Only Believe...Unissued and Rare Nashville Vocal Group Recordings

Only Believe...Unissued and Rare Nashville Vocal
Get email alerts for The Prisonaires
Sale: $22.49
PRESIDENTS' DAY SALE: $20.91 Limited Time Only
List Price: $24.99
You Save: $4.08 (16% Off)
Available: Usually ships in 1-3 business days
Only 2 copies left
sku:  ERX6
Brand New

CD Details

  • Released: August 29, 2011
  • Originally Released: 2011
  • Label: Bear Family Germany


  • 1.When the Saints Go Marching In
  • 2.In the Garden
  • 3.Bony Moronie
  • 4.Suppertime
  • 5.Caldonia
  • 6.Gentle Hands
  • 7.Just Walkin' in the Rain
  • 8.The Boastin' Texan
  • 9.Message from Prison Warden Lynn Bomar
  • 10.A Prisoner's Prayer
  • 11.Only Believe
  • 12.Se¤or Siskin
  • 13.Rollin' Stone
  • 14.Why Don't You
  • 15.Don't Say Tomorrow
  • 16.Rollin' Stone
  • 17.Front Page Blues
  • 18.Pork and Beans
  • 19.Two Strangers
  • 20.Love You, Love You, Love You
  • 21.Juke Box Rock and Roll
  • 22.It's You Darling, It's You
  • 23.Baby Please
  • 24.What'll You Do Next
  • 25.There Is Love in You
  • 26.Rockin' Horse
  • 27.Two Strangers
  • 28.Lucy You Know I Want You

Product Description:

Illustrators: Colin Escott; R.A. Andreas.
Photographers: Colin Escott; R.A. Andreas.
Bear Family's previous Prisonaires compilation, with 26 tracks, was so lengthy that it seemed like the last word on this interesting but relatively obscure 1950s vocal group, especially considering they didn't release all that many records. This 28-song anthology -- little of which appears on that previous Bear Family collection -- emphatically demonstrates otherwise, and is a worthwhile supplement, even if it's yet more specialized in its appeal. Included are five alternate takes recorded in 1953-1954 during their time at Sun Records; four 1955 tracks issued by spinoff group (including lead singer Johnny Bragg) the Marigolds, among them the Top Ten R&B hit "Rollin' Stone"; and four other 1955 tracks by still another spinoff with Bragg, credited to the Solotones. Though the Sun material might not be different enough from previously released versions to excite interest among non-experts, the Marigolds and Solotones tracks find them moving into more modernized doo wop, particularly on the calypso-flavored "Rollin' Stone." There's even a determined stab at rock & roll in "Juke Box Rock and Roll." The piŠce de r‚sistance, however, has to be the material from an 11-song LP custom-pressed for philanthropist Garrison Siskin, probably recorded in 1961. Although the production and arrangements on that discovery are plain, the singing is beautiful and likely to be treasured by '50s black vocal group aficionados. The performances include versions of their hit "Just Walkin' in the Rain" and less predictable songs like Larry Williams' "Bony Moronie," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and "Caldonia," as well as gospel numbers. Of most sociological interest are songs specifically written for Siskin and a Texan governor (the latter at the request of Tennessee governor Frank Clement), a necessary exercise when the Prisonaires were dependent upon the favors of politicians and humanitarians for their privileges to perform and possibilities for parole. The accompanying 60-page booklet, by Sun Records expert Martin Hawkins, has in-depth research that would put many an academic thesis to shame. ~ Richie Unterberger
Bear Family Records

Similar Products

Music Categories:

Product Info

  • UPC: 4000127168931
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565
Open Monday-Friday: 8am-10pm, Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 10am-8pm (Eastern Time)
Se habla Español! Spanish-speaking representatives available, Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm (Eastern Time)