Guitar Rags & A Too Far Past (Box)

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Review Text Containing five CDs and 141 songs, and runs nearly seven hours, this set is pure gold, whether you like Travis's instrumental string dazzlers or his novelty hits of the late '40s -- and it's just about 100% indispensable to anyone who likes good folk, hillbilly, country, or blues. Disc One is worth half the cost by itself, 20 of its 28 tracks drawn from Travis's early/mid-'40s career on King, Capitol, and a handful of forgotten labels, in duets and group settings. This includes his recordings with Grandpa Jones (on guitar, no less) as the Sheppard Brothers from 1943, and his topical (anti-Axis) songs recorded under aliases. All of this stuff features not only Travis's superb guitar, but excellent harmony singing by him as well. The first Travis solo track as we would know it, "That's All," is worth the wait, and later selections find him slipping into the sound recognized from his familiar recordings. Part of Disc Two is given over to Folk Songs of the Hills, but Travis's full band sound is also well represented. Disc Three contains more of Travis's full-band pop numbers, and a similar new discovery in an alternate take of "Merle's Boogie Woogie," the first multi-tracked country recording ever done. Disc Four, with 31 tracks, covers 1950 to 1953, when Travis's sound became more varied -- there were still full-band pop numbers; his group was stripped down, and there were fewer novelty numbers. Disc Five is a mix of superb instrumentals and rousing pop numbers, along with some blues and a few reworked old standards. It may be the strongest of the five. The book is excellent -- all 80 pages of it -- and the sound on all but a handful of tracks is as good as being at the session. ~ Bruce Eder

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. You'll Be Lonesome, Too - 3:17
  2. 2. Steppin' Out Kind - 3:52
  3. 3. When Mussolini Laid His Pistol Down - 3:49
  4. 4. Two Time Annie - 3:36
  5. 5. What Will I Do? - 3:39
  6. 6. So Long, Farewell, Goodbye - 3:45
  7. 7. God Put a Rainbow on the Clouds - 3:04
  8. 8. It May Be Too Late - 3:55
  9. 9. Be on Your Way - 3:02
  10. 10. Rainin' on the Mountain - 3:44
  11. 11. Give Me Your Hand - 3:39
  12. 12. Out on the Open Range - 3:46
  13. 13. Ridin' Down to Santa Fe - 3:11
  14. 14. Hominy Grits - 3:50
  15. 15. That's All - 3:48
  16. 16. Boogie Woogie Boy - 3:05
  17. 17. Boogie Woogie Boy - 3:58
  18. 18. I Used to Work in Chicago - 3:39
  19. 19. Merle's Buck Dance - 3:49
  20. 20. Steel Guitar Stomp - 3:52
  21. 21. I Used to Work in Chicago - 3:39
  22. 22. I'm All Thru Trusting You - 3:02
  23. 23. Weary Lonesome Me - 3:32
  24. 24. No Vacancy - 3:02
  25. 25. Cincinnati Lou - 3:37
  26. 26. Two Is a Couple (And Three Is a Crowd) - 3:34
  27. 27. What a Shame - 3:48
  28. 28. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) - 2:19

CD: 2

  1. 29. Missouri - 3:45
  2. 30. Divorce Me C.O.D. - 3:01
  3. 31. Fool at the Steering Wheel - 3:49
  4. 32. Nine Pound Hammer - 3:41
  5. 33. Sixteen Tons - 1:56
  6. 34. Sixteen Tons - 3:52
  7. 35. Dark as a Dungeon - 3:49
  8. 36. Over by Number Nine - 3:10
  9. 37. That's All - 3:01
  10. 38. John Henry - 3:07
  11. 39. Muskrat - 3:20
  12. 40. I Am a Pilgrim - 3:53
  13. 41. This World Is Not My Home - 3:47
  14. 42. Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along - 3:59
  15. 43. (Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave) Wyoming - 3:43
  16. 44. Little Too Fer - 2:27
  17. 45. When Rosie Riccoola Do the Hoola Ma Boola - 3:32
  18. 46. Steel Guitar Rag - 3:58
  19. 47. Honey Bunch - 2:24
  20. 48. Sweet Temptation - 3:54
  21. 49. Don't Hand Me That Old Line - 3:48
  22. 50. Steel Guitar Rag - 3:05
  23. 51. Honey Bunch - 3:45
  24. 52. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - 3:58
  25. 53. Alimony Bound - 3:59
  26. 54. Follow Thru - 3:58
  27. 55. Three Times Seven - 3:58
  28. 56. I'm Sick and Tired of You, Little Darling - 3:00

