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The First 10 Years 1956-66 Box set, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bear Family-Rollercoaster
  • ASIN: B005ILYN04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Empty Room
2. Take Me
3. City Lights
4. No Song To Sing
5. That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome (Single Version)
See all 32 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. From A Jack To A King
2. Little Band Of Gold
3. Restless
4. Happiness
5. Reverend Mr. Black
See all 32 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. 3 A.M. (Remake)
2. Twist Of The Wrist
3. Certain
4. I Love You Drops
5. Once A Day
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Lovin' Pains
2. When Liking Turns To Loving
3. Talkin' To The Wall
4. Next Time You're In Tulsa
5. I Get The Fever (Remake)
See all 32 tracks on this disc

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The first comprehensive anthology spotlighting Bill Anderson, the most successful singer-songwriter during the Nashville Sound's classic era. Contains 21 'Billboard' country chart hits, including such favorites as Po' Folks, Mama Sang A Song, Still, Bright Lights And Country Music, I Love You Drops and I Get The Fever. Includes everything from Anderson's first eight Decca albums plus seven non-LP 'B' sides and three unissued studio tracks. Five duets with Jan Howard, including the chart-topping For Loving You. Features the first reissue of Anderson's rare, early TNT singles including the rocking Take Me and the premiere recording of his enduring honky-tonk anthem City Lights. Includes twelve demos of Anderson originals from the singer's private collection, among them a duet featuring a teen-aged Dolly Parton. With a career dating back to the mid-fifties, Bill Anderson is probably the most successful singer-songwriter in country music history. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than a half-century, he remains an engaging performer, a prolific writer and one of the industry's most respected elder statesmen. His best-selling Decca recordings of the late fifties and through the sixties were benchmarks in the emerging Nashville Sound. Outside of indifferently assembled 'hits' packages, these sides have never been properly reissued on compact disc until now. Assembled with the singer's co-operation, this four-CD compilation gathers every surviving master recording from 1956 through 1966, plus an alternate version of 3 A.M. The set includes Anderson's first single, released while he was a 19-year-old University of Georgia student. For those who only know the singer for the intimate, soft-spoken vocals and recitations that landed him the nickname 'Whispering Bill,' these early sides are a revelation, a diverse mix ranging from rockabilly balladry to Texas-style shuffles to unapologetic honky-tonk to Nashville pop country. The set also includes twelve demos from Anderson's private collection, including such now-celebrated songs as I Love You Drops; The Cold, Hard Facts Of Life; Once A Day; Slippin' Away; and The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'. A young Dolly Parton duets with Anderson on If It's All The Same To You. This collection includes a detailed biography of Anderson's remarkable career through 1966, illustrated with photos and memorabilia from the singer's personal archive.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 May 2014
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This box contains all of Bill's music that he officially recorded between December 1956 and November 1966, so it does indeed cover a ten year period, and not 11 as the year range might suggest. Those official recordings occupy all but the last 12 tracks on the last CD, and include all the tracks from his first eight albums, together with any single releases not featured on those albums. Among the country hits he had with his own recordings, you'll find The tip of my fingers, Walk out backwards, Po' folks, Mama sang a song, Still, 8 x 10, Five little fingers, Me, I get the fever and Get while the gettin's good. All those made the top 10, but the lesser hits are here too including the duets with Jan Howard.

All of the above is excellent and well worth buying this box for, if you enjoy listening to Bill Anderson as I do. Indeed, by releasing this set Bear Family have raised my hopes that they might do another volume. However, there are those last 12 tracks on the last CD, all previously unreleased. The last nine of them are demo versions that either Bill re-recorded officially (and if he did within the time-frame, those versions appear elsewhere in this box) or were recorded by other artists. That leaves tracks 21, 22 and 23.

I don't know if anybody else has recorded track 21 (I'm ashamed of you) or track 23 (Here lies the heart of Amos Brown), though Conway Twitty apparently intended to record the latter. Bill Anderson re-recorded track 22 (If it's all the same to you) in 1970 as a duet with Jan Howard, but while I hope to hear that someday, the version here is more intriguing. Recorded circa 1963, it features Dolly Parton and as far as I know, this is her first recorded duet. if you are familiar with Dolly's late sixties recordings, you'll recognize the voice, which is some way removed from her later recordings that made her famous.

Bill played a full part in producing this magnificent collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevan James on 12 Feb. 2014
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Five and a half hours of Bill Anderson crammed onto 4 CDs, all presented in an LP size box with a fascinating hard back book. What more could you want?

OK, these Bear Family box sets are expensive but given the price of individual copies of the albums included here I think this one is really good value (and that doesn't take into account the songs here that don't appear elsewhere). All of Bill's early classic hits are here, plus many others he wrote that became big hits for others - my favourites of these are "Once A Day", a massive hit for Connie Smith, and "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking", recorded by many people but a huge, huge hit for Cal Smith in 1972, which I love for the line, "Goodbye, Mrs. Johnson, You self-righteous biddy". Makes me smile every time I hear it!

Another reviewer makes mention of the inclusion of quite a few cover versions and whilst I agree that there are better versions of these songs availalbe elsewhere, I'm happy to have then here as they formed part of the original albums.

