Take Me Back to Tulsa [Proper Box]

Take Me Back to Tulsa [Proper Box]

by Bob Wills



Everyone who's ever explored Western swing knows that Bob Wills' music was revolutionary, but any fan who hasn't listened to the music on disc one of this collection probably doesn't realize how revolutionary it really was. Most modern retrospectives concentrate on music that Wills made after his signature sound was firmly established, but the earliest (and seldom heard) sides here are fascinating in that they reveal the specific foundations for Wills' great synthesis. Old-timey fiddle tunes, primitive jazz, blues, gospel -- the breadth of his repertoire was staggering, and his bands not only played those myriad disparate genres, but mastered them utterly. There are dozens of seldom-heard gems throughout this four-disc set, but none more exciting than those found early on: "Get With It," with Leon McAuliffe's jazzy, astonishingly dissonant guitar solo that predates Scotty Moore's rockabilly licks by nearly 20 years, Tommy Duncan's brilliant, jazzy yodeling on "I Ain't Got Nobody," the beautiful gospel ballad "There's No Disappointment in Heaven," "Basin Street Blues," and on and on. The accompanying 50-page booklet contains a nice historical essay and rare photographs, but may be problematic to researchers in that its session notes are sometimes inaccurate. In terms of the music, however, nothing but good words can be said. Many of these songs have probably never been heard by CD-era fans, being previously available only on Bear Family's massive box set, and every single one of Wills' hits are included, as well as many of the classic Tiffany Transcriptions. And all for under $25.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2002
Label: Proper Box Uk
UPC: 0604988993226
catalogNumber: 32
Rank: 22794


Disc 1

  1. Nancy Jane
  2. Sunbonnet Sue
  3. Osage Stomp
  4. Get With It
  5. Spanish Two Step
  6. Maiden's Prayer
  7. I Ain't Got Nobody
  8. Who Walks in When I Walk Out
  9. Oklahoma Rag
  10. Smith's Reel
  11. Weary of the Same Ol' Stuff
  12. No Matter How She Done It
  13. Bluin' the Blues
  14. Red Hot Gal of Mine
  15. Steel Guitar Rag
  16. What's the Matter With the Mill?
  17. Sugar Blues
  18. Basin Street Blues
  19. Too Busy
  20. Fan It
  21. There's No Disappointment in Heaven
  22. Swing Blues No. 1
  23. Playboy Stomp
  24. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)
  25. Never No More Hard Times Blues
  26. Oozlin' Daddy Blues

Disc 2

  1. Black Rider
  2. Pray for the Lights to Go Out
  3. San Antonio Rose
  4. Carolina in the Morning
  5. Silver Bells (That Ring in the Night)
  6. Beaumont Rag
  7. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  8. Whoa Baby
  9. I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do
  10. My Window Faces the South
  11. That's What I Like About the South
  12. The Waltz You Saved for Me
  13. Prosperity Special
  14. Don't Let the Deal Go Down
  15. You're Okay
  16. Lone Star Rag
  17. Corrine, Corrina
  18. Bob Wills Special
  19. Time Changes Everything
  20. Big Beaver
  21. New San Antonio Rose
  22. I Knew the Moment I Lost You
  23. Twin Guitar Special
  24. Take Me Back to Tulsa
  25. Takin' It Home
  26. Please Don't Leave Me
  27. Cherokee Maiden
  28. Dusty Skies
  29. My Life's Been a Pleasure

Disc 3

  1. We Might as Well Forget It
  2. Home in San Antone
  3. Liberty
  4. Miss Molly
  5. You're from Texas
  6. Goodbye Liza Jane
  7. My Confession
  8. Texas Playboy Rag
  9. Roly Poly
  10. Stay a Little Longer
  11. Just a Plain Old Country Boy
  12. New Spanish Two-Step
  13. I'm Feelin' Bad
  14. Cotton Eyed Joe
  15. Brain Cloudy Blues
  16. Bob Wills Boogie
  17. Fat Boy Rag
  18. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  19. A Little Bit of Boogie
  20. Along the Navajo Trail
  21. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  22. Betcha My Heart
  23. Chinatown
  24. Dinah
  25. Frankie Jean
  26. Hawaiian War Chant

Disc 4

  1. I'm a Ding Dong Daddy
  2. Milk Cow Blues
  3. My Gal Sal
  4. Red River Valley
  5. Sugar Moon
  6. Sweet Jennie Lee
  7. The Girl I Left Behind Me
  8. At the Woodchopper's Ball
  9. Blues for Dixie
  10. Bubbles in My Beer
  11. Can't Get Enough of Texas
  12. Cotton Patch Blues
  13. Cowboy Stomp
  14. Crazy Rhythm
  15. Deep Water
  16. Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age
  17. Keeper of My Heart
  18. Little Cowboy Lament
  19. Thorn in My Heart
  20. Ida Red Likes to Boogie
  21. Boot Heel Drag
  22. Faded Love
  23. I Laugh When I Think How I Cried Over You
  24. I'll Be Lucky Someday
  25. I Didn't Realise
  26. Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues
  27. Jolie Blon Likes the Boogie
  28. The End of the Line

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Vocals,Electronic Mandolin
Tiny Moore   Fiddle,Vocals,Electronic Mandolin
Johnnie Lee Wills   Banjo
Jimmy Wyble   Electric Guitar
Wayne Johnson   Clarinet,Saxophone
Leon McAuliffe   Steel Guitar
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Milton Brown   Vocals
Ted Adams   Bass
Danny Alguire   Trumpet,Vocals
Herman Arnspiger   Guitar
Jesse Ashlock   Fiddle
Lester Barnard   Electric Guitar
Alex Brashear   Trumpet
Keith Coleman   Fiddle
Johnny Cuviello   Drums
William E. Dacus   Drums
Ray DeGeer   Clarinet,Saxophone
Tommy Duncan   Vocals
Cameron Hill   Electric Guitar
Sleepy Johnson   Guitar (Tenor)
Millard Kelso   Piano
Jack Lloyd   Bass
Jamie MacIntosh   Trumpet
Robert McNally   Saxophone
Tiny Mott   Saxophone
Monte Mountjoy   Drums
Tommy Perkins   Drums
Herb Remington   Steel Guitar
Eldon Shamblin   Guitar
Everett Stover   Trumpet
Stricklin   Piano
Bob White   Fiddle
Billy Jack Wills   Bass,Drums,Vocals
Cecil Brower   Fiddle
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Roy Honeycutt   Steel Guitar
Dean McKinney   Vocals
Evelyn McKinney   Vocals
Ocie Stockard   Banjo
Louis Tierney   Fiddle,Saxophone
Luke Wills   Bass,Tenor Banjo
Son Lansford   Bass
Bill Mounce   Banjo
Gene Tomlins   Drums
George Balay   Clarinet,Saxophone
Morris Billington   Piano
Billy Bowman   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Neil Duer   Trombone
Bob Fitzgerald   Drums
Don Harlan   Clarinet,Saxophone
Doc Lewis   Piano
Tubby Lewis   Trumpet
Doyle Salathiel   Electric Guitar
Benny Strickler   Trumpet
Jimmie Widener   Banjo
Woodie Wood   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Anderson   Steel Guitar
Durwood Brown   Guitar
Art Haines   Fiddle,Trombone
Harley Huggins   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Ferguson   Bass,Saxophone
Myrl "Rusty" McDonald   Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Johnny Edwards   Drums
Charles Laughton   Clarinet,Trumpet,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Johnny Gimble   Composer
Tiny Moore   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
Larry Clinton   Composer
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon   Composer
Wayne King   Composer
Leon McAuliffe   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Milton Brown   Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jesse Ashlock   Composer
Lester Barnard   Composer
M. Brown   Composer
Bo Chatmon   Composer
Chester Cohn   Composer
Bill Cox   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Paul Dresser   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Roger Graham   Composer
Eddie Green   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Millard Kelso   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Amy Ray   Composer
Herb Remington   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Eldon Shamblin   Composer
Stricklin   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Louis Tierney   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Dickie McBride   Composer
Jimmie Widener   Composer
Carl Cotner   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Harley Huggins   Composer
Jerry Irby   Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn   Composer
Lee Martin   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Mancel Tierney   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Dean McKinney Moore   Composer
Jon Ginoli   Composer
Dick Charles   Composer
M. Christian   Composer
Adam Komorowski   Liner Notes
Joe Young   Composer
Billy Moore   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Elsie McWilliams   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Larry Markes   Composer
Phil Baxter   Composer
Thomas Dilbeck   Composer
Lucy Fletcher   Composer
Emil Flindt   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
Bill Gaither   Composer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Johnny Noble   Composer
Goodhart   Composer
Eddie Greene   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Unknown   Composer
Floyd Jenkins   Composer
Dave Peyton   Composer
Dan Howell   Composer
O.W. Mayo   Composer
Mel Stark   Composer
Marvin Richard "Dickie" Jones   Composer
Sam Martin   Composer
Mockridge   Composer
Junior Barnard   Composer
Barnard Wills   Composer
L. R. Bernard   Composer

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