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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1949 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music

1-CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns.

After many, many requests, we're finally doing a definitive year-by-year country series! And it won't stop when the music is in copyright, either! The most luxuriously packaged single CDs we've ever done! The history of country music told year-by-year from 1945-1970. The first six volumes are complete, 1945-1950. The hits! The classic performances! The truly influential recordings! Painstakingly restored sound! The series is compiled an annotated by Grammy winning Colin Escott. The country series has been compiled with today's fans in mind.
Yes, the big hits are there, but so are the classic performances that weren't necessarily big hits at the time, but became influential in the years ahead. Every volume has incredibly detailed behind-the-scenes stories, fabulously rare photos, and an ongoing history of country music set against the backdrop of the broader American music business. Definitive' You bet!

It was a year in which competing technologies began a decade-long struggle for preeminence. The flat disc had been introduced in 1887 and became the industry standard when it eclipsed the cylinder in the early 1900s. Various manufacturers produced discs that played at different speeds, but 78 RPM eventually became the standard. Recording technology improved but the 78 RPM disc was the only game in town until mid-1948 when Columbia Records introduced the LP. Three-and-a-half million LPs were sold in the first twelve months, but that was small change compared with 177 million 78s. Columbia's major competitor, RCA, could see at once that it had been scooped and hastened plans to introduce an unbreakable compact single with a new playback unit. The new singles would play at 45 RPM and have a large diameter spindle hole that would enable the user to stack the 45s on an autochanger. In that way, RCA could mimic the playing time of the LP while allowing the user the freedom to mix and match songs. The compactness of the discs and the smallness of the playback units meant that the era of portable music had finally arrived. RCA announced its invention to the press in January 1949, and the first 45s appeared on March 31. Columbia countered the 45 with a 33 RPM single, and RCA came up with 45 RPM EPs as an alternative to the LP.

Consumers were in a dilemma. They could buy LPs that wouldn't play on RCA's players or 45s that wouldn't play on Columbia's players, although both Columbia and RCA's machines would play still 78s. The other labels sat on the fence, although the jukebox industry quickly sided with RCA. A small unbreakable record with a more durable playing surface was a dream-come-true for jukebox operators. In 1950, Seeburg became the first to introduce a 45 RPM jukebox. Capitol began producing 45s and 45 RPM players in April 1949 and became the first to introduce a 3-speed player in July. Decca, MGM, and Mercury began producing LPs in August, but held off retooling their plants for 45s.

For many years the three speeds jockeyed for position. Blues/R&B and country music still sold well on 78 into the late 1950s. Middle class white adults immediately adopted the LP. The pace of suburban adult life was reflected in mixing a cocktail as an LP played. The pace of teenage life was reflected in the ever-changing mix of a stack of 45s. Adults could more easily afford LPs, teenagers could more easily afford singles. And so classical, jazz, and easy listening pop music was experienced on LP, country and blues on 78, and when rock 'n' roll arrived it was experienced at 45 RPM. Even after the demise of the 78, country music sales were predominantly on singles well into the 1980s.

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade - 1949 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD 1
01 Riders In The Sky Monroe, Vaughn
02 Room Full Of Roses Sons Of The Pioneers
03 I Wish I Had A Nickel Wakely, Jimmy
04 Lovesick Blues Williams, Hank
05 Then I Turned And Walked Slowly Away Arnold, Eddy
06 Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait) Dickens, Little Jimmy
07 Blues Stay Away From Me Delmore Brothers
08 Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age Wills, Bob
09 Candy Kisses Morgan, George
10 Panhandle Rag McAuliffe, Leon
11 Slippin' Around Tillman, Floyd
12 Bonaparte's Retreat King, Pee Wee
13 Hadacol Boogie Nettles, Bill and His Dixie Bl
14 I Love You Because Payne, Leon
15 Whoa Sailor Thompson, Hank
16 Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello Tubb, Ernest
17 Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me Raney, Wayne
18 Will You Be Satisfied That Way Skinner, Jimmie
19 The Old Cross Road Monroe, Bill
20 What About You Johnnie & Jack
21 The White Dove Stanley Brothers, The
22 Philadelphia Lawyer Maddox Brothers & Rose
23 This Cold War With You Tillman, Floyd
24 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Tyler, T. Texas
25 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Williams, Hank
26 Warm Red Wine Wills, Bob
27 I'm Throwing Rice Arnold, Eddy
28 Mule Train Ford, Tennessee Ernie
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Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music

Country & Western Hit Parade

“Collecting an anarchic mix of sex and sentimentality, earnest paeans to family and fanciful tales of drinking and cheating, DIM LIGHTS… affords a fascinating glimpse into black-and-white ‘50s polemics… Established stars, inspired wannabes proffer an intoxicating brew of dancefloor honky tonk, hillbilly boogie, bluegrass, western swing, incipient rockabilly, goofball novelty, and sentimental country-pop.” (UNCUT magazine)

 

