Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD)
5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book, 154 tracks. Total playing time approx.. 397 minutes.
• All the secular-themed studio recordings from the first dozen years in the career of one of the most important crossover acts in the history of American popular music.
• Five CDs containing 154 tracks and a 120-page book with newly written essays, track-by-track album notes, a discography, label scans, and many rare photographs and illustrations.
• Early country hits including the chart-topping Mule Train (1949) and Ford's pioneering 'hillbilly boogie' smash The Shotgun Boogie (1950), as well as Ford's first major crossover hit, the 1950 duet (with Kay Starr) I'll Never Be Free.
• It also includes classics such as Rock City Boogie (with the Dinning Sisters, 1951) and Blackberry Boogie (1952) as well as overlooked delights as the train song Tennessee Local (1952), his 1952 interpretation of Willie Mabon's rhythm and blues hit I Don't Know.
• This boxed set includes two never-before-released songs (Slow Down and Small World), numerous Ford singles and album tracks not previously reissued on CD, and several rarities, including Ford's 1955 recitations of Davy Crockett tales, as well as Ford's 1958 public service jingles to promote the U.S. Marine Corps 'Toys for Tots' charitable program.
Inarguably a major recording act, Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919-1991) sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide, and charted 17 Top Ten country singles and four Top Ten pop singles over a 35-year recording career. And he played significant - and pioneering - roles in radio and television broadcasting.
In the early months of 1955, Ford's version of The Ballad Of Davy Crockett was a top five hit on the country chart as well as on the pop chart, foreshadowing Ford's ultimate crossover achievement. Toward the end of that same year, his smash single Sixteen Tons topped both charts simultaneously, and rose to #1 in the U.K. Selling over four million copies and proving to be one of the most influential singles of the 1950s. Ford's signature song, Sixteen Tons was eventually inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame and into the National Recording Registry.
This boxed set explores Ford's first dozen years (1949-1960) as a recording act, and listeners today can marvel at the range of his repertoire and (considering that for much of that period he was a musician part-time and a television host full-time) at the extent of his productivity.
Ford made innovative, influential recordings, all of which can be heard in 'Portrait Of An American Singer.'
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|Ford, Tennessee Ernie - Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD) Box set 1|
|01||I've Got The Milk 'Em In The Morning Blues|
|05||Smokey Mountain Boogie|
|06||You'll Find Her Name Written There|
|07||Put Your Arms Around Me|
|09||Blues Stay Away From Me|
|12||The Donkey Serenade|
|13||The Cry Of The Wild Goose|
|15||I've Got The Feed 'Em In The Mornin' (Change 'Em) Feed 'Em In The Evenin' Blues|
|17||I'll Never Be Free|
|18||Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own|
|19||The Lord's Lariat|
|20||What This Country Needs (Is A Good Old Fashioned Talk With The Lord)|
|21||Bright Lights And Blonde Haired Women|
|22||I Ain't Gona Let It Happen No More|
|23||The Shotgun Boogie|
|24||The Blue Canadian Rockies|
|25||It's The Talk Of The Town|
|26||Cincinnati Dancing Pig|
|27||Leetle Juan Pedro|
|28||Tailor Made Woman|
|30||I'm A Bad Man|
|31||You Can Tell A Texan Everytime|
|32||The Strange Little Girl|
|Ford, Tennessee Ernie - Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD) Box set 2|
|01||She's My Baby|
|02||Mister And Mississippi|
|04||A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus|
|05||Oceans Of Tears|
|06||You're My Sugar|
|07||Rock City Boogie|
|09||Kissin' Bug Boogie|
|10||Woman Is A Five Letter Word|
|11||Hey, Good Lookin'|
|12||Cool, Cool Kisses|
|14||The Gandy Dancer's Ball|
|15||Everybody's Got A Girl But Me|
|16||Fatback, Louisiana, USA|
|17||Snow Shoe Thompson|
|18||I'm Hog Tied Over You|
|19||False Hearted Girl|
|22||I Don't Know|
|24||Don't Courtin' In A Hot Rod|
|25||We're A' Growin' Up|
|26||Hey! Mr Cotton Picker|
|27||Three Things (A Man Should Do)|
|29||Kiss Me Big|
|Ford, Tennessee Ernie - Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD) Box set 3|
|02||This Must Be The Place!|
|03||The Honeymoon's Over|
|04||There Is Beauty In Everything|
|05||Somebody Bigger Than You And I|
|06||Have You Seen Her|
|07||Give Me Your Word|
|08||River Of No Return|
|09||Eins, Zwei, Drei|
|11||The Ballad Of Davy Crockett|
|13||The Death Hug / The Ballad Of Davy Crockett / A Sensible Varmint|
|14||Crockett's Opinion Of A Thunderstorm / Farewell|
|15||I Am A Pilgrim|
|18||You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry|
|19||Nine Pound Hammer|
|20||Trouble In Mind|
|24||Dark As A Dungeon|
