen (Morello) 2 on 1 $30 Two of his most popular from 1967 and 1968

 

Marty Robbins “Just a Little Sentimental / Devil Woman” (Sepia) 2on 1 $30 Includes bonus tracks.

 

Real Gone Music Label

One of the best reissue labels was Collector’s Choice which was taken over by a big player and then largely closed down...makes sense? Hardly, but fear not the folks behind Collector’s Choice are now active again with Real Gone Music. Following is a selection from the label which we have in stock.

Country

 

Eddy Arnold “Complete Original #1 Hits” $28 All 28 number one hits from the Tennessee Plowboy with the emphasis being on the original hit version. This is something that has been not possible as too often re-recorded versions have popped up on albums claiming to be greatest hits. It is almost inconceivable that “I’ll Hold You In my Heart (Till I Hold You In my Arms)” could be number one on the charts for 21 weeks.

Chet Atkins/ Arthur Fiedler “Pops Goes Country/ Pop Goes West” $28 The second album is just Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops Orchestra, whilst the first is available first time on cd. Sound quality is exceptional.

Glen Campbell “Live in Japan” $25 This was a Capitol Japan release from 1975 which sees its first US release.The gatefold cover is replicated. Glen runs through a medley of his hits as well as covering some of the hits of the day.

David Allan Coe “Texas Moon” $28 Originally released on the Shelby Singleton label this pre Columbia album was highlighted by Coe’s composition “Mary Magdelene”. Truly one of the best things he ever did or is likely to do/

Cowboy Copas “Complete Hit Singles A’s & B’s” 2cds $30 Lloyd Cowboy Copas hit the singles charts 15 times on King and Starday labels and all a and b sides of those singles are included here. The biggest by far was “Alabam” which was his only #1 but then for a whopping 12 weeks.

Clint Eastwood “Cowboy Favorites” $25 Star of the most popular TV show in the US at the time it seemed appropriate that Clint record an album. Originally released on the Cameo label. The cd has a bonus of a very rare single “Rowdy/ Cowboy Wedding Song”

John Hartford “Aereo Plain/ Morning Bugle: The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings “ 2cds $35 Late John Hartford has one of the most unusual things going for him as far as casual fans at least go. He was responsible for writing one of the best and most popular and successful country songs of all time in “Gentle on Your Mind” but I dare say many would not know another song he wrote. This 2 cd features possibly his most commercial 2 albums each with 4 bonus tracks. 35 tracks all up and I believe on cd for first time.

Mel McDaniel “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On: The Oiginal Capitol Hits” 21 tracks many of which have not found their way to cd before. $28 Favourite is the song done so nicely by Benny Berry “God Made Love”.

Jerry Reed “The Unbelievable Voice & Guitar of Jerry Reed/ Nashville Underground” $28 Jerry’s first and second album on cd for the first time. Now, this may only be of interest to the Cosmic Cowboy and I but Jerry Reed passed away on the same day as Walter “Killer” Kowalski and lo & behold an unusual coincidence occurred. Jerry hit with “The Claw” (on this) whilst Killer’s pet hold was “the Claw Hold”. Fascinating, isn’t it?!?!

Billy Joe Shaver “Complete Columbia Recordings” 2cds $35 Has his 3 albums on cd. 1)I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day) 2) Billy Joe Shaver 3)Salt of the Earth. A rare single b-side “Love You Till The Cows Come Home” is included.

B J Thomas “Compete Scepter Singles” 2CDs $30 Hard to know whether to list this here or below in the non country section but there is another to suggest that country fans would embrace it, after all his first hit was “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and one of his biggest hits “Rock & Roll Lullaby” could be construed a country song, as could “Everybody’s Out of Town”...maybe his two biggest, “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep falling On My Head” aren’t but that’s neither here nor there. 46 tracks!!

Margaret Whiting “Maggie Isn’t Margaret Anymore/ Pop Country” 2 on 1 $28 The second of these may not be truly country but I have heard it called an album of some of the greatest interpretations of country ever, by someone whose opinion I would respect. The first is also a tad unusual as she covers everything from “Something Stupid” to “I remember You”. So it is included as a country release & there it shall stay.

 

Non Country

*Ed Ames “Christmas With Ed Ames/ Christmas Is the Warmest Time of Year” 2on 1 $25 original RCA albums

*Doris Day “Complete Christmas Collection” $25 22 tracks including 3 previously unreleased...one of which is titled “Christmas Greeting from Doris Day”. Just had her 89th birthday and lives in Carmel, California. I wonder if Clint Eastwood called round to wish her all the best.

* Dion “The Complete Laurie Singles” 2cd $30 The original mixes which start with his early solo hits and progress to his wonderful folky album simply called “Dion” is which he did the wonderful Dick Holler song, “Abarham Martin & John” as well as sublime covers of Fred Neil , Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.

*Shelby Flint “Complete Valiant Singles” $28 24 tracks by the singer who defined the folk-pop genre and so served as influence for likes of Joni Mitchell/ Some surprises include a laid back version of “What’s New Pussycat”.

*Tom Janes & Mimi Farina “Take Heart/ Tom Jans” $28 2on1 which features 2 A&M label albums, the first with Joan Baez’s younger sister who some pundits said had an even purer voice than Joan. Also includes his self titled solo album which featured “Lovin’ Arms” a song which saw multiple cover versions and is one of the best love songs of the time. Easily the best duet Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge did. Nice.

*Freddie King “Complete King Federal Singles” 2cds $40 54 tracks and over 150 minutes. The only alternative is to spend over $500 and get the 2 Bear Family box sets of the Texas Cannonball.

*Mark Lindsay “Complete Columbia Singles” $28 Formerly lead singer with Paul Revere and the Raiders he enjoyed great success as a solo act with big hits in “Arizona” and “Miss America”. 24 tracks in all including a previously unissued version of ‘Reason to Believe”.

*Little Willie John “Complete Singles As and Bs” 2cds $30 First compilation cd which extends beyond a single disc. Includes of course his original version of “Fever” as well as 31 other King label tracks/

*Rod McKuen “At Carnegie Hall: Sold Out” 2cds $35 Saw him at the Sydney Opera House when it first opened. This has his complete Carnegie hall concert as well as selections from his “Back to Carnegie Hall” album. As a composer his biggest hits were “Jean” and “The World I Used to Know”, both featured here.

*Connie Stevens “Complete Warner Brothers Singles” 2CD $30 Now, maybe this should have been included above as she did a tribute to Hank Williams. 36 tracks.

*Margaret Whiting “The Wheel of Hurt plus” $28 Original album from 1966 on cd for the first time with 13 bonus tracks recorded for the London label. The title track was her last pop hit and when you consider the sheer quality of the charts at that time.

*Cameo Parkway Holiday Hits $25 Artists who recorded for the Cameo Parkway label. Many are quite obscure but it does contain a duet of Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell doing “Jingle Bells Imitations”. Also includes a very early Bob Seger song called “Sock it To Me Santa” 18 tracks in all.

 

New Label “Dust to Digital”

This may be the most esoteric label going. There is certainly not something for everyone herein and we are focussing on a few releases. By the same token, there are some extraordinarily exciting things here ...for some. The first item is indeed the ultimate gospel set.

 

Goodbye, Babylon $150 Debut on this label, an incredible package of early gospel music, in a deluxe handcrafted wooden box.5 CDs featuring 135 songs (1902-1960), plus 1 CD featuring 25 sermons (1926-1941). Notes and essays by musicologists and scholars. Contributors include Lynn Abbott, David Evans, Ray Funk, Anthony Heilbut, Kip Lornell, Luigi Monge, Paul Oliver, Opal Louis Nations, Bruce Nemerov, Guido van Rijn, Ken Romanowski, Tony Russell, Doug Seroff, Dick Spottswood, Warren Steel, David Tibet, Gayle Dean Wardlow, and Charles Wolfe. 200 page book with Bible verses, complete lyric transcriptions, and notes for each recording, plus over 200 illustrations. Reverently packed in raw cotton and housed in a deluxe 8" x 11" x 2.5" cedar box, I would add a quality box...not some thing cigar case "If you're not sure where you'll stand on judgement morning, we have five CDs of guitar evangelists, holiness string bands, jubilee gospel quartets, sacred harp choirs and sanctified jug music to rock your soul plus one CD of shouting sisters and powerful preachers to deliver the message about your starry crown." According to respected critic Greil Marcus: "The best country-religious music collection I have ever heard."

 

Where Will You Be on Christmas Day 24 Recordings from 1917 – 1959 $32. Curated by musicologist Dick Spottswood &based on his popular radio show in Washington, D.C., our series is initiated with a Christmas Gift, a compact disc full of rare yuletide gems. Just as Goodbye, Babylon showed the many sides of gospel music, this CD shows many sides of Christmas -- from Jesus born in the manger to Leroy Carr spending the holiday in jail. Some of the artists featured include Alabama Sacred Harp Singers, Butterbeans and Susie, Fiddlin' John Carson, Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers, Lightning Hopkins, Los Jibaros, Kansas City Kitty, Lead Belly, Lord Executor, Maddox Brothers and Rose, and Bessie Smith. Together they provide a stark contrast to the commercialized Christmas we know today..."

 

How Low Can You Go: An Anthology of the String Bass 1925-1941 $70 The first anthology ever of the string bass; A 3CD box set; 96-page book. Original recordings from 1925-1941, From tuxedoed symphony ensembles to tipsy Calypso bands to honkytonkers in oil-field dives, from elegantly gelled tango orchestras to jazz combos in unspeakable speak-easys to methed-out rockabilly trios right off some flatbed

 

Victrola Favourites: Artefacts from Days Gone By $60 Recordings made between the 1920s-'50s compiled by Rob Millis and Jeffrey Taylor. Deluxe 144-page clothbound, full-color book with two CDs featuring Burmese guitars, Chinese opera, Persian folk songs, fado, hillbilly, jazz, blues and much, much more. Influenced by the Secret Museum of Mankind, Yazoo releases, Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music, as well as record labels like Sublime Frequencies, Folkways and Ocora. Sounds like vintage music from around the globe. Looks like a clothbound book printed on extremely fine museum quality wood-free paper and is meant as a visual manifestation of the sounds contained on the CDs. Hundreds of beautiful images of sleeves, photos, labels, needle tins and more.

 

Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 $48 Take Me to the Water is a 96-page hardcover book (9”x6”) which contains photographs from the collection of Jim Linderman, a scholar of 20th Century self-taught American art and a noted collector of outsider art, early American folk art, and daguerreotype photographs of even earlier American folk art portraits. Also included is a 25 track compact disc featuring rare, vintage songs and sermons recorded between 1924-1940 and an introductory essay by Luc Sante.

 

Never A Pal Like Mother: Vintage Songs and Photographs of the One Who's Always True 2cds 96 page hardcover book $48

65 antique photographs from such noted collectors as Sarah Bryan and Jim Linderman. 40 recordings from 1927-1956 from such esteemed 78 collectors as Joe Bussard The songs on the first disc describe mother s activities on earth: kindness, discipline, teaching and love. The second disc s songs deal with the coping involved with a mother s death and the emptiness it creates. **Trivia** Contains a track by Doc Hopkins. On the first “Will the Circle Be Unbroken Album” Merle Travis in his famed first meeting with Doc Watson inadvertently calls him Doc Hopkins...so there!!

 

I Listen To The Wind That Obliterates My Traces: Music In Vernacular Photographs (1880-1955) $60 184 page hardback book with 2 CDs, 150 sepia photographs reproduced in full-color, the CDs feature 51 vintage recordings from 1925-1955.The two CDs display a variety of recordings, including one-off amateur recordings, regular commercial releases, and early sound effects records. there is no narrative structure to the book, but the collision of literary quotes (Hamsun, Lagarkvist, Wordsworth, Nabokov, etc.). Recordings and images conspire towards a consistent mood that is anchored by the book’s title, which binds such disparate things as an early recording of an American cowboy ballad, a poem by a Swedish Nobel laureate, a recording of crickets created artificially, and an image of an itinerant anonymous woman sitting in a field, playing a guitar.

 

John Fahey - "Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You" 6cds 12x12 hardcover boook in slip sleeve box $110 The complete recordings guitarist John Fahey made for the tiny but crucial Fonotone label between 1958 and 1965-- comprise an 88-page book, bound in beautifully toned, dense cardboard. These 88 pages brim with an obsessive sort of information about Fahey: his slapdash drawings of important people and places in his life, the first known photograph of him with a Gibson F-hole guitar, the receipt for his Holzapfel 12-string, his Boy Scouts photo, and even a personal letter to Fonotone owner Joe Bussard where he begs for recordings of a few old blues heroes. There's a revealing and hitherto unpublished interview, remembrances from past collaborators, and Italian researcher Claudio Guerrieri's guide to the various hand-written labels Bussard affixed to the center of each record he hand-cut on order. This set is not just for Fahey zealots. It's for anyone interested in the story of American music, from its Appalachian string bands and mean-moaning Delta blues singers to the hymns sung from its church pews and the country-rock anthems soon enough crafted by its hippies... A must-have collection of lore, music, and history, it's a unified, brilliant, and often very challenging archive.

 

Other Cds & DVDs in stock

1.    Rosalie Allen “The Versatile” Jasmine 2cds $30 61 tracks with some excellent yodelling.

2.    Paul Anka “Dianacally Yours” Bear Family Massive 36 track compilation of his ABC material

3.    Tony Booth “Old School” (Heart of Texas) $28 Latest from this Bakersfield influenced vocalist with of course a touch of Ray Price.

4.    Booth/McCall/Potter “Survivors II” (Heart of Texas) $28

5.    Teresa Brewer “Miss Versatility” Jasmine UK 2cds 61 tracks $30

6.    Teresa Brewer “Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl” Jasmine UK 2cds 62 tracks $30. There has been nothing of her Decca material available. These 2 certainly change that.

7.    Yodelling Slim Clark “Singin’ Yodellin’ Guitar Pickin’ Cowboy Songs” Jasmine 2cds $30

8.    Tim Culpepper “Pourin’ Whiskey on Pain” $28 The bad news is that our 2012 Album of the Year is now OUT OF PRINT. This was one of the best received and valued albums we have ever sold and we literally only have a few copies left. A classic modern vocalist in a style reminiscent of Mark Chesnutt. One last chance. Please don’t miss it.

9.    Wesley Dennis “Country Enough” $25 last copies. Don’t miss out.

10. Drifters – Rock (Bear Family) $32 32 tracks

11. Everly Brothers “Ballads” Bear Family $32 30 tracks There have been a lot of Everly Brothers releases but never as one as well compiled or superbly sounding as this and the next.

12. Everly Brothers “Rock” Bear Family $32 See previous...30 trcaks.

13. Vern Gosdin “40 Years of the Voice” 4cd box set $55 This features 101 songs from the Voice. It is in a very attractive fold out package and has a 16 page booklet. The songs really give a fine overview of Vern’s career. It also includes 11 new songs which are: Coldest Bedroom/ Dixie’s on My Mind/ Joy to the World/ Let’s Get Down to Business/ Likes of Jesus Loving me/ Mont Eagle/ Rockabye Katie/ Santa’s Driving a Chevrolet This Year/ That Old Silver Tone/ The Biggest Little Arms/ What’s a Country Coming To. The set begins (chronologically) with some of the bluegrass oriented songs he recorded with his late brother Rex and highlights his great success on the Columbia label. Sadly no longer with us but what greater legacy than to be remembered simply as “The Voice”. Don’t miss it as it is fabulous.

14. James Hand “Mighty Lonesome Man” $28 Hillgrass. His best yet!

15. Joni Harms “Harms Way” $25 Great female single of western oriented songs who is a handy yodeller as well.

16. Honky Tonkitis “Deep End of the Bottle $28

“You Drink & Drive me Crazy” $28

“Alcohol & Heartbreak” $28 3 excellent indie honky tonk albums.

17. Johnny Horton “I’m A Fishin’ Man” Bear Family DVD $35 Ultra rareonly eer dvd of Johnny Horton.

18. Ferlin Husky “Love is the Sweetest Thing” Jasmine 2cds $30 His first 4 Capitol albums including “Boulevarde of Broken Dreams”

19. Frank Ifield “The Yodelling Cowboy Years” Jasmine $28 31 tracks of early recordings prior to his leaving for pop success in the UK.

20. Louvin Brothers “The Christian Life: The Definitive Louvin Brothers Story” Proper 4cd 112 tracks and 24 page booklet. From gospel to secular there has been none better. Superb value.

21. Diane McCall “My Imagination” (Heart of Texas) $25 Darrell’s little sister who shows talent was in the family. Great label.

22. Ricky Nelson “Ballads of Ricky Nelson” Bear Family 30 tracks $32

23. Willie Nelson with Asleep at the Wheel “Willie & the Wheel” deluxe edition $28 This is a great album which is even better with the addition of some collector’s stamps and Texas themed postcards. Has a bonus track “I’ll Have Somebody Else”.

24. Mickey Newbury “Live at the Hermitage” DVD $30 This is the last one we have. A must for fans with 22 tracks and a running time of 2 ½ hours. Have said before his recordings are promoted by his family and these are not going to be re-stocked.

25. Platters “Ballads of” Bear Family 33 tracks. $32 One of the most popular & successful US vocal groups of all time.

26. Marty Robbins “Marty Rocks” Bear Family 30 tracks A truly excellent spin on rockabilly. $32

27. Ronnie Ronalde “The Essential: The Happy Whistler’s Finest Recordings 1949-1970 2cds (EMI UK) $28

28. Kelly Spinks “Right Out of This World” $25 One of the best of 2012. Great voice, akin to that of Mark Chesnutt.

29. Eric Strickland & the B-Sides “Honky Tonk Till I Die” $20 2012 top 5, a gem. Two samples on the sample cd.

30. Hank Thompson “The Early albums” 2cds Jasmine $30 Check out this for a great line up Dance Ranch/ Songs for Rounders (his best ever)/ This Broken Heart of Mine/ At the Golden Nugget (claimed to be the first true live country album).

31. Ernest Tubb “Walking the Floor Over You: The Ernest Tubb Shows Part I” $35 Features 4 great shows from the mid 60s in glorious colour. Great guests include a young short haired Willie Nelson.

32. Ernest Tubb “Walking the Floor Over You: The Ernest Tubb Shows Part II” $35 Four more shows. The quality is outstanding.

33. Dale Watson “El Rancho Azul” $28 (Red House)

34. Kitty Wells “The Queen of Honky Tonk Angels” Jasmine 2cds $30 Includes Country Hit Parade/ Dust on the Bible/ Seasons of My Heart/ Kitty’s Choice.

35. Whiskey Sisters “The Whiskey Sisters” $28 Refreshing country rock. A female Kentucky Headhunters? Maybe?

36. Various Freedom Is a Hammer: Conservative Revolutionaries of the Sixties (Omni) $28 This gives a different perspective to the anti Government, pro Union perspective that most folk protest songs of the sixties gave. This is a right wing perspective featuring 3 singers Janet Greene, Tony Dolan & Vera Vanderlaan. Instead of criticiing the McCarthy years in the US, they praise McCarthy. Not for the unionists I’m afraid.

 

Rarities...Rarest of the Rare

 

We have re-allocated some rarities throughout the newsletter. You will find some absolute bargains which are a once off treasure chest...don’t miss them. In the mean time these are the rarest of the lot.

 

Anderson, Bill Greatest Hits (Varese) $35 This is out of print and stands as the best cd by Bill with the classics “Mama Sang a Song” & “Golden Guitar”hard to get. Of course all original versions.  

Berry, Benny Standing Here Alone $45

Berry, Benny Mama’s Rockin’ Chair $40

Down to one copy only of each and only two titles. People have taste.

Hawk Records from Northern Ireland was the company that released Oklahoman Benny’s first 4 albums. Everyone who was a Merle Haggard fan loved Benny. He had a similar timbre in his voice and was ably backed by a team led by Mike Headrick, a picture of whom is hung on the Swedish Cowboy’s wall and to whom the (highly religious) Swedish Cowboy says a prayer of thanks every night. Benny also is the recipient of our greatest EVER independent artist award. Others may disagree but they are entitled to be wrong. Every one of these is nothing less than brilliant, especially for fans of Merle Haggard. Had a few of each but solitary copies now. I can still remember playing “Standing Here Alone” for the first time and being amazed.

Bob & Lucille/ The Canadian Sweethearts – Eeny Meeny Miney Moe $28 Bob Regan & Lucille Starr were one of Canada’s most successful exports. A lot of their songs featured the ultra quick guitar picking of Bob and the wonderful vocals of Lucille. Lucille also enjoyed success with “The French Song” and whilst that was solo it is included among the 30 tracks herein. This came out in Germany on the Hydra label and is now out of print.

Bond, Johnny Best of Johnny Bond $35 17 tracks on Varese & the only place you will get the original “Hot Rod Lincoln”. Also the hilarious “Ten Little Bottles”.

Coe, David Allan – 1990 Songs for Sale 20 Original Recordings DAC $40 David Allan Coe’s career on Columbia ended toward the end of the 80s and he vanished from the scene for a while. This emerged in 1990 and was lapped up by fans as some of his best work. All the tracks were grand and the titles showed the type they were...”A Marriage Made in Heaven (Went to Hell)”, “When She Was a Honky Tonk Girl”, “The Devil Was to Blame”, “Drinking Her Off My Mind”. Pure country and grand as it gets.

Dalton, Lacy J – Crazy Love $35 Capitol, followup to “Survivor” and right up there with it. Highlight is “Little Boy Blue” a song Lacy wrote about her own song and a wonderful ballad that suits her husky voice. Great title track, a cover of an excellent Van Morrison song.

Dalton, Lacy J - Anthology (Renaissance) $40 This 21 tracker on the now defunct label is very hard to get and goes for a small fortune. This contains he roriginal version of “Working Class Man” as recorded by Jimmy Barnes. Lacy’s version is superb. Booklet includes a discography of her album releases. Hard to believe there are so few. One of teh truly unique vocalists.

Davis, Joey “Love Songs, Waltz’s True Stories & Lies” $30 The spelling may be a bit out but 17 superb honky tonk tracks are as good as it can go.“Barroom Hall of Fame” may be the best.  Everybody loves this album. This has been voted as one of the Top 10 indie albums of all time. Like all true honky tonkers Joey is an all rounder..drinking, lying and cheating. Just superb.

Davis, Skeeter “Pop Hits Collection” Taragon $25 25 tracks. Her interpretations and sould quality are top class.

Delray, Martin Get Rhythm $30 This is absolutely one of the best albums we have ever had and whilst the title track features Johnny Cash joining Martin in a sensational duet, I have no reservations in saying Martin’s version of the Wood Newton song “Lily’s White Lies” is one of my favourites of all time. A delicious play on words brilliantly performed by martin who got fed up with the music industry. Only 2 albums but as talented an artist as i have ever heard.

Edwards, Stoney “Old Folks Stick Together” $40 Razor& Tie. A stunning compilation of his Capitol tracks including “A Two Dollar Tou”…the closest he ever got to a hit “Hank & Lefty Raised My Country Soul”, his stunning take on “Mississippi You’ve Been on My Mind”l etc. What a voice! Lefty, Hag and Stoney!! Don’t miss it.

Edwards, Stoney Just For Old Times Sake $50 Stoney was part African American and part native American and sang with a Lefty Frizzell influenced voice that was the equal of that other Lefty influenced character…one Merle Haggard. This was his last album, sadly. But it was as good as his wonderful Capitol albums. Stunning and not a track undeserving of the highest accolades. Many of the songs were by the producer Billy Joe Kirk. New sealed copy....make sure you see “A Girl Named Johnny Cash” in the various artist section. 9 previously unissued Stoney recordings is just a gift from heaven.

Ford, Tennesee Ernie & Glen Campbell “Ernie Sings& Glen Picks $35 This is the original issue with full liner notes by country music authority Rich Kienzle.. A 1975 album which has Ern singing over Glen’s acoustic guitar. The simple arrangements highlight Ern’s wonderful baritone and his interpretation of 2 Kristofferson songs, “Nobody Wins” &“Loving Her Was Easier” showed he could sing anything. In the overall scheme of things this is a classic. One without full notes $25

Ford, Tennessee Ernie “Capitol Collectors Series” $35 Wonderful 29 tracker with great liner notes and sound quality. I have said it before, this series (ie Capitol Collectors) is all out of print but always represented the best sampling of an artists work. They have the ones you want to hear and also include stunning obscure tracks such as Ern’s take on an R & B number “I Don’t Know”. Ernie was one of the most versatile country vocalists who is revered for his gospel and religious recordings. There is only one such example here, but what a beauty...”His Hands”.

Gaddis, Ron Chip Off the Old Block $40 Ron was for many years the bandleader for George Jones and he was the guy who duetted with George on live versions of “No Show Jones”. He was also the first husband of Lorrie Morgan; now that is a lot of water under the bridge story. Obviously there was no lasting acrimony as Lorrie joins him on “All Day All Night Thing”, a great song. The all out honky tonker “I Fell Off the Wagon” features his former boss, The Possum himself and Porter Wagoner joins on “When the Shiny Silver Eagle meets the Great Speckled Bird”. As you might expect there is more than a little George Jones influence. Hard to believe this is Ron’s lone album, A superb one too. Latest info is that alas Ron has followed the path of his mentor.

George, Sonny - Truckin’ Country $35 sealed

George, Sonny - Live at the Tennessee Prison for Women $40 sealed Sonny for starters has a great voice, similar in timbre I guess to Johnny Cash but nothing like Johnny Cash...if that makes sense. There are few if any who can successfully

combine country and rockabilly as well as Sonny. “Hillbilly Beat” is a great update

Of the hillbilly standard “Mama Don’t Allow”. As the Swedish Cowboy says it

is not rock but it certainly “rocks”. That is on the “prison” cd. Certainly one of the most energetic live albums and superb throughout. Boz Boorer on guitar is superb. Not for the faint-hearted. His originals are as good as the covers. The truckin’ cd is both authentic and superb.

Haggard, Merle “Friend in California” $35 Original copy of this great album on the Epic label which includes his answer song “The Okie From Muskogee’s Coming Home”. He does a superb cover of Floyd Tillman’s classic “This Cold War With You”. A must.

