3-CD DigiPac (8-seitig) with 100-page booklet, 96 tracks, playing time approx. 210 minutes.
•Contains every Starday recording – previously issued or unissued – by Texas honky tonk legend Frankie Miller, including alternate takes, including the giant 1959 hit Blackland Farmer... a hit again in 1961!
•Contains more than two dozen previously unissued Starday demos, false-starts, and original session chatter plus many other songs never available on CD.
•Includes a wealth of vintage photographs and clippings, newly researched biography, and complete discography.
Frankie Miller is no longer a mainstream figure in country music, and some even confuse him with the Scottish rocker of the same name. But country and rockabilly collectors have waited decades for this reissue. They value Frankie Miller's original singles and albums, and want more information about the artist. This 3-CD-set is a radical expansion of Bear Family's now highly collectible 1983 LP of Frankie Miller's Starday recordings. By then, he was retired from the music business, his earlier hits all but forgotten. Now he gets his due!
Doing right by Frankie Miller's incredible Texas honky tonk legacy, Bear Family reissued his Columbia and 4-Star recordings (BCD 15909) in 1996. Since then, there has been a steady clamor for the complete Starday recordings. Now they're here... and much more! 'Blackland Farmer' includes every 45RPM and album track Frankie Miller recorded for Starday Records plus the gospel EP and unissued material including alternate takes. In addition, this 3-CD-set includes live performances from the Big D Jamboree, plus Frankie Miller's pre-Starday sides for the Cowtown Hoedown label, as well as all of his recordings – both issued and unissued – for both the United Artists and Stop labels. Finally, the set includes Frankie Miller's vocal/guitar demos from the Starday era. These sides, never intended for commercial release, offer an unprecedented look into the development of individual songs, as well as Frankie Miller's distinctive vocal style. Even Frankie Miller (who participated enthusiastically in Hank Davis' production of this reissue) was amazed to hear these tracks, many of which he had forgotten over the years.
No one has done more than Bear Family to document the Texas honky tonk scene... from big stars like Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb to underground classics and collectors' favourites, like Frankie Miller.