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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 80-page book, 145 tracks. Playing time approx. 387 mns. What a... more

Merle Travis: Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD)

5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 80-page book, 145 tracks. Playing time approx. 387 mns.

What a guy! What a picker! What a set! A seminal, and hugely-praised set from one of the most influential musicians in country music. It not only includes all of his Capitol recordings from 1946-1955, but it also includes incredibly rare recordings for King, Bel-Tone, and other small labels, some done under pseudonyms like Tem Martin and the Shepherd Brothers. The famous Merle Travis guitar is featured on the rare guitar-only albums, and the hits here include Divorce Me COD, Steel Guitar Rag, No Vacancy, and Cincinnati Lou. As always, though, the real story is in the rare singles, album cuts, and unissued recordings where Merle's guitar and his winning humor shine. A feast for any fan of finger-style guitar!

Article properties: Merle Travis: Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD)

  • Interpret: Merle Travis

  • Album titlle: Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

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

  • EAN: 4000127156372

  • weight in Kg 1.5
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 1
01 The Steppin' Out Kind (SHEPPARD BROS)
02 When Mussolini Laid His Pistol Down(McCARTHY)
03 Two Time Annie (BOB McCARTHY)
04 What Will I Do
05 So Long, Farewell, Goodbye (& GRANDPA JONES)
06 God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds (& W. TUTTLE)
07 It May Be Too Late (& WESLEY TUTTLE)
08 Be On Your Way (& WESLEY TUTTLE)
09 Rainin' On The Mountains (& WESLEY TUTTLE)
10 Give Me Your Hand (& WESLEY TUTTLE)
11 Out On The Open Range (& W.TUTTLE & S.FISHER)
12 Ridin' Down To Santa Fe (SHUG FISHER)
13 Hominy Grits
14 I Used To Work In Chicago (& TIN EAR TANNER)
15 Boogie Woogie Boy (PORKY FREEMAN TRIO)
16 Boogie Woogie Boy (alt.) (PORKY FREEMAN TRIO)
17 Merle's Buck Dance (& HANK PENNY)
18 Steel Guitar Stomp (& HANK PENNY)
19 That's All
20 I Used To Work In Chicago (DUSTY WARD)
21 I'm All Thru Trusting You (DUSTY WARD)
22 Weary Lonesome Me
23 No Vacancy
24 Cincinnati Lou
25 Two Is A Couple (And Three Is A Crowd)
26 What A Shame
27 T For Texas (Blue Yodel #1)
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 2
01 Divorce Me C.O.D.
02 A Fool At The Steering Wheel
03 Nine Pound Hammer
04 Sixteen Tons (false start)
05 Sixteen Tons
06 Dark As A Dungeon
07 Over By Number Nine
08 That's All
09 John Henry
10 Muskrat
11 I Am A Pilgrim
12 This World Is Not My Home
13 The Covered Wagon Rolled...(& JOHNNY MERCER)
14 Oh Why, Oh Why Did I Ever...(& JERRY COLONNA)
15 A Little Too Fer
16 When Rosie Riccoola Do The...(&JERRY COLONNA)
17 Steel Guitar Rag (alt)
18 Honey Bunch (alt)
19 Sweet Temptation/Don't Hang Me That Old Line
20 Steel Guitar Rag/Honey Bunch
21 So Round! So Firm! So Fully Packed!
22 Alimony Bound
23 Follow Thru
24 Three Times Seven
25 I'm Sick And Tired Of You, Little Darling
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 3
01 The Devil To Pay
02 Steel Guitar Rag
03 Lawdy, What A Gal
04 Sioux City Sue
05 Muskrat
06 Fat Gal (false start)
07 Fat Gal
08 I Like My Chicken Fryin' Size
09 Merle's Boogie Woogie (alt.)
10 Merle's Boogie Woogie
11 Dapper Dan
12 When My Baby Double Talks To Me
13 I'm Pickin' Up The Pieces Of My Heart
14 Information Please
15 Any Old Time
16 Kentucky Means Paradise
17 Leave My Honey Bee Alone
18 I'm A Natural Born Gamblin' Man
19 Get Along Blues
20 A Too Fast Past
21 Crazy Boogie
22 You Better Try Another Man
23 Deck Of Cards
24 Wabash Cannon Ball (& KAY STARR)
25 Blues Stay Away From Me
26 Philosophy
27 I Got A Mean Old Woman
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 4
01 Petticoat Fever
02 Start Even
03 Guitar Rag
04 Cane Bottom Chair
05 I'm Knee Deep In Trouble
06 Little Miss Sherlock Holmes
07 Too Much Sugar For A Dime (& BROWN & HAYDEN)
08 Spoonin' Moon (& GEORGIA BROWN & JUDY HAYDEN)
09 Trouble, Trouble (& THE WHIPPOORWILLS)
10 El Reno (& GEORGIA BROWN & JUDY HAYDEN)
11 Won't Cha Be My Baby
12 Dry Bread/Lost John Boogie (& WHIPPOORWILLS)
13 Deep South (& THE WHIPPOORWILLS)
14 Boogie In Minor (& THE WHIPPOORWILLS)
15 Let's Settle Down(&WHIPPOORWILLS)/Done Rovin'
16 Faithful Fool/Love Must Be Ketchin'
17 Kinfolks In Carolina
18 Kinfolks In Carolina
19 Rainy Day Feelin'
20 A Too Fast Past
21 Knee Deep In Trouble
22 Ain't That A Cryin' Shame
23 I'll See You In My Dreams
24 Cannon Ball Rag
25 I'll Have Myself A Ball
26 Bayou Baby (A Cajun Lullaby)
27 Green Cheese
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 5
01 Guitar Rag
02 Saturday Night Shuffle
03 The Waltz You Saved For Me
04 Crazy 'Bout You
05 Re-Enlistment Blues
06 Dance Of The Golden Rod
07 Gambler's Guitar
08 Shut Up And Drink Your Beer
09 Seminole Drag
10 Jolie Fille (Pretty Girl)
11 I Can't Afford The Coffee
12 Blue Bell
13 Memphis Blues
14 The Sheik Of Araby
15 On A Bicycle Built For Two (Daisy Belle)
16 Black Diamond Blues
17 Blue Smoke (remake)
18 Walking The Strings
19 Saturday Night Shuffle
20 Sleepy Time Gal
21 Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home
22 Rockabye Rock
23 Bugle Call Rag
24 Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine
25 Beer Barrel Polka
26 Turn My Picture Upside Down
27 If You Want It, I've Got It
28 Lazy River
29 Hunky Dory
Merle Travis Since Merle Travis became a professional musician in 1936, he'd spent a good... more
"Merle Travis"

