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Tennessee Ernie Ford Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD)

Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD)
 
 
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Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD)

2016 Grammy nomination for Bear Family's, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD) Box set
https://www.grammy.com/nominees

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.'

5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book, 154 tracks. Total playing time approx.. 397 minutes.


 

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  • Interpret: Tennessee Ernie Ford

  • Albumtitel: Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD)

  • Format CD
  • Genre Country

  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Title Portrait Of An American Singer (1949-1960)
  • Release date 2015
  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • Price code EK
  • SubGenre Country - General

  • EAN: 5397102173325

  • weight in Kg 2.300
 
 

Artist description "Ford, Tennessee Ernie"

Ernie Tennessee Ford

Geboren als Ernest Jennings Ford am 13.2.1919 in Bristol, Tennessee, gestorben am 17.10.1991 in Reston, Virginia. Amerikanische Country-Größe, zwischen 1949 und 1976 mit 29 Hits in den Country & Western-Charts plaziert (u. a. 'Mule Train', 'The Shot Gun Boogie' und 'Sixteen Tons', alle auf Rang 1). In den Pop-Listen war Ernie Tennessee Ford von 1956 bis 1969 mit zehn Hits vertreten, auch hier stand 'Sixteen Tons' auf Rang 1. In den 30er und 40er Jahren arbeitete er für diverse Radiostationen in Knoxville, San Bernadino und Pasadena. 1949 unterschrieb er einen Vertrag bei Capitol, wo er - neben seinen Solo-Aktivitäten - auch Duette mit Kay Starr, Molly Bee, Ella Mae Morse und den Dinning Sisters aufnahm.

Ernie Tennessee Ford war Gastgeber mehrerer TV-Shows, schwenkte vorübergehend auch ins Gospel-Lager um. 1990 wurde er in die Country Music Hall Of Fame aufgenommen. 'Eins, zwei, drei' beschreibt im Mischtext Fords Erlebnisse mit einer haushaltsorientierten Lebensabschnittsgefährtin aus der Schweiz (woher auch sonst?!). Was aber begeisterte Ernie dermaßen an seiner Alpen-Affäre? Wahrscheinlich die leckere Wechsel-Verpflegung, sprachliche Mixed Pickles: 'Eins, zwei, drei, she bakes me lots of Strude - 5- eins, zwei, drei, Sauerkraut und Nudels.``

Aus dem Bear Family Buch - 1000 Nadelstiche von Bernd Matheja - BFB10025 -

 

 

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.

 

 
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From: BF Presse 2016-01-12 12:06:49

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.

 
From: BF Presse 2015-11-24 11:54:36

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."

 
From: BF Presse 2015-11-10 09:57:51

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."

 
From: BF Presse 2015-11-03 10:24:40

Wonderful testament


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!"

 
From: BF Presse 2015-10-20 09:50:15

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."

 
From: BF Presse 2015-10-13 11:44:51

A testament

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."

 
From: BF Presse 2015-10-06 09:45:02

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."

 
From: BF Presse 2015-09-29 10:46:05

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!"

 
From: BF Presse 2015-09-22 10:24:01

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."

 
From: BF Presse 2015-09-15 11:50:55

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."

 
From: BF Presse 2015-09-08 10:50:14

Eine Auszeichnung!

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."

 
From: BF Presse 2015-08-19 15:31:48

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.
http://www.yesterdayandtoday.com.au/news/2015-08.pdf

 
From: BF Presse 2015-08-04 08:43:13

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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