1-CD with 28-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time 75:48 mns.
"Mitch Miller said to Wesley Rose, 'Ol' Hank's done it again, hasn't he?' and Wesley Rose said, 'That was Curley Williams whowrote Half As Much, and Mitch Miller said, 'Who's Curley Williams?' and
Wesley Rose said, 'A guy that's been on your labelabout seven years.'"
And there, in a nutshell, was Curley Williams’ dilemma. He was on the Grand Ole Opry before Hank Williams; he was onthe Louisiana Hayride before Hank Williams; he was a recording star before
Hank Williams … but few remember himtoday, except for writing one of Hank Williams' biggest hits, Half As Much.
These two volumes are a retrospective of the great, and vastly underrated western swing star Curley Williams. Rarelyreissued on microgroove, and never reissued on CD, these two CDs are a treasure trove of oh-so-fine sharp-tip westernswing music. So few have heard of Curley Williams, much less heard him, but he’s on a par with the very best western swingbandleaders of the 1940s and 1950s. If you like
Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, Hank Penny, or Spade Cooley, you’ll besure to loveCurley Williams. They cover his complete Columbia recordings, include all his early recordings from 1945 to1952, as well as ultra-rare demos with Hank Williams of Time Has Proven I Was Wrong and No, Not Now. Curley Williams wenton to work with Hank Williams and write one of his biggest hits, Half As Much, but here he proves convincingly that he’smuch more than a footnote to the Hank Williams story.
|Half As Much (& His Georgia Peach Pickers) 1|
|3:||No Not Now|
|6:||Saturday Night Rag|
|7:||Whole Hog Or None|
|8:||Honey Do You Love Me - Huh|
|9:||Good Ol' Alabam|
|10:||All You Gotta Do Is Whistle|
|11:||String Steeling (instrumental)|
|12:||Between A Rock And A Hard Place|
|14:||Half As Much|
|16:||We've Come A Long Way Together|
|17:||When You're Tired Of Breaking Other Hearts|
|18:||What's The Matter With My Heart|
|19:||On The Okefenokee|
|20:||Time And A Half Time|
|21:||No Not Now (& HANK WILLIAMS)|
|22:||Leave Me Alone With The Blues|
|23:||Grandma's Turned Over Again|
|24:||Woe Is Me|
|27:||Good Ol' Alabam|
|28:||All You Gotta Do Is Whistle|
|29:||Between A Rock And A Hard Place|