Merle Travis

Since Merle Travis became a professional musician in 1936, he'd spent a good bit of his time on the air. 'Town Hall Party'was just one more gig.

Travis, born in 1917 in Muhlenberg County, in Kentucky’s coalmining country, grew up in the small town of Ebenezer. He played banjo first, but soon learned that region's trademark guitar fingerpicking style, which used a thumbpick to pick bass accompaniment while simultaneously playing lead and rhythm on the guitar's treble strings with the index finger. Travis's teachers were local miners and guitar masters Ike Everly (Don and Phil's dad) and Mose Rager. The style was adaptable to nearly any type of music: traditional favorites, blues, country or pop.

Determined that the guitar would help him avoid a life of mining, he turned professional in 1936 in Indiana, and briefly joined fiddler Clayton McMichen's Georgia Wildcats in 1937. As a member of the Drifting Pioneers, he joined Cincinnati's WLW in 1939.  When the station began their weekly 'Boone County Jamboree' barn dance broadcast, Travis, now performing solo, was part of it. He worked with the Delmore Brothers, Grandpa Jones, Hank Penny, and Joe Maphis at WLW, all of whom became close friends. A young Chet Atkins heard Travis on a WLW broadcast. Duly inspired, Atkins created his own picking style.

California became Travis's home in March, 1944. Radio and recording session work took up much of his time at first. Stardom came in 1946 after he signed with Capitol and launched a string of hits beginning with Cincinnati Lou, Divorce Me C.O.D, followed by So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed, a vocal version of Steel Guitar Rag, Three Times Seven, Fat Gal and Merle's Boogie Woogie.