Harris, Emmylou “Last Date” Eminent $45 Expanded version of Emmylou’s WB live gem which sees Barry Tashian taking the Gram Parsons’ part on the wonderful “We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes (In the Morning)”. Beautifully presented with new notes and slip case (goes over the jewel case). The label went bust...hard to believe. One without slip sleeve $40

Harris, Emmylou “Cimarron” Eminent $45 A great album highlighted by her soaring version of Poco’s “Rose of Cimarron” from where the album gets its title. Many highlights but I love her version of Sonny Throckmorton’s “Last Cheater’s Waltz” as well as a lovely version of Townes’ “If I Needed You”. This doesn’t have a slip sleeve just the standard cd & booklet. A gem from a gem. One without slip sleeve $40

Howard, Harlan All Time Favorite Country Songwriter $35 1996 Koch reissue of Monument album, both long gone. Has 12 of his biggest hits sung by the Irving Berlin of country music, including gems “Heartaches by the Number”, “Tiger by the Tail”etc. Not a classic voice by any means but it is always something special to hear the song the way the writer intended. The Hank Cochran co-write, “I Fall to Pieces” is simply one of the greatest country songs ever...and a day.

Husky, Ferlin  “Capitol Collectors Series” $40 This series is simply the best quality as far as sound and notes go.. This gem contains Ferlin’s wonderful “The Waltz You Saved for Me”, plus some hits and non hits. Well annotated and attractively presented. It has his biggest hits “Gone” & “Wings of a Dove” as well as some rarities.

Jackson, Larry  Blue Highway $40 (Loree label) I don’t think I have ever had a song like Larry’s “The Blue  Highway” to attract a question as to who is it?? Larry’s voice I would suggest has been weathered to perfection. He is a superb singer and writer but alas these are his only two albums. You feel he has lived the songs. The sad “When Love Dies” has a real ache to it. He has real angst in his voice when he sings “Damn Those Memories”. Up there with the greatest indie cds ever

Jansen, Frank You’re a Phone Call I Need to Make $40 (Bob Grady)

Jansen, Frank My Way or the Highway $35 (Pink Records)

Staggeringly great albums, the first on the wonderful Bob Grady label with production from Mike Headrick (the Swedish Cowboy will NOT go to bed at night unless he has said a prayer of thanks under the mounted 8 x 10 signed Mike Headrick photograph that hangs proudly in his living room) . I know there are several who rate the title song of the first as one of the greatest album tracks ever, and I am not going to argue. Most of the tracks on the first are by Bob Grady whilst Frank proves himself a writer of the highest standard on the second. He is also a brilliant interpreter. On the first he does a wonderful version of Dwight Yoakam’s “The Heart That You Own”. Am I going to suggest Frank does it better than Dwight...yep, I am.

Jones, George Live at Dancetown USA $40 Amazing album superbly recorded which was on Ace UK label but has been deleted 10 years or so, 26 tracks and over an an hour running time and in great stereo sound. Like the Ernest Tubb below (also from 1965!) this is amazingand George runs through things he haswritten (“Window Up Above”/ “Ragged But Right”/ “Accidentally on Purpose”)as well as songs by Dickey Lee(“SheThinks I Still Care”) Harlan Howard,Melba Montgomery etc. Although not aregular “Jones boy” Buddy Emmons joins the band for this set. Also DonAdams (not Max Smart!) acts as the leader of the Jones’ Boys & duets withGeorge on Melba Montgomery’s “We Must Have Been Out Of Our Mind” as well as a couple of his own leads.Just remembered the classic Jones’ line“We’re gonna take a short liquor-mission I mean intermission”!!

Jones, George Alone Again/Grand Tour $35 2 on 1. “Alone Again” is only available here & is rated one of his very best albums.

McClain, Charly – Anthology 2cds Renaissance $45 Again a case of blink and you’ll miss, 34 tracks including duets with Mickey Gilley and Johnny Rodriguez. All the hits are here including “Who’s Cheatin’ Who”.

McDaniel, Mel Country Pride $25 Great album on the defunct DPI label from 1991, and I believe the flast album of new material for Mel. Great album including Mae Axton’s “If I Live to Be A Hundred I’ll Die Young” and the fabulous “Annual Blount County Snuff Dipper’s Ball” Not a Tom T Hall song but sounds like it could be, doesn’t it.

Martin, Mario Keep it on the Country Side $30 Produced by James Stroud the amazing thing is that Mario was only 17 at the time. I still think about how this could be his only album. A 17 year old is so darn convincing when he sings honky tonk songs. How could that be.. I don’t know. Still as stunning and as perpelexing (in the sense of where is he now??** Fear not...we have found out that Mario has a guitar shop in Tennessee...so not in the clink or anything untoward but just as criminal this was his only album) Favourite track is probably “Another Nail in the Wall”...very reminiscent of Ricky Van Shelton. A stunning album.

Martin, Tony I’ll Meet You in Texas $25 1996 gem on the Bob Grady label produced by Mike Headrick. A very Haggard/Bakersfield influenced cd. What makes this so great is that it features 9 new Whitey Shafer songs, many co-written with Lonnie Williams who also writes one with Roger Springer.

Mensy, Tim Stone By Stone $25 1990 release by a stunning vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, responsible for all tracks on this Epic label gem. 1990 may have been the best year ever for country music. “Hometown Advantage” reached the lower part of the charts. It deserved much more.

Montgomery, Melba  Signature Series $28 14 tracks inc 5 duets each with Charlie Louvin & of course George Jones. Finding Melba’s recordings is not easy. To get the originals is next to impossible. Wonderful as a distinctive vocalist (Bobbie Cryner reminds a lot) and a superb songwriter.

Morse, Ella Mae Capitol Collectors Series $25 21 tracks with a big band R & B flavour but also country. Best ever “Cow Cow Boogie!!  

Nelson, Leo Under Neon Lights $45 Want to know my all time favourite independent, yeah not one of but the top spot?? This is it. Great album produced by Bob Grady with assist from the great Mike Headrick. 12 great tracks with a duet with Bill Arwood on the title track.I think on reflection a 3 way tie with Ron Sweet and Arnold Sanford is in order. Alas both Ron & Arnold have gone and heaven knows where Leo is?? To me the jewel is how easy Leo sings. Marsha Britton contributes harmony vocals. Favourite tracks? Start at the beginning and stop at the end. BUT, if pushed “Mama Did Raise One Fool After All” and “Under Neon Light”, the duet with Bill Arwood are superb.

Nelson, Willie “The Hungry Years” $55. When people rang up to order the original issue of “IRS Tapes” they were offered another cd of all new material.....that was this gem. But with a mindset that they were ringing up for the IRS Tapes and that is what they wanted not many were sold. It has 15 tracks. “The Hungry Years” and “Solitaire” are both Neil Sedaka songs and Willie does a superb job on them, with an arrangement reminiscent of “Always on My Mind”. A lot of the rest are covers; quite a few country standards such as “Detour”, “Ragged But Right” etc BUT the highlight is the stunning “When I Stop Dreaming”, a great Louvin Brothers song performed as a duet with Emmylou Harris. If you had to rank both these duet champions “duets” it would rank in the top 3 they have collectively appeared on. It is that good. IT HAS NOT BEEN REISSUED. IT IS ONLY ON THIS CD. Two Willie songs are just great, “Your Memory Won’t Die” and “She is Gone”.

Nelson,Willie “Old Friends (with Roger Miller)/ Funny How Time Slips Away (with Faron Young)” Koch 2 on 1 $55 From 1982 and 1985 and on cd for a short time. The title track on the former also features Ray Price. Great version of Roger’s “Sorry Willie”, an apology to Willie for getting more than cozy with Willie’s wife. Good song also by Roger, “Aladambama”. Both albums are nothing less than superb.

Nelson, Willie “The Promiseland$30 Is headed by David Lynn Jones great “Living in the Promiseland” and also sees Willie steer away from his own songs, although he does a brilliant full country version of his “I’m Not Trying to Forget You”. As a special treat he does a wonderful guitar version of a Bach minuet...the one that the pop group The Toys called The Lover’s Concerto.

Nelson, Willie & Don Cherry Duets (Bellaire) $25 Willie and Don are both golf nuts and “Augusta” may be the only song ever written and sung about the US Masters. Fabulous. Most of the rest are standards and handled superbly.

O’Kanes O’Kanes $35 Their stunning debut with classics“Oh Darlin’” and the bluegrass like romp “Oh Lonesome You”. Long long deleted. We sold the previous one and this was a miracle getting this. Individually and collectively this is teh best thing Keiran Kane & Jamie O’Hara have ever done.                                             

Oxford, David David Oxford $50 There has only been one and there appears to be little chance of another, but despite hope being minimal there is still some hope. This is superb with a mix of honky tonk, cryin’ in beer ballads and just plain great songs “”1-800 Wine” is pure honky tonk whilst the Cosmic Cowboy, a sentimental old fluff if ever there was one, closes his annual community radio father’s day show with Oxford’s “Don’t Tell the Babies”. As far as production goes this is stunning. The great Bobby Flores is present throughout. And Michael Morales who apparently performed strictly in a Spanish market is great on acoustic guitar. David had talks with major labels apparently but was disillusioned when he was told he didn’t have the right image. Damn, why didn’t he get angry and produce a box set. Even that would not be enough. A gem gem gem!!

Price, Ray  Sometimes a Rose $25 Great 90s album, and his last for the label (Columbia) which contains one of our favourite tracks in “Not a Dry Eye in the House, “ a great track co-written by Bob McDill.

Reeves, Jim Talkin’ to Your Heart/ A Touch of Velvet (RCA UK) 2on1 $35 This is out of print. The former album is Jim’s classic album of narrations and he does them superbly. “Trouble in the Amen Corner” is a great moral tale and “Old Tige” a tearjerker of the doggy variety.

Richman, Jonathan & the Modern Lovers (Rev-Ola). $35 This has no country content whatseoever but would be liked by a lot of country fans. This was his second album; the first was deemed “punk” but this is in ever way better and is a pop gem. Jonathan appeared in the movie “Thing About Mary” as a wandering minstrel who popped up her and there. Some of the tracks are a tad quirky...hell they all are but “Lonely Financial Zone” is there to be loved.

Ritter, Tex - Capitol Collectors Series $35 Out of print series, of which I would recommend with every title as being essential. This has all the hard to get  ones, “Deck of Cards”, “Blood on the Saddle” &“Just Beyond the Moon” etc 25 in all. .

Rodriguez, Johnny     Gracias! $35 Fabulous album on Capitol. Released late 80s  and included his last charting single, “I Didn’t Every Chance That I Had”. Great bunch of backing musicians including Pig Robbins on piano and Sonny Garrish on steel. Very hard to get now.

Rodriguez, Johnny Desperado: His First Twenty Hits Edsel UK $40 long out of print, so don’t miss it. His first hit “Pas Me By, If You’re only Passing through” was perhaps the only songwriting success for Tom T’s brother, Hillman Hall. Includes 6 number ones which are only available here.

Schneider, John “Take the Long Way Home” MCA $35

Despite a some what goofy persona due his role in Dukes of Hazard, Schneider had a wonderful deep voice which was a natural for country music. All are superbly produced by Jimmy Bowen. A wonderful highlight is, “Better Class of Losers”, not to be confused with the Alan Jackson track of the name. This is the Harlan Howard track which features none other than Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. BUT believe it or not, even better is “The Auction”...they’re auctioning daddy’s farm today. Hell it is hard to believe how good, and in view of the diabolical financial system in the US today it is still extremely relevant.

Scott, Jack Capitol Collectors Series $35 Fabulous 23 tracker with a mix of upbeat and ballads. Even has 4 unreleased tracks. As far as the ballads go none is better than “What in the World’s Come Over You” (with the delightful break between the first and second word) and “Burning Bridges”. A very much underappreciated artist. Everyone should have this cd in their collection, Nice touch is the inclusion of some studio talk at the beginning of some tracks.

Shearer, Charlie “Breakin’ Out” $30 A gem again with production by the very talented Curt Ryle and also wrote quite a few of the songs. So good in fact that Mike Headrick would be proud of this one!! He begins with a great shuffle version of Willie’s “I Just Destroyed the World” and then follows with  a big Curt Ryle ballad “History Repeats Itself”. Originally from Texas...this is just how it should be.

Simpson, Red “Best of Red Simpson: Country Western Truck Drivin’ Singer” Razor & Tie $28 20 tracks with great wit and style...as all truckin’ albums should be. A major influence for Junior Brown. Includes all his big hits such as “Highway Patrol” (one of Junior’s best as well) , “Nitro Express” and  “I’m a Truck”, the very clever song which has the truck telling the story.

Smith, Russell This Little Town $35 Great solo album Amazing Rhythm Aces vocalist. All great and what a voice. Russell had a brief period as a country singer on Epic and this was the result, a gem produced by Steve Buckingham and Russell. Very much in the Amazing Rhythm Aces style. Highlight is the working man song “Blue Collar Blues” and the title song, but they’re all top notch..

Springfield, Bobby Lee All Fired Up $25 An absolute ripsnorter. Crazed man who apparently got arrested for climbing over the White House fence in order to visit the President, presumably Ronny Regan. But his honky tonk style which includes the original “Hank Drank” is grand. Also includes a brilliant version of Eddy Arnold’s “What’s He Doing in My World” with intro by Eddy hisself!!  .

Sweet, Ron   Ten in Tennessee $45 Another wonderful indie with the highlight the wonderful odeto the great man “I Play Haggard” in which he uses snippets of Haggard songs to tell the story. He outdoes even Vern Gosdin onhis version  “Baby That’s Cold”  and then shows himself a man for all seasons with the rollicking “Ten in  Tennessee”.

Thompson, Jeff  Jeff Thompson $30 No, not that  Thommo, but a fine singer who was going to have the first album release on the Arista country label but the album never came out. Has a style reminiscent of Ricky Van Shelton with a great deep voice. Does a superb version of “The Greatest Man I Never Knew”, a hit for Reba, but Jeff wins hands down!! Equally grand is the wonderful “It’s a Good Thing I Don’t Love You Anymore”, with a superb lyric and the upbeat “Today is Elvis’ Birthday”.

Turner, Zeb   Tennessee Boogie & Jersey Rock $30 King label anthology 1949-1953. On the now defunct Westside label.  24 tracks.

Wagoner, Porter     Greatest Hits $28 20 tracker with great and unusual selection including of course “Rubber Room” but also “What Would You Do, If Jesus Came to Your House”)

Wall, Chris “Honky Tonk Heart” Ryko $30 His debut album originally released as a cassette only job on Tried & True Records in 1989 and issued on cd on Rykodisc in 1990. Not to be missed. It includes his version of “Trashy Women’ but the modern day play of words on “I Wish John Stetson Had a Heart’ gives the album its true character. Great. Don’t miss his new album!

Watson, Gene The Good Old days $25 Step One with a superb selection excellently produced by Ray Pennington who also contributed 4 Songs. Like all Step One releases this is out of print.

Young, Faron Live Fast Love Hard: Original Capitol Classics 1952-1962 $28 Country Music Foundation label. 24 tracks with excellent presentation.

Various

Are You From Dixie Great Country Brother Teams of the 1930s $35

Ragged But Right Great Country String Bands of the 1930s $35

These were part of the short-lived RCA Heritage Series and they were all superb. I have both myself and if you want 1930s country in its best sound these are they. The first features the Blue Sky Boys version of the oft covered title song as well as their wonderfully sad original of “I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail”. Also includes likes of the Dixon Brothers, Allen Brothers, Monroe Brothers, Delmore Brothers etc.

The second features Riley Puckett on the title song, and gems from the Prairie Ramblers, JE Mainers etc, but possible star is Gid Tanner with original version, as we know it, of “Ida Red” and “Soldier’s Joy”.

Again, the sound on all three is stunning.

Big Rig Hits Truck Driver’s Boogie 1939-69 $35 A great cd which encapsulates a history of that great sub-genre the trucking song. Compiled jointlyby CMF & Diesel only records. First is“Truck Driver’s Blues” by Cliff Bruner with Moon Mullican on vocals. Classic’s such as Terry Fell’s “Truck Driving man” are featured with rarities such as Curtis leach’s amazing “Highway Man”. One of the best compilations ever.

Bristol Sessions Historic Recordings from Bristol Tennessee (CMF) 2cds $25 Johnny Cash “These recordings in Bristol in 1927 are the single most important event in the history of country music”. 16 page booklet with notes by Charles Wolfe. The sound, although recorded nearly ninety years ago is unbelievably good.

 

$5 CDS

Anderson, John Seminole Wind BMG

Barham, Tyler 2on1 Tyler Barham/ Twenty One YN

Black, Clint 16 Biggest Hit RCA (sealed)

Bluegrass etc Travellin’ Band Sierra (sealed)

Bogguss, Suzy Aces Capitol

Bonany, James Roots & Wings Epic

Boxmasters Christmas Cheer (Billy Bob Thornton) Vanguard

Bright, Jeff/Sunshine Boys She’s a Nail in my Heart Rogue Records

Brooks, Kix Kix Brooks Capitol (1989)

Bryant, Cody Big Dose of Country (good from L.A) Wagon Wheel

Burch, Paul Still Your Man Ramseur

Burch Sisters New Fire Mercury

Burns, Brian Eagle & the Snake Palo Duro

Burns, Brian Heavy Weather Palo Duro

Burton, Charlie Rustic Fixer Upper Lazy SOB

Byrd, Tracy Different Things Blind Mule

Byrd, Tracy Greatest Hits BNA

Campbell, Scotty Damned If I Recall RDR

Cari Lee & Satellites Road Less Travelled El Toro

Carroll, Adam Looking Out My Screen Door Down Hole ]

Carson, Jeff Butterfly Kisees Curb

Cash, Johnny Silver CBS (sealed)

Cash, Johnny Mystery of Life Mercury x2

Cash, Johnny Johnny 99 Koch x 2\

Cash, Johnny Boom Chicha Boom Mercury

Cash, Johnny (mini style) Children’s Album CBS

Cash, Johnny (mini style) Highwaymen #2 CBS

Cash, Johnny (mini style) The Fabulous CBS

Cash, Johnny (mini style) Ballads of True west CBS

Cash, Johnny (mini style) At Madison Square Gdn CBS

Cash, Johnny (mini style) Classic Christmas CBS

Cash, Johnny (mini style) Johnny Cash Show CBS

Cash, Johnny (mini style) Ride This Train CBS

Chesnutt, Mark Almost Goodbye MCA

Chitwood, Bobby Gravity TKN

Clayton, Lee Border Affair Capitol

Coleman Brothers Tribute to a Firefighter ASR

Collie, Mark Hardin County Line MCA

Confederate Railroad Confederate Railroad Atlantic x 2

Critchlow, Slim Cowboy Songs Arhoolie

Dennis, Wesley Wesley Dennis Mercury

Denver, John (mini Style) Farewell Andromeda RCA

Denver, John (mini style) John Denver Sings RCA

Denver, John (mini style) Rhymes & Reason RCA’

Denver, John (mini style) Take Me To Tomorrow RCA

Denver, John (mini style) J D RCA

Denver, John (mini style) Rocky Mountain Christmas RCA

Diffie, Joe Thousand Winding Roads Great cd Epic x 2

Dilks, Johnny Acres of Heartache HMG x 2

Dinnerstein, Simone & Tift Merritt Night Sony

Dixie Chick Home dlxe cd + dvd hard cover Sony

Durden, Tommy Moods (wrote Heartbreak Hotel) Legend

Dusty, Slim Men from Nula Nulla (w. Shorty Ranger) EMI

Dusty, Slim People & Places EMI

Dusty, Slim Country Way of Life EMI

Dusty, Slim Heritage Album EMI

Dusty, Slim Coming home EMI

Erik & Erik Erik & Erik (Texas) Fire ant

Evans, Sara Three Chords & the Truth RCA

Fink, Cathy/ Marcy Marxer Rockin’ the Uke Community

Fox Family When it Comes to the Blues Sierra

Fox Family Follow My Lead Sierra

Fricke, Janie Very Best Columbia

Gatlin Brothers Moments to Remember Branson

Goldmark, Joe Wham of That Steel Guitar Man 2cd Lo-Ball

Green, William Clark Rose queen (superb cover)

Greenwood, Lee Perfect 10 (duets with females) Capitol

Gregg, Ricky Lynn Get a Little Closer Liberty

Guthrie, Woody Member’s Edition 22tracks TKO

Hearne, Bill & Bonnie Diamonds in the Rough WB sealed

Henderson, Homer Greatest Flops & Golden Filler Honey Records

Highfill, George George Arlus Highfill Church St x 2

Holiday, Jolie Lucky Enough sealed

Holland, Jools Moving Out to the Country Radar

House, James James House MCA x 3

Hurd, Cornell Band Cool & Unusual Punishment Behemoth x2

Huston, Randy Keepin’ the New West Wild Outside

Isaacs, Sonya Sonya Isaacs Lyric Street x 2

Jennings, Waylon Too Dumb for NYC etc Epic

Jennings, Waylon Full Circle MCA x 2

Johns, Evan & H Bombs Please Mt Santa Claus Ryko

Jones, George Country Standards EMI UK

Jones, George Country Classics EMI UK

Jones, Zona Harleys & Horses D Records

Joyce, Teri Kitchen Radio (Texas indie) Solid State

Kaplansky, Lucy Reunion Red House

Kirkpatrick, Anne Out of the Blue EMI

Kohrs, Randy Crack in My Armour Junction

Kowbelle Our Red Cross (Shane Worley) Indie x 3

Leigh, Danni 29 Nights Decca x 2

Locorriere, Dennis Out of the Dark Eagle

Loveless, Patty Trouble With the Truth Epic

Loveless, Patty Up Against My Heart Epic

Lulubelle & Scotty Down Memory Lane Starday/Gusto

Lulubelle & Scotty Sweethearts Still Starday/Gusto

Lulubelle & Scotty Sweethearts of Country Music Starday/Gusto

Lynch, Dustin Dustin Lynch Broken Bow

Lynns The Lynns (Loretta’s twin daughters) Reprise A++

McBride, Martina Eleven BMG

McBride, Martina Wild Angels BMG

McCalister, Don Jnr Love Gone Right Biscuit Boy

McEntire, Reba All the Women I Am VAlory

McVey, Jake Anything Is Possible Purple Cow

Maddox, Rose $35 and a Dream Arhoolie

Manchaca, Carl That Song Light MY Fire

Manchaca, Carl Carl Manchaca Light My Fire

Masters, Sammy Everybody Digs Sammy Masters Dionysius

Mattea, Kathy Love Travels Mercury sealed

Mattea, Kathy Time Passes By Mercury

Mensy, Tim This Ol Heart Giant

Michael & the Lonesome Playboys Bottle Cap Sky BW

Miller, Mindy Guess Who’s Back in Town UniversalSound

Moffatt, Hugh Life of a Minor Poet Watermelon

Moody Bros Cotton Eyed Joe First Choice

Moreno, Frankie We’ll Bring the Honky tonk Home to You FM

Moreno, Frankie Keys to the Country FM

Morgan, Lorrie Watch Me BMG

Murray, Anne Croonin’ Capitol

Nelson, Willie Heroes (sealed) Legacy

O’Connell, Maura A Real Life Story WB

O’Connell, Maura Helpless Heart WB

Pabst, Shawn Rodeo This Pabst

Parnell. Leroy On the Road (one autographed) Arista x 2

Parsons, Jeremy Doggondest Feelin’ sealed...top cd PCG

Passin, Monica And Monicats Townhouse

Pousette-Dart Band Best Little Big Deal

Powers, Freddy Hottest Thing in Town Powerhouse

Prairie Oyster Blue Plate Special Velvel x2

Prairie Oyster Only One Moon Zoo x 2

Prairie Oyster Everybody Knows RCA x2

Prairie Oyster Everybody Knows Radio Special RCA

Rains, Peggy It’s a Good Day Indie

Raybon, Marty At His Best (ex Shenandoah) Grand Vista

Raye, Collin Extremes Epic

Raye, Collin Direct Hits Epic

Richards, Dan Heartabreak U De Von x2 good

Rierson, Rusty Souvenirs Red dirt

Royal, Billy Joe Billy Joe Royal Atlantic

Russell, Johnny Almost Alive NQD

Shay, Dorothy Park Avenue Hillbies sealed Coll. Choice x2

Shea, Rick/Brantley Kearns Trouble & Me Tres Pescadore

Smith, Mindy Mindy Smith Giant Leap

Smith/White Fairchild Love Never Fails (A=Water damage booklet) sealed

Spurgan, Steve Distant Faces (sealed) Sierra

Steele, Rusty & Tintax Lost Sessions Bebe

Steeldrivers Hammer Down Rounder

Stevens, Ray He Thinks He’s Ray Stevens MCA

Strait, George Beyond the Blue Neon MCA

Sylvie & Friends Playback

Texas Playgirls With some of the Boys Glad

Tillis, Pam Sweetheart’s Dance Arista x 2

Tillis, Pam Put yourself in My Place Arista

Travis, Randy Heroes & Friends WB x 2

Tucker, Tanya Greatest Hits Encore Capitol

Tucker, Tanya Tennessee Woman Capitol

Tucker, Tanya Soon Liberty

Tucker, Tanya Can’t Run From Yourself Liberty x 3

Tucker, Tanya What Do I Do With me Capitol x 3

Twitty, Conway Legendary Country singer (Sticker) Time Life

Underwood, Carrie Some Hearts Arista

Underwood, Carrie Blowin’ Away Arista sealed

Van Shelton, Ricky Bridge I Didn’t Burn Columbia

Van Tassel, Susanna The Heart I Wear (b Robison prod) Texas indie

Wade, Stephen Banjo Diary Smithsonian

Wakely, Jimmy Vintage Collections Capitol x 2

Weems, Shane Perfect Place C’try Discovery

Wild Jimbos Wild Jimbos (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) MCA

