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Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys: The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set)

9-CD / 1-DVD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with 184-page Hardcover Book. Total playing time 10 hrs 56 mns.

•    ''He's the biggest singer this music ever knew. You booked him and you didn't worry about crowds. For drawing power in the South, it was Roy Acuff, then God.'' (Hank Williams)
•    Roy Acuff’s recordings for Vocalion/ARC/Columbia Records, 1936-1951, complete for the first time!
•    The records that revolutionized country music from the artist who took the Grand Ole Opry coast-to-coast, and played a major role in launching the Nashville music industry.
•    Many songs that now form part of bedrock American music, including Great Speckle Bird, Wabash Cannon Ball, Freight Train Blues, The (House of the) Rising Sun, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Beneath That Lonely Mound Of Clay, The Precious Jewel, Wreck On The Highway, Fireball Mail, Night Train To Memphis, The Prodigal Son, Low And Lonely, Pins And Needles In My Heart, I Saw The Light, We Live In Two Diff’rent Worlds, and Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.
•    Nine CDs plus a DVD!
•    184-page book, including hundreds of photos, many previously unseen!

Defiantly and unapologetically country, Acuff’s roots were in Appalachian music, but during the 1940s, he became one of the nation’s top stars, touring ceaselessly, appearing in movies, and minting hit after hit. Later in life, his achievement earned him the distinction of becoming the first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He also starred on the Grand Ole Opry from 1938 until a few weeks before his death in 1992.
Roy Acuff’s ARC-Columbia recordings are one of the cornerstones of tradition-based American music.

These nine CDs comprise every surviving “take” of every surviving recording he made for ARC/Columbia. A total of 228 performances. A bonus DVD includes the complete Grand Ole Opry movie from 1940.
The recordings feature stellar work from Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys, including Clell ‘Cousin Jody’ Summey, Tommy Magness, Tommy Jackson, Benny Martin, and of course Pete ‘Bashful Brother Oswald’ Kirby. The Smoky Mountain Boys’ 1948 instrumental LP, ‘Old Time Barn Dance,’ is included complete as well.


