Guitar Rags & A Too Fast Past

Guitar Rags & A Too Fast Past

by Merle TravisMerle Travis

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Containing five CDs and 141 songs, and runs nearly seven hours, this set is pure gold, whether you like Travis's instrumental string dazzlers or his novelty hits of the late '40s -- and it's just about 100% indispensable to anyone who likes good folk, hillbilly, country, or blues. Disc One is worth half the cost by itself, 20 of its 28 tracks drawn from Travis's early/mid-'40s career on King, Capitol, and a handful of forgotten labels, in duets and group settings. This includes his recordings with Grandpa Jones (on guitar, no less) as the Sheppard Brothers from 1943, and his topical (anti-Axis) songs recorded under aliases. All of this stuff features not only Travis's superb guitar, but excellent harmony singing by him as well. The first Travis solo track as we would know it, "That's All," is worth the wait, and later selections find him slipping into the sound recognized from his familiar recordings. Part of Disc Two is given over to Folk Songs of the Hills, but Travis's full band sound is also well represented. Disc Three contains more of Travis's full-band pop numbers, and a similar new discovery in an alternate take of "Merle's Boogie Woogie," the first multi-tracked country recording ever done. Disc Four, with 31 tracks, covers 1950 to 1953, when Travis's sound became more varied -- there were still full-band pop numbers; his group was stripped down, and there were fewer novelty numbers. Disc Five is a mix of superb instrumentals and rousing pop numbers, along with some blues and a few reworked old standards. It may be the strongest of the five. The book is excellent -- all 80 pages of it -- and the sound on all but a handful of tracks is as good as being at the session.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156372
catalogNumber: 15637
Rank: 75608


Disc 1

  1. You'll Be Lonesome, Too
  2. The Steppin' out Kind
  3. When Mussolini Laid His Pistol Down
  4. Two Time Annie
  5. What Will I Do?
  6. So Long, Farewell, Goodbye
  7. God Put a Rainbow on the Clouds
  8. It May Be Too Late
  9. Be on Your Way
  10. Rainin' on the Mountain
  11. Give Me Your Hand
  12. Out on the Open Range
  13. Ridin' Down to Santa Fe
  14. Hominy Grits
  15. That's All
  16. Boogie Woogie Boy
  17. Boogie Woogie Boy
  18. I Used to Work in Chicago
  19. Merle's Buck Dance
  20. Steel Guitar Stomp
  21. I Used to Work in Chicago
  22. I'm All Thru Trusting You
  23. Weary Lonesome Me
  24. No Vacancy
  25. Cincinnati Lou
  26. Two Is a Couple (And Three Is a Crowd)
  27. What a Shame
  28. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)

Disc 2

  1. Missouri
  2. Divorce Me C.O.D.
  3. A Fool at the Steering Wheel
  4. Nine Pound Hammer
  5. Sixteen Tons
  6. Sixteen Tons
  7. Dark as a Dungeon
  8. Over by Number Nine
  9. That's All
  10. John Henry
  11. Muskrat
  12. I Am a Pilgrim
  13. This World Is Not My Home
  14. The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along
  15. (Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave) Wyoming
  16. A Little Too Fer
  17. When Rosie Riccoola Do the Hoola Ma Boola
  18. Steel Guitar Rag
  19. Honey Bunch
  20. Sweet Temptation
  21. Don't Hand Me That Old Line
  22. Steel Guitar Rag
  23. Honey Bunch
  24. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed
  25. Alimony Bound
  26. Follow Thru
  27. Three Times Seven
  28. I'm Sick and Tired of You, Little Darling

Disc 3

  1. Sunshine's Back in Town
  2. The Devil to Pay
  3. Steel Guitar Rag
  4. Lawdy, What a Gal
  5. Sioux City Sue
  6. Muskrat
  7. Fat Gal
  8. Fat Gal
  9. I Like My Chicken Fryin' Size
  10. Merle's Boogie Woogie
  11. Merle's Boogie Woogie
  12. Dapper Dan
  13. When My Baby Double Talks to Me
  14. I'm Picking up the Pieces to My Heart
  15. Information Please
  16. Any Old Time
  17. Kentucky Means Paradise
  18. Leave My Honey Bee Alone
  19. I'm a Natural Born Gamblin' Man
  20. Get Along Blues
  21. A Too Fast Past
  22. Crazy Boogie
  23. You Better Try Another Man
  24. Deck of Cards
  25. Wabash Cannonball
  26. Blues Stay Away from Me
  27. Philososphy
  28. I Got a Mean Old Woman

