The Singer -- The Songwriter: 1961-1966

The Singer -- The Songwriter: 1961-1966

by Don Gibson

CD(Box Set)

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This is an absolutely stunning collection of essential Don Gibson material from his greatest years as both a songwriter and as a recording artist. Germany's Bear Family label has assembled four discs containing a total of 122 performances with many alternate takes, B-sides and previously unissued recordings. Some of the folks who performed with Gibson on these sides were arranger Danny Davis, the Anita Kerr Singers, Floyd Cramer, the Jordanaires, Pete Drake, Chet Atkins, Roy Huskey Jr., Grady Martin, Herman Wade, and many more. This is countrypolitan at its best. These were golden years for country music as pop, and Gibson rode the charts like a lion at the beginning of the '60s brining the folksiness and writing acumen of Hank Williams and Leon Payne, the smooth vocalizing of Jim Reeves, and the sheer stylized image of the lonesome rambler who is always glad to see a new face as he travels. Gibson's biggest tunes are here, from "Sweet Dreams," and "Oh Lonesome Me," to "For a Little While," to "I Can't Stop Loving You," that Ray Charles scored so big with. But in his own interpretations of songs by Williams, Floyd Tillman, Stephen Foster, youngsters Tompall Glaser and Doug Kershaw, Boudleaux Bryant and Payne, the public found a singer they could identify with. No matter how slick the production, Gibson's voice came through as earthy. Warm and immediate. For anyone truly interested in Gibson, this set is a must.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156648
catalogNumber: 15664
Rank: 88867


Disc 1

  1. Sweet Dreams
  2. I Think It's Best to Forget Me
  3. That's How It Goes
  4. Sea of Heartbreak
  5. No One Will Ever Know
  6. Born to Lose
  7. Beautiful Dreamer
  8. Camptown Races
  9. Fireball Mail
  10. The Last Letter
  11. White Silver Sands
  12. Driftwood on the River
  13. Lonesome Road
  14. Above and Beyond
  15. Cute Little Girls
  16. I Sat Back and Let It Happen
  17. I Know the Score
  18. The Same Old Trouble
  19. So How Come (No One Loves Me)
  20. Lonesome Number One
  21. Let's Fall out of Love (Tonight)
  22. I Let Her Get Lonely
  23. I Can Mend Your Broken Heart
  24. For a Little While
  25. That's How It Goes
  26. It Makes No Difference Now
  27. Settin' the Woods on Fire
  28. Baby, We're Really in Love
  29. I Love You So Much (It Hurts)
  30. It's a Sin
  31. I'm Sorry for You, My Friend

Disc 2

  1. This Cold War with You
  2. Where Is Your Heart Tonight
  3. Blue Dream
  4. How's the World Treating You
  5. May You Never Be Alone
  6. We Live in Two Different Worlds
  7. Old Ship of Zion
  8. Then I Met the Master
  9. I'd Rather Have Jesus
  10. Be Ready
  11. I Can't See Myself
  12. For Old Times Sake (Don't Break the Heart Today)
  13. It Was Worth It All
  14. Head over Heels in Love with You
  15. I Can't Stop Loving You
  16. (I'd Be) a Legend in My Time
  17. Give Myself a Party
  18. Oh, Lonesome Me
  19. Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
  20. Love Has Come My Way
  21. Lonesome Number One
  22. Blue Blue Day
  23. Just One Time
  24. Oh, Such a Stranger
  25. After the Heartache
  26. Anything New Gets Old (Except My Love for You)
  27. God Walks These Hills With Me
  28. Do You Know My Jesus
  29. Hide Me, Rock of Ages
  30. Where Else Would I Want to Be?
  31. If I Can Help Somebody

Disc 3

  1. He's Everywhere
  2. You Don't Knock
  3. When They Ring Those Golden Bells
  4. There She Goes (Let Her Go)
  5. If You Knew Me
  6. If You Don't Know the Sorrow
  7. Mixed up Love
  8. There She Goes (Let Her Go)
  9. Think of Me
  10. 'Cause I Believe in You
  11. Then I'll Be Free
  12. (All for the Sake of) a Love That Can't Be
  13. Waltz of Regret
  14. When Your House Is Not a Home
  15. Watch Where You're Going
  16. You're Going Away
  17. Again
  18. Too Much Hurt
  19. A Born Loser
  20. A Wound Time Can't Erase
  21. Around the Town
  22. I'm Crying Inside
  23. Dark as a Dungeon
  24. Right Away
  25. Lovin' Lies
  26. All the World Is Lonely Now
  27. When Your House Is Not a Home
  28. Worried Mind
  29. There's a Big Wheel
  30. Take These Chains from My Heart
  31. Singing the Blues

Disc 4

  1. With Your Love on My Mind
  2. Address Unknown
  3. My Adobe Hacienda
  4. Lonely Street
  5. Cryin' Heart Blues
  6. I Can't Tell My Heart That
  7. (Yes) I'm Hurting
  8. My Whole World Is Hurt
  9. You Can't Laugh (At a Fool)
  10. My Tomorrows (They Don't Come Easy)
  11. Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
  12. Once a Day
  13. (All My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers
  14. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)
  15. Just Call Me Lonesome
  16. With Your Love on My Mind
  17. A Stranger to Me
  18. I Can't Tell My Heart That
  19. Maria Elena
  20. Blues in My Mind
  21. Making Believe
  22. Somebody Loves You Darlin'
  23. I'd Just Be Fool Enough (To Fall)
  24. Lost Highway
  25. Let's Fall Out of Love (Tonight)
  26. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
  27. Don't Touch Me
  28. How Do You Tell Someone
  29. Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)
  30. When I Stop Dreaming

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Gibson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Johnny Smith   Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Danny Davis   Horn
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Harold Rugg   Steel Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Roy Huskey   Bass
Herman Wade   Electric Guitar
Marilyn Harman   Tambourine
Bob Moore   Bass
Sam Pruett   Guitar
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar
Morris Palmer   Drums
Morris Wilson   Harpsichord
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
Velma E. Williams Smith   Guitar
Joseph W. Tanner   Guitar
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Alex Garland   Guitar
Harold Harper   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Composer,Producer
Floyd Cramer   Liner Notes
Louvin Brothers   Composer
Dottie West   Liner Notes
Jordanaires   Vocal Group
Django Reinhardt   Liner Notes
Índios Tabajaras   Vocal Group
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocal Group
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Danny Davis   Arranger,Liner Notes
Marvin Hughes   Composer
Otto Kitsinger   Photo Illustration
Ray C. Walker   Liner Notes
Bill Johnson   Composer
Dale Vinicur   Liner Notes
Bruce Hailstalk   Tape Research
R.A. Andreas   Photo Illustration
Richard Weize   Liner Notes,Tape Research
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Christopher Matthews   Composer
John Klenner   Composer
Virgil Stewart   Composer
Sylke Lohmeyer   Artwork
Bob Miller   Composer
Gordon Stocker   Liner Notes
Brantley C. George   Composer

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