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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 122 tracks. Playing time approx. 295 mns. Don... more

Don Gibson: 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD)

4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 122 tracks. Playing time approx. 295 mns.

Don Gibson is an original, now often overlooked. There's so much more to his music than the hits everyone knows. He was one of the most sophisticated writers and singers in country music, and here we have his early sides and his biggest hits. The recordings for Mercury, Columbia, MGM are complete, as are his early recordings for RCA. Highlights include the original versions of Sweet Dreams, Oh Lonesome Me, I Can't Stop Loving You, Sweet Sweet Girl, Don't Tell Me Your Troubles, and I'd be A Legend In My Time.

Article properties: Don Gibson: 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD)

  • Interpret: Don Gibson

  • Album titlle: 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

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

  • EAN: 4000127154750

  • weight in Kg 1.3
Gibson, Don - 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 1
01 Why Am I So Lonely?
02 Automatic Mama
03 Cloudy Skies
04 I Love No One But You
05 Carolina Breakdown (instr.)
06 Roses Are Red
07 Wiggle Wag (instr.)
08 Dark Future
09 Just Let Me Love You
10 A Blue Million Tears
11 Red Lips, White Lies And Blue Hours
12 Sample Kisses
13 No Shoulder To Cry On
14 Let Me Stay In Your Arms
15 We're Stepping Out Tonight
16 Waitin' Down The Road
17 Walkin' In The Moonlight
18 I Just Love The Way You Tell A Lie
19 You Cast Me Out (Forevermore)
20 Symptoms Of Love
21 Selfish With Your Kisses
22 Ice Cold Heart
23 Many Times I've Waited
24 The Road Of Life Alone
25 Run Boy
26 Sweet Dreams
27 I Must Forget You
Gibson, Don - 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 2
01 It Happens Everytime
02 I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time
03 I Ain't A-Studyin' You, Baby
04 I'm Gonna Fool Everybody
05 I Believed In You
06 What A Fool I Was For You
07 You're The Only One For Me
08 I Love You Still
09 Everything Turns Out For The Best
10 I Can't Leave
11 Sittin' Here Cryin'
12 Too Soon To Know
13 Pretty Rainbow
14 Blue Blue Day
15 Tell It Like It Is
16 Oh Lonesome Me
17 I Can't Stop Loving You
18 Tell It Like It Is
19 It Has To Be
20 Give Myself A Party
21 Look Who's Blue
22 Bad Bad Day
23 I Can't Leave
24 Take Me As I Am
25 Heartbreak Avenue
26 We Could
27 If You Don't Know It
28 Sweet Sweet Girl
29 Blues In My Heart
30 Give Myself A Party
Gibson, Don - 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 3
01 Satisfied
02 Wait For The Light To Shine
03 Canaan's Land (Prayer Is The Key To Heaven)..
04 Faith Unlocks The Door
05 Evening Prayer
06 Lord I'm Coming Home
07 Satisfied
08 Climbing Up The Mountain
09 Where No One Stands Alone
10 Known Only To Him
11 My God Is Real
12 That Lonesome Valley
13 Who Cares (For Me)
14 When Will This Ever End
15 Sweet Sweet Girl
16 A Stranger To Me
17 Won't Cha Come Back To Me
18 A Stranger To Me
19 As Much
20 Who Cares (For Me)
21 I Wish It Had Been A Dream
22 Ages And Ages Ago
23 Even Tho'
24 Didn't Work Out, Did It?
25 It's My Way
26 Almost
27 Do You Think
28 Foggy River
29 Midnight
30 Lonesome Old House
Gibson, Don - 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 4
01 I Couldn't Care Less
02 Don't Tell Me Your Toubles
03 Heartbreak Avenue
04 Big Hearted Me
05 Maybe Tomorrow
06 Everybody But Me
07 I'm Moving On
08 Just One Time
09 I May Never Get To Heaven
10 Lonely Street
11 On The Banks Of The Old Ponchartrain
12 Why Don't You Love Me
13 If I Can Stay Away
14 Never Love Again
15 The Streets Of Laredo
16 My Love For You
17 My Hands Are Tied
18 It Only Hurts For A Little While
19 (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time
20 Far Far Away
21 Foolish Me
22 My Tears Don't Show
23 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
24 What About Me
25 The Next Voice You Hear
26 Hurtin' Inside
27 Sweet Dreams
28 Time Hurts (As Well As It Heals)
29 What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You
30 Sweet Dreams
31 The Same Street
Don Gibson  As a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Don Gibson has been a major... more
"Don Gibson"

