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4-CD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with 64-page Hardcover Book, 126 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 hrs 30... more

Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD)

4-CD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with 64-page Hardcover Book, 126 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 hrs 30 mns.

The first comprehensive anthology spotlighting Bill Anderson, the most successful singer-songwriter during the Nashville Sound's classic era. Contains 21 'Billboard' country chart hits, including such favorites as Po' Folks, Mama Sang A Song, Still, Bright Lights And Country Music, I Love You Drops, and I Got The Fever. Includes everything from Anderson's first eight Decca albums plus seven non-LP 'B' sides and three unissued studio tracks. Five duets with Jan Howard, including the chart-topping For Loving You. Features the first reissue of Bill Anderson's rare, early TNT singles including the rocking Take Me and the premiere recording of his enduring honky-tonk anthem City Lights. Includes twelve demos of Anderson originals from the singer's private collection, among them a duet featuring a teen-aged Dolly Parton.

With a career dating back to the mid-fifties, Bill Anderson is probably the most successful singer-songwriter in country music history. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than a half-century, he remains an engaging performer, a prolific writer and one of the industry's most respected elder statesmen.

His best-selling Decca recordings of the late fifties and through the sixties were benchmarks in the emerging Nashville Sound. Outside of indifferently assembled 'hits' packages, these sides have never been properly reissued on compact disc - until now. Assembled with the singer's co-operation, this four-CD compilation gathers every surviving master recording from 1956 through 1966, plus an alternate version of '3 A.M.' The set includes Bill Anderson's first single, released while he was a 19-year-old University of Georgia student.

For those who only know the singer for the intimate, soft-spoken vocals and recitations that landed him the nickname 'Whispering Bill,' these early sides are a revelation, a diverse mix ranging from rockabilly balladry to Texas-style shuffles to unapologetic honky-tonk to Nashville pop country. The set also includes twelve demos from Bill Anderson's private collection, including such now-celebrated songs as
I Love You Drops, The Cold, Hard Facts Of Life, Once A Day, Slippin' Away, and The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'. A young Dolly Parton duets with Bill Anderson on If It's All The Same To You.

This collection includes a detailed biography of Bill Anderson's remarkable career through 1966, illustrated with photos and memorabilia from the singer's personal archive.

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  • Interpret: Bill Anderson

  • Album titlle: The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

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  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

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Anderson, Bill - The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD) Box set 1
01 Empty Room
02 Take Me
03 City Lights
04 No Song To Sing
05 That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome (single
06 The Thrill Of My Life
07 Ninety-Nine
08 Back Where I Started From
09 It's Not The End Of Everything
10 Dead Or Alive
11 No Man's Land
12 The Tip Of My Fingers
13 Walk Out Backwards
14 Best Of Strangers
15 Flowing Waters And Shifting Sands
16 Goodbye Cruel World
17 Po' Folks
18 As Long As I Live
19 It Takes A Worried Man
20 City Lights
21 Columbus Stockade Blues
22 Mama Sang A Song
23 Wedding Bells
24 Yonder Comes A Sucker
25 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
26 On And On And On
27 Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands
28 Down Came The Rain
29 Still
30 You Made It Easy
31 I Wish It Was Mine
Anderson, Bill - The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD) Box set 3
01 From A Jack To A King
02 Little Band Of Gold
03 Restless
04 Happiness
05 Reverend Mr. Black
06 It's Been So Long, Darlin'
07 Take These Chains From My Heart
08 Molly
09 8 x 10
10 I'll Be Somewhere
11 One Mile Over û Two Miles Back
12 Take Me Home
13 Candy Apple Red
14 Cincinnati Ohio
15 Easy Come Easy Go
16 Five Little Fingers
17 Me
18 500 Miles Away From Home
19 You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry
20 Abilene
21 Green, Green
22 I'm Leaving It All Up To You
23 I Love You More And More Every Day
24 Memory #1
25 In Case You Ever Change Your Mind
26 In The Misty Moonlight
27 3 A.M.
28 Then And Only Then
29 Worry
30 You Can Have Her
31 Then I'll Stop Loving You
32 Mountain Dew
33 CD+D492 3 :
34 3 A.M. (Remake)
35 Twist Of The Wrist
36 Certain
37 I Love You Drops
38 Once A Day
39 I Missed Me
40 I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand
41 Saginaw Michigan
42 I Don't Love You Anymore
43 Riverboat
44 I Know You Are Married (But I Love You Still)
45 Time Out
46 I'll Be Waiting
47 Bright Lights And Country Music
48 Born
49 The Freighter
50 Wild Side Of Life
51 Truck Drivin' Man
52 I'll Go Down Swinging
53 The Strangers Story
54 Walking The Dog
55 How The Other Half Lives
56 Wine
57 All Nite Cafe
58 Cocktails
59 Golden Guitar
60 Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sl
61 In The Summertime
62 Used To
63 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Anderson, Bill - The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD) Box set 4
01 Lovin' Pains
02 When Liking Turns To Loving
03 Talkin' To The Wall
04 Next Time You're In Tulsa
05 I Get The Fever (remake)
06 Nail My Shoes To The Floor
07 The First Mrs. Jones
08 Papa
09 For Loving You
10 The Untouchables
11 Get While The Gettin's Good
12 Something To Believe In
13 Ride Ride Ride
14 My Daddy And My Mama And Me
15 A Satisfied Mind
16 Bad Seed
17 Remember Me
18 The Wheel Of Hurt
19 Open Up Your Heart
20 Homesick
21 I'm Ashamed Of You
22 If It's All The Same To You
23 Here Lies The Heart Of Amos Brown
24 Once A Day
25 The Cold Hard Facts Of Life
26 Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sl
27 I Love You Drops
28 I'll Go Down Swingin'
29 You And Your Sweet Love
30 The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'
31 Slippin' Away
32 Nobody But A Fool
Bill Anderson The 1960s might almost be called the Anderson Decade in country and western... more
"Bill Anderson"

