San Antonio Rose [Bear Family]

San Antonio Rose [Bear Family]

by Bob WillsBob Wills

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This box set of 11 CDs and one DVD, issued by the Bear Family label in Germany, features all the recordings Bob Wills did from 1932 until 1947. In effect, perhaps more than any other Bear Family boxes (which are admittedly for fanatics), this collection -- with its changing lineups, painstaking documentation, and phenomenal performances -- offers a stunning portrait in sound, images, and words of the true crossroads of American music. On these CDs one can hear the sound of antiquity, the present popular styles of the day, and a solid and well-executed vision of the future integrated into a gloriously rowdy, swinging whole. From the first recordings Wills did with Milton Brown & His Brownies in 1932 to the first finished take of "Osage Stomp" in Brunswick's Dallas warehouse by Wills' own Texas Playboys, a remarkable change is heard. With Wills, the emphasis was on music as a whole entity. It began with ancient fiddle tunes taught to him by his father and grandfather and came to include virtually every style of American pop music -- and a few polkas -- that emerged from the beginning of the century, wrapped into one seemingly loose, joyous brew for massive public consumption courtesy of the Southwest. And it was massively consumed and influenced virtually all of the country, pop, big-band, swing, and rock & roll music that came after it, whether the creators of that music acknowledge it -- or today's idiot generation even heard of Wills -- or not. Virtually all of the ARC and Columbia recordings -- including all of their subsidiary labels such as Vocalion, Brunswick, etc. -- and all of the great vocalists are here: Tommy Duncan performs on the majority of these tracks, but also Leon McAuliffe, Dean and Evelyn McKinney, Laura Lee Owens, and of course Wills, among others. Remarkable too are how many songs here, now regarded as beloved American standards, were first cut by the Texas Playboys; among them are "San Antonio Rose," "Steel Guitar Rag," "Take Me Back to Tulsa," "Trouble in Mind," "Miss Molly," "New San Antonio Rose," "Spanish Two Step," and many others. All of them are infused with the bristling energy, sizzling intent, and good humor and charisma of the bandleader. As if it weren't enough to release all of the previously issued material from these years, Bear Family includes every surviving alternate take, completely unreleased material, studio banter, airchecks, and more. The progression of the band and Wills' musical restlessness grow right until the end of these recordings, when the Texas Playboys left Columbia. In fact, because of the origin, performances and period of the material, and amazing sound quality, this is the only Wills set worth owning. The DVD in the package is the 1940 film of Take Me Back to Oklahoma starring Tex Ritter, with Ritter fronting the Texas Playboys. The complete and exhaustive notes and Rich Kienzle's book-length biographical and critical essay, combined with hundreds of photographs in a hardbound book, make this the only package that has ever done Wills' legacy and influence justice -- and there are more boxes to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2000
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127159335
catalogNumber: 15933


Disc 1

  1. Sunbonnet Sue
  2. Nancy Jane
  3. Osage Stomp
  4. Get With It
  5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  6. Spanish Two Step
  7. Maiden's Prayer
  8. Wang Wang Blues
  9. St. Louis Blues
  10. Good Old Oklahoma
  11. Blue River
  12. Mexicali Rose
  13. I Ain't Got Nobody
  14. Never No More Blues
  15. Who Walks in When I Walk Out
  16. Old Fashioned Love
  17. Oklahoma Rag
  18. Black and Blue Rag
  19. Sitting on Top of the World
  20. Four or Five Times
  21. I Can't Be Satisfied
  22. Smith's Reel
  23. Harmony
  24. Tulsa Waltz
  25. Waltz in D

Disc 2

  1. She's Killing Me
  2. Weary of the Same Ol' Stuff
  3. No Matter How She Done It
  4. Bluin' the Blues
  5. Steel Guitar Rag
  6. Get Along Home, Cindy
  7. Trouble in Mind
  8. What's the Matter With the Mill?
  9. Sugar Blues
  10. Basin Street Blues
  11. Red Hot Gal of Mine
  12. Darktown Strutters' Ball
  13. Too Busy
  14. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  15. Away Out There
  16. Crippled Turkey
  17. Fan It
  18. Red Head
  19. Mean Mama Blues
  20. There's No Disappointment in Heaven
  21. Rockin' Alone (In an Old Rockin' Chair)
  22. Sleepy Time in Sleepy Hollow
  23. Bring It on Down to My House Honey
  24. I've Got the Wonder Where She Went (Blues)
  25. Right or Wrong
  26. Swing Blues No. 1
  27. Swing Blues No. 2

Disc 3

  1. White Heat
  2. Dedicated to You
  3. Playboy Stomp
  4. Steel Guitar Stomp
  5. Rosetta
  6. Bleeding Hearted Blues
  7. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)
  8. Tulsa Stomp
  9. Tie Me to Your Apron Strings Again
  10. Never No More Hard Times Blues
  11. Sunbonnet Sue
  12. The New St. Louis Blues
  13. Loveless Love
  14. I'm a Ding Dong Daddy
  15. Oozlin' Daddy Blues
  16. Black Rider
  17. Everybody Does It in Hawaii
  18. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  19. Blue Prelude
  20. Downhearted Blues
  21. Little Heaven of the Seven Seas
  22. Sophisticated Hula
  23. Pray for the Lights to Go Out
  24. Gambling Polka Dot Blues
  25. Keep Knockin' (But You Can't Come In)
  26. Loveless Love
  27. Oh, Lady Be Good
  28. Way Down upon the Swanee River
  29. Don't Stop Loving Me
  30. Oh You Beautiful Doll

Disc 4

  1. Moonlight and Roses
  2. William Tell
  3. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  4. Mississippi Delta Blues
  5. Tulsa Stomp
  6. Empty Bed Blues
  7. Little Red Head
  8. I'll See You in My Dreams
  9. San Antonio Rose
  10. Little Girl, Go Ask Your Mama
  11. Carolina in the Morning
  12. The Convict and the Rose
  13. Silver Bells (That Ring in the Night)
  14. Dreamy Eyes Waltz
  15. Beaumont Rag
  16. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  17. If I Could Bring Back My Buddy
  18. Whoa Babe
  19. Ida Red
  20. Yearning (Just for You)
  21. I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do
  22. Prosperity Special
  23. Drunkard's Blues
  24. You're Okay
  25. Liza Pull Down the Shades
  26. That's What I Like About the South
  27. My Window Faces the South
  28. The Waltz You Saved for Me
  29. Don't Let the Deal Go Down

Disc 5

  1. You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)
  2. No Wonder
  3. Lone Star Rag
  4. There's Going to Be a Party (For the Old Folks)
  5. I Don't Love Nobody
  6. That Brownskin Gal
  7. Corrine, Corrina
  8. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  9. Blue Bonnet Rag
  10. Time Changes Everything
  11. Medley of Spanish Waltzes: La Golondrina/Lady of Spain/Cielito Lindo
  12. Bob Wills Special
  13. Big Beaver
  14. New San Antonio Rose
  15. Wait 'Til You See
  16. Liebestraum
  17. Lyla Lou
  18. New Worried Mind
  19. La Paloma
  20. Maiden's Prayer
  21. Oh! You Pretty Woman
  22. I Found a Dream
  23. The Girl I Left Behind Me
  24. I Knew the Moment I Lost You
  25. Done and Gone
  26. Twin Guitar Special
  27. Mississippi Delta Blues
  28. Take Me Back to Tulsa
  29. Takin' It Home

Disc 6

  1. I'm Sorry We Said Goodbye
  2. Honey What You Gonna Do?
  3. Blue Bonnet Lane
  4. Bob Wills Stomp
  5. Li'l Liza Jane
  6. Please Don't Leave Me
  7. Don't Count Your Chickens
  8. Cherokee Maiden
  9. New San Antonio Rose
  10. Ride on! (My Prairie Pinto)
  11. Got a Letter from My Kid Today
  12. It's All Your Fault
  13. Goodnight Little Sweetheart
  14. Dusty Skies
  15. My Life's Been a Pleasure
  16. We Might as Well Forget It
  17. Drop Us off at Bob's Place
  18. Home in San Antone
  19. That Hot Lick Fiddlin' Man
  20. Liberty
  21. Miss Molly
  22. It Never Can Be
  23. Honeymoon Trail
  24. It Seems Like Yesterday
  25. You're from Texas
  26. Goodbye Liza Jane

Disc 7

  1. My Confession
  2. Ten Years
  3. This Little Rosary
  4. When It's Honeysuckle Time in the Valley
  5. Let's Ride With Bob
  6. My Laddie
  7. Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now?
  8. Hang Your Head in Shame
  9. Smoke on the Water
  10. Texas Playboy Rag
  11. Bluer Than Blue
  12. Hang Your Head in Shame
  13. Smoke on the Water
  14. Texas Playboy Rag
  15. Bluer Than Blue
  16. Roly Poly
  17. Roly Poly
  18. Frankie Jean
  19. You Don't Care What Happens to Me
  20. Stay a Little Longer
  21. You Should Have Thought of That Before
  22. I Can't Go on This Way
  23. I'm Thru Wastin' Time on You
  24. Easy Rockin' Chair
  25. Just a Plain Old Country Boy

Disc 8

  1. Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima
  2. Silver Dew on the Bluegrass Tonight
  3. I'm So Glad I Met You
  4. New Spanish Two-Step
  5. Empty Chair at the Christmas Table
  6. I'm Feelin' Bad
  7. White Cross on Okinawa
  8. This Is Southland
  9. Cotton Eyed Joe
  10. Cotton Eyed Joe
  11. Staccato Waltz
  12. Punkin' Stomp
  13. Sugar Moon
  14. Rose of Old Pawnee
  15. How Can It Be Wrong
  16. Brain Cloudy Blues
  17. Bob Wills Boogie
  18. There's a Big Rock in the Road
  19. I Got a Cinder in My Eye
  20. Go to Sleep Our Baby
  21. Virginia
  22. I'm Gonna Be Boss from Now On
  23. Fat Boy Rag
  24. Drum Test
  25. The Kind of Love I Can't Forget
  26. There's Two Sides to Every Story

Disc 9

  1. The Devil Ain't Lazy
  2. A Sweet Kind of Love
  3. Hometown Stomp
  4. Cowboy Stomp
  5. Misery
  6. Down in My Neck of the Woods
  7. Bob Wills Schottische
  8. I Just Don't Want That Kind of Love
  9. Texarkana Baby
  10. Good Time Cake-Walk
  11. Can't Get Enough of Texas
  12. You're There
  13. Thanks for the Heartaches (Thanks for the Tears)
  14. New Texas Playboy Rag
  15. What's the Use to Take You Back Again
  16. Deep Water
  17. Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
  18. Cimarron
  19. Stardust
  20. My Buddy
  21. Tears on My Pillow

Disc 10

  1. Steel Guitar Rag
  2. Swing Blues No. 1
  3. Steel Guitar Stomp
  4. Tulsa Stomp
  5. Never No More Hard Times Blues
  6. Oozlin' Daddy Blues
  7. Black Rider
  8. Everybody Does It in Hawaii
  9. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  10. Gambling Polka Dot Blues
  11. Oh, Lady Be Good
  12. Way Down upon the Swanee River
  13. Oh You Beautiful Doll
  14. Lone Star Rag
  15. There's Going to Be a Party (For the Old Folks)
  16. I Don't Love Nobody
  17. That Brownskin Gal
  18. Corrine, Corrina
  19. Bob Wills Special
  20. Big Beaver
  21. Big Beaver
  22. Liebestraum
  23. Lyla Lou
  24. New Worried Mind
  25. The Girl I Left Behind Me
  26. I Knew the Moment I Lost You
  27. Twin Guitar Special
  28. Twin Guitar Special
  29. Takin' It Home

Disc 11

  1. Blue Bonnet Lane
  2. Blue Bonnet Lane
  3. Li'l Liza Jane
  4. Ride on! (My Prairie Pinto)
  5. It's All Your Fault
  6. Miss Molly
  7. Miss Molly
  8. It Never Can Be
  9. Roly Poly
  10. You Don't Care What Happens to Me
  11. Stay a Little Longer
  12. You Should Have Thought of That Before
  13. New Spanish Two-Step
  14. I'm Feelin' Bad
  15. This Is Southland
  16. Punkin' Stomp
  17. How Can It Be Wrong
  18. Brain Cloudy Blues
  19. Virginia
  20. I'm Gonna Be Boss from Now On
  21. There's Two Sides to Every Story
  22. The Devil Ain't Lazy
  23. Hometown Stomp
  24. Misery
  25. Down in My Neck of the Woods
  26. I Just Don't Want That Kind of Love
  27. Good Time Cake-Walk
  28. Can't Get Enough of Texas
  29. New Texas Playboy Rag
  30. Village Blacksmith
  31. Good Old Oklahoma
  32. Kalamity Kate
  33. Lone Star Rag/Playboy Special
  34. Gone Indian
  35. Take Me Back to Tulsa
  36. You Are My Sunshine

