Ernest Tubb

Complete Live 1965 Show

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This 29-song set is the place to start listening to Ernest Tubb; this concert ranges freely across Tubb's history in the course of a single set, covering a quarter century of songs, and also captures the warmth, the humor, and the majesty of the "Texas Troubador." Camelot's 1999 release of the Complete Live 1965 Show is an expanded, newly remixed version of the same show from the Magic Castle Ballroom near Seattle, WA, that Rhino had out as a 20-song single disc ten years ago. The nine additional tracks include four numbers by Jack Greene and Cal Smith, plus instrumentals by the band, Tubb's "Seaman's Blues," and another rendition of "Walking the Floor Over You." Tubb was always defensive about his singing, especially after the mid-'50s, when his range narrowed even further. He was completely in his element on stage, however, and his sense of timing and his control compensate for any lack of range. Moreover, he's backed by a tight band; a solid country outfit with a twist -- Greene rode the drums harder than most outfits of this kind ever allowed anyone to do, and the result is a country band with one great beat. One ends up forgiving Tubb's seriously flattened high notes on "Slipping Around" and "Mississippi Gal," and marveling at his smooth style of delivery and the rock-solid backup; and on most of what's here, he excels as a singer (it's hard to imagine anyone doing as fine a job on "Pass the Booze"), as long as he doesn't reach too high -- and on quite a few, including "Thanks a Lot," Tubb's baritone is downright perfect for the number.

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