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Connie Smith: Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

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4-CD box set (LP-size) with 96-page hardcover book, 96 tracks. Playing time c. 5 hrs

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"No one in the world does a better job of protecting, loving, and preserving music than Bear Family Records.  I believe we have over one hundred of their albums, CDs, and boxed sets in our library.  Each and every one a treasure.  Latest Shade of Blue, The Columbia Recordings 1973-1976 is the third boxed set of my work to be offered by Bear Family.  It's a an honor, and just as much an honor to share it with you!"
 
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  • Connie Smith is one of the touchstone figures in Country Music.
  • Her complete COLUMBIA recordings from 1973 to 1976.
  • 9 albums on 4 CDs – from gospel and Christmas songs to classic country and pop.
  • The accompanying 96-page book includes dozens of previously unpublished photos, a detailed discography,  session-by-session discussion of the making of the records, and an overview of Connie Smith’s life as she balanced session scheduling and Grand Ole Opry and touring performances while being, by this time, an actively involved, dedicated mother of five. 
  • Introduction by Connie’s husband and musical collaborator Marty Stuart, who has now joined her as an inducted member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Includes all of the tracks from the second chapter in Connie Smith’s epochal recording career,  as she moved to the Columbia Records label from RCA Victor in 1973—and the first reissue of the majority of them.
  • Classic, infectious 1970s honky tonk singles such as “Ain’t Love a Good Thing,”  her own  co-write “You’ve Got Me Right Where You Want Me” and her hit takes on the Everly Brothers’ “(Till) I Kissed You” and “So Sad.”
  • Dozens of out-of-print and long hard-to-find recordings, including her, unforgettable Christmas album “Joy to the World,”  shaped by her own arrangements of sacred holiday songs, and the singular, history-making “Connie Smith Sings Hank Williams Gospel.” 
  • Connie Smith’s riveting interpretations of prime era country songs from the pens of  Dallas Frazier, Don Gibson, Bill Anderson, Doug Kershaw, Tom T. Hall,  Lefty Frizzell, Harlan Howard, Eddie Raven and Jessi Colter
  • Connie’s deep grounding in country gospel music applied to introduction  of new songs in the genre by Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Larry Gatlin and Dottie Rambo, in addition to that full album of eleven Hank Williams gospel songs.
  • New exploration of the steel guitar foregrounding “Connie Smith sound” as she performs virtual vocal-guitar  duets with  steel heroes Weldon Myrick, Lloyd Green, John Hughey, Jimmy Day,  Buddy Emmons and Hal Rugg.
  • Detailed stories of Connie Smith’s close work with Columbia producers Ray Baker and George Richey, as they arrived at the song choices and up-to-date, yet traditionalist sounds that brought her through the pop-centric John Denver-Olivia Newton John county era  with her core classic country attack intact. Based on extensive new interviews with Connie herself and with producer Baker by the book’s author Barry Mazor.
‘Connie Smith- The Latest Shade of Blue,” is the third in Bear Family’s chronicle of one of country music’s most masterful vocalists in the years that cemented her reputation and renown, following on the two sets covering her previous years at RCA Victor, “Born to Sing” (1964-1967) and “Just For What I Am” (1968-1972). 


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This is the third Bear Family Records®  collection chronicling the recordings of Connie Smith, one of country music's most profound singers. The two previous sets covered Connie's RCA VICTOR catalog, beginning with her landmark, breakout single from 1964, continuing
on through the last song she recorded for the label in 1972.

The COLUMBIA Recordings 1973-1976 show a woman who has weathered the storms in her life, took hold of her faith, all while maturing into the full depth and range of her emotions. Nine full albums are collected here – including 'Connie Smith Sings Hank Williams Gospel,' 'The Songs We Fell In Love To,' and her recording of festive favourites, 'Joy To The World.' As before, some of Country Music's most-acclaimed songwriters are covered throughout – from Dallas Frazier, Harlan Howard and Don Gibson to Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall and Dolly Parton.

The accompanying LP-sized hardcover book features Barry Mazor's in-depth liner notes and a detailed look at the gestation of the COLUMBIA recording sessions, plus a detailed discography by Richard Weize, and a treasure trove of pictures, album covers, labels and ephemera, many previously unseen and only recently discovered in Connie Smith's archive. When asked to describe country music, Connie Smith's standard answer is "It's the cry of the heart." Her cry of the heart is her singing, and it's a powerful thing to behold.


