Queen of Country Music [Box Set]

Queen of Country Music [Box Set]

by Kitty WellsKitty Wells

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Bear Family, the venerable German label that does reissue boxes of U.S. artists better than any American label -- with the possible exception of Mosaic -- has taken the cream of Kitty Wells' career and issued one of the most historically important collections in the history of country music. The Queen of Country Music is a four-CD box, with exhaustive biographical and session notes by Charles Wolfe that document, in their entirety, nine years of Ms. Wells career, from its inception through to its turning point and superstardom, the years 1949 to 1958; there are 114 tracks in all. Along with every major hit and B-side from the eras, the set includes classic original versions of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," "Hey Joe!," "I Hear the Jukebox Playing," "Lonely Side of Town," "Making Believe," "Dust on the Bible," "The Place That Kills," "Right or Wrong," "Just When I Needed You," "The Great Speckled Bird," "Jealousy," and many others. There are plenty of alternate takes, unissued tracks and, as the session notes attest., Ms. Wells was the beginning point for many, including the legendary producer Owen Bradley, who worked with her and Patsy Cline simultaneously. Box sets such as this one, while geared to the collector and fanatic have, it would seem, limited appeal, but The Queen of Country Music can be looked at in a different light entirely. The story of Ms. Wells ascent to stardom also accurately reflects the changing tides in Nashville and the changing popular attitudes toward country music. Like Don Gibson, Ms. Wells, while remaining firmly a country, roots, and honky tonk vocalist, nonetheless, because of Bradley's production techniques and marketing changes ushered in by Chet Atkins at RCA, experienced a certain amount of crossover success due to massive jukebox play in barrooms and lounges all over the North, As in the Gibson set, this one offers a real view of Nashville's evolution into its real glory years from 1955-1970.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156389
catalogNumber: 15638
Rank: 52002


Disc 1

  1. Death at the Bar
  2. Love or Hate
  3. Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet
  4. Don't Wait the Last Minute to Pray
  5. How Far Is Heaven
  6. My Mother
  7. Make up Your Mind
  8. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  9. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  10. I Don't Want Your Money, I Want Your Time
  11. Searching for a Soldier's Grave
  12. I'm Too Lonely to Smile
  13. The Things I Might Have Been
  14. I Heard the Jukebox Playing
  15. A Wedding Ring Ago
  16. Divided by Two
  17. Crying Steel Guitar Waltz
  18. Paying for That Back Street Affair
  19. Icicles Hanging from Your Heart
  20. I Don't Claim to Be an Angel
  21. Honky Tonk Waltz
  22. The Life They Live in Songs
  23. You Said You Could Do Without Me
  24. Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On
  25. Hey Joe!
  26. My Cold, Cold Heart Is Melted Now
  27. I'll Love You Till the Day I Die
  28. I've Kissed You My Last Time
  29. I'm a Stranger in My Home

Disc 2

  1. I Gave My Wedding Dress Away
  2. Cheatin's a Sin
  3. You're Not Easy to Forget
  4. Satisfied, So Satisfied
  5. One by One
  6. Release Me
  7. After Dark
  8. (Don't Hang Around) He's Married to Me
  9. Thou Shalt Not Steal
  10. Lonely Side of Town
  11. I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted
  12. I'm in Love with You
  13. Make Believe ('Til We Can Make It Come True)
  14. You and Me
  15. As Long as I Live
  16. No One But You
  17. Making Believe
  18. I'd Rather Stay at Home
  19. I Was Wrong
  20. There's Poison in Your Heart
  21. Goodbye Mr. Brown
  22. Mother Hold Me Tight
  23. Searching (For Someone Like You)
  24. How Far Is Heaven
  25. Dust on the Bible
  26. Beside You
  27. I'm Counting on You
  28. They Can't Take Your Love
  29. I'm Tired of Pretending

Disc 3

  1. Oh So Many Years
  2. One Week Later
  3. When I'm with You
  4. Can You Find It in Your Heart
  5. Repenting
  6. I Guess I'll Go on Dreaming
  7. Each Day
  8. The Pace That Kills
  9. A Change of Heart
  10. Stubborn Heart
  11. Standing Room Only
  12. A Mansion on the Hill
  13. Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down
  14. Right or Wrong
  15. The Winner of Your Heart
  16. Dancing with a Stranger
  17. Three Ways (To Love You)
  18. She's No Angel
  19. Broken Marriage Vows
  20. What About You?
  21. Sweeter Than the Flowers
  22. You Can't Conceal a Broken Heart
  23. Just When I Needed You
  24. Lonely Street
  25. That's Me Without You
  26. Cheated out of Love
  27. The Waltz of the Angels

Disc 4

  1. What About You?
  2. May You Never Be Alone
  3. If Teardrops Were Pennies
  4. Touch and Go Heart
  5. My Used to Be Darling
  6. (I'll Always Be Your) Fraulein
  7. Love Me to Pieces
  8. What I Believe Dear (Is All up to You)
  9. I Can't Stop Loving You
  10. Slowly Dying
  11. I Can't Help Wondering
  12. He's Lost His Love for Me
  13. Jealousy
  14. Mommy for a Day
  15. The Hands You're Holding Now
  16. Let Me Help You Forget
  17. All the Time
  18. Dust on the Bible
  19. (I've Got My) One Way Ticket to the Sky
  20. I Heard My Saviour Call
  21. I Dreamed I Searched Heaven for You
  22. Great Speckled Bird
  23. Matthew 24
  24. I Need the Prayers
  25. My Loved Ones Are Waiting for Me
  26. Lord, I'm Coming Home
  27. He Will Set Your Fields on Fire
  28. Lonesome Valley
  29. We Buried Her Beneath the Willows

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kitty Wells   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Roy Acuff   Vocals,Track Performer
Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Red Foley   Vocals,Track Performer
Benny Martin   Fiddle
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar
Shot Jackson   Steel Guitar
Johnnie Wright   Bass,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Owen Bradley   Piano
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean   Bass
Eddie Hill   Guitar,Vocals
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Webb Pierce   Vocals,Track Performer
Howard Watts   Bass,Vocals
Joe Zinkan   Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Herman Wade   Electric Guitar
Jack Anglin   Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Ray "Duck" Atkins   Steel Guitar
Bud Isaacs   Steel Guitar
Harold Morrison   Banjo,Steel Guitar
Ruby Wright   Vocals
Louis Innis   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Ray Crisp   Fiddle,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Track Performer
Emory Martin   Banjo
Clyde Baum   Mandolin
Robert Foster   Steel Guitar
Alex Garland   Guitar
J. Edward Hill   Guitar
Carol Sue Wright   Vocals

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Johnnie Wright   Composer,Illustrations
Owen Bradley   Producer
Boudleaux Bryant   Vocal Effect
Roy Carter   Composer
Mark DeBarge   Composer
Mary Drummond   Composer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Fred Rose   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Guy Smith   Composer
Jack Anglin   Composer
Jim Anglin   Composer
John Bailes   Composer
Walter Bailes   Composer
Pee Wee Maddux   Composer
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Lawton Williams   Composer
Charles K. Wolfe   Liner Notes
Autry Inman   Composer
Tillman Franks   Illustrations
Syd Nathan   Composer
Bruce Hailstalk   Tape Research
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Tape Research
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Walt Trott   Illustrations
Murphy Maddux   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
Roy Bodkin   Composer
Morry Burns   Composer
Dub Williams   Composer
Robert Yount   Composer
Johnny Wright   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Randy Aronson   Tape Research
Matt Tunia   Tape Research
Paul Cohen   Producer
Jame Work   Composer
William J. Kirkpatrick   Composer

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