(2013) Doughboys, Playboys & Cowboys - The Golden Years Of Western Swing

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... read moreThis four-disc box chronicles the development of Western swing from the Fort Worth Doughboys' 1932 recordings through its heyday in the late '40s. Along the way, the collection covers every major artist, from Bob Wills and Spade Cooley to pioneers like Milton Brown and Bill Boyd, who have been under...

04:32′:28″ 99 Songs

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Sunbonnet Sue
2:54
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Nancy Jane
2:41
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Oh You Pretty Woman
3:09
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Brownie's Stomp
2:51
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Osage Stomp
3:02
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Who Walks In When I Walk Out
2:52
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Boyd's Blues
2:52
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I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
2:56
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Sadie Green (The Vamp Of New Orleans)
2:38
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Who's Sorry Now
3:04
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Down By The O-H-I-O
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Barn Dance Rag
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Never No More Blues
2:54
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Too Busy
2:34
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Rambler's Stomp
3:02
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The Eyes Of Texas
2:42
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The Yellow Rose Of Texas
2:31
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Red's Tight Like That
3:02
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Buster's Crawdad Song
2:59
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Big Daddy Blues
2:37
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Feather Your Nest
3:06
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Dirty Dog
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My Galveston Gal
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El Rancho Grande
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Texas Sand
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Women Women Women
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Mean Old Lonesome Blues
2:44
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Bring It On Down To My House
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Corrine Corrina
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One Sweet Letter From You
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Fort Worth Stomp
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The Women ('Bout To Make A Wreck Out Of Me)
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Streamlined Mama
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Blue Guitars
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Dirty Dog Blues
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Mississippi Sandman
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Hot Tamale Pete
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Married Man Blues
3:21
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There'll Be Some Changes Made
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Dirty Hangover Blues
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Lose Your Blues & Laugh At Life
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Range Rider Stomp
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Hold That Critter Down
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Chicken Reel Stomp
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Playboy Stomp
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Moonlight In Oklahoma
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Keep On Truckin'
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I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
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Just Once Too Often
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Loud Mouth
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Kangaroo Blues
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Pine State Honky Tonk
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Better Quit It Now
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Pussy Pussy Pussy
2:23
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I'll Keep My Old Guitar
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Cowboy's Swing
2:42
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Lonesome Road Blues
2:42
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Liza Pull Down The Shades
2:40
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Truck Driver's Blues
2:41
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My Untrue Cowgirl
2:29
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San Antonio Rose
2:51
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Gonna Get Tight
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Let's Make Believe We're Sweethearts
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Mississippi Muddle
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Billy Boy
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Good Gracious Gracie
2:39
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Mean Mean Mama (From Meana)
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Jones Stomp
2:34
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Rockin' Rollin' Mama
2:48
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Blue Steel Blues
2:05
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New San Antonio Rose
2:55
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Bob Wills Special
2:26
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Pussywillow
2:39
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Tobacco State Swing
2:24
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Draftboard Blues
2:50
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Whatcha Gonna Do
2:38
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Cotton Eyed Joe
2:10
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Sally's Got A Wooden Leg
2:58
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What's The Matter With Deep Elem
2:38
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Lil Liza Jane
2:39
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Pistol Packin' Mama
2:41
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Forgive Me One More Time
2:15
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Shame On You
2:54
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Steel Guitar Stomp
2:33
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Boogie Woogie Boy
2:26
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That's What I Like About The South
2:37
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Stay A Little Longer
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Oklahoma Blues
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Oklahoma Stomp
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Nails In My Coffin
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Bob Wills Two Step
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I Got Texas In My Soul
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Wildcat Mama
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Betty Ann
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One Year Ago Tonight
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Oakie Boogie
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Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette)
3:03
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Square Dance Boogie
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Humpty Dumpty Heart
2:39
Released 03 March 2013, ℗ Proper Box

Review

This four-disc box chronicles the development of Western swing from the Fort Worth Doughboys' 1932 recordings through its heyday in the late '40s. Along the way, the collection covers every major artist, from Bob Wills and Spade Cooley to pioneers like Milton Brown and Bill Boyd, who have been under-represented almost to the point of extinction in the CD era. It also includes Patsy Montana's groundbreaking hit single, "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," and other fascinating tracks such as the Tex-Mex stomper "El Rancho Grande" by the Tune Wranglers, "Bring It on Down to My House" by Derwood Brown & His Musical Brownies, and dozens of others. The accompanying 43-page booklet features bios on all the artists as well as song notes and rare photographs. Unfortunately, this doesn't include anything after 1947, but such is the nature of Proper boxes. Besides, this doesn't claim to be an exhaustive chronology -- the subtitle, "The Golden Years of Western Swing," states the intent and, as such, this is magnificent stuff. Considering what's been included, it's hard to squabble over what's been left out ("Take Me Back to Tulsa," "Milk Cow Blues," and "Steel Guitar Rag" are notable examples), but pretend you don't know that and this set is perfect, containing every artist, every development, and every song that made Western swing a national phenomenon. ~ Jim Smith