Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

by Wynn StewartWynn Stewart


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Bear Family's Wishful Thinking compilation gathers virtually everything that Bakersfield sound pioneer Wynn Stewart ever recorded, summarizing his three-decade career over the course of ten discs. "Keeper of the Keys," "It's Such a Pretty World Today," "Sing a Sad Song," "Waltz of the Angels," and the title track are some of the many highlights from this 279-song collection, which traces Stewart's evolution from his hard-driving, rockabilly tinged sound in the '50s to a more pop-oriented country style in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. His complete works for labels such as Jackpot-Challenge, Copre, Playboy, and his own Win and Pretty World imprints are also included. As with all Bear Family releases, Wishful Thinking also includes extensive liner notes, and the first full-length Wynn Stewart biography is part of the package as well. Though the California Country: The Best of the Challenge Masters collection is probably still the best introduction to Stewart's work, Wishful Thinking is a treasure for his longtime fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2000
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127158864
catalogNumber: 15886
Rank: 162881


Disc 1

  1. I've Waited a Liftetime
  2. After All
  3. Throw a Little Wood on the Fire
  4. Castaway Heart
  5. It's Not the Moon That Makes the Difference
  6. You Took Her Off My Hands
  7. Why Do I Love You So
  8. That Just Kills Me
  9. The Waltz of the Angels
  10. Slowly But Surely
  11. The Keeper of the Key
  12. A New Love
  13. Hold Back Tomorrow
  14. Sweethearts in Heaven
  15. I Wish I Could Say the Same
  16. A Night to Remember
  17. No Tomorrow
  18. Is Love Out of Style
  19. With This Ring
  20. She Just Tears Me Up
  21. Come On
  22. School Bus Love Affair
  23. Come On
  24. School Bus Love Affair
  25. The Long Black Limousine
  26. Hungry Heart
  27. I Sold the Farm
  28. How the Other Half Live
  29. Yankee Go Home
  30. Come On

Disc 2

  1. Never Out of My Heart
  2. Rain, Rain
  3. Never Out of My Heart
  4. Above and Beyone (The Call of Love)
  5. Open Up My Heart
  6. Open Up My Heart
  7. Wishful Thinking
  8. Wishful Thinking
  9. Uncle Tom Got Caught
  10. We'll Never Love Again
  11. Wrong Company
  12. Heartaches for a Dime
  13. Playboy
  14. Searching for Another You
  15. Big City
  16. If You See My Baby
  17. I'd Rather Have America
  18. Big, Big Love
  19. One More Memory
  20. Wall to Wall Heartaches
  21. Girl in White
  22. Donna on My Mind
  23. Falling for You
  24. Judy
  25. I Don't Feel at Home
  26. I Done Done It
  27. Loversville
  28. Three Cheers for the Loser
  29. Judy
  30. Playboy
  31. If You See My Baby
  32. I'd Rather Have America
  33. If You See My Baby

Disc 3

  1. Couples Only
  2. Another Day, Another Dollar
  3. One Way to Go
  4. Don't Look Back
  5. I"M Not the Man I Used to Be
  6. Slightly Used
  7. The Happy Part of Town
  8. Half of This, Half of That
  9. Don't Spook Me
  10. I Keep Forgettin' That I Forgot About You
  11. Do Die
  12. Does He Love You Like I Do
  13. Sha-Marie
  14. You Told Him
  15. Take It or Leave It
  16. 'Cause I Have You
  17. Happy Crazy
  18. Half Way in Love
  19. Sing a Sad Song
  20. My Rosalie
  21. You Took Her Off My Hands
  22. Money Talks
  23. Angels Don't Lie
  24. You Kiss Me Like You're Waving Goodbye
  25. The Tourist
  26. Ol' What's Her Name
  27. It's Such a Pretty World Today
  28. Unfaithful Arms
  29. Let's Pretend We're Kids Again
  30. The World's Youngest Naughty Old Man
  31. You Can Always Give Her Back to Me

Disc 4

  1. That's the Only Way to Cry
  2. Out There Is Your World
  3. Love's Gonna Happen to Me
  4. I Won't Live That Long
  5. Spittin' Guitar
  6. Down Came the World
  7. Mama's Gone Home
  8. In Love
  9. Above and Beyond
  10. Big, Big Love (Make Big Love)
  11. Waltz of the Angels
  12. Loversville
  13. It's So Cold in Your House and Lonesome in Mine
  14. Orange Blossom Special
  15. Daddy's Girl
  16. Sing the Same Song
  17. You're That Someone Else
  18. Fresh Out of Love
  19. Something Pretty
  20. She Didn't Color Daddy
  21. Good Old Fashioned Love
  22. If Tomorrow Could Be Yesterday
  23. One More Memory
  24. My Own Little World
  25. Built-In Love
  26. This Cold War With You
  27. It's Too Much Like Lonesome
  28. Your Stepping Stone
  29. Man, Man, Mr. Sandman
  30. An Arm's Length from You
  31. Why Didn't I Write That Song