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Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01Singing My Way To GloryRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02Charmin' BetsyRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03The Great Speckled BirdRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04My Mountain Home Sweet HomeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05Gonna Raise A Ruckus TonightRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06Wabash Cannon BallRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07Freight Train BluesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08You've Gotta See Mama Every NightRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09Gonna Have A Big Time TonightRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10Yes Sir, That's My BabyRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11You're The Only Star (In My Blue Heaven)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12Please Don't Talk About Me, When I'm GoneRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13All Night LongRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14New Greenback DollarRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15Steamboat Whistle BluesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16She No Longer Belongs To MeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17When Lulu's GoneRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18Doin' It The Old Fashioned WayRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19An Old Three Room ShackRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20Red Lips (Kiss My Blues Away)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
21Trouble Trouble (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
22Trouble Trouble (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
23Sailing AlongRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
24Steel Guitar ChimesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
25Lonesome ValleyRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01Sad MemoriesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02Steel Guitar BluesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03Old Fashioned LoveRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04My Gal SalRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05The Great Speckled Bird #2 (take1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06Tell Mother I'll Be ThereRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07Down In Union CountryRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08The Rising SunRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09What Would You Do With Gabriel's TrumpetRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10Shout, Oh LuluRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11Goodbye BrownieRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12Blue Ridge SweetheartRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13One Old ShirtRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14Bonnie Blue EyesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15The Automobile Of LifeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16Smoky Mountain Rag (instrumental)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17Wabash Blues (instrumental)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18That Beautiful PictureRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19The Great Shining LightRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20Honky Tonk MammasRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
21Haven Of DreamsRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
22Answer To 'Sparkling Blue Eyes'Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
23Smoky Mountain MoonRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
24Fly, Birdie, FlyRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
25Ida RedRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
26Beautiful Brown EyesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
27Mother's Prayers Guide MeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
28Living On The Mountain, Baby MineRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
29A Vagabond's DreammRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01Old Age Pension CheckRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02Eyes Are Watching YouRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03I'm Building A HomeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04Railroad Boomer (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05Railroad Boomer (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06Walkin' In My SleepRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07Wonder Is All I DoRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08Drifting Too Far From The ShoreRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09Come Back Little PalRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10Will The Circle Be UnbrokenRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11Coming From The BallRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12When I Lay My Burden DownRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13Beneath That Lonely Wound Of ClayRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14The Streamlined CannonballRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15Weary RiverRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16Just To Ease My Worried MindRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17Farther Along (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18Farther Along (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19Blue Eyed Darling (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20Blue Eyed Darling (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
21The Precious Jewel (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
22The Precious Jewel (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
23The Broken HeartRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
24Would You CareRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
25Lonesome Old River Blues (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
26Lonesome Old River Blues (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
27What Good Will It DoRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
28Mule Skinner BluesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01Be Honest With MeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02Worried MindRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03Things That Might Have BeenRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04You're My DarlingRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05It Won't Be Long (Till I'll Be Leaving)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06Just Inside The Pearly GatesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07I Know We're Saying GoodbyeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08Brother Take WarningRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09The Great Judgement MorningRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10Stuck Up BluesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11Lying Woman BluesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12You Are My LoveRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13Branded Wherever I GoRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14No Letter In The MailRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15Are You Thinking Of Me DarlingRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16I Called And Nobody AnsweredRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17Wreck On The HighwayRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18Fire Ball MailRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19I'll Reap My Harvest In HeavenRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20Night Train To MemphisRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
21The Prodigal SonRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
22Low And LonelyRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
23Write Me SweetheartRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
24I Didn' t Want You To KnowRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
25Roll On BuddyRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
26Weary Lonesome BluesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
27Come Back Little DarlingRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
28They Can Only Fill One GraveRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 5
01Live And Let LiveRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02Don't Make Me Go To Bed And I'll Be GoodRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03The Heart That Was Broken For MeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04Not A Word From HomeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05Do You Wonder WhyRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06I'll Forgive You But I Can't ForgetRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07Blues In My MindRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08(I Heard A) Silver TrumpetRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09Easy Rockin' ChairRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10It's Too Late Now To Worry AnymoreRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11Wait For The Light To ShineRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12Radio Station S-A-V-E-DRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13We Planted Roses On Our Darling's GraveRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14Money Won't Buy This Soul Of MineRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15No One Will Ever KnowRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16I Think I'll Go Home And CryRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17We Live In Two Different WorldsRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18Pins And Needles (In My Heart)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19Golden TreasureRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20I Gambled And Lost-1Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
21I Gambled And Lost-2Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
22Let Me Be The First To Say I'm Sorry (BD+take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
23Let Me Be The First To Say I'm Sorry (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
24All The World Is Lonely Now (2 Breakdowns)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
25All The World Is Lonely Now (take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 6
01That Glory Bound TrainRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02Waiting For My Call To GloryRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03Gone, Gone, Gone (But Not Forgotten)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04Tell Me Now Or Tell Me Never -1Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05Tell Me Now Or Tell Me Neve r-2Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06I Talk To Myself About You -1Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07I Talk To Myself About You -2Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08Freight Train Blues (FS+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09(Our Own) Jole Blon (FS+BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10(Our Own) Jole Blon (2 BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11Tennessee Central (Number Nine)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12Wabash Cannon Ball (2 BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13Wabash Cannon Ball (FS+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14There's A Big Rock In The Road (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15There's A Big Rock In The Road (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16Po' Folks (All The Time) (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17Po' Folks (All The Time) (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18I Wish I Had Kissed You Goodbye (BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (FS+BD)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
21Don't Wait 'Til Judgement DayRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
22The Devil's Train (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
23The Devil's Train (FS+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
24Short Changed In Love (BD+FS+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 7
01When They Take That Last Look At Me (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02When They Take That Last Look At Me (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03This World Can't Stand Long (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04This World Can't Stand Long (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05I Saw The LightRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06Heartaches And FlowersRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07The Songbirds Are Singing In Heaven (BD)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08The Songbirds Are Singing In Heaven (2 FS+BD)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09The Songbirds Are Singing In Heaven (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10Unloved And Unclaimed (FS+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11Unloved And Unclaimed (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12I Had A DreamRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13Thank God (BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14You'll Reap These TearsRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15It's Just About TimeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16I'll Always CareRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17It's So Hard To SmileRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18The Waltz Of The WindRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19A Sinner's DeathRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20The Midnight Train (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
21The Midnight Train (FS+take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
22The Midnight Train (take 3)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 8
01Where You There When They Crucified My Lord (tk 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02Where You There When They Crucified My Lord (+BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03Sweeter Than The FlowersRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04Tennessee Waltz (BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05Tennessee Waltz (BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06The Pale Horse And His RiderRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07Gray EagleRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08Dance Around MollyRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09Black Mountain RagRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10Pretty Little Widow (BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11Smoky Mountain RagRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12Lonesome IndianRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13Bully Of The TownRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14Polk County BreakdownRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15Jesus Died For MeRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (FS+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18The Day They Laid Mary Away (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19The Day They Laid Mary Away (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20It's All Right NowRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 9
01Baldknob Arkansas (FS+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
02Baldknob Arkansas (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
03A Plastic Heart (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
04A Plastic Heart (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
05Advice To Joe (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
06Advice To Joe (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
07When My Money Run Out (I Lost All My Friends) (tk 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
08When My Money Run Out (I Lost All My Friends) (tk 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
09When My Money Run Out (I Lost All My Friends) (tk 3)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
10Your Address UnknownRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
11The Southbound TrainRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
12Pliney JaneRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
13Waltz Of The WindRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
14Waltz Of Broken Vows (BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
15CheatingRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
16Don't Hang Your Dirty Linen Ony My Line (take 1)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
17Don't Hang Your Dirty Linen Ony My Line (take 2)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
18Don't Hang Your Dirty Linen Ony My Line (take 3)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
19I'll Be Alone (BD+take)Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
20Doug MacArthurRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
21In The Shadow Of The SmokiesRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
22She Isn't GuaranteedRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
23Wonder Is All I DoRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
24Thy Burdens Are Greater Than MineRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
25Ten Little NumbersRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
26Just A FriendRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
27My Tears Don't ShowRoy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 10
01Grand Ole Opry Movie 1940DVD
Roy Acuff Record Labels: ARC, Melotone, Conqueror, Perfect, Okeh, Columbia, Vocalion,... more
"Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys"

