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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 23-page book, 123 tracks. Playing time approx. 311 mns. We pick up... more

Don Gibson: 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD)

4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 23-page book, 123 tracks. Playing time approx. 311 mns.

We pick up where '1949-1960' leaves off, and although the hits were growing smaller, Don Gibson was cutting some of the most strikingly original music to come out of Nashville in the early-to-mid '60s. Surely no one else in Nashville would have even contemplated recording with Los Indios Tabajaras, much less made it work. Gospel, standards, blues, and hits like Yes, I'm Hurting, Oh Such A Stranger and A Born Loser are all here.

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  • Interpret: Don Gibson

  • Album titlle: 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

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

  • EAN: 4000127156648

  • weight in Kg 1.2
Gibson, Don - 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 1
01 I Think It's Best (To Forget Me)
02 That's How It Goes
03 Sea Of Heartbreak
04 No One Will Ever Know
05 Born To Lose
06 Beautiful Dreamer
07 Camptown Races
08 Fireball Mail
09 The Last Letter
10 White Silver Sands
11 Driftwood On The River
12 Lonesome Road
13 Above And Beyond
14 Cute Little Girls
15 I Sat Back And Let It Happen
16 I Know The Score
17 The Same Old Trouble
18 So How Come (No One Loves Me)
19 Lonesome Number One
20 Let's Fall Out Of Love (Tonight)
21 I Let Her Get Lonely
22 I Can Mend Your Broken Heart
23 For A Little While
24 That's How It Goes
25 It Makes No Difference Now
26 Settin' The Woods On Fire
27 Baby, We're Really In Love
28 I Love You So Much It Hurts
29 It's A Sin
30 I'm Sorry For You My Friend
Gibson, Don - 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 2
01 Where Is Your Heart Tonight
02 Blue Dream
03 How's The World Treating You
04 May You Never Be Alone
05 We Live In Two Different Worlds
06 Old Ship Of Zion
07 Then I Met The Master
08 I'd Rather Have Jesus
09 Be Ready
10 I Can't See Myself
11 For Old Times Sake
12 It Was Worth It All
13 Head Over Heels In Love With You
14 I Can't Stop Loving You
15 (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time
16 Give Myself A Party
17 Oh Lonesome Me
18 Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
19 Love Has Come My Way
20 Lonesome Number One
21 Blue Blue Days
22 Just One Time
23 Oh Such A Stranger
24 After The Heartache
25 Anything New Gets Old
26 God Walks These Hills
27 Do You Know My Jesus
28 Hide Me, Rock Of Ages
29 Where Else Would I Want To Be?
30 If I Can Help Somebody
Gibson, Don - 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 3
01 You Don't Knock
02 When They Ring The Golden Bells
03 There She Goes (Let Her Go)
04 If You Knew Me
05 If You Don't Know The Sorrow
06 Mixed Up Love
07 There She Goes (Let Her Go)
08 Think Of Me
09 'Cause I Believe In You
10 Then I'll Be Free
11 (All For The Sake Of) A Love That Can't Be
12 Waltz Of Regret
13 When Your House Is Not A Home
14 Watch Where You're Going
15 You're Going Away
16 Again
17 Too Much Hurt
18 A Born Loser
19 A Wound Time Can't Erase
20 Around The Town
21 I'm Crying Inside
22 Dark As A Dungeon
23 Right Away
24 Lovin' Lies
25 All The World Is Lonely Now
26 When Your House Is Not A Home
27 Worried Mind
28 There's A Big Wheel
29 Take These Chains From My Heart
30 Singing The Blues
Gibson, Don - 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 4
01 Address Unknown (& LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS)
02 My Adobe Hacienda (& LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS)
03 Lonely Street (& LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS)
04 Cryin' Heart Blues (& LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS)
05 I Can't Tell My Heart That (& LOS INDIOS ...)
06 (Yes) I'm Hurting
07 My Whole World Is Hurt
08 You Can't Laugh (At A Fool)
09 My Tomorrows (They Don't Come Easy)
10 Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
11 Once A Day
