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Tuff and Stringy: Sessions 1966-1968 [CD]

Clarence White Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Big Beat
  • ASIN: B00008IUWD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hong Kong Hillbilly AKA Nashville West - Clarence White
2. Mother-in-law - Gary Paxton
3. Make Up Your Mind - The Spencers
4. Grandma Funderbunk's Music box - Clarence White
5. Guitar Pickin' Man (Previously Unissued) - Wayne Moore
6. Vaccation For The Blues - The Sunland Brothers
7. Don't Pity Me - Darrell Cotton
8. Gotta Go See The World - Leon Copeland
9. Everybody Has One But You (Previously Unissued) - The Kentucky Colonels
10. She's Gone (Previously Unissued) - Jan
11. Tuff & Stringy - Clarence White
12. I'm Tied Down To You - Richard Arlen
13. Hey Juliana - Wayne Moore
14. Last Date - Clarence White
15. I'll Live Today - Dennis Payne
16. Not Enough Of Me To Go Round - Jack Reeves
17. Riff-Raff - Clarence White
18. If We Could Read - Darrell Cotton
19. Rocks In My Head - Wayne Moore
20. Made Of Stone (previously Unissued) - The Kentucky Colonels
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Former Kentucky Colonel, future Byrd, and a true guitar legend, the guy that defined the Country-Rock guitar, much revered, oft imitated but never bettered. Clarence was later famous for the Stringbender in the Byrds, but the playing here, showcased on Country/Folk-Rock sessions from 1966 to 1968 including super-rare singles, demos and his first recordings as a solist, demonstrates Clarence's already unique style just prior to the Bender. Note also the inclusion of a recent, major find - previously unknown electrified demos by the Kentucky Colonels that are probably the earliest recordings extant of White playing electric guitar. This release also comes with the full blessing of the late guitarist's family, and the detailed notes include a wealth of new information upon this career. Byrdmaniax and fans of bluegrass/country guitar alike will jump for joy.Medium 1
  1. Hong Kong Hillbilly - WHITE, Clarence
  2. Mother - In - Law - PAXTON, Gary
  3. Make Up Your Mind - SPENCERS
  4. Grandma Funderbunks Music Box - WHITE, Clarence
  5. Guitar Pickin' Man - MOORE, Wayne
  6. Vaccination For The Blues - SANLAND BROS
  7. Don't Pity Me - COTTON, Darrell
  8. Gotta Go See The World - COPELAND, Leon
  9. Everybody Has One But You - KENTUCKY COLONELS
  10. She's Gone - GIB & JAN
  11. Tuff & Stringy - WHITE, Clarence
  12. I'm Tied Down To You - ARLEN, Richard
  13. Hey Juliana - MOORE, Wayne
  14. Last Date - WHITE, Clarence
  15. I'll Live Today - PAYNE, Dennis
  16. Not Enough Of Me To Go Round - REEVES, Jack
  17. Riff - Raff - WHITE, Clarence
  18. If We Could Read - COTTON, Darrell
  19. Rocks In My Head - MOORE, Wayne
  20. Made Of Stone - KENTUCKY COLONELS
  21. Buckaroo - WHITE, Clarence
  22. Adam & Eve - WHI...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just so good 2 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a sad loss when Clarence White got killed so young ,this is such good country music with brilliant guitar work from Clarence.How good would He have been now ????
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2.0 out of 5 stars personally i did not like this 23 July 2012
By Mark
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
for me this was no fun, sounded poorly, didn't care for the numbers. i would have been happy with just about anything but this seemed unfortunately drab and uninteresting. i did try..
