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7-CD box (LP-size) with 48-page book, 190 tracks. Playing time approx. 511 mns. Although the... more

Dick Curless: A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD)

7-CD box (LP-size) with 48-page book, 190 tracks. Playing time approx. 511 mns.

Although the name of Dick Curless may not be on everybody's lips, he possessed one of the finest voices in Country Music, with a huge vocal range. A Tombstone Every Mile was his biggest hit and it's here, along with all his other Tower recordings up to 1969. These records are how most people remember the artist, but his early recordings are even finer. Starting with the 1950 Standard 78 records, this anthology includes all the Event and Tiffany recordings, issued and unissued. His best works were the intimate songs recorded with a sparse backing (including Lenny Breau) before 1960. They were nurtured by the small non-commercial studios in Maine and Massachusetts that he used even for some of the Tower releases. We have dug up the early broadcasts made when he was serving in Korea and performing as The Rice Paddy Ranger, plus the previously unheard audition tape for Event. As unfamiliar as he may be, you will not be disappointed with the music in this box. Sadly, though, Dick Curless died shortly before it was completed.

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  • Interpret: Dick Curless

  • Album titlle: A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Price code GI
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127158826

  • weight in Kg 1.5
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 1
01 Ida Dance (instrumental)
02 Jelly Doughnuts
03 Fiddler's Dance (instrumental)
04 Cottage In The Pines
05 Cupid's Arrow (1)
06 Baby Darling
07 Naponee
08 Rocky Mountain Queen
09 Streets Of Laredo (1)
10 Foggy Foggy Dew
11 China Nights (3)
12 Blues In My Mind (2)
13 Lovin' Dan-Sixty Minute Man
14 Blue Yodel #6 (Midnight Turning Day Blues)
15 Bright Lights And Blonde..(I'm Getting Tired)
16 Travelin' Man
17 I'm Ragged But I'm Right
18 St. James Infirmary
19 You Never Miss The Water (Till The Well...)
20 Rosalita
21 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
22 Please Don't Pass Me By
23 Nine Pound Hammer (1)
24 Rocky Mountain Queen (with overdub)
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 2
01 I Am A Pilgrim
02 Tuck Me To Sleep In my Old Kentucky Home
03 I Ain't Got Nobody
04 Rainbow In My Heart
05 Something's Wrong With You
06 Evil Hearted Man Blues
07 I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven
08 Deck Of Cards
09 High Noon
10 Strawberry Roan
11 Red River Valley
12 Cowboy Jack
13 On Top Of Old Smokey
14 Home On The Range
15 Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
16 Chisholm Trail
17 I Ride An Old Paint
18 Whoopie Ti Yi Yo
19 Green Grow The Lilacs
20 The Last Roundup
21 The Crawdad Song
22 The Rock Island Line
23 Don't Fence Me In
24 The Big Rock Candy Mountain
25 Rovin' Gambler
26 Molly Darlin'
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 3
01 Liza Jane
02 Careless Love
03 Buffalo Gal
04 San Antonio Rose
05 Little Brown Jug
06 I've Been Working On The Railroad
07 Silver Threads Among The Gold
08 You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine
09 I Was Seeing Nellie Home
10 Beautiful Dreamer
11 My Old Kentucky Home
12 Whispering Hope
13 What A Friend We Have In Jesus
14 Rock Of Ages
15 The Church In The Wildwood
16 Bring Them In
17 Onward, Christian Soldiers
18 Nearer My God To Thee
19 In The Garden
20 Jesus Loves Me
21 I Love To Tell The Story
22 The Old Rugged Cross
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 4
01 Heart Talk (1)
02 Streets Of Laredo (2)
03 King Of The Road
04 Uncle Tom
05 China Nights (4)
06 Six Times A Day
07 Cupid's Arrow (2)
08 Down By The Old River
09 Teardrops In My Heart
10 Nine Pound Hammer (3)
11 Sunny Side Of The Mountain
12 'Tater Raisin' Man
13 The Friend That Makes It Four
14 Mama's Hands
15 Mom And Dad's Waltz
16 Daddy And Home
17 I'm Going Home
18 Buckaroo
19 Little Terry
20 Please Don't Make Me Go
21 You, You, Only You (& KAY ADAMS)
22 Terrible Tangled Web (& KAY ADAMS)
23 A Devil Like Me Needs An Angel...(& K. ADAMS)
24 No Fool Like An Old Fool (& KAY ADAMS)
25 Old Standby (& KAY ADAMS)
26 Too Late (& KAY ADAMS)
27 I Can't Stop (My Lovin' You) (& KAY ADAMS)
28 For Ever And Ever (& KAY ADAMS)
29 Congratulations, You're Absolutely..(& ADAMS)
30 Heart Talk (2) (& KAY ADAMS)
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 5
01 The Baron
02 Memories, And Old Picture And A Ring
03 A Good Job Hunting And Fishing
04 How Do I Say Goodbye
05 I Didn't Know Love Was This Way
06 House Of Memories
07 All Of Me Belongs To You
08 My Side Of The Night
09 The Game Of Love And Poker
10 Try And Leave Me
11 (Standing) On The Outside Looking In
12 Hello Honey
13 Nobody
14 Hobo
15 Tears Of Saint Ann
16 I Went Bad For A Pretty Girl
17 Tornado Tillie
18 Life Goes On
19 Big Foot
20 Mumble Boogy
21 You Can't Go Back Again
22 Shoes
23 When Dad Was Around
24 End Of The Road
25 Bury The Bottle With Me
26 Wrinkled, Crinkled, Wadded Dollar Bill
27 Just For The Record
28 I'm Worried About Me
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 6
01 Secret Of Your Heart
02 I Ain't Got Nobody
03 Bummin' On Track E
04 Secret Of Your Heart
05 The Wild Side Of Town
06 Nobody Knows You, When You're Down And Out
07 Things
08 Easy Woman
09 Down On The Corner At Kelly's
10 Tonight's The Night My Angels Halo Fell
11 Maybe I'll Cry Over You
12 It's Nothing To Me
13 The Good Old Days
14 Over The Edge
15 Blue Is A Beautiful Color
16 A Good Year For The Wine
17 Tears Instead Of Cheers
18 All I Need Is You
19 A Brand New Bed Of Roses
20 Be Here To Love Me
21 Kentucky Boy
22 Fanning The Flame
23 The Sun
24 Somebody Else
25 Jamaica Farewell
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 7
01 The Golden Rocket
02 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
03 I'm In Love Again
04 I Walk The Line
05 Something's Wrong With You
06 China Nights (2)
07 Evil-Hearted Man Blues
08 Marianne
09 Blues In My Mind (1)
10 Down By The Riverside
11 Oh, Lonesome Me!
12 Where Is Your Heart Tonight
13 I Can Get Along Without You Now
14 Nine Pound Hammer (2)
15 What Do I Care
16 There's Been A Change In Me
17 After All I Ain't Got Much To Lose (live)
18 Sunny Side Of The Mountain (live)
19 Monday Night (Arthur Godfrey Show)
20 Nine Pound Hammer (Arthur Godfrey Show)
21 China Nights (Arthur Godfrey Show)
22 Just A Little Lovin' (Arthur Godfrey Show)
23 I Am A Pilgrim (Arthur Godfrey Show)
24 Tuck Me To Sleep (Arthur Godfrey Show)
25 Montreal Express (commercial)
26 Station Breaks
27 The Tumbleweed Kid (BILLY D. HUNTER)
DICK CURLESS Hard, Hard Traveling Man When Dick Curless became an overnight sensation in... more
"Dick Curless"

