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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B005GPFCUC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins
  2. Red Hot - Bob Luman
  3. Shirley Lee - Bobby Lee Trammel
  4. My Babe - Ricky Nelson
  5. Cannonball Rag - James Burton
  6. Don't Leave Me This Way - Ricky Nelson
  7. The Creep - The Shadows
  8. Stop Sneakin' Around - Ricky Nelson
  9. Swamp Surfer - Jimmy Dobro
  10. Make Up Your Mind Baby - Bob Luman
  11. Fireball Mail - Jim & Joe
  12. Blood From A Stone - Ricky Nelson
  13. Real Live Fool - Lee Hazlewood
  14. Daisy Mae - Jim & Joe
  15. Everybody Listen To The Dobro - Jimmy Dobro
  16. Guitar Player - Buddy Cagle
  17. Jimmy's Blues - Jimmy Burton
  18. Poor Boy Looking For A Home - The Green River Boys Feat. Glen Campbell
  19. See See Rider - The Everly Brothers
  20. Love Lost - Jimmy Burton
  21. A Child's Claim To Fame - Buffalo Springfield
  22. If You Want To Be My Woman - Merle Haggard
  23. Moonshine - James Burton & Ralph Mooney
  24. Corn Pickin' - James Burton & Ralph Mooney
  25. Someday, Someday - The Shindogs
  26. Why - The Shindogs
  27. Just For A While - Carol Williams
  28. Tryin' To Be Someone - David & Lee

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* The first of two volumes that document the career of one of the world's greatest-ever guitarists, recognised as such by many top musicians, including Keith Richards, who gave the induction speech when James entered the Rock'n'roll Hall Of Fame.

* Burton's instantly recognisable finger-picking style graced many fine records by artists including Dale Hawkins, Rick Nelson and John Denver. He was the mainstay of Elvis Presley's TCB band, backing him on record and in concert.

* The earliest track on this first volume is from 1956 with his first-ever recording, backing Carol Williams, for Shreveport's Ram Records and finishes with Buddy Cagle's `Guitar Player' from 1969. The compilation contains many rarities and ten of the tracks are making their CD debut.

* A second volume will document Burton's later career with Elvis Presley, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and others.

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Mention the name James Burton to Rock and Roll/ Country fans and the majority would probably say ,"Oh yes, wasn't he the guy who played guitar on Ricky Nelsons' records" or "He was the guitarist in Presley's house band" The answers would be correct, but Burton was and still is, much more than that. Never a major star in his own right, this compilation of Burtons earlier session work shows the regard for his talent held by major artists of that time through having him on their recordings.
Artists such as, Dale Hawkins, Rick Nelson, Lee Greenwood, Bob Luman, The Everly Bros, are all featured on this compilation, along with rare cuts from Burton himself, or in association with other musicians such as Ralph Mooney, pedal steel player in Merle Haggards band The Strangers, and the Shindogs, the resident band on the US TV rock show Shindig. Not on the album is probably Burtons most well known guitar solo, the lead break in Nelsons' Hello Mary Lou, and some will no doubt query this omission, but Nelson fans will have this track anyway, and this album is after all a dedication to Burtons diverse work over the years.
As with all Ace releases, the accompanying booklet is superb. The liner notes are informative and objective, and great credit must go to the compilers and writers of this package, as it also must to Ace Records for adding an artist of Burtons stature to their catalogue. Volume two will be eagerly awaited by owners of this package, and like the man himself will be a hard act to follow.
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In 1956 James Burton was 17 years old and was already a respected semi-pro guitarist. He'd been a regular on the popular Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport for three years and was getting regular session work. The earliest recording on this excellent collection is a low key 1956 Carol Williams track, but a year later he hooked up with Ricky Nelson, and continued moonlighting as a session musician, playing on a succession of prime rockabilly cuts, including Dale Hawkins' "Susie-Q" and Bob Luman's "Red Hot" - both included here.

