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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)

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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)

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.


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


 

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  • Interpret: Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys

  • Albumtitel: The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD)

  • Format Box set
  • Genre Country

  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Title The King Of Country Music, The Foundation Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD)
  • Release date 2016
  • Label BEAR FAMILY RECORDS

  • Price code KL
  • SubGenre Country - General

  • EAN: 5397102173004

  • weight in Kg 3.000
 
 

Artist description "Acuff, Roy"

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 present in 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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From: Stephen Potter 2017-02-08 01:45:04

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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