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Ernest Tubb: the late, great Texas Troubadour,
This review is from: The Singer, The Writer, The Country Pioneer (Audio CD)
Now here's an excellent package from Jasmine. Four of Ernest Tubbs 1950's Decca albums on this 2-CD set. Excellent artist that he was, Ernest Tubb didn't really grasp the concept of the LP as well as some of his contempories who understood instinctively that they could theme albums, not just use an LP for shipping more product in one sale. These albums show the learning process, and by the time we get to The Importance Of Being Ernest (1959), Ernest is well positioned for the 1960s, and his albums are lovely packages.
Apart from that album, the set comprises Ernest Tubb Favourites (1956), Red and Ernie (1954), and The Daddy Of 'Em All (1957), "Favourites" comprises 12 previously released sides from the 1940's, but Red and Ernie is a classic. The two principals blend their voices wonderfully, and the material is superb, a lovely honky tonk sound and it includes the Cindy Walker penned track, Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age, which they perform with a smile. Red Foley has surely never put his name to a better album.
The Daddy Of 'Em All is actually the first true album Ernest Tubb made, using a bunch of songs that he had either written and never recorded, or hadn't been able to record. Anyway, the end result is worth the wait. Ernest Tubb has a wonderful honky tonk sound, and in 1957 this was a much played album. The Importance Of Being Ernest sees Ernest Tubb recording new material on the first side, tracks 37 to 42 here, whilst the last tracks are some of his favourites getting a polished treatment. The great thing about these albums is the use of Ernest Tubbs Texas Troubadours on the recordings. Supplemented by some studio musicians, for instance a piano, or that wretched organ on the Red and Ernie album, but the sound is Ernests, not the studios, and within the Troubadours he had wonderful musicians.
Jasmine has done a fine job on this set. There are a number of Ernest Tubb compilations out there, but if its his 1950s recordings that you want, then leaving aside the Bear Family Box Sets, this will do for most people.
Its worth getting to hear what a great artist Ernest Tubb was, and always remembering that when these recordings were being made, rock n roll was storming the gates. Artists like Ernest Tubb kept authentic Country music going in a very difficult period. .