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  • Interpret: Connie Smith

  • Album titlle: Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code DK
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • Year of publication 2021
  • EAN: 5397102176098

  • weight in Kg 1.25
Smith, Connie - Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through) Connie Smith
02 Never Love Again Connie Smith
03 Ain't Love A Good Thing Connie Smith
04 When You Hurt Me More Than I Love You Connie Smith
05 Love Held On To Me Connie Smith
06 A Picture Of Me (Without You) Connie Smith
07 Let's All Go Down To The River Connie Smith
08 Too Soon To Know Connie Smith
09 You've Got Me (Right Where You Want Me) Connie Smith
10 In The House Where Love Shines Connie Smith
11 Soul Song Connie Smith
12 Jesus Connie Smith
13 Remind Me Dear Lord Connie Smith
14 Why Me Connie Smith
15 The Wonders You Perform Connie Smith
16 The Golden Street Of Glory Connie Smith
17 When I Sing For Him Connie Smith
18 God Is Abundant Connie Smith
19 Help Me Connie Smith
20 The Well Of His Mercy Connie Smith
21 The Baptism Of Jesse Taylor Connie Smith
22 You Can Move That Mountain Connie Smith
23 At The Foot Of The Cross Connie Smith
24 He Did It All For Me Connie Smith
Smith, Connie - Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 I Still Feel The Same About You Connie Smith
02 Be All Right In Arkansas Connie Smith
03 Did We Have To Come This Far (To Say Goodbye) Connie Smith
04 Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree Connie Smith
05 We're Gonna Hold On Connie Smith
06 My Uncle Abel Connie Smith
07 Teddy Bear Song Connie Smith
08 Thanks A Lot For Trying Anyway Connie Smith
09 That's The Way Love Goes Connie Smith
10 Dallas Connie Smith
11 Never Having You Connie Smith
12 Letting Go Connie Smith
13 Sunshine Blue Connie Smith
14 The Key's In the Mailbox Connie Smith
15 I'll Still Be Missing You Connie Smith
16 Them Ole Rainy Lovesick Songs (Are Hittin' Home) Connie Smith
17 I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before) Connie Smith
18 Is This All You Hear (When A Heart Breaks) Connie Smith
19 I Just Had You On My Mind Connie Smith
20 I Wish We'd All Been Ready Connie Smith
21 Because Of Yesterday Connie Smith
22 I've Got My Baby On My Mind Connie Smith
23 Searching (For Someone Like You) Connie Smith
24 Back In The Country Connie Smith
25 I Got A Lot Of Hurtin' Done Today Connie Smith
26 Loving You (Has Changed My Whole Life) Connie Smith
Smith, Connie - Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 A House of Gold Connie Smith
02 I'm Gonna Sing Connie Smith
03 How Can You Refuse Him Now Connie Smith
04 I Saw The Light Connie Smith
05 Are You Walking And A-Talking For the Lord Connie Smith
06 When The Book Of Life Is Read Connie Smith
07 Jesus Is Calling Connie Smith
08 Jesus Died For Me Connie Smith
09 Calling You Connie Smith
10 A Home In Heaven Connie Smith
11 Jesus Remembered Me Connie Smith
12 Why Don't You Love Me Connie Smith
13 Ain't It Good To Be In Love Again Connie Smith
14 You'll See Jesus Connie Smith
15 Praying Hands Connie Smith
16 One Little Reason Connie Smith
17 Because I Love You That's Why Connie Smith
18 Viva La Love Connie Smith
19 Nothing In This World Connie Smith
20 The Song We Fell In Love To Connie Smith
21 ('Till) I Kissed You Connie Smith
22 Jesus Hears, He Cares, He Can Connie Smith
23 Once A Day Connie Smith
24 Ridin' On A Rainbow Connie Smith
25 When I Need Jesus, He's There Connie Smith
Smith, Connie - Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 I Don't Wanna Talk It Over Anymore Connie Smith
02 Storms Never Last Connie Smith
03 You Crossed My Mind A Thousand Times Today Connie Smith
04 Love Don't Care (Where It Grows) Connie Smith
05 Constantly Connie Smith
06 I Wonder If The Angels Could Use Another Singer Connie Smith
07 I'm In The Middle Of A Losin' Streak Connie Smith
08 Come On Down Connie Smith
09 The Latest Shade Of Blue Connie Smith
10 So Sad (To Watch A Good Love Go Bad) Connie Smith
11 I'm All Wrapped Up In You Connie Smith
12 Go Tell It On The Mountain Connie Smith
13 O Come All Ye Faithful Connie Smith
14 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Connie Smith
15 Away In A Manger / Silent Night Connie Smith
16 Sweet Little Jesus Boy Connie Smith
17 Little Drummer Boy Connie Smith
18 O Holy Night Connie Smith
19 The First Noel Connie Smith
20 What Child Is This Connie Smith
21 Joy To The World Connie Smith
Connie Smith "There's only three real female singers: Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt,... more
"Connie Smith"