His composition Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette), a 1947 hit for Tex Williams, gave Capitol its first million-seller. Few noted Merle's newly-issued acoustic 78 rpm album 'Folk Songs Of The Hills,' which mixed traditional songs with folk-flavored Travis originals, including his impressionistic coal mining tune Sixteen Tons. He was also a regular on Cliffie Stone's KXLA 'Dinner Bell Round-Up'radio show.

In 1949 Travis briefly worked at the 'WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance' in Richmond Virginia with Joe Maphis and his future wife/performing partner Rose Lee Schetrompf. After returning to L.A., at some point in 1950-51 Travis joined Foreman Phillips's 'B-K Ranch,' a local live TV program that ran six hours daily in TV's pre-network days.  He convinced Philips to bring Joe and Rosie in from Richmond. Soon the three of them were working Hollywood area clubs together.

After 'Town Hall Party' began in 1952, Travis was a frequent guest. The Maphises joined the show's cast and Joe eventually became the show's bandleader. Playing a guitar-picking soldier in the classic 1953 movie set in World War II, 'From Here To Eternity,' Travis's performance of Re-Enlistment Blues became a unifying thread through the entire film which starred Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Deborah Kerr.

Stardom and fame aggravated Travis's deep-seated personal demons. Gentle and modest when sober, renowned for his cartooning and watch repair skills, he also battled stage fright, anxiety and depression. His drinking binges sometimes turned violent. "Every time Merle was about to make a breakthrough to mass acceptance, a near-tragedy occurred,"  Hank Penny remembered. "He was bent on self-destruction," said friend Wesley Tuttle. "He couldn't stand success."

He underscored that point in January, 1956. As Tennessee Ernie Ford's multi-million selling version of Sixteen Tons brought Travis widespread media attention, he got drunk and shot a clock off the wall at his home, sending third wife Bettie and her stepson fleeing to the street. The LAPD surrounded the house until Joe Maphis and his teenage guitar protégé, Town Hall's Larry Collins, arrived, entered and talked the now-calm Travis into coming out. Later that year, Travis's friends and family erected a granite monument in Ebenezer honoring both Travis and Sixteen Tons. He later wound up in California's Camarillo State Hospital for pill abuse. Hunting buddy Johnny Cash, himself a master pill-popper, visited regularly.

Still a Capitol artist when he made these 1958-59 THP appearances, he hadn't recorded for them since 1955, although he played on old pal Hank Thompson's Capitol recordings and toured with Thompson. These 25 THP performances mix hits, Muhlenberg fingerpicking favorites, and tunes he recorded for Capitol, as well as his protégé Chet Atkins's Main Street Breakdown.

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very good music as I expected, but first CD of the box is defective ; the last tracks of this first CD, from track 24, have more and more parasite sounds, and can't be heard at all for the 4 latest ones

