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The Tiffany Transcriptions
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
The Tiffany Transcriptions
Genres: Country, Pop
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #5
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #6
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #7
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #8
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #9
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #10

For our first-ever exclusive Collectors Choice Music boxed set, we re presenting a series of recordings that changed the face of American country music, and, indeed, American popular music in general. But more on that late...  more »


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All Artists: Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Title: The Tiffany Transcriptions
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Collector's Choice
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 1/27/2009
Album Type: Box set, Original recording remastered
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Western Swing
Number of Discs: 10
SwapaCD Credits: 10
UPC: 617742099126


Product Description
For our first-ever exclusive Collectors Choice Music boxed set, we re presenting a series of recordings that changed the face of American country music, and, indeed, American popular music in general. But more on that later. The story behind the Tiffany Transcriptions is this: in 1945, Bob Wills, Oakland, California disc jockey Cactus Jack and businessman-songwriter Clifford Sundin founded Tiffany Music, Inc. to create a series of transcriptions, pre-packaged radio shows featuring Wills and his Texas Playboys. A steady series of programs, of course, required that Wills and the band record scores of tunes, and not just their hits and their bandstand repertoire. And the extra space afforded by the 16-inch transcription discs as opposed to 78s meant that the band had infinitely more jamming space and this was a band (most notably vocalist Tommy Duncan, steel guitarists Noel Boggs, Roy Honeycutt and Herb Remington, guitarists Eldon Shamblin and Lester 'Junior' Bernard, fiddler/mandolinist Tiny Moore, fiddlers Joe Holley and Louis Tierney, pianist Millard Kelso, banjoist Ocie Stockard, bassist Luke Wills and drummer Johnny Cuviello) that, more than arguably any other outfit in the history of country music, KNEW how to jam! The result was, as Wills expert Rich Kienzle puts it in his liner notes, For all the great records Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys made in 1946 47 for Columbia and MGM and there were plenty the Tiffany sessions captured something deeper, intangible and vibrant, music that even the occasional miscue or missed note can't diminish. It represents the very soul, spirit and musical passion of Bob and the band as they really were on those Western and Southwestern bandstands. 60 years later, it still sounds like yesterday. Play it loud and listen. The magic is still there. These 150 remastered tracks include the debut of the Wills classic 'Faded Love', torrid versions of jazz classics like 'St. Louis Blues'; 'C-Jam Blues', and 'Jumpin at the Woodside'; early, pre-rock and roll knee-knockers like 'Okie Boogie' and 'A Little Bit of Boogie', and Western Swing favorites like 'Shame on You' and 'Oklahoma Hills' among their highlights. The accompanying booklet not only includes Kienzle s essay, which boasts quotes from many of the Playboys, but rare pix and artist testimonials from Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Ranger Doug from Riders in the Sky and Ashley Kingman from Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys (hey, it s our first boxed set, we wanted to do it right)!

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Great music, but a lazy product
C. Steward | Castro Valley CA | 02/08/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The music in this box set is undeniably great. Alas, unlike the German company Bear Family for which liner notes writer Rich Kienzle more frequently writes, this set was thrown together from the Tiffany Transcriptions already released twice in the past two decades, by Kaleidoscope in the 1980s on vinyl and Rhino in the 1990s on CD. There is nothing new here for true Bob Wills fans that they haven't already heard, which is unfortunate considering that there are nearly 140 more Tiffany Transcriptions that may never see the light of day now because Collector's Choice didn't care about a comprehensive, complete set of this important music. Are the rest of the Tiffanys as good as this? Well, having heard them, probably not. But there are at least 50-60 recordings that are just as strong as what's released here, perhaps more, and even the bottom of the barrel is high-quality Wills music with fabulous instrumentalists and the incomparable Tommy Duncan. The sad fact is that this box will be looked as a definitive, all-inclusive set, even though it isn't, and people who truly care about this music will never see the complete Tiffany set that they have for so long dreamed. If Collector's Choice really wants five stars for this set, it needs to augment this set with separate releases of the remaining Tiffany tracks. Until then, it's really just slapping its own label and packaging on somebody else's truly conscientious hard work. To me, that's just plain lazy and amateurish with music as historically significant and wonderful as this. True professionalism and quality can be found in Bear Family's two Bob Wills box sets. Too bad BF didn't get this project. That company would have done it right. If pressed on the matter, I'm sure even Kienzle would agree."
Get it
J. Bourgeois | 01/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A great collection and great value, about 11 bucks apiece for discs that are twice that individually. Try before you buy-- check out sample cuts from the individual albums on Amazon. Play the clip of Crazy Rhythm from Vol. 3, Basin Street Blues. It kills. Hot licks, you bet. There's so much here, blues, jazz, swing, pop, the McKinney sisters yodeling on Vol. 10 fer crying out loud, and a little bit country, too. The entire gamut of American music is here and you will love every bit of it."
It's about what's here!
Paul Pappy Wood | Toronto, ON | 02/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The music that's here is 5 stars! Its an updated of the previous Rhino 10 disc series. Maybe if you buy they will put out the rest? Sales always encourage more 'product'."