CD The Dynamite Trail: The Decca Years [790051155070] (CD 1062660),
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The Dynamite Trail: The Decca Years [790051155070]

  • 1. One Golden Curl
    2. My Mountain High Yodel
    3. I'm Gonna Tear Down the Mailbox
    4. Maple Leaf Waltz
    5. There's a Tree on Every Road
    6. I Bought a Rock For a Rocky Mountain Gal
    7. Shoo Shoo Sh' la La
    8. Sunshine Bird, The
    9. Kissin' on the Sly
    10. Alpine Milkman, The
    11. Dynamite Trail
    12. Strawberry Roan
    13. Ragged But Right
    14. There's a Padlock on Your Heart
    15. Yodelin' Song, The
    16. On a Little Two Acre Farm
    17. Strawberry Roan
    18. My Little Lady
    19. Silver Bell Yodel
    20. Away Out on the Mountain
    21. Blind Boy's Prayer, The
    22. X's From Down in Texas
    23. Let a Little Sunshine in Your Heart
    24. There's a Bluebird on Your Windowsill
    25. My French Canadian Girl
    26. Sick, Sober and Sorry
    27. Sinner's Prayer, A
    28. My Prairie Rose
    29. Yodeling My Babies to Sleep
    30. Born to Lose
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15507

  • Credits
    ProducerOwen Bradley; Paul Cohen; Richard Weize (Reissue)

    Personnel: Wilf Carter (vocals, guitar); Chet Atkins, Jack Shook, Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Harold Bradley (guitar); Don Helms, Jerry Byrd, Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden, Jerry Rivers, Tommy Jackson (fiddle); Owen Bradley (piano); Douglas Kirkham, Farris Coursey (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Richard Flohil.
    Recording information: Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, TN (11/22/1954-11/23/1958); Hillsboro Village, Nashville, TN (11/22/1954-11/23/1958); New York, NY (11/22/1954-11/23/1958).
    Illustrator: Richard Weize.
    Photographer: Richard Weize.
    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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