Williams, Jason D Killer Instincts Rockabilly

Womack, Lee Ann Lee Ann Womack MCA x 2

Womack, Lee Ann There’s More Where That Came From MCA sealed

Woodys Telluride to Tennesee EFR

Woodys Woodys Rounder x 2

Wright, John Lincoln Tha Old Mill Northeastern

Yearwood, Trisha Songbook Collection of Hits MCA

 

Various Artists

Beverly Hillbillies Soundtrack RCA x 2

Gram Parsons Notebook: The Last whippoorwill Groove Tune

Red Hot & Country Mercury

She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool Barbara Mandrell Tribute BMG

Transatlantic Sessions Irish & US country Ceili

Tribute to Tradition Columbia x 4

 

$10 Cds or 3 for $25 (some rarities & truly fabulous albums)

Country

Acuff, Roy R C Cola Shows Vol 1 RME

Acuff, Roy R C Cola Shows Vol 2 RME

Acuff, Roy R C Cola Shows Vol 3 RME

Allen, Terry Lubbock on Everything Sugar Hill

Alverson, Tommy Texas Songs 2 of a Kind

Atkins, Chet Teensville RCA

Backsliders Throwing Rocks at the Moon sealed Elektra

Beckett, Randy Randy Beckett’s Rebel Train Satellite

Bell, Delia Delia Bell (w. Emmylou) Wounded Bird

Berline, Byron Fiddle & a Song Sugar Hill

Blake, Norman & Nancy Back Home in Sulphur Springs Dualtone

Bogguss, Suzy w. Chet Atkins Simpatico Capitol x 3

Bosworth, Libbi Outskirts of You Freedom

Broidsky, Chuck Last of the Old Time Red House

Brooks, Garth No Fences (with Garth Brooks) 20n1 Capitol

Browne, Jann Count Me In Curb x 4

Bruce, Ed This Old Hat Old Hat

Carlson, Paulette Love Goes On (ex Highway 101) Capitol

Cartwright, Lionel Lionel Cartwright superb MCA x 4

Cash, Johnny American V Hundred Highways American

Cash, Johnny Boom Chicak Boom/Is Coming to Town 2on1 Mercury

Coe, David Allan Recommended for Airplay Lucky Dog

Coe, David Allan Lonesome Fugitive King

Coe, David Allan Songwriter of the Tear Cleveland

Coe, David Allan 20 Road Music Hits Gusto

Cooley, Spade Spadella: The Essential Columbia

Cryner, Bobbie Bobbie Cryner best cd of 90s by female Epic x 3

Dalton, Lacy J Chains on the Wind Liberty

Dalton, Lacy J Greatest Hits Columbia

Denver, John Poems, Prayers etc/ Farewell Andromeda 2on1 RCA

Derailers Jackpot Watremelon

Dexter, Al Pistol Packin’ Mama ASV

Diamond, Claude Highway of Life (former Y&T album of yr) Vettset

Vanguard

Dunn, Holly Across the Rio Grande rare MTM x 3

Edwards, Don Going Back to Texas WB

Edwards, Don Songs of the Trail WB

Fritsch, Todd Up Here in the Saddle sealed Saddle Up

Gauthier, Mary Between Daylight & Dark Lost Highway

Gauthier, Mary Mercy Now Lost Highway

Gilmore, Jimmie Dale Spinning Round the Sun Elektra

Goose Creek Symphony The Goose Is Loose Winter Harvest

Gosdin, Vern Nickels Dimes & Love Columbia x2

Gregory, Clinton Too Much Ain’t Enough x 2 MelodyRoundup

Griffith, Nanci Little Love Letters MCA

Griffith, Nanci Lone Star State of Mind MCA

Haggard, Marty Borders & Boundaries (sealed) Critique//BMg

Haggard, Merle Capitol Collectors Series Capitol x 3

Haggard, Merle Serving 190 proof MCA x 5

Haggard, Merle His Greatest & Best MCA

Hancock, Butch War & Peace Rainlight

Hill, Goldie Don’t Send Me No More Roses Righteous

Horton, Steven Wayne Steven Wayne Horton Capitol

Intveld, James Have Faith superb LA artist Molenaart

Jenkins The Jenkins (unreleased) Crowell prod. EMI Great x2

Jennings, Waylon A Man Called Hoss MCA

Jones, Grandpa Makes the Rafters Ring sealed Omni

Kershaw, Sammy Don’t Go Near the Water (debut & best) Mercury

Ledoux, Chris Chris & Saddle Boogie Band Capitol

Lee, Dickie Classic Songs Varese x2 s’ld

Loveless, Patty On Your Way Home cd+dvd Epic

Loveless, Patty Bluegrass & White Snow Epic

McCarters The Gift WB x 3

McCarters Better Be Home Soon WB x 3

McQuaig, Scott Scott McQuaig Universal x 4

Maddox Bros & Rose Vol 1 Arhoolie

Maddox Bros & Rose Vol 2 Arhoolie

Maddox Bros & Rose On the Air Arhoolie

Maddox Bros & Rose Live on the Radio Arhoolie

Martin, Janis The Blanco Sessions sealed Cow Island

Mattea, Kathy Definitive collection Mercury 20tks

Moffatt, Katy Greatest Show on Earth Philo x 3

Mowrey, Dude Honky Tonk Capitol

Nashville West w. Clarence White Sierra

Nelson, Willie Just One Love inc 2 duets w. Kimmie Rhodes Justice

Nesmith, Michael And the Hits Just Keep on Coming Awareness

Nesmith, Michael Rio The Best of 2cds sealed Music Club

O’Kanes Imagine That Columbia x 2

Overstreet,Paul Songwriter’s Project Indie

Owens, Buck The Instrumentals Sundazed

Rankin Twins Moonshine & Maybes Rankin Twins

Rice, Bobby G Down in Texas Heart of Texas

Roberts, Dan Cowhand.com Western Old Boots

Rowan, Peter Reggaebilly sealed own label

Seals, Dan Best Capitol

Sears, Dawn What a woman Wants to Hear tops! Decca x 2

Shaver, Billy Joe Salt of the Earth Lucky Dog

Shiflett, Karl & Big Country Show Take Me Back Pinecastle

Sizemore, Charlie The Story Is: Songs of Tom T Hall Rebel

Starling, John Slidin’ Home Rebel

Stevens, Tate Tate Stevens (US X-Factor winner) Simco x 2

Stewart, Gary Essential 1 is sealed RCA x 2

Sundowners Chicago Country legends Bloodshot

Thornton, Marsha Maybe the Moon Will Shine Tonight MCA x 4

Tillman, Floyd Best sealed Coll. Choice

Tubb, Ernest Live 1965 Rhino x 4

Two Tons of Steel King of a One Horse Town Big Bellied

Ward, MikeAlan Reading Hemingway Mudbug

Watson, Aaron Real Good Time sealed 18tks inc 6 duets HTK

Watson, Dale Cheatin’ Heart Attack Hightone

Watson, Dale Christmas Timein Texas Continental

Whitley, Keith Kentucky Bluebird BMG x 3

Wild Rose Listen to Your Heart Capitol

Wild Rose Straight & Narrow Capitol x 2

Wild Rose Breakin’ New Ground Capitol x 4

Fabulous all female group.

**Note: if you have a sample cd refer to Pam Gadd who is joined by two old band mates. Every one a gem.

Williams, Hank Jnr Best Of: All my Rowdy Friends sealed Curb

Williams, Hank Jnr 20 Hits Curb

Williams, Jett I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Foundation

Williams, Lew Cat Talk Bear Family

 

Various Artists

1861 Project Vol 2 (sealed) Maura O’Connell, Connie Smith)

Bringing It All Back Home: Influence of Irish Music Vol 1 Valley

Bringing It All Back Home: Influence of Irish Music Vol 2 Valley

Bringing It All Back Home: Influence of Irish Music Vol 3 Valley

Get With The Beat Marvel Masters Ryko x 2

Rig Rock Deluxe A Musical Salute to the American Truck Driver super!!

Diesel Only x5

Silver meteor A progressive Country Anthology Sierra

Voices of a Grateful Nation Volume Ones Texas Rock,Blues & Folk Icehouse

Woman’s Heart Mary Black/Dolores keane etc Darte

Country Cds Prices as marked

 

Allcorn, Joey All Alone Again (Blue Yodel) The best Hank3 album!

Slight hitch it isn’t Hank...this better $18

Anderson, Lynn Rose Garden Country Hits 1970-79 (T-Bird) 21tks $18

Anthony, Rayburn Sings (Texasamericana) $20

Arthur, Charline Welcome to the Club (Bear Family) $20 Every female

honky tonker has been influenced by this gem.

Atkins, Chet Magic of Chet Atkins (Heartland) rare $20 22tks

which steer away from the usual and hits.

Atkins, Chet Tennessee Guitar Man (Pair) $18 not common tracks

Atkins, Chet/Jerry Reed Sneakin’ Around (Columbia) $18 last copy

Bare, Bobby Hard Time Hungrys/ Winner & Other Losers 2on1 (Omni) Two great themed albums on 1 cd $15

Bare, Bobby Essential (RCA) $15 20 tracker...all hits.

Barnes, Blake & Kendall Welcome to Barnes Country (BCR) $20 2012 Top 5!

Bell, Knut & Blue Collars Honkahillarockabilly (Marlingspike) Fabulous indie. The title says exactly what it is.

Bell & Shore El-Ranko Motel (ROM) $18 great album.

Bice, Steve Sin Citizen Sessions $20 (Sin Citizen)

Bice, Steve Sixty Minutes of Sin $20 (Sin Citizen) One of the great indie artists...only 2 albums. Vocally a lot like Tompall Glaser and that is great!

Blue, Arkey Twenty Nine Years: Tribute to Hank Williams $20

Blue Moon Rising One Lonely Shadow (Lonesome Day) $15 Have 2 lead vocalists both of who are tops. This has a classic feel which is as good as the Band or Goose Creek Symphony & would appeal greatly to fans of both, especially if you enjoy the acoustic side.

Boggs, Dock His Folkway Years 1963-1968 (Smithsonian) 2cd $22

Boone, Larry One Way to Go (Columbia) $18 Ever need a clue as to why Larry should have been one of the biggest stars, then you need to listen. Great 80s George Strait like.

Booth, Tony The Key’s in the Mailbox/Lonesome 7-7203 $20 (Heart of Texas) Two Bakersfield classics originall Capitol Records and featuring Don Rich on guitar.

Brack, John Face to Face (RCA Switzerland) $20 14 duets with Mel McDaniel, Moe Bandy, Becky Hobbs, Stella Parton etc.

Brown, Junior Greatest Hits (Curb) $15

Brown, Junior 12 Shades of Brown (Demon UK) $18 first issue of this classic. Junior’s first.

Brown, Roger Rodeo Boogie (Prairie Crooner) $20 rare 2nd & last album.

Browne, Jann It Only Hurts When I Laugh (Curb) Great West coast artist’s 2nd of only 2 major label cds. Albert Lee is on lead guitar. $18

Browne, Jann Buckin’ Around: A Tribute to the Legendary Buck Owens (Plan B) $20 Scorching versions.

Buffett, Jimmy Meet Me in Maragaritaville (MCA) 2cd. Subtitled the Ultimate Collection & it is 38 tks with several new versions ofd classics plus great version of the Beach Boys’ gem “Sail on Sailor”. $18

Burns, Brian Highways Heartaches & Honkytonks (Bandera) $20 A superb Texas album..original pressing has 16 pg booklet.

Carter Family On Border Radio 1 (Arhoolie)

Carter Family On Border Radio 2 (Arhoolie)

Carter Family On Border Radio 3 (Arhoolie) 3 from 1939 great sound with a very young June, Anita & Helen helping out. AP’s vocal leads on a few tracks are awesome.

Cash, Johnny I Walk the Line/ Little Fauss & Big Halsy (Bear Family) 2 soundtracks of Cash & Carl Perkins$15

Cash, Johnny Original Album Classics (Columbia) 3cds in individual mini style covers Man in Black/ Johnny Cash Show/ Hello I’m Johnny Cash $18

Cash, Tommy Let an Old Racehorse Run (Playback) $18 inc two duets with Jeannie C Riley.

Cash, Tommy Fade to Black:Memories of Johnny (Inlight) $20 includes duets w. Marty Stuart, George Jones & Johnny Cash himself (“Wings of a Dove”)

Cevallos, Amanda I’ll Never Honky tonk With You (Texas indie) $18

Chadbourne, Eugene Country Protest (Fundamental) $20

Chapman, Marshall Blaze of Glory (Tall Girl) $15

Chappel, Leon Automatic Mama (Bear Family) $15

Chieftains Voice of Ages ((hear) guests include the Civil Wars & black string band Carolina Chocolate Drops. $18

Christian, T Jae I Waish I was Home $20 (Universal Sound) Unquestionably on of the most popular & best indie artists. 22 great tracks inc. several duets.

Clark, Gene The Gene Clark demos 1983-1990 (Evangeline) $20

Clark, Gene Here Tonight: the White Light Demos (Omnivore) $18

Coe, David Allan Biketoberfest 01 (Coepop) $20 love the guy!!

Coe, David Allan For the Soul & Mind (CD + DVD) $20 (Window Music)

Coe, David Allan Invictus Means Unconquered/ Tennesse Whiskey (Bear Family 2 on 1) $18

Coe, David Allan Human Emotions/ Spectrum VII (Bear Family) $18

Coe, David Allan Castles in the Sand/ Hello in There (Bear Family) $18

Coe, David Allan Compass Point/ I’ve Got Something to Say (Bear Family)

Collie, Mark At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary (Wilbanks) He played Johnny Cash in both the movie “The Punisher” and also in a doco “I Still Miss Someone” so it is appropriate he do a prison album. $20 sealed

Collins, Karen No Yodelling on the Radio (Azalea) $20 Great album which also features Geff King (he has an aversion to the letter ”o”) of top indie group “Honky Tonk Confidential”. Deep deep voice is perfect foil. Tops.

Conlee, John Blue Highway (Pair) $20 16 MCA tracks. Hard to get.

Cordell, Larry Murder on Music Row $18 One of the classic put downs of modern country music, a huge hit for George Strait BUT reckon the original by the writer is better.

Cordell, Larry Pud Marcum’s Hangin’ (Mighty Cord) $18

Costello, Elvis Almost Blue expanded version (Ryko) $18 Has 23 tracks including his much in demand version of the all time classic “Psycho”, a tale so debauched you have to like it.

Costello, Elvis Almost Blue 2CD version (Rhino) $25 Very hard to get. Has 29 tracks including duets with both George Jones & Johnny Cash. Yessir!!

Crickets T-Shirt (Epic) $18...includes Paul McCartney on title

Cusimano, Chuck I Wrote This $20 One of the best indie’s ever...imagine if Merle Haggard was unknown

Cyrus, Bobby Homeplace (BCC) $18 No, not brother but cousin and not bad. Cuz Bill joins on a great track “Milkman’s Eyes”. But songs such as “Cut My Teeth on (Waylon & Willie”) will give you a better idea.

Dailey & Vincent Brothers of the Highway (Rounder) $18 Bluegrass’ premier artists who also have great coutry appeal.

Dalton, Lacy Survivor/ Lacy J 2on1 (Morello) $20 The former is her crowning achievement....superb.

Dave & Deke Combo Hollywood Barn Dance (Heyday) $20 Deke Dickerson before he went solo with Dave Stuckey. Blends hillbilly with rockabilly superbly.

Davies, Gail The Songwriter Sessions 2cds $25 45 songs on her Little Chickadee label including many she had major label success with.

Dayton, Jesse/Brennen Leigh “Holding Our Own & Other Country Gold Duets” (Stag) $20 2007 gem classic country duets.

Delray, Martin What Kind of Man (Atlantic0 $18 Second of only two albums...see rarities for “Get Rhythm”. This features a wonderful version of the excellen tStev Earle song “Sometimes She Forgets”.

Dement, Iris Sing the Delta (Flariella Records) $18 Iris looks like Noni Hazelhurst in that recent tv series but telsl it like only she can.

Dickerson, Dub Boppin’ in the Dark (Bear Family) $15

Digby, Amber Passion, Pride & What Might Have Been $20 (H.O.T)

Dillards Let the Music Flow Best 1963-1979 (Raven) sealed $18 includes Herb Pederson. Landmark country rock.

Dixon, Dorsey Babies in the Mill: Carolina Tarditional Industrial & Sacred Songs (HMG) $15

Dolan, Ramblin’ Jimmie Jukebox Boogie (Bear Family) $15

Dunn, Holly Holly Dunn (MTM) $20

Dunn, Holly Cornerstone (MTM) $20 amazingly rare.

Evans, Paul Fabulous Teens & Beyond (Ace UK) $20 Now, I know you are saying this is not country and indeed “Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Backseat” isn’t but if the wonderfully sick “Hello Joannie (the Telephone Answering Machine Song) isn’t exactly it is close in spirit....Red Sovine would have loved it. BUT “Willie’s Sing With Everyone But Me” is and its fabulous, in which Paul laments he has never been asked to do a duet with Willie and names everyone who has with some very witty lines. 28 tracks in all.!!

Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall (Koch) this is the full concert ..76 minutes which is only otherwise available on the 2nd Bear Family box. It more than doubles the original lp. Lester Flatt is the ultimate compare and there is a great section at the end where they are joined by Merle Travis (who had been their opening act on the day. Not to be missed. $20

Flatt & Scruggs ‘Tis Sweet to be Remembered ; The Essential 2cds (Sony) sealed $20

Flores, Bobby Fast Company (Yellow Rose) sealed $20

Francis, Connie/ Hank Williams jnr Sing Great Country Favourites (Bear Family) $20

Gayle, Crystal Greatest Hits (Capitol) 25 tracks $18

Gayle, Crystal Sings the Heart & Soul of Hoagy Carmichael (Platinum) $18 a wonderful album which is excellently produced by Crystal herself. Willie joins her on a great duet “Two Sleepy People”.

Glaser, Tompall The Rogue (Bear Family) 22 tracks $18

Glaser. Tompall award Winners/ Rings & Things (Hux) 2 on 1 $20 A+

Goans, Teea That’s Just me $18 Great indie artist. One of ‘12 best

Gosdin, Vern Chiselled in Stone ((Columbia) $20 Unquestionably one of the greatest country vocalists ever and this is his best album...maybe the best country album of the last 30 years. The title track deservedly CMA song of the Year.

Gosdin, Vern The Voice (BTM) $20 This is NOT to be confused with a compilation of earlier works but this is a wonderful album that is about on par with ”Chiselled in Stone”. Unique blood red cd case and there was still life in Vern as his string of “protégés” (here Lacey Lynne) indicates.

Gosdin, Vern Till the End/ Never My Love/ You’ve Got Somebody 3 on 2 (Edsel/ Rhino. His 3 Warner albums new...$22

Greene, Lorne The Man (omni) $18 26 track best of sealed.

Gregory, Clinton Roots of My Raising $20 sealed, billed to Clinton Gregory’s Bluegrass Band.

Griffith, Nanci Complete MCA Studip Recordings 2cd (MCA) $20 46 tracks include a couple of prev. unreleased.

Guthrie, Arlo/Pete Seeger More Together Again in Concert ((Rising Son) $15

Guthrie, Woody Live Wire (Rounder) $20 joint issue with the Guthrie Foundation and features an ultra rare live performance from 1949 in great quality.

Haggard, Merle My Love Affair W.Trains/ Roots of My Raising $20

Haggard, Merle Tribute to Best Damn Fiddle Player/All in Movies $20

Haggard, Merle 30th Album/ A Working Man Can’t get Nowhere $20

Haggard, Merle Hag/ Let me Tell You About a Song $20

Haggard, Merle Portrait/ Keep Movin’ On $20 2 on 1 from BGO last 5

Haggard, Merle The Way I Am (MCA) $20

Haggard, Merle Way Love Goes/All in the Game 2on1 (T-Bird) $20

Haggard, Merle Back to the Barrooms (MCA) $18

Haggard, Merle Rainbow Stew Live (MCA) $18

Haggard, Merle Bluegrass Sessions (McCoury) $18

Haggard, Merle Land of Many Churches (Razor & Tie) $18

Haggard, Merle Kern River/ Chill Factor (T-Bird) $20

Hall, Roy Roy Rocks (Bear Family) new $20

Hamilton, George IV Tribute to Luke the Drifter $20 sealed (Lamon)

Hancock, Butch w. Marce Lacoutre (Rainlight) $20 return of the musical saw!! Hard to get now.

Hancock, Wayne That’s What Daddy Wants (Ark 21) $18

Hancock, Wayne Best (Ark 21) $18

Hard Hat Dave & the Honky Tonk Knights plugged In $20 One of the best ever indies as far as I am concerned. Recommended for those who like Confederate Railroad. Good songs and great humour. It is a group of Nashville’s best pickers playing incognito. “Hanging Out With Hank” is ne of the best. If you ain’t got this you ain’t got nothin’.

Hardwicke, Billy Jnr Too Country (JRS/BMG) $18 A one off shot...and alas no word on where he went. A tad like Dean Dillon but better IMO

Harris, Emmylou Bluebird (WB) oop her best “Icy Blue Heart” is the best thing she ever did and one of the greatest female vocals ever.

Harris, Emmylou/ Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon $18 (Nonesuch) sealed

Harris, Emmylou All I Intended to be (Nonesuch) $18 Best post “Wrecking Ball” album...best moments are stunning.

Hay, Erin The Circle (Westwood) $18 great indie.

Helms, Bobby Fraulein: The Classic Years (Bear Family) 2cd $35

Herring, Emily Your Mistake (Turquoise Earring) $18

Hicks, Dan & Hot Licks Best of Blue Thumb Years 1971-1973 (Hip-O) $18 16 tracks inc. “Walkin’ One & Only”, possibly the best.

Hillman, Chris/ Herb Pederson Bakersfield Bound (Sugar Hill) $18 classic Buck sound captured brilliantly. The two part harmonies are superb.

Hobbs, Becky All Keyed Up (RCA) $18 The consummate fefamle honky tonker. Couldn’t resist putting her “Jones on the Jukebox” on teh sampler cd. Great tribute.

Horton, Johnny Rockin’ Rollin’ (Bear Family) $20 20 tk collection which focuses on his rockabilly styled recordings. As great a straight country singer as he was he was also equally fine on the rockabilly numbers. Brilliant in fact. “Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor” & “Honky tonk Man” are as good as it gets.

Horton, Johnny The Essential recordings (Primo) 2cds $15 40 tks

Ives, Burl Sweet, Sad & Salty (Omni) great 31 track $18 sealed

Jenkins, Jody Stars, Bars & Guitars (Flying L) $18 great Texas indie

Jennings, Waylon Will the Wolf Survive (MCA) $15

Jennings, Waylon Goin’ Down Rockin’ : The Last Recordings (Turner) $18 sealed.

Jennings, Waylon Ol’ Waylon Sings Ol’ Hank $20 (WJ) Williams that is.

Joey & Rory Album #2 $15 standard ed. (Sugar Hill)

Joey & Rory Album #2 $20 Walmart version of above with extra track. Still sealed

Joey & Rory His & Hers $20 sealed Walmart version with 2 extra tracks to standard Sugar Hill

Johnnie & Jack And Tennessee Boys CD#1 from Bear Family Box 27 tracks $15

Jones, Alamo The Voice in Black $20 (Ubiquitous) Great outlaw style by a pal of Cowboy Jack Clement

Jones, David Bridges (Zane) Yep, one of the greatest idie releases. Pure honky tonk. 1000’s of happy listeners. Don’t miss it.

Jones, George Don’t Stop the Music Ace Uk $20

Jones, George Bartender’s Blues/ Shine On (Morello) 2 on 1 sealed $20

Jones, George One Woman Man (Epic) Great includes Yabba Dabba Doo”. “Place in the Country” is one of his very best.

Jones, George Cup of Loneliness; Classic Mercury Years 2cd $20

Jones, George You Oughta be Here With me (Epic) $20 last for the label & one of his best. Superb mix of songs .

Jones, George Bartenders Blues (Razor & Tie) $15 sealed

Jones, George Friends in High Places (Epic) duets

Jones, Georgette Strong Enough to Cry (H.O.T.) $18

Jones, Grandpa Makes the Rafters Ring (Omni) sealed 32 Monument label tracks inc. “Yodelling Hits” $18

Jones, Grandpa an American Original (CMH) 30 tracks $18

Judds Reunion December 31 199 2cds $18 (Curb)

Keeble, Billy Just for You (Big Matador) $20

Keeble, Billy Unchained Country (Universal) $20

Keeble, Billy The Real Me (Global0 $20.

Kendalls 16 Greatest Hits (Varese) $18

Kilgore, Jerry Telephone Texas $20

Kirchen, Bill Seeds & Stems (Proper) $18 2013 album

Knuckles, Red Honky Tonk swing Music $18 rare..Tim O’Brien

Ledoux, Chris Western Tunesmith/ He Rides Wild Horses (Capitol) $18 Reissue of his indie pre Capitol albums 2 on 1

Ledoux, Chris Songs of Roadeo & Country/ Life as a Rodeo Man $18

Lewis, Jerry Lee Mercury Years Vol 3 $15

Loudermilk, John D Sittin’ in the Balcony (Bear Family) $18

Loudermilk, John D It’s My Time (Bear Family) $18

Louvin Brothers Essential: My Baby’s Gone 1955-1964 (Raven) $15

Louvin Brothers Country Love Ballads/ Ira & Charlie (Raven) $15

Lynn, Loretta 50th anniversary Collection 2cds (NCA) $20 36 tracks. Only available at Walmart

Lynn, Loretta 30 Greatest Hits (Heartland) $18

Lynn, Loretta Complete Original # 1 Hits $18 sealed (Real Gone)

McCall, C W Wolf Creek Pass (Omni) sealed $20 25 tracks

McCall, Darrell Way to Survive (Artrap) $20

McCall, Darrel/ Johnny Bush Hot Texas Country $15 a gem

Mcclinton, Delbert Acquired Taste (New West) $15

McDevitt, Chas Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey (Bear FamilY0 $15

McDonald, Skeets Goin’ Steady With the Blues (Righteous) $18 20 tks

McEntire, Reba Heart to Heart (Mercury) $15

McEntire, Reba Oklahoma Girl 2cds (Mercury) $18

McEntire, Reba #1’s (MCA) 2cds $15

McEuen, John John McEuen (Wounded Bird) his WB solo $18 great.

