Saturday, June 23, 2012
Fake country, Part 3!
Three of these were ripped from an Ultraphonic label LP in very decent shape, while a number of others come from 78s in worn condition. ("So, Lee, did you manage to make those worn 78s sound pretty good with the use of MAGIX software?") Why, yes, in fact. How did you anticipate I was going to say that? Can you read my mind?
Ultraphonic, by the way, is part of the Varsity-Royale-Halo-Gramophone group of ultra-cheap Eli Oberstein labels. One of the Ultraphonic tracks--I Forgot to Remember to Forget--may be the earliest fake Elvis side in my collection.
These are, needless to note, cheap label copies of country hits. The time: early to mid 1950s. No fewer than six Delbert Barker recordings grace our list, all from 78s on the Big 4 Hits label. One of the titles, There Stands the Glass, had me puzzled at first, but it turns out to be simply another barroom saga. I should have known.
What else? Oh, since Blue Suede Shoes (performed here by the famous "No Artist Credited") was designated as country by Ultraphonic, here it is. (My next playlist will feature some more rock and roll/rockabilly hits packaged as country.) And I regret to note that I Wanna Play House is the Eddy Arnold hit, not the song we associate with Elvis and Sun. It's still cool, but, obviously, not as.
By the way, isn't the 5-for-$1.00 Woolworth sticker (upper left) awesome? Looks like someone started to tear it off at some point but stopped when they realized the label was going with it.
To the fake country: Fake Country, Part 3
I Wanna Play House with You (Coben)--Del Gillman and His Bar X Boys (Tops 297)
Settin' the Woods on Fire--Rusty Howard, Bar-X Boys (Tops 45-344)
Blue Suede Shoes--No artist credited (Country and Western Hits--Ultraphonic 1664)
Four Walls--Ross Hendricks w. Four Jacks, Herbie Layne's O. (Gateway 1214; 1957)
You Forgot to Remember to Forget--No artist credited (Country and Western Hits--Ultraphonic 1664)
You're Free to Go--Delbert Barker (Big 4 Hits 177; 1955)
Cryin', Prayin', Waitin', Hopin'--No artist credited (Country and Western Hits--Ultraphonic 1664)
Go Back, You Fool--Same.
My Bucket's Got a Hole in It--Dick Warren w. Herbie Layne's O. (Gateway 1244; 1958)
There Stands the Glass--Delbert Barker (Big 4 Hits 55; 1953)
Walking the Dog--Same.
Back Up Buddy--Delbert Barker (Big 4 Hits 88; 1954)
It's a Great Life--Delbert Barker (Big 4 Hits 177; 1955)
Why Baby Why--Same.