Bill Anderson

The 1960s might almost be called the Anderson Decade in country and western music. It's been a rare week when an Anderson song, recorded either by himself or by another major artist, has not been on the national country hit charts. At times, there have been two or three Anderson numbers on the charts at the same time.

Irwin Stambler and Grelun Landon
‘Encyclopedia of Folk, Country and Western Music,’ 1969

 

From a contemporary perspective, it's easy to overlook Bill Anderson's significance during that tumultuous decade in American history and country music. The self-made critics who track popular culture usually cite Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Buck Owens, and Johnny Cash as country music's major artists during those years. While Haggard's and Lynn's trajectories tipped upward, Jones treaded water through popular but mostly forgettable hits. Owens's career rose and fell, while Cash's fell and rose. But Anderson came in on a high note and stayed there.

Through that decade, Anderson remained a consistent Top 10 country singles artist, his records seldom dipping below that peak well into the seventies. Six of those singles crossed over into the pop charts. A master communicator, Anderson was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry at age 23. In 1964 he assembled the Po' Boys, one of the era's great back-up bands. The following year he launched 'The Bill Anderson Show,'a low-key syndicated half-hour running in major television markets nationwide. As one of the industry's most prolific songwriters, he penned career-boosting hit singles for Porter Wagoner, Jim Reeves, Lefty Frizzell, Faron Young, Roy Drusky, and Connie Smith.

Today Anderson is one of country music's respected elder statesmen. Younger artists still seek him out for his new material, while others mine his vast back catalog for potential hits. Anderson's popular 'Country Family Reunion' concerts and videos provide a relaxing platform for his heroes and peers, while attracting audiences who share his passion for Nashville's golden era.

Outside of superficial, indifferently assembled 'hits' packages, the music he recorded during the ‘Anderson Decade' has eluded reissue. To be sure, his intimate early Decca love ballads never appealed to the predominantly male record-collecting fraternity – the crowd that idolizes the Owenses, Haggards, Lynns, Joneses and Cashes. But there's more to the singer than the sentimental ballads and semi-recitations that landed him the nickname 'Whispering Bill.' His TNT and Decca catalog includes rockabilly, Texas shuffles, Nashville pop, saga songs, power ballads and a touch of bluegrass. All are overdue for rediscovery.

The Anderson family originally hailed from Pike County, Georgia. In 1920 James William Anderson, Sr. sold his farm to open an insurance agency in nearby Griffin, Georgia. The business evolved into the Middle Georgia Mutual Insurance Co., which remains in operation today. On weekends the elder Anderson played fiddle with his brothers as the Anderson Family Band, mostly working square dances and Griffin social events. His wife, Elizabeth Williams Anderson, played parlor guitar, but only for her own amusement.