Disc 5

  1. A Thousand Wonders
  2. Don't Lay Your Head on My Shoulder
  3. There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
  4. Happy Blues
  5. A Tough Row to Hoe
  6. Kiss-A Me, Love-A Me
  7. Let the Whole World Sing It With Me
  8. You're Everything to Me
  9. Strings
  10. I'll Die Tryin'
  11. Living in Sunshine
  12. Lousiana Blues Harp Man
  13. Missing You
  14. Wishful Thinking
  15. The Keeper of the Key
  16. I Was Just Walking Out the Door
  17. Back to the Blue Room
  18. Run Away
  19. Who Are You
  20. World Wide Travelin' Man
  21. No Time Like the Present
  22. I'm Beginning to Believe
  23. Since Baby's Gone
  24. All of a Sudden
  25. In Your Arms of Love
  26. Let's Invest in a Little Bit of Love
  27. If Houses Had Hearts
  28. But You Know I Love You
  29. Happy Happy Birthday
  30. Games People Play
  31. I Bought the Shoes (That Just Walked Out on Me)

Disc 6

  1. Young as Spring
  2. Come on Home (And Sing the Blues to Daddy)
  3. Goin' Steady
  4. Yours Forever
  5. Cry Baby
  6. You Don't Care What Happens to Me
  7. You Can't Wynn, Stewart
  8. Today I Started Loving You Again
  9. I'd Do the Impossible
  10. Care
  11. Bar Fly
  12. It's a Beautiful Day
  13. Let Me Be the First to Go
  14. When We Had Nothing
  15. Let Me Be the First to Go
  16. A Maiden's Prayer
  17. Cheatin's in Style
  18. It's All in the Game
  19. Rainy Night in Georgia
  20. Prisoner on the Run
  21. Wonder Could I Live There Anymore
  22. It's a Small Thing
  23. You're No Secret of Mine
  24. Heavenly
  25. (She Was Made) After Man
  26. Do It to Someone You Love
  27. Baby It's Yours
  28. I Was Ther First One to Know
  29. I Can See Sunshine

Disc 7

  1. Unforgotten Man
  2. High Heaven
  3. For the Good Times
  4. Hello Little Rock
  5. You Can't Take It With You
  6. How Many Miles Am I Out of My Mind
  7. Paint Me a Rainbow
  8. Everything Needs a Little Woman's Touch
  9. I Know They'll Make Room for You
  10. Search Through the Ashes
  11. Poison Red Berries
  12. Me and My Jesus Would Know
  13. Love Ain't Worth a Dime Unless It's Free
  14. It's Raining in Seattle
  15. If I Were You (And I Wish I Was)
  16. Knock on Wood
  17. (Lord) Take Me With You
  18. Riverside of Memphis
  19. It Always Rains on Me
  20. The Kid 'N Me
  21. To Make Things Better
  22. What a Good Time I Didn't Have Last Night
  23. That's My Woman
  24. Why Don't You Come to Me
  25. When
  26. Ugg
  27. Second Best
  28. Vin Rose

Disc 8

  1. Don't Worry 'Bout That World
  2. She's the Nearest Thing to Perfect
  3. What a Good Time I Didn't Have Last Night
  4. Guess I'll Never Find Another You
  5. Sing That Sad Song Again
  6. Get All Your Love Together
  7. It Always Rains on Me
  8. Lonely Rain
  9. Just Now Thought of You
  10. Seasons of My Heart
  11. Don't Monkey With My Widder
  12. Wishful Thinking
  13. I'm Gonna Kill You
  14. After the Storm
  15. Playboy
  16. Sing a Sad Song
  17. Big, Big Love
  18. It's Such a Pretty World Today
  19. Wishful Thinking
  20. 'Cause I Have You
  21. It's Such a Pretty World Today
  22. It's a Beautiful Day
  23. Love's Gonna Happen to Me
  24. Eyes Big as Dallas
  25. Could I Talk You into Lovin' Me Again
  26. I Was Raised Down on the Farm
  27. Such a Perfect Day for Making Love