The reviews are in and everyone from Australia to Los Angeles to London is raving about Bear Family’s definitive year-by-year country series. Starting in 1945, DIM LIGHTS, THICK SMOKE, AND HILLBILLY MUSIC (COUNTRY & WESTERN HIT PARADE) tells the real story of country music record-by-record. The hits are here, but so are groundbreaking records that went nowhere at the time. This is the true and uncensored history of country music. Everything you need to hear, year-by-year. Stars like Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold, Ray Price, and Hank Snow are here, but so are beerhall legends like Eddie Noack and Sonny Burns, and roots music mavens like Charlie Feathers and the Stanley Brothers, as well as overlooked giants like Carl Belew and Floyd Tillman. You’ll also hear the incredible original versions of songs like Duelin’ Banjos, Release Me, Lonely Street, and many more!  Every CD is full to the brim with great music, and they’re all individually packaged in hardcover 72-page books by Colin Escott that tell the story of every song as well as the broader music history of the time. Fabulous photos, original record labels, and period advertisements round out the packages.

Bear Family began its journey into year-by-year anthologies with its groundbreaking and award-winning BLOWIN’ THE FUSE/SWEET SOUL MUSIC series that tells the story of R&B from 1945-1970. Look for the series to continue into the Funk era. And look for a year-by-year Rock ‘n’ Roll anthology coming soon.

# After the volumes covering 1945-1955 were released, the word was out. This series is definitive, fabulously packaged, and faultlessly remastered! Everything you'd expect from Bear Family…and more!

# Jack Clement, who produced Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, and many others, said, "This is the best country series of all time. No doubt. No question." Robert Hilburn in the 'Los Angeles Times'said, "An invaluable album project…enables fans to step back in time and listen to the radio just like Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and Bob Dylan did."

# Now the story continues from 1956 until 1960. Every CD is generously full. Every booklet is extensive and chocked full of rare photos and illustrations, as well as complete stories behind the songs!

# In addition to the hits, the series contains rarities that went on to influence country music…and all music…in the years ahead, like Wanda Jackson's original version of Silver Threads And Golden Needles, Carl Belew's original Lonely Street, and Chet Atkins' influential Walk, Don't Run.

# This series is designed to introduce new listeners to the very best that country music has to offer… while keeping longtime fans entertained. Every volume is a fabulous time capsule.

 

Here's the story

For many years, we'd received requests to do a truly definitive country series, but it wasn't until the success of our year-by-year R&B/Soul series, 'Blowin' The Fuse' (now 'Sweet Soul Music' and soon to be continued into the Funk era) that we decided we needed to do something comparable for country music. The first volumes of 'Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music' took us from 1945-1955, and now the story continues into the era of the Nashville Sound.

The series has been compiled with today's fans in mind. Sure, the big hits are there, but so are the classic performances that weren't necessarily hits at the time, but became influential in the years ahead. Every volume has incredibly detailed behind-the-scenes stories, fabulously rare photos, and an ongoing history of country music set against the backdrop of the broader American music business. The booklets alone are 72 pages! Definitive? You bet!

Superlatives are often overused, but we feel that this series is part of our mission to bring this incredible music to new fans ... as well as entertaining older fans. We pick up the story in 1956....just as country music was coming to terms with the upset of rock 'n' roll!

And, keeping in the spirit of the releases, some of the artists' listings are as they originally appeared - like Jim Edward and Maxine Brown and Bonnie, Wayne Raney - Raney Family (Wayne, Wanda and Zyndall) and Marty Robbins with Ray Conniff -  while the cd in each set is stored in a reproduction of a 45 rpm record label bag appropriate to that year.

Country music author and historian Colin Escott is responsible for these remarkable releases, an obvious labour of love that has taken considerable research effort, offering a valuable insight into the development of country music over the years. Many of country music's foremost entertainers are included alongside others who may have only earned a place in the footnotes of country music history, but all present a variety of voices and differing musical styles that have virtually disappeared, over half a century later, in contemporary country music's conveyor belt output. The songs were also different back then: sometimes relating to current events, they also regularly centred upon themes like boozin', honky-tonking and slippin' around, now generally considered non-pc in these over sensitive times.

Country & Western Hitparade - CD-Album-Series by Bear Family

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/bear-family/country-series/country-und-western-hitparade/
Copyright © Bear Family Records

 

 

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade - 1949 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD 1
01 Riders In The Sky
02 Room Full Of Roses
03 I Wish I Had A Nickel
04 Lovesick Blues
05 Then I Turned And Walked Slowly Away
06 Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait)
07 Blues Stay Away From Me
08 Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age
09 Candy Kisses
10 Panhandle Rag
11 Slippin' Around
12 Bonaparte's Retreat
13 Hadacol Boogie
14 I Love You Because
15 Whoa Sailor
16 Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello
17 Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me
18 Will You Be Satisfied That Way
19 The Old Cross Road
20 What About You
21 The White Dove
22 Philadelphia Lawyer
23 This Cold War With You
24 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
25 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
26 Warm Red Wine
27 I'm Throwing Rice
28 Mule Train