Their only child, James William Anderson, Jr., inherited his parents' work ethic, if not their musical talent. In 1933 he was an Atlanta correspondent for the newly formed Dun & Bradstreet, gathering financial data about regional businesses for use in credit evaluations. On September 27, 1933 he married Elizabeth 'Lib' Smith, whose father was the former pastor of Griffin's First Methodist Church. Soon after the wedding, Dun & Bradstreet transferred him to Meridian, Mississippi. Three years later the agency moved him to Columbia, South Carolina, where the couple's first child, James William Anderson III, was born November 1, 1937. A daughter, Mary Elizabeth, arrived four-and-a-half years later.

From the start, young Billy Anderson was attracted by virtually everything he heard on family's small Philco radio, especially the live country music shows broadcast over WIS, Columbia's oldest and largest station. His favorite act was Byron Parker and His Hillbillies, who were featured on three daily shows. The youngster listened carefully as the silver-tongued Parker, billing himself 'The Old Hired Hand,' extolled the advantages of his sponsors' flour, tires and laxatives. Parker's pitches were punctuated by music and broad comedy from his well-seasoned string band, which included fiddler Homer 'Pappy' Sherrill, bassist/comedian Julian 'Greasy' Medlin and DeWitt 'Snuffy' Jenkins, whose innovative five-string banjo picking inspired pioneering bluegrass stylists Earl Scruggs and Don Reno.

The Andersons' next-door neighbors had a daughter who worked as WIS's receptionist. When Billy was about five or six, she took him to a live broadcast of Parker's morning show. "Byron Parker came over to where I was seated in the corner of the studio and talked to me, asked me my name, then introduced me to some of the other musicians in the band," Anderson recalled in his 1989 autobiography, 'Whispering Bill.' "Then when their show started, Byron Parker, The Old Hired Hand himself, said my name on the radio so my mother and dad at home could hear that I was there. I honestly don't remember another day in the early years of my life when I was as excited or as happy."

Although he faithfully listened to Parker's broadcasts for the next two years, Billy Anderson never saw The Old Hired Hand again. Parker couldn't play an instrument and limited his singing to bass harmonies in the band's gospel quartets, but the youngster never forgot him. After watching Anderson perform at a North Carolina show in the early sixties, Don Reno commented on the singer's similarities to Parker, who died unexpectedly in 1948 at age 37. "Boy, you sound like him and you move like him, and from what I saw tonight you handle an audience just like he did," Reno told him, never suspecting that Anderson knew – much less heard of – the long-deceased broadcaster. "I don't think I slept a wink that night," Anderson recalled a quarter-century later. Even now, Reno's words still resonate in Anderson's memory. That was the most amazing things that ever happened to me in my life, he admitted in 2011. "Even today I get chill bumps when I think about it, because he didn't know that I even knew who Byron Parker was. And when he told me that's who I reminded him of, it almost brings tears to my eyes today. To think that that man had that kind of an influence and impact on me … it's amazing!"

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25 Oct 2017

Very good beginning

As always, Bear Family Box set never disapoint you. I know I got quite a few of them! When you reissue a decade in a box, and take all the artists recordings in that decade, one can hope for another box for the next decade, and that way you end up with all the artists recordings. This is the best way to collect records! Starting with the beginning. As for Bill Anderson, well; no he was not a great singer, but a very good songwriter, and the whole Nashville sound to it, makes it all allright! So if there should ever come another box, with the next decade, I'm in!

14 Oct 2017

Don't know what this means

I only knew Bill Anderson from his excellent hit songs. In fact I only cam across him through British comedian/crooner Ken Dodd who, in the 60s, put out 3 singles in a row, all of Bill Anderson songs, (Still, 8x10 and Happiness).

On CD1 the selection of Bill's 50s recordings are interesting, particularly the early version of City Lights but, in my opinion, Bill really came into his own during the 60s and the latter part of this CD contains several of his hit songs that still sound good today.

CD2 contains several cover versions. I always like to hear how other artists interpret well-known songs and Bill has chosen particularly well as his versions are much smoother than the hits and stand up well against them.

