Wesley Tuttle

Detour

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AllMusic Review by Greg Adams

Detour takes a look at the career of Wesley Tuttle, a nearly forgotten player in the West Coast country music scene of the '40s and '50s. The set contains four CDs, a DVD, and an 86-page book packaged in an LP-sized box. The first two discs hold most of Tuttle's Capitol recordings, including all of his hits and the early sides that prominently feature Merle Travis on guitar and background vocals. The remaining two audio discs are packed with rare radio transcriptions from the '40s. The DVD has a handful of telescriptions (early music videos) and a Jimmy Wakely film, Song of the Sierras, in which Tuttle co-stars. As for the music, Tuttle is similar in style to his confederates -- Jimmy Wakely, Johnny Bond, and Merle Travis -- but with much less novelty material than the latter two, and very little western music. Tuttle favored slow and medium tempos, and his accomplished yodeling is heard on only a few cuts. Song of the Sierras, mastered from a good print, is an average singing cowboy western with a ridiculous plot, but happily features a lot of music. The mere existence of a Wesley Tuttle box set practically precludes any criticism, but there are a couple of problems. One is that Detour omits an entire disc's worth of Capitol and Coral recordings; since Bear Family has a reputation for offering complete recordings sets, and their releases carry a premium price, the omission is puzzling. Most buyers would probably have preferred a fifth disc of music instead of, or in addition to, a DVD. Another puzzler is that the usual licensing information for the Capitol cuts is missing, which raises questions as to what was used as source material -- the original masters or commercial 78s? The sound is excellent but with noticeable surface noise in places, and the matter wouldn't be an issue if not for Bear Family's well-established reputation and high price. Many collectors would have been thrilled with a single-disc anthology, so, nitpicks aside, a multi-disc Wesley Tuttle set is a welcome thing.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wesley Tuttle 03:04 Amazon
2 Wesley Tuttle 02:53 Amazon
3 Wesley Tuttle 02:24 Amazon
4 Wesley Tuttle 02:47 Amazon
5 Wesley Tuttle 02:32 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:54 Amazon
7 Wesley Tuttle 02:32 Amazon
8 Wesley Tuttle 02:40 Amazon
9 Wesley Tuttle 02:47 Amazon
10 Wesley Tuttle 03:07 Amazon
11 Wesley Tuttle 03:17 Amazon
12 Wesley Tuttle 02:50 Amazon
13 Wesley Tuttle 02:49 Amazon
14 Wesley Tuttle 02:45 Amazon
15 Wesley Tuttle 02:46 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:36 Amazon
17
Wesley Tuttle feat: Gene Autry / Johnny Bond 02:30 Amazon
18 Wesley Tuttle 02:56 Amazon
19 Wesley Tuttle 03:07 Amazon
20 Wesley Tuttle 03:10 Amazon
21 Wesley Tuttle 02:39 Amazon
22 Wesley Tuttle 02:49 Amazon
23
Wesley Tuttle 03:07 Amazon
24
Wesley Tuttle 03:11 Amazon
25 Wesley Tuttle 03:14 Amazon
26 Wesley Tuttle 02:40 Amazon
27
Wesley Tuttle 02:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Wesley Tuttle 03:11 Amazon
2 Wesley Tuttle 02:42 Amazon
3 Wesley Tuttle 02:55 Amazon
4
Wesley Tuttle 02:52 Amazon
5
Wesley Tuttle 02:20 Amazon
6
Wesley Tuttle 02:40 Amazon
7 Wesley Tuttle feat: Marilyn Tuttle 02:34 Amazon
8 Wesley Tuttle feat: Marilyn Tuttle 02:23 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle feat: Marilyn Tuttle 02:52 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:12 Amazon
11 Wesley Tuttle feat: Marilyn Tuttle 02:30 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:01 Amazon
13 Wesley Tuttle 02:53 Amazon
14 Wesley Tuttle 02:24 Amazon
15 Wesley Tuttle 02:51 Amazon
16 Wesley Tuttle feat: Tex Ritter / Marilyn Tuttle / Jimmy Wakely 03:06 Amazon
17 Wesley Tuttle 02:30 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:43 Amazon
19 Wesley Tuttle 02:29 Amazon
20 Wesley Tuttle feat: Thurl Ravenscroft / Marilyn Tuttle / Jimmy Wakely 03:19 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:35 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:29 Amazon
23 Wesley Tuttle 02:57 Amazon
24 Wesley Tuttle 02:32 Amazon
25
Wesley Tuttle 02:29 Amazon
26 Wesley Tuttle 02:30 Amazon
27 Wesley Tuttle feat: Marilyn Tuttle 02:09 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:13 Amazon
29 Wesley Tuttle 02:39 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wesley Tuttle 02:23 Amazon
2 Wesley Tuttle 02:28 Amazon
3 Wesley Tuttle 01:52 Amazon
4 Wesley Tuttle 01:59 Amazon
5 Wesley Tuttle 02:20 Amazon
6 Wesley Tuttle 02:17 Amazon
7 Wesley Tuttle 02:34 Amazon
8 Wesley Tuttle 02:34 Amazon
9 Wesley Tuttle 02:24 Amazon
10 Wesