The Lin & Kliff Story

The Lin & Kliff Story



This is a dazzlingly great and maddeningly confusing four-CD set -- maybe the best box of its kind that Bear Family has ever issued -- and also one hot collection of country-based rock & roll, laced with some cool Western swing and dance numbers, plus some well-played ballads. All of the 120+ songs from the Lin Records vaults (nearly half previously unissued) were cut in Texas and Oklahoma, featuring some extraordinary local and regional talent that might otherwise never have been recorded. The contents are uniformly good, which is extraordinary in itself for an indie label that most listeners outside of Texas and Oklahama scarcely remember -- what makes it maddening, but also very listenable, is that the songs have not been arranged in chronological order. Track order jumps across years, but the mix of sounds makes this one of the most listenable of all Bear Family boxes; indeed, it's like tuning in on an incredible country-rock retrospective on radio. The one concession to chronology is on disc one, which opens with the very first record ever cut for Lin Records, Wayne Jetton's "A Crazy Mind Plus a Foolish Heart." Jetton wasn't even out of high school when he wrote and cut this great, lost should-have-been-a-hit in December 1953. Disc one gets better from there, with Western swing, straight country, and proto-rock & roll. Most of this material was released in 1954, showing just how far out in front of a lot of other country labels Lin Records was in reaching out to teen audiences -- these sides all rock to some degree, and some pretty hard at that. There are a couple of sentimental country ballads in the midst of this, but a considerable amount of what's here is a branch of regional rock & roll evolving in the studio, country music changing into something harder and more aggressive. Disc two is all rock & roll, all the way, with some R&B influences as well. The disc kicks off in high gear, and the pace never really slows; there are also one or two above-average novelty rockers. Disc three is even better, made up mostly of some of the hottest White country-blues-based rock, solid dance tunes, and exquisitely sung Elvis-style ballads this side of Sun Records. Even the more romantic numbers that fill out the side don't break the spell -- this disc would have made a magnificent hour of rock & roll radio. Disc four is somewhat more uneven, running the gamut from elegant, passionate pop to novelty tracks, plus lots of romantic pop-rock from Ken Copeland, including "Pledge of Love," the biggest single that Lin ever had. The book is utterly engrossing, presenting a vivid picture of what running a small label was like the in years that Lin Records started, as well as biographical information on all of the label's artists. It's also profusely illustrated.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/1998
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127159502
catalogNumber: 15950


Disc 1

  1. A Crazy Mind Plus a Foolish Heart
  2. Meadowlark Boogie
  3. I'm Running for Your Heart
  4. Too Fast, Too Wild
  5. Just Give Me Time
  6. I Love You Just Because
  7. The Dirty Bird Song
  8. Lookin' for the Green
  9. Pecosita (Freckle-Face)
  10. (Love You, Baby) All the Time
  11. My Louisiana Home
  12. Bawlin' and Squallin' (Over You)
  13. Do You Remember?
  14. Loser
  15. Do It Right
  16. The Richest Man Alive
  17. Somebody's Girl
  18. Chilena, My Dancing Girl
  19. Why Can't You and I
  20. Cochise
  21. You Are Still in My Heart
  22. Little Red Bird
  23. Wasted Love
  24. Let's Elope Baby
  25. Lonely Hours
  26. Chapel of My Heart
  27. Because I Love You
  28. Please Pardon My Tears
  29. The Prisoner's Farewell
  30. It Don't Make No Never Mind
  31. She's Somebody's Mother
  32. Lonesome Baby Blues

Disc 2

  1. Rockin' Rollin' Stone
  2. Lonesome Baby Blues
  3. Guitar Smoke
  4. Mother Goose at the Bandstand
  5. Stutterin' Papa
  6. Busy Body Rock
  7. Where the Rio de Rosa Flows
  8. Teenage Love
  9. I Took a Liking to You
  10. If You Can't Rock Me
  11. I Am a Fool
  12. The Door Is Open
  13. Saccharin Sally
  14. Angel Blue
  15. I Want to Go Steady With You
  16. Blue Memories
  17. The Fickle Chicken
  18. My Girlfriend's Car
  19. Now I Know
  20. Kabalo
  21. Far and Distant Lands
  22. Little Mama Tree Top
  23. I'll Be Your Baby
  24. Come Back to Me
  25. A Certain Smile
  26. Jelly Roll Man
  27. Pledge of Love
  28. Rockin' Hall
  29. (Don't Leave Me) Alone
  30. Wild, Wild Woman

Disc 3

  1. Round and Round
  2. Rough Tough Man
  3. Jitterbugging Baby
  4. I Found a New Love
  5. Jessie Lee
  6. Dogfight
  7. Night Air
  8. Through Eternity
  9. A Fool Again
  10. My Poor Heart
  11. Still in Love With You
  12. Lonesome Feeling
  13. Telegraph
  14. Angel from Above
  15. Do You Know
  16. In Dreamland
  17. Caravan
  18. Special Kind of Loving
  19. Lipstick and Rouge
  20. Until You're Mine
  21. Knee Shakin'
  22. I Do
  23. Fanny Brown
  24. My Little Girl
  25. Old Man Mose
  26. Beatle Maniacs
  27. Do You Love Me
  28. She Giggles
  29. Blue Moonbeam
  30. Whistling Rock and Roll

