The Three Bells

The Three Bells

by The BrownsThe Browns

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Eight CDs and over 240 songs is overkill, except that there's a lot worth hearing here. Disc One opens in 1954 with Jim Ed and Maxine Brown's debut recordings for the Fabor label, including "Looking Back to See," which was successful enough to get them a touring slot with a young Elvis Presley. The sound, while primitive in comparison to their subsequent RCA recordings is very pleasing, with bright harmonies and simple, straightforward accompaniment. As soon as they got to RCA , their sound bloomed -- the textures of the instruments became more vivid, with the "voices" of the guitars nearly as crisp as those of the singers themselves. By this time, they were one of country music's great mixed harmony groups, and were applying those vocal talents to bluesy numbers, as well as softer country and bluegrass material. "The Three Bells" was the massive hit that turned the trio toward pop material in 1959. Their repertory on Disc Three was broadening to include more overt folk material and pop standards. By the time of Disc Four, Hank Garland and John D. Loudermilk were playing most of the guitar, though Atkins was still producing, and the results remained impressive. Disc Five is dominated by a brace of inspirational tunes cut for their Little Brown Church Hymnal album, and also includes their cover of "They Call the Wind Maria," one of Jim Ed Brown's best performances. Disc Six is probably the only 1964-vintage archive to feature songs by Hank Snow and Bob Dylan coming from the same outfit. Discs Seven and Eight leave the group at the end of their time as a trio, prior to Bonnie's retirement late in 1967 -- highlights include a ton of beautifully sung country, pop, and folk numbers.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156655
catalogNumber: 15665
Rank: 152749


Disc 1

  1. Rio De Janeiro
  2. Looking Back to See
  3. Itsy Witsy Bitsy Me
  4. Why Am I Falling
  5. Draggin' Main Street
  6. Your Love Is As Wild As The West Wind
  7. Cool Green
  8. Do Memories Haunt Me
  9. It's Love I Guess
  10. I'm Your Man, I'm Your Gal
  11. Set The Dawgs On 'Em
  12. Jungle Magic
  13. You Thought, I Thought
  14. Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
  15. The Grass Is Green
  16. Lookin' On
  17. I Take the Chance
  18. I Can't See for Looking
  19. I'm In Heaven
  20. Goo Goo Dada
  21. Just As Long As You Love Me
  22. Getting Used To Being Lonely
  23. A Man With a Plan
  24. (Just A Lot Of) Sweet Talk
  25. Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
  26. The Last Thing That I Want
  27. Preview Of The Blues
  28. My Isle of Golden Dreams
  29. I'm In Heaven
  30. I Guess I'm Crazy
  31. Sky Princess
  32. I'll Hold You in My Heart

Disc 2

  1. How Can It Be Imagination
  2. I Heard The Bluebirds Sing
  3. It Takes a Long, Long Train With a Red Caboose (To Carry My Blues Away)
  4. Don't Use The Word Lightly
  5. Waltz Of The Angels
  6. The Table Next to Me
  7. Money
  8. You'll Always Be In My Heart
  9. Behave Yourself, Jose
  10. Just in Time
  11. The Man in the Moon
  12. Ain't No Way In This World
  13. Crazy Dreams
  14. True Love Goes Far Beyond
  15. Only One Way to Love You
  16. Be My Love
  17. Land Of Golden Dreams
  18. Love Is In Season
  19. Would You Care?
  20. The Trot
  21. Beyond The Shadow
  22. This Time I Would Know
  23. The Three Bells
  24. Wake Up Jonah
  25. Be My Love
  26. Heaven Fell Last Night
  27. Your Pretty Blue Eyes
  28. Unchained Melody
  29. Indian Love Call
  30. Blues Stay Away from Me
  31. Dream On (She'll Break Your Heart)
  32. Where Did The Sunshine Go?
  33. We Should Be Together

Disc 3

  1. Bye Bye Love
  2. Bye Bye Love
  3. I Still Do
  4. Only The Lonely
  5. Hi De Ank Tum
  6. Love Me Tender
  7. Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes
  8. Blue Bells Ring
  9. Scarlett Ribbons (For Her Hair)
  10. Red Sails In The Sunset
  11. That's My Desire
  12. That Little Boy of Mine
  13. Halfway To Heaven
  14. Teen-Ex
  15. Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa)
  16. Margo (The Ninth Of May)
  17. Cool Water
  18. True Love
  19. The Enchanted Sea
  20. The Old Lamplighter
  21. Billy McCoy
  22. Am I That Easy to Forget?
  23. The Whiffenpoof Song
  24. Streamlined Cannonball
  25. My Adobe Hacienda
  26. Pledge Of Love
  27. Wabash Blues
  28. Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I'm Gone)
  29. Margo (The Ninth Of May)
  30. Chandelier Of Stars
  31. Eternally
  32. Brighten The Corner Where You Are
  33. The Blue Skirt Waltz
  34. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)

