Saturday, April 28, 2012

SPADE COOLEY & TEX WILLIAMS "A Western Swing Dance Date With Spade & Tex"

SPADE COOLEY & TEX WILLIAMS "A Western Swing Dance Date With Spade & Tex":
Just what the title says, this is get-up-and-dance music and recalls the great days of swing bands playing on the radio and for ballrooms full of dancing couples. This CD features band-leader Spade Cooley, who came into his own during the war years of the 1940s putting together a band that was big even for a big band, with violins, guitars, brass, reeds, accordion, piano, and his trademark harp. In his arrangements, there was also great slide guitar, and his fiddles could play in harmony. He teamed up with singer and bass-player Tex Williams, who later had a band of his own, the Western Caravan. Five of the tracks on this CD are from his organization. As this CD demonstrates, Cooley and Williams played to a wide variety of musical tastes, and there are classics here, including "Yearning," "Sioux City Sue," "Crazy 'Cause I Love You," "You Can't Break My Heart," and Cooley's own "Spadella." There are several polkas and traditional songs ("Wabash Cannonball" and Popeye's "Hornpipe Song") and comic songs ("Leather Britches"). There are two Bob Wills rags. Hollywood Indian motifs show up in "Redwing" and "Pale Moon." Four songs feature the honey-smooth baritone of Tex Williams. Other vocalists include Ginny Jackson, Red Egner, Del Porter, and Smokey Rogers (pictured with Cooley and Williams on the CD cover). With 27 tracks and almost an hour of music, this CD is a terrific trip into the era of big bands and western swing. And a great bargain, too. (Amazon)

trax:
1. Diggin' With Spade (Featuring Milton DeLugg) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 2. Aria From Dixie - Tex Williams & His Western Caravan 3. You'll Rue The Day (v. Tex Williams) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 4. Guitar Swing - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 5. My Chickashay Gal (v.Smokey Rogers) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 6. Yearning (Just for You) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 7. Do Ya Or Don't Cha (v.Tex Williams) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 8. Hornpipe Swing - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 9. The Wabash Cannonball (v.Ginny Jackson) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 10. Texas Playboy Rag No. 2 - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 11. Fireball Mail (v. Ginny Jackson) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 12. Sioux City Sue (v.Red Egner) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 13. Tattle-Tail Polka - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 14. Piggy Bank Polka (v.Red Egner & Del Porter) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 15. Leather Britches (v.Del Porter) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 16. Pale Moon - Tex Williams & His Western Caravan 17. Red Wing - Tex Williams & His Western Caravan 18. Crazy 'Cause I Love You (v. Red Egner) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 19. California Polka - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 20. Texas Playboy Rag - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 21. You Can't Break My Heart (v.Tex Williams) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 22. Spadella - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 23. Hide Your Face (v.Tex Williams) - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 24. Cowpoke Polka - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band 25. Banjo Polka (Feat. Smokey Rogers, Banjo) - Tex Williams & His Western Caravan 26. Riverside Stomp - Tex Williams & His Western Caravan 27. Snow Deer Stomp - Spade Cooley & His Dance Band ...served by Gyro1966...