Roy Acuff

Record Labels: ARC, Melotone, Conqueror, Perfect, Okeh, Columbia, Vocalion, Harmony, Decca, MGM, Capitol, Hikkory, Rounder, Stetson 

In the words of baseball giant Dizzy Dean, Roy Acuff was "the King of Country Music." It was a mantle that carried rights and obligations, and Acuff took them seriously. He developed an unyielding vision of country music rooted in an idealized past. He held true to that vision, and his audience kept faith with him. For decades, he traveled the country to play for his people. Later, as he became frail and his eyesight faltered, his audience traveled to him, as befits a king.

Roy Acuff wasn’t country music’s first star. He began recording in 1936, three years after Jimmie Rodgers died. Rodgers was indisputably the first galvanic presence in country music, but Acuff was one of the few from that era more-or-less untouched by his artistry. Of all the songs in Rodgers’ small but influential oeuvre, Acuff recorded just one, Muleskinner Blues.Beyond the fact that both Rodgers and Acuff had performed in medicine shows, their only similarity was that they were both very presentin their recordings. Their music emanates a strong sense of self.

Jimmie Rodgers drew on blues, minstrelsy, and parlor ballads. His most authentic songs were populated by rounders, drunks, drifters, and grifters who could still shed a tear for Mother and Home. He sang with an insouciant drawl that came from African American music. Acuff too drew on parlor ballads, but he recast them in the mold of music from the Southern Uplands. The fierce pieties, ancient ballads, and hoe-downs came from there, too. No sin would go unpunished. Death was omnipresent. "There was whiskey and blood all together/ Mixed with glass where they lay/ Death played her hand in destruction/ But I didn't hear nobody pray."That was the essence of Roy Acuff distilled to a single verse. The sin, the retribution, the moral. He sang full-throated as if amplification had yet to be invented, and he sang with a passion that came from believing that he was a warrior for God, Family, and Country.