DICK CURLESS

Hard, Hard Traveling Man

When Dick Curless became an overnight sensation in 1965, he had already invested 15 years of hard work in the music business. All but lost in the hype and hoopla surrounding his hit record A Tombstone Every Mile were the formative years and nearly 100 previous recordings that yielded paydirt when Curless finally aligned his efforts to the public's taste.

The first 20 years of Dick Curless' career, including the earliest recordings by 'The Tumbleweed Kid,' are presented in detail in Bear Family's 5 CD boxed set (BCD 15882). This second box picks up where the first ended, and continues to the last of Curless' recordings for Capitol Records in 1973. It ends with an unexpected collection of home recordings that will be a revelation to Curless' fans, and a calling card for those who barely knew or understood his music.

With the facts of Dick Curless' life and career provided on BCD 15882, we have more latitude to reflect on the man himself, and his music. Curless' voice has always drawn attention. It was clear early on that he was more than just a country singer. For one thing, he was from Maine. That meant no country drawl; none of that familiar twang associated with country music. His voice, itself, was an invitation to critics who loved a challenge. "Think of Ray Price with a lot more soul," observed reviewer Matt Nozzolio. "Imagine Johnny Cash with Merle Haggard's control and range," suggested Jon Johnson. There were elements of truth in both comparisons, and others as well. In fact, the more deeply one dug into Curless' recorded work, the more obvious it became that this singer was not just a one-trick pony.

The music on this set begins in January, 1970, after Curless' recording contract had been transferred from Tower Records, the now-defunct subsidiary, to Capitol, the parent company. The search was on, indeed had been on since 1966, to repeat the magic of Curless' unexpected hit from a year earlier. Like most hit records, the process seemed effortless while it was happening. It was only after the dust had settled that the real work began - to recapture the success of A Tombstone Every Mile.

