by The Davis SistersThe Davis Sisters

CD(Box Set)

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Bear Family does its usual astonishingly thorough job on this double-CD compilation, which has no less than 59 tracks recorded by both incarnations of the Davis Sisters between 1952 and 1956 (as well as a brief 1957 Skeeter Davis solo take on "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels)." The RCA singles are embellished by numerous outtakes, alternates, pre-RCA acetates of radio broadcasts, an unreleased tape of spirituals at a Kentucky Baptist Church, and their rare pre-RCA singles for the Fortune label; in fact, half of this collection was previously unreleased. The fidelity isn't always stellar on the non-RCA tracks, but most of the material is strong, and the harmonies always affecting, whether on the sad ballads, spirituals, or the occasional proto-rockabilly outings ("Rock-A-Bye Boogie," "Rag Mop," "Gotta Git A-Goin'"). While Skeeter understandably bemoaned the loss of original partner Betty Jack Davis, the sides with her replacement Georgie Davis (which actually comprise over half the package) are on about the same level as the earlier ones. Chet Atkins' guitar can be heard on most of the tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127157225
catalogNumber: 15722
Rank: 104958

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Davis Sisters   Primary Artist
George Barnes   Electric Guitar
Roy Hall   Piano
Marty Gold   Piano
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Billy Mure   Rhythm Guitar
Shorty Long   Fiddle
Sandy Block   Bass
Mac Ceppos   Fiddle
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Bob Foster   Steel Guitar
Johnny Frigo   Fiddle
Charles Randolph Grean   Bass
Henry Hayes   Guitar
Phil Kraus   Drums
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Bob Moore   Bass
Ezra Cline   Bass
Betty Jack Davis   Vocals
Bud Isaacs   Steel Guitar
Chernet   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Donald Slayman   Fiddle
Ray Cline   Fiddle
Eddie Thomas   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Skeeter Davis   Illustrations
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Phil Wells   Tape Comparison
Bruce Hailstalk   Tape Research
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Steve Hathaway   Illustrations
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Sylke Lohmeyer   Artwork
Bob Allen   Liner Notes

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