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various: Country & Western Hit Parade 1968

Genre:Bear Family - Compilations

Price-Code:Art.No.:BCD17263 EAN Nr.:5397102172632 Shipping Weight: 0.2kg

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Country & Western Hit Parade 1968
1-CD Deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 86 mns.
  • After the volumes covering 1945-1965 were released, the word was out. This series is definitive, fabulously packaged, and faultlessly re-mastered! In short, everything you'd expect from Bear Family! Including these five new additions, it’s now a quarter-century of the very best of country music.
  • Jack Clement, who produced Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, Charley Pride, and many others, said, "This is the best country series of all time. No doubt. No question." Robert Hilburn in the 'Los Angeles Times' said, "An invaluable album project…enables fans to step back in time and listen to the radio just like Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and Bob Dylan did." Producer Allen Reynolds (Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, and many others) stopped Bear Family’s Richard Weize at the Country Music Hall of Fame to congratulate him on the series.
  • Now the story ends with 1966-1970. Every CD is generously full. Every booklet is extensive and chocked full of rare photos and illustrations, as well as complete stories behind the songs!
  • In addition to the hits, the series contains rarities that went on to influence country music - in fact, all music - in the years ahead.
  • This series is designed to introduce new listeners to the very best that country music has to offer… while keeping longtime fans entertained. Every volume is a fabulous time capsule.
"Collecting an anarchic mix of sex and sentimentality, earnest paeans to family and fanciful tales of drinking and cheating, Dim Lights… affords a fascinating glimpse into black-and-white polemics… Established stars, inspired wannabes proffer an intoxicating brew of dancefloor honky tonk, hillbilly boogie, bluegrass, western swing, incipient rockabilly, goofball novelty, and sentimental country-pop." ('Uncut' magazine)

The reviews are in and everyone from Australia to Los Angeles to London is raving about Bear Family's definitive year-by-year country series. Starting in 1945, Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music (Country & Western Hitparade) tells the real story of country music record-by-record,  year-by-year. The hits are here, but they're only half the story. The set goes beyond chart books to include groundbreaking records that went nowhere at the time, but influenced generations yet to come. This is the music that influenced the White Stripes, Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Nick Cave, the Beatles and many others. In other words, this is the true and uncensored history of country music. Everything you need to hear, year-by-year, as it happened!

Picking up the story in 1966 and continuing until 1970, the new batch includes original versions of too many classic hits to list – just look at the track listing. But the series also includes neglected classics and shoulda-been hits like Gram Parsons' recordings with the International Submarine Band and the Byrds, George Jones' neglected album track Beneath Still Waters (later a #1 hit for Emmylou Harris), Charlie Louvin's gothic classic Will You Visit Me On Sundays, Roger Miller's original versions of Me And Bobby McGee and Little Green Apples, Jim Alley's ultra-rare original version of Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line, and so many more!

There’s even more! Incredibly detailed 72-page booklets go with every CD, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes stories, rare photos, record label shots, and complete discographical information.

During the years covered by these volumes, the United States was even more bitterly polarized than today. Vietnam, Civil Rights, and the '60s revolution in culture and style created a volatile political and cultural atmosphere. Some took country music back to its hillbilly roots, some tried to embrace the change with newer country songs like Gentle On My Mind, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Ode To Billie Joe, etc., and some tried to blend then-current rock and traditional country music. It was an explosive time and the music reflected much of that. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, And Hillbilly Music goes out on a very high note.

Bear Family began its journey into year-by-year anthologies with the groundbreaking and award-winning Blowin' The Fuse and Sweet Soul Music series that tell the story of R&B from 1945-1970. Look for the series to continue into the Funk era. And a year-by-year Rock 'n' Roll anthology is coming soon…

Track Listing:
Waylon Jennings: Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line • Tammy Wynette: D-I-V-O-R-C-E • Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues • International Submarine Band: Luxury Liner • Henson Cargill: Skip A Rope • Merle Haggard: Mama Tried • George Jones: Beneath Still Waters • Glen Campbell: I Wanna Live • Jeannie C. Riley: Harper Valley P.T.A. • Dillard & Clark: Train Leaves Here This Morning • Porter Wagoner: The Carroll County Ac- cident • Jerry Lee Lewis: Another Place Another Time • Merle Haggard: I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am • Loretta Lynn: Fist City • Charlie Louvin: Will You Visit Me On Sundays? • Johnny Darrell: The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp • Roger Miller: Little Green Apples • Tom T. Hall: Ballad Of Forty Dol- lars • The Byrds: Hickory Wind • Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top • Jerry Lee Lewis: What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me) • Glen Campbell: Wichita Lineman • Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton: Holding On To Nothin' • Johnny Cash: Daddy Sang Bass • Merle Haggard: I Started Lo- ving You Again • Buck Owens: How Long Will My Baby Be Gone? • George Jones: When The Grass Grows Over Me • Marty Robbins: I Walk Alone • Conway Twitty: Next In Line • Tammy Wynette: Stand By Your Man • Jim Alley: Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
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001 Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line Jennings, Waylon
002 D-I-V-O-R-C-E Wynette, Tammy
003 Folsom Prison Blues Cash, Johnny
004 Luxury Liner International Submarine Band
005 Skip A Rope Cargill, Henson
006 Mama Tried Haggard, Merle
007 Beneath Still Waters Jones, George
008 I Wanna Live Campbell, Glen
009 Harper Valley P.T.A. Riley, Jeannie C.
010 Train Leaves Here This Morning Dillard, Doug & Clark, Gene
011 The Carroll County Accident Wagoner, Porter
012 Another Place Another Time Lewis, Jerry Lee
013 I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am Haggard, Merle
014 Fist City Lynn, Loretta
015 Will You Visit Me On Sundays? Louvin, Charlie
016 The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp Darrell, Johnny
017 Little Green Apples Miller, Roger
018 Ballad Of Forty Dollars Hall, Tom T.
019 Hickory Wind Byrds, The
020 Rocky Top Osborne Brothers
021 What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me) Lewis, Jerry Lee
022 Wichita Lineman Campbell, Glen
023 Holding On To Nothin' Wagoner, Porter & Parton, Dolly
024 Daddy Sang Bass Cash, Johnny
025 I Started Loving You Again Haggard, Merle
026 How Long Will My Baby Be Gone? Owens, Buck
027 When The Grass Grows Over Me Jones, George
028 I Walk Alone Robbins, Marty
029 Next In Line Twitty, Conway
030 Stand By Your Man Wynette, Tammy
031 Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line Alley, Jim
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