MERLE TRAVIS 'Guitar Rags etc' (5CDs)

MERLE TRAVIS 'Guitar Rags etc' (5CDs)

  • $95.00


Merle Travis was a genius with a guitar. He was also a personable, skillful entertainer, and an excellent, clever songwriter. As the notes to this set remind us, he had many other talents as well. All that didn’t stop him from also recording a good amount of pretty crummy commercial material, so plowing through the almost 150 cuts in this 5-CD box is as much a chore as a pleasure. But there is certainly enough of fine quality to make any Travis fan want to own this amazing set, which covers his recorded work from 1943 to 1955 (not including the radio transcriptions, some of which made it to LP), and a monster of a booklet (book, really) which alone is a fantastic work and close to essential reading for most country fans of the 1940s & 50s period. Written by expert Rich Kienzle, the 80-page work is loaded with dozens of stunning photos in addition to much intriguing biographical information and comments on each session, starting with Merle’s recording debut with Grandpa Jones in 1943 for the fledgling King label, and including cuts made for the Atlas, Globe, and Bel-Tone labels as well as Capitol. All the music is documented in a thorough, fascinating discography. Another stunning project from the amazing Bear Family label of Germany. NO VACANCY, CINCINNATI LOU, DIVORCE ME C.O.D., T FOR TEXAS, WHAT A SHAME, MERLE’S BUCK DANCE, GIVE ME YOUR HAND, THAT’S ALL, SWEET TEMPTATION, 3 TIMES 7, ALIMONY BOUND, KINFOLKS IN CAROLINA, BLUE BELL, etc.

Artists:

MERLE TRAVIS

Track Listing:

    Disc 1:
  • YOU´LL BE LONESOME,TOO
  • THE STEPPIN´ OUT KIND
  • WHEN MUSSOLINI LAID HIS PISTOL DOWN
  • TWO TIME ANNIE
  • WHAT WILL I DO
  • SO LONG, FAREWELL, GOODBYE
  • GOD PUT A RAINBOW IN THE CLOUDS
  • IT MAY BE TOO LATE
  • BE ON YOUR WAY
  • RAININ´ ON THE MOUNTAINS
  • GIVE ME YOUR HAND
  • OUT ON THE OPEN RANGE
  • RIDIN´ DOWN TO SANTA FE
  • HOMINY GRITS
  • I USED TO WORK IN CHICAGO
  • BOOGIE WOOGIE BOY
  • BOOGIE WOOGIE BOY (ALT.)
  • MERLE´S BUCK DANCE
  • STEEL GUITAR STOMP
  • THAT´S ALL
  • I USED TO WORK IN CHICAGO
  • I´M ALL THRU TRUSTING YOU
  • WEARY LONESOME ME
  • NO VACANCY
  • CINCINNATI LOU
  • TWO IS A COUPLE (AND THREE IS A CROWD)
  • WHAT A SHAME
  • T FOR TEXAS (BLUE YODEL #1)

  • Disc 2:
  • MISSOURIDIVORCE ME C.O.D.
  • A FOOL AT THE STEERING WHEEL
  • NINE POUND HAMMER
  • SIXTEEN TONS (FALSE START)
  • SIXTEEN TONS
  • DARK AS A DUNGEON
  • OVER BY NUMBER NINE
  • THAT´S ALL
  • JOHN HENRY
  • MUSKRAT
  • I AM A PILGRIM
  • THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME
  • THE COVERED WAGON ROLLED...
  • OH WHY, OH WHY DID I EVER...
  • A LITTLE TOO FER
  • WHEN ROSIE RICCOOLA DO THE...
  • STEEL GUITAR RAG (ALT)
  • HONEY BUNCH (ALT)
  • SWEET TEMPTATION/DON´T HANG ME THAT OLD LINE
  • STEEL GUITAR RAG/HONEY BUNCH
  • SO ROUND! SO FIRM! SO FULLY PACKED!
  • ALIMONY BOUND
  • FOLLOW THRU
  • THREE TIMES SEVEN
  • I´M SICK AND TIRED OF YOU, LITTLE DARLING

