Charline Arthur Welcome to the Club
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- Released: November 10, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Bear Family
- 1.Burn That Candle
- 2.Just Look, Don't Touch, He's Mine
- 3.I Love Him Better Than You Do
- 4.How Many Would There Be?
- 5.What About Tomorrow?
- 6.Welcome to the Club
- 7.I'm Having a Party All by Myself
- 8.Honey Bun
- 9.Looking at the Moon and Wishing on a Star
- 10.He Fiddled While I Burned
- 11.I Heard About You
- 12.Leave My Man Alone
- 13.Flash Your Diamonds
- 14.I Was Wrong
- 15.Too Long, Too Many Times
- 16.(I'm in Love With) Someone's Used to Be
- 18.The Good and the Bad
- 19.Heartbreak Ahead
- 20.Soft Hearted Gal
- 21.For Old Times' Sake
- 22.Later On
- 23.Double-Crossed My Love
- 24.Kiss the Baby Goodnight
- 25.Anything Can Happen
- 26.I Kept It a Secret
- 27.Please Darlin' Please
- 28.Hello Baby
- 29.Cryin' Alone
- 30.I've Got the Boogie Blues
- 31.Is Love a Game
- 32.Dreaming of You
Personnel includes: Charline Arthur (vocals).
Recorded between 1949 and 1957.
Contains 32 tracks.
Personnel: Charline Arthur (vocals, guitar); Douglas Kirkham, Ben Speer, Brock Speer (vocals); Chet Atkins (guitar, electric guitar); Don Helms, Don Phelps, Jimmy Kelly, Jack Evins, George McCoy, Jerry Byrd (guitar, steel guitar); Bud Isaacs, Bobby Williamson, Louis Innis, Tommy Sands (guitar); Walter Garland, Leon Rhodes (electric guitar); Sonny James (electric mandolin, fiddle); Dale Potter, Donald Slayman (fiddle); E.A. "Highpockets" Busse (accordion); "Papa" John Gordy, Floyd Cramer, Marvin H. Hughes, Madge Suttee , Marvin Hughes, Paul Blunt (piano); Johnny Barrentine, Farris Coursey (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Colin Escott; Bob Allen.
Recording information: Jim Beck Studio, Dallas, TX (1949-1957); Mobile Home, Dallas, TX (1949-1957); Radio Station KERB, Kermit TX (1949-1957); Radio Station WFFA, Dallas, TX (1949-1957); Radio Station, Kermit, TX (1949-1957); Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, AK (1949-1957); Thomas Productions (1949-1957); Victor Studio, RCA, Victor Studio, Nashville, TN (1949-1957).
Illustrator: R.A. Andreas.
Photographers: Colin Escott; R.A. Andreas; Charline Arthur.
Charline Arthur was a country singer who was shaking things up in a proto-feminist way long before Patsy Cline and decades before today's crop of liberated country ladies ever entertained such notions. She wore pants on-stage, jumped off amplifiers, and cavorted in a manner that later made her assert that she was "shakin' that thing on-stage long before Elvis ever thought about it." Her ahead-of-her-time stance didn't bring forth any hits, but a wealth of fine music did emerge, all of it collected on this 32-track single-disc anthology. There wasn't anything subtle or subdued in Arthur's approach; she could honky tonk howl and carry on every bit as good as Rose Maddox and then some. Her brassy and sassy demeanor contained more than a generous dollop of blues phrasing, best-heard on flag-wavers like "I've Got the Boogie Blues," "Burn That Candle," "Just Look, Don't Touch, He's Mine," "Flash Your Diamonds," "Honey Bun," and the title track. But Charline could also wrap her pipes around slow weepers full of recrimination like "Too Long, Too Many Times," "I Was Wrong," "I'm Having a Party All by Myself," and "(I'm in Love) With Somebody Else's Used to Be" with just as much enthusiasm and finesse. Bringing together tracks cut for Bullet, Imperial, RCA Victor, and Coin between 1949-1957, this is the best overview that'll probably ever hit the stands on this one-of-a-kind artist. Excellent notes by Colin Escott make this package an overall delightful surprise for folks coming to her work for the first time. ~ Cub Koda
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