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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Vol.07, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1974-75 (2-CD)

2-CD Digipak (6-page) with extensive booklet, 43 titles. Total playing time 160:29 minutes.

  • Now the story concludes with volumes 6 and 7.
  • The mix is as before: big hits and neglected classics that tell the story of a musical genre.
  • Double CDs with generously full booklet including complete song-by-song notes, rare photos, and first-person accounts

TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS
The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock, 1974-75; Volume 7

And so, some ten years after its first rumblings, Country Rock was now a category. Coincidentally or not, it happened just as its anarchic essence evaporated. The Byrds were no more, but the Eagles had scored their first Number One hits. The Flying Burrito Brothers were still around, but lacked the original members and the original vision. Managers and industry honchos had reunited the original Byrds in 1973, but when it proved to be a bad idea, the name disappeared. The Burritos went on hiatus until another industry guy decided that there was still some mileage in the name and brought together a bunch of credible guys, a couple of whom had been in and out of the original line-up. Bands were meant to come together out of shared goals, shared struggle, and shared values, not shared management.

Country and Rock shouldn't have coexisted in the mid-to-late 1960s when the United States was so polarized and Rock epitomized one cultural extreme just as Country epitomized the other. But the trippy, counter-culture edge that Gram Parsons, Roger McGuinn, Michael Nesmith, and the others brought to country music, made the unimaginable real. They made it work because they truly, madly, deeply loved country music. Commercially, it never really soared, but the Eagles succeeded where most of the artists in this series failed because they astutely analyzed the pioneers' failings and were determined not to replicate them.

By '75, Country Rock was pretty much subsumed into soft rock. That year, 'Radio And Records' magazine coined a new phrase, AOR (Album Oriented Rock). Record labels stickered promo copies with what they considered to be the "breakout cuts" within. It was becoming as rigid and formatted as Top 40 had been. Country Rock had become Loggins & Messina, Dan Fogelberg, and their ilk. The new standard-bearers for Country Rock were no longer in California. They were in Austin or Nashville, and they placed a different slant on it because their starting point was country, not rock. Their audience was country, not rock. Their experience was Southern, not Californian, and this at a time when regional differences still counted for something. The self-styled Outlaws brought rock 'n' roll instrumentation, attitude, and drugs to country music. We touch on them because they were carrying it forward, but their story is really another story for perhaps another time.

We've followed Country Rock on a ten-year journey, and 1975 seems like the right time to get out. Since then, it has branched in many directions. After Soft Rock, Outlaw Country, and Southern Rock came Alt-Country, Americana, and much else. But if you follow the tributaries back, you usually arrive at the music anthologized in this series.

Colin Escott,

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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels - Vol.07, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1974-75 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Return Of The Grievous Angel Parsons, Gram & Harris, Emmylou
02 Life’s Greatest Fool Clark, Gene
03 Crooked Judge New Riders Of The Purple Sage
04 Building Fires Flying Burrito Brothers, The
05 Long Time Gone Betts, Richard
06 Cajun Moon Cale, JJ
07 When The Morning Comes Axton, Hoyt
08 After The Fire Is Gone Nelson, Willie & Tracy
09 Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way Jennings, Waylon
10 Stoned At The Jukebox Williams, Jr, Hank
11 Willie Jones Charlie Daniels Band
12 Mule Skinner Blues Muleskinner
13 Mother Nature’s Way Of Saying High Barefoot Jerry
14 Ohoopee River Bottomland Wilson, Larry Jon
15 L A Freeway Clark, Guy
16 Ripplin’ Waters Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
17 Border Town Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, The
18 Tell Me What You Want (And I’ll Give You What You Need) Doobie Brothers, The
19 I Can Help Swan, Billy
20 There Goes Another Love Song Outlaws, The
21 Bloody Mary Morning Nelson, Willie
22 Brass Buttons Parsons, Gram
Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels - Vol.07, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1974-75 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Trouble In Paradise Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, The
02 Knoxville Girl Outlaws, The
03 From A Silver Phial Clark, Gene
04 Runways Of The Moon Muleskinner
05 In My Hour Of Darkness Parsons, Gram & Harris, Emmylou
06 Sweet Desert Childhood Flying Burrito Brothers, The
07 Southbound Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
08 Something’s Wrong With The Beaver Friedman, Kinky
09 Slowin’ Down Barefoot Jerry
10 EE Lawson Ozark Mountain Daredevils
11 Wait A Minute Rivers, Johnny
12 Lover Please Swan, Billy
13 We Had It All Fritts, Donnie
14 Railroad Man Lost Gonzo Band, The
15 Mississippi, You’re On My Mind Winchester, Jesse
16 Cowboy Peyton Place Sir Doug & The Texas Tornados
17 Desperados Waiting For A Train Clark, Guy
18 Boulder To Birmingham Harris, Emmylou
19 Wild Wicked Woman Of The West Wright Brothers Overland Stage Company, The
20 Come Back To Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard Prine, John
21 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain Nelson, Willie
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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Oldiemarkt 11/15 "Erneut überzeugt die große Bandbreite, die vom Country bis zum Folk reicht. Man muss wahrlich kein Anhänger dieser Stilrichtung sein, um die Musik zu schätzen, denn die Qualität ist sehr hoch."

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Good Times 5/2015 "Wer anders als Bear Family könnte eine Musikrichtung ebenso stilvoll wie erschöpfend aufbereiten? Makellos auch die Bear Family typische Aufbereitung, jeder Künstler, jeder Song wird ausführlich vorgestellt. Eine großartige Reihe – und für Fans des Country Rock essential!"

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Tracklist
Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels - Vol.07, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1974-75 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Return Of The Grievous Angel
02 Life’s Greatest Fool
03 Crooked Judge
04 Building Fires
05 Long Time Gone
06 Cajun Moon
07 When The Morning Comes
08 After The Fire Is Gone
09 Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
10 Stoned At The Jukebox
11 Willie Jones
12 Mule Skinner Blues
13 Mother Nature’s Way Of Saying High
14 Ohoopee River Bottomland
15 L A Freeway
16 Ripplin’ Waters
17 Border Town
18 Tell Me What You Want (And I’ll Give You What You Need)
19 I Can Help
20 There Goes Another Love Song
21 Bloody Mary Morning
22 Brass Buttons
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01 Trouble In Paradise
02 Knoxville Girl
03 From A Silver Phial
04 Runways Of The Moon
05 In My Hour Of Darkness
06 Sweet Desert Childhood
07 Southbound
08 Something’s Wrong With The Beaver
09 Slowin’ Down
10 EE Lawson
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