Don Gibson 

As a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Don Gibson has been a major force in country and pop music for over three decades now. His song catalogue includes some 150 or so 'working songs' - songs, that are continually recorded and performed by everybody from Ricky Skaggs to Ray Charles. His discography numbers over 500 items, and includes sidemen as diverse as jazz guitarist Johnny Smith, piano stylist Floyd Cramer, bluegrass banjoist Hubert Davis, and Brazilian guitarists Los Indios Tabajaras. His single releases first appeared on the hit charts in 1957, and continued to roost there through the 1970s. But the golden age of Don Gibson's career was the time from 1957 to 1966, a decade which saw a vertiable explosion of creativity. Every month, it seemed, saw innovative new songs and strong, exciting recordings, double-sided chart hits and crossover pop hits, efforts that literally changed the very landscape of country music. This is the era celebrated on the present collection, the Compact Disc retrospective of the Gibson sound. When Don Gibson signed on with RCA Victor in 1957, he was already a veteran of ten years in the music business.

Born Donald Eugene Gibson in 1932 in Shelby, North Carolina, Don Gibson started playing music with some pool-hall buddies when he was sixteen. Soon he was working with a radio band called 'The Sons Of The Soil,' and in 1949 made his first records with them on the old Mercury label. By 1950 he had formed his own band - the King Cotton Kinfolks - and was playing out of Shelby on a radio network of 25 southeastern stations. More recordings helped him land a job on Knoxville's powerful station WNOX, where he gradually worked his way up to a featured role on 'The Tennessee Barn Dance' and the 'Mid-Day Merry Go-Round'. By the mid-fifties, Don Gibson's music was centered around his singing - warm, smooth Red Foley like baritone - and his sophisticated rhythm guitar playing. [He was, and is, a devotee of jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt.] The summer of 1955 he decided to add songwriting to his resume.

He had tried an occasional song before - in fact, Hank Snow had recorded an early effort - and now he found himself working on one called Sweet Dreams. It was a simple song, but with a haunting melody, and he began featuring it at a local Knoxville club called Esslinger's; it was there that Nashville publisher Wesley Rose heard Don Gibson sing the song, signed him to a songwriting contract with Accuff-Rose, and a record contract with MGM. Rose also got Sweet Dreams to Faron Young, who had a big hit with it in the summer of 1956. Don Gibson's MGM sides, on the other hand, were having little success, and this encourraged him to try to write more songs. It was a good move. One afternoon in June of 1957, while he was living in a trailer back up in the woods of Knoxville, feeling down and out, he tried his hand at doing a lost love ballad. He sang into the tape recorder the words, I Can't Stop Loving You, and said to himself, "That would make a good title." He soon finished that song, then started on another one which he would end up calling Old Lonesome Me.

When he sent the tape to Acuff-Rose to be transcribed and copyrighted, a staff copyist misunderstood the title, and wrote it as Oh Lonesome Me. "It was the kind of a day I could use a few more of." recalls Don Gibson; he had just composed two of the most popular songs in country music history. The songs came at a turning point in his recording career as well. After signing with RCA Victor in January of 1957, he and producer Chet Atkins had tried one session in the traditional country style of Don Gibson's earlier records: fiddle, steel guitar, Hank Williams-sounding songs. Atkins came to Don Gibson and said, "Don, they're not selling. Let's try one more thing. Let's put voices behind it and get rid of the fiddle and steel guitar." A June session had yielded Blue Blue Day done in this new style, and when Chet heard Oh Lonesome Me, he decided to try this as well with the more modern backing. Backed only by rhythm guitar, bass, Floyd Cramer's piano, and Knoxville drummer Troy Hatcher's jazz-like drumming, Don Gibson cut his classic of Oh Lonesome Me and I Can't Stop Loving You on the same afternoon of a chilly December day in 1957. It was released at once, hit the charts in February, and remained a double-sided hit for over 30 weeks. It established Don Gibson's ability as a songwriter and as a recording star, and its clean, spare sound helped establish the so-called 'Nashville Sound' as a new style in country music.

This album contains the original versions of these first Gibson hits as well as some of the many that followed it: Look Who's Blue and Give Myself A Party, another two-sided back-to-back hit from 1958; Sweet Dreams, Don Gibson's second recording of this classic, which became a hit in 1960; Sea Of Heartbreak, his third biggest hit, from 1961; Lonesome Number One, a number two hit from 1961; I Can Mend Your Broken Heart, which spent four months as a hit in 1962; and A Legend In My Time, heard in Don Gibson's original 1960 version. A Legend In My Time never charted for Don Gibson, but he continued to think it was one of the best songs he had ever written; his confidence was validated years later when Ronnie Milsap found it and made it into one of his biggest hits. There also some Gibson rarities here. Sittin' Here Cryin' was the B side of a single from Don Gibson's first 'pure country' February 1957 session. Sweet Sweet Girl, an attempted follow-up to Blue Blue Day, was a gem that was first issued on an obscure 45rpm EP album, while If You Don't Know It was never issued as a single at all, but was used as filler on Don's first RCA LP in 1958. I Sat Back And Let It Happen, a 1961 side, was never issued by RCA, and has appeared only on BFX 15089 - Rockin' Rollin' Don Gibson.

