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Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 2
Genres: Country, Pop
Merle Haggard once said that to simply call Bob Wills's music "country" would be like calling Louis Armstrong just a trumpet player. Wills was a synthesizer and innovator, along with Jimmie Rodgers and Elvis Presley the gr... more »
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Merle Haggard once said that to simply call Bob Wills's music "country" would be like calling Louis Armstrong just a trumpet player. Wills was a synthesizer and innovator, along with Jimmie Rodgers and Elvis Presley the great integrator of black and white musical styles, and one of the pillars of modern country music. The Tiffany Transcriptions are the most important and comprehensive of all of Wills's recordings, and volume 2 is a fine window on his creation of Western swing. Made for radio syndication in the late '40s at the height of the Texas Playboys' popularity, these recordings feature Wills's premiere ensemble and some of his tastiest songs: "Take Me Back to Tulsa," "Faded Love," and "San Antonio Rose." Given the age of these recordings, the fidelity is quite good, and the handling of diverse styles, from blues to jazz to ragtime to honky-tonk, is always fresh and versatile. --Roy Kasten
Now I know what Waylon meant when he sang "Bob Wills is King
Tony Thomas | 04/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't really familiar with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys before I heard this C.D. Oh, I had heard all about them, but never actually heard them. This is a fun album, and I guess that's the best way to describe Will's music in one word-- "fun". With Tommy Duncan's lead vocals, and Will's whooping like a wild-man in the foreground, it is absurd, and funny. "AAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAA YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!", Wills bellows like a musical W.C. Fields! I was familiar with a few of the songs on this collection, but not these renditions. "Right or Wrong" is on this C.D., and I know that one through George Strait, who had a hit with it in the early eighties. Same goes with "Cherokee Maiden", which Merle Haggard brought to number one on the charts in 1976, the widely recorded "Stay a Little Longer", which I was familiar with since I was in the kindergarten, and "Faded Love", which I've heard from Patsy Cline, Ray Price, and Willie Nelson, and others. "Take Me Back to Tulsa" is a song that I have heard before, as well. Buy the record. It'll expose you to real Western Swing, with the whoops, the ad-libbing, the muted trumpets, and the fiddles. Great stuff!!!!"
A Perfect Introduction to Western Swing
Tony Thomas | 10/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These discs were made to sell to radio stations in the 1940s and the playing is livelier, more fun, and jazzier than the studio versions of these Bob Wills classics. The Piano is awesome, the Steel Guitar is awesome, the fiddle is awesome. AWWWWWWWWW YEAHHH! In all reality this may be the best Western Swing disc in existance. Listen to this and catch yourself singing "Daddy's little Fatty" and "I'm too young to marry" as you walk around the rest of the day. Buy this and be happy!"
This CD is a must for any Bob Wills fan!
Sheila Hayden (email@example.com | Bakersfield, California | 07/11/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're not a Bob Wills fan now, you will be after listening to this CD. Wills and his Texas Playboys were one of the first country swing bands that I heard and I knew right away that this was the music I had been looking for all my life. From the Indian style drums of "Cherokee Maiden" to his blues style of "Right or wrong" Bob Wills proves why he has been called the "King of Western Swing." After listening to this CD, you'll know why the carefree "holler" of Bob Wills will go down in history."