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The Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame  

2012-03-05 21:57:35|  分类: The Steel Guitar |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Today’s Classic Album Review remembers a 1968 album that featured some well-known maste

rs of the steel guitar. The Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame was a release on Starday’s subsidiary, Nashville Records. The album is very similar to a like-titled 1963 Starday release, but the differences are that the original release contained fourteen tracks, compared to ten, here. And, of the ten tracks, here, all but Leon McAuliffe’s “Columbus Stockade” appeared on the original. The tracks that appeared on the original, but didn’t make the cut, here, include…

 


Leon McAuliffe – “Steel Guitar Rag”
Brumfield – “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight”
Cousin Jody – “Jody’s Chimes”
Tommy Hill’s Nashville String Band – “Night Walk”
Speedy West – “Steel Guitar Special”

The album includes two tracks that had been issued, previously, as singles, Pete Drake’s “Pleading” and Bashful Brother Oswald’s “Beneath The Willow”. Neither single charted, nor did the album.

The Pete Drake track is the opening cut for this album. A slower ballad that features a rhythm reminiscent of those early Rock ‘N Roll songs. This is a tremendous track. If you’re not a steel guitar fan, this track could make you one, very quickly.

Leon McAuliffe, longtime member of Bob Wills’ Texas Playb

oys, gives you a taste of that Western Swing sound with “Columbus Stockade”. A bright piece that actually features the rest of his band as much as it does McAuliffe, himself.

Next, it’s Herb Remington playing the swinging “Nashville Glide”. A track that I’m guessing, based on the sound, was recorded in the 1950′s (I was unable to locate an exact date), Nothing fancy, just tempo and great playing.

I also find myself really liking the Jimmy Day cut, “Steel Driver”. Day, a legend, can also be heard on the Ray Price classic “Crazy Arms”

. A driving rhythm, with a touch of attitude make this one a winner.

Side one ends with a crisp, clear version of the old song, “Salty Dog”, performed by the legendary Shot Jackson. Minimal background musicians, allow for Jackson’s playing to stay firmly on the center stage. An excellent track.

Side two opens with “Tennessee Plowboy”, a track from Little Roy Wiggins. Little Roy Wiggins gained his fame on steel guitar playing on many of Eddy Arnold’s big 1940′s and early 1950′s hits. That time spent with Arnold, who was known as the Tennessee Plowboy, is the likely inspiration for t

his track’s title. The mid tempo piece features that distinctive style that was featured on the Arnold records.

Buddy Emmons contributes a nice ballad, “Singing Strings”. Buddy Emmons is one of the greatest and most influential of the steel guitar players, having recorded on thousands of sessions (it’s Buddy you hear on Faron Young’s version of “Sweet Dreams” and Ernest Tubb’s “Half A Mind”). In addition, he toured with both Ernest Tubb and Ray Price, as well as having toured and recorded solo.

“Hilo March” is an up tempo piece that features Jerry Byrd. A sl

ight Hawaiian feel to this track, it’s a definite toe tapper.

Former Drifting Cowboy Don Helms plays the steel for “Opry Express”, a bouncy track with a great melody.

Bashful Brother Oswald wraps things with his “Beneath The Willow”, featuring his trademark dobro-style that could be heard on Roy Acuff’s records. Good track to wrap the album.

Long out of print, I was able to find a few used copies, all ranging in the $20 to $25 area.

 

My pick for a Standout Track would be Pete Drake’s “Pleading”. Great track, simply put. There are no weak tracks, here, but as far as the Hidden Gem goes, I’m going with the Jimmy Day track, “Steel Driver”.

Overall, it’s an album that you will like if you like the sound of a steel guitar. One nice thing about this album, is that, unlike some Starday/Gusto releases, the sound quality here, is pretty good. The levels are consistent and no distortion. Of course, it’s a chance to experience some of the all-time greats, as well. I like this album. I’m giving it a 4 out of 5.(http://ultimatetwang.com/blog/?p=6012)

 

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