Disc 4

  1. Lonely Little Robin
  2. The Wayward Wind
  3. The Old Village Choir
  4. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
  5. Lavender Blue
  6. Blues in My Heart
  7. Chandelier Of Stars
  8. The Whiffenpoof Song
  9. Blue Christmas
  10. This Land Is Your Land
  11. In the Pines
  12. Brighten The Corner Where You Are
  13. Greenwillow Christmas
  14. Remember Me
  15. The Twelfth of Never
  16. Nevada
  17. Where Was I (When We Became Strangers)
  18. You're So Much A Part Of Me
  19. Revenge
  20. The Bandit
  21. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
  22. Down in the Valley
  23. Shenandoah
  24. Columbus Stockade Blues
  25. Clementine
  26. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  27. Ground Hog
  28. Poor Wildwood Flower
  29. Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?
  30. John B. Sails
  31. My Pretty Quadroon
  32. Down On The Old Plantation

Disc 5

  1. My Baby's Gone
  2. Alpha And Omega
  3. Foolish Pride
  4. Angel's Dolly
  5. Alpha And Omega
  6. My Baby's Gone
  7. Whispering Pine
  8. Remember Me
  9. Lord, I'm Coming Home
  10. How Great Thou Art
  11. Child Of The King
  12. Just as I Am
  13. The Church in the Wildwood
  14. An Evening Prayer
  15. In the Gardden
  16. Whispering Hope
  17. When They Ring Those Golden Bells
  18. Where No One Stands Alone
  19. My Latest Sun Is Sinking Fast
  20. (Prayer Is The Key To Heaven) Faith Unlocks The Door
  21. It's Just A Little Heartache
  22. No Love At All
  23. Buttons and Bows
  24. The Old Master Painter
  25. They Call the Wind Maria
  26. Forty Shades Of Green
  27. Is It Make Believe
  28. Everlasting
  29. The Twelfth Rose
  30. Watching My World Fall Apart
  31. Oh, No!
  32. Dear Teresa

Disc 6

  1. The Rhumba Boogie
  2. Great Speckled Bird
  3. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
  4. Sugar Foot Rag
  5. Fair And Tender Ladies
  6. Tragic Romance
  7. Four Walls
  8. You Nearly Lose Your Mind
  9. Mansion On The Hill
  10. Wondering
  11. Mommy, Please Stay Home With Me
  12. Looking Back to See
  13. Anna
  14. Pirouge
  15. The Happy Fool
  16. The Grass Is Red
  17. Circuit Ridin' Preacher
  18. Halfbreed
  19. The Young Land
  20. The Gun, the Gold, the Girl
  21. Mister And Mississippi
  22. Blowin' In The Wind
  23. Tobacco Road
  24. Then I'll Stop Loving You
  25. You're Easy To Remember
  26. I Know My Place
  27. My Baby Doesn't Love Me Anymore
  28. Love Didn't Pass Me By
  29. The Outskirts of Town
  30. Tangled Web
  31. My Destiny
  32. Johnny, I Hardley Knew You

Disc 7

  1. Three Hearts In A Tangle
  2. I Take the Chance
  3. Everybody's Darlin 'Plus Mine
  4. Meadow Green
  5. One Take Away One
  6. No Sad Songs For Me
  7. I Feel Like Crying
  8. The Big Blizzard
  9. Watch The Roses Grow
  10. A Little Too Much to Dream
  11. Little Boy Blue
  12. Maybe Tomorrow
  13. I Can't Stand It (As Long As You Can)
  14. Gone
  15. This Heart Of Mine (Can Never Say Goodbye)
  16. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  17. Yesterday's Gone
  18. You Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree
  19. Two Of A Kind
  20. Springtime
  21. When I Stop Dreaming
  22. Too Soon To Know
  23. Now I Can Live Again
  24. I Will Bring You Water
  25. June Is As Cold As December
  26. I'd Just Be a Fool Enough
  27. Maker Of Raindrops And Roses
  28. Making Plans
  29. Born To Be With You
  30. A Million Miles from Nowhere
  31. Big Daddy