Connie Smith

"There's only three real female singers: Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only pretending."

Dolly Parton

 

There are singers and there are stars. Connie Smith is a singer ...by common consensus one of the great voices of country music... but the star's mantle sits uneasily upon her. The gregariousness and easy laugh just barely mask the innate shyness. The first prerequisite of stardom is that you must never tire of talking about yourself, but it doesn't come easily to Connie Smith. She is a natural born singer, but not a natural born entertainer. Her life revolves around music, but more so around her children and grandchildren. It's family portraits that line her living room, not onstage shots or award plaques.

Comparisons don't mean much, but it sometimes seems more than coincidental that Connie began recording within a year or so of Patsy Cline's death. After a ten-year struggle, Patsy had become the best pure singer in country music. Her death left a void, one that Connie Smith seemed to fill overnight. Connie's first record, released when she was just twenty-two, was remarkably mature and fully realized. Her voice was so musical and so free of artifice that there was almost universal assent that the next great one had arrived.

The rags to riches story, played up in the liner notes to Connie's first album, is no less true for being oft-repeated. Constance June Meador was born on August 14, 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana, near Chicago. Her parents, Hobart and Wilma Meador, were from West Virginia, and returned there when Connie was five months old, moving on to Dungannon, Ohio. Hobart Meador was an alcoholic, abusive to the family, and Wilma divorced him when Connie was seven. Wilma eventually married a man named Tom Clark, and Connie only saw her father twice after that. He died in 1962. "There were five of us," Connie remembered, "and my stepfather had eight children. He and my mom had two kids, one stillborn, so at one point there was fourteen kids in the house. I was in the middle. There were six younger than me, and the rest were older. They needed to watch the little ones, see they didn't get hurt, watch the big ones, see they didn't get into trouble. If someone came to the house, I'd bring them a glass of water and a chair to make sure I'd get noticed."

Country music was the soundtrack to Connie Smith's life. "My real daddy's favorite singer was Ernest Tubb," she says, "and my mom's was Eddy Arnold. The first song I remember learning was 'You Are My Sunshine.' My dad played 'Til The End Of The World' over and over. My stepfather played mandolin, and he had a brother who played fiddle, and another brother who played guitar. They'd play square dances. We'd listen to the Opry when we could pick it up. My favorites were the Louvin Brothers." Connie discovered that she was distantly related on her mother's side to a vintage bluegrass act, the Lilly Brothers, but that realization didn't come until years later. "I remember when I was five saying I was going to sing on the Grand Ole Opry," she said, "but I was so bashful, I couldn't bear for people to hear me sing. Around that time, we were moving, and we had a big ol' overstuffed chair out in the yard they hadn't moved yet. I was sitting in that chair singing. I looked up and saw them watching me, and I ran off and cried."

Connie seems to have been the only fifteen year-old wholly unaffected by Elvis and the rock 'n' roll upheaval. Maybe her life had so little in common with the 'Honey, I'm home' Fifties sitcom world. The shoes she wore to graduation were bought with money taken up in a class collection. Friends were hard to keep. "We moved a lot," she says. The idea of performing music took hold after an aborted prom: "My sister had a prom dress that I was going to wear, but it had been stolen. I said, 'I don't want to go to that ol' prom anyway,' so I went to the square dance. A boy I knew from high school was leading the band, and they were singing and playing up there, and I'd never sung with music, but they invited me up. I sang 'My Happiness.' The band was waiting on me, and I was waiting on them, and the timing just kinda went. It got so bad, everybody had to quit dancing. But I made three dollars. My first paying gig."

