The first comprehensive anthology spotlighting Bill Anderson, the most successful singer-songwriter during the Nashville Sound's classic era. Contains 21 'Billboard' country chart hits, including such favorites as Po' Folks, Mama Sang A Song, Still, Bright Lights And Country Music, I Love You Drops and I Get The Fever. Includes everything from Anderson's first eight Decca albums plus seven non-LP 'B' sides and three unissued studio tracks. Five duets with Jan Howard, including the chart-topping For Loving You. Features the first reissue of Anderson's rare, early TNT singles including the rocking Take Me and the premiere recording of his enduring honky-tonk anthem City Lights. Includes twelve demos of Anderson originals from the singer's private collection, among them a duet featuring a teen-aged Dolly Parton. With a career dating back to the mid-fifties, Bill Anderson is probably the most successful singer-songwriter in country music history. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than a half-century, he remains an engaging performer, a prolific writer and one of the industry's most respected elder statesmen. His best-selling Decca recordings of the late fifties and through the sixties were benchmarks in the emerging Nashville Sound. Outside of indifferently assembled 'hits' packages, these sides have never been properly reissued on compact disc until now. Assembled with the singer's co-operation, this four-CD compilation gathers every surviving master recording from 1956 through 1966, plus an alternate version of 3 A.M. The set includes Anderson's first single, released while he was a 19-year-old University of Georgia student. For those who only know the singer for the intimate, soft-spoken vocals and recitations that landed him the nickname 'Whispering Bill,' these early sides are a revelation, a diverse mix ranging from rockabilly balladry to Texas-style shuffles to unapologetic honky-tonk to Nashville pop country. The set also includes twelve demos from Anderson's private collection, including such now-celebrated songs as I Love You Drops; The Cold, Hard Facts Of Life; Once A Day; Slippin' Away; and The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'. A young Dolly Parton duets with Anderson on If It's All The Same To You. This collection includes a detailed biography of Anderson's remarkable career through 1966, illustrated with photos and memorabilia from the singer's personal archive.
Track Listing: Disc 1 1. Empty Room 2. Take Me 3. City Lights 4. No Song To Sing 5. That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome (Single Version) 6. The Thrill Of My Life 7. Ninety-Nine 8. Back Where I Started From 9. It's Not The End Of Everything 10. Dead Or Alive 11. No Man's Land 12. The Tip Of My Fingers 13. Walk Out Backwards 14. Best Of Strangers 15. Flowing Waters And Shifting Sands 16. Goodbye Cruel World 17. Po' Folks 18. As Long As I Live 19. It Takes A Worried Man 20. City Lights 21. Columbus Stockade Blues 22. Mama Sang A Song 23. Wedding Bells 24. Yonder Comes A Sucker 25. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain 26. On And On And On 27. Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands 28. Down Came The Rain 29. Still 30. You Made It Easy 31. I Wish It Was Mine 32. That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome Disc 2 1. From A Jack To A King 2. Little Band Of Gold 3. Restless 4. Happiness 5. Reverend Mr. Black 6. It's Been So Long, Darlin' 7. Take These Chains From My Heart 8. Molly 9. 8 X 10 10. I'll Be Somewhere 11. One Mile Over - Two Miles Back 12. Take Me Home 13. Candy Apple Red 14. Cincinnati Ohio 15. Easy Come Easy Go 16. Five Little Fingers 17. Me 18. 500 Miles Away From Home 19. You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry 20. Abilene 21. Green, Green 22. I'm Leaving It All Up To You 23. I Love You More And More Every Day 24. Memory #1 25. In Case You Ever Change Your Mind 26. In The Misty Moonlight 27. 3 A.M. 28. Then And Only Then 29. Worry 30. You Can Have Her 31. Then I'll Stop Loving You 32. Mountain Dew Disc 3 1. 3 A.M. (Remake) 2. Twist Of The Wrist 3. Certain 4. I Love You Drops 5. Once A Day 6. I Missed Me 7. I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand 8. Saginaw Michigan 9. I Don't Love You Anymore 10. Riverboat 11. I Know You Are Married (But I Love You Still) - Anderson, Bill & Howard, Jan 12. Time Out - Anderson, Bill & Howard, Jan 13. I'll Be Waiting - Anderson, Bill & Howard, Jan 14. Bright Lights And Country Music 15. Born 16. The Freighter 17. Wild Side Of Life 18. Truck Drivin' Man 19. I'll Go Down Swinging 20. The Strangers Story 21. Walking The Dog 22. How The Other Half Lives 23. Wine 24. All Nite Cafe 25. Cocktails 26. Golden Guitar 27. Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sleep) 28. In The Summertime 29. Used To 30. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Disc 4 1. Lovin' Pains 2. When Liking Turns To Loving 3. Talkin' To The Wall 4. Next Time You're In Tulsa 5. I Get The Fever (Remake) 6. Nail My Shoes To The Floor 7. The First Mrs. Jones 8. Papa 9. For Loving You - Anderson, Bill & Howard, Jan 10. The Untouchables - Anderson, Bill & Howard, Jan 11. Get While The Gettin's Good 12. Something To Believe In 13. Ride Ride Ride 14. My Daddy And My Mama And Me 15. A Satisfied Mind 16. Bad Seed 17. Remember Me 18. The Wheel Of Hurt 19. Open Up Your Heart 20. Homesick 21. I'm Ashamed Of You 22. If It's All The Same To You - Anderson, Bill & Parton, Dolly 23. Here Lies The Heart Of Amos Brown 24. Once A Day 25. The Cold Hard Facts Of Life 26. Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sleep) 27. I Love You Drops 28. I'll Go Down Swingin' 29. You And Your Sweet Love 30. The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin' 31. Slippin' Away 32. Nobody But A Fool