Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wande (Box)

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Review Text This five-CD set is the only extant collection by this legendary Western swing outfit. At 140 dollar list, it's a hefty investment, but it's such solid music that it's difficult not to justify on the basis of quality. Disc one, covering sessions from 1937, is justified by the presence of the greatest version ever of "Milk Cow Blues," with a vocal by Leo Herbert Raley that will curl every hair you have; an awesome Western swing version of "You Got to Hi De Hi"; the bluesy, fiddle-driven "Can't Nobody Truck Like Me"; the smooth yet touching "Under the Silvery Moon"; and a trio of distinctive alternate takes of three of the best numbers here, only uncovered in 1997. Disc two has even more of a freewheeling feel to it, and some of the best rags and dances ever cut by anybody. By the late 1939 sessions that open disc three, the group isn't as much of a blues band, no less lively but playing more straight dance material. Disc four moves into the 1940s, and topicality is reflected by the presence of the rollicking "Draft Board Blues"; the disc also encompasses the extended periods of recording inactivity by the group, including a gap from 1941 and 1944, and then, again, until 1947. By this time, Bruner and his band were losing the edge that had made their earlier music such a delightfully intense listening experience. Their playing was as good as (and more polished than) ever, but as they moved into the late '40s and the dawn of the 1950s -- covered on disc five -- their overall sound lacked sharpness, although it was still eminently listenable. The notes and discography are both exceptionally detailed. ~ Bruce Eder

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. So Tired - 3:31
  2. 2. Milk Cow Blues - 3:09
  3. 3. Right Key But the Wrong Keyhole - 3:48
  4. 4. You Got to Hi de Hi - 3:07
  5. 5. In the Blue of the Night - 3:05
  6. 6. Shine - 3:57
  7. 7. Can't Nobody Truck Like Me - 3:22
  8. 8. Bringing Home the Bacon - 3:44
  9. 9. Under the Silvery Moon - 3:06
  10. 10. Corrine, Corrina - 3:08
  11. 11. Four or Five Times - 3:43
  12. 12. Oh! You Pretty Woman - 3:30
  13. 13. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll - 3:16
  14. 14. Old Fashioned Love - 3:00
  15. 15. Oh, How I Miss You Tonight - 3:49
  16. 16. One Sweet Letter from You - 3:40
  17. 17. Dream Train - 3:49
  18. 18. Sunbonnet Sue - 3:48
  19. 19. Tonight You Belong to Me - 3:53
  20. 20. By a Window at the End of the Lane - 3:30
  21. 21. Girl of My Dreams - 3:11
  22. 22. I Saw Face in the End of the Lane - 3:55
  23. 23. Red Lips, Kiss My Blues Away - 3:43
  24. 24. You Can Depend on Me - 3:47
  25. 25. In the Blue of the Night - 3:02
  26. 26. Shine - 3:57
  27. 27. Can't Nobody Truck Like Me - 2:27

CD: 2

  1. 28. Sugar - 3:35
  2. 29. My Daddy, My Mother and Me - 3:32
  3. 30. Truckin' on Down - 3:37
  4. 31. River, Stay 'Way from My Door - 3:46
  5. 32. Baby Won't You Please Come Home - 3:47
  6. 33. Beaumont Rag - 2:26
  7. 34. Annie Laurie - 3:53
  8. 35. Bring It on Home to Grandma - 3:41
  9. 36. Ease My Wearied Mind - 3:06
  10. 37. Remember - 3:51
  11. 38. It Makes No Difference Now - 3:47
  12. 39. My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean - 3:53
  13. 40. Over Moonlit Waters - 3:50
  14. 41. Draggin' the Bow - 2:22
  15. 42. Yearning (Just for You) - 3:40
  16. 43. Old Joe Turner Blues - 3:04
  17. 44. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) - 3:45
  18. 45. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate - 3:34
  19. 46. Sittin' on the Moon - 3:40
  20. 47. Sittin' on the Moon - 3:45
  21. 48. Kangaroo Blues - 3:53
  22. 49. I'll Keep on Loving You - 3:01
  23. 50. I Hate to Lose You - 3:52
  24. 51. Jessie - 3:07
  25. 52. Over the Hill - 3:51
  26. 53. I'll Keep on Smiling - 3:56
  27. 54. Truck Driver's Blues - 3:52

