Red Simpson Hello, I'm Red Simpson (5-CD) [Import]

Hello, I'm Red Simpson (5-CD) [Import]
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Format: CD  (5 Discs)
Item:  IMT 169442
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released: February 27, 2012
  • Label: Bear Family

Entertainment Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) - p.98
4 stars out of 5 -- "Excellent mid-'60s cuts like 'Diesel Smoke,' 'Dangerous Curves' or 'Motivation' Man' pretty much define the genre, and there are many more here besides..."
Uncut (magazine) - p.101
"Simpson wasn't short on talent, be it trotting out honky-tonk ballads or twangy road tunes."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Sweet Love
  • 2.Dolly Blues
  • 3.Big Bank Robbery
  • 4.Big Bank Robbery, Pt. 2
  • 5.One Day with My Baby
  • 6.Dippy Daddle Love
  • 7.Jeannie with the Light Brown Cadillac
  • 8.George for a Day
  • 9.I've Just Lost You
  • 10.Ukulele Bailey
  • 11.Truck Drivin' Man
  • 12.Truck Driver's Blues
  • 13.Six Days on the Road
  • 14.Give Me Forty Acres
  • 15.Nitro Express
  • 16.My Baby's Waitin'
  • 17.Motivatin' Man
  • 18.Highway Man
  • 19.Big Mack
  • 20.Happy Go Lucky Truck Driver
  • 21.Runaway Truck
  • 22.Roll Truck Roll
  • 23.The Highway Patrol
  • 24.The City Police
  • 25.Sidewalk Patrol
  • 26.Rules of the Road
  • 27.Dreams Are Made for Fools
  • 28.I Fell in Love with You
  • 29.I'm Gonna Write Momma for Money
  • 30.I'm Actin' Like My Old Self Again
  • 31.I Just Cry a Little
  • 32.It's My Last Night in Town
  • 33.There Ain't Nothin' Happenin' to Me
  • 34.The Big Bank Robbery

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.You're Under Arrest
  • 2.County Sheriff
  • 3.Workin' for the Highway Patrol
  • 4.Johnny Law
  • 5.Sheriff Sam
  • 6.Bad Man Highway Patrol
  • 7.I'm Turnin' in My Star
  • 8.25 Years on Patrol
  • 9.Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves
  • 10.Black Smoke A-Blowin' Over 18 Wheels (That's Home Sweet Home)
  • 11.Truck Daddy
  • 12.I'll Be Goin' Home to Momma
  • 13.A Tombstone Every Mile
  • 14.Piggyback Blues
  • 15.Take Me Home
  • 16.Born to Be a Trucker
  • 17.Jacknife
  • 18.Truck Drivin' Fool
  • 19.Sleeper, Five-by-Two
  • 20.Old Sam
  • 21.He Reminds Me a Whole Lot of Me
  • 22.Party Girl
  • 23.Mini-Skirt Minnie
  • 24.Honky Tonk Women
  • 25.The Lonely Old House
  • 26.Happy Travelin' Man
  • 27.I'm a Truck
  • 28.Where Love Used to Be
  • 29.Knights of the Road
  • 30.Drugstore Truck Driver
  • 31.Road Rhythm
  • 32.Motel Joe

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Good Old Truckin' Girl
  • 2.Truckin' Man
  • 3.Just Kept on Truckin'
  • 4.Gas, Food and Lodging
  • 5.Lady of the Road
  • 6.Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer
  • 7.You're the First
  • 8.Truckin' on Down the Road
  • 9.Ole Ben
  • 10.Hold on Ma'm (You Got Yourself a Honker)
  • 11.Fur Coats and Fancy Clothes
  • 12.Certainly
  • 13.The Ballad of Billy Jones
  • 14.Those Forgotten Trains
  • 15.You're All Over My Mind
  • 16.Jericho Jones
  • 17.Milesaver Man
  • 18.Awful Lot to Learn About Truck Drivin'
  • 19.You Still Got a Hold on Me
  • 20.Gas, Food and Lodging
  • 21.Feelin' Like Tarzan
  • 22.Truckin' Trees for Christmas
  • 23.Blue Blue Christmas (For This Truck Drivin' Man)
  • 24.Christmas Wheels
  • 25.The Old Christmas Truck
  • 26.Toys for Tots
  • 27.Santa's Comin' in a Big Ol' Truck
  • 28.Dad Will Be Home for Christmas
  • 29.Little Toy Trucks
  • 30.Gone Home for Christmas
  • 31.Out on the Road for Christmas