Macon, Uncle Dave Go Along Mule (County) $18

Macon, Uncle Dave Travelin’ Down the Road (County) $18

Maddox Brothers & Rose Ugly & Slouchy (Bear Family) $20

Mainer, J E Run Mountain (Arhoolie) $18

Mallett, David Greenin’ (North Road0 $15

Mandrell, Barbara Best (MCA) 23 tracks $18

Manning, Bob w. Kimberly Murray One Night Only $20 duets

Manning, Bob Just What I Wanted (Bourbon Haze) $20

Martin, Glynn Uncle Sam, Mr Jukebox & My Ex Wife (Country Discovery) $20 great indie. VERY music like Don Williams.

Martin, Steve & Edie Brickell Love Has Come For You (Rounder) $18

Mavericks In Time (Valory) $18

Mellons, Ken Just What I’m Wantin’ to Do (Dirt Road) $20 Sings like a young Vern Gosdin. This is a reissue of “Sweet”

Miller, Frankie Family Man (Heart of Texas) $18

Miller, Frankie When Has Was Only Thirty Cents a Gallon $20

Miller, Roger King of the King Vol Two $18 all the hits Vol 1 was all the rarities...20 hits nice presentation.

Milsap, Ronnie Essential 2cds sealed $18 (RCA)

Montana, Ptsy Cowboy’s Sweetheart (King) $15

Morgan, Dennis Attic Chronicles Vol 1 (Grand Avenue) $20 one of Nashville’s most successful singers and top class singer.

Morrison, Van Pay the Devil CD + DVD (Mercury) Rare to get DVd $20

Murray, Anne Country Croonin’ 2cds 30 Timeless Country Classics $20 (CA-itol)

My Darling Clementine How Do you Plead (Drumfire) $20 duets in Emmylou & Gram spirit and style.

Nashville West Nashville West (Sierra) sealed Clarence White $15

Nelson, Ricky Bright Lights/ Country fever 2on1 Ace UK $20

Nelson, Willie Horse Called Music (Columbia)$15 superb

Nelson, Willie Born for Trouble (Columbia) $18

Nelson, Willie/ Ray Price Run That By Me One More Time $15 (Lost Highway)

New Black 7 Hangovers & Heartbreak Route 3

New Lost City Ramblers Early Years 1958-1962 $18 (Smithsonian)

Newton, Juice Ultimate Hits Collection (fuel) $18 20 tracks

Nunn, Gary P Greatest Hits Vol 2 (Campfire) 17 tks

Osborne, Brothers & Mac Wiseman Essential (CMH) sealed 24 tracks

Owens, Buck Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics (Omnivore) 18 previously unrelased songs $20 sealed

Owens, Buck Hot Dog (Capitol) $20

Owens, Buck Kickin’ In (Capitol) $20

Owens, Buck Act Naturally (Capitol) $20 Buck’s 3 great comeback albums from the late 80s , early 90s, the latter one features both Emmylou and Ringo. All 3 cds great.

Owens, Buck Live at the White House (Omnivore) $18

Parsons, Gene The Kindling Collection (Sierra) sealed 22 tks

Parsons, Gram And Fallen Angels Live 1973 (w. Emmylou) Rhino $18

Paycheck, Johnny Survivor (BW) $20 Great & rare last hurrah.

Paycheck, Johnny Soul & The Edge: Best (Epic) $18 sealed 23 tks

Paycheck, Johnny Nowhere to Run; The Little Darlin’ Years (Omni) sealed 29 tracks...$20

Pennington, Ray & Buddy Emmons Swingin’ By Request (Step One) $18

Pennington, Ray & Buddy Emmons Goin’ Out Swingin’ (Step One) $18

Pierce, Webb Its Been So Long (Jasmine) $15 24 tks

Poco Very Best (Sony Legacy) $15

Pride, Charley Anthology 2CD (RCA) $18

Prine, John In Spite of Ourselves (oh Boy) w.Iris Dement etc $20

Prine, John Missing Years (Oh Boy) $20 sealed $18 (not sealed)

Prine, John Live (Oh Boy) $20

Prine, John Diamonds in the Rough (Atlantic) $18

Prine, John Singing Mailman Delivers 2cds $20 (Oh Boy)

Prine, John Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings (Oh Boy) $18

Raney, Wayne The Real Hot Boogie: King Anthology (Ace UK) $18

Raybon, Marty The Back Forty (Rural Rhythm) $18 ex Shenandoah

Red Fox Chasers I’m Going Down to North Carolina: Complete Recordings 1928-31 (Tompkins Square) $18

Reed, Blind Alfred Complete Works 1927-1929 (Document) $20 superb.

Reeves, Del Silver Anniversary Album $18 (Playback)

Rhodes, Kimmie West Texas Heaven (Justice) $20 one of the best folk country albums ever. Duets w. Willie, Waylon, Townes

Rich, Charlie Pictures & Paintings (WB) $18 a gem, his last album.

Rigsby, Don Doctor’s Orders: Tribute to Ralph Stanley (Rebel) $18

Guests include Ralph, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Sizemore

Robbins, Marty My Woman My Woman My Wife/After Midnight $18

Robbins, Marty Have I Told You Lately/ I’ve Got a Woman’s Love $18

Roberts, Gena Shuffle Back to me (indie) $20 Fabulous indie with all songs written by the superb Chuck Cusimano

Robison, Charlie Live at Billy Bobs (Smith) 2cds $18

Rogers, Roy Tribute (RCA) original fold out digipak, long out of print. Roy does great duets with Lorrie Morgan, Ricky Van Shelton, Clint Black etc $20 Don’t miss it.

Roman, Mimi I’m Ready If You’re Willing (Bear Family) $20

Rooney, Jim Brand New Tennessee waltz/ Ready fpr the Times to Get Better 2on 1 (Appaloosa) 2 excellent solo recordings from superstar producer (Iris Dement, Nanci Griffith etc)

Rowan, Peter The Old School (Compass) 2013 album $18

Roys Gypsy Runaway Train (Rural Rhythm) $18

Russell, Leon Hank wilson’s Back (Shelter) $18 inc. 2 bonus tks

Russell, Tom Modern art (Hightone) $18

Russell, Tom Borderland (Hightone) $18

Russell, Tom Box of Visions (Philo) $15

Sahm, Doug Return of Wayne Douglas (Evangeline) $20 last album

Schneider, John A Memory Like You (MCA) $20

Schneider, John You Ain’t Seen the Last of me (MCA) $20

Schneider, John Too Good to Stop Now (MCA) $20

Despite the goofy persona of Dukes of Hazzard, John has a stunning country voice.

Scott, Ray Rayality (Jethropolitan) $18 sealed Waylon style

Seals, Dan Rage On (Capitol) Wonderful cd...his best by a mile. The title track is worth this on its own. $20

Serratt, Kenny Best Vol 1 (Hillside) $20 Great Haggard style vocalist.

Shaver, Billy Joe Live at Billy Bobs CD + DVD $20 (Smith Music Group)

Shaver, Billy Joe Old Five & Dimers Like me (Koch) $20 sealed reissue of his first album on Monument.

Shaver, Billy Joe Restless Wind: The Legendary 1973-1987 (Razor & Tie) $20’

Silvers, Jim Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis (Bear Family) $15

Silverstein, Shel Freakin’ at Freaker’s Ball (Collectors Choice) $20 with bonus tracks inc “Front Row Seat to Hear Old Johnny”

Sizemore, Charlie Back home (Rebel) $18 Although considered mainly a bluegrass artist the fact is Charlie followed in the steps of Keith Whitley, being in Ralph Stanley’s group as lead singer and has similar honky tonkk style voice.

Sludge, Roy Too Drunk to Truck $20 (Great truckin’ songs) sealed

Sons of Pioneers Ultimate Collection (MCA) 21 tracks $18

Sons of Pioneers Tumbling Tumbleweeds: RCA Victor Years Vol 1 $15

Spaghetti, Eddie Value of Nothing (Bloodshot) $18 One of the best album covers I have ever seen.

Sparrow, Davy Jay Olde Fashioned (Bean Tone) $18 like Wayne the Train

Spiker, Lonnie Coming To a Honky Tonk Near You $20 stunning indie

Starr, Ringo Beaucoups of Blues (Capitol) $18 This is a wonderful album with great songs and impeccable musicianship courtesy of Pete Drake, Buddy Harmon, Charlie McCOy etc. It would have been easy for Ringo just to do a bunch of well known covers but the original songs here are excellent “Silent Homecoming” is a sad tale of a fallen soldier. “Wine, Women & Loud Happy Songs”, “Loser’s Lounge’ and Buzz Rabin’s title song are classics. Not heard it? A very pleasant surprise.

Stoneman, Ernest V Edison Recordings 1928 (County) 22 tracks $18

Strait, George Love IS Everything (MCA) $15 2013

Swan ,Billy Like Elvis Used to Do $18 (706) 15 tracks associated with the King but all performed in a different style to that of Elvis.

Sweethearts of the Rodeo Sweethearts of the Rodeo $18 (Columbia) their 1st

Taylor, Chip Block Out the Sirens of This Lonely World 2cds (Train Wreck) 2013 new release $20

Thomas, B J The Living Room Sessiosn (Wrinkled) $15 Lot of duets including Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett. His version of the Beach Boys is worked beautifully.

Time Jumpers The Time Jumpers ((Rounder) $20 Vince Gill, Dawn Sears, Ranger Doug etc.

Travis, Merle In Boston 1959 (Rounder) sealed wonderful $20

Travis, Randy Best (Heartland) 2cds $18

Tubb, Ernest/Justin Just You & me Daddy (First Generation) 20 tks $20

Twitty, Conway Radio Special: Best Friend a Song Ever Had $25. A rare treat. 12 songs and documentary with interviews inc. Vince Gill. Defy you to find another copy.

Wade, Norman Old Time Country Music $20 (Associated)

Wagoner, Porter Cold Hard Facts of Life/ Life of a Convict (Omni)

2 RCA classics on one cd sealed includes 6 bonus tracks making 30 in all.

Wall, Chris Tainted Angel (Cold Spring) $20 rare

Wall, Chris Any Saturday Night Live in Texas (Cold Spring) $20

Watson, Dale Truckin’ Session with bonus cd $18 autographed

Watson, Dale Whiskey or God (Palo Duro) $18

Watson, Doc 4 Live Performances (Festival Link) 2cds Features 4 concertsMerlefest 2006, 2009, 2010 plus Philadelphia Folk Festival 2007. $25

Watson, Doc Down South (Sugar Hill) with Merle $15

Watson, Doc Docabilly (Sugar Hill) $18

Watson, Doc Foundation: The Doc Watson Guitar Instrumental Collection 1964-1998 (Sugar Hill) $15

Watson, Gene From the Heart (RMG) $18 sealed

Watson, Gene Unchartered Mind (Step One) $20

Watson, Gene Ultimate Collection (Hip-O) $20 22 tracks

Watson, Gene Your Money & My Good Looks with Rhonda Vincent (UM) $20 Great but how airbrushed is that cover!!!

West, Speedy//Jimmy Bryant Startosphere Boogie: Flaming Guitars $18 Razor & Tie 16 hot tracks .

White, Clarence Tuff & Stringy sessions 19661968 (Ace UK) 26 tks $20

Whitley, Keith LA to Miami (RCA) $18 You know we think he is the best! And this time we are not wrong!

Whitley, Keith Wherever You Are Tonight (RCA) $18

Whitley, Keith Don’t Close Your Eyes (RCA) $18

Williams, Don And So It Goes $18 (Sugar Hill) Great latest cd which includes duet with Alison Krauss.

Williams, Hank Legend of Hank Williams 2cds $25 sealed $18 not sealed. Sammy Kershaw narrates Colin Escott’s book with musical interludes including rarities.

Williams, Hank Rare Demos From First to Last (CMF) $18

Williams, Ron The Longer You’re Gone (Ah Ha) $20

Wills, Bob For the Last Time (Capitol) Originally a double lp includes Merle Haggard on some tracks $18

Wilson, Gretchen Right on Time (Redneck) $18

Wooley, Sheb Purple People Eater (Bear Family) $20

Wooley, Sheb Wild & Wooley, Big Unruly me (Bear Family) $20

Wooley, Sheb White Lightnin’ (Bear Family) $20 Did I ever tell you about the lady who once came in the shop and wanted to know if I had any Shed Wooley???

Worley, Shane What’s Goin’ On (Country Discovery) $20

Worley, Shane Mister Purified Country (Country Discovery) $20

Yates, Billy Billy Yates (Almo) $18 should have made him a star but the label went bust. Includes several co-writes with Melba Montgomery.

Yates, Billy If I Could Go Back (MOD) $18 Great on his own label.

Yoakam, Dwight Three Pears (WB) $15

 

Various Artists/Tributes etc

Beautiful Dreamer Songs of Stephen Foster (American Roots) $20 with Prine/ Krauss/ Bogguss/ Malo etc. One of the best tribute cds. Would go well with our new release cd of songs of long ago!

Country Funk 1969-1975 sealed $20 Light in the Attic (with Dale Hawkins, Link wray, Bobby Charles, Jim Ford etc

Ears of Stone 1960s Folk, Country & Pop from the Nashville indies: Ultra rare Gems from the vaults (TBird) $18

Girl Named Johnny Cash And Other Tribute Songs (Bear Family) $20 Includes 9 previously unreleased Stoney Edwards songs. A must

Golden Throats Sweethearts of Rodeo Drive (Rhino) $18 17 selections of people killing country songs. Actually Louis Armstrong’s “Almost Persuaded” and Slim Pickens “Desperados Waiting for a Train” by Slim Pickens are superb and Lorne Greene’s “Ringo” (in French) is irresistible but Webb Pierce & Carol Channing’s “Back Street Affair” is appalling!!

Greatest Yodelling Album of All Time 50 All TimeGreatest 2cd Sony $20

Greetings from the District of Country $18 a compilation of artists based in Washington DC 24 tracks with Honky tonk Confidential being superb.

Harmonica Masters Classics from the 1920s and 1930s (Yazoo) $20

Harry Smith Connection A Live Tribute to the Anthology of American Folk Music $15 over 1n hour

History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar $20 (Cord) from 20s to 50s 67 ½ minutes.

Let Us In Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney $18 with Buddy Miller, Teddy Thompspn, Steve Erale, Rodney Crowell, Lee Ann Womack etc

Mama’s Hungry Eyes A Tribute to Merle Haggard (Arista) $18 with John Anderson, Vince Gill, Emmylou, Willie, Lorrie Morgan

Martins & The Coys Concert and Radio Series $18 From 1944 Alan Lomax

Masters of the Banjo Arhoolie $18

Masters of the Folk Violin Arhoolie $18

Music of Kentucky Early American Rural Classics 1927-1937 Yazoo $20

Music Is You A Tribute to John Denver (AT) $18 Really enjoyed this. Highlight is Old Crow Medicine Show’s fabulous version of “Back Home Again” and believe it or not I even like one by Lucinda Williams doing a husky version of “This Old Guitar”. 16 tracks also includes Emmylou and Mary Chapin Carpenter who does a reflective “I Guess I’d Rather be in Colorado”

Nashville The Early String Bands (County) $20

Pearls in the Snow The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou) $20 17 gems and the sensitive love song “Marilyn & Joe” by Kinky himself may just be the best.

Rural Parlor Guitar 1967-1971 County $18

Songs of the Year Crackerbarrel exclusive $25 one only sealed. 12 artists do new versions of songs that won the coveted CMA Song of the Year. Highlight? Randy Travis’ version of “Chiselled in Stone” wins but by gum Dierks Bentley & George Jones doing “Murder on Music Row” comes close. All good baby!! This is out of print for a couple of years and the last lot went through a crusher.

Town South of Bakersfield Vol 3 $20 16 tracks featuring artists who got their start at the Palomino Club in Los Angeles. Among those on here are Rick Shea, Patty Booker and all time fave Dale Watson.

Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks Volume One $20 (Rounder Select)

Unbroken Circle Musical Heritage of the Carter Family $18 (Dulatone)

15 tracks including one of Johnny cash’s last, Emmylou, Rosanne, Marty Stuart, Prine etc

Viva Terlingua Songs of Luckenbach Texas (Palo Duro) $15 For some reason Jerry Jeff Walker didn’t want a tribute done for his album “Viva Terlingua” but that is essentially what it is with extra tracks.

 

GOSPEL

Appalachian Trail The Church Where Nobody Lives A.T $8

Bluegrass Cardinals Sunday Mornin’ Singin’ (CMH) $15

Chuck Wagon Gang I’ll Fly Away (Music Mill) $15

Cook, Elizabeth Gospel Plow $15 (31 Tigers)

Chapman, Steven Curtis Deep Roots (Crackerbarrel exclusive) $18 Mainstream gospel artist who features bluegrass artists on this. Ricky Skaggs guests.

Dailey & Vincent The Gospel Side $15 Crackerbarrel/Rounder exclusive. Excellent bluegrass style.

Ely, Brother Claude Brother Get Back (Ace UK) $20 Brother Claude was a real life minister who recorded for King. He was the old style pulpit bashing minister. Samples of that style are included with the songs. 23 tracks. Not to be missed....everybody shout Hallelujah!!

Five Blind Boys of Alabama Oh Lord Stand By Me/ Marching Up to Zion 2on1 \ $18 Specialty

Hillman/ Leadon/Perkins Ever Call Ready (Sierra) Chris Hillman & co $18

Jackson, Alan Precious Memories $15 sealed

Jackson, Mahalia Gospels, Sprituals & Hymns 2cds $18 44 page book

Lawson, Doyle & Quicksilver Roads Well Travelled (Mountain Home) 2013

sealed$18

Lynn, Loretta All Time Gospel Favorites $15 (Time Life)

Mandrell, Barbara Precious Memories (Heartland) 20 tracks $20

Murray, Anne What a Wonderful World: 26 Inspirational Classics

2cds $20 (EMI)

Nichols, Joe Paul A Hill Called Calary $20 great indie artist

Original Blind Boys Of Mississippi I’ll Make it Alright Jewel $15

Overstreet, Paul Living By the Book $18 Hard to get now as a lot were lost in the big Nashville flood of 3-4 years ago.

Oxford, Vernon Sings Gospel, Country & Bluegrass (2006 cd) $20

Pride, Charley Did You Think to Pray (Music City) $18 reissue of original RCA album with bonus track. Sealed.

Reeves, Jim 20 Gospel Favourites $15 including the great “Trouble in the Amen Corner”, one of the all time great narrations.

Reeves, Jim Precious Memories 30 Gospel Favourites 2cds $20

Skaggs, Ricky Mosaic (Skaggs Family) $15

Smith/White/Fairchild Love Never Fails $15 (Connie/Sharon/Barbara)

Stevens, Ray Great Gospel Songs (Curb) $15

Stuckey, Nat/ Connie Smith God Will (Music Row) $20

Sumner, J D & Stamps Gospel Music Hall of Fame Vol 1 $18 (Riversong)

Travis, Randy Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship & Praise $20 Curb/Word 19 tracks

Travis, Randy Worship & Faith $20 (Word/Curb) 20 track

Travis, Randy Inspirational Journey (WB) $15

Travis, Randy Rise & Shine (Curb/Word) $15

Van Shelton, Ricky Van Don’t Overlook Salvation (Columbia) $18

Williams, Hank Bound for the Promised Land The Unreleased Recordings Time Life $18

Various

Best of Country Gospel 2cds Intersound 32 tracks Janie Frickie, Slim Whitman, Roy Clark, Gene Watson, etc $15

Power of Gospel 3CD Tin $20

Preachin’ the Gospel Holy Blues (Columbia) $15

Stained Glass Hour Bluegrass & Old Time Gospel Music (Sugar Hill) $18

Great lot of artists 24 tracks

 

GOSPEL BOX SETS

 

Cooke, Sam w. Soul Stirrers “ Complete Specialty Recordings” 3cds $35  84 tracks featuring Sam Cooke on lead vocals singing in a purely gospel style. Many consider these early recordings to be his best work. Small style box with 3 jewel case cds in hard outer box and 36 page booklet.

 

Presley, Elvis I Believe: The Gospel Masters 4cd long box sealed. 68 tracks deluxe edition $40

 

VARIOUS

 

Goodbye Babylon The best gospel box ever. See above in “Dust to Digital” for the full details. This is as new $125.

 

Testify:                               The Gospel Box $55 Rhino

Wonderful set of black gospel by the best US proponent of the box set. Features a red cover hard book like structure which brilliantly looks exactly like a bible, complete with gold leaf pages. Includes 52 pg  book. 50 tracks.

 

BOOK +CD

Ain’t No Grave The Life & Legacy of Brother Claude Ely $38 This is a large book which has a bonus cd. Interesting read including Sleepy Labeef citing him as a major influence and also suggesting the rhythms used by Claude were “borrowed” by both Johnny Cash and Elvis. It has been suggested that the good Brother was at one time contemplating taking EElvis to court for using stolen rhythms. Large style 344 page book + cd is brought out by Dust to Digital label.

 

COUNTRY

Country box sets

**EXTRA SPECIAL**

Cash, Johnny                       “At Folsom Prison” This is the US edition complete in long flip style  hard cardboard box, presented as it should be. 2cds + dvd. 40 page large booklet, The Dvd runs for 2 hr and 10 minutes and features actual performances and interviews with likes of Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart & Rosanne Cash. Has the usual Show One plus previously unissued Show 2. $28

 

Cash, Johnny                        “At San Quentin” $28  This is the US edition in a glossy long box with 40 page book. It had the 2cd presentation plus dvd. Vastly superior to the jewel case set available in Australia. This is the one that true Cash fans would demand. These are new and would make great gifts. You get to see the full impact of the famed cover photos in these 27x15cm size boxes.

BEAR FAMILY CDS as new unless noted. 

COUNTRY

Bare, Bobby                       All American Boy 4Cd + 40 page book $90 121 recordings by the man elected to the Hall of Fame this year. His early RCA recordings are wall to wall classics.

 

Cash, Johnny The Man in Black Volume One 5cd + 36 pg book $90 Includes  his Sun and early Columbia recordings in best sound. As a bonus a complete session is included on disc five complete with false starts and studio talk as he tries to get ‘Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”, “I Still Miss Someone” etc up to speed.

 

Cash, Johnny Man in Black Volume Three 1963-1968 6cds + 48 page book $140 Many classic albums are included with lots of previously unreleased tracks. One of the weirdest cover photos ever!!

 

Cash, Johnny Come Along & Ride This Train: A Stirring Travelogue of America in Song and Story 4cd + book $80 Explores the concept album, something Johnny Cash was among the very first to do. Includes 'Ride This Train', 'Blood, Sweat and Tears', 'Bitter Tears', 'Ballads Of The True West', 'From Sea To Shining Sea', 'America' and 'The Rambler'.

 

Cash, Johnny Unseen Cash LP/Book version $35 12x12 hard cover book which features for the first time a rare Cash Studio Photo shoot. The one sided lp...second side is etching of Cash...consists of Country Music Time and Country Style USA show

 

Collins, Tommy                    Leonard 5cds + 36 page book $110 “Leonard” (Sipes) was of course his real name as in the Haggard song. These are his Capitol recordings which trace his development as a singer and songwriter. 146 tracks.

  

Flatt& Scruggs                    1959-1963 5cd + 20 page book $100. This is worth the full price for cd #5 alone which is the complete “Carnegie Hall Concert”. It gives you an idea of the wonderful charisma of Lester Flatt who acts as m.c. and the interaction between group members is phenomenal escpecially the way the solos are handed around. As a bonus opening act Merle Travis joins the boys for encores of “Gotta Travel On” and “Mountain Dew”. This saw them entering their most popular period due the theme song from “Beverly Hillbillies” which is included here as is the related “Pearl Pearl Pearl”, their ode to Jed’s sister (and of course Jethro’s mother!)

  

Gibson, Don The Singer- The Songwriter 1949-1960 4cds + 96 page book $90 This is the earlier edition with the smaller size book which is actually better then the large size book the set subsequently came with. Includes his rare MGM and RCA recordings. He wrote “Oh Lonesome Me” and “I Can’t stop Loving You” on the one day and also was responsible for one of the most recorded country songs ever in “Sweet Dreams”. The late Laurie Allen used to collect versions of “Sweet Dreams” and had over 100.

 

Johnnie& Jack                    And the Tennessee Mountain boys 6cd + 68

pg. book $140 Rare set now featuring Johnnie Wright & Jack Anglin. Includes Apollo, King, RCA & Decca. They only broke up when Jack was tragically killed in a car crash on his way to Patsy Cline’s funeral.

 

Louvin Brothers                 Close Harmony 8 cd + 52 pg book $160 One of the

best ever Bear Family boxes from their rare MGM album through their wonderful Capitol recordings. Great musicians with Paul Yandell featuring on electric guitar and of course Ira on mandolin. The sound quality is stunning. The Rolls Royce!! Gospel and secular music at its best.

 

Noack, Eddie Gentlemen Prefer Blonds 3cds + 104 page book $50

This is the small size quad fold digipak like Porter Wagoner’s second Bear Family box, “The Cold Hard Facts of Life”. 104 tracks and just under 4 hours. This is exceptional hard core honky tonk, hillbilly and shades of rockabilly. Great price, this is like new.

 

Monroe, Bill                           Bluegrass 1959-1969 4cd + 28 pg book $80 120 tracks with a multitude of backing musicians who essentially were forever changing...suggesting Monroe must have been hard to work for. Includes Peter Rowan, Roland White, Benny Martin, Kenny Baker etc.

 

Pierce, Webb                        Wandering Boy 1951-58 4cd + 32 pg book $80 Covers Webb’s Decca Recordings from 1951-1958including duets with the likes of Kitty Wells, Red Sovine (notably a duet of “Litttle Rosa”)  and the Wilburn Brothers. 113 songs in al including 18 previously unrelased. One of the most enduringly popular boxes.

