Riding Your Way: The Lost Transcriptions for Tiffany Music 1946-1947

Riding Your Way: The Lost Transcriptions for Tiffany Music 1946-1947

by Bob Wills and His Texas PlayboysBob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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Overview

Western swing pioneer Bob Wills released his first record in 1935, and was working on an album in 1973 when a stroke ended his musical career, but some of Wills' best and most enduring recordings were made with no intention of commercial release. Between 1946 and 1949, Wills and his band the Texas Playboys cut over 400 songs for a syndicated radio series put together by Wills and business partners Cliff Sundin and Cliffton Johnsen; these sessions came to be known as the "Tiffany Transcriptions," and captured Wills and company in rare form -- while the performances were often off the cuff, with arrangements worked out on the spot, they documented the group in a relaxed yet engaged mood where the bandmembers could stretch out and follow their instincts, and the interplay between the musicians and the inspired soloing more closely reflected the band's on-stage sound than their commercial 78s. While 150 of the Tiffany tracks had been rediscovered and reissued in the '70s, the rest were believed to be lost, but another 49 selections were subsequently discovered in the Warner Music Group's tape vaults, and they've been released on Riding Your Way: The Lost Transcriptions for Tiffany Music 1946-1947. It's hard to say why these performances fell by the wayside, but it certainly wasn't a matter of quality; this music is every bit as satisfying as the other Tiffany material that's previously appeared, and like the earlier tracks, this music is a testament to the vision of bandleader Wills and the skill of his sidemen. Wills created a unique mixture of country, jazz, blues, and pop, and the bracing fusion of genres often suggested the early sound of rock & roll that would emerge within a decade (especially when guitarist Eldon Shamblin played one of his overdriven solos). And whether the band is playing country favorites, jazz classics, pop standards, or even traditional folk or gospel numbers, the Texas Playboys sound fiery and joyous, as the twin fiddles of Wills and James C. Holley, the pedal steel of Herb Remington, and the muted horn work of Alex Brashear come together to give this band a unique personality that borrowed from hillbilly and jazz styles, but was ultimately something else altogether. Considering these performances were drawn from discs cut in the mid-'40s, the audio is very good, clear and well-detailed, and the music is a delight -- it's no wonder Wills can't help letting out one of his trademark "Aw-haw!" hollers on almost every track when the music sounds and feels this good. Riding Your Way is a valuable addition to the library of any Bob Wills fan, and a fine introduction to an often overlooked giant of American music.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2014
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064002444
catalogNumber: 244
Rank: 16328

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals
Tiny Moore   Fiddle,Mandolin
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Lester Barnard   Electric Guitar
Alex Brashear   Trumpet
Johnny Cuviello   Drums
Tommy Duncan   Vocals
Millard Kelso   Piano
Monte Mountjoy   Drums
Herb Remington   Steel Guitar
Eldon Shamblin   Electric Guitar
Billy Jack Wills   Bass
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Roy Honeycutt   Steel Guitar
Dean McKinney   Vocals
Evelyn McKinney   Vocals
Ocie Stockard   Banjo
Luke Wills   Bass,Vocals
Lewis E. "Louie" Tierney   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Cecil Gant   Composer
Jimmy Wakely   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Shelly Lee Alley   Composer
Jesse Ashlock   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ellsworth T. Cozzens   Composer
Tom Diamant   Memorabilia
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Richard Nelson   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Arranger,Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Gene Sullivan   Composer
Chauncey Olcott   Composer
Wiley Walker   Composer
Patrick Milligan   Producer
Jack Hawkins   Engineer
M.H. DeWitt   Engineer
R.A. Andreas   Cover Photo
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Cary Ginell   Liner Notes,Inside Photo
Harry Woods   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Walter Samuels   Composer
Jack Scholl   Composer
Ed Burt   Composer
Bartley Costello   Composer
Jorge del Moral   Composer
Alton Watson   Composer
Paul Westmoreland   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Britt Wood   Composer
Sam Koki   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Claude Nichols   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
M.K. Jerome   Composer
Mike Johnson   Producer,Liner Notes
Josef Franz Wagner   Composer
Ted Powell   Composer
Joseph Shields   Composer
Carmen Cortez   Composer
Charles Kenny   Composer
Emilio D. Uranga   Composer
Olus "Tex" Justus   Composer
Alice Blackmore   Composer

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