4-CD box set (LP-format) with 48-page book, 97 tracks. Playing time approx. 246 mns.
Dick Curless is best known for his mega-hit A Tombstone Every Mile, along with a string of trucker anthems and road songs, recorded since 1950 - 1973. This boxed set continues where Volume 1 (Standard, Event, Tiffany, Allagash, Tower; BCD 15882) ended with Curless' first session for Capitol in 1970, continuing until his final recordings for the label in 1973. Although less commercially successful, Curless left many surprisingly powerful recordings in the Capitol vaults, including his classic 1972 'live' album, recorded before an enthusiastic Trucker's Convention in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Perhaps the highlight of this collection is a full disc of previously unreleased solo vocal/guitar recordings made in a Nashville home-studio in 1988. Intended only for use by his family, these astonishing tracks reveal Dick Curless' full power as a singer and songwriter. Together with Volume 1, this collection offers the most extensive look at Maine's main contribution to country music. The accompanying book contains many previously unpublished photos and new interviews by Hank Davis offering insight into the personal side of this American Original.