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Sleepy Labeef Larger Than Life (6-CD)

Larger Than Life (6-CD)
 
 

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weight in Kg 1,200

 

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Sleepy Labeef: Larger Than Life (6-CD)

6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 28-page book, 159 tracks. Playing time approx. 407 mns.

Generally acknowledged as one of the greatest live performers in rock 'n' roll, Sleepy LaBeef has never received his due as a recording artist. It's no understatement to say that he has a more encyclopaedic knowledge of American roots music than any other artist who ever lived.

This 6-CD-set is the definitive edition. It includes all the early recordings for Starday, Dixie, and other Gulf-coast labels, rare and previously unissued demos, all the Columbia recordings from 1965-1967, and all of Sleepy's Sun recordings from 1970 to 1979, including his gospel and western LPs. Longtime Sleepy faves like Ride On Josephine, Boom Boom Boom, Ragged But Right, Thunder Road, and There Ain't Much After Taxes are all here.

6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 28-page book, 159 tracks. Playing time approx. 407 mns


 

Songs

LaBeef, Sleepy - Larger Than Life (6-CD) Box set 1
1: Baby Let's Play House
2: Don't Make Me Go
3: All Alone
4: I'm Through
5: Lonely
6: All The Time
7: All The Time (alt)
8: Lonely (alt)
9: I Ain't Gonna Take It
10: Little Bit More
11: Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
12: You're So Easy To Love
13: I Wish I Was The Moon
14: The Ways Of A Woman In Love
15: Home Of The Blues
16: You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven
17: Guess Things Happen That Way
18: Can't Get You Off My Mind
19: I Found Out
20: Turn Me Loose
21: Ridin' Fence
22: Ride On Josephine
23: Walkin' Slowly
24: Tore Up
25: Lonely
26: Ride On Josephine
27: Lonely
28: Just A Closer Walk With Thee
29: I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone
30: Drink Up And Go Home
31: Teardrop On A Rose
32: A Long Time To Forget
LaBeef, Sleepy - Larger Than Life (6-CD) Box set 2
1: Goodnight Irene
2: Leave Me Alone With The Blues
3: Oh So Many Years
4: Somebody's Been Beatin' My Time
5: Bring Around Rosie
6: Completly Destroyed
7: Another Mile To Go
8: This New Love
9: You Can't Catch Me
10: Everybody's Got To Have Somebody (To Love)
11: Shame, Shame, Shame
12: Ain't Got No Home
13: I Feel A Lot More Like I Do Now
14: I'm Too Broke (To Pay Attention)
15: Drinking Again
16: A Man In My Position
17: Go Ahead On
18: Schneider
19: Sure Beats The Heck Outta' Settlin' Down
20: Too Young To Die
21: Two Hundred Pounds Of Hurt
22: If I Go Right, I'm Wrong
23: Everyday
24: Man Alone
25: Too Much Monkey Business
26: Sixteen Tons
27: Got You On My Mind
28: Birds Of All Nations
29: The Back Of His Hand
30: Asphalt Cowboy
31: Blackland Farmer
LaBeef, Sleepy - Larger Than Life (6-CD) Box set 3
1: She's Bringin' Me Down
2: Buying A Book
3: Me And Bobby McGee
4: Boom, Boom, Boom
5: It Ain't Sanitary
6: Honey Hush
7: A Hundred Pounds Of Lovin'
8: Ballad Of Thunder Road
9: I'm Ragged But I'm Right
10: Tender Years
11: The Other Side Of You
12: Stormy Monday Blues
13: Cool Water
14: Mule Train
15: Streets Of Laredo
16: Ghost Riders In The Sky
17: Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
18: Tumbling Tumbleweeds
19: Strawberry Roan
20: High Noon
21: Wagon Wheels
22: Home On The Range
23: There Ain't Much After Taxes
24: Good Rockin' Boogie
25: Roll Over Beethoven
26: Party Doll
27: I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
LaBeef, Sleepy - Larger Than Life (6-CD) Box set 4
1: You Can Have Her
2: Mathilda
3: Faded Love
4: From A Jack To A King
5: Send Me Some Lovin'
6: You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
7: Young Fashioned Ways
8: Sittin' On Top Of The World
9: Matchbox
10: Corine, Corina
11: Let's Turn Back The Years
12: What Am I Living For
13: Reconsider Baby
14: Raining In My Heart
15: Put Your Arms Around Me
16: Elvira
17: Polk Salad Annie
18: I'm The Man
19: Queen Of The Silver Dollar
20: Long Tall Texan
21: Stay All Night, Stay A Little Longer
22: Baby, Let's Play House
23: Tall Oak Tree
24: Take Me Back To Tulsa
25: Blue Moon Of Kentucky
26: I'll Keep On Loving You
LaBeef, Sleepy - Larger Than Life (6-CD) Box set 5
1: I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone
2: Just A Closer Walk With Thee
3: Satisfied
4: Ezekiel's Boneyard
5: I Saw The Light
6: I'll Never Let The Devil Win
7: This Train
8: I'll Be Somewhere Listening
9: I Feel Like Traveling On
10: The Old Country Church
11: Standing In The Shadows
12: Walk And Talk With My Lord
13: Rock And Roll Ruby
14: Big Boss Man
15: I'm Ready If You're Willing
16: I'm Coming Home
17: I'm A One-Woman Man
18: Shot-Gun Boogie
19: Boogie Woogie Country Girl
20: Mystery Train
21: There Is Something On Your Mind
22: Jack And Jill Boogie
23: Blues Stay Away From Me
24: Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor
25: Tore Up
26: Flying Saucers Rock And Roll
27: Red Hot
LaBeef, Sleepy - Larger Than Life (6-CD) Box set 6
1: Honky Tonk Man
2: My Sweet Love Ain't Around
3: If You Don't Love Me, Someone Else Will
4: Milk Cow Blues
5: Ride, Ride, Ride
6: Are You Teasing Me
7: LaBoef's Cajun Boogie (Home Country Blues)
8: Go Ahead On Baby
9: Sick And Tired
10: Mind Your Own Business
11: Lonesome For A Letter
12: Detour
13: Shame, Shame, Shame
14: Cigarettes And Coffee Blues
15: Cut Across Shorty
16: I'm Feelin' Sorry

