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The Thesaurus Transcriptions


  • 1. Introduction
    2. Weary River
    3. Bury Me Deep
    4. Let's Pretend
    5. Address Unknown
    6. Golden River
    7. Blue Yodel, Number 12
    8. I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
    9. Brand on My Heart
    10. With This Ring I Thee Wed
    11. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
    12. Fire on the Mountain
    13. Draggin' the Bow
    14. Steel Guitar Rag
    15. Wabash Blues
    16. I'm Movin' On
    17. Handcuffed to Love
    18. Convict and the Rose, The
    19. Anniversary Blue Yodel
    20. Frankie and Johnny
    21. Closed For Repairs
    22. End of the World, The
    23. I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do
    24. Pins and Needles
    25. Where Romance Calls
    26. Streamline Cannonball, The
    27. Trouble in Mind
    28. Last Letter, The
    29. Headin' Down the Wrong Highway
    30. Lonely
    31. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
    32. These Tears Are Not For You
    33. Jealous Heart
    34. Hawaiian Cowboy
    35. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
    36. Whispering Hope
    37. It Is No Secret
    38. Molly Darling
    39. I'll Remember You, Love, In My Prayers
    40. Blue Dreams
    41. Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train
    42. Lonely River
    43. I'll Never Let You Go Little Darling
    44. Texas Plains
    45. Born to Lose
    46. Too Many Tears
    47. Travelin' Blues
    48. Faded Rose, A Broken Heart, A
    49. Yodeling Ranger
    50. Roll Along Kentucky Moon
    51. Zeb Turner's Gal
    52. Sun Has Gone Down on Our Love, The
    53. I Walk Alone
    54. Old Shep
    55. Mississippi River Blues
    56. Linda Lou
    57. My Good Gal's Gone
    58. Breeze
    59. This Cold War With You
    60. I Love You Nellie
    61. Beautiful Dreamer
    62. Twelfth Street Rag
    63. Bye Bye Blues
    64. Hilo March
    65. Orange Blossom Special
    66. Beaumont Ride
    67. Just When I Needed You
    68. Ninety Nine Year Blues
    69. My Blue Eyed Jane
    70. Yodeling Cowboy
    71. Cannon Ball, The
    72. It's Been So Long Darling
    73. Lover's Farewell, The
    74. You Nearly Lose Your Mind
    75. Kentucky Waltz
    76. There's a Pony Standing in His Stall
    77. Among My Souvenirs
    78. Little Old Home Down in New Orleans
    79. Rainbow's End, The
    80. Tragic Romance
    81. We'll Never Say Goodbye, Just So Long
    82. I'll Go on Alone
    83. Cowhand's Last Ride, The
    84. I Almost Lost My Mind
    85. Patanio, The Pride of the Plains
    86. That Heart Belongs to Me
    87. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
    88. Alabama Jubilee
    89. Farewell Blues
    90. In an Old Dutch Garden
    91. Sally Goodin'
    92. Arkansas Traveler
    93. Petal From a Faded Rose, A
    94. It's a Sin
    95. Wedding Bells
    96. At Mail Call Today
    97. Those Blue Eyes Don't Sparkle Anymore
    98. Have I Stayed Away Too Long
    99. San Antonio Rose
    100. Each Minute Seems a Million Years
    101. Blue Steel Blues
    102. Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away
    103. Blue Rose of the Rio
    104. My Wubba Dolly
    105. Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues
    106. Land of My Childhood Dreams, The
    107. Wreck of the Old '97, The
    108. My Life With You
    109. One Rose, That's Left in My Heart, The
    110. I'm Coming Home/Song of the Saddle
    111. Easter Parade
    112. Peter Cottontail
    113. My Rough and Rowdy Ways
    114. Sing Me a Song of the Islands
    115. Little Joe
    116. White Christmas
    117. Blue Christmas
    118. Making Believe
    119. Any Old Time
    120. Never No' Mo' Blues
    121. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
    122. Katy Hill
    123. Put Your Arms Around Me
    124. I Was Sorta Wondering
    125. San Antonio Rose
    126. Over the Waves
    127. Do Right Daddy Blues
    128. As Long as I Live
    129. Poison Love
    130. Loose Talk
    131. Waltz You Saved For Me, The
    132. Memories Are Made of This
    133. I Really Don't Want to Know
    134. Wayward Wind, The
    135. Chant of the Wanderer
    136. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
    137. When You and I Were Young, Maggie
    138. Sentimental Journey
    139. Birth of the Blues, The
    140. Outroduction
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BCD15488