Disc 4

  1. I'm Picking up the Pieces to My Heart
  2. Petticoat Fever
  3. Start Even
  4. Guitar Rag
  5. Cane Bottom Chair
  6. I'm Knee Deep in Trouble
  7. Little Miss Sherlock Holmes
  8. Too Much Sugar for a Dime
  9. Spoonin' Moon
  10. Trouble, Trouble
  11. El Ren
  12. Won'tcha Be My Baby
  13. Dry Bread
  14. Lost John Boogie
  15. Deep South
  16. Boogie in Minor
  17. Let's Settle Down (To Runnin' Around Together)
  18. Done Rovin'
  19. Faithful Fool
  20. Love Must Be Ketchin'
  21. Kinfolks in Carolina
  22. Kinfolks in Carolina
  23. Rainy Day Feelin'
  24. A Too Fast Past
  25. Knee Deep in Trouble
  26. Ain't That a Cryin' Shame
  27. I'll See You in My Dreams
  28. Cannonball Rag
  29. I'll Have Myself a Ball
  30. Bayou Baby
  31. Green Cheese

Disc 5

  1. Louisiana Boogie
  2. Guitar Rag
  3. Saturday Night Shuffle
  4. The Waltz You Saved for Me
  5. Crazy 'Bout You
  6. Re-Enlistment Blues
  7. Dance of the Golden Rod
  8. Gambler's Guitar
  9. Shut up and Drink Your Beer
  10. Seminole Drag
  11. Jolie Fille (Pretty Girl)
  12. I Can't Afford the Coffee (I'm Tired of Drinking Weak Tea Blues)
  13. Blue Bell
  14. Memphis Blues
  15. The Sheik of Araby
  16. On a Bicycle Built for Two (Daisy Belle)
  17. Black Diamond Blues
  18. Blue Smoke
  19. Walking the Strings
  20. Saturday Night Shuffle
  21. Sleepy Time Gal
  22. Tuck Me to Sleep (In My Old 'Tucky Home)
  23. Rock-A-Bye Rock
  24. Bugle Call Rag
  25. Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
  26. Beer Barrel Polka
  27. Trun My Picture Upside Down
  28. If You Want It, I've Got It
  29. Lazy River
  30. Hunky Dory

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Merle Travis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tennessee Ernie Ford   Vocals
Grandpa Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Maphis   Fiddle,Guitar
Moon Mullican   Piano
Kay Starr   Vocals
Jerry Colonna   Vocals
Alvino Rey   Steel Guitar
Buddy Cole   Piano,Leader
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Hank Penny   Rhythm Guitar,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Cliffie Stone   Bass,Leader,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Speedy West   Steel Guitar
Johnny Bond   Guitar
Danny Alguire   Trumpet
Georgia Brown   Vocals
Roy Harte   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Johnny Mercer   Vocals
Smokey Rogers   Guitar
Dick Stubbs   Guitar
Dale Warren   Bass
John Weiss   Guitar
Allen Williams   Bass
Bob McCarthy   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Messina   Accordion
Earl Joaquin Murphey   Steel Guitar
Darol Rice   Clarinet
Eugine Rogers   Bass
Fred T. Tavares   Steel Guitar
Roy Bargy   Bass
Harold Hensley   Fiddle
Eddie Kirk   Rhythm Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Billy Liebert   Piano,Accordion
Pat Patterson   Piano,Choir, Chorus
Jimmie Widener   Guitar
Tex Atchison   Fiddle,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Vic Davis   Piano
Bert Dodson   Bass
Shug Fisher   Guitar
Roy Lanham   Guitar,Vocals
Frankie Marvin   Steel Guitar
Gene Mombeck   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Paul Sells   Accordion
Deuce Spriggins   Bass
Wesley Tuttle   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Joyce "Red" Murrell   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Donald "Dusty" Rhodes   Bass,Steel Guitar
Joe Strand   Piano
Jimmy Pruett   Piano
Max Fidler   Fiddle
Arthur Douglas "Doug" Dalton   Mandolin,Vocals
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry   Drums
Margie Ann Warren   Fiddle
Arthur Wenzel   Accordion
Jo Ella Wright   Piano
Joel Duroe   Drums
Charlie Linville   Fiddle
Leodie Jackson   Steel Guitar
Alan H. Barker   Bass
Virginia Cushman   Trumpet
Larry DePaul   Accordion
Quilla Hugh Freeman   Guitar,Leader
Ossie J. Godson   Piano
June "Judy" Hayden   Vocals
Rivers Lewis   Rhythm Guitar
Phil F. Marx   Steel Guitar
Jack McTaggart   Trumpet
Hartle Patterson   Bass
John Alan Reinhardt   Bass
Robert Roy   Fiddle
Tommy Sargent   Rhythm Guitar
George Tracy   Harmonica
Don Whiston   Guitar
Agapito "Pete" Martinez   Steel Guitar
Tommy Romersa   Drums