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Primary Artist
Tex Ritter   Track Performer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Banjo,Rhythm Guitar
Leon McAuliffe   Steel Guitar
Milton Brown   Vocals
Ted Adams   Bass
Danny Alguire   Trumpet,Vocals
Herman Arnspiger   Guitar
Lester Barnard   Electric Guitar
Johnny Cuviello   Drums
William E. Dacus   Drums
Ray DeGeer   Clarinet,Saxophone
Millard Kelso   Piano
Jamie MacIntosh   Trumpet
Robert McNally   Alto Saxophone
Eldon Shamblin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Everett Stover   Trumpet
Billy Jack Wills   Bass
Cecil Brower   Fiddle
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Dean McKinney   Vocals
Evelyn McKinney   Vocals
Ocie Stockard   Banjo,Fiddle
Derwood Brown   Guitar
Bill Mounce   Banjo
George Balay   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Don Harlan   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Doyle Salathiel   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Benny Strickler   Trumpet
Jimmie Widener   Banjo
Woodie Wood   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Anderson   Steel Guitar
Harley Huggins   Guitar
Darrell Jones   Bass
Ruth McMaster   Fiddle
Laura Lee Owens   Vocals
Texas Playboys   Track Performer
Slim Andrews   Track Performer
James Robert Wills   Fiddle,Leader
Richard Hamilton   Electric Guitar
James O. "Jimmy" Wyble   Electric Guitar
Herbert L. "Herb" Remington   Steel Guitar
Murel Wayne Johnson   Clarinet,Saxophone
Howard Davis   Drums
Edward John "Johnnie Edwards" Courville   Drums
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan   Vocals
Alton Meeks "Al" Stricklin   Piano
Lewis E. "Louie" Tierney   Fiddle,Tenor Saxophone
Thomas C. "Son" Lansford   Bass
Charles Laughton   Clarinet,Trumpet,Saxophone
Leon Huff   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Franz Liszt   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Tiny Moore   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Henry Busse   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Wayne King   Composer
Leon McAuliffe   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Milton Brown   Composer
Art Satherley   Producer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Sebastián Yradier   Composer
Lester Barnard   Composer
Ray Benson   Introduction
Bo Chatmon   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Chester Cohn   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Millard Kelso   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Gioachino Rossini   Composer
Eldon Shamblin   Composer
Alan Stoker   Metal Transfers
Glenn Sutton   Illustrations
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Mark Wilder   Metal Transfers
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer,Arranger
Louis Tierney   Composer
Michael Brooks   Metal Transfers
Ted Daffan   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Anderson   Composer
Paul Biese   Composer
Harley Huggins   Composer
Hoyle Nix   Composer
Wesley Tuttle   Illustrations
Arthur Sizemore   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Bob Pinson   Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Matt Cavaluzzo   Metal Transfers
Jurgen Koop   Illustrations
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations,Discographical Assistant
Hoffman   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Elsie McWilliams   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Robert A. King   Composer
Herb Sims   Composer
Helen Stone   Composer
Jack Tenney   Composer
Betty Chapin   Composer
Thomas Dilbeck   Composer
Emil Flindt   Composer
Byron Gay   Composer
James Robert Wills   Arranger
Billie "Tiny" Moore   Composer
Gus Mueller   Composer
Glenn White   Illustrations
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Packy Smith   Illustrations
Goodhart   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Buster Johnson   Composer
Marilyn Tuttle   Illustrations
Floyd Jenkins   Composer
Jack Neville   Composer
Mel Stark   Composer
Marco H. Hellman   Composer
Roger D. Ferris   Composer
Nat D. Ayer   Composer
Ed Nelson   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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