When the Grand Ole Opry had the opportunity to go coast-to-coast with just thirty minutes of its four hours, Roy Acuff was chosen as the syndicated segment’s host and star. He’d only been with the show a shade over a year, but it was already clear that he epitomized its values. He would be its emissary to the rest of the country. Already, he had cast off the smutty songs and jazz age tunes that his band had played when they were the Crazy Tennesseans. Now they were Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys. No longer an ensemble, they were a star and his backing group.

The Grand Old Opry made a conscious or unconscious decision that there would never be a franchise act. Acuff was as close as they ever came. In that role, he helped to draw the country music business to Nashville, and when he co-founded Acuff-Rose Publications in 1943, he laid one of the cornerstones of that business. And then Acuff lost his way. A fiercely competitive man, dating back to his days as a local league baseball player, Acuff tried to compete with up-and-coming country-pop singers like Red Foley and Eddy Arnold. He quit the Opry for a year, added an accordion to his line-up, and began singing pop songs, many of them written by his new partner, Fred Rose. By the end of this collection, he had reconciled with the inevitable. The day for his music had passed, but he still had millions of fans, who might not rush to buy every release as they had ten years earlier, but would still pay to hear him sing. The pop songs together with the accordion were gone, and Acuff had returned to his home turf.

Bear Family has anthologized the complete works of Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Bob Wills, Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Johnny Horton, and others who preceded or were contemporaneous with Acuff. And now it’s Roy Acuff’s turn. Earlier, Bear Family gathered his 1950s Capitol, Decca, and MGM recordings onto a double CD. The Hickory and Elektra recordings that followed were plentiful and predominantly listenable, but rarely went anywhere that Acuff hadn’t already been. That leaves the recordings controlled by Columbia that were made between 1936 and 1951. In those recordings, Acuff found his voice together with the songs he would sing for the remainder of his long life.

The text for this set is divided into three sections: a biographical essay, biographical notes on Acuff’s musicians, and notes on the sessions.

These were the recordings that led Dizzy Dean to brand Roy Acuff the King of Country Music. Except Dean actually said, "Friends, it’s always a pleasure to appear on stage with the King of the Hillbillies." These days Acuff would probably be prouder of that sobriquet.

COLIN ESCOTT
Nashville, July 2015

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22 Sep 2017

Amazing Box Set

8 Feb 2017

Fantastic quality!

Received this box set today and it is a very impressive package. The quality of the recordings is excellent. I've never heard better transfers from this material. The book included is very well done. Happy that it included his first film. Would have liked to have seen one or two more of those. All in all, I'm very pleased. My only complaint is that if you are going to go to the effort to create such a great package, why would you include such negative liner notes from one of the authors? The material was interesting to read, but felt the author could have kept his personal judgment to himself. I met Mr. Acuff once, and will never forget him telling me "I hope I never do anything to make you think any less of me." Not many performers would say such a thing, and I'm sure he meant it.