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars white 23 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Hey, you don't need anything other than the name Clarence White for you to buy this. So, come on. Quit dothering.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 23 Sep 2003
By Michael R. Bristow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've spent decades collecting Clarence's session work, and I've even managed to locate three or four of the LPs that contain the Bakersfield International work... but to hear these tracks sans dust and wear, in pristine fidelity- I'm in heaven! Hong Kong Hillbilly (Nashville West) clocks in at around two minutes but contains so much music that it seems hours long (and no, I haven't been smoking anything). Tango for a Sad Mood alone is worth the price of the Cd, and is quite simply one of the most beautiful guitar instrumentals I have ever heard. All of these tracks provide a rare glimpse of a genius at his day job, if you will.
The Forward from Michelle White Bledsoe is quite moving, and Alec Palao's liner notes beatifully evoke this transitional period. A long awaited treasure for this Byrdnyrd!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT RARE CLARENCE!! 22 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
OK first off I'm biased- I helped with this CD on remastering and remixing some of the stuff that never saw the light of day- or was remixed in stereo, so I'm biased but , I must say I love it! I grew up watching the Kentucky Colonels on Sunday morning TV in LA!!
I mean -some of it isn't the best of Clarence White granted but, for most people who are just starting their Clarence White experience they will hear just how versatile he was and what was going on around him from 67 -72.
Even if you are a hard core Clarence fan this stuff is great! and I must say a lot of "love" and attention went into the remastering of these tracks when need be. Please don't be put off by this other review- and no I am not on the record company's (ACE) payroll-
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CD Fills a Major Gap 11 Jun 2003
By Sandy Rothman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to pretty much everything Clarence White recorded. He did a lot in his 29 years, and I find all of it interesting. This fascinating release reveals a transitional 2-year period in Clarence's career as a studio guitarist -- recordings that have been virtually unheard until now. To criticize "Tuff & Stringy" as a previous writer did is to miss the point entirely. These recordings will enlighten and entertain any Clarence fan except the terminally narrowminded. Considering that some of the tracks are informal studio demos and "idea sketches" from the mid-1960s, the technical quality is unexpectedly good. As for the music, it shouldn't be compared to the Byrds or the Kentucky Colonels. It's neither rock nor bluegrass. This CD fills a major gap, further documenting and demonstrating Clarence's broad musical interests and brilliance.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CD Fills a Major Gap 11 Jun 2003
By Martin J. Tunis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to pretty much everything Clarence White recorded. He did a lot in his 29 years, and I find all of it interesting. This fascinating release reveals a transitional 2-year period in Clarence's career as a studio guitarist that has been virtually unheard until now. To criticize "Tuff & Stringy" as a previous writer did is to miss the point entirely. These recordings will enlighten and entertain any Clarence fan except the terminally narrowminded. Considering that some of the tracks are informal studio demos and "idea sketches" from the mid-1960s, the technical quality is unexpectedly good. As for the music, it shouldn't be compared to the Byrds or the Kentucky Colonels. It's neither rock nor bluegrass. This CD fills a major gap, further documenting and demonstrating Clarence's broad musical interests and brilliance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine addition to your West Coast country rock collection. 8 Jan 2008
By E.I.E.I. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a crime that Clarence White is mostly known for a being a footnote in the history of the Byrds. Considering that next to Roger McGuinn, he and Gene Parsons were in the band longer than any of the original members and gave The Byrds a much-needed boost in their live performances. He should be held in high regard just like Gram Parsons. Apart from coaxing dazzling bends from his B-Bender equipped Telecaster, his was capable of doing it on a stock Tele and his acoustic work is amazing. This collection brings together tracks that Clarence White recorded mostly for Gary Paxton's "Bakersfield International" label and as a session guitarist for Paxton's studio. The sound quality varies from "great" to "ok" but many of these tracks have been long out of print or just released regionally so just from a historic perspective it is worth the price. Included is the original studio version of "Nashville West" as well as backing tracks and unissued tracks from Paxton's vault. There are also very informative liner notes included.

I will say that this collection is not for someone just getting into to Clarence White; I would suggest anything by the Kentucky Colonels, The Byrds, and Nashville West and then get this as well as the companion collection: Guilbeau & Parsons "Louisiana Rain" which has even more tracks featuring Clarence White.
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