|25||I Gave My Love A Cherry|
|26||Gaily The Troubadour|
|27||The Rovin' Gambler|
|28||The Last Letter|
|29||Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet|
|Ford, Tennessee Ernie - Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD) Box set 4|
|01||False Hearted Girl|
|02||In The Pines|
|03||Bright Lights And Blonde Haired Women|
|04||The Rock, Roll Boogie|
|05||Call Me Darlin', Call Me Sweetheart, Call Me Dear|
|07||Have You Seen Her|
|09||The Watermelon Song|
|10||The Lonely Man|
|12||She's My Baby|
|13||Kiss Me Big|
|15||Smokey Mountain Boogie|
|18||I've Got The Milk 'Em In The Morning Blues|
|19||Ain't Nobody's Business Taylor But My Own|
|20||I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More|
|22||The Lord's Lariat|
|23||In The Middle Of An Island|
|26||Bless Your Pea Pickin' Heart|
|27||A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed|
|28||Love Makes The World Go Round|
|31||Toys For Tots (short version)|
|32||Toys For Tots (long version)|
|Ford, Tennessee Ernie - Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD) Box set 5|
|01||Browns Ferry Blues|
|02||Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair|
|03||My Grandfather's Clock|
|04||Code Of The Mountains|
|06||Left My Gal In The Mountains|
|08||Pretty Little Pink|
|09||Look Down (That Lonesome Road)|
|10||Love Is The Only Thing|
|12||Freight Train Blues|
|14||Twenty One Years|
|16||The Night Herding Song|
|17||Sunny Side Of Heaven|
|19||Jingle - The Brownie|
|21||I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know|
|22||I Really Don't Want To Know|
|24||Don't Rob Another Man's Castle|
|25||I Can't Help It|
|26||Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me|
|27||I Gotta Have My Baby Back|
|28||Bouquet Of Roses|
|29||Cold, Cold Heart|
|30||I Love You So Much It Hurts|
|31||Half As Much|
Ernie Tennessee Ford
Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait Of An American Singer (Bear Family Records) Five-Cd And Book Boxed Set Scores Grammy Nomination For Best Album Notes
Ted Olson, traditional country music scholar and professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. a stone’s throw from Bristol, Tenn. — country music’s birthplace and the hometown of Tennessee Ernie Ford — was producer and annotator of the Ford set.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919-1991) sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide, and charted 17 Top Ten country singles and four Top Ten pop singles over a 35-year recording career. He also played significant roles in radio and television broadcasting. But although he left a legacy of diverse and singular recordings and was a major influence on the generation of country and rock musicians that emerged in his wake, Ford’s stature as a culture figure receded from view to the point that recent generations have not recognized his name or his music.
Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait of an American Singer, a 2015 boxed set from Bear Family Records featuring 5-CDs and a hardcover book, has gone a long way toward rehabilitating Ford’s reputation as a pioneering crossover artist and as an early shaper of rock ’n’ roll. That set has now been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Album Notes category. The album notes writer for the new Tennessee Ernie Ford set, Ted Olson, also served as producer of the release.
Journalist and author Barry Mazor wrote in The Wall Street Journal: “Ford’s adventurous 1949-1960 secular recordings for Capitol Records are the focus of a new, enormously entertaining 154-track boxed set, Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait of an American Singer (Bear Family Records). Music historian Ted Olson’s detailed notes track this ‘stellar singer who refused to let arbitrary genre rules dictate how he should interpret a song.’ The records themselves, though, as they evolve in production and performance, ultimately tell the rich story.”
The online music magazine The Second Disc praised the release: “Bear Family’s presentation of Portrait of an American Singer is naturally exquisite in the label’s traditional fashion. The LP-sized box houses its five discs in individual jewel cases with unique artwork and track listings. The accompanying hardcover book written by the set’s producer, Ted Olson, would be worth the price of admission on its own. With more than 125 pages, it includes a remarkable text that amounts to a biography of Ford even beyond the period covered in the set. This exceptional essay is joined by an array of photographs from the Ford family archives, plus detailed track-by-track liner notes (a rarity even among Bear Family boxes!), and an expectedly comprehensive discography by Bear Family’s Richard Weize and Russ Wapensy. Though the focus here is on Ford’s secular material (he would later immerse himself even more fully in gospel and spiritual recordings), the track-by-track notes and discography even address the sides which aren’t included. Ulf Hattwig’s remastering is superb.”