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Tracklist
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Singing My Way To Glory
02 Charmin' Betsy
03 The Great Speckled Bird
04 My Mountain Home Sweet Home
05 Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight
06 Wabash Cannon Ball
07 Freight Train Blues
08 You've Gotta See Mama Every Night
09 Gonna Have A Big Time Tonight
10 Yes Sir, That's My Baby
11 You're The Only Star (In My Blue Heaven)
12 Please Don't Talk About Me, When I'm Gone
13 All Night Long
14 New Greenback Dollar
15 Steamboat Whistle Blues
16 She No Longer Belongs To Me
17 When Lulu's Gone
18 Doin' It The Old Fashioned Way
19 An Old Three Room Shack
20 Red Lips (Kiss My Blues Away)
21 Trouble Trouble (take 1)
22 Trouble Trouble (take 2)
23 Sailing Along
24 Steel Guitar Chimes
25 Lonesome Valley
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Sad Memories
02 Steel Guitar Blues
03 Old Fashioned Love
04 My Gal Sal
05 The Great Speckled Bird #2 (take1)
06 Tell Mother I'll Be There
07 Down In Union Country
08 The Rising Sun
09 What Would You Do With Gabriel's Trumpet
10 Shout, Oh Lulu
11 Goodbye Brownie
12 Blue Ridge Sweetheart
13 One Old Shirt
14 Bonnie Blue Eyes
15 The Automobile Of Life
16 Smoky Mountain Rag (instrumental)
17 Wabash Blues (instrumental)
18 That Beautiful Picture
19 The Great Shining Light
20 Honky Tonk Mammas
21 Haven Of Dreams
22 Answer To 'Sparkling Blue Eyes'
23 Smoky Mountain Moon
24 Fly, Birdie, Fly
25 Ida Red
26 Beautiful Brown Eyes
27 Mother's Prayers Guide Me
28 Living On The Mountain, Baby Mine
29 A Vagabond's Dreamm
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Old Age Pension Check
02 Eyes Are Watching You
03 I'm Building A Home
04 Railroad Boomer (take 1)
05 Railroad Boomer (take 2)
06 Walkin' In My Sleep
07 Wonder Is All I Do
08 Drifting Too Far From The Shore
09 Come Back Little Pal
10 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
11 Coming From The Ball
12 When I Lay My Burden Down
13 Beneath That Lonely Wound Of Clay
14 The Streamlined Cannonball
15 Weary River
16 Just To Ease My Worried Mind
17 Farther Along (take 1)
18 Farther Along (take 2)
19 Blue Eyed Darling (take 1)
20 Blue Eyed Darling (take 2)
21 The Precious Jewel (take 1)
22 The Precious Jewel (take 2)
23 The Broken Heart
24 Would You Care
25 Lonesome Old River Blues (take 1)
26 Lonesome Old River Blues (take 2)
27 What Good Will It Do
28 Mule Skinner Blues
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Be Honest With Me
02 Worried Mind
03 Things That Might Have Been
04 You're My Darling
05 It Won't Be Long (Till I'll Be Leaving)
06 Just Inside The Pearly Gates
07 I Know We're Saying Goodbye
08 Brother Take Warning
09 The Great Judgement Morning
10 Stuck Up Blues
11 Lying Woman Blues
12 You Are My Love
13 Branded Wherever I Go
14 No Letter In The Mail
15 Are You Thinking Of Me Darling
16 I Called And Nobody Answered
17 Wreck On The Highway
18 Fire Ball Mail
19 I'll Reap My Harvest In Heaven
20 Night Train To Memphis
21 The Prodigal Son
22 Low And Lonely
23 Write Me Sweetheart
24 I Didn' t Want You To Know
25 Roll On Buddy
26 Weary Lonesome Blues
27 Come Back Little Darling
28 They Can Only Fill One Grave
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 5
01 Live And Let Live
02 Don't Make Me Go To Bed And I'll Be Good
03 The Heart That Was Broken For Me
04 Not A Word From Home
05 Do You Wonder Why
06 I'll Forgive You But I Can't Forget
07 Blues In My Mind
08 (I Heard A) Silver Trumpet
09 Easy Rockin' Chair
10 It's Too Late Now To Worry Anymore
11 Wait For The Light To Shine
12 Radio Station S-A-V-E-D
13 We Planted Roses On Our Darling's Grave
14 Money Won't Buy This Soul Of Mine
15 No One Will Ever Know
16 I Think I'll Go Home And Cry
17 We Live In Two Different Worlds