Doc and Chickie Williams, stars of WWVA's World's Original Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia, were the first name act to visit her neighborhood, but Opry star Martha Carson was the first to leave a deep impression. "I got the feeling," Connie told Eddie Stubbs, "that if she'd jumped off the stage and headed down the street, everyone would have followed her like the Pied Piper." Country music couldn't always be heard on local radio, so when Connie is quizzed on her influences, she'll surprise you with names like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. "It's like reading a book," she told Dan Cooper. "You eat the meat and leave the bones. You pick whatever you like. Whatever fits you. I love the way Jean Shepard hits a note solid on, true as a bell. With Sarah Vaughan it's finesse. And then Mahalia Jackson, the freedom. If she's in the middle of a word and needs a breath, she'll take a breath."

In 1959, Connie graduated from Salem-Liberty High School in Lower Salem, Ohio. ....

Connie Smith Born To Sing
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Smith, Connie - Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)
02 Never Love Again
03 Ain't Love A Good Thing
04 When You Hurt Me More Than I Love You
05 Love Held On To Me
06 A Picture Of Me (Without You)
07 Let's All Go Down To The River
08 Too Soon To Know
09 You've Got Me (Right Where You Want Me)
10 In The House Where Love Shines
11 Soul Song
12 Jesus
13 Remind Me Dear Lord
14 Why Me
15 The Wonders You Perform
16 The Golden Street Of Glory
17 When I Sing For Him
18 God Is Abundant
19 Help Me
20 The Well Of His Mercy
21 The Baptism Of Jesse Taylor
22 You Can Move That Mountain
23 At The Foot Of The Cross
24 He Did It All For Me
Smith, Connie - Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 I Still Feel The Same About You
02 Be All Right In Arkansas
03 Did We Have To Come This Far (To Say Goodbye)
04 Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
05 We're Gonna Hold On
06 My Uncle Abel
07 Teddy Bear Song
08 Thanks A Lot For Trying Anyway
09 That's The Way Love Goes
10 Dallas
11 Never Having You
12 Letting Go
13 Sunshine Blue
14 The Key's In the Mailbox
15 I'll Still Be Missing You
16 Them Ole Rainy Lovesick Songs (Are Hittin' Home)
17 I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)
18 Is This All You Hear (When A Heart Breaks)
19 I Just Had You On My Mind
20 I Wish We'd All Been Ready
21 Because Of Yesterday
22 I've Got My Baby On My Mind
23 Searching (For Someone Like You)
24 Back In The Country
25 I Got A Lot Of Hurtin' Done Today
26 Loving You (Has Changed My Whole Life)
Smith, Connie - Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 A House of Gold
02 I'm Gonna Sing
03 How Can You Refuse Him Now
04 I Saw The Light
05 Are You Walking And A-Talking For the Lord
06 When The Book Of Life Is Read
07 Jesus Is Calling
08 Jesus Died For Me
09 Calling You
10 A Home In Heaven
11 Jesus Remembered Me
12 Why Don't You Love Me
13 Ain't It Good To Be In Love Again
14 You'll See Jesus
15 Praying Hands
16 One Little Reason
17 Because I Love You That's Why
18 Viva La Love
19 Nothing In This World
20 The Song We Fell In Love To
21 ('Till) I Kissed You
22 Jesus Hears, He Cares, He Can
23 Once A Day
24 Ridin' On A Rainbow
25 When I Need Jesus, He's There
Smith, Connie - Latest Shade Of Blue - Columbia Recording 1973 - 1976 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 I Don't Wanna Talk It Over Anymore
02 Storms Never Last
03 You Crossed My Mind A Thousand Times Today
04 Love Don't Care (Where It Grows)
05 Constantly
06 I Wonder If The Angels Could Use Another Singer
07 I'm In The Middle Of A Losin' Streak
08 Come On Down
09 The Latest Shade Of Blue
10 So Sad (To Watch A Good Love Go Bad)
11 I'm All Wrapped Up In You
12 Go Tell It On The Mountain
13 O Come All Ye Faithful
14 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
15 Away In A Manger / Silent Night
16 Sweet Little Jesus Boy
17 Little Drummer Boy
18 O Holy Night
19 The First Noel
20 What Child Is This
21 Joy To The World