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Canadian country pioneer Hank Snow croons his way through an astounding 140 songs on this energetic and up-tempo collection.
    So what's to say about five CDs worth of unreleased Hank Snow material from 1950-1956, some of the artist's hottest years? Thesaurus was an RCA imprint that recorded nothing but radio transcriptions. Snow recorded 138 tracks, none of which were ever released to the public, all of which are included here, completely remastered from master tapes and acetates. Snow is accompanied on the vast majority of these tracks by his Rainbow Ranch Boys, and some heavy company such as Chet Atkins, steel player Joe Talbot, and fiddler Curly Wise. Problem is, these details had to be fleshed out by the researcher who wrote the liner notes, Charles Wolfe. Most of the sessions say "Hank Snow, voice and guitar, other details unknown." It doesn't matter, though, fans of Snow will be able to readily recognize when guests appear and when the band is popping off many his classics, as well as many more obscurities. The sound quality on this set is astonishingly good considering the original condition of much of the source material. While it's true that RCA treasured Snow almost from the beginning for his earning power and his prestige in the country market, archival standards were not what they are today, and deterioration was inevitable. But the folks in the Bear Family lab painstakingly remastered these tapes, getting rid of most of the hiss, but leaving enough to include all the music. The Thesaurus transcriptions are also not hindered in any way by the continuing practice of including intros and outros -- like the Jim Reeves and Friends set. The honky tonk music flows fast, free, and passionately from Snow's deep Canadian folk-rooted voice. In listening to "Weary Blues" on disc one or "Then I Turned and Walked Away" from disc four, or "Do Right Daddy Blues" from disc five -- and all of these are random examples, you could have chosen dozens of others -- one can hear, in the grain of Snow's voice, what made him connect with people in the same way they connected with Hank Williams: simplicity and directness. Snow took care never to hide his voice and words behind arrangements or instrumental flourishes -- even when a picking duel occurred in his songs -- he went straight for the heart of the vocal and dragged it up to the top of the mix and let the story fall in front of the listener, bringing them into the song, whether it was a gospel tune; a Western swing blues; a somber, lovelorn ballad; or a honky tonk good-time dance tune. Snow sang them all the same way: to the listener. He could move from his lovely baritone to a lilting tenor as a device for getting a lyric, not an arrangement, across. What makes these tracks even more special is that since Snow wasn't bound by having to make records for sale, for commercial gain, he and his band felt no pressure in performing them. There is a relaxed, easy, strolling atmosphere present in all of the Thesaurus sessions; toward the end of 1952 and on until 1956, the sessions became sort of a social gathering for Snow and his musicians, a workshop for songs such as "Fire on the Mountain," "The End of the World," "Pins and Needles," "The Streamline Cannonball," "Blue Dreams," "The Sun Has Gone Down on Our Love," "Whispering Hoper," and literally dozens of others. Often the Thesaurus versions are superior to the more familiar commercially recorded ones for this very reason. It's not so much that they're so raw, because Snow was a consummate professional, but they are fresher, more immediate, without the usual distance between a recording set in time and space and the listener at the other end of the speakers. This is a set that will be of supreme interest not only to Snow collectors, but to those who collect vintage country music as well. There is nothing here that should have been discarded -- except some of the corny photos in the booklet -- and none of it rings the least bit contrived or untrue. This is one of the most important box sets that Bear Family has ever done. ~ Thom Jurek

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