 

Rainwater, Marvin               Classic Recordings 4cds + book $80. Book and cds are mint but there are a few marks on the box. It appears that the box was used to support a sheet of paper on which someone has written leaving indent marks. If you look straight on you can’t see them. Marvin’s biggest hit “Gonna Find Me a Bluebird” was a US smash but his rockabilly-esque “Whole Lotta Woman” was  a UK #1. Great on the uptempo songs and the ballads. Wonderful voice even if his Native American roots are a tad questionable.

 

Ritter, Tex Blood on the Saddle 4cd + book $100 This is out of print. 104 tracks and if rustic is your go there is simply nothing more than the wonderful title track.

 

Smith, Carl                   Satisfaction Guaranteed 5 cd + book  $110 Starts with his 1950 recordings through the end of 1958. Another versatile performer. Some of his uptempo songs are on cusp of rockabilly but ballads and gospel were handled superbly as well.

 

Snow, Hank                          Singing Ranger Vol 1 4cd + 16 pg book $80 Hank’s first US recordings and what a start with his signature “I’m Movin’ On”. Has his first duets with Anita Carter including the wonderful “Bluebird Island” and of course it wouldn’t be a Hank album without a tearjerker such as the original version of “Nobody’s Child”.

 

Snow, Hank Singing Ranger Vol 2 4cds + 16 page book $80 As well as being a great singer Hank was a stylish guitar player and there are some wonderful guitar pieces with Chet Atkins and some early duets with Anita Carter.

 

Snow, Hank Singing Ranger Vol 4 9cds + book. $180 Concludes with his duet album with Willie Nelson and includes the classic “#104 Still Movin’ On” in which Hank paid tribute to the Waylon & Willie style outlaw movement to good effect too. Well over 200 tracks.

 

Snow, Hank                          Thesaurus Transcriptions 5 cd + 40 pg book

$100 couple small marks on box. These tracks were recorded for radio broadcast and are not on any other Hank Snow album. Sound is excellent. Around 6 hours worth!!

 

Tubb, Ernest Another Story 6cds + 40 page book new & sealed $130 This is the last of the Bear Family Tubb boxes and has many duets with Loretta Lynn that are simply not available anywhere else. In addition it contains one of the best tearjerkers I have ever heard..”Tommy’s Doll”...what a gem!!

Various

 

American Folk and Country Music Festival 2cds + 76 page hard cover book new & sealed $60 Includes New Lost City Ramblers, the fabulous Cousin Emmy, Stanley Brothers, Roscoe Holcomb etc.

 

Nashville Stars on Tour Sealed 4cds + dvd + 116 page $130 Jim Reeevs, Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins & Anita Kerr showcased a 1964 tour to Europe. The 4 cds include Stockholm and German concerts as well as a cd where RCA artist from Jim Ed Brown to Willie Nelson wen t & recorded their hits in German to try and make a mark in that market. DVD has the Oslo concert plus many highlights of the tour.

 

THE REST country box sets

Autry, Gene                          “Sing Cowboy Sing” Rhino 3cd + 64 page booklet $45 This features Melody Ranch Radio Show recordings. Track by track rundown and wonderful reproductions in the booklet. 84 tracks covering the years 1937 to 1955. Very attractive package as always by Rhino.  

 

Brooks, Garth The Limited Series#1  6cd plus 64 page book. His first 6 albums. $35 Garth Brooks/ No Fences/ Ropin’ the Wind/ The Chase/ In Pieces/Fresh Horses.

Brooks, Garth                      The Limited Series # 2 $35 sealed. Includes the double Live/ Sevens/ Scarescrow plus a cd of unreleased rarities..

5cds + DVD. Big book.

 

Buffett, Jimmy Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads MCA 4cds + 64 page book.Nice long style box 62 tracks. Easily the best single collection of Buffet’s prime recordings. $45 now oop

 

Campbell, Glen The Legacy 1961-2002 $55 Havn’t had one for a while and I would suggest no dallying as this is out of print and hard to get. A very underrated artist as shown by the 80 tracks on here. Includes the hits as well as one cd of live performances where he often displayed his great guitar work to the fullest. Quite a few duets with Anne Murray, Bobbie Gentry & even Rita Coolidge.

 

Cash, Johnny                      “Unearthed’  $100  This is now deleted and is very hard to get. It consists of 5 cds from John’s later career tenure with American label. 4 cds are tracks that are additional to his American Recordings cds and the fifth is a summation of the best of the American Recordings. These are housed in a very attractive cloth bound hard cover book. BUT THERE IS MORE. There is a second hard cover book with 108 pages, also cloth bound. These two cloth bound books are then housed in a cloth bound case....black of course (heck it is Johnny Cash!!). These are very hard to get. This is 100% as new. Don’t miss out. Last copy.

 

Cash, Johnny                     Legend $30 4cds + 76 page book in nifty hard book style package. Simply put the best single Cash hits package you can get 104 tracks. The 24 tracks on the 4th cd are all duets or recordings with other artists.A perfect gift for the Cash-less person

 

 Cash, Johnny The Legend Deluxe limited edition Huge size 40 x 30 cm large book style with full page images of the great man. Smells really good too...time for all those with a paper smelling fetish to come out. It is the ultimate coffee table book. There is a small knock on two corners where perhaps someone was overtaken by the size and weight which is about 4 ½ kgs. It also has a full size lithograph of a caricature of Cash which would look wonderful if framed. This is or rather was a limited numbered edition of 20,000 which is shown by means of a tin stamped plaque in the rear of the book. This is number 12866. In addition to the 4 cds in the above version there is a dvd of a Cash television special plus an additional cd of a very early Cash radio show. $100 I have taken $40-50 off normal price due those two small knocks on the corner, but they are nothing to worry about.

 

Charles, Ray                         “Complete Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music” (Rhino) $70 long out of print gem. 4 cds + hard cover bound book in solid cardboard outer box. 93 tracks starting with his legendary albums which presented vastly different arrangements of classic country songs such as “Bye Bye Love” and “I Can’t stop Loving You”. Best for mine is the superb string laden version of “You Don’t Know Me”, a classic Eddy Arnold track revamped superbly. This is extremely hard to get now and to be honest is just fabulous.

 

Cline, Patsy                         Collection $35 One of the greatest  boxes ever with 4cds and 68 page book. The sound is exceptional. This is the one true MCA box and whilst there are other Patsy cds out there this does it all. Stereo sound is spectacular.

 

Daniels, Charlie The Roots Remain $40 Sony 3cd with 24 page book. Very attractive black leather look box with embossed silver lettering. Started off as a session musician, playing on some of Bob Dylan’s most famous albums and gravitated to a former of southern country rock with an emphasis pn country. Of course his most famous song is an adaptation of a traditional piece ie “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. His countrified version of “Layla” is just one of the many treats on this 45 track disc.

 

Denver, John “The Country Roads Collection” RCA 79 tracks over 4 cds and 24 page book. Always liked the guy even when he was John Deutschendorff, when he changed his name when he became a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio, a Kingston Trio styled protest group. He never had to worry about paying the rent again after Peter Paul & Mary recorded his wonderful “Leaving on a Jet Plane”. His nice guy image was not an act. Very underappreciated artist. $48 OOP

 

Earle, Steve The Warner Brothers Years $38 4cds +dvd (Cold Creek Correctional Centre) + 40 page book new release

 

Fender, Freddy The Voice: The Crazy Cajun Recordings 3cds Edsel UK OOP $40 65 tracks in English and with a little bit of Spanish thrown in 16 pg book. Hard to get now.

 

Foley, Red Hillbilly Fever $18 Proper 4cd box with 44 page booklet. Last copy 100 tracks including some of his famed duets with Ernest Tubb, who shared a spot on the Decac label with Red.

 

Gill, Vince                          “These Days” new & sealed $35 4cds plus book. This is his 2006 box with 4 cds each with a separate theme on each. This is a self contained box..non on any other Gill cd.

a)    Workin’ On a Big Chill:The Rockin’ Record

b)    The Reason Why: The Groovy Record

c)    Some Things Never Get Old: The C & W Record w. Emmylou, J. Anderson

d)    Little Brother: The Acoustic Record

43 songs which are only on this and nothing else.

 

Haggard, Merle                    Down Every Road 4cds + 76 page book. $55 sealed.

                                                What a great set. 104 tracks and it spans all the labels he recorded for. If you don’t have any Merle this would be the one to get. Large mainly full colour booklet is spectacular. One of the best major label boxes.

 

Harris, Emmylou                 “Portraits” $40 $30 Seemingly every one of Y & T customers favourite female country singer and with good cause. 3 cds + 24 page booklet & 61 tracks many rarities. Attractive long style box. Highlight of course is her wonderful rendition of John Hiatt’s “Icy Blue Heart”.

 

Harris, Emmylou                 “Songbird” 4CD/ DVD + 200 page hard cover bound book with a  stack of unissued tracks. 78 tracks plus 10 track DVD. There are actually 2 bound books which slide in a jacket. The book containing the cds slips together in this outer jacket. Both the copies I have are in pristine condition as far as the internals go. The cds and dvd in both are as new. This is not always the case as the action of taking them out and putting them back can scratch the discs but these are fine. I have two copies. Remember this is out of print all over the world. US edition Cloth box. $120 Don’t get put off, it is worth every cent and it is only going to go up.

 

Hoosier Hot Shots Everybody Stomp Proper $18 last copy with 36 page book. Crazy but musically superb. 100 tracks.

 

Jennings, Waylon “Nashville Rebel” (Legacy) $50 Wonderful presentation with embossed leather look cover (resembles Waylon’s guitar). Has massive 140 page book which is simply grand. 92 tracks which give a fabulous representation of his career.

 

Judds The Judds Collection $30 RCA 3cds with 28 page book. Nice cloth bound box. All the hits & more.

 

Ledoux, Chris American Cowboy $40 3 cds + 40 page book which covers his early career as an independent artist through his later Capitol label superstar success. Rodeo god!!

 

Lynn, Loretta “Honky Tonk Girl: The Loretta Lynn Collection” (MCA) 3cds plus 48 page book. Nice style 70 tracks. Couple of small marks on box $40 otherwise pristine . out of print.

 

Miller, Roger                     “King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller” 3cd + 40 page book. If ever an artist was deserving of a

                                      Bear Family box set it was Roger. There is a dearth of his

                                      material, even in Greatest Hits packages. This is much more

                                      with 70 tracks that include most of his “Trip in the Country”

                                      album where he went back & recorded some songs that he

                                      wrote early in his career for other people such as “Tall Tall

                                      Trees”, “Invitation to the Blues”, “don’t We All Have the

                                      Right” etc. All the hits are there and it includes some great

                                      later things such as “Old Friends with Willie & Ray Price.

                                      This is now deleted . NEW $58 as new $48 Don’t miss it.

 

Monroe, Bill                      The Music of Bill Monroe from 1936 to 1994 $55 4cds 98 tracks and 100 page book. The man who created bluegrass. Nice cloth bound book style box in pristine shape. The best single overview.

 

Nelson, Willie                     One Hell of a Ride $45.new & sealed This 4cd 100 track career spanning collection covers all the  labels he has recorded on. It starts and ends with “When I Sing My Last Hillbilly Song”. The first version was from 1954 and the second was recorded in 2007 specifically for this box. I might say that although this was Willie’s first song there are artists I could name who haven’t written one half as good in their entire career. Comes with a 100 page book and is the “first” (supposedly) green cd in that no plastics were used at all on the package. If you don’t have any Willie this is great.

 

Nelson, Willie                     Revolutions of Time: The Journey 1975-1993 $28

                                         Sony 3cd set with 32 page book in a long hardcover book style box. His CBS years where he went from “Willie who”? to one of the biggest names in the entire world of show business. The second cd focuses on his many duets from Lacy J Dalton to the great “Old Friends’ with Roger Miller  & Ray price. new

 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken: The Trilogy $48 The complete Vols 1/2/3 of the historic and wonderful and history making series. Has 5 cds plus a dvd and booklet which shows session details for all 3 albums. The DVD is about the third volume. Every one from Acuff to Yoakam with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band being the glue holding it together.

  

Owens, Buck                        “The Collection” Rhino. $45  Ultra special. Out of print gem with wonderful 80 page book with mostly colour photographs and includes a track by track rundown with Buck’s own comments. 62 songs are licensed from Buck himself and include all the hits including both the original version and the Dwight duet version of “Streets of Bakersfield” as well as some delightful non hits such as Buck’s latter duet with Emmylou Harris “Play Together Again, Again”. Great sound and a steal.

 

Parsons, Gram The Early Years Box $60 12x12 size box sealed Disc One is the first ever released on compact disc of the now classic and ground breaking, "Gram Parsons-The Early Years-Volume 1", 1963-65 folk recordings of "Gram Parsons and the Shilos" with all original tracks from this 1979 LP vinyl disc. Dusc 2 is a full cd conversation with Gram. In addition there is a rare DVD performance of Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels as well as a tv track featuring the Flying Burrito Brothers. There is also a picture disc lp There are 2 posters included including one of Gram Parons family tree as done by the expert in that field Peter Frame. On Sierra

 

Parsons, Gram The Complete Reprise Sessions 3cds Rhino $38 This is a superbly presented item. The two and only two Reprise albums are brilliantly presented in heavy cardboard mini lp reproductions, plus there is a third cd of alternate takes. There is a 52 page booklet with lots of rare photographs. All is housed in a natty flip top box which has on its cover an outtake photo from the one used on the GP album covar. A must for Parsons’ fans and equally a must for fans of Emmylou.

 

Parsons, Gram And Fallen Angels Live 1973 $25 long box style recorded for a radio programme. Apart from GP & Emmylou he is backed by N D Smart, Kyle Tullis & Jock Bartley.

 

Parton, Dolly Dolly $45 4cds + 64 page book. Some wonderfully rare photos are featured in the book. 99 tracks. Great presentation in silver box.

Puckett, Riley Country Music Pioneer 4cds JSP $25 100 tracks whicjh also feature Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers.

 

Reno & Smiley                      & the Tennessee Cut-Ups King Years 1951-1959 $48 4 cds +   24 page booklet from banjo man, Don Reno and guitarist Red Smiley . 115 tracks.

 

Rogers, Kenny Retrospective Through the Years $45 4cds + 32 page book which covers his hits through the First Edition (who can ever forget “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town” an Aussie top ten in 1969, through his many solo hits & duets. 80 tracks in all. Great presentation. Cover shows the pre going under the knife Kenny where =the word distinguished could not have been put to better use. Now?? Great set.

 

Rogers, Roy                          “Happy Trails: The Roy Rogers Collection 1937-1990” Rhino 3cds $45 Out of print. Rhinos status as the best exponent of the box set in the USA is enhanced with this gem 68 page book with rare photos and great track by track commentary. 94 tracks include a lot of rare tracks which promote the “Roy Rogers” image. Roy was a larger than life character but even if he never acted was a superb singer so good in fact that he is the only person who is in the Country Music Hall of  Fame...twice. Solo and as original Sons of Pioneer.

 

Stanley Brothers                 “The Early Starday & King Years 1958-1961” $40  4cds + 20 page booklet in long style box. 109 tracks. This is now out of print. As may be expected there is a mix of gospel and secular tracks. Not just classic bluegrass but some of the best country music ever. Extra bargain price.

 

Strait, George Strait Out of the Box MCA 4cds sealed $48 unsealed $38 Easily his best years from 1981 to 1995. Includes pre MCA singles plus rare tracks such as his duet with Hank Thompson “Six Pack to Go” & “Fly Me to the Moon” an unreleased duet with Frank Sinatra. 72 tracks plus large book. Over 3 ½ hours.

 

Tucker, Tanya Tanya Tucker 4cd Capitol Great 58 tracker with excellent colour book. Sealed. The time on Capitol/Liberty produced some of her best ever recordings from the ballad “Thre Sparrows in a Hurricane” to upbeat “It’s a Little Too Late”. Includes a bunch of previously unreleased recordings and this is still sealed.

 

Williams, Hank                   “The Complete Hank Williams” 10 cds+ 2 books $140 plus post cards etc. Beautifully cloth bound. Brand new and still sealed. Won multiple Grammys.  53 previously unissued recordings. Arguably the best major label set ever issued.

 

Williams, Hank Revealed $40 Time Life sealed 50 unreleased recordings from Hank in 3 cds with book. Score mark on bar code.

 

Williams, Hank Jnr            Living proof The MGM Recordings 1963-1975 3 cd OOP $70 This is extremely hard to get now. Starts off with his youthful recordings where he always showed a maturity beyond years. Even includes classics such as “I Was With Red Foley The Night He Passed Away” from the great Luke the Drifter Jnr album. It also features his classic “Hank Williams Jnr & Friends” album.

 

Wills, Bob                              And His Texas Playboys “Legends of country Music” Sony Legacy $40 105 tracks on 4 cds. Foremost Wills authority Rich Kienzle, one of the better country music writers contributes the notes as well as compiling the sets. It is the best single Wills set as it includes post CBS hits such as “Faded Love” and concludes with some of the final session from 1973. As always any Wills cd which Kienzle has his name on will include “Drop Us Off at Bob’s Place” one of the most ebullient tracks you wil lever hear

 

Wynette, Tammy Tears of Fire”25th Anniversary Collection” $48 3cds + 24 page book. Great 67 tracks including duets.

 

Yoakam, Dwight                 Reprise Please Baby: Years The Warner Brothers $60 Out of print WB. 4 cds in new condition. Has a swag of of previously unreleased tracks including the entire 21 on disc 4. In my mind there is no question Dwight’s original Reprise recordings with Pete Anderson are his best. 87 tracks all up. Don’t be disappointed..the only one.

 

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American Roadsongs From Coast to Coast 10 cds $25 each cd has a theme. Mainly country so that is where I’ll stick it Just for example we have T for Texas...20 songs about Texas and Blue Hawaii 20 songs about Hawaii

 

Boots Buckles & Spurs       50 songs Celebrate 50 Years of Cowboy Tradition $28 Put out to commemorate the famed National Rodeos Finals 50th Anniversary in 2008. All songs have a horsey/cowboy/ Rodeo theme. There are some excellent rarities such as David Allan Coe’s version of “Ride ‘em Cowboy” which was only ever on a compilation lp. I really like the Johnny Cash selections in “Bull Rider” and “Rodeo Hand” 3cd + 24 page book in hard cover book style box.

 

Bullet Records Story The First Americana Label $22 cds + 12 page booklet. Small Proper size box highlighting the landmark Nashvile label which features blues and country. Includes first recording of Chet Atkins as “Chester Atkins & His All star Hillbillies” as well as such other gems as Leon Payn’es “Lost Highway” and Johnny Barfield’s “Doin’ the Boogie Woogie” which found its way to Australia on Regal Zonophone.

 

Can’t You Hear Me Calling Bluegrass:80 Years of American Music $45 4cds sealed. The most comprehensive bluegrass collection with over 100 tracks on 4cds covering 1925-2002. Introduction by Ralph Stanley. 60 page book. Includes Bill mOnroe, Charlie Poole, Jim & Jesse, Flatt & Scruggs, Stanleys, Carl story, Skaggs etc.

 

Fifty Years of Country Music from Mercury 1945-1995 3cds with 32 page booklet and lots of rarities. 24 page book 73 tracks.The early ones hold the most interest with artists such as the original Talkin’ blues man Robert Lunn, Lonnie Glasson, Mc O’Dell, Bil Nettles, Bill Carlisle, Eddie Hill etc $40

 

Music of Coal Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields This is released byLonesome Records....compiled from many sources old & new. Naturally it deals with the tragedies that are an inherent part of the job. It starts with a 1908 recoding and ends up with contemporary artists including Dwight Yoakam’s excellent “Miners’ Prayer” and Natalie Merchant’s classic Union song “Which Side Are you On” It is pressnted in the form of a 72 page hard cover book with the two cds in sleeves at the back. $45

 

People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938 3cds + 52 page hardbound book. Tompkins Sqaure $50 This is a great collection highlighted by the book. Lots of wrecks, lots of Titanics and natural disasters. CD#1 is crash type disasters CD#2 is natural disasters and cd #3 is murder ballads. Even includes a photo of Railroad Bill as sung about in Will Bennett’s 1929 song.

 

Rebel Records                    35 Years 1960-1995 35 Years of the Best in Bluegrass 4cds $55 + 36 page book.  inc. some early Skaggs & Whitley. 12 x12 size box

 

Roots Music An American Journey Rounder 4cds + 52 page booklet $30 a bit of everything, country, folk, blues, Cajun etc. 67 tracks. Nice nifty box.

 

Songs of the West               Deluxe Leather Edition  (Rhino 4 cd + 60 page box $80. This is exceedingly rare. The regular cardboard box edition is hard to get now but you never see this and it is stunning. Genuine cowhide...not naga hide. Remember the old Three Stooges line...Moe to Curly “Check his wallet and tell me his name” Curly “Genuine Cowhide”. This is an absolutely superb set with each cd having a separate theme  1. Cowboy Classics 2. Silver Screen Cowboys (where you will find perhaps the 2 ultimate highlights...Slim Pickens doing a wonderful version of Guy Clark’s “Desperados Waiting for a Train” and Rex Allen Jnr “Last of the Silver Screen Cowboys” (with Rex Snr and Roy Rogers) 3. Gene Autry & Roy Rogers 4. Movie & television Themes. So get your whips out and your spurs on. Last newsletter’s one sold in a thrice so don’t miss it.

 

Stompin’ Singers & Western Swingers Proper 4cds $20 Last copy. 100 tracks, still sealed with 52 page book. Superb western swing wit ha smattering of the mainstays but mainly lesser knowns who are certainly not lesser as far as talent goes.

 

Sugar Hill Records A Retrospective $45 4 cds + dvd Has 81 tracks and gives a great cross section of the label and I might say that since its inception Sugar Hill has been noted for the great sound. It is great to get such tracks as Rodney Crowell’s “I Walk the Line Revisited” with Johnny Cash aiding and abetting. Cash also gets a run in a Marty Stuart track...yep, pays to have graet (ex) sons in law. Also has booklet about the artists.

2Cds

Buffett, Jimmy Live in Antiguilla 2cd + dvd new & sealed (Mailboat)40 cd tracks plus 18 on dvd (running time 82 minutes) $28

 

Flying Burrito Bros Hot Burritos : the Anthology 1969-1972 (A&M) 43 tracks in great sound. Consists of all the tracks from their first 3 albums (Gram Parsons) only participated on the first two) plus rarities, $25

 

Ford, Tennessee Ernie The Ultimate Collection 40 tracks encompassing all styles from boogie to gospel. Unfortunately missing the booklet hence only $18. A bargain

 

Goodman, Steve Anthology (Oh Boy) 42 tracks 36 page book and double cd. The outer slip box is a bit ratty but the content fine, hence low price. $20

 

Lewis, Jerry Lee All Killer No Filler (Rhino) 2cd with 52 page booklet which gives a career overview of the man nicknamed The Killer. 42 tracks which give an excellent scan of his career. Very hard to get. $40

 

Buck Owens “The Warner Brothers Recordings” Rhino Handmade 2cds $35 This is an expensive one on this specialised boutique label which manufactures a limited edition. Includes his albums such as “Buck “em”.

Parsons, Gram                     Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels: The Anthology Rhino 2cds both in digipaks with a very attractive slip sleeve featuring a picture of Gram in the desert. 52 pg book. Covers his International Submarine, Byrds, Burritos & solo. Hard to get. $28

 

Perkins, Carl The Complete Sun Recordings (Charly) 3cds with 48 page booklet and 86 songs. The definitive rock and roll and country recordings from 1954-1957. Very hard to get $35

 

Prine, John                            Great Days: the John Prine Anthology Rhino 2cds $50/$40 first 100% as new This is now in the super rare category. This is like new. Most would know I am an extreme fan but I will be the first to admit some of his albums were crud. That is what makes this so essential. The good tracks..make that great tracks from those few awful albums are included here eg “Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard”, “Killing the Blues”, “One Red Rose” etc, So kudos to the compiler who could have been me but wasn’t. Excellent 52 page book in which Prine himself analyses ever song, including classics such as “Sam Stone” & “Hello in There”. A must have. Even if you have every album this is not superfluous.

 

Stanley, Ralph Saturday Night & Sunday Morning 2cds (Rebel) $28 Ralph with a virtual who’s who. Includes Emmylou, Dwight, George Jones, Skaggs, Tom T Hall, the very talented Charlie Sizemore and Vince Gill for starters!!

 

Travis, Randy                       Trail of Memories” Anthology  Rhino 2cds with 40 page booklet. In trifold digipak with slip sleeve. 43 tracks. One of the great vocalists. $28

 

Watson, Doc The Vanguard Years 4cds (Vanguard) $40 64 songs and 28 page booklet. The 4th cd is all previously unreleased live recordings.

 

Williams, Hank                     Health  & Happiness Shows $28 HARD TO GET. Now. 2cds with 2 page notes in slip sleeve. 8 complete shows.

 

Wills, Bob Anthology 1935-1973 (Rhino) 2cds $20 Nice presentation covering a few labels.

 

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BEAR FAMILY BOX SETS POP

 

Doris Day It’s Magic 1947-1950 6cd + 92 page hard cover book $140 Magic can only be used to describe the presentation of this set. The book has literally ever rare poster, photo known to man beautifully reproduced. Lots of duets and classic songs. Includes many duets..Farnk Sinatra, Louis Arnstrong, Dinah Shore, Buddy Clark etc.

 

Laine, Frankie                      I Believe (sealed box) $140 6cds + hard cover book. This covers his early Columbia Recordings from 1951 to 1955 and has mammoth hits “Jezebel”, the title cut and of course “High Noon”...a huge hit for Frankie even though Tex Ritter did it in the movie. It includes his duets with Doris Day, Jo Stafford, the Four Lads & probably the greatest child vocalist ever in Jimmy Boyd....well I loved Jimmy anyway!!      

