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Legends of Country Music: The Best of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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Unless you fancy yourself the ardent fan or completist collector, this near perfect, 18 song deep collection could be all the Bob Wills that you will ever need. Compiling Wills and his Texas Playboys' best recordings from 1935 to 1950, was a great idea, if only for the fact that the endearingly dated production delivers listening experience akin to hearing these songs piped from the antiquated speakers of an old wooden radio. (His later recordings are also good, but hardly as indicative of the time.) Just try for instance not to smile after hearing Leon McAuliffe pick and slide his lap steel alongside a swinging saxophone on "Steel Guitar Rag." And "Red Hot Gal Of Mine" recalls the kind of animated music that often accompanied prewar Disney cartoons where both people and animals alike danced with one hand on their hip and the other shaking an index finger in the air to the rhythm. "Bubbles In My Beer" bounces with such youthful exuberance, that Wills and company make the beverage sound like something appropriate for the whole family to drink.

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Just Good Old Timey Music

This album just makes you feel happy. "Red Hot Gal of Mine" is one of my favorites. This music is considered to be "Western Swing." Take a listen, you'll be better for it.


Genre: Country

While he may not have invented Western swing (Milton Brown, Leon Selph, Ted Daffan, and Bill Boyd deserve some credit), Bob Wills defined the genre. Take fiddle-based old-time string-band music from the 1920s and '30s, move it to a city such as Tulsa or Fort Worth, add jazz, blues, pop, and sacred music, back it with strings and horns played by a dozen or so musicians, add an electric steel guitar along the way, and you have Western swing. And when you talk Western swing, you start with Bob Wills....
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Legends of Country Music: The Best of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Country, Music, Urban Cowboy, Traditional Country
  • Released: Oct 24, 2006

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