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2-CD Digipac (6-plated) with comprehensive booklet, 39 tracks. Total playing tiume approx. ... more

Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Vol.04, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1971 (2-CD)

2-CD Digipac (6-plated) with comprehensive booklet, 39 tracks. Total playing tiume approx.  136:30 Minutes.

TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS
The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock 1971; Volume 4

How big was rock music on record in the early 1970s? Very, very big. Its gross, somewhere a little short of two billion dollars in the United States alone, exceeded baseball, basketball, college and pro football, and hockey combined. Wouldn't the record business love to have some of that back today? Adjusted for inflation, the record business is down 45 per cent from then. A hell of a hit. Just the wrong kind of hit.

The majority of sales in 1971 were on LPs and singles—just $500 million came from 8-tracks and cassettes. Country rock was a small subset of that business, but the most commercially propitious moment in the country rock's tangled story came in 1971 when the group that became the Eagles assembled as Linda Ronstadt's backing group. No one could have possibly foreseen the ramifications of that development. That's what history's for.

For this, the fourth volume, we issue the same caution we placed on earlier volumes: licensing can be a minefield. The song you expect might not be here, but there's a plethora of good music available to us. Country rock still felt fresh and vibrant. It still felt like the beginning of something. Who knew it would be the Eagles?

Colin Escott

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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels - Vol.04, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1971 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Hot Rod Lincoln Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
02 Never Been To Spain Hoyt Axton
03 La De Da Link Wray
04 White Light Gene Clark
05 Tulsa Turnaround Alex Harvey
06 The Pilgrim Chapter 33 Kris Kristofferson
07 Singing In Viet Nam Talking Blues Johnny Cash
08 Three Angels Lonnie Mack
09 Colorado The Flying Burrito Brothers
10 Grand Ennui Michael Nesmith & The First National Band
11 When I Paint My Masterpiece The Band
12 Henry New Riders Of The Purple Sage
13 Seeds And Stems Again Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
14 Angel From Montgomery John Prine
15 Crazy Mama JJ Cale
16 Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes Brave Belt
17 Lost Hearts Cochise
18 Please Be With Me Cowboy
19 Country Boy Head, Hands And Feet
Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels - Vol.04, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1971 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Never Ending Song Of Love Delaney & Bonnie And Friends
02 Willin’ Little Feat
03 Taxes On The Farmer Feeds Us All Ry Cooder
04 Asphalt Outlaw Hero Lonnie Mack
05 Good Christian Soldier Kris Kristofferson
06 Paradise John Prine
07 For A Spanish Guitar Gene Clark
08 Glendale Train New Riders Of The Purple Sage
09 Tumbling Tumbleweeds Michael Nesmith & The First National Band
10 Hand To Mouth The Flying Burrito Brothers
11 This Train Rick Nelson
12 My Life Gets Better Every Day Twin Engine
13 Delta Dawn Alex Harvey
14 All Because Of A Woman Mordicai Jones
15 Who Needs That Kind Of Friend Doug Kershaw
16 Bad Weather Poco
17 The Future’S Not What It Used To Be Mickey Newbury
18 Fire And Brimstone Link Wray
19 Wasted Days, Wasted Nights (Aka Wasted Days And Wasted Nights) Sir Douglas Quintet
20 Lost In The Ozone Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock On January 12,... more
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TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS

The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock

On January 12, 1970, 'Time' magazine placed The Band on its cover with the headline, 'The New Sound of Country Rock.' In the taxonomy of popular music, Country Rock was now a thing, a categoryby 1970. There were Country Rock browser bins in some stores, and trade magazines like 'Billboard'routinely classified records as country-rock or country/rock, expecting readers to know what they meant.

A category as vague and fissiparous as Country Rock can be defined narrowly or broadly. We've focused on rock musicians who embraced the concision, narrative drive, melodicism, and folk roots of country music, but we've also included a few country artists reaching out the other way. Rock musicians began trekking to Nashville after Bob Dylan began recording in Nashville in 1966, and they come still. Taking their cue from Dylan, a new breed of country songwriters, led by John Hartford, Mickey Newbury, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson, began writing songs that dared to stray from the I-IV-V chord norm. A scene coalesced around them, attracting guys like Donnie Fritts, Billy Joe Shaver, and Tony Joe White. Before long, established country artists like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash began to think about not making records the way Nashville liked to make them. Whether from Nashville, Los Angeles, or someplace else, country rock was enough of a category by 1970 to attract artists who often understood neither country nor rock. We tried to avoid bandwagon jumpers, preferring those who brought an original spin to their music.

Licensing can be a problem with compilations like this. Artists as well-known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Creedence Clearwater Revival were unavailable to us, alongside inexplicable denials like Rig. Some artists like Shiloh were on labels that have fallen into a contractual black hole. So if a recording that seems to belong here is missing, there's probably a clause in an aging contract explaining that. Even so, there's still plenty to love on the road to 1975.

 Colin Escott

 

 

"There was a shared sense of direction that was in tune with the times. The Band, the Byrds, Poco, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dylan were all exploring traditional music augmented by the power of rock 'n' roll. Psychedelia had had its moment and we were continuing to evolve what we believed to be the logical next step in American music."

(Robert Hunter, lyricist for the Grateful Dead) 

"The winds that were blowing moved us all along. We each had different approaches - different tacks and different sails in the wind - but we mostly headed the same direction, just because of the push. I had no notion of country rock as a possible genre, although we used the phrase among ourselves as First National Band members. This was more to frame up and focus a feeling of playing. We weren't conscious of this being innovative. It was fun to play like that, and there was plenty to say with it, and we enjoyed listening to it, to each other. I listened to all the bands at some point, but not until some time after the form was well under way. We were all immersed in playing it and giving it voice; we only slowly discovered each other over time. Ideas come along like this regularly that push everyone along. No one controls it; no one leads it. Certainly, no one invents it. It is the moment when the songs start to sing the singers, and not the other way round. Everyone who plays and sings knows this when it happens, and it is the most fun you can have playing music. Like flying in your dreams, effortlessly - and especially fun if you find someone up there with you. You wave and smile and acknowledge the forces at work."

(Michael Nesmith)

 

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Tracklist
Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels - Vol.04, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1971 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Hot Rod Lincoln
02 Never Been To Spain
03 La De Da
04 White Light
05 Tulsa Turnaround
06 The Pilgrim Chapter 33
07 Singing In Viet Nam Talking Blues
08 Three Angels
09 Colorado
10 Grand Ennui
11 When I Paint My Masterpiece
12 Henry
13 Seeds And Stems Again
14 Angel From Montgomery
15 Crazy Mama
16 Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes
17 Lost Hearts
18 Please Be With Me
19 Country Boy
Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels - Vol.04, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1971 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Never Ending Song Of Love
02 Willin’
03 Taxes On The Farmer Feeds Us All
04 Asphalt Outlaw Hero
05 Good Christian Soldier
06 Paradise
07 For A Spanish Guitar
08 Glendale Train
09 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
10 Hand To Mouth
11 This Train
12 My Life Gets Better Every Day
13 Delta Dawn
14 All Because Of A Woman
15 Who Needs That Kind Of Friend
16 Bad Weather
17 The Future’S Not What It Used To Be
18 Fire And Brimstone
19 Wasted Days, Wasted Nights (Aka Wasted Days And Wasted Nights)
20 Lost In The Ozone