Ford launched his recording career in the late 1940s within the Country & Western field, and scored a dozen Top 20 country chart hits through the end of 1951. Yet within that same period he placed half a dozen Top 20 hits on the pop singles chart, demonstrating to his label, Capitol Records, and to disc jockeys and fans across the U.S. that there was broad appeal for his music. In the early months of 1955, Ford’s version of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was a top five hit on the country chart as well as on the pop chart, foreshadowing Ford’s ultimate crossover achievement. Toward the end of that same year, his smash single “Sixteen Tons” topped both charts simultaneously, and rose to #1 in the U.K. That release sold more than four million copies, and proved to be one of the most influential singles of the 1950s, inspiring many among the next generation in the U.S. and the U.K. to pursue careers in music. Becoming Ford’s signature song, “Sixteen Tons” was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and into the National Recording Registry.
After “Sixteen Tons,” Ford could not compete with the younger upstarts of the rock ’n’ roll era (only two of his releases after “Sixteen Tons” rose into the Top 40 pop chart), yet he had already shown all comers — from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis to Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Glen Campbell — that an artist need not be limited by an artistic persona shaped in previous performances and recordings. For younger musicians wanting to be unbound by any fixed artistic identity, Ford was a worthy and proven role model, and the fascinating story of his life and career is conveyed in Portrait of an American Singer through Ford’s innovative, influential recordings and through Olson’s comprehensive, compelling notes.
The Cadillac of reissue labels!
Goldmine Magazine 4.1.16 "Bear Family (the Cadillac of reissue labels) honored the 60. anniversary of Tennessee Ford's „Sixteen Tons“. With five CDs and an accompanying hardbound book, the box presents Ford's suave skills and more.
Lovingly detailed retrospective
Rolling Stone Country, 19.11.15 "Ford's early career is lovingly detailed in the recently released retrospective Tennesse Ernie Ford: Portrait of an American Singer. The five-CD box set from Bear Family Records spans 154 tracks of music and includes a phantastic 124-page hardcover book."
A magnificent artefact
Vintage Rock 11-12/15 "It's a magnificent artefact, a fitting tribute to a man who sold 90 million records in hes 35-year carrer. The set includes two unreleased recordings. No finer tribute to his legacy is imaginable."
Now Dig This 11/15 "This set, with its 154 tracks, is a wonderful testament to Tennessee Ernie Ford's recorded legacy. As usual, Bear Family offers a lot more with a hardback book outlining the Ford story, a full discography, and photos, photos, photos!"
Typical Bear Family release
American Back Roads 19.10.15 "Bear Family does its now-standard thorough job on this compilation, gathering the complete recordings from this era..as it's typical Bear Family releases, there's a thorough recording session account, letting fans scour through the information as to which players were included on what tracks."
Cowboys & Indians, Nov.-Dec. 2015 "This CD collection on its own is indeed a portrait of Ford and a testament to his immense talent, but crack open the beautifully bound book to see the old album jackets and photos and read the stories behind the songs if you want the complete picture."
Beautiful and hefty
Bandmine 28.09.15 "This beautiful and hefty new box set from the folks at the German label Bear Family Records presents us with a thorough collection of music from one of America's most criminally underappreciated artists of all time."
A one-of-a-kind tribute
The Second Disc, 25.09.2015 „Portrait of an American Singer“ is a one-of-a-kind tribute to a one-of-a-kind talent who made his mark on the realms of pop, country, gospel, and beyond. The many sides of Tennesse Ernie Ford reveal an artist whose best work transcended genre and period. Well, a-bless his soul!"
A phantastic document
Record Collector 10/15 "This – as usual – impeccable Bear Family box set drops in on Ford in 1949, at wihich point he'd signed to Capitol. A phantastic dokument."
Blues & Rhythm 10/15 "This set explores Ford's first dozen years as a recording act, and shows the extent of his productivity. Usual immaculate Bear Family production values, if interested, buy with confidence."
Phantastic deluxe box set
Outlaw Magazine August/15 "This phantastic deluxe box set contains 154 tracks on five CDs. The package also contains a 124-page hardcover book. The book was authored by three-time Grammy Award-nominated music historian Ted Olson."
Oldiemarkt 9/15 "Wer Bear Family sagt, weiss, dass diese Box mit einem Booklet kommt, dass diesen Namen deshalb nicht verdient, weil es ein veritables Buch geworden ist. Es ist eine Auszeichnung für den Sänger und Interpreten."
Love this set.
Bear Family News
Tennessee Ernie Ford “Portrait of an American Singer” 5 CD + 128 pg hard cover book. Love this set. Firstly turn to page 81 and you see a most unusual picture...Ern without his famous moustache. You wouldn’t believe how different he looks. This covers the period from 1949 -1960 and covers the non religious recordings. There is a song by song run down and it is amazing the success that “Sixteen Tons” had. It was going to be a b-side only but soon became the hit side and was number one for 10 weeks on the country chart and then number one on the pop charts for 8 weeks. Great notes. 154 songs. Again, the gospel songs are not on this box.
Exactly what a box set should be
"With detailed annotation, insightful track-by-track commentary and its well-designed book, this is exactly what a box set should be. " The Arts Desk, July 31, 2015
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This product will be released at 29 March 2019