STUCK IN A TRUCK

In the five years between Curless' mega-hit and the final Tower session in 1969, it had become clear that Dick Curless was an artist trapped by a formula. He was almost universally perceived as a 'truck drivin', travelin' man.' That was his home territory, his road to success, and his most reliable payday.

In the movies, they call it type casting. Most artists caught up in such a force enjoy a love-hate relationship with their image, as well as the producers who enforce it. Curless was no different, and for good reason. Every session he did in 1970, and there were seven of them, contained at least one song with a direct reference to the road, trucks, or traveling. Though he might have sleepwalked his way through such material, Curless continued to comport himself like a professional, inspiring even the most mundane material with dignity. At the least, he knew that hit records were the lifeblood of his career. At this point, Curless was not writing or adapting his own material, so his revenue was confined to record sales and personal appearances. Both of those required having your name on the charts, and the best - or, at least, surest - way to the charts was by posing, yet again, as the hard traveling man, weary of the interstates and truckstops, yet slick in their ways.

And so Dick Curless continued to record in a familiar style. In turn, the public continued to do their part and buy his singles. Big Wheel Cannonball, from the first 1970 session, hit the charts and stayed there for 11 weeks, peaking at #27. Curless' next single (Hard, Hard Traveling Man), recorded three months later, also found the midrange of the charts (#31) and stayed there for 10 weeks. And, like clockwork, the very next record (Drag 'Em Off The Interstate, Sock It To 'Em, J.P. Blues) landed at #29 and stayed charted for 9 weeks. The pattern continued with his next single, Juke Box Man, recorded in November, 1970. It, too, stayed on the charts for 9 weeks, peaking at #41.

The pattern of middling success continued into the following year as well. 1971 began with Curless' next single Loser's Cocktail hitting the charts at #36 and staying around for 9 weeks. (The same session produced I Gave Up Getting Over You Today, a perfectly conventional piece of 1970s country music that anybody, without Curless' special gifts, might have recorded.) On the following day (February 4, 1971), Curless again indulged the ordinary with Old Ramblin' Alabama Me, yet on the very next track in the session (Sweeter Than Honey) turned his attention to material with a strong bluesy edge. Unfortunately, the material was released as album filler. Next, it was the old Joe Henderson R&B tune from 1962 Snap Your Fingers, charting at #40 and staying around for 10 weeks. (While the results may have been moderately successful for Curless, they were nothing compared to Randy Travis several years). The year continued with two more chart singles, January, April And Me hitting its peak at #34 and lasting for 11 weeks, and the easy going, but ultimately trite Stonin' Around, reaching #31 with a 9 week chart run.

By the end of 1971, the pattern of Curless' career had become pretty clear. He was a name everyone remembered from his one big hit. He still sold records in respectable but limited quantities to a core audience, and he still made a living on the road. But he was no longer a major artist. He had become a niche performer, guaranteed a certain degree of success, but unlikely to exceed it. 