His work with Nelson attracted a considerable fanbase, including Elvis Presley and various Beatles and Stones, and there are four tracks here to represent their collaboration. The best, "My Babe" and "Stop Sneakin' Around" are full of energy, with Burton's guitar propelling the songs.

Over the 28 tracks, there's a surprisingly wide range of artists represented, including The Everly Brothers, Merle Haggard, Lee Hazlewood, and in 1967 he played on the Buffalo Springfield's "A Child's Claim To Fame". A 1969 Buddy Cagle track is the latest recording here, before joining Presley in Vegas in his famous TCB Band, then later hooking up with Emmylou Harris' Hot Band. But, as they say in the movies, that's a whole `nother story.
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Really glad i purchased this CD as it contains a lot of rare stuff & not the usual run of the mill stuff that regular compilations contain, ive been a Burton since the 70's and i was even surprised at some of the stuff on here!!..Heres looking forward to Volume 2,!!....:)
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As to be expected, this CD reflects the quality of playing at the time which was not great. However, as an archive of early James Burton, I enjoyed it immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2011): 11 Nov. 2011
By Leicester Bangs - Published on Amazon.com
James Burton - The Early Years 1956-1969 (Ace Records)
In 1956 James Burton was 17 years old and was already a respected semi-pro guitarist. He'd been a regular on the popular Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport for three years and was getting regular session work. The earliest recording on this excellent collection is a low key 1956 Carol Williams track, but a year later he hooked up with Ricky Nelson, and continued moonlighting as a session musician, playing on a succession of prime rockabilly cuts, including Dale Hawkins' "Susie-Q" and Bob Luman's "Red Hot" - both included here.

His work with Nelson attracted a considerable fanbase, including Elvis Presley and various Beatles and Stones, and there are four tracks here to represent their collaboration. The best, "My Babe" and "Stop Sneakin' Around" are full of energy, with Burton's guitar propelling the songs.

Over the 28 tracks, there's a surprisingly wide range of artists represented, including The Everly Brothers, Merle Haggard, Lee Hazlewood, and in 1967 he played on the Buffalo Springfield's "A Child's Claim To Fame". A 1969 Buddy Cagle track is the latest recording here, before joining Presley in Vegas in his famous TCB Band, then later hooking up with Emmylou Harris' Hot Band. But, as they say in the movies, that's a whole `nother story.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest guitarist 5 Jun. 2012
By Arne Metzner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a cd with a few tracks by James himself and several with James playing guitar. It's a very good album, and I will ask everyone who loves Elvis, Ricky Nelson and the other greats to buy this album.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars james burton is god 4 Jan. 2014
By doug - Published on Amazon.com
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james burton is god......not eric clapton. james' clear telecaster sound has survived the years, and only gotten better. from "suzy q" to sessions with buffalo springfield, and merle haggard, james laid 'em down- clean and simple. not to say all of james' solos were easy to play, on this cd we hear some solos that definitely demanded some serious dexterity.
one of the best things about james' solos, is that he always played to the song, the song did not play to him- the true sign of a master.
listen to these tracks and dig 'em, then flush out your collection with james' work with gram parsons, emmylou harris, and elvis presley. you wanna hear modern music in the making? look to james burton, and you won't need to look any further.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 1 April 2013
By Joel Shenton - Published on Amazon.com
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As a raving fan of James Burton's guitar playing, I hoped that I would hear some of the background and lead playing that supported various artists for Mr. Burton's long and meritorious career. I should have realized that those artists would have to be included in the recordings...financially at least. Since that was not the case, most of what is on this CD is relatively unimportant (at least in my viewpoint) as a demonstration of his abilities and great talent.
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By sundog - Published on Amazon.com
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James Burton just may be one of the true musical historians and innovators when it comes to roots of early rock and roll in the USA. Listen to his music and read his history: what a genuine innovator of rock style. Several generations of followers have copied his style. Get up and dance.
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