CD Call of the Wild [Warren Smith (Rockabilly)] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 1205989),
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Call of the Wild [Warren Smith (Rockabilly)] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Cave In
    2. Whole Lot of Nothin'
    3. Call of the Wild
    4. Old Lonesome Feeling
    5. Book of Broken Hearts
    6. Odds and Ends
    7. Why I'm Walking
    8. After the Boy Gets the Girl
    9. I Fall to Pieces
    10. Foolin' Around
    11. Take Good Care of Her
    12. Pick Me up on Your Way Down
    13. Just Call Me Lonesome
    14. Heartbreak Avenue
    15. I Still Miss Someone
    16. Kissing My Pillow
    17. I Can't Stop Loving You
    18. I Don't Believe I'll Fall in Love Today
    19. Why Baby Why
    20. Five Minutes of the Latest Blues
    21. Bad News Gets Around
    22. Hundred and Sixty Lbs. Of Hurt
    23. Put Me Back Together Again
    24. Call of the Wild
    25. She Likes Attention
    26. Future X
    27. That's Why I Sing in a Honky Tonk
    28. Big City Ways
    29. Blue Smoke
    30. Judge and Jury
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BCD15495

  • Credits

    Warren Smith left Sun Records in 1959 and, after a brief stay with Warner Bros., signed with Liberty Records, where he looked forward to doing country music rather than the hybrid rockabilly that Sun had him recording. With Joe Allison managing his recordings, he began making records with a smooth Nashville sound, even though they were done in Hollywood. With Johnny Western on guitar, Ralph Mooney on steel guitar, and Bobby Bruce and Harold Hensley on fiddles, he got a very refined commercial sound that yielded a few hits ("I Don't Believe I'll Fall in Love Today" made it to number five and "Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces" got to number seven) and a superb album, The First Country Collection of Warren Smith, which featured covers of songs associated with Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, Charlie Walker, Eddy Arnold, and Rose Maddox, among others, and a couple of duets with singer Shirley Collie. The music here -- Smith's complete Liberty recordings, plus his two 1966 vintage songs for the tiny Skill label -- is among the most accomplished and inspired of Smith's career, and was work he was clearly proud of. The only drawback is the conventional nature of the arrangements -- Allison and Liberty were, understandably, trying for the most commercial sound possible, and the results are a little dullish in retrospect. Smith's expression is fine, however, expressive and strong throughout (only the Skill sides are weak), and the playing, especially in the 1959-1960 sessions, is first-rate. Highlights among the later songs include "Five Minutes of the Latest Blues," "A Hundred and Sixty Pounds of Hurt," and "That's Why I Sing in a Honky Tonk." The notes, as usual, are extremely thorough, covering Smith's career in considerable detail from 1959 until his death in 1980. ~ Bruce Eder

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