Disc 9

  1. Nobody's Fool But My Own
  2. Wait a Minute
  3. Inflation Blues
  4. Heartbreak Mountain
  5. Wait Till I Get My Hands on You
  6. Wishful Drinkin'
  7. The Wild Side of Life
  8. Searching for Another You
  9. I Don't Feel Like Singin' Tonight
  10. California Time Again
  11. I Told You So
  12. Lovin' Up a Storm
  13. Would You Want the World to End
  14. Breakin' Up Is Breakin' Up My Mind
  15. Wait Till I Get My Hands on You
  16. Would You Want the World to End
  17. The Wild Side of Life
  18. You're That Someone Else
  19. No Time Like the Present
  20. Since Baby's Gone
  21. Hello Little Rock
  22. You Can't Take It With You
  23. How Many Miles Am I Out of My Mind
  24. Love Ain't Worth a Dime Unless It's Free
  25. When

Disc 10

  1. But You Know I Love You
  2. Young as Spring
  3. Games People Play
  4. It Is No Secret
  5. Instrumental
  6. Let Me Talk to You
  7. Turkey in the Straw
  8. But You Know I Love You
  9. Young as Spring
  10. Games People Play
  11. Wild One
  12. Breakin' the Rules
  13. Pennies from Heaven
  14. The End of the World
  15. The Kid 'N Me
  16. With or Without Your Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynn Stewart   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Soprano (Vocal),Overdubs
Clarence White   Guitar
Glen Campbell   Guitar
Jimmy Collins   Steel Guitar
Hank Garland   Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Merle Haggard   Guitar
Skeets McDonald   Bass,Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Eddie Cochran   Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Merrill Moore   Piano
Jan Howard   Vocals
Phil Baugh   Guitar
Joe Barnhill   Guitar
Gordon Terry   Fiddle,Guitar
Alfred Bruneau   Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals
Earl Poole Ball   Percussion,Piano
Stuart Basore   Steel Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Larry Butler   Piano
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Jack Eubanks   Guitar
Archie Francis   Drums
Ralph Gallant   Drums
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Sam Goldstein   Drums,Tambourine
Joe Grant   Choir, Chorus
Buddy Harman   Drums
Roy Harte   Drums
Larry Muhoberac   Piano
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Dale Sellers   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Electric Bass,Gut String Guitar,String Bass
John Stacey   Drums
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Darrel Terwilliger   Fiddle
Charles Vaughn   Bass
Sam White   Choir, Chorus
Paul Whitehead   Piano
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
Lawrence "Red" Wooten   Bass
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Vocals
Ron Oats   Piano
Herman Wade   Guitar
Dennis Hromek   Bass
Larry Wilson   Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Bobby Austin   Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass
Jelly Sanders   Fiddle
Buddy Cagle   Guitar
Fred Carter   Guitar
John Wakely   Guitar
James Capps   Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
William Guilford Wright   Vocals
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Guitar
Clarence "Bud" Dooley   Bass
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams   Drums
Jack Sanderson   Guitar
Bobby George   Rhythm Guitar
Shirley Ash   Piano
George French   Piano
Robert C. Thompson   Guitar
Jeannie Bare   Vocals
Anthony Amico   Drums
David William Allen   Drums
Hap Arnold   Bass
Robert J. Bare   Guitar
Cecil R. Bays   Guitar
Junior Boyer   Steel Guitar
Ronald E. "Rollie" Bundock   Bass
Jackie Burns   Vocals
James Coulvard   Guitar
Charles Edward "Eddie" Drake   Guitar
Donald P. Duffy   Bass
Robert "Bobby Wayne" Edrington   Guitar
Harold Glen Garrison   Guitar
Russ Hansen   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Jones   Composer
Johnny Paycheck   Duet
Tommy Collins   Composer
Buzz Rabin   Composer
Earl Ball   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Eddie Kilroy   Producer
Dave Kirby   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
George Richey   Producer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Stan Shulman   Producer
Wynn Stewart   Composer,Duet
Sonny Throckmorton   Composer
Marvin Hughes   Producer
Bob Bishop   Producer
Phil Wells   Tape Comparison
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Jimmy Payne   Contributor
Dave Sax   Tape Comparison
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Joe Johnson   Producer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Dave Pittman   Composer
Doug Yoder   Contributor
David Smith   Contributor
Charlie Ammerman   Producer
Dale Noe   Composer
Russ Arnold   Contributor
Robert J. Bare   Producer
Cecil R. Bays   Illustrations
Jackie Burns   Duet
Ray Cobb   Contributor
Jack Gunter   Producer
Bobby Bishop   Composer
Lance Guynes   Composer

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