CD: 3

  1. 57. Sunshine's Back in Town - 3:43
  2. 58. Devil to Pay - 3:46
  3. 59. Steel Guitar Rag - 3:45
  4. 60. Lawdy, What a Gal - 3:53
  5. 61. Sioux City Sue - 3:33
  6. 62. Muskrat - 3:37
  7. 63. Fat Gal - 1:09
  8. 64. Fat Gal - 3:39
  9. 65. I Like My Chicken Fryin' Size - 3:46
  10. 66. Merle's Boogie Woogie - 3:49
  11. 67. Merle's Boogie Woogie - 3:47
  12. 68. Dapper Dan - 4:30
  13. 69. When My Baby Double Talks to Me - 3:49
  14. 70. I'm Picking up the Pieces to My Heart - 3:54
  15. 71. Information Please - 3:55
  16. 72. Any Old Time - 3:44
  17. 73. Kentucky Means Paradise - 3:39
  18. 74. Leave My Honey Bee Alone - 3:55
  19. 75. I'm a Natural Born Gamblin' Man - 3:10
  20. 76. Get Along Blues - 3:53
  21. 77. Too Fast Past - 3:57
  22. 78. Crazy Boogie - 3:50
  23. 79. You Better Try Another Man - 3:36
  24. 80. Deck of Cards - 3:04
  25. 81. Wabash Cannonball - 3:32
  26. 82. Blues Stay Away from Me - 3:38
  27. 83. Philososphy - 2:29
  28. 84. I Got a Mean Old Woman - 3:07

CD: 4

  1. 85. I'm Picking up the Pieces to My Heart - 2:28
  2. 86. Petticoat Fever - 3:52
  3. 87. Start Even - 3:09
  4. 88. Guitar Rag - 2:28
  5. 89. Cane Bottom Chair - 3:46
  6. 90. I'm Knee Deep in Trouble - 2:23
  7. 91. Little Miss Sherlock Holmes - 2:15
  8. 92. Too Much Sugar for a Dime - 2:16
  9. 93. Spoonin' Moon - 2:25
  10. 94. Trouble, Trouble - 3:50
  11. 95. Ren - 3:38
  12. 96. Won'tcha Be My Baby - 3:30
  13. 97. Dry Bread - 3:38
  14. 98. Lost John Boogie - 2:22
  15. 99. Deep South - 2:08
  16. 100. Boogie in Minor - 2:28
  17. 101. Let's Settle Down (To Runnin' Around Together) - 2:24
  18. 102. Done Rovin' - 2:24
  19. 103. Faithful Fool - 3:30
  20. 104. Love Must Be Ketchin' - 2:11
  21. 105. Kinfolks in Carolina - 2:02
  22. 106. Kinfolks in Carolina - 2:25
  23. 107. Rainy Day Feelin' - 2:22
  24. 108. Too Fast Past - 3:38
  25. 109. Knee Deep in Trouble - 3:38
  26. 110. Ain't That a Cryin' Shame - 2:20
  27. 111. I'll See You in My Dreams - 2:55
  28. 112. Cannonball Rag - 2:57
  29. 113. I'll Have Myself a Ball - 3:33
  30. 114. Bayou Baby - 3:36
  31. 115. Green Cheese - 3:54

CD: 5

  1. 116. Louisiana Boogie - 3:45
  2. 117. Guitar Rag - 2:22
  3. 118. Saturday Night Shuffle - 2:22
  4. 119. Waltz You Saved for Me - 2:29
  5. 120. Crazy 'Bout You - 2:24
  6. 121. Re-Enlistment Blues - 3:23
  7. 122. Dance of the Golden Rod - 3:07
  8. 123. Gambler's Guitar - 3:38
  9. 124. Shut up and Drink Your Beer - 2:12
  10. 125. Seminole Drag - 3:48
  11. 126. Jolie Fille (Pretty Girl) - 2:04
  12. 127. I Can't Afford the Coffee (I'm Tired of Drinking Weak Tea Blues) - 3:58
  13. 128. Blue Bell - 2:21
  14. 129. Memphis Blues - 3:37
  15. 130. Sheik of Araby - 2:05
  16. 131. On a Bicycle Built for Two (Daisy Belle) - 2:12
  17. 132. Black Diamond Blues - 3:06
  18. 133. Blue Smoke - 2:28
  19. 134. Walking the Strings - 2:52
  20. 135. Saturday Night Shuffle - 2:09
  21. 136. Sleepy Time Gal - 3:39
  22. 137. Tuck Me to Sleep (In My Old 'Tucky Home) - 3:31
  23. 138. Rock-A-Bye Rock - 2:58
  24. 139. Bugle Call Rag - 2:22
  25. 140. Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine - 3:32
  26. 141. Beer Barrel Polka - 3:37
  27. 142. Trun My Picture Upside Down - 3:31
  28. 143. If You Want It, I've Got It - 3:45
  29. 144. Lazy River - 2:26
  30. 145. Hunky Dory - 3:33

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Release Date
7/15/94 

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