Montana Slim Dynamite Trail D


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    Montana Slim Dynamite Trail D Bear Family Records

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Review Text Anyone seeking out the music of Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim, should start with this single disc before moving on to Bear Family's more ambitious box set. Carter recorded for Decca from 1954 through 1958, and all 30 of those sides (originally issued on the LPs I'm Ragged But I'm Right and The Dynamite Trail) are contained on this single CD. These were among the most solidly commercial sides ever cut by Carter, recorded at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville with Bradley playing piano and leading a band that included Tommy Jackson on fiddle and Jerry Byrd on steel guitar. The sound is smooth and elegant and gives Carter's voice a superb showcase -- highlights include "Maple Lead Waltz," "Mountain High Yodel," and "I Bought a Rock for My Rocky Mountain Gal," as well as the title tracks of the two LPs and covers of such standards as "Strawberry Roan." Even the weaker numbers, such as "The Sunshine Bird," are worth hearing and thoroughly enjoyable for the performances they receive. The real surprise here, apart from the overall quality of the music, is the beauty of Carter's yodeling, among the best and most haunting you're ever likely to hear -- "Shoo Shoo Sh' La La" is almost worth the price of the disc by itself. The sound throughout is astonishingly good, and the programming is generous, topping out at over 70 minutes of superb music. ~ Bruce Eder

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  1. 1. One Golden Curl
  2. 2. My Mountain High Yodel
  3. 3. I'm Gonna Tear Down the Mailbox
  4. 4. Maple Leaf Waltz
  5. 5. There's a Tree on Every Road
  6. 6. I Bought a Rock For a Rocky Mountain Gal
  7. 7. Shoo Shoo Sh' la La
  8. 8. Sunshine Bird
  9. 9. Kissin' on the Sly
  10. 10. Alpine Milkman
  11. 11. Dynamite Trail
  12. 12. Strawberry Roan
  13. 13. Ragged But Right
  14. 14. There's a Padlock on Your Heart
  15. 15. Yodelin' Song
  16. 16. On a Little Two Acre Farm
  17. 17. Strawberry Roan
  18. 18. My Little Lady
  19. 19. Silver Bell Yodel
  20. 20. Away Out on the Mountain
  21. 21. Blind Boy's Prayer
  22. 22. X's From Down in Texas
  23. 23. Let a Little Sunshine in Your Heart
  24. 24. There's a Bluebird on Your Windowsill
  25. 25. My French Canadian Girl
  26. 26. Sick, Sober and Sorry
  27. 27. Sinner's Prayer
  28. 28. My Prairie Rose
  29. 29. Yodeling My Babies to Sleep
  30. 30. Born to Lose

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