I've bought a few of these box sets over the years but I think this one is my favourite. I look forward to a follow-up collection!!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jackson on 18 May 2012
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Usual Bear Family Class act .Bill Anderson is a great song writer and most of his 60s smash hits are here.As usual with BF great book lots of great pics but one thing to bear in mind there are a lot of so so covers among the gold
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Simply Awesome!!! 3 Dec. 2011
By John A. Howe Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Ladies and Gentlemen,what we have here is a stunning box set from Bear Family.I've relied on these guys for years to fulfill my collection of my favorite artists.
Never do they disappoint,and they don't sure don't miss the mark here.
I really don't feel the need to give complete specs on the box,which are described pretty good here at Amazon.
The overall production here is superlative.My old records have now finally received the upgrades they have so long ago deserved. Upon putting in the very first disc---it's pretty easy to see why Bill Anderson is
one of the most important figures in the long,storied history of country music.I personally think his voice is unique and in a way,mesmerizing.
The un-issued recordings are my favorites---these have the full cooperation of Bill Anderson,and he oversaw this release.As you may know,there is a tune here with a very young Dolly.I couldn't help but think,what if...... it were Bill instead of Porter as one of the great duets of all time.Porter is my #1 hero--so I'll drop that subject.
There is a very nice hardcover book included,with awesome pictures and a complete discography.I'm more impressed with the price here at Amazon---It started at around $150---now it's $88.I picked mine up at my local independent record shop for$98.So,if you have to borrow from your kids piggy bank or college fund than by all means,please do so.This is one of those "priceless" box sets that Bear Family is known for. I didn't want to get into the specs,but you get the 1st 8 Bill Anderson original DECCA Albums-rare TNT singles from his early days-----and as a bonus you get hand picked songs from Bill's own personal archive.Not very often are cd's jammed to capacity at 83-84 minutes each.
This is an A++++++ release!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bill Anderson CD collection. 23 Jan. 2012
By J. Nason - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a Bill Anderson fan for almost 50 years. Most of my collection is on vinyl, so when I saw this 4 CD collection of 125 songs I knew I needed to buy it. The set also comes with a photo album with stories of Bill and his back-up musicians.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another Bear Family Winner. 10 Mar. 2012
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
If your a Bill Anderson fan and country fan you cant go wrong here.Bills first ten years at Decca records.Bills hits,Still,Poor Folks,I Get The Fever,etc
Plus,Bill gives us his treatment of Country Standards.
WOW.If thats not enough,the set comes with a beautful box and a hardcover book with lots of information and pictures galore.
Now,how about VOL 2?
Leave it to Bear,nobody does it better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bill Anderson The First 10 Years 1956-1966 24 May 2012
By Paul Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
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For every Bill Anderson fan, This box set is a must for your collection.In this box set you will hear the raw emotions of Bill singing in every song.Bill is one of the few Country Music Artist that put's 110% of his ever being in every song he sing's.It is nice to hear that great classic sound.Many of today's artist don't even know what that is.Everytime I have seen Bill sing he always does his best,No matter what is going on in his personal life. You will never know by hearing his voice .He is one of the few artist still around that put everything he's got when he sings.This box set tell's it all.Every song in this set you will hear him at his best.There are some songs in this set that we all know but when you listen to the other song's you would think that they were hit's as well.If I were to rate this collection on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 11.You will not make a mistake buying this box set.I can't wait for the next box set to come out.Bill has had so many hit's from the 60's thou the 2000's.It will take 4 or 5 box set's to cover all his material.IT IS THAT GOOD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If it's all the same to you, Bill recorded duet with Dolly Parton c. 1963 11 May 2014
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
This box contains all of Bill's music that he officially recorded between December 1956 and November 1966, so it does indeed cover a ten year period, and not 11 as the year range might suggest. Those official recordings occupy all but the last 12 tracks on the last CD, and include all the tracks from his first eight albums, together with any single releases not featured on those albums. Among the country hits he had with his own recordings, you'll find The tip of my fingers, Walk out backwards, Po' folks, Mama sang a song, Still, 8 x 10, Five little fingers, Me, I get the fever and Get while the gettin's good. All those made the top 10, but the lesser hits are here too including the duets with Jan Howard.

All of the above is excellent and well worth buying this box for, if you enjoy listening to Bill Anderson as I do. Indeed, by releasing this set Bear Family have raised my hopes that they might do another volume. However, there are those last 12 tracks on the last CD, all previously unreleased. The last nine of them are demo versions that either Bill re-recorded officially (and if he did within the time-frame, those versions appear elsewhere in this box) or were recorded by other artists. That leaves tracks 21, 22 and 23.

I don't know if anybody else has recorded track 21 (I'm ashamed of you) or track 23 (Here lies the heart of Amos Brown), though Conway Twitty apparently intended to record the latter. Bill Anderson re-recorded track 22 (If it's all the same to you) in 1970 as a duet with Jan Howard, but while I hope to hear that someday, the version here is more intriguing. Recorded circa 1963, it features Dolly Parton and as far as I know, this is her first recorded duet. if you are familiar with Dolly's late sixties recordings, you'll recognize the voice, which is some way removed from her later recordings that made her famous.

Bill played a full part in producing this magnificent collection.
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