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Bill Woods from Bakersfield
  • 2.Bull-Shippers
  • 3.I'm a Pretty Good Man
  • 4.Blackboard of My Heart
  • 5.Honky Tonk Ladies Loverman
  • 6.Squirmin'
  • 7.Yip Yip
  • 8.If the World Ran Out of Diesel
  • 9.Gordon's Grocery Store
  • 10.Truck Drivin' Man and Wife
  • 11.Your Truck Drivin' Man's Comin' Home
  • 12.Streakin' the Opryland Park
  • 13.Love Has Never Done a Lot for Me
  • 14.Bull-Shippers
  • 15.Message from Home
  • 16.Inflation
  • 17.It Ain't Even Halloween
  • 18.Truck Driver's Heaven
  • 19.The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver
  • 20.I Miss You a Little
  • 21.Longest Run
  • 22.Benny and Me
  • 23.Sam's Place
  • 24.Take Me into Your World
  • 25.The World Keeps Turning Around
  • 26.We're Back to Strangers Again
  • 27.Gonna Have Love
  • 28.Ain't It Something
  • 29.Close All the Honky Tonks
  • 30.We Split the Blanket
  • 31.I Had a Girl Like Her One Time
  • 32.Kansas City Romeo

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Just Call Me Texas
  • 2.Trophies
  • 3.Buffalo Beauty
  • 4.Don't Touch My Hat
  • 5.Lady Lookin' for Love
  • 6.Me and Ole Cb
  • 7.Looking at the World Through a Windshield
  • 8.I'll Have Another Cup of Coffee (Then I'll Go)
  • 9.Movin' On
  • 10.18 Wheels Hummin' Home Sweet Home
  • 11.Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun
  • 12.Drivin' My Life Away
  • 13.Dear Mr. President
  • 14.Ronnie, Baby
  • 15.Lucky Ole Colorado
  • 16.Time Changes Everything
  • 17.The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver
  • 18.Lady of the Road
  • 19.A Little Bit of Her
  • 20.You Put My World Back Together
  • 21.Living for You
  • 22.World Full of Love
  • 23.You're a Better Man Than Me
  • 24.Poco
  • 25.The Lonely G.I.
  • 26.Ship of Love
  • 27.I Ain't Found Me One
  • 28.Play the Guitar Softly
  • 29.Honky Tonks and Heartaches
  • 30.Walkin' Out Backwards
  • 31.If I Have to Live Without You
  • 32.I'm Gettin' Over a Heartache
  • 33.Here Again, Gone Again
  • 34.I Don't Think I Will
  • 35.Here Today Gone Tomorrow Daddy
  • 36.She Belongs to You

Product Description:

Recording information: Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Bakersfield, CA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Hollywood, CA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Los Angeles, CA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (03/08/1966-03/10/1966); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (03/1973); Bakersfield, CA (03/1973); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (03/1973); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (03/1973); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (03/1973); Hollywood, CA (03/1973); Los Angeles, CA (03/1973); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (03/1973); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (03/1973); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (03/1973); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (05/17/1967); Bakersfield, CA (05/17/1967); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (05/17/1967); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (05/17/1967); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (05/17/1967); Hollywood, CA (05/17/1967); Los Angeles, CA (05/17/1967); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (05/17/1967); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (05/17/1967); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (05/17/1967); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (05/1962); Bakersfield, CA (05/1962); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (05/1962); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (05/1962); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (05/1962); Hollywood, CA (05/1962); Los Angeles, CA (05/1962); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (05/1962); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (05/1962); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (05/1962); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (05/1972); Bakersfield, CA (05/1972); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (05/1972); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (05/1972); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (05/1972); Hollywood, CA (05/1972); Los Angeles, CA (05/1972); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (05/1972); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (05/1972); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (05/1972); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Bakersfield, CA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Hollywood, CA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Los Angeles, CA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (05/26/1966-05/27/1966); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (06/06/1966); Bakersfield, CA (06/06/1966); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (06/06/1966); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (06/06/1966); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (06/06/1966); Hollywood, CA (06/06/1966); Los Angeles, CA (06/06/1966); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (06/06/1966); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (06/06/1966); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (06/06/1966); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (06/13/1966); Bakersfield, CA (06/13/1966); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (06/13/1966); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (06/13/1966); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (06/13/1966); Hollywood, CA (06/13/1966); Los Angeles, CA (06/13/1966); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (06/13/1966); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (06/13/1966); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (06/13/1966); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Bakersfield, CA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Hollywood, CA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Los Angeles, CA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Tally Studio, Bakersfield, CA (06/13/1975-06/15/1973); Audio Media Recorders, Nashville, TN (06/15/1966); Bakersfield, CA (06/15/1966); Buck Owens Studio, Bakersfield, CA (06/15/1966); Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (06/15/1966); Central Songs Demo Studio, Hollywood, CA (06/15/1966); Hollywood, CA (06/15/1966); Los Angeles, CA (06/15/1966); Ripcord Studio Vancouver, WA (06/15/1966); Ripcord Studio, Vancouver, WA (06/15/1966).
Illustrators: Mohns Mohnssen; Red Simpson.
Photographers: Mohns Mohnssen; Red Simpson.
Red Simpson never drove a truck but he sang plenty of songs about big rigs. No less than 27 of the 165 songs on Bear Family's 2012 box Hello, I'm Red Simpson -- a five-disc set containing all of his Capitol recordings, along with his early singles and a wisely curated selection of latter-day recordings stretching into the early '80s plus several unreleased acoustic songwriter demos -- contain the word "truck" in their titles, and that count excludes tunes with "Wheels" or "Road" in the titles, or other truck-driving classics like "Give Me Forty Acres" and "Nitro Express." Simpson certainly didn't spark the truck-driving country phenomenon of the '60s -- in fact, he received his recording contract with Capitol solely because its president, Ken Nelson, wanted to cash in on the craze, figuring Red Simpson looked the part of a weathered long-distance trucker -- but he wound up defining it, his electrified Bakersfield twang sounding tougher and more road-ready than the steady-rolling rhythms of Dave Dudley or Dick Curless. Simpson's records were designed for the long haul -- they felt like the open road -- but it wasn't just sonics that made Red superior to other truck-driving singers: he was a sharp songwriter, author of such West Coast country classics as "Close Up the Honky Tonks," "Gonna Have Love," "You Don't Have Very Far to Go," and "Sam's Place," a skill that came in handy when he was tasked with cutting collections of songs about truckers or policemen, as he did on his Man Behind the Badge album.
On the surface, all these songs about trucks and patrolmen seem like nothing more than novelties, and while Red certainly had a taste for the silly -- stretching all the way back to his second single "The Big Bank Robbery," a lark written in the style of Dallas Frazier -- Simpson's eye for small, telling details meant he found songs where others couldn't. A great deal of the pleasure of Hello, I'm Red Simpson is hearing these tales of the road, running all the way down to crafting an entertaining truck-driving Christmas album, something only a master craftsman could do. Simpson's sturdy workmanship wasn't limited to his writing; his deceptively casual delivery camouflaged how reliably sturdy his music and singing were, how he managed to hit a sweet spot with ease. Simpson wound up being limited by commercial constraints -- a reason he cut so many songs about trucks is that they were the only thing of his that sold, and when they stopped shifting units, he left Capitol and whiled away the rest of the '70s and early '80s re-recording hits and a few new songs for tiny budget labels. Bear Family chose to include only his newly composed tunes and covers from this period -- but that is no reflection of the quality of his music, which was consistently and thoroughly satisfying. And that's why the five discs of Hello, I'm Red Simpson are by no means overkill: through its seven hours there are no dead spots, the music is always moving forward, always the perfect soundtrack for long treks on the wide-open highway. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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