Disc 4

  1. Disc Jockey Fever
  2. Pledge of Love
  3. Dark Eyes
  4. Music Box Lullaby
  5. Rendezvous
  6. Someone to Love Me
  7. Late in the Evening
  8. You'e Getting the Idea
  9. Show Me the Way (To Your Heart)
  10. A Twist of Lemon
  11. The Devil's Train
  12. And So It Goes
  13. Give Me Your Heart
  14. Somewhere Angels Are Smiling
  15. Love Only Me
  16. Lonely Rhapsody
  17. Death Row
  18. Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt
  19. Suez
  20. Who Am I?
  21. Hurt Me
  22. Golden Grain
  23. The Magic of First Love
  24. Locked in the Arms of Love
  25. Fools
  26. Going Home, All Alone
  27. Why Did She Leave
  28. It's Me Girl
  29. I'm Gonna Try (To Steal Her)
  30. Woman Child
  31. Angels Can Lie
  32. It Must Be Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Harrison   Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Jordanaires   Ensemble
George Burns   Tenor Saxophone
Little Joe Cook   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vibes
Mike Post   Drums
Thumbs Carllile   Electric Guitar
Lee Jackson   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Buck White   Piano
Steve Wright   Rhythm Guitar,Track Performer
Anita Kerr   Vocals
Billy Simpson   Vocals,Track Performer
James Wilson   Vocals
Don Alexander   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals,Ensemble
Brenton Banks   Violin
Jimmy Belkin   Fiddle
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Robin "Hood" Brians   Piano
Paul Buskirk   Guitar,Mandolin
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jimmie Haskell   Leader
Hoyt Hawkins   Vocals
Howard Roberts   Electric Guitar
Neal Matthews   Vocals
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals
Frank Owens   Guitar
Johnny Pace   Piano
Earl Palmer   Drums
Harold L. Powell   Steel Guitar
Freddy Powers   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Ruff   Track Performer
Whitey Thomas   Piano
Link Davis   Tenor Saxophone
J.B. Brinkley   Electric Guitar
Cecil Brower   Fiddle
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Vocals
Jack Allday   Drums
Fred Cantu   Drums
Joseph Guastafeste   Bass
Grundy Harbert   Bass
Hal Harris   Electric Guitar
Ramez Idriss   Electric Guitar
Walter Kirkes   Electric Guitar
Marvin Montgomery   Tenor Banjo
Bill Peck   Track Performer
Jimmy Rollins   Electric Guitar
Gloria Stroud   Violin
Wilda Tinsley   Violin
Lillian Vannhunt   Violin
Bob Moore   Bass,Leader
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Vocals
Bill Tanner   Track Performer
Paul Blunt   Piano,Steel Guitar
Gene Crownover   Steel Guitar
Dale Gilley   Steel Guitar
Trella Hart   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Kelly   Steel Guitar
Doc Lewis   Piano
Peggy Miller   Violin
Johnny Perkins   Guitar
Vi Petty   Piano,Celeste
Bill Simmons   Piano,Ocarina,Background Vocals
Richard Cole   Trombone,Vocals
Eddie Hodges   Bass
Johnnie Manson   Fiddle
Freddy Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Tharp   Guitar
Ray C. Walker   Vocals
Buck Griffin   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Andy Starr   Track Performer
David Ray   Track Performer
Strikes   Ensemble
William Guilford Wright   Vocals
Tom Gwin   Drums
Bob Kornegay   Trumpet
William F. Pecchi   Drums
Dave Ward   Bass
Charles Welch   Vocals
Frank Delano "Andy Star" Gulledge   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Homer Randolph   Saxophone
Ray Ruffin   Guitar,Vocals
Charles Thompson   Vocals
John Kaufman   Bass
Horace Rollins   Bass
Gene Armstrong   Bass,Leader,Track Performer
Ted Barrett   Leader,Vocals
Larry Crabb   Vocals,Track Performer
Mike Danbom   Bass,Guitar
Doodle Duncan   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Jacobs   Vocals,Background Vocals
Wayne Jetton   Vocals,Track Performer
Nora Johnston   Celeste,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Jorgenson   Bass
Larry Marcum   Guitar
Woody Mitchell   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ramona Redd   Vocals,Track Performer
Merle Shelton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bill Switzer   Vocals,Track Performer
Warr   Bass (Vocal)
Gene Warr   Tenor (Vocal)
Albert Branden Cornelius   Electric Guitar
Virgil Thomson   Vocals
Four Mints   Track Performer
Kenneth Scott   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Butch McClarey   Vocals,Track Performer
Ken Copeland   Vocals,Track Performer