 

Artikeleigenschaften von Sleepy Labeef: Larger Than Life (6-CD)

  • Interpret: Sleepy Labeef

  • Albumtitel: Larger Than Life (6-CD)

  • Format Box set
  • Genre Rock 'n' Roll

  • Music Genre Rock 'n' Roll
  • Music Style Rock & Roll
  • Music Sub-Genre 201 Rock & Roll
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Title Larger Than Life 6-CD-Box & 28-Page Book
  • Label BEAR FAMILY RECORDS

  • Price code FI
  • SubGenre Rock - Rock'n'Roll

  • EAN: 4000127156624

  • weight in Kg 1.200
 
 

Artist description "LaBeef, Sleepy"

Sleepy LaBeef

 

"Mr. LaBeef is a living, breathing guitar-picking history of American music."

- The New York Times

 

When Sleepy LaBeef made his first record, All Alone, in Texas in 1956, he probably didn't think that over fifty years later he'd be reprising the song as part of his umpteenth visit to Europe to dispense his heady blend of rocking American roots music to an international audience.

In the twenty-three years of recordings summarised in this CD, Sleepy developed a truly rocking pedigree. From 1956 onwards, he left a trail of music that stretched from small Texan record labels like Starday and Dixie through the major Columbia label to Plantation and the reincarnated Sun Records, of which, by 1979, when he first arrived in Europe with his music, he was the mainstay.

Sleepy's claim to fame has always been as much about his live performances as his records, though. Over the years, he transformed his man-mountain frame, his baritone voice, and his outstanding lead guitar playing into a human jukebox, with a repertoire running to many thousands of rock, country, blues, cajun and other gutsy songs.