Two songs on this CD that I had not heard before but which I enjoyed very much were Me and Restless.

CD3 has Bill's versions of respectively Connie Smith's and Al Martino's hits Once A Day and Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sleep).

CD4 ends with 12 demos, including a duet with Dolly Parton and another Connie Smith hit, Nobody But A Fool. There is also a nice version of this song by Dean Martin on his LP The Hit Sound Of DM.

Overall, this set demonstrates what a supreme songwriter and performer Bill is, Quality all the way through.

13 Mar 2014

Bill Anderson is Nashville's most successful and consistent songwriter of all time. This four-CD set covers the first 10 years of his recordings..This is a stunning release that is highly recommended.
Maverick 3-4/2012 Alan Cackett

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Tracklist
Anderson, Bill - The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD) Box set 1
01 Empty Room
02 Take Me
03 City Lights
04 No Song To Sing
05 That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome (single
06 The Thrill Of My Life
07 Ninety-Nine
08 Back Where I Started From
09 It's Not The End Of Everything
10 Dead Or Alive
11 No Man's Land
12 The Tip Of My Fingers
13 Walk Out Backwards
14 Best Of Strangers
15 Flowing Waters And Shifting Sands
16 Goodbye Cruel World
17 Po' Folks
18 As Long As I Live
19 It Takes A Worried Man
20 City Lights
21 Columbus Stockade Blues
22 Mama Sang A Song
23 Wedding Bells
24 Yonder Comes A Sucker
25 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
26 On And On And On
27 Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands
28 Down Came The Rain
29 Still
30 You Made It Easy
31 I Wish It Was Mine
Anderson, Bill - The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD) Box set 3
01 From A Jack To A King
02 Little Band Of Gold
03 Restless
04 Happiness
05 Reverend Mr. Black
06 It's Been So Long, Darlin'
07 Take These Chains From My Heart
08 Molly
09 8 x 10
10 I'll Be Somewhere
11 One Mile Over û Two Miles Back
12 Take Me Home
13 Candy Apple Red
14 Cincinnati Ohio
15 Easy Come Easy Go
16 Five Little Fingers
17 Me
18 500 Miles Away From Home
19 You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry
20 Abilene
21 Green, Green
22 I'm Leaving It All Up To You
23 I Love You More And More Every Day
24 Memory #1
25 In Case You Ever Change Your Mind
26 In The Misty Moonlight
27 3 A.M.
28 Then And Only Then
29 Worry
30 You Can Have Her
31 Then I'll Stop Loving You
32 Mountain Dew
33 CD+D492 3 :
34 3 A.M. (Remake)
35 Twist Of The Wrist
36 Certain
37 I Love You Drops
38 Once A Day
39 I Missed Me
40 I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand
41 Saginaw Michigan
42 I Don't Love You Anymore
43 Riverboat
44 I Know You Are Married (But I Love You Still)
45 Time Out
46 I'll Be Waiting
47 Bright Lights And Country Music
48 Born
49 The Freighter
50 Wild Side Of Life
51 Truck Drivin' Man
52 I'll Go Down Swinging
53 The Strangers Story
54 Walking The Dog
55 How The Other Half Lives
56 Wine
57 All Nite Cafe
58 Cocktails
59 Golden Guitar
60 Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sl
61 In The Summertime
62 Used To
63 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Anderson, Bill - The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD) Box set 4
01 Lovin' Pains
02 When Liking Turns To Loving
03 Talkin' To The Wall
04 Next Time You're In Tulsa
05 I Get The Fever (remake)
06 Nail My Shoes To The Floor
07 The First Mrs. Jones
08 Papa
09 For Loving You
10 The Untouchables
11 Get While The Gettin's Good
12 Something To Believe In
13 Ride Ride Ride
14 My Daddy And My Mama And Me
15 A Satisfied Mind
16 Bad Seed
17 Remember Me
18 The Wheel Of Hurt
19 Open Up Your Heart
20 Homesick
21 I'm Ashamed Of You
22 If It's All The Same To You
23 Here Lies The Heart Of Amos Brown
24 Once A Day
25 The Cold Hard Facts Of Life
26 Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sl
27 I Love You Drops
28 I'll Go Down Swingin'
29 You And Your Sweet Love
30 The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'
31 Slippin' Away
32 Nobody But A Fool