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Blackland Farmer - The Complete Starday Recordings & More
Frankie Miller
Blackland Farmer - The Complete Starday Recordings & More
Genre: Country
 
  •  Track Listings (33) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (30) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (33) - Disc #3

Frankie Miller is no longer a mainstream figure in country music, and some even confuse him with the Scottish rocker of the same name. But country and rockabilly collectors have waited decades for this reissue. They value ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Frankie Miller
Title: Blackland Farmer - The Complete Starday Recordings & More
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bear Family
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 2/19/2008
Album Type: Import
Genre: Country
Styles: Roadhouse Country, Classic Country
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3

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Frankie Miller is no longer a mainstream figure in country music, and some even confuse him with the Scottish rocker of the same name. But country and rockabilly collectors have waited decades for this reissue. They value Frankie's original singles and albums, and want more information about the artist. This 3-CD-set is a radical expansion of Bear Family's now highly collectible 1983 LP of Frankie's Starday recordings. By then, he was retired from the music business, his earlier hits all but forgotten. Now he gets his due! Doing right by Frankie's incredible Texas honky tonk legacy, Bear Family reissued his Columbia and 4-Star recordings in 1996. Since then, there has been a steady clamor for the complete Starday recordings. Now they're here...and much more besides! Blackland Farmer includes every 45RPM and album track Frankie Miller recorded for Starday Records plus the gospel EP and unissued material including alternate takes. In addition, this 3-CD-set includes live performances from the Big D Jamboree, plus Frankie's pre-Starday sides for the Cowtown Hoedown label, as well as all of his recordings - both issued and unissued - for both the United Artists and Stop labels. Finally, the set includes Frankie's vocal/guitar demos from the Starday era. These sides, never intended for commercial release, offer an unprecedented look into the development of individual songs, as well as Frankie's distinctive vocal style. Even Frankie (who participated enthusiastically in Hank Davis' production of this reissue) was amazed to hear these tracks, many of which he had forgotten over the years. No one has done more than Bear Family to document the Texas honky tonk scene...from big stars like Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb to underground classics and collectors' favorites like Frankie Miller.

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CD Reviews

A Compendium Of Frankie Miller Tunes As Only Bear Family Can
06/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One thing you can say about Bear Family of Germany, when they decide to dig deep into the musical library of an artist with a minimal number of hit singles they don't come up with half-measures. Here you get 96 songs by a Country singer who had all of 5 hits - one of them the same song which charted twice.

Frankie Miller, born on December 17, 1930 in Victoria, Texas, was one of those performers who made a good living through personal appearances all across the southern states, doing shows with legends of the Country genre such as Ernest Tubb, Hank Locklin, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Willie Nelson, including stints at the Grand Ole Opry, Ozark Jubilee and Louisiana Hayride. He was also a regular for a long period on the Cowtown Hoedown radio show out of Fort Worth.

His recording career, insofar as hits were concerned, was modest to say the least, with his first turning out to be his best as Black Land Farmer, released on Starday 424 in early 1959, made it to # 5 Country that May b/w True Blue. And it charted again on a re-release in 1961, this time reaching # 16. In between, he had Family Man go to # 7 in late 1959 b/w Poppin' Johnny on Starday 457, and Baby Rocked Her Dolly peak at # 15 in June 1960 b/w Rain Rain on Starday 496.

His last hit then came in March 1964 when A Little South Of Memphis finished at # 34 b/w Too Hot To Handle on Starday 655.

Full details of these and a number of failed singles and previously unreleased sides cut for Starday and other labels such as Cowtown Hoedown, United Artists, and Stop, are contained in the copious liner notes. The sound is excellent.

Maybe a bit more than the average fan would want for Frankie Miller, but all the original hits and their B-sides are here and there's no denying the overall quality."
Blackland farmer
T. V. Felkins | saginaw,texas | 02/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this is one great singer,this album is worth every penny.i have every album frankie miller made.he is true country right down to the heart.texas is proud to call him one of our own."