12 My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers
13 Vaya Con Dios
14 Just Call Me Lonesome
15 With Your Love On My Mind
16 A Stranger To Me
17 I Can't Tell My Heart That
18 Maria Elena
19 Blues In My Mind
20 Making Believe
21 Somebody Loves You Darlin'
22 I'd Just Be Fool Enough
23 Lost Highway
24 Let's Fall Out Of Love
25 I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
26 Don't Touch Me
27 How Do You Tell Someone
28 Just Out Of Reach
29 When I Stop Dreaming
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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Tracklist
Gibson, Don - 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 1
01 I Think It's Best (To Forget Me)
02 That's How It Goes
03 Sea Of Heartbreak
04 No One Will Ever Know
05 Born To Lose
06 Beautiful Dreamer
07 Camptown Races
08 Fireball Mail
09 The Last Letter
10 White Silver Sands
11 Driftwood On The River
12 Lonesome Road
13 Above And Beyond
14 Cute Little Girls
15 I Sat Back And Let It Happen
16 I Know The Score
17 The Same Old Trouble
18 So How Come (No One Loves Me)
19 Lonesome Number One
20 Let's Fall Out Of Love (Tonight)
21 I Let Her Get Lonely
22 I Can Mend Your Broken Heart
23 For A Little While
24 That's How It Goes
25 It Makes No Difference Now
26 Settin' The Woods On Fire
27 Baby, We're Really In Love
28 I Love You So Much It Hurts
29 It's A Sin
30 I'm Sorry For You My Friend
Gibson, Don - 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 2
01 Where Is Your Heart Tonight
02 Blue Dream
03 How's The World Treating You
04 May You Never Be Alone
05 We Live In Two Different Worlds
06 Old Ship Of Zion
07 Then I Met The Master
08 I'd Rather Have Jesus
09 Be Ready
10 I Can't See Myself
11 For Old Times Sake
12 It Was Worth It All
13 Head Over Heels In Love With You
14 I Can't Stop Loving You
15 (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time
16 Give Myself A Party
17 Oh Lonesome Me
18 Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
19 Love Has Come My Way
20 Lonesome Number One
21 Blue Blue Days
22 Just One Time
23 Oh Such A Stranger
24 After The Heartache
25 Anything New Gets Old
26 God Walks These Hills
27 Do You Know My Jesus
28 Hide Me, Rock Of Ages
29 Where Else Would I Want To Be?
30 If I Can Help Somebody
Gibson, Don - 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 3
01 You Don't Knock
02 When They Ring The Golden Bells
03 There She Goes (Let Her Go)
04 If You Knew Me
05 If You Don't Know The Sorrow
06 Mixed Up Love
07 There She Goes (Let Her Go)
08 Think Of Me
09 'Cause I Believe In You
10 Then I'll Be Free
11 (All For The Sake Of) A Love That Can't Be
12 Waltz Of Regret
13 When Your House Is Not A Home
14 Watch Where You're Going
15 You're Going Away
16 Again
17 Too Much Hurt
18 A Born Loser
19 A Wound Time Can't Erase
20 Around The Town
21 I'm Crying Inside
22 Dark As A Dungeon
23 Right Away
24 Lovin' Lies
25 All The World Is Lonely Now
26 When Your House Is Not A Home
27 Worried Mind
28 There's A Big Wheel
29 Take These Chains From My Heart
30 Singing The Blues
Gibson, Don - 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD) Box set 4
01 Address Unknown (& LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS)
02 My Adobe Hacienda (& LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS)
03 Lonely Street (& LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS)
04 Cryin' Heart Blues (& LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS)
05 I Can't Tell My Heart That (& LOS INDIOS ...)
06 (Yes) I'm Hurting
07 My Whole World Is Hurt
08 You Can't Laugh (At A Fool)
09 My Tomorrows (They Don't Come Easy)
10 Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
11 Once A Day
12 My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers
13 Vaya Con Dios
14 Just Call Me Lonesome
15 With Your Love On My Mind
16 A Stranger To Me
17 I Can't Tell My Heart That
18 Maria Elena
19 Blues In My Mind
20 Making Believe
21 Somebody Loves You Darlin'
22 I'd Just Be Fool Enough
23 Lost Highway
24 Let's Fall Out Of Love
25 I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
26 Don't Touch Me
27 How Do You Tell Someone
28 Just Out Of Reach
29 When I Stop Dreaming