18 Pins And Needles (In My Heart)
19 Golden Treasure
20 I Gambled And Lost-1
21 I Gambled And Lost-2
22 Let Me Be The First To Say I'm Sorry (BD+take 1)
23 Let Me Be The First To Say I'm Sorry (take 2)
24 All The World Is Lonely Now (2 Breakdowns)
25 All The World Is Lonely Now (take)
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 6
01 That Glory Bound Train
02 Waiting For My Call To Glory
03 Gone, Gone, Gone (But Not Forgotten)
04 Tell Me Now Or Tell Me Never -1
05 Tell Me Now Or Tell Me Neve r-2
06 I Talk To Myself About You -1
07 I Talk To Myself About You -2
08 Freight Train Blues (FS+take)
09 (Our Own) Jole Blon (FS+BD+take)
10 (Our Own) Jole Blon (2 BD+take)
11 Tennessee Central (Number Nine)
12 Wabash Cannon Ball (2 BD+take)
13 Wabash Cannon Ball (FS+take)
14 There's A Big Rock In The Road (take 1)
15 There's A Big Rock In The Road (take 2)
16 Po' Folks (All The Time) (take 1)
17 Po' Folks (All The Time) (take 2)
18 I Wish I Had Kissed You Goodbye (BD+take)
19 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (FS+BD)
20 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (BD+take)
21 Don't Wait 'Til Judgement Day
22 The Devil's Train (take 1)
23 The Devil's Train (FS+take)
24 Short Changed In Love (BD+FS+take)
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 7
01 When They Take That Last Look At Me (take 1)
02 When They Take That Last Look At Me (take 2)
03 This World Can't Stand Long (take 1)
04 This World Can't Stand Long (take 2)
05 I Saw The Light
06 Heartaches And Flowers
07 The Songbirds Are Singing In Heaven (BD)
08 The Songbirds Are Singing In Heaven (2 FS+BD)
09 The Songbirds Are Singing In Heaven (take 1)
10 Unloved And Unclaimed (FS+take)
11 Unloved And Unclaimed (take 2)
12 I Had A Dream
13 Thank God (BD+take)
14 You'll Reap These Tears
15 It's Just About Time
16 I'll Always Care
17 It's So Hard To Smile
18 The Waltz Of The Wind
19 A Sinner's Death
20 The Midnight Train (take 1)
21 The Midnight Train (FS+take 2)
22 The Midnight Train (take 3)
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 8
01 Where You There When They Crucified My Lord (tk 1)
02 Where You There When They Crucified My Lord (+BD+take)
03 Sweeter Than The Flowers
04 Tennessee Waltz (BD+take)
05 Tennessee Waltz (BD+take)
06 The Pale Horse And His Rider
07 Gray Eagle
08 Dance Around Molly
09 Black Mountain Rag
10 Pretty Little Widow (BD+take)
11 Smoky Mountain Rag
12 Lonesome Indian
13 Bully Of The Town
14 Polk County Breakdown
15 Jesus Died For Me
16 If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (take 1)
17 If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (FS+take)
18 The Day They Laid Mary Away (take 1)
19 The Day They Laid Mary Away (take 2)
20 It's All Right Now
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 9
01 Baldknob Arkansas (FS+take)
02 Baldknob Arkansas (take 2)
03 A Plastic Heart (take 1)
04 A Plastic Heart (take 2)
05 Advice To Joe (take 1)
06 Advice To Joe (take 2)
07 When My Money Run Out (I Lost All My Friends) (tk 1)
08 When My Money Run Out (I Lost All My Friends) (tk 2)
09 When My Money Run Out (I Lost All My Friends) (tk 3)
10 Your Address Unknown
11 The Southbound Train
12 Pliney Jane
13 Waltz Of The Wind
14 Waltz Of Broken Vows (BD+take)
15 Cheating
16 Don't Hang Your Dirty Linen Ony My Line (take 1)
17 Don't Hang Your Dirty Linen Ony My Line (take 2)
18 Don't Hang Your Dirty Linen Ony My Line (take 3)
19 I'll Be Alone (BD+take)
20 Doug MacArthur
21 In The Shadow Of The Smokies
22 She Isn't Guaranteed
23 Wonder Is All I Do
24 Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine
25 Ten Little Numbers
26 Just A Friend
27 My Tears Don't Show
Acuff, Roy - The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 10
01 Grand Ole Opry Movie 1940