Atmospheres   Track Performer
Tu-Tones   Track Performer
Honee Welch   Track Performer
Bill Wimberley   Track Performer
Chuck-A-Lucks   Track Performer
Jerry Fuller   Vocals,Track Performer
Ben Hill   Bass,Vibes
George Campbell   Piano
Larry Adair   Guitar
William V. Tanner Combo   Ensemble
Ray Yates   Bass,Drums
Adrian McClish   Vocals
Reuben Noel   Vocals
Charlie Dickerson   Vocals
Jodie Lyons   Saxophone
Jack Petersen   Piano
Aubie McSwain   Tenor (Vocal)
Susan McCuen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Audrey E. Anastasi   Cello
Martin Anastasi   Viola
Larry Monroe   Vocals
Joseph G. Joe Comfort   Bass
James Black   Guitar
Chico Appondocca   Drums
Jack Atchley   Piano
Johnny Baggett   Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Belcher   Piano
Charles Borth   Guitar
Jerome Borth   Mandolin,Steel Guitar
Jewel Brawley   Vocals
Paul Brawley   Bass
Zelman Brounoff   Violin
Clarke Brown   Guitar
Jim Burdette   Vocals
Chuck Carrell   Drums
Ray Cochran   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vibes
Don Curtis   Vocals
Harold Dean   Bass,Drums
Jean G. Deason   Violin
Charles Dewbre   Fiddle
Frank Dove   Guitar,Vocals
Lou Dressler   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Ken Early   Bass
Joe Dean Evans   Guitar
Jack Gipson   Bass
Ronnie Goodrich   Bass,Guitar
Eddie Grady   Accordion
Roberta Guastafeste   Cello
Paul Guerrero   Drums
Happy-Singers   Ensemble
Jerry Harmon   Piano,Electric Guitar
James Marshall Head   Reeds,Saxophone
Julia L. Herrman   Harp
Dixon Holman   Guitar,Vocals
Don Hosek   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vibes
Raymond Hurst   Guitar
Red Kearns   Leader
Buddy Kendrick   Bass
Don Keyes   Vocals
Val Kolar   Bass
Bill Kramer   Guitar
Paul Kunz   Background Vocals
Lin Airs   Background Vocals
James "Sonny James" Loden   Fiddle
Tom Loy   Trumpet,Vocals
Larry Mackey   Guitar,Vocals
Lyman Macklin   Bass
Billy Mayo   Clarinet,Leader,Saxophone
Bob Meadows   Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Thomas W. Merriman   Piano,Leader
Leroy Millican   Electric Guitar
Lonnie Mitchell   Bass
Marvin Pace   Bass
Walter Paschal Parsons   Drums
Robert Wilson "Lefty" Perkins   Electric Guitar
Hollis Pritchett   Fiddle,Steel Guitar
Katherine Rapp   Harp
Margee Robinson   Vocals
Charles E. "Ernie" Royer   Guitar
Lynne Ruffin   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Ryles Sisters   Vocals,Ensemble
Jamael Salam   Guitar
Frank Seford   Piano,Electric Guitar
Seymour Sisters   Vocals,Background Vocals,Ensemble
Bob Slaughter   Viola
Oscar Ray "David Ray" Smith   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Paul T. Smith   Piano
Ken Snyder   Drums
David Lee Spencer   Bass,Leader
Pappy Stapp   Bass
Bill Stubblefield   Human Whistle
Jim Tankersley   French Horn
R. Wolfe Tanner   Bass,Guitar
Johnny Thompson   Piano,Leader
William R. Tieber   Violin
Josephine O. Travers   Violin
James Vasich   Drums
Steve Voekel   Bongos
Hugh Wadill   Organ
Ken Waldrop   Organ,Bass,Piano
Elizabeth Weeks   Vocals
Robert W. "Bob" Welz   Alto Saxophone
Joe Whitefield   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Winberly   Drums
Eddie Gale   Vocals
Robert Knight   Reeds,Saxophone
Pete Martinez   Vibes

Technical Credits

Wes Harrison   Sound Effects
Ian Gillan   Composer
Ritchie Blackmore   Composer
Roger Glover   Composer
Jon Lord   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Sammy Fain   Composer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer
Ian Paice   Composer
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer
Solomon   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Phil York   Illustrations
Jimmie Logsdon   Composer
Jack Allday   Illustrations
John McEntire   Composer
John Herndon   Composer
Douglas McCombs   Composer
Bill Simmons   Illustrations
Bundy K. Brown   Composer
Dan Bitney   Composer
Bill Millar   Producer,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Hans Peter Zdrenka   Illustrations
Kevin Coffey   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Vic McAlpin   Composer
Jerry Freeman   Engineer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Jim Beck   Engineer
Jim Caviness   Illustrations
Joe M. Leonard   Producer,Liner Notes
Thomas W. Merriman   Arranger
Owen Switzer   Illustrations
Glaser   Composer

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