Morse, Ella Mae                    Barrelhouse Boogie& the Blues  5cd + 40pg book

$100 what a variety of styles. 134 tracks jazz to country duets with Tennesee Ernie Ford. Includes her trademark “Cow Cow Boogie”

 

Prima, Louis                         The Capitol Recordings (also includes Keely

Smith& Sam Butera) 8cd + 40pg book $160 One of the best bands ever with Sam Butera on sax and Loius and then wife Keely Smith on vocals.

 

The Rest Pop Box Sets

Bennett, Tony                      Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett $40 Sony

                                                Brand new long box version still sealed. 60 page book & 87 tracks. Hard to believe “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was not a huge hit. BUT it won 2 Grammys.

 

Cole, Nat King “Nat King Cole’ 4cds Capitol which traces his rise from jazz piano player supreme to pop icon 60 page book. 100 tracks  $50 as new

 

Crosby, Bing “Swingin’ With Bing: Bing Crosby’s Lost Radio Performances” $30 3 cds on the excellent Shout label in hardcover book style cover. Bing joins with a virtual superstar gallery. Firstly there is a generous 75 tracks. He is joined by regular duet partners The Andrews Sisters but also with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, The third cd is dedicated to those recordings. Also likes of Nat King Cole and Dinah Shore.

 

Crosby, Bing His Legendary Years 1931-1957 MCA  Nice long style box with 68 page book with 101 tracks on 4 cdsincluding quite a few unreleased. These are the studio recordings. This is really good set. Love “Dear Hearts & Gentle People” and his Hawaiian influenced songs in particular. $45

 

Darin, Bobby                        As Long as I’m Singing: The Bobby Darin Collection Rhino $60 Still sealed and out of print. 4cd + 64 page book. There are 96 tracks including some unissued. Cd#1 is the Rock & Roll Years. Cds #2 & #3 are the Pop Years whilst cd #4 is the Folk and Country Years (don’t forget he had a hit with “If I Were a Carpenter”). Tragically he died young. AND he was married to Sandra Dee...a top sort.

 

Diamond, Neil In My Lifetime 3cds + 72 page book $25 Career spanning recordings including rare demos from 1958-1964. Lots of rarities all round

 

Francis, Connie “Souvenirs” 4 cds + 72 page book which is  alittle loose, not a great problem as this is a very rare box. Totally out of print, 118 tracks. A great set, $55 

 

Garland, Judy The One & Only Capitol 3cds sealed $45 3 cds and 65 tracks both studio and live...her Carnegie Hall Concert is considered one of the best ever live albums. Her tenure with Capitol was her last and many say her best,

 

Holiday, Billie                       “Lady Day” Sony $120 Perhaps the best ever American box set...certainly the best not to bear the Rhino name. 10cds and a large 120 page book is only for starters. The sound is superb and content impossible to beat. The superb package is housed in a large faux snakeskin leather box with a haunting image of Billie on the cover. Stunning.

 

Lee, Peggy                         The Singles Collection 4cds $70 This was only issued in Europe on Capitol, and was around for a short time only. It includes a 72 page book and has 110 tracks. It covers her tenure with Capitol and Decca. The 4th cd sees her covering some contemporary (at the time they were contemporary 70s...technically speaking ). Her best known  hit was “Fever” with one of the most identifiable intros of any song ever. Did Lou Reed borrow the bass line for “Walk on the Wild Side”? Hard to believe this was not a number one. It was based on the Little Willie John song but Miss Lee wrote lyrics for two verses as she thought the original too risqué. 110 tracks which show her as the supreme stylist. Hard to get, in fact next to impossible.

 

Mancini, Henry “Days of Wine & Roses” 3cds 81 tracks 76 page book 3 ½ hours plus. Fabulous sound $48 All the hits and more.

 

Mathis. Johnny                    The Music of Johnny: A Personal Collection Sony $40 4 cds with 86 tracks and 68 page book. The long style box. His biggest hit in Australia was “Twelfth of Never” but I have a soft spot for “What Will My Mary Say’. Like new.

 

Osmonds All Time Greatest Hits of the Osmonds $40 Don’t laugh, I love the Osmonds. What’s more I reckon the group recording of “Crazy Horses” is one of the all time great singles. 53 tracks. The first cd is the Osmond Brothers. The second is mainly Donny with Little Jimmy’s solo “Long Haired Lover” tacked on the end, whilst cd # 3 is half Marie and half Donny & Marie...yep a Little Bit Country & A Little Bit Rock & Roll. Still sealed. Crazy Horses wahhhhhhhh! Brillaint.

 

Page, Patti                        A Golden Celebration.4cds + 48 page book $70  Patti was THE biggest selling female artist of the 50s yet most of her stuff is out of print, including this superb set with 80 tracks on 4cds with a 48 page book. This is very rare now. Had one last year and it went in about 5 minutes.Her biggest selling single was of course “Tennessee Waltz”, one of the biggest singles of all times, spending 13 weeks at number one. But not far behind was “Mockingbird Hill” and one of the biggest novelty hits of all time in “How Much Is That Dog in the Window”. She covered a whole gamut of styles and her versatility was amazing. She even does a duet with Tom T Hall “Hello We’re Lonely”. Notes by Colin Escott.

 

Shaw, Sandie Nothing Comes Easy 4cd + 48 page book 101 tracks from EMI (UK) and now out of print. There is one mark on the cover of an inconsequetional nature. Very hard set to get. CD#4 is 25 previously unreleased or ultra rare tracks. Sandie of course was famous for going bare foot on stage and if you have a look at the cover you will see why. Her trotters are enormous. She’d never get shoes to fit them.

 

 Sinatra, Frank                   The Reprise Collection 4cds $40 in attractive clothbound book style packaging with 36 page book with fold out centrefold which has pictures of all the albums. 81 tracks

 

Sinatra, Frank Concepts Capitol $120 Wonderful presentation. All comes housed in a cloth bound box. Inside there are 3 volumes. 2 books each contain 8 cds, yep 16 cds all up and a 100 page hard cover bound book. Great sound as well. A very special set.

 

Springfield, Dusty The Dusty Springfield Anthology $40 Mercury 3cds with 32 page book 77 tracks.

 

Stafford, Jo ‘The Portrait Edition” $40 3cds + 36 page book. 76 tracks with just under 4 hours playing time. Includes duets with Gordon McRae & Frankie Laine.

 

 

 Torme, Mel                       The Collection 1944-1985 Rhino 4cd + 64 page book. $40 I’d tend to classify Mel more in the jazz category but then again many are on the look out for his version of “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” which is available one place and one place only and that is on this set. 89 tracks. As new

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One Kiss Can Lead to Another Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found Rhino. This is the thing that makes Rhino the best as far as issuing box sets in the USA goes. It is the sheer quality of the packaging coupled with the content. This is in the form of a hat box! Yep, a round hat box. The box includes a 200 pages book plus of course 4 cds with 120 tracks, many of which are very rare and not found on any other cds. The sticker on the front of the still sealed box shows well known artists such as The Surpremes, Chiffons, Shangri-las, Shirelles plus “criminally ignores artists” such as Evie Sands, Reparata and the Delrons, the Whyte Boots, the Cinderellas and many more. When you say it is one of their best you know it is good. $135 is a bargain for this out of print gem. Don’t hesitate.

 

Produced by George Martin 50 Years in Recording This is a rare box, now out of print and going for substantially more than $70. It features 6ds and 35 page book and gives a great summary of teh man who has been called the 5th Beatle. 149 tracks in all. Includes some jazz, the big hits of the big artists (only a couple of Beatles songs it does include one of the best ever in “In my Life” on which George, or Sir George as he is now known plays a wonderful piano solo). Great.

 

Respect:                            A History of Women in Music Rhino 5cd + 84 pg book all in a delightful velvet/felt covered box $50 . Each cd has a specific theme:

     1. Broadway, Blues& the Truth

                                                                  2. Torch, Twang & Swing

                                                                  3. Shoop, Shoop, Motown, Get Down

                                                                  4. Rock to Electric Shock

                                                                  5. Hip hop,Pop & Passion.

                                      Also includes 7 postcards suitable for framing....all in

                                      A Picasso style by Christine Haberstock. 

 

2CDS pop

Beaumont, Jimmy & Skyliners 40 Original Classics 40th Anniversary Edition (Collectables) One of the best proponents of the white doo wop 2cds $28

 

James, Joni Platinum & Gold: The MGM Years Collectors Choice 42 tracks 2cds $18

 

Mills Brothers The Anthology 1931-1968 (MCA) 2cds 48 tracks with all their theme songs such as Lazy River, Paper Doll, Glow worm etc. $28 Very hard to get. Van Dyke Parks “The Four Mills Brothers are sweet & cool”

 

Pitney, Gene Definitive Collection (Charly) 2cds 58 tracks all in very nice green slipcase. All the original recordings. Times in a shade under 160 minutes. All the big ones are here and sound is excellent.

 

Righteous Brothers             Anthology 1962-1974 Rhino. 2cds with separate notes $20 includes their final hit “Rock n Roll Heaven” where sadly “Unchained Melody” vocalist Bobby Hatfield is now a member. Deep voiced Bill Medley is still kicking and of course features on “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ “. How good is that!

Vaughan, Sarah The Columbia Years 1949-1953 (Columbia)sealed $20 2cds

 

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Growin’ Up Too Fast The Girl Group Anthology (Mercury) 2cds with whopping 50 tracks. Makes a fabulous companion to “One Kiss Can lead to another” box...just scan up a bit. 32 page booklet. It does have solo artists...it is the sound after all. For mine “Navy Blue” by Diane Renay is hard to beat. $28

CDS pop

 

Monroe, Marilyn Best Selection (RCA Japan) 20 tracks includes “Happy Birthday Mr President” as a rarity..of course the gems such as “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” are all there. $18

Rondo, Don The Hits & More (Jasmine) new $18 28 tracks

ROCK

BOX SETS

ABBA                                 Thank You For the Music 4cd + 68 pg book $40 Nice book style box with stunning book. 66 tracks including quite a few rarities.

 

Alice Cooper Life & Crimes Rhino 4cds + 84 page book $50 This is the original edition with the 3D cover. Has 81 tracks including some rarities.

 

America                             “Highway 30 Years Of America’ Rhino 3cds with 80 page book. Nice book style hard cover box out of print. 64 tracks including demos and alternate tracks . Remastered sound with all the hits and much more. Very hard to get as out of print. $45 As new. “Horse With No Name” was thought by many to be Neil Young and was not even included on the cover of their original album. It was a late addition to the actual lp but the covers had been printed

Beau Brummels                 Bradley’s Barn $48 Rhino Handmade 2 cds of the country rock classic. Has 26 unissued tracks plus remastered version of the original album all in a bound book style presentation....with 40 pages

Bee Gees The Studio Albums 1967-1968 Rhino 3 double cds in

attractive box. Sealed $60 unsealed $45 The best and most original pop group outside the Beatles. Wonderful songs and superb sound. This has 2cd expanded versions of Bee Gees 1st/ Horizontal & Idea and features gems such as Massachusetts, I Started a Joke, Words etc. 6cds and the sound is stunning.

 

Black Sabbath Black Box: The Complete Original Rhino 8 cds + 80 page velvet covered hard book and bonus dvd. $90 This is genuine US Rhino box. There are a lot of counterfeits on Ebay but this is real Rhino deal

 

Buffalo Springfield              “Box Set” Rhino 4cds out of print 80 pg book and 88 tracks. Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay and co. Especially essential for Neil Young fans in particular as it includes early demos that he did which later developed into album tracks, notably “Round & Round” and “The Old laughing Lady” $90. Ultra special $70 This is indiscernible from new. Been turning over so don’t miss this.

 Byrds                                 There Is a Season $45 Sony  Sealed 4cd + dvd set in long style box with full colour book. 99 tracks on the cd. Very attractive red leather look long box with gold lettering. Quite a few alternate versions. 100 page book is superb.

Chicago                              Chicago 5cds + DVD $40 Rhino  + 64 page book. All the hits and more. 104 tracks on the cds. Very nicely packaged as Rhino always do. It is now out of print. Absolute bargain.

Clapton, Eric                       “Crossroads” 4cds 44 page book $35 Career spanning set 73 tracks with all important tracks from his tenures with John Mayall Bluebreakers, Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos and solo. Nice bookstyle box. Great companion with the following.

 

Clapton, Eric                       “Crossroads 2” $35 4cds with over 4 hours running time including 26 previously unissued live recordings and 4 previously unissued studip recordings. Full colour 44 page book. Great set on the Polydor Chronicles series. Looks totally untouched by human hands.

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival “Creedence Clearwater Revival” Fantasy This is an excellent box as it is the only place the pre Creedence tracks (as the “Golliwogs”) are available. It is a fully remastered set now totally unavailable and would set you back at east $50 more than I am charging. 121 tracks + great 80 page book in a very attractive wood grain packaging. $90

 

Crosby, David                     “Voyage” $50  Rhino 52 tracks plus 132 page book with Crosby’s own track by track commentary. Includes selections with Byrds, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and of course his solo career starting with the classic “If I Could Only Remember My Name” which is a classic.

Deep Purple                        Shades 1968-1998 Rhino 4 cds + 56 pg book $55 Has their early more pop influenced tracks such as “Hush” and “Kentucky Woman” right through their years as hard rockers extraordinaire culminating in gems such as “Smoke on the Water, “Black Night” and the best of all “Child in Time”.

Doobie Brothers                  “Long Train Runnin’ :The Doobie Brothers 1970-2000” $50 4cds with 78 tracks including one of rarities. Large box style set. Large book included.  BRAND NEW SEALED. Rhino are the best Us box set company.

 

Doors Love/Death/Travel Elektra Limited edition 2898/5000 This was a promo only item. Very nice presentation in lizard skin replica box. 3 cd + dvd + lithograph+ photos + sticker etc $60 highly collectable.

 

Earth Wind & Fire              The Eternal Dance 3cd + 48 pg book $20 Sony Legacy long style box. Covered a few styles/.

 

Faces                                  Five Guys Walk Into a Bar 4cd + 64 page book $50

Those 5 are Rod Stewart/ Ronnie Wood/ Ronnie Lane/ Kenny Jones & Ian McLagen . 67 tracks. Rod Stewart had a concurrent solo career as well as being the lead vocalist of the Faces. The Faces naturally tended to rock out more & it was only his phenomenal solo career that saw a break up.  

 

Fleetwood Mac 25 Years The Chain $35 WB. 72 tracks + 68 page book in the 4 separate jewel cases and thick cardboard box holding them all together. This is the most successful lineup with Buckinghmam, Nicks & co. Also have the smaller version in double jewel cases size. $22. See also blues for earlier Peter Green led group.

 

Gaye, Marvin                     Classics Collection 4cds Motown $20  4 cds in jewel cases and hard cardboard outer box. Has these 4 albums each on a separate cd.

                                                *Love Starved Heart

                                                *I Want You

                                                *Let’s Get It On

                                                *Trouble Man

 

Grateful Dead                      Built to Last: Dead in a Deck $20 Special edition box

                                      30 x 23 cm which features a special tri-fold cover

                                      version of the album “Built to Last” as well as special

                                      deck of playing cards with the Grateful Dead emblem

                                       on them. The cards are sealed. Cd is great shape.

 

Grateful Dead                    “The Golden Road: 1965-1973” The classic Warner Brothers Years. 12 cds in great remastered HDCD sound with all cds having bonus tracks. 80 page book. $90. The set includes their two landmark country rock albums “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” plus their epic Europe 72 2cd album.

 

Grateful Dead                      “Beyond Description”: 1973-1989 Great companion to the Warner Brothers Tears box. This starts with their first post WB album, ‘Wake of the Flood” and has 12 cds worth of their Arista albums. Very attractive cover with a standout metallic centre. There are 2 separate 96 page booklets, one on the band and one on the music. $90 Brand new.

 

Daryl Hall & John Oates Do What You Want Be What You Are RCA Legacy $45 4 cds + 60 page book. 74 tracks with detailed track by track commentary.

 

Bruce Hornsby Intersections 1985-2005 RCA Legacy $50 4 cds + dvd 60 page book with track by track commentary. Nice trifold hardcover book style presentation. 23 track DVD includes his effort on the “Will the Circle Be Unbroken 2” session/

 

Jackson, Michael Bad 25th Anniversary box 3cd+dvd new $25

 

Jefferson Airplane              Loves You 3cd $22  + 64 page book. One of the stand

                                      out and most influential San Francisco groups. Like new. 51

                                      tracks. Surprisingly folky in places and equally rocky in

others. How good is “White Rabbit”!??!?! The outer box is ratty but content great hence the low price.

 

Janis Joplin “Janis” 3cds + 48 page book.$35 Book style tri fold cover 49 tracks by rock’s premier blues vocalist...of the female variety. Be warned, the bok is adorned by a nekkid Janis.

 

Janis Joplin “Box of Pearls” 5cd $45 4 of her original albums remastered with bonus tracks plus a 5th cd of rarities. Now, should I have put this in the “country” section? After all she was the one to hit biggest with “Me& Bobby McGee”. No, I think this is the right spot!!

 

Joel, Billy                        Complete Hits Collection 1973-1997 4cds $30 including

                                      44 page book. Nice hardcover book style packaging.

 

Judas Priest                  Metalogy $35 4 cds 55 tracks including some unreleased.                                  Large book. Sealed. Sony Legacy.

 

Kansas Kansas 2cd longbox with 32 page book $25 Quite a few long tracks. Both cds well over 70 mins each.

 

Led Zeppelin                         “Remasters” $25 (Warner Brothers)   3cds...2 of music and one of interviews. This is in the long book like box style packaging. Very hard to find with the 3rd disc.

 

Little Feat                           Hottcakes& Outtakes Rhino 4cds + 80 page book $55

This is out of print. Rhino boxes are exceedingly collectable. First 3 cds are their album tracks and the 4th is labelled “Studio Artifacts”. 82 tracks all up.

 

Los Lobos “*El Cancionero: The Complete History of the Band from East L A” 4cd 86 tracks with 80 page book Includes 10 previously unissued $55 Excellent variety and this Rhino box is now out of print.

 

Malo                                    Celebration: The Warner Bros Recordings 4cds $30

                                            Carlos Santana’s brother Jorge....wonder if he ever said

                                      “I wish my Brother Jorge was here”...yeah...probably not.

This is a numbered limited edition on the Rhino Handmade offshoot. Small marks on rear of box

 

Monkees Listen to the Band Rhino 4cds $60 This is rare 12x12 box complete with poster and 32 page book plus cover sleeve which fits over the top corner. Also has 15 previously unreleased tracks. 78 tracks and the nicest Monkees box for sure.

 

Moody Blues  “ Time Traveller” 5cds  + 48 page book 80 tracks with superb sound. Sealed $58 as new $48 original 4 cd version as new $38

 

Graham Nash “Reflections” 3cds with 152 page booklike new. Includes songs from his time with the Hollies, where he was responsible for “On a Carousel” and “King Midas In Reverse’ through his time with Crosby Still Nash & Young where he sang lead on their biggest hit “Teach Your Children” as well as the popular “Our House”, written about his relationship with Joni Mitchell.  $48. A companion to the Crosby set.

 

Newman, Randy                  Guilty: 50 Years of Randy Newman 4cd box with 84

pg book. It is out of print & has 105 tracks including many demos, & rarities. This set is excellent with its wonderful depth $50

 

Ramones Wird Tales of the Ramones $50 Rhino 3cds + dvd + 56 page book plus bonus postcard plus 3D glasses. 103 tracks. Great Rhino presentation.

 

Rascals Rascals $120 Rhino Japan Japan only release consisting of the complete recordings of the Young Rascals & subsequently the Rascals. Has 7 cds + book in both Japanese & English but the music is all English!! Attractive black box with gold lettering.

 

Reed, Lou Between Thought & Passion: The Lou Reed Anthology RCA 3cds + 44 page book $20. Few marks on box. Innards are pretty perfect

 

Ronstadt, Linda                  “Box Set” $35  took them ages to come up with the name. 4 cds plus 60 page book 86 tracks including quite a few previously unreleased including a 1974 duet with Emmylou Harris on “Honky Tonk Blues” Now out of print.  Couple of small marks on cover of box. Contents great.

 

Simon, Carly                       Clouds in My Coffee 1965-1995 $30 3cds + 48 page

                                      book. Has 58 tracks including one of the greatest ever

                                      singles in “You’re So Vain”. James Taylor was her husband &

                                      called her “Big Fella”...yep read it in the Rolling Stone.

 

Springsteen, Bruce             Darkness on the Edge of Town Deluxe edition $58

3 cd (including 2 cds of unreleased sessions + 3dvd dvds run for about 6 ½  hours and include 2 full concerts. All is housed in 29 x 21 cm ring binder which has many photos from the sessions as well as Springsteen’s hand written notes.

 

Springsteen, Bruce Live 1975-1985 Columbia. $40 This is the 12”x12” size box which it was originally as, so the 36 page book of great pictures is full size.

 

Springsteen, Bruce             “Born to Run 30th Anniversary edition” $30  2 DVDS + CD Vintage 2 hour concert from 1975 0n DVD plus 90 minute documentary. sealed

 

Status Quo                            Rockers Rollin’ : Quo in Time 1972-2000 4 cd + 68

page book. $48  This is out of print and has quite a few unreleased tracks. And ...sorry it does include “Down Down”.

 

Stevens, Cat                         Box set $58 as new A&M 4cds with 79 tracks 100+ page book. Includes his early UK hits such as “Matthew & Son”, with their great opulent arrangements. It concludes with some tracks as Yusef. Now out of print & rare.

 

Stills, Stephen Carry On. Rhino 4 cds 116 page booklet with 25 previously unrelased tracks including a terrific new version of “Girl From the North Country”. 82 tracks. Superb packaging. $55 new.

 

Talking Heads                      Once in a Lifetime 3cds(54 tracks) + 80 page book and a DVD $45 This is new and as always Rhino do not adhere to the norm...in  42cm x 14 cm box. Very unusual package. All 4 members contribute to the liner notes. Very artisticially styled box....Gauguin I believe!!

 

War Collector’s Edition Rhino promo item 8cds in leatherlook box $60 This has there first 6 albums (including the great “ Eric Burdon Declares War” plus the live double. 8 cds in all. Was never released as such. Was a promotional item. Ibcludes the great album “Deliver the Word”. Just like new.

 

White, Barry                         Just for You 3cds $20 + 32 page . Includes work with Love Unlimited Orch. Quincy Jones, Isaac Hayes & solo.

                                      Nice long box style package.

 

Who Thirty Years of Maximum R & B MCA $48 4cd box in absolute pristine shape. Includes 72 page book. Great set and price. Lots of rarities.

 

Who                                    Singles Box $40      Out of print box from Polydor which

                                      contains 12cds,  a& b sides which replicate the original 45

packaging and includes 2 new recordings and a 16 page booklet

Winwood, Steve                   “The Finer things” 4 cds + 48 page book. Great career spanning box covering his tenure with Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and of course solo $40

 

Wonder, Stevie At the Close of the Century $55 4 cds _ 96 page book in attractive solid sleeve. 70 tracks including hits, surprises & rarities.

 

Yes In a Word:Yes 1969- Rhino 5cd + 100 page book $60 100% like new.

 

ZZ Top                                    “Chrome Smoke & Barbecue” $70 Rhino still sealed  This is out of print and hard to get. It includes an 88 page book plus a flip book...this is the one where you flip through the pages and it looks like a movie. Contains 80 tracks. This is the special edition in the shape of a Texas Roadshack replete with corrugated iron roof. Well it looks like corrugated iron. Also includes figures of the band and a bbq table set with the finest!!  “La Grange” is a superb track.

 

VARIOUS

Brit Box Rhino4cds + 80 page book. Subtitled “UK Indie, Shoegaze and Brit Pop Gems of the Last Millenium” 78 tracks and lick a switch on the back and the phone booth on the front starts to flash.

 

Casablanca Story 4cds + 48 page book. NO OUTER BOX $30 Includes the full version of Donna Summer’s “Macarthur Park”. Lots of other long tracks too.

 

Have a Nice Decade            The 70s Pop Culture Box $90  160 tracks over 7 cds ...the best from Rhino’s Have a Nice Day series. What sets this apart is two fold...great book and secondly the box is covered with real carpet complete with a smiley face. Yep, you better believe it. 90 page book. Amazon lists $181-$414!

 

No Thanks! The 70s Punk Rebellion Rhino 4cds + 116 page book $50 This is out of print 100 tracks presented as only Rhino could do. Lots of rarities as well as hard to get hits.

 

Nuggets                              Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelia Era Rhino $80. Sealed box 91 garage rock tracks with 100 page book. Classic box set. Unsealed but like new $70

Nuggets II                          

Original Artyfacts from the British Empire & Beyond Rhino $90 This is as new. It is very rare now. Do a check. Has great 100 page book and has a few iconic Australian tracks in the mix. Classic series. Unquestionably two of the best ever box sets.

 

Supernatural Fairy Tales The Progressive Rock Era Rhino 5 cd + 68 page book. Very rare & difficuly to find let alone in great shape.

 

Woodstock Experience      Box Rhino 10 cds $80 This is a very rare item in that only a few of the boxes were released. The cds in the box (5 x 2cd sets) were released separately. The set consists of performances at the Woodstock Festival each 2cds set having another famous album by the artist (Shown in brackets) plus a poster. So with the Woodstock performances of each you get the following:

1.    Jefferson Airplane (Volunteers)

2.    Johnny Winter (Johnny Winter)

3.    Sly & the Family Stone (Stand)

4.    Santana (Santana)

5.    Janis Joplin (Kosmik Blues)

 The additional albums are all in nice mini lp repro covers. Apart from the poster you get in each 2cd box you also get a Woodstock poster. Great...betcha 2 Woodstocks on that!

 

WOW!                                 That Was the 70s $25 8 cds with 7 ½ hours of music from EMI Holland. Comes in a nifty flip top box. Lots of one hit wonders and all styles intertwine perfectly. Disky put out some great boxes.

