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0. DISC 1:
1. I Am the Grass - Dee Mullins
2. Big Fanny - Neil Ray
3. Beautiful Downtown Burbank - The Harper Valley P.T.a.
4. Loco Locust - Harlow Wilcox & the Oakies
5. Sold to the Highest Bidder (One Broken Home) - "Colonel" Tex Herring/Johnny Moore
6. Preacher and the Movie, The - Lawton Williams
7. Somebody's Gonna Plow Your Field - Becki Bluefield
8. Ballad of a Small Town Sheriff - Clark Bentley
9. Happy Valley C.I.A. - Ray "Wong" Riley
10. Changing of the Guard - Happy Shashan
11. Hello, I'm Johnny Credit - Johnny Credit
12. Howard Huges Is Alive and Well - Sonny Hall
13. I'm the Mail She's Waiting For - Chuck Wood
14. (I Want to Be) A Truck Driver's Sweetheart - Marcie Dickerson
15. Mom And Dad's Waltz - Tokyo Matsu
16. Baltimore Incident, The - George Kent
17. D.O.A.O.D - Jackie Burns
18. Please Mr.Johnson - Dewey Jones/Dewey B. Jones II
19. Hippie from Mississippi - Rusty Adams
20. Just Blow In His Ear - David Wilkins
21. I Dig Dangling Participles - The Harper Valley P.T.a.
22. Honey (I Miss You Too) - Margaret Lewis
23. Long Black Veil - Bobby Jean/Marty Collins
24. School Bus, The - T. Tommy Cutrer
25. Good Lord Giveth and Uncle Sam Taketh Away, The - Webb Pierce
26. Folsom Prison Blues - Little Jimmy Dempsey
27. Orange Blossom Special - Tokyo Matsu
28. Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
0. DISC 2:
1. Let That Big Plane Carry You - Ben Story
2. Big Chief Tell 'Um Lies - Robin Cody
3. Wake Up America - "C" Company/Terry Nelson
4. Groovy Grubworm - Harlow Wilcox & the Oakies
5. Color Him Father - Linda Martell
6. Put A Little Lovin' On Me - David Wilkins
7. Woman's World, A - Teresa Brewer
8. Cheating Line, The - Paul Martin
9. She Hates To Be Alone - David Wilkins
10. Fallen King - Tom Sawyer
11. Ain't that Bad About Mrs. Jones - Lawton Williams
12. Wheels of Freedom - Melvin Nash
13. Four On The Floor (And A Fifth Under The Seat) - Jim Foster
14. C.B. Savage - Rod Hart
15. Box 1000 Seagoville - Johnny Credit
16. Child of Poverty - Paul Martin
17. It's Not The Best Way To Live - James O'Gwynn
18. Ole Town Drunk - Clark Bentley
19. Loving Hands At Home - George Kent
20. Medic, The - Neil Ray
21. Best Fruit of The Family Tree, The - Tom Sawyer
22. Appleton - Webb Pierce
23. No Brass Band - Max Powell
24. Mrs. Cooper's Tea Party - Margaret Lewis
25. Irving - David Wilkins
26. Ballad of Morgan - Lawton Williams
27. I Walk The Line - Little Jimmy Dempsey
28. Unfinished Dream - The Harper Valley P.T.a.
29. Flag Draped Coffin - Tom Sawyer
30. Tree of Joy - Jeannie C. Riley
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): OMNI-124
Finley Duncan; Clarence R. Selman; Steve S. Singleton; Lawton Williams; Ray Doggett; Shelby S. Singleton, Jr.; Shelby S. Singleton, Jr.
Joe Venneri; Joe Venneri
Personnel: Cam Mullins (strings).
Audio Remasterer: Simon Polinski.
Liner Note Author: Jason Odd.
Recording information: Singleton Sound Studios, Nashville, TN (1967-1976).
Arranger: Shelby Singleton.
Shelby S. Singelton, Jr. founded the Plantation label in 1967 and ran the independent and its offshoot SSS until 1976, managing to score one massive hit in Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley PTA" but generally churning out odd fodder for Southern jukeboxes and radio stations, most of which fell through the cracks until Omni Records issued this double-disc retrospective in 2009. Plantation Gold doesn't necessarily prove to be a treasure trove of unheralded gems, but it sure is a wonderful collection of period oddities, filled with songs about girls without tops, Vietnam refugees, hippies, dangling participles, truck drivers, jet planes, protesting preachers, C.B. radios, flag-draped coffins, and, of course, the PTA, all sung with gallons of echoes and set to jangling electric and rolling acoustics colored with fuzz guitars, wailing harmonicas, lush strings, horns, and sitars. Some of this is straight-up novelty -- whether it's the god-awful mock Chinese of Ray "Wong" Riley's "Happy Valley C.I.A." or the Johnny Cash parody "Hello, I'm Johnny Credit" -- and some of it is just impossible to classify, like Dee Mullins' creepy eco-friendly "I Am the Grass," the hazy wannabe protest of "C" Company's "Wake Up America," or the gay panic of Rod Hart's lisping "C.B. Savage." Part of the fun of Plantation Gold is trying to figure out who the audience was for each of these singles -- something that even applies to the few big names here, like Webb Pierce's fuzz-drenched anti-tax blues "The Good Lord Giveth and Uncle Sam Taketh Away" -- and one can surely find a handful of gems scattered throughout the generous 58 songs, but the real appeal of the set is that it functions as a time capsule of all that was forgotten about the '60s and '70s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Record Collector (magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "As the demands of radio forced country towards increasingly rigid and formulaic music, it was refreshing that Shelby and his ragbag of misfit signings were so determined not to play ball."
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