Jimmy Dean Big Bad John [Bear Family / Sony]

Big Bad John [Bear Family / Sony]
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CD Details

  • Released: July 1, 1993
  • Label: Bear Family

Tracks:

  • 1.Big Bad John
  • 2.I Won't Go Huntin' With You Jake
  • 3.Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette
  • 4.Dear Ivan
  • 5.To A Sleeping Beauty
  • 6.Cajun Queen
  • 7.P. T. 109
  • 8.Walk On Boy
  • 9.Little Bitty Big John
  • 10.Steel Man
  • 11.Little Black Book
  • 12.Please Pass The Biscuits
  • 13.Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight
  • 14.Day That Changed The Worl
  • 15.Gotta Travel On
  • 16.Sixteen Tons
  • 17.Oklahoma Bill
  • 18.Night Train To Memphis
  • 19.Make The Waterwheel Roll
  • 20.Lonesome Road
  • 21.Grasshopper Mac Clain
  • 22.Old Pappy's New Banjo
  • 23.You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  • 24.Cajun Joe
  • 25.Nobody
  • 26.Kentucky Means Paradise

Product Description:

Personnel: Jimmy Dean (vocals); Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Harold Bradley, Billy Byrd, Ray Edenton (guitar); Walter Haynes (steel guitar); Rufus Long (piccolo); Jimmy Riddle, Charlie McCoy (harmonica); Bill McElhiney, Karl Garvin (trumpet); William Whitney Pursell (piano, organ); Floyd Cramer (piano); Douglas Kirkham, Buddy Harman (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, TN (08/18/1961-08/20/1962); Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN (08/18/1961-08/20/1962).
Illustrator: R.A. Andreas.
Photographer: R.A. Andreas.
Unknown Contributor Role: Hank Garland.
This 26-song single disc collection covers the highlights of Jimmy Dean's 1961-1962 recordings for Columbia Records; not everything, but most everything that counts. The sheer diversity of material demonstrates some of the problems that Dean had finding and following up on hits; he was a passable singer and likable personality, but he would follow up a pop/rock piece like "Little Black Book" with a blues piece such as "Gonna Raise a Ruckus Tonight." But apart from the hokiest of these tracks ("A Day That Changed the World"), it all holds up, including the title track; the freewheeling "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette"; the weirdly topical "Dear Ivan"; his cover of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons"; the sentimental father-to-daughter soliloquy "To a Sleeping Beauty"; the rough-hewn "Big Bad John" follow-up "The Cajun Queen"; the delightful sequel to both songs, "Little Bitty Big John"; "P.T. 109," a tribute to John Kennedy's World War II exploits written in the same vein as Johnny Horton's "Sink the Bismarck"; the wryly cynical "Walk on Boy"; the workers' anthem "Steel Men"; the pop/rock ballad "Little Black Book"; the old Texas blues "Gonna Raise a Ruckus Tonight"; the strange D-day remembrance "A Day That Changed the World"; the breezily folky "Gotta Travel On"; the sad dog (and war) song "Oklahoma Bill"; the effective sub-Elvis "Night Train to Memphis"; and two previously unissued numbers, the slow blues "Lonesome Road" and the swamp ballad "Cajun Joe." ~ Bruce Eder
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  • Sales Rank: 124,994
  • UPC: 4000127157232
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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