Personnel includes: Spade Cooley; Tex Williams (vocals); Cal Shrum (fiddle); Noel Boggs, Jimmy Wyble.
Personnel: Spade Cooley (vocals); Virginia Jackson, Del Porter, Tex Williams (vocals); Milton DeLugg (accordion).
Audio Remasterer: Charlie Crump.
Liner Note Author: Kevin Coffey.
Recording information: 1941-1947.
This collection straddles several different eras and facets of Cooley's career, from his pre-bandleader days working with Cal Shrum to mid-'40s transcriptions featuring his regular band to some 1947 sides. Cooley's fiddle work is showcased nicely on tunes like "MacGregor Swing" and "MacGregor Blues" while Tex Williams does the vocal honors on classics like "Sweethearts or Strangers." The 1947 tracks feature stalwarts like Noel Boggs and Jimmy Wyble along with vocalists Ginny Jackson, Red Egner, and even ex-Spike Jones City Slicker Del Porter. The quality of these transcription discs is pretty decent, taking into factor their age and rarity, and this is a delightful set that showcases the talents of one of Western swing's best. ~ Cub Koda