Disc 8

  1. Where Does A Little Tear Come From
  2. Coming Back To You
  3. (I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love
  4. Gigawackem
  5. Rhythm Of The Rain
  6. Greener Pastures
  7. After Losing You
  8. The Tip of My Fingers
  9. Four Strong Winds
  10. Sorry I Never Knew You
  11. The Old Country Church
  12. They Tore The Old Country Church Down
  13. Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet
  14. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire
  15. The Night Watch
  16. When In Lift Up My Head
  17. Taller Than Trees
  18. The Mocking Bird
  19. Jezebel
  20. A Rusty Old Halo
  21. The Weapon of Prayer
  22. I Hear It Now
  23. Ride, Ride, Ride
  24. Country Boy's Dream
  25. All Of Me Belongs To You
  26. Where Does The Good Times Go
  27. I'm a Lonesome Fugitive
  28. Once
  29. Walk Through This World With Me
  30. Happy Tracks
  31. Misty Blue
  32. If The Whole World Stopped Lovin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Browns   Primary Artist
Chet Atkins   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jim Reeves   Rhythm Guitar
Ray Stevens   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Background Vocals,Vibes
Maxine Brown   Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Anita Kerr   Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmy Day   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Fiddle,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Billy Strange   Guitar
Speedy West   Steel Guitar
Rusty Kershaw   Guitar
Slim Wilson   Guitar
Danny Alguire   Trumpet
Byron Bach   Violin
Brenton Banks   Violin,Viola
M.C. Berry   Drums
George Binkley   Violin
Jim Ed Brown   Guitar,Leader,Vocals,Soloist
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Bob Foster   Steel Guitar
Solie Fott   Violin
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lillian Hunt   Violin
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
Millie Kirkham   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
John D. Loudermilk   Guitar
Neal Matthews   Background Vocals
Wayne Moss   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Boots Randolph   Saxophone,Vibes
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Organ,Piano
Jerry Stembridge   Electric Guitar
Rocky Stone   Fiddle
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Lawrence "Red" Wooten   Bass
Joe Hayes   Fiddle
Cecil Brower   Violin
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roy Huskey   Bass
Glenn Baxter   Vocals,Background Vocals
Howard Carpenter   Violin
Farris Coursey   Drums
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlie McCoy   Organ,Bass,Harmonica,Vibes
Dale Potter   Fiddle
William Whitney Pursell   Piano,Background Vocals,Vibes
Jerry Rowley   Fiddle
Lillian Vannhunt   Violin
Bill Walker   Piano
Joe Hunt   Banjo
Bob Moore   Bass
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenneth Hayes   Fiddle
Harold Hensley   Fiddle
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Bass,Guitar
Morris Palmer   Drums
James "Jimmie" Selph   Rhythm Guitar
Bonnie Brown   Vocals
Norma Brown   Vocals
T. Tommy Cutrer   Drums
Roy Lanham   Guitar
Harold Morrison   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Gene Mullins   Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Lee Smith   Organ
Ray C. Walker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
William Guilford Wright   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marvin H. Hughes   Organ,Piano,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Vibes
Neal Matthews   Vocals
Carl Garvin   Trumpet
John W. Greubel   Drums
Donald "Dusty" Rhodes   Guitar,Drums
Velma E. Williams Smith   Rhythm Guitar
A.J. Lewis   Drums
Arthur Douglas "Doug" Dalton   Guitar
Joell Hays   Fiddle
Martin Kathan   Viola
Charlie McCoy   Trumpet
Donald D. Davis   Bass
Abbot Singers   Vocals
Selph "Jimmy" James   Rhythm Guitar
Bill Walker   Vibes
Maxine Brown   Vocals
Vernal E. Richardson   Violin
John "Woody" Applewhite   Piano
Robert E. Bays   French Horn
Tommy Bishop   Guitar
Jack Evins   Steel Guitar
Kenneth Hays   Fiddle
William A. "Bill" Walker   Piano
Cameron Lavelle Mullins   Trumpet
Dana King   French Horn
Marian Lanham   Percussion
Lafawn Paul   Vocals
Dido Rowley   Vocals
Dorothy "Dottie" Swanson   Vocals
David Briggs   Piano

Technical Credits

Rudolf Friml   Composer
Chet Atkins   Producer
Ray Pennington   Composer
Mike Cain   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Arranger
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Richard Alder   Composer
Jim Ed Brown   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Roy Carter   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Henry Glover   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Herb Newman   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Wayne Raney   Composer
Guy Smith   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Chris Skinker   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Joe Werner   Composer
Stanley Lebowsky   Composer
Bruce Hailstalk   Tape Research
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Fabor Robison   Producer
Samuel Scott   Composer
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Angela Riela   Composer
Majorie Barton   Composer
Dion DeMarbelle   Composer
Tod Galloway   Composer
Jay Johnson   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Johnny Douglas Mcraw   Composer
Sylke Lohmeyer   Artwork
J.G. Hall   Composer
Si Siman   Producer
William Savage Pitts   Composer
Meade Minnigerode   Composer
George S. Pomeroy   Composer
Ray Starr   Composer
Mort Greene   Composer
Marge Barton   Composer
Hod Pharis   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer
Dick Reynolds   Composer

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