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Tracklist
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 1
01 The Steppin' Out Kind (SHEPPARD BROS)
02 When Mussolini Laid His Pistol Down(McCARTHY)
03 Two Time Annie (BOB McCARTHY)
04 What Will I Do
05 So Long, Farewell, Goodbye (& GRANDPA JONES)
06 God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds (& W. TUTTLE)
07 It May Be Too Late (& WESLEY TUTTLE)
08 Be On Your Way (& WESLEY TUTTLE)
09 Rainin' On The Mountains (& WESLEY TUTTLE)
10 Give Me Your Hand (& WESLEY TUTTLE)
11 Out On The Open Range (& W.TUTTLE & S.FISHER)
12 Ridin' Down To Santa Fe (SHUG FISHER)
13 Hominy Grits
14 I Used To Work In Chicago (& TIN EAR TANNER)
15 Boogie Woogie Boy (PORKY FREEMAN TRIO)
16 Boogie Woogie Boy (alt.) (PORKY FREEMAN TRIO)
17 Merle's Buck Dance (& HANK PENNY)
18 Steel Guitar Stomp (& HANK PENNY)
19 That's All
20 I Used To Work In Chicago (DUSTY WARD)
21 I'm All Thru Trusting You (DUSTY WARD)
22 Weary Lonesome Me
23 No Vacancy
24 Cincinnati Lou
25 Two Is A Couple (And Three Is A Crowd)
26 What A Shame
27 T For Texas (Blue Yodel #1)
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 2
01 Divorce Me C.O.D.
02 A Fool At The Steering Wheel
03 Nine Pound Hammer
04 Sixteen Tons (false start)
05 Sixteen Tons
06 Dark As A Dungeon
07 Over By Number Nine
08 That's All
09 John Henry
10 Muskrat
11 I Am A Pilgrim
12 This World Is Not My Home
13 The Covered Wagon Rolled...(& JOHNNY MERCER)
14 Oh Why, Oh Why Did I Ever...(& JERRY COLONNA)
15 A Little Too Fer
16 When Rosie Riccoola Do The...(&JERRY COLONNA)
17 Steel Guitar Rag (alt)
18 Honey Bunch (alt)
19 Sweet Temptation/Don't Hang Me That Old Line
20 Steel Guitar Rag/Honey Bunch
21 So Round! So Firm! So Fully Packed!
22 Alimony Bound
23 Follow Thru
24 Three Times Seven
25 I'm Sick And Tired Of You, Little Darling
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 3
01 The Devil To Pay
02 Steel Guitar Rag
03 Lawdy, What A Gal
04 Sioux City Sue
05 Muskrat
06 Fat Gal (false start)
07 Fat Gal
08 I Like My Chicken Fryin' Size
09 Merle's Boogie Woogie (alt.)
10 Merle's Boogie Woogie
11 Dapper Dan
12 When My Baby Double Talks To Me
13 I'm Pickin' Up The Pieces Of My Heart
14 Information Please
15 Any Old Time
16 Kentucky Means Paradise
17 Leave My Honey Bee Alone
18 I'm A Natural Born Gamblin' Man
19 Get Along Blues
20 A Too Fast Past
21 Crazy Boogie
22 You Better Try Another Man
23 Deck Of Cards
24 Wabash Cannon Ball (& KAY STARR)
25 Blues Stay Away From Me
26 Philosophy
27 I Got A Mean Old Woman
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 4
01 Petticoat Fever
02 Start Even
03 Guitar Rag
04 Cane Bottom Chair
05 I'm Knee Deep In Trouble
06 Little Miss Sherlock Holmes
07 Too Much Sugar For A Dime (& BROWN & HAYDEN)
08 Spoonin' Moon (& GEORGIA BROWN & JUDY HAYDEN)
09 Trouble, Trouble (& THE WHIPPOORWILLS)
10 El Reno (& GEORGIA BROWN & JUDY HAYDEN)
11 Won't Cha Be My Baby
12 Dry Bread/Lost John Boogie (& WHIPPOORWILLS)
13 Deep South (& THE WHIPPOORWILLS)
14 Boogie In Minor (& THE WHIPPOORWILLS)
15 Let's Settle Down(&WHIPPOORWILLS)/Done Rovin'
16 Faithful Fool/Love Must Be Ketchin'
17 Kinfolks In Carolina
18 Kinfolks In Carolina
19 Rainy Day Feelin'
20 A Too Fast Past
21 Knee Deep In Trouble
22 Ain't That A Cryin' Shame
23 I'll See You In My Dreams
24 Cannon Ball Rag
25 I'll Have Myself A Ball
26 Bayou Baby (A Cajun Lullaby)
27 Green Cheese
Travis, Merle - Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD) Box set 5
01 Guitar Rag
02 Saturday Night Shuffle
03 The Waltz You Saved For Me
04 Crazy 'Bout You
05 Re-Enlistment Blues
06 Dance Of The Golden Rod
07 Gambler's Guitar
08 Shut Up And Drink Your Beer
09 Seminole Drag
10 Jolie Fille (Pretty Girl)
11 I Can't Afford The Coffee
12 Blue Bell
13 Memphis Blues
14 The Sheik Of Araby
15 On A Bicycle Built For Two (Daisy Belle)
16 Black Diamond Blues
17 Blue Smoke (remake)
18 Walking The Strings
19 Saturday Night Shuffle
20 Sleepy Time Gal
21 Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home
22 Rockabye Rock
23 Bugle Call Rag
24 Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine
25 Beer Barrel Polka
26 Turn My Picture Upside Down
27 If You Want It, I've Got It
28 Lazy River
29 Hunky Dory