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Tex Williams & Western Caravan
Vintage Collections
Genres: Country, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #1

After Spade Cooley gave him the boot, smooth vocalist Tex Williams purloined most of his former boss's band and went on to create some of Western swing's most potent records. 1947's "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tex Williams & Western Caravan
Title: Vintage Collections
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 1/23/1996
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Western Swing
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724383618422, 724383618446, 724383618453

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After Spade Cooley gave him the boot, smooth vocalist Tex Williams purloined most of his former boss's band and went on to create some of Western swing's most potent records. 1947's "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" became Capitol's first million-selling record, which in turn inspired other attempts at talking-blues novelty hits (many of which are included here). For this, Williams was often dismissed as a novelty act, but these smoldering cuts say otherwise. Musicians such as guitarist Johnny Weis and steel player Joaquin Murphey were top-flight pickers; even guitar whiz Jimmy Bryant joins in on one song. Despite the densely packed bandstand--filled with multiple fiddles, harp, accordion, piano, trumpet, even vibes--the music never sounds cluttered and the band still generates considerable momentum. Spearheaded by Williams's mellow vocals, the Caravan fires through swing standards, traditionals, hot instrumentals, and the occasional ballad. --Marc Greilsamer
 

CD Reviews

Vintage collections-Tex Williams
M. A. Doyon | Jewett City, Connecticut United States | 09/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"On this album are the prime examples of what made Tex popular, tracks 1,9,13,15,18. The last two cuts on the album are well done. If you want to hear Tex doing what he did best, which was singing get the album Spadella- the Essential Spade Cooley on Columbia Records. Mark Doyon"