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Country Vinyl Records
Things to Remember - The Pamper Demos (Pre-Order)Release Date: July 13, 2018*
Liner Notes By Grammy-Winning Writer Colin Escott
Photos From Bear Family Label Founder Richard Weize’s Personal Collection
Remastered By Mike Milchner At Sonicvision For Fidelity Far Superior To Prior Incarnations
Available On A 2xLP Set Pressed On Red Vinyl Limited To 1000 Copies
Housed In A Gatefold Jacket
The First Blossoming Of One Of The Truly Singular Talents In American Music
For the series of sessions that laid the foundation for Willie Nelson’s career and thus changed the course of modern country music, these recordings have been treated pretty cavalierly over the years. But first, a little history…Willie Nelson was a struggling songwriter, hungry for work and maybe even just plain hungry, when he moved to Nashville in late 1960 with his wife and kids and met Hank Cochran, who was a writer for Pamper Music. Pamper, which was owned by country star Ray Price, fiddle player Hal Smith, and a baker (!) from Pico Rivera, California named Claude Caviness, was the hottest publishing company in town, thanks to writers like Cochran and Harlan Howard and songs like “Heartaches by the Number” and “I Fall to Pieces.” At first, Willie wasn’t going to sign with Pamper because Hal Smith wouldn’t give Willie the draw he needed, but Cochran told Smith to front Willie fifty bucks a week from his own draw. So Willie, determined to reward Cochran’s trust, got to work. “I was writing to prove I could write,” he said. “To get the money and feel like I was earning it.” He would end most work days with a new song, and then he and Cochran would call a session with A-team musicians who didn’t have major label studio work that day. The result: a body of work that just may well represent the most fertile creative period ever to issue from a country songwriter.
The songs Willie recorded for Pamper during the early ‘60s remain among his most famous, and include tunes he still performs to this day: “Crazy,” “Funny (How Time Slips Away),’ “Night Life,” “Pretty Paper,” “Half a Man,” “Hello Walls,” “Healing Hands of Time,” and more. And these, the Pamper demos, are the first recordings of those legendary songs. In other words, this is what artists and label guys back in the day heard when Hal Smith or Hank Cochran handed over a little acetate, and said, “Hey, listen here to what our guy Willie Nelson just come up with.” It simply doesn’t get much more historic than that! But, for some reason, these demos have hitherto turned up in bits and pieces, mostly on budget packages with little documentation or care.
Now, finally, these incredibly important recordings are getting the respect they deserve. Things to Remember—The Pamper Demos brings together these 28 performances for the first time (several of which have hitherto eluded compilation), all remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision to sound much better than they ever have, and annotated by Grammy-winning writer Colin Escott, with photos courtesy of Bear Family label founder Richard Weize. Available from Real Gone Music as a gatefold , red vinyl double-LP limited to 1000 copies, this collection is indispensable for any Willie Nelson fan or any lover of great country music…it’s the first blossoming of one of our greatest songwriters, presented the way work of this stature should be, with great sound and packaging.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
1. Where Were You Yesterday
2. More Than One Way to Cry
3. I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye
4. A Broken Promise
5. I’m Gonna Lose a Lotta Teardrops
6. Little Things
7. Will You Remember Mine
8. My Own Peculiar Way
9. I Gotta Get Drunk
10. Half a Man
11. You Left a Long Time Ago
12. Undo the Right
13. I’ve Just Destroyed the World
1. Are You Sure
2. Country Willie
3. Three Days
4. You Wouldn’t Cross the Street
5. Pretty Paper
6. Night Life
7. Hello Walls
8. Healing Hands of Time
9. Good Times
10. Funny (How Time Slips Away)
12. Within Your Crowd
13. Save Your Tears
14. A Moment Is Very Long
15. Things to Remember
$39.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedPRE-ORDER Buy Now
Songs For RoundersThe late 50s. A time of crushing conformity. Of well-manicured lawns, white picket fences, and men in grey flannel suits. Not in Hank Thompsons world. With its tales of drunkenness, prostitution , drug abuse, gambling and vagrancynot to mention one of the most notorious album covers in the history not just of country music, but of all popular musicThompsons 1959 LP Songs for Rounders remains one of countrys most essential albums. It all started when Thompson brought Ken Nelson, Capitols head of country A&R at the time, a song he often featured in his live performances called Cocaine Blues. Nelson told him there was no way the song would ever get any airplay as a single, but suggested it might work as part of an album concept. Thompson then proceeded to round up a collection of tunes taken from every walk of American popular song and every walk of American lifelike the walk taken in Dallas red light district in Deep Elm. The spirit of the album even extended to the photo shoot. After the cover shots were taken in the morning, Thompson spent the rest of the day in the studio recording. He then went down the street to a bar and found one of the women who had posed with him. She had been drinking since the shoot had ended. She didnt even remember him. This Real Gone vinyl reissue offers the optimum way to experience this landmark album. Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York, cut by Peter Black at FM Mastering, and and manufactured on 160-gram vinyl at Bill Smith Custom Records, this release features the stereo mix of Songs for Rounders, as this record was not only Hanks first stereo recording but also one of the earliest country albums to be released in stereo (just wait til you hear some of those sparkling Merle Travis leads)!
And, we have included an album-size insert with a full-color reproduction of the album cover suitable for framing on one side and notes from Grammy®-winning liner note writer Colin Escott on the other. Essential American music released in its original format, with improved packaging to boot.1. Three Times Seven
2. I'll Be a Bachelor Till I Die
3. Drunkard's Blues
4. Teach 'Em How to Swim
5. Dry Bread
6. Cocaine Blues
7. Deep Elm
8. Bummin' Around
9. Little Blossom
10. Rovin' Gambler
11. Left My Gal in the Mountains
12. May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister?
$21.99160 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
The story of American country begins almost a century ago in the Southern U.S., where blues and folk music were joined together in a wonderful matrimony of musical bliss. That holy union still holds strong to this day, as throughout the years what was once called “hillbilly music” has evolved into the most popular music genre in
The story of American country begins almost a century ago in the Southern U.S., where blues and folk music were joined together in a wonderful matrimony of musical bliss. That holy union still holds strong to this day, as throughout the years what was once called “hillbilly music” has evolved into the most popular music genre in America.
And if you think country sounds great coming out of your MP3 player, wait until you have a listen to some country vinyls.
Have you ever heard Johnny Cash play San Quentin on vinyl? Or Willie Nelson on vinyl wistfully wishing he was on the road again? Whatever your speed, SoundStage Direct has an extensive collection of country vinyl records, from Ronstadt to T-Swift.