 

CDS

Blasters Fun on Saturday Night Rip Cat $18 late 2012 release

Carter, Clarence Patches/ The Dynamic 2on1 Collectables $20

Chilton, Alex High Priest New Rose $10 (ex Boxtops)

Chilton, Alex A Mna Called Destruction (Ardent) $10

Cooder, Ry My Name Is Buddy WB (Japan ed) hardcover book$20

Costello, Elvis Extreme Honey: Very Best of Warner Years $10

DeShannon, Jackie Best Of Rhino $18 20 tks

Geordie A Band From Geordieland (Repertoire) $18 24 tks

Grassroots All Time Greatest Hits MCA 16 tks $18

Iron Butterfly In-a-Gadda-da-Vida deluxe sealed $18 expanded w. 36 page book & 3D cover.

Jan & Dean Carnival of Sound Rhino Handmade $22 Their “Pet Sounds”

Joplin, Janis Live at Winterland 1968 Legacy $15

Lowe, Nick Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe (Columbia) $15 25tks

Michaels, Lee Collection Rhino $18 rare

NRBQ Best of: Stay With Me Columbia $15 24 tks

Ozark Mountain Daredevils Car Over the Lake Album $18 New Era OOP

Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure $20 rare Edmunds & Lowe

Various

Sixties Transition 20 rare tracks on Sierra label $15 Includes Byrds, Leon Russell, David Crosby, Dino Valenti,Dillards etc

 

2CDS

Allman Brothers                 The Fillmore Concerts Capricorn 2cds $25 2 jewel case cds in slip jacket with 20 page book. Doubles the length of the original and includes the early version of “Mountain Jam” which goes for about 30 minutes... based on Donovan’s “There Is a Mountain”

B52’s                                 Nude on the Moon  $25 Rhino 2cds . Digipacks with slip sleeve and 52 page book.

Batt, Mike Schizophrenia/ Tarot Suite $25 (Dramatico) OOP

Black Uhuru                       Liberation Island Anthology          Island 2ds $18 For those who want a bit of reggae on their walkman, man. Double cd case + 24 pg booklet in slip sleeve.

Blasters Testament: The Complet Slash Recordings (Rhino) 2cds + 56 page book. Double fold out digipak packaging. $35 hard to get and great!!

Blind Faith Blind Faith (Universal) deluxe edition 1 ½ cds of rarities. Cover has some writing on back so greatprice as this is out of print, $18

Bread                                  “Retrospective” Rhino 2cds in double case 50 tracks. 28 page booklet $30 Also includes solo recordings from  David Gates & James Griffin.

Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo” $15 mini lp style cover

Cale, John                          “Seducing Down the Door: A Collection 1970:1990

Rhino 2cds with slip case + 52 page book. Includes post Velvet Underground gems such as “Paris 1919”. $28. Very hard to get.

Cars                                “Just What I Needed Anthology” Rhino 2cds $20  Double cds case with 28 pg book and very nice metallic look iridescent slip case.

Costello, Elvis Very Best Universal $15 42 tracks

Costello, Elvis My Aim Is True (Rhino) expanded 2cd version $22

Easybeats                             Definitive Anthology: Aussie Beat That Shook the World’ 2cds Repertoire $25 2cds with 52 page book and slip sleeve.

Franks, Michael                    “Art of Love: The Michael Franks Anthology” Rhino 2cds in tri fold digipak with 44 page book. $18 jazzy pop or poppy jazz?? Inc. tracks with Crossfire.

John, Elton                            “Rare Masters” Polydor Chronicles 2cds+ 24 pg book & slip case. $20

Kooper, Al                             “Rare and Well done” 2cds 28 page trifold digipak $20

Los Lobos                              Just Another Band From East LA: A Collection  2cds in slip jacket with 44pg book. $25 Lots of unreleased tracks. Cov r a number of styles.

Love                                      “Story 1966-1972” Rhino 2cds 44 tracks plus 40 page book. In slip sleeve $25 includes the classic album “Forever Changes” in its entirety.

Mellancamp, John Words & Music Greatest Hits (island) 37 tracks in nice digipak $18

Moby Grape Vintage The Best (Legacy sealed) 48 tracks from San Francisco legends $20

Lynyrd Skynyrd The Essential MCA $15

Mott the Hoople Ballad of Mott: a Retrospective $18 33 tracks

New Riders of the Purple Sage Live at Clark University 1973 $20 Classic countrier Grateful dead if you like, Sold only on their web site & now OOP which means out of print.

Pink Floyd Pulse 2cds ORIGINAL Columbia $28 Hard to get now, the original issue in hard cardboard sleeve with a real pulsing light, that still works.

Quicksilver Messenger Service Sons of Mercury 1968-1975: Best Rhino 2cds in slip jacket. Each cd with separate notes.$28

Ramones                               Hey Ho Let’s Go: The Anthology 2cds Rhino. This is the hard to get original issue with 2cds in slim line case plus hard cover fully bound 84 pg book. All in slip sleeve. $22/ one with not bound book $15

Rascals                                  Anthology Rhino 2cds in double case with 52 page book. $28 One of the best ever American groups with such variant material as “Groovin’ “ (voted the all time Summer song) & the opposite tempo “Good Lovin’

Revere, Paul & Raiders      Legend of Paul Revere & the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay $28 Sony Legacy 2cds in double thick case with 32 pg booklet. Although Mark Lindsay is credited on the cover the group also contained Freddy Weller as a member and on his out of print Best of cd he includes “Ballad of Paul Revere& the Raiders”.

Siberry, Jane                        Love is Everything: Anthology Rhino 2cds sealed. Two digipaks + 36 or so page book in slip sleeve. Includes the 4 part “Map of the World”. Alternate Candadian artist $18

Simon, Carly                         Anthology Rhino 2cds trifold digipak with 40 pg book and gold tinted slip cover. 40 tracks including the gems and hard to get. $20 For mine “Your’e so Vain” one of the top ten singles of all time.

Simon & Garfunkel             Bridge Over Troubled Water UK deluxe edition $28 sealed. 2 cds (original remastered cd) + live 1969 concert. + 2 ¼ hour dvd with 1969 Tv special “Songs of America” plus new documentary called “The Harmony Game”. 

Sonny & Cher The Singles BR Music 50 tracks, original recordings $20 including Cher solo hits

Spencer Davis Group          Eight Gigs a Week: the Steve Winwood Years 2cds  51 tracks 24 page book in slip jacket. Contains the hits “I’m a Man”, “Gimme Some Lovin’” etc plus some great bluesy tracks. $20

Stewart, Rod                        The Mercury Anthology 2cds + 24 page book in slip cover $15 Sublime and then some. Includes his great “What Made Milwaukee Famous” & live version of “Jealous Guy”.

Stills, Stephen Live at Shepherd’s Bush CD+DVD sealed (Rhino) $22

Three Dog Night                  Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975 2cds + 32 page book. (MCA) $30 Had a mile of hits in USA. Rare group with 3 lead vocalists who all had hits featuring their vocals. The biggest of course was “Mama Told Me Not to Come”.

Traffic                                    Smiling Phases 2cds  Island with 2 booklets albeit totalling 10 pages. $25 Includes selections from their albums which include vocals by Steve Winwood & Dave Mason.

War                                        Anthology 2cds Rhino with 52 page book. Includes the early gems “Spill the Wine” &“Tocacco Road’ with Eric Burdon. Hard to define their style, some latin rock, some soul even a little jazz, not to mention blues...I said not to mention it!! $28

 

Yes The Ultimate Yes:35th Anniversary Collection Rhino 3cd $18 31 tracks many quite long.

 

Zevon, Warren                     I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead Rhino 2cds with 52 page book. And slip jacket. $28also one in great shape but no slip sleeve $18

FOLK

 

BOX SETS FOLK

 

Baez, Joan                        Complete A&M Recordings 4 cds 77 tracks $48 Whilst her Vanguard recordings are her best know this set contains what many regard as her best studio and live album. The studio album is “Diamonds& Rust” and the live is “From Every Stage”, a highlight for mine is her version of the very wordy Dylan track “Lily, Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts, you may say when Bob did it you may have missed one or two of the words.

 

Chapin, Harry                   Story of a Life” $45 sealed 3 Rhino cds in attractive glossy box with 47 tracks including all the gems ,Taxi, WOLD, Cat’s in the Cradle, Circle and of course the wonderful non hit album tracks such as “Mr Tanner” and “the Rock”. 80 page booklet. And don’t forget rarities such as the sequel to “Taxi” ...called....””Sequel”.

 

Donovan                                Try for the Sun: The Journey Of $50 Very hard to get let alone new and sealed. Has 3cds + dvd in a very fine purple velvet box....what else would you expect. 60 songs including 12 previously unreleased plus a 40 minute dvd and a 60 page book from the Leach personal collection.

 

 

Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 1961-1991 3cds + 72 page book $48 Columbia This is the original LONG BOX with full size book. Has been issued in jewel case but this out of print one is the most desirable with its iconic shaded Dylan photo on the cover. Includes a lot of his best protest work such as “Who Killed Davey Moore”, the tragic true story of a boxer who died in the ring and no one was willing to accept any responsibility. You may ask why Bob is in the folk section rather than ROCK. Good question too!

 

Dylan, Bob                         Biograph 3cd +44 pg book $35 Nice hard cover book package small size. Originally released in 1981. New. Was the first Dylan release to focus on a lot of previously unrelased tacks.

Also original 12”x12” version with large 26 page book + 5 additional sheets giving a track by track run down. $40

 

 

Dylan, Bob Dylan Limited edition 3 CD box $40 Cloth bound velvet lined box with 3 cds packaged in mini lpp style 10 limited edition postcards. 40 page booklet. 51 tracks $35

 

Fairport Convention            Unconventional: the Official History of the First 35 Years of Fairport Convention on 72 are, live, classic and unreleased recordings. The wonderful packaging includes a Peter Frame Family Tree suitable for framing, a booklet called Cropredy Chronicles home of their annual reunion at the World’s finest Village Fete. The book is 172 pages and too good to believe. All tracks are cross referenced to the previous and other recordings of them. Have one where there are a few marks on the box but content is as new $60. Magnificent.

 

Guthrie, Woody                   The Asch Recordings Vol 1-4 4cds $40 4 cds with 105 tracks in solid cardboard case. Each case has individual notes, 32-36 pgs each. These are the recordings Moses Asch did for his Folkways label, now put out by Smithsonian Institute. Each cd has unissued tracks. This is perhaps the best set of Guthrie’s recordings you can get.

 

Kingston Trio                     “The Capitol Years” 4cds $48  in slip case with 48 page booklet. 107 tracks . Nice set  (Capitol USA) Has both variations of the group with Dave Guard & John Stewart. Many previously unreleased tracks are featured.

 

Martyn, John                      Ain’t No Saint: 40 Years of John Martyn 4cds $50

                                 Sealed box with 61 songs including over30 previously

                  unreleased. Includes 36 page book

 

Ochs, Phil                              Farewells & Fantasies Rhino $60 Genius or nut? Read.

  the excellent 100 page book and you are bound to be perplexed. I’d say nut but the music rules. Perhaps the #2 protest singer to Mr Dylan. This is very very hard to get. The cds & book are in great shape and there are a couple of very minor marks on the box, which is hard book style. Two of his later songs “Rehearsals for Retirement” and “No More Songs” eerily foreshadow his suicide which did not surprise many.

 

Peter Paul & Mary             “Carry It On” Rhino 4 cds + dvd $55 sealed $48 not sealed Over 5 ½ hours on the cds which includes a selection of their solo hits, the biggest of which was Paul Stookey’s “Wedding Song”. The Cosmic Cowboy And I were very sad when Mary passed on. Her superb voice was unique but her hair flicking style was hypnotic. Watch the DVDS for 30 flicks a song...or maybe more. Great set

 

Simon & Garfunkel Columbia Studio Recordings 1964-1970 5 cds with bonus tracks + 76 page book. $35

 

Simon & Garfunkel Old Friends Columbia 3 cds with 32 page book in long hard book style packaging59 tracks including 15 previously unreleased. $30

 

Thompson, Richard             RT: the Life and Music of Richard Thompson Rare, classic& previously unrelased 5cds + an absolutely stunning 172 page....yep 172 page book. $70 This includes the rare bonus cd which was only available by writing in and then only on the initial releases. Each cd has a title and each runs a shade under 80 minutes. 1)Walking the Long Miles: Muswell Hill To LA 2) Finding Better Words: The Essnetial Richard Thompson 3) Shiner in the Dark: the Epic Live Workshops 4)The Sonsg PPOur Down Like Silver: The Covers & Sessions  5) Real Rarities and the 6th CD NOT available ..Richard Thompson on the Free Reed label.  Also has a booklet about the Vincent, the subject of perhaps his best known song. This is as new....have a sealed copy for $same price but it won’t have the 6th cd....but still may be write in. It also doesn’t cross into the territory of the following box, at all!!!

 

Thompson, Richard             “Walking on a Wire 1968-2009” $50 4cds sealed  Shout Factory label.71 classic recordings which covers his solo career as well as Fairport Convention as well as duet recordings with ex wife Linda Thompson. Includes 60 page book all in attractive box. 

 

Wainwright, Loudon  III    “40 Odd Years” $60  sealed 4 cds + DVD. 69 songs from 25 albums plus as additional 22 rare and unreleased tracks. The DVD contains a 60 minute documentary “One Man Guy” plus a bunch of live performances bringing the dvd time to around 200 minutes. A clever and humorous artist who has been married to one of the McGarrigles and one of the Roches. Great box. Fans will immediately know what the song titles “IDTTYWLM” and the very politically incorrect “IWIWAL” expand to.

 

Various

“Broadside:           Best of Broadside 1962-1988” $50   Smithsonian Folkways.  Great package. The 5cds running a tad under 5 and a half hours are housed in a a 160 page spiral bound book which fits inside a neat hard slip case. Each of the 89 songs has its own page. Great artists including known and unknowns...”Blind Boy Grunt” may be better known as Bob Dylan but did you know that Janis Ian was Blind Girl Grunnt!! Also Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Peter Lafarge, Tom Paxton, Malvina Reynolds, Richard Farina etc. Broadsides are classified as “topical songs” but may be called “protest songs”. Each entry includes song lyrics and discographical details. An essential set in my mind for anyone who likes any of the artists mentioned above Fabulous box.  Arguably the most essential folk box ever. 

 

Forever Changing             The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973 $60 Yeah, a lot more than folk but that is how it began. Excellent 5cd history of Elektra Records which includes a stunning 76 page book with a track by track rundown. For a label that started as a folk label with the likes of Judy Collins, Bob Gibson and co it quickly developed with rock legends The Doors, blues rock of Paul Butterfield and co co-existing with the protest singers Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs. Lots of rarities which make it even more appealing. Each song, all 117 of them has its own separate entry in the wonderful book New & sealed.  Naturally a brilliant Rhino label offering.

 

Harry Smith Project           Revisited      $40 2cds + 2 DVDs + 40 page book. Harry Smith’s original set is generally accepted as the definitive collection of American folk music and this features modern performers doing 30th and 40s songs eg Steve Earle does “Prison Cell Blues” originally performed by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1928 & on the Blind Lemon track...Lou Reed does “See My Grave Is Kept Clean”

 

Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary $40 4cds plus 56 page book. Very hard to get. Early participants include Phil Ochs whilst recent participants include Mary Gauthier and the wonderful “Drag Queens in Limousines” 58 tracks.

 

The Transports                    The Full Story of the First Fleet Transported to Australia 1787-88 and the classic Ballad Opera That it Inspired  $50 As much a historic document. This has the original 1977 album which Melody Maker voted “Folk Album of the Year”. There is a 132 page book describing the history of the First Fleet and of the English Transported Convicts, a full discography and a full discography of the 1977 and 2004 versions. Both are the product of Peter Bellamy, a mainstay of the English Folk scene and feature mainstays of the British Folk scene....Peter Bellamy, AMrtin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Simon Nicol, June Tabor, Steve Tilston, Norma Waterson to name but a few.

 

Washington Square            Memoirs:The Great Urban Folk Boom 1950-1970 $55 Great Rhino book style box with 72 page book which gives a track by track run down of the 72 songs, Includes rarities like Bonnie Dobson performing her oft-covered “Morning Dew” and Fred Neil’s similarly covered “The Dolphins”. Nice bookend work...starts with Woody and ends with Arlo...that’s Guthrie’s boy. Wonderful.

2CDS Folk

Andersen, Eric Beat Avenue (Appleseed) new $15

Chapin, Harry Gold medal Collection Elektra 2cds new $25 All the hits and rarities such as sequel to “Taxi” appropriately called “Sequel”. Great storyteller. 32 tracks.

Clannad                                  “A Magical Gathering” Rhino $25 double cd digipak with  44 page book. Bringing Gaelic to the masses. Many songs featured in movies.

Dylan, Bob Live 1966 Bootleg Series Volume 4 2cds 56 page book in slip sleeve. Famed concert with the Band $18 Okay, it is only a bit folky...but this is where Bob stays,

Dylan, Bob Live 1975 The Rolling Thunder Revue: Bootleg Series 5 $18 56 page book with double cd in slip sleeve.

Dylan, Bob No Direction Home: The Soundtrack: Bootleg Series 7 Just about as good as it gets with alternate takes from “Highway 61 Revisited” $18 60 page book

Fahey, John                          “Return of the Repressed: John Fahey Anthology” Rhino 2cds $28  32 pg book. Reprise, Varrick, Takoma, Vanguard etc

Hardin, Tim                           “Hang on To a Dream: the Verve Recordings” Polydor Chronicles. 2cds 24 pg book in slip sleeve 47 tracks with 16 previously unissued tracks. $22

Ian, Janis Between the Lines/Old Grey whistle Test cd+dvd new (Edsel)= UK) $18

Ian, Janis Best of Janis Ian 2cd + DVD new (Edsel) $20

Irish Rovers Their Greatest Hits & Finest Performances Readers Digest 3 cds $15 They are all Canadian residents.

Kottke, Leo                           Leo Kottke Anthology” 2cds which is very hard to get. Includes 32 page book. $28

McLean, Don Favourites & Rarities (United Artists) 42 tracks and near 2 ½ hours running time with 24 page book $28

Martyn, John                        Sweet Little Mysteries: The Island Anthology. 2cds 24 pg book in slip jacket. 34 tks many quite long.$20

Peter Paul & Mary In Concert (WB) $15 landmark album

Seeger, Pete Sing-a-long Live as Sanders Theatre (Folkways) $12

Seeger, Pete Pete Remembers Woody (Appleseed) anecdotes & songs $15

Sill, Judee Abracadabra: The Asylum Year (Rhino) $25 Tragic and talented folky with her only 2 albums and a mass of bonus tracks. For Joni fans.

CDS Folk

Bromberg, David Best (Columbia) $10

Bromberg, David Sideman Serenade (Rounder) $15

Dobson, Bonnie Viva La Canadienne (Bear Family) new $10

Houston, Cisco Songs of Woody Guthrie (Vanguard) $15

Houston, Cisco Best of the Vanguard Years (Vanguard) $18

Ian, Janis Janis Ian (Now Sounds) her Verve debut new $15

Ian, Janis Secret Life of J Eddy Fink/Who Really Cares (BGO UK)

Kweskin, Jim Acoustic Swing & Jug (Vanguard) $15

Mitchell, Chad Trio Mercury Years $20 25 tracks

Neil, Fred Tear down the Walls/ Bleecker & McDougall 2on1 $20

Ochs, Phil All the News That’s Fit to Sing (Hannibal/Ryko) $15

Ochs, Phil There But fr Fortune (Elektra) 71 mins. $15

Ochs, Phil The War Is Over: Best Of (A&M) $15

Roches Roches (WB) $15 all Roches are out of print

Roches Nurds (WB) $15

Roches Keep On Doing (WB) $15

Roches Another Word (WB) $15

Seeger, Pete Headlines & Footnotes: A Collection of Topical Songs (Smithsonian) 23 tks $15

 

R & B/BLUES/ Jazz

Bear Family

Plug it In Turn It Up         The Definitive Colelction of Electric Blues Volume 4 1970-2005 3cds in 4 part digipak with 156 page book!! 65 tracks. $40. This is a great bargain.

 

Box sets R & B/Blues/Jazz

Coasters There’s a Riot Goin’ On: The Coasters on Atco 4cds new Rhino Handmade $70 This is a great set put out by Rhino Handmade, the division of Rhino which puts out very limited editions. 113 tracks including one whole cds (28 tks) of unreleased, alternate and rare tracks.

 

Davis, Rev Gary                 Demons& Angels $48 Shanachie 3 cd long box style set with 36 page book. Compiled by Stefan Grossman. 58 tracks by “One of the finest gospel, blues, ragtime guitarist and singers of the century

 

Charles, Ray                       Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection $55

                                                5 cd + 76 page book (including Braille!)  This is a wonderful large Rhino box which gives a terrific coverage of the late great man’s career. It follows his early recordings through his classic Atlantic and ABC recordings and to his Columbia recordings and beyond. 102 classic tracks.

 

Charles, Ray The Birth of Soul: Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings 1952-1959 Rhino 3cds 32 page book $35 An absolute bargain.

 

Charles, Ray                         “ Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1959 $130 new & sealed. $100 like new. Definitely one of the best boxes ever. I can’t believe the trouble Rhino goes to for some of their box sets. This is out of print and is stunning. It features the case designed in the shape of a vintage record player, complete with what looks like a turntable and arm...housed in a leather like latched case. It consists of 7 cds (the 7th is all outtakes and recording session run throughs...35 trcaks of unreleased material) plus a dvd and a large size book.

 

Christian, Charlie                 Genius of the Electric Guitar $50  This is the original version with a 72 page book in a wonderful package designed to resemble a Gibson amplifier.

 

Diddley, Bo The Chesx Box $30 12x12” box .2cds + 24 page book + great 45 tracks 1955-1969

 

Dixon, Willie The Chess Box 12x12” 2cds + 12 page book $28 36 tracks by the man who is perhaps the greatest blues writer of them all. As well as his own recordings we get such gems as Muddy Waters “Hoochie Koochie Man”, Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster” plus a heap more.

 

Drifters Rockin’ & Driftin $50 Rhino 3cd w. 48 page book.Now out of print. 79 tracks including a few solo hits of lead singers Ben E King & Clyde McPhatter. Always remember one of their latter hits, “Saturday Night at the Movies”.

 

Fleetwood Mac                   “The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions” 6 cds $60 This is very rare now. It has all recordings when Peter Green was in the group plus the two volumes of the Blues Jam recorded with the Chicago Blues All stars. It has a stack of bonus tracks and a 16 page book which is very comprehensive. Classic tracks such as the original “Black Magic Woman” and of course the pop hit “Albatross”.

 

Franklin, Aretha “Queen of Soul” Nice cloth bound box 4 cds 86 tracks 80 page book $48

 

Green, Peter                        Anthology $50  UK 4cds+ 72 page book. Still sealed. Spanning his career from 1966 and includes John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Splinter Group, solo & more. Goes for over 4 ½ hours.

 

Buddy Guy “Can’t Quit the Blues” 3 cDS + DVD 48 page book. Includes rare duet with Keith Richards, “The Price you Gotta Pay”. DVD has 90 minute documentary as well as 11 never before seen live performaces. 47 tracks on the cds. $45

 

John Lee Hooker                “Hooker” $60 sealed $50 (as new) 4 cd with 75 tracks include one of duets plus a 60 page book. He recorded for upwards of 30 labels so this box is a gem to bring so many (not all) to one place. His “Boogie Chillen’ “ riff is one of the most famous in the entire music world. One of the top 5 ever for sure.

 

Howlin’ Wolf The Chess Box 12x12” $40 b 3 cds with 71 tracks + 32 page book. Who is the greatest bluesman of them all?? You know my answer!!

 

James, Elmore King of the Slide Guitar: the Fire/Fury/Enjoy Recordings 2cds + 16 page book...long style box (Capricorn) $30

 

James, Etta Very Best of the Chess Singles (Universal) 3CD $20 53 tracks including her signature “At Last”.

 

James, Etta Heart & Soul: A Retrospective (hip-O Select) $60 Brand new 4 cd limited edition beautifully presented. 84 tracks in a stunning cloth covered book style box. Some rare duets and previously unreleased tracks.

 

King, BB King of the Blues (MCA) 4 cds with 30 never before on cd , 7 previously unreleased and 12 other rarities. 77 tracks all up. Well over 5 hours and 72 page full colour book. Sealed $60 as New $45

 

Otis, Johnny Rhythm & Blues Caravan with Little Esther (Savoy Jazz) 3cds + 48 page book in nifty flip top box. $35

 

Redding, Otis The Definitive Otis Redding Rhino 4cds + 100 page book. 95 tracks including one of live recordings. Generally considered one of the greatest live performers ever. Few surface marks on box but content pristine. Veryt hard to get now.

 

Vaughan, Stevie Ray S R Vaughan 3cds + dvd with 72 page book. All as new except the booklet is no longer attached to the box.. DVD has his Austin City Limits set which was recorded but never aired. Lots of rare tracks on the cds $45

 

Waters, Muddy                    The King of Chicago Blues $48 4cd+ 44 pg book

This is a nice book style box which has 96 tracks . The 4 cds  run for over 5 hours each have a separate title. Hits & Inspirations/ Some Roots Recycled/ They Call Me Muddy Waters& Muddy Rocks Out.

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Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 $100 This is the 12”x12” box version which is long deleted. It has a fabulous 72 page book. This is in pristine condition and has a fabulous 203 tracks which traces the history of the Atlantic label and its history under the direction of Turkish immigrants, the Ertegun brothers.Includes the greatest artists such as Coasters, Drifters, Ray Charles, Big Joe Trurner, Lavern Baker etc with many rarities. One of the best box sets ever.

 

Beg Scream & Shout The Big Ol Box of 60s Soul (Rhino) $130 This is one of the best. Numbered edition 15011 of 20000. Firstly the package is in the shape of a record carrier that was used for 7” records. Very cool and when you open it up that looks like what you get...6 records or more specifically eps BUT look closer. Mounted in the centre are the cds. There is a 16 page book but the real clincher is the 144 collectors cards that is one for each track. Absolutely brilliant. Whoever thought of this deserves all the kudos we can give.

