Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers

Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers

by Cliff Bruner

CD(Box Set)

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This five-CD set is the only extant collection by this legendary Western swing outfit. At 140 dollar list, it's a hefty investment, but it's such solid music that it's difficult not to justify on the basis of quality. Disc one, covering sessions from 1937, is justified by the presence of the greatest version ever of "Milk Cow Blues," with a vocal by Leo Herbert Raley that will curl every hair you have; an awesome Western swing version of "You Got to Hi De Hi"; the bluesy, fiddle-driven "Can't Nobody Truck Like Me"; the smooth yet touching "Under the Silvery Moon"; and a trio of distinctive alternate takes of three of the best numbers here, only uncovered in 1997. Disc two has even more of a freewheeling feel to it, and some of the best rags and dances ever cut by anybody. By the late 1939 sessions that open disc three, the group isn't as much of a blues band, no less lively but playing more straight dance material. Disc four moves into the 1940s, and topicality is reflected by the presence of the rollicking "Draft Board Blues"; the disc also encompasses the extended periods of recording inactivity by the group, including a gap from 1941 and 1944, and then, again, until 1947. By this time, Bruner and his band were losing the edge that had made their earlier music such a delightfully intense listening experience. Their playing was as good as (and more polished than) ever, but as they moved into the late '40s and the dawn of the 1950s -- covered on disc five -- their overall sound lacked sharpness, although it was still eminently listenable. The notes and discography are both exceptionally detailed.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/1997
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127159328
catalogNumber: 15932
Rank: 116471


Disc 1

  1. So Tired
  2. Milk Cow Blues
  3. The Right Key But the Wrong Keyhole
  4. You Got to Hi de Hi
  5. In the Blue of the Night
  6. Shine
  7. Can't Nobody Truck Like Me
  8. Bringing Home the Bacon
  9. Under the Silvery Moon
  10. Corrine, Corrina
  11. Four or Five Times
  12. Oh! You Pretty Woman
  13. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll
  14. Old Fashioned Love
  15. Oh, How I Miss You Tonight
  16. One Sweet Letter from You
  17. Dream Train
  18. Sunbonnet Sue
  19. Tonight You Belong to Me
  20. By a Window at the End of the Lane
  21. Girl of My Dreams
  22. I Saw Face in the End of the Lane
  23. Red Lips, Kiss My Blues Away
  24. You Can Depend on Me
  25. In the Blue of the Night
  26. Shine
  27. Can't Nobody Truck Like Me

Disc 2

  1. Sugar
  2. My Daddy, My Mother and Me
  3. Truckin' on Down
  4. River, Stay 'Way from My Door
  5. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  6. Beaumont Rag
  7. Annie Laurie
  8. Bring It on Home to Grandma
  9. Ease My Wearied Mind
  10. Remember
  11. It Makes No Difference Now
  12. My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
  13. Over Moonlit Waters
  14. Draggin' the Bow
  15. Yearning (Just for You)
  16. Old Joe Turner Blues
  17. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
  18. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  19. Sittin' on the Moon
  20. Sittin' on the Moon
  21. Kangaroo Blues
  22. I'll Keep on Loving You
  23. I Hate to Lose You
  24. Jessie
  25. Over the Hill
  26. I'll Keep on Smiling
  27. Truck Driver's Blues

Disc 3

  1. I'm Tired of You
  2. Because
  3. I'll Forgive You, But I Can't Forget
  4. I'm Still in Love with You
  5. Stardust
  6. The Other Way
  7. Peggy Lou
  8. Singin' the Low Down Blues Down Low
  9. It's All over Now (I Won't Worry)
  10. Tell Me Why Little Girl Tell Me WHy
  11. Girl That You Loved : Long Ago
  12. Little White Lies
  13. Little White Lies
  14. Kelly Swing
  15. San Antonio Rose
  16. Take Me Back Again
  17. You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)
  18. I'm Headin' for That Ranch in the Sky
  19. Over the Trail
  20. Ten Pretty Girls
  21. Sorry (I'll Say I'm Sorry)
  22. Sorry (I'll Say I'm Sorry)
  23. Sparkling Blue Eyes
  24. New Falling Rain Blues
  25. New Falling Rain Blues
  26. I'll Keep Thinking of You
  27. 'Neath the Purple on the Hills

Disc 4

  1. 'Neath the Purple on the Hills
  2. Draftboard Blues
  3. I'll Be Faithful
  4. Jessie's Sister
  5. Let Me Smile My Last Smile at You
  6. Tequila Rag
  7. Red River Rose
  8. My Time Will Come Someday
  9. The Sun Has Gone Down on Our Love
  10. If It's Wrong to Love You
  11. Born to Be Blue
  12. Baby What You're Doing to Me
  13. Snowflakes
  14. That's What I Like About the South
  15. You Took Everything
  16. My Pretty Blonde
  17. You Always Hurt the One You Love
  18. Don't Make Me Blue
  19. A Mother Gave a Son
  20. I'll Try Not to Cry
  21. Won't You Mend My Aching Heart
  22. Roadside Rag
  23. Too Wet to Plow
  24. Jessie

Disc 5

  1. Lucille from Mobile
  2. You Were All the World to Me
  3. You Took Advantage of a Lonely Heart
  4. Baby What You Doing to Me
  5. Santa Fe Waltz
  6. Rio Grande Polka
  7. Unfaithful One
  8. San Antonio Blues
  9. Out of Business
  10. Mr. Postman
  11. Ouch
  12. You Took Advantage of a Lonely Heart
  13. You Better Do Better Baby
  14. Hard Luck Blues
  15. Sweetest Little Danny
  16. I Was a Gambler in Texas
  17. You've Got to Give Me What's Mine
  18. I'm Dying by Pieces Dear

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Bruner   Primary Artist,Fiddle

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Roy Brown   Composer
Lonnie Johnson   Composer
Bill Boyd   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Moon Mullican   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Milton Brown   Composer
Link Davis   Composer
Armand Piron   Composer
Cliff Bruner   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Bo Chatmon   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Mark Fisher   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Eddie Green   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Joe Frank   Composer
Ollie Shepard   Composer
Lewis Porter   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Larry Shay   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Edna Alexander   Composer
Bonnie Dodd   Composer
Byron Gay   Composer
Traditional   Composer
David Lee   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer
Sunny Clapp   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Johnny Lange   Composer
Harris Dodd   Composer
Marco H. Hellman   Composer

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