And rarest of all, four sides heard here have never been issued in any form whatsoever before, and appear here for the first time. These are I'm Crying Inside [1965], If You Knew Me [1964], If You Don't Know The Sorrow [1964] and Think Of Me [1964]. They are prime Gibson, and they serve to remind us of how rich and varied the Gibson legacy is.

Charles Wolfe, October 1987

 

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Don Gibson ist meiner Meinung nach einer der wichtigsten Country Musiker der 1950er und 1960er! Ein toller Songschreiber und grandioser Gitarrist.

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Tracklist
Gibson, Don - 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 1
01 Why Am I So Lonely?
02 Automatic Mama
03 Cloudy Skies
04 I Love No One But You
05 Carolina Breakdown (instr.)
06 Roses Are Red
07 Wiggle Wag (instr.)
08 Dark Future
09 Just Let Me Love You
10 A Blue Million Tears
11 Red Lips, White Lies And Blue Hours
12 Sample Kisses
13 No Shoulder To Cry On
14 Let Me Stay In Your Arms
15 We're Stepping Out Tonight
16 Waitin' Down The Road
17 Walkin' In The Moonlight
18 I Just Love The Way You Tell A Lie
19 You Cast Me Out (Forevermore)
20 Symptoms Of Love
21 Selfish With Your Kisses
22 Ice Cold Heart
23 Many Times I've Waited
24 The Road Of Life Alone
25 Run Boy
26 Sweet Dreams
27 I Must Forget You
Gibson, Don - 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 2
01 It Happens Everytime
02 I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time
03 I Ain't A-Studyin' You, Baby
04 I'm Gonna Fool Everybody
05 I Believed In You
06 What A Fool I Was For You
07 You're The Only One For Me
08 I Love You Still
09 Everything Turns Out For The Best
10 I Can't Leave
11 Sittin' Here Cryin'
12 Too Soon To Know
13 Pretty Rainbow
14 Blue Blue Day
15 Tell It Like It Is
16 Oh Lonesome Me
17 I Can't Stop Loving You
18 Tell It Like It Is
19 It Has To Be
20 Give Myself A Party
21 Look Who's Blue
22 Bad Bad Day
23 I Can't Leave
24 Take Me As I Am
25 Heartbreak Avenue
26 We Could
27 If You Don't Know It
28 Sweet Sweet Girl
29 Blues In My Heart
30 Give Myself A Party
Gibson, Don - 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 3
01 Satisfied
02 Wait For The Light To Shine
03 Canaan's Land (Prayer Is The Key To Heaven)..
04 Faith Unlocks The Door
05 Evening Prayer
06 Lord I'm Coming Home
07 Satisfied
08 Climbing Up The Mountain
09 Where No One Stands Alone
10 Known Only To Him
11 My God Is Real
12 That Lonesome Valley
13 Who Cares (For Me)
14 When Will This Ever End
15 Sweet Sweet Girl
16 A Stranger To Me
17 Won't Cha Come Back To Me
18 A Stranger To Me
19 As Much
20 Who Cares (For Me)
21 I Wish It Had Been A Dream
22 Ages And Ages Ago
23 Even Tho'
24 Didn't Work Out, Did It?
25 It's My Way
26 Almost
27 Do You Think
28 Foggy River
29 Midnight
30 Lonesome Old House
Gibson, Don - 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 4
01 I Couldn't Care Less
02 Don't Tell Me Your Toubles
03 Heartbreak Avenue
04 Big Hearted Me
05 Maybe Tomorrow
06 Everybody But Me
07 I'm Moving On
08 Just One Time
09 I May Never Get To Heaven
10 Lonely Street
11 On The Banks Of The Old Ponchartrain
12 Why Don't You Love Me
13 If I Can Stay Away
14 Never Love Again
15 The Streets Of Laredo
16 My Love For You
17 My Hands Are Tied
18 It Only Hurts For A Little While
19 (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time
20 Far Far Away
21 Foolish Me
22 My Tears Don't Show
23 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
24 What About Me
25 The Next Voice You Hear
26 Hurtin' Inside
27 Sweet Dreams
28 Time Hurts (As Well As It Heals)
29 What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You
30 Sweet Dreams
31 The Same Street