Technical Credits

Roy Rogers   Contributor
Chet Atkins   Contributor
Gene Autry   Contributor
Jimmie Davis   Contributor
Tex Ritter   Contributor
Hank Thompson   Contributor
Merle Travis   Composer,Contributor
Walter Brown   Contributor
Annette Warren   Contributor
Buddy Cole   Contributor
Jack Guthrie   Contributor
Rose Lee Maphis   Contributor
Cliffie Stone   Producer
Ernest Tubb   Contributor
Tex Williams   Contributor
Jack Pettis   Composer
Thom Bresh   Contributor
Bill Brown   Contributor
Smiley Burnette   Composer,Contributor
Jimmy Dean   Contributor
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Henry Glover   Composer
Bob Jones   Metal Transfers
Mary Lou   Contributor
Clayton McMichen   Contributor
Ken Nelson   Producer
Bruce Nemerov   Metal Transfers
Wayne Raney   Composer
Dick Roberts   Contributor
Tony Russell   Illustrations
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Dick Stubbs   Contributor
Mark Wilder   Metal Transfers
Williams   Contributor
Lee Gillette   Producer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Biographical Information
Larry Walsh   Metal Transfers
Montgomery Clift   Contributor
Tex Atchison   Composer
Pat Brady   Contributor
Carl Cotner   Contributor
Carolina Cotton   Contributor
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Texas Jim Lewis   Contributor
Syd Nathan   Producer
Juanita Vastine   Contributor
Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys   Contributor
Phil Wells   Tape Comparison
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Nation   Composer
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Dave Sax   Reissue Producer,Tape Comparison,Tape Research
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Ike Everly   Contributor
Jack Rivers   Contributor
Edward Madden   Composer
Leon Rusk   Composer
Homer Escamelia   Contributor
David Stewart   Illustrations
Burt Lancaster   Contributor
Herman "The Hermit" Snyder   Contributor
Hank Caldwell   Contributor
Traditional   Composer
Dale Evans   Contributor
Wiley Fox   Contributor
Jack Tucker   Contributor
Marilyn Tuttle   Contributor
Eddie Cletro   Contributor
George Bamby   Contributor
Harry "Slim" Duncan   Contributor
Roy Ball   Contributor
Bunnie Mullins Baugh   Contributor
Paul A. Bigsby   Contributor
Blackie Case   Contributor
Virginia Cushman   Contributor
Pierre Danielou   Illustrations
Judy Dell   Contributor
Theodore Morse   Composer
Hardy Dorgaten   Photo Restoration
Pat Travis Eatherly   Illustrations
Betsy Gay   Contributor
Harlan Ray "Fuzzy" Gregory   Contributor
Robbie Hogans   Contributor
B.W. Johnson   Contributor
Lazy Jim   Contributor
Margie Linville   Contributor
Sleepy Marlin   Contributor
Bert Phillips   Contributor
Kay Phillips   Contributor
Joseph Pieracci   Illustrations
Mose Rager   Contributor
Betty Lou Morgan Robinson   Contributor
Denny Slowfoot   Contributor
Henry VanWormer   Illustrations
Bucky Yates   Contributor
Billy Meyers   Composer

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