  • Disc 3:
  • SUNSHINE´S BACK IN TOWNTHE DEVIL TO PAY
  • STEEL GUITAR RAG
  • LAWDY, WHAT A GAL
  • SIOUX CITY SUE
  • MUSKRAT
  • FAT GAL (FALSE START)
  • FAT GAL
  • I LIKE MY CHICKEN FRYIN´ SIZE
  • MERLE´S BOOGIE WOOGIE (ALT.)
  • MERLE´S BOOGIE WOOGIE
  • DAPPER DAN
  • WHEN MY BABY DOUBLE TALKS TO ME
  • I´M PICKIN´ UP THE PIECES OF MY HEART
  • INFORMATION PLEASE
  • ANY OLD TIME
  • KENTUCKY MEANS PARADISE
  • LEAVE MY HONEY BEE ALONE
  • I´M A NATURAL BORN GAMBLIN´ MAN
  • GET ALONG BLUES
  • A TOO FAST PAST
  • CRAZY BOOGIE
  • YOU BETTER TRY ANOTHER MAN
  • DECK OF CARDS
  • WABASH CANNON BALL
  • BLUES STAY AWAY FROM ME
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • I GOT A MEAN OLD WOMAN

  • Disc 4:
  • I´M PICKING UP THE PIECES OF MY HEARTPETTICOAT FEVER
  • START EVEN
  • GUITAR RAG
  • CANE BOTTOM CHAIR
  • I´M KNEE DEEP IN TROUBLE
  • LITTLE MISS SHERLOCK HOLMES
  • TOO MUCH SUGAR FOR A DIME
  • SPOONIN´ MOON
  • TROUBLE, TROUBLE
  • EL RENO
  • WON´T CHA BE MY BABY
  • DRY BREAD/LOST JOHN BOOGIE
  • DEEP SOUTH
  • BOOGIE IN MINOR
  • LET´S SETTLE DOWN
  • DONE ROVIN´
  • FAITHFUL FOOL/LOVE MUST BE KETCHIN´
  • KINFOLKS IN CAROLINA
  • KINFOLKS IN CAROLINA
  • RAINY DAY FEELIN´
  • A TOO FAST PAST
  • KNEE DEEP IN TROUBLE
  • AIN´T THAT A CRYIN´ SHAME
  • I´LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS
  • CANNON BALL RAG
  • I´LL HAVE MYSELF A BALL
  • BAYOU BABY (A CAJUN LULLABY)
  • GREEN CHEESE

  • Disc 5:
  • LOUISIANA BOOGIEGUITAR RAG
  • SATURDAY NIGHT SHUFFLE
  • THE WALTZ YOU SAVED FOR ME
  • CRAZY ´BOUT YOU
  • RE-ENLISTMENT BLUES
  • DANCE OF THE GOLDEN ROD
  • GAMBLER´S GUITAR
  • SHUT UP AND DRINK YOUR BEER
  • SEMINOLE DRAG
  • JOLIE FILLE (PRETTY GIRL)
  • I CAN´T AFFORD THE COFFEE
  • BLUE BELL
  • MEMPHIS BLUES
  • THE SHEIK OF ARABY
  • ON A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO (DAISY BELLE)
  • BLACK DIAMOND BLUES
  • BLUE SMOKE (REMAKE)
  • WALKING THE STRINGS
  • SATURDAY NIGHT SHUFFLE
  • SLEEPY TIME GAL
  • TUCK ME TO SLEEP IN MY OLD `TUCKY HOME
  • ROCKABYE ROCK
  • BUGLE CALL RAG
  • CUDDLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER, LOVEY MINE
  • BEER BARREL POLKA
  • TURN MY PICTURE UPSIDE DOWN
  • IF YOU WANT IT, I´VE GOT IT
  • LAZY RIVER
  • HUNKY DORY