CD: 3

  1. 55. I'm Tired of You - 3:50
  2. 56. Because - 2:23
  3. 57. I'll Forgive You, But I Can't Forget - 3:50
  4. 58. I'm Still in Love With You - 3:52
  5. 59. Stardust - 3:13
  6. 60. Other Way - 3:38
  7. 61. Peggy Lou - 3:00
  8. 62. Singin' the Low Down Blues Down Low - 3:31
  9. 63. It's All over Now (I Won't Worry) - 3:45
  10. 64. Tell Me Why Little Girl Tell Me Why - 3:41
  11. 65. Girl That You Loved : Long Ago - 3:55
  12. 66. Little White Lies - 3:46
  13. 67. Little White Lies - 3:46
  14. 68. Kelly Swing - 3:10
  15. 69. San Antonio Rose - 3:32
  16. 70. Take Me Back Again - 3:03
  17. 71. You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care) - 3:57
  18. 72. I'm Headin' for That Ranch in the Sky - 3:45
  19. 73. Over the Trail - 2:27
  20. 74. Ten Pretty Girls - 3:56
  21. 75. Sorry (I'll Say I'm Sorry) - 3:55
  22. 76. Sorry (I'll Say I'm Sorry) - 3:54
  23. 77. Sparkling Blue Eyes - 3:52
  24. 78. New Falling Rain Blues - 3:49
  25. 79. New Falling Rain Blues - 3:48
  26. 80. I'll Keep Thinking of You - 3:35
  27. 81. 'Neath the Purple on the Hills - 3:38

CD: 4

  1. 82. 'Neath the Purple on the Hills - 3:40
  2. 83. Draftboard Blues - 3:40
  3. 84. I'll Be Faithful - 3:45
  4. 85. Jessie's Sister - 3:38
  5. 86. Let Me Smile My Last Smile at You - 3:38
  6. 87. Tequila Rag - 3:05
  7. 88. Red River Rose - 3:37
  8. 89. My Time Will Come Someday - 3:38
  9. 90. Sun Has Gone Down on Our Love - 3:40
  10. 91. If It's Wrong to Love You - 3:40
  11. 92. Born to Be Blue - 3:36
  12. 93. Baby What You're Doing to Me - 3:55
  13. 94. Snowflakes - 3:35
  14. 95. That's What I Like About the South - 3:02
  15. 96. You Took Everything - 3:07
  16. 97. My Pretty Blonde - 3:36
  17. 98. You Always Hurt the One You Love - 3:57
  18. 99. Don't Make Me Blue - 3:35
  19. 100. Mother Gave a Son - 3:04
  20. 101. I'll Try Not to Cry - 3:06
  21. 102. Won't You Mend My Aching Heart - 3:06
  22. 103. Roadside Rag - 3:36
  23. 104. Too Wet to Plow - 2:01
  24. 105. Jessie - 3:37

CD: 5

  1. 106. Lucille from Mobile - 3:46
  2. 107. You Were All the World to Me - 3:40
  3. 108. You Took Advantage of a Lonely Heart - 3:41
  4. 109. Baby What You Doing to Me - 3:31
  5. 110. Santa Fe Waltz - 3:37
  6. 111. Rio Grande Polka - 3:32
  7. 112. Unfaithful One - 3:59
  8. 113. San Antonio Blues - 3:53
  9. 114. Out of Business - 3:46
  10. 115. Mr. Postman - 2:27
  11. 116. Ouch - 3:48
  12. 117. You Took Advantage of a Lonely Heart - 2:18
  13. 118. You Better Do Better Baby - 3:59
  14. 119. Hard Luck Blues - 3:47
  15. 120. Sweetest Little Danny - 3:54
  16. 121. I Was a Gambler in Texas - 3:56
  17. 122. You've Got to Give Me What's Mine - 3:42
  18. 123. I'm Dying by Pieces Dear - 3:45

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4/22/97 

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