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Tracklist
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 1
01 Ida Dance (instrumental)
02 Jelly Doughnuts
03 Fiddler's Dance (instrumental)
04 Cottage In The Pines
05 Cupid's Arrow (1)
06 Baby Darling
07 Naponee
08 Rocky Mountain Queen
09 Streets Of Laredo (1)
10 Foggy Foggy Dew
11 China Nights (3)
12 Blues In My Mind (2)
13 Lovin' Dan-Sixty Minute Man
14 Blue Yodel #6 (Midnight Turning Day Blues)
15 Bright Lights And Blonde..(I'm Getting Tired)
16 Travelin' Man
17 I'm Ragged But I'm Right
18 St. James Infirmary
19 You Never Miss The Water (Till The Well...)
20 Rosalita
21 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
22 Please Don't Pass Me By
23 Nine Pound Hammer (1)
24 Rocky Mountain Queen (with overdub)
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 2
01 I Am A Pilgrim
02 Tuck Me To Sleep In my Old Kentucky Home
03 I Ain't Got Nobody
04 Rainbow In My Heart
05 Something's Wrong With You
06 Evil Hearted Man Blues
07 I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven
08 Deck Of Cards
09 High Noon
10 Strawberry Roan
11 Red River Valley
12 Cowboy Jack
13 On Top Of Old Smokey
14 Home On The Range
15 Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
16 Chisholm Trail
17 I Ride An Old Paint
18 Whoopie Ti Yi Yo
19 Green Grow The Lilacs
20 The Last Roundup
21 The Crawdad Song
22 The Rock Island Line
23 Don't Fence Me In
24 The Big Rock Candy Mountain
25 Rovin' Gambler
26 Molly Darlin'
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 3
01 Liza Jane
02 Careless Love
03 Buffalo Gal
04 San Antonio Rose
05 Little Brown Jug
06 I've Been Working On The Railroad
07 Silver Threads Among The Gold
08 You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine
09 I Was Seeing Nellie Home
10 Beautiful Dreamer
11 My Old Kentucky Home
12 Whispering Hope
13 What A Friend We Have In Jesus
14 Rock Of Ages
15 The Church In The Wildwood
16 Bring Them In
17 Onward, Christian Soldiers
18 Nearer My God To Thee
19 In The Garden
20 Jesus Loves Me
21 I Love To Tell The Story
22 The Old Rugged Cross
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 4
01 Heart Talk (1)
02 Streets Of Laredo (2)
03 King Of The Road
04 Uncle Tom
05 China Nights (4)
06 Six Times A Day
07 Cupid's Arrow (2)
08 Down By The Old River
09 Teardrops In My Heart
10 Nine Pound Hammer (3)
11 Sunny Side Of The Mountain
12 'Tater Raisin' Man
13 The Friend That Makes It Four
14 Mama's Hands
15 Mom And Dad's Waltz
16 Daddy And Home
17 I'm Going Home
18 Buckaroo
19 Little Terry
20 Please Don't Make Me Go
21 You, You, Only You (& KAY ADAMS)
22 Terrible Tangled Web (& KAY ADAMS)
23 A Devil Like Me Needs An Angel...(& K. ADAMS)
24 No Fool Like An Old Fool (& KAY ADAMS)
25 Old Standby (& KAY ADAMS)
26 Too Late (& KAY ADAMS)
27 I Can't Stop (My Lovin' You) (& KAY ADAMS)
28 For Ever And Ever (& KAY ADAMS)
29 Congratulations, You're Absolutely..(& ADAMS)
30 Heart Talk (2) (& KAY ADAMS)
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 5
01 The Baron
02 Memories, And Old Picture And A Ring
03 A Good Job Hunting And Fishing
04 How Do I Say Goodbye
05 I Didn't Know Love Was This Way
06 House Of Memories
07 All Of Me Belongs To You
08 My Side Of The Night
09 The Game Of Love And Poker
10 Try And Leave Me
11 (Standing) On The Outside Looking In
12 Hello Honey
13 Nobody
14 Hobo
15 Tears Of Saint Ann
16 I Went Bad For A Pretty Girl
17 Tornado Tillie
18 Life Goes On
19 Big Foot
20 Mumble Boogy
21 You Can't Go Back Again
22 Shoes
23 When Dad Was Around
24 End Of The Road
25 Bury The Bottle With Me
26 Wrinkled, Crinkled, Wadded Dollar Bill
27 Just For The Record
28 I'm Worried About Me
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 6
01 Secret Of Your Heart
02 I Ain't Got Nobody
03 Bummin' On Track E
04 Secret Of Your Heart
05 The Wild Side Of Town
06 Nobody Knows You, When You're Down And Out
07 Things
08 Easy Woman
09 Down On The Corner At Kelly's
10 Tonight's The Night My Angels Halo Fell
11 Maybe I'll Cry Over You
12 It's Nothing To Me
13 The Good Old Days
14 Over The Edge
15 Blue Is A Beautiful Color
16 A Good Year For The Wine
17 Tears Instead Of Cheers
18 All I Need Is You
19 A Brand New Bed Of Roses
20 Be Here To Love Me
21 Kentucky Boy
22 Fanning The Flame
23 The Sun
24 Somebody Else
25 Jamaica Farewell
Curless, Dick - A Tombstone Every Mile (7-CD) Box set 7
01 The Golden Rocket
02 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
03 I'm In Love Again
04 I Walk The Line
05 Something's Wrong With You
06 China Nights (2)
07 Evil-Hearted Man Blues
08 Marianne
09 Blues In My Mind (1)
10 Down By The Riverside
11 Oh, Lonesome Me!
12 Where Is Your Heart Tonight
13 I Can Get Along Without You Now
14 Nine Pound Hammer (2)
15 What Do I Care
16 There's Been A Change In Me
17 After All I Ain't Got Much To Lose (live)
18 Sunny Side Of The Mountain (live)
19 Monday Night (Arthur Godfrey Show)
20 Nine Pound Hammer (Arthur Godfrey Show)
21 China Nights (Arthur Godfrey Show)
22 Just A Little Lovin' (Arthur Godfrey Show)
23 I Am A Pilgrim (Arthur Godfrey Show)
24 Tuck Me To Sleep (Arthur Godfrey Show)
25 Montreal Express (commercial)
26 Station Breaks
27 The Tumbleweed Kid (BILLY D. HUNTER)