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Track Listing
CD1:
1. THE CALIFORNIA POLKA Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
2. ROSE OF THE ALAMO Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
3. I GOT TEXAS IN MY SOUL Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
4. THE LEAF OF LOVE Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
5. SMOKE! SMOKE! SMOKE! (THAT CIGARETTE) Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
6. ROUNDUP POLKA Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
7. BIG BASS POLKA Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
8. COWBOY POLKA Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
9. MISS MOLLY Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
10. THATíS WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE WEST Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
11. DOWNTOWN POKER CLUB Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
12. NEVER TRUST A WOMAN Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
13. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BLUE Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
14. DONíT TELEPHONE, DONíT TELEGRAPH, TELL A WOMAN Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
15. BLUE AS A HEART ACHE Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
16. ARTISTRY IN WESTERN SWING Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY POLKA Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
18. SUSPICION Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
19. FLO FROM ST. JOE MO Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
20. BANJO POLKA Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
21. PRETTY RED LIGHTS Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
22. WHO? ME? Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
23. FOOLISH TEARS Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
24. JUST A PAIR OF BLUE EYES Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
25. TALKING BOOGIE Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
26. LIFE GETS TEE-JUS, DONíT IT? Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
27. BIG HAT POLKA Tex Williams & His Western Caravan (
Artist:
Tex Williams
Title:
The Capitol Years 1946-51 (2CD)
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ADDCD3317
Format:
CD
Price £9.99
Tex Williams was one of the leading figures in the distinctive sub-genre of country known as Western Swing, beginning his career as the vocalist in the highly successful band of Spade Cooley during the early 1940s, before leaving to launch his own band. He developed a highly distinctive approach to the music with a large 12-piece orchestra which he called the Western Caravan, with a dynamic blend of electric and steel guitars, fiddles, bass, accordion, trumpet and drums, and occasional other instruments so that their music ranged from country square dance and polkas to mainstream country, with Williams also specialising in his individual brand of 'talking blues'. He topped both the pop and country charts in 1947 with a classic example of that style 'Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette!', which effectively launched his career, and over the next few years he had a further dozen hits, subsequently falling out of favour until a chart comeback in the mid-Ď60s. This great-value 54-track 2-CD set comprises selected A & B sides of his forty or so releases on the Capitol label during these years, before he moved to RCA in 1951. It naturally features his landmark No. 1, along with the other dozen country chart entries he had during this era, including the somewhat politically incorrect No. 2 hits 'Never Trust a Woman' and 'Don't Telephone, Don't Telegraph (Tell a Woman)'. As a fairly substantial overview of his output in this key period of his career, it showcases his ability to range across the spectrum of the styles in a highly individual and entertaining fashion.