When he arrived in England in 1979 for the huge annual country music festival at Wembley, he was then, as now, an absolute fanatic about the music he plays and loves. At the end of a long pre-festival dinner, he was acting like a one-man press-gang making me and his European record label bosses stop by his hotel room to listen to a tape of his latest recording session, made in Nashville a couple of weeks before. All evening, while the other artists were skipping the dinner altogether or else putting thoughts of music to the back of their minds, the abstemious Sleepy's conversation was laced with reminiscences and thoughts of rockabilly, of Wayne Raney, of the Delmore Brothers, of Tex-Mex border radio station XERF, and of attending Elvis Presley's early appearances in Texas. He was still going strong at midnight, trying to recall if he played lead or rhythm on the particular cut that was now previewing on his tape machine. We left eventually, with beefy rockabilly music swimming around in our heads, still hearing guitar solos that sounded like an inspired compound of Scotty Moore and Bo Diddley, and wondering what else there was to come from the human jukebox.

Some thirty years further on, we now know that Sleepy has let the jukebox keep on playing. He's continued to tour prolifically, despite health problems in recent years, and has made an impressive number of albums and CDs that together define the roots of America's music.

 

Turn Me Loose

The LaBeef story began in that unlikely-named dot on the map, Smackover, Arkansas, back in July 1935. The town was originally a French settlement called Sumac Couvert, which at some point was anglicised to Smackover; just as the LaBoeuf family became LaBeff (and only much later, LaBeef). There had been an oil boom in Smackover in 1923 but Thomas Paulsley LaBeff's early life was among the farming community some seven miles outside town. Tommy was the youngest of ten children, and perhaps it was of necessity that he developed a calm and laid-back approach to life. This became emphasised after his first day in school when his classmates started to call him 'Sleepy' on account of his heavily hooded eyes. He left school early after an eighth grade argument with a teacher but, he emphasises, "I never did stop learning."

One of the things he was most keen to learn about was music. He was not from a particularly musical family, but told me: "I had two uncles who used to play old fiddle breakdowns. And I really wanted to learn, and I found that if you really want to do something you can learn fast." The music he wanted to learn about first of all came from the United Pentecostal Church. He told promoter Richard Flohill about deacon Vernie McGee: "Church was a big part of growing up. The music was always powerful, and later on – when I got my first guitar – when I was 14, I learned just by watching the deacon play in church every Sunday. Those old gospel songs really got me inspired." He attributes the feeling that is in all Southern music to gospel music, and he feels that people like Sister Rosetta Tharpe provided the basis of the rock 'n' roll beat.

Not that he was unaware of secular music. While selling watermelon in town as a kid, he picked up snippets of the blues there: "You'd walk past those jukes and hear the music coming out the doors, and you'd remember it." He was inspired, too, by the music he heard on the radio, recalling, "we didn't have TV back then. So we grew up listening to the radio. But you know, it was so good back then we could visualise it, we could almost see those guys working. I could catch the 'Louisiana Hayride' out of Shreveport and the 'Grand Ole Opry' out of Nashville, and blues programmes out of Chicago, Little Rock, New Orleans. You'd hear hillbilly, you'd hear Hank Williams, you'd hear blues singers, you'd hear Bob Wills band, and Lucky Millinder with Sister Rosetta Tharpe – she was real fine – and you'd hear Red Foley, and bluegrass, and the radio hits of the day. So many of those people are gone now, but they made their mark with me."


He told writer Peter Guralnick about his desire to play music himself: "I got my first guitar when I was 14 and was playing rhythm in just a couple of weeks, and soon learned how to play lead parts." He had gained the guitar by trading for his rifle, emphasising his interest in the city life over the country. Leaving school, he worked at various jobs including grocery clerk, truck driver, "and some on the job training in land surveying working for the state of Arkansas Highways Department."

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