 

Blues, The A Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues Singers. (Smithsonian) 4 cds + 100 page book with excellent bios on the participants. $50 The Smithsonian series are possibly the best overviews of the genres they cover, Certainly the range of tracks is hard to fault and whilst there are some that are fairly well known they are outweighed by the rarities.

 

Blues Classics 1927-1969 MCA $45 3cds plus detailed 64 page book giving a run down of all teh labels that have come under the MCA banner such as Vocalion, Decca, Aristocrat, Chess, Duke & Bluesway. First track is from Furry Lewis in 1927 “Billy Lyons & Stack-o-Lee” and 72 tracks in all in excellent sound. Nice.

 

Central Avenue Sounds Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956 Rhino 4cd + 96 page book $48 Includes jazz & blues. Nice book

Chess Blues                          101 tracks long style box with 101 tracks

                                            On 4 cds with 64 page book $55. All the greats and also includes many unissued tracks including the delightfully named Lafayette Leake’s equally delightfully named “Slow Leake”.

 

Complete Stax – Volt Singles 1959-1968 12x12” box with 64 page book, also in the large size. A few small marks on the outside box , but contents are pristine. Both these boxes are simply great. 9 individually housed cds . Whopping 244 tracks $90

 

Doctors:Professors:           Kings & Queens The Big Ol’ Box of new Orleans” 4cd 84 page book on Shout Factory Over 5 hours featuring the likes of Fats Domino, Dr John, Professor Longhair, Lloyd Price, Buckwheat Zydeco plus a lot you’ev never heard of etc $60. Sealed 85 tracks.

 

 

East Memphis Music The Hits & Hidden Gems $35 4cds that was put out by Universal Publishing and contains 73 Stax tracks with quite a few rarities.Covers 1965-1974. Nice cover.

 

Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads and Beyond $60 4 cds housed in a large side 136 page book which chronicle the Arhoolie Records story and feature artists recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area by Chris Strachwitz, the founder of Arhoolie Records. Lots of amazing photos in the bookand a bunch of previously unreleased material.

 

Hi Times The Hi R & B Years $40 3 cds 68 tracks with 64 page book. Best from the Hi label

 

1940s Mercury Sessions This is a fabulous collectable with 7 cds encompassing 172 tracks with an 84 page book. Very hard to get. It comes in a very attractive package in the shape of a vintage valve radio. Includes Albert Ammons/ Helen Humes/ Buddy Rich/ Eddie Vinson/ Julia Lee/ Jay McShann/ Cootie Williams etc. $100 & great value!

 

Mercury Blues ‘N Rhythm Story 1945-1955 Mercury Very hard to get out of print box. 8 cds 88 page book and 211 tracks, Would be an ideal companion to the previous 40s sessions box. This is a long style box with a very attractive gilt edging. Artists include Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Buddy Johnson, Dinah Washington, Jay Hawkins, Big Bill Broonzy etc Have been fortunate to get a couple of these in recent times but can’t guarantee I will again. $100 again 8 cds ...

 

Norman Granz  Complete Jam Sessions 5cds in Metal framed case with 72 pg book. $50 Norman Granz was the man behind Verve Records and began a series of all star concerts which were originally held at the Philharmonic Hall in Los Angeles. Soon he took these tours on the road but they still were known as “Jazz at the Philharmonic”. This set collects some of the best long jams recorded between 1952 and 1954. Sound is superb, something Verve was famous for. Among those on this are Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Charlie Parker, Stand Getz, Illinois Jacquet, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Herb ellis, Buddy Rich etc etc, soem tracks go for nearly 20 minutes. The solos are all handed round and then the central theme is replayed. These are great. The sound is spectacular

 

Rhapsodies in Black Music & Words from the Harlem Renaissance $55 Apart form the South a lot of the character of black music came from Harlem in New York. This 4 cd set with a 100 page book focuses on that. 4 themed cds .

1.    Struttin’ & Stridin’

2.    Testifyin’ & Philosophyin’

3.    Preachin’ & Prayin’

4.    Lustin’ for Love & Life

 

Roots n Blues The Retrospective 1925-1950 4 cds 107 tracks which give a coverage of blues & country blues & hillbilly with many rare recordings from the Okeh and Columbia vaults on cd for the only time. Super 68 page book. $50 Excellent coverage on the interrealtionslips of the genres.

 

Say it Loud                         A Celebration of Black Music in America Rhino $60

Real steal. 6 cds + 76 page book, includes blues, soul ,a bit of jazz, a bit of country, rock etc all interspersed with short speeches which define the rise to equality and the horrible notion of racism. So it is also an historical document. Some tracks are really hardline such as James Brown “”Say it Loud: I’m Black & I’m Proud” and Sly Stone “Don’t Call Mr Nigger Whitey”. Wow!! By the way if you get a chance see the movie”42: The Jackie Robinson Story”. A terrible indictment of America at the time and a great yarn. One of the interluding speeches features Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball.

 

Sounds of the South A Musical Journey from the Georgia Sea Islands to the Mississippi Delta Recorded in the Field by Alan Lomax $70 Out of print 12x12” box Consists of 4 themed cds .

1.    Sounds of the South/Blue Ridge Mountain Music

2.    Roots of the Blues/The Blues Roll On

3.    Negro Church Music/White Spirituals

4.    American Folk Songs for Children

This is on Atlantic and the excellent 44 page book has detailed notes by Lomax himself.

 

What Its Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves from the vaults of Atlantic, Atco & Warner Bros Records 4 cds + 80 page book $55 Superb presentation on this Rhino box. 91 tracks

 

2CDS R&B/Blues/ Jazz

Benson, George Anthology (Rhino) 2cds sealed $20

 

Brown, James                    Foundaions of Funk: A Brand New Bag 1964-69 Polydor Chronicles.27 long tracks by the Godfather of Soul including some previously unissued. 2cds with some previously unissed. Has a lot of his PtI & II songs such as “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” $18

Brown, James Soul Pride: the Instrumentals 1960-1969 (Polydor Chronicles) Rare tracks which often feature the Godfather of soul on organ and drums. Has 24 page booklet and excellent sound. $35

 

Brown, Ruth                      “Miss Rhythm: Greatest Hits & More” 2cds Atlantic $28 40 tracks +  16 page booklet. All the classics inc. “Lucky Lips”, “Wild Wild Young Men” & best of the lot,“This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’ “.

Buchanan, Roy                   “Sweet Dreams: The Anthology” $15 Polydor 2cds with 20 pg book in double case and slip jacket. The outer slip jacket has few marks but rest is great. Rather brilliant but ill-fated blues rock artist.

 

Canned Heat/J L Hooker Hooker & Heat 2cd Liberty $20 Some of the best work by either rartist. John Lee thought Canned Heat’s Alan “The Blind Owl” Wilson One of the best Harmonica players he had ever heard.

 

Carter, Benny The Music Master 4cds Proper 88 tracks 52 page book. $18 This is the last copy.

 

Charles, Ray                       “Ultimate Hits Collection” Rhino 2cds $25 Rhino 2cds with 52 page book in slip sleeve. All labels covered.

Coasters                               50 Coastin’ Classics Rhino $35 superb quad-fold digipak and glossy slip case 52 page book. Great sound & perfect song selection

Dr John                                “Mos Scocious: The Dr John Anthology” 2cds with 32 page book in slip sleeve. King of New Orleans $25

Franklin, Aretha 30 Greatest Hits ( Atlantic ) $12

Geils, J Band                      “Houseparty: Anthology” Rhino 2cds + 52 page booklet in slip sleeve $28

Hopkins, Lightnin’              “Anthology” Rhino 52 pg book.. one of the greats of acoustic blues, 2cds in nice slip case $25

House, Son                            “Father of the Delta Blues: the Complete 1965 Sessions” Columbia Legacy Roots & Blues 2cds + 8 pg notes $18

Hurt, Mississippi John D.C. Blues: The Library of Congress Recordings Volume 2 2cd Fuel Hard to get. Includes “Ten Virgins (When the Bridegroom Come!)”

King, B B                                “Now Appearing at Old Miss” 2cds live $20 in slip sleeve.

King, Ben E                            “Anthology:” Rhino 2 cds 49 tracks +  52 page booklet in slip sleeve. Classic solo plus some early ones with Drifters. Great. $40 .....no book & outer box $18

Mayall, John                          London Blues 1964-1969  $25

Mayall, John                          Room to Move 1969-1974 $25 Two great 2cd thick style cases with 24 pg booklets and slip jacket. The earlier one of course features tracks from his legendary album with Eric Clapton whilst his days in Laurel Canyon & USA Union are featured on the second.

 

Mingus, Charles                   “Thirteen Pictures: An Anthology” $18 2cds Rhino Genuine cloth bound book style packaging with 52 page book.

Mingus, Charles Thirteen Pictures: The Anthology (Rhino) 2cds + cloth bound book containing the cds + 52 page booklet $20

 

Nyro, Laura Stoned Soul Picnic: Best of Laura Nyro (Columbia) 2cd + 16 page Rock/soul/blues/folk? All of the above $20

 

Pastorius, Jaco Punk Jazz: Anthology 2cds (Rhino) sealed $20

 

Redding, Otis The Otis Redding Story 3cds (Atlantic) 3cds + 24 page book 60 tracks. $35

 

Shearing, George From Battersea to Broadway Proper 4cd + 40 page book last copy $18

 

Simone, Nina Anthology: The Colpix Years (Rhino) 2cd 32 page booklet $25 Some wonderful very bluesy gems.

 

Tower of Power What is Hip? The Tower of Power Anthology (Rhino) 2cd plus 52 page booklet$25

 

Winter, Johnny                    A Rock & Roll Collection 2cds Sony legacy comprehensive 12 pg notes $22 Texas blues legend. 22 tracks with a few 10 minute+ live ones.

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Aladdin Records Story EMI Legends $20 Nice packaging in a replica of the old style album cases 53 tracks featuring artists such as The Fiv Keys, Thurston Harris, Floyd Dixon, Helen Humes, Gen & Eunice, Amos Milburn, Lowell Fulsom etc.

Roots of the Blues 3cds new 45 tracks $20

CDS R&B/Blues/ Jazz

Bookbinder, Roy Live Book $18 (Rounder) Great 11min “Candy Man”

Davis, Blind Gary Harlem Street Singer OBC $15

Dion Tank Full of Blues Blue Horizon $15 Dion’s blues album

Dr John Best of the Parlophone Years EMI $10

Gruenling, Denis Rockin’ All Day (Backbender) $15 harmonica tyro

Harper, Ben w. Charlie Musselwhite Get Up $10 small cut on cover

Howlin’ Wolf Howlin at the Sun $10 (Charly) 21 Sun Tracks

Hurt, Mississippi John Worried Blues 1965(Rounder) $18

Perfect, Christine Complete Blue Horizon (Blue Horizon) sealed $15 Christine achievd great fame as Christine McVie

Slim Harpo Rocks (Bear Family) $20 new

 

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Booze & the Blues Legacy...22 tracks about bootleggin’, whisky & more.

Shake ‘Em on Down The Real country Blues (Ace UK) 22 tracks $18

Sugar in My Bowl Hard Driving Mamas Vintage Sex Songs 1923-1952

Buzzola $20

 

DVD

Blazing Telecasters Danny Gatton & Tom Principato $15

 

50s/Rock & Roll

BEAR FAMILY BOX

Haley, Bill & His Comets The Decca Years 5 cds + 32 page book$100 The sound quality on this could not be bettered if the recordings were made yesterday. Great singles as well as albums including the “Around the World” album in which Bill sings songs about varying countries. Of course the Aussie one is “Rockin’ Matilda”.

 

OTHER BOX SETS 50s/Rock & roll

 

Berry, Chuck The Chess Box $35 3cds + 32 page book in 12 x 12 box. Great retrospective with 71 tracks.

 

Berry, Chuck Have Mercy: His Complete Chess Recordings 1969-1974 (Hip-O Select) 4cds 71 tracks & out of print. This period of Chuck’s career is usually associated with the success he had with “My Ding A Ling” but there is a lot of meat, especially some of his bluesy offerings. This set is out of print and most of the recording are simply not available elsewhere $60

 

Dion                                  “King of the new York Street” $50 Now out of print, 3 cds with a 52 page book. All eras are covered from his early sides as a doo-wop singer with the Belmonts through his darker sides where he was heavily into drugs. Highlight from that era is the stunning “Your Own Backyard”. A must have. This is truly a wonderful set covering more than 50s of course. Such is the versatility of the man. “Runaround Sue” and “Abraham, Martin & John”... two fabulous hits but how different can you get...about this much!! Wonderful. Great singer and great box.

 

 Domino, Fats                    “They Call Me the Fat Man: Legendary Imperial Sessions” $50 EMI/Imperial USA. 4 cds The great survivor and a wonderful set, second to the Bear Family box.. 4cds + 84 page book with some nice foldouts. His biggest hit was “Blueberry Hill” but in Australia is was “I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday”. I call him a survivor as he was rumoured to have been killed by Cyclone Katrina. It was false but everything he had was destroyed. Kudos to the US Government for replacing his “National Medal of the Arts” & to Capitol for replacing all his Gold Record awards.

 

Everly Brothers                   “Heartaches & Harmonies” 4cds $60 This is a wonderful Rhino box set which encompasses all their Cadence, Warner, RCA etc recordings. 103 tracks. 60 page book mainly in colour but I just can’t decide...who has the best hair...Don or Phil. This is excellent in all respects, $60 Don’t miss it. It starts with a couple of their rare pre-Cadence and ends with their lkast recording together in 1990. Both are still alive. Don is 76 & “Baby Boy” Phil is 74. Classic.

 

Holly, Buddy Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings and More Hip-O select. $130 This is totally out of print. 6cds in an 80 page hard cover book featuring Buddy’s iconic image on the front. 6cds plus 203 tracks. (By the way Amazon listings range from $185 to $357 reflecting the rarity). This is 100% like new. Again, going to be harder to get as time goes by!

 

Holly, Buddy Collection: 50 Classic Recordings (MCA) $20Very hard to get now.

 

Nelson, Rick(y)                    Legacy Box 4cds + 52 page book. Capitol USA $60. Hard to believe he never started out to be a singer but he had the most popular tv show in the USA and was as good looking as anyone so it was a natural progression and unlike many he had talent. 100 tracks from the Ricky to the Rick, though near the end of his career he reverted to Ricky as Carl Perkins had referred to him as Ricky and he figured if that  is what Carl wanted to call him it was just fine. All the hits and much much more. Quite a few unissued tracks. Very attractive leather look box

 

Presley, Elvis                      “King of Rock & Roll: Complete 50s Masters” 5 cds + 92 page full size book. $45 The way to get this if an Elvis fan.  Out of print and not hard to understand why. Includes the sheet of collector’s stamps.

 

Spector, Phil Back to Mono Abcko $70 4cds + 100 page book, full size 12x12. Includes the wonderful “A Christmas Gift for You”. Starts with the Teddy Bears and ends with the Checkmates “Love IS All I Have to Give”.

 

Valens, Rictchie Come on Lets Go Del Fi $60 Ultra deluxe box and out of print. Amazon lists for over a hundred. 3cds + 64 page book, plus poster plus 6 small movie stills cards. Mastered from original tapes.

 

Vincent, Gene The Gene Vincent Box Set : Complete Capitol and Columbia Recordings 1956-1964 $80 6 cds + 48 page book. Has 151 Capitol and Columbia tracks and 29 previously unreleased outtakes. Sufice to say this is out of print. Don’t miss it.

 

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Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 4cds + 44 page Book $45 114 tracks all taken from the original master tapes. In addition the cds look like records. Very nice.

 

Cosimo Matassa Story Proper 4cds $20 120 tracks 40 page book. HJust about every recording done in New Orlrans was engineered by Sosimo Matassa and this is a collection of the some very rare tracks from Bobby Charles “See You Late r Alligator” to the Dukes and Hawks.

 

Rock& Skiffle                      Brit Beat begins 4cds (Proper) $20 40 page book And 100 tracks from Donegan (natch!!)/ Tommy Steele/ Vipers/ Ken Colyer/ even a track of the Goons and some Winifred Atwell. Last copy

 

2CDS

Eddy, Duane                         “Twang Thang: The Anthology” Rhino 2cds 52 page booklet and slip sleeve. Jamie & RCA $28 hard to get.

Edmunds, Dave                    “Anthology 1968-1990” Rhino 2cds 41 tks including “Baby Ride Easy” with Carlen Carter. 52 page booklet + slip sleeve $28

Haley, Bill & Comets Ultimate Collection 2cds 40 Decca Tracks $18

 

Holly, Buddy Down the Line Rarities 2cds new (Decca) 59 tracks. Starts in 1949 and goes to 1959. Includes rare duets with Bob Montgomery. $28

 

Hawkins, Screamin Jay Spellbound 1955-1974 (Bear Family) 2cd $15 no booklet

Scott, Jack Touch Me Baby I Go Hog Wild (Jasmine) whopping 64 tracs. $20

 

CDS

Big Bopper Helloooo Baby (Bear Family) new $20

Bland, Billy Let the Little Girl Dance (Ace Uk) 29 tks $18

Champs 25 All Time Greatest Recordings (Varese) $15

DeCastro Sisters Teach Me Tonight (Bear Family) $18 31 tks

Fabares, Shelley Best (Sequel) $18

Fleetwoods Come Softly to Me: Very Best (Dolton/EMI) $18

28 tracks

Hawkins, Screamin Jay Best of: Voodoo Jive (Rhino) $10

Knox, Buddy & Jimmy Bowen Rock (Bear Family) $20

Preston, Johnny Charming Billy: The Stereo Sessions (Bear Family)$18

Scott, Jack Rocks (Bear Family) new $20 26 tks

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Sellers, Peter                        “A Celebration of Sellers” EMI $50 4cds featuring albums (Best of Sellers/ Peter & Sophia/ Songs for Swingin’ Sellers & Sellers Market. Each augmented by a stack of bonus tracks. 67 tracks all up. New sealed. How great is his version of “Hard Day’s Night”, one of the bonus tracks.

 

Yankovic, Weird Al              Permanent Record 4cds $45 + 60 page book. This is long out of print. Al has been around for a long time and that is due fact he is genuinely funny and clever

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Beat Generation                  Rhino 3cds + 60 page book.  $40 The beatnik generation featuring Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsberg, Lord Buckley etc, as well as songs including the king of the 50s tv hipsters, Ed Kookie Byrnes and “Kookie’s Mad Pad”. As you may expect there is a Tom Waits song and Maynard G Krebs gets referenced in the book.

 

Brain in a Box                       The Science Fiction Section 5cds + 200 page hardcover book $80  Rhino’s most eccentric box and that is really saying something. Each cd has a theme. Movie themes/ TV Themes/ Pop/ Incidental lounge/ Novelty. Has a fabulous 3d cover of....a brain in a box. Very collectable now.

 

Club Verboten 4cds and 100 page book. $50 Club Verboten is the first and foremost musical entertainment through music composed or embraced by the gay and lesbian culture. So many gay icons such as Judy Garland, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich etc. Very good notes.

 

Elektra The First 50 Years 5cds $35 Never commercially available. 89 tracks in nifty box. We have folk/ rock and pop.

 

Finding Their Voice              Century of Recorded Poetry Rhino 4cds $30  This almost needs its own category as it features poets and beat poets so guess a natural to go with the preceding “Beat Generation” box 52 page hard cover book.

 

Great American Baseball Box The Biggest names, the Greatest Moments in Baseball History. 117 tracks on 4 cds $60 brand new. The darn thing is in the shape of a baseball “base’!! The tracks feature game broadcasts, speeches, news segments, interviews, radio shows, comedy routines (yep...Who’s on First!) and song. On Shout Factory, another great American company.

Great Speeches Of the 20th Century 68 speeches including the full 17 or so minutes of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech which I would suggest should be heard by all. 48 page book. On Rhino Naturally it has Winston Churchill and JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” ...I’d have to say his Bostonian accent has always grated so Martin 1st and Winston 2nd!! $48

 

Hot Rods                                & Custom Classics Rhino $80 This is an out of print box in absolutely as new condition and includes all the extras. 4cds + 68 page book, plus additional book...fluffy dice to hang from the rear view mirror, transfers etc. Every imaginable song about drag racing and hot rods is included. And the presentation will have you smiling from ear to ear.

 

Midwinter                            A Celebration of the Folk Music of Christmas & the

Turning of the Year $60 The Christmas box to end all Christmas boxes. Avoids any of the standards and has an amazing 140 page book which details every song. It covers all number of artists from John Fahey, Richard Farina with Bob Dylan on “Xmas Island” (yep the title is spelt that way) through to John Prine, Jethro tull, Loudon Wainwrihght III and the Strawbs. From the fabulous Free Reed label.

 

Old Time Radio All Time Favourites (Smithsonian) 4 cds $20 Has 48 page booklet. Includes selections from dramas such as the Lone Ranger & Sergeant Preston of the Yukon as well as comedy such as Jack Benny & Burns & Allen.

 

Warner Brothers                 75 Years Entertaining the Word Rhino. 4cds + 84 page book. $45 The box is a work of art. Velvet with a spectacular gold Warner Brothers emblem in the middle. Has 84 tracks. Can’t get much earlier than “My Mammy” by Al Jolson from the first ever talkie “The Jazz Singer”. Also includes many actors you wouldn’t normally think of as singers showing their vocal prowess. Nice package.

 

2CDS

Cheech& Chong                 “Where There’s Smoke There’s Cheech & Chong” Rhino 2cds double case + 40 page booklet in slip sleeve. $25

 

Freberg, Stan Presents United States of America Vol 1 & 2 2cd (Rhino) $35 Very hard to get and hilarious take on American history. The early years is highlighted by the “Sale of Manhattan”...where the art of negoatiation takes on a new meaning, whilst the middle years is bes treporesented by the clever and hilarious “Stephen Foster Beloved Songwriter”. Brilliant man.

 

Jones, Spike                         “Musical Depreciation Society” Rhino 2cds  40 tracks + 44 page book $28

Newhart, Bob Something Like This: The Bob Newhart Anthology 2cd $18 (Rhino) new classic includes “Driving Instructor)

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Dr Demento 20th Anniversary: The Greatest Novelty Records of All Time (Rhino) 2cd 36 tracks $20

Dr Demento 25th Anniversary Collection More of the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time (Rhino) 2cd 36 tracks $25

Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work (Rhino) 2cd $20 Packaged in leather look. Black beat artists. Includes 52 page book.

CDS

Golden Throats The Great Celebrity Sing Off (Rhino) $15 14 celebrities sing...or show they can’t sing. Best are Sebastian Cabot’s emotional readings of two Dylan classics whilst Eddie Albert’s Dylan effort is in the words of the great Jed Clampett “Pitiful”. Fun cd.

Golden Throats 2 More Celebrity Rock Oddities 3D Cover $18 Again a triumph with Sebastian Cabot’s “All I Really Want to Do” whilst Cassius Clay’s “Stand By Me” leaves you wondering if he really was always punch drunk.

 

 

BOOKS

Bill Anderson Letters to My Fans Volume One 2003-2006 $12 154 pages paperback.

Murray, Ty King of the Cowboys: The Autography of the World’s Most Famous Rodeo Star $18 254p g hard cover

Skaggs, Ricky Kentucky traveller: My Life in Music $18 Full advance with 344 pages. Actual release is September

Streissguth, Michael Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville $28 Brand new hardcover book by the author of the Johnny Cash biography & the following Eddy Arnold.. Excellent bits as well on Jack Clement and Chet Flippo as well as Jessi Colter, Shel Silverstein, Bobby Bare, David Allan Coe etc.

Streissguth, Micahel Eddy Arnold: Pioneer of the Nashville Sound $25 290 page hardcover . As new.

 

Turner, Steve The Man Called Cash: Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend $10 large paperback with forward by Kris Kristofferson.

 

Diane Diekman Twentieth Century Drifter The Life of Marty Robbins $20 new 280 page hardback

Paul Williams Bob Dylan: Performing Artist 1960-1973 The Early Years 310 pages $18

Poe, Randy Skydog: The Duane Allman Story new hardback $18 also the history of the Allman Brothers.

Bashe, Philip Travelin’ Man: The Complete Biography of Rick Nelson $20 long out of print. Over 300 pages.

Tosches, Nick Country $15 One of the best music writers and this is not to be missed with a number of controversial chapters including “Cowboys & Niggers” and “Stained Panties & Coarse Metaphors”.

Hinds, Hayden & Eldredge The Most Popular Plantation songs 108 pages $18 this is a very old songbook showing 1911 copyright and would suggest a very early edition. A lot are from a time when slavery existed and are quite an eyeopener in the lyrical sense.

Griffis, Ken Hear My Song: the Story of the Sons of the Pioneers $25 Large size softcover impossible to get. This was the last edition from 1998 and gives a complete history of the group with of course a big emphasis on the originals. 232pg

Horstman, Dorothy Sing Your Heart Out country Boy: Classic Country Songs and Their Insdie Stories by the People Who Wrote Them $28 This is a very hard to getbook from 1974 394 pages The perspectives by the songwriters are wonderful eg Tom T Hall “Ballad od 40 Dollars”. “Yesterday the guy was a son of a bitchg, and today he was a great old guy who really meant well”

Van Hamersveld, Eric Roy Rogers & Dale Evans It was Always the Music $30 Huge hardcover book 400 pages. Must weigh 3kgs. Has 18 track cd. Features songs plus the music and a detailed sselection of pictures.

Peterson, Richard A Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity $22 One of the best ever books on early country music. 306 pg hardcover.

Tucker, Tanya Nickel Dreams: My Life. $20 345 pg hardcover. Juicy is teh only way to describe it. Especially the bits with Glen Campbell.

Louvin, Charlie Satan Is Real: Ballad of the Louvin Brothers $25 hard cover $15 paperback. Charlie swears like a trooper!!

Allen, Bob George Jones: The Life & Times of a Honky tonk Legend $20 First major work on George. Thgis is the 1994 second edition dedicated to Keith Whitley. Hardcover 300+pages

Rogers, Roy & Dale Evans Happy Trails Our Life Story $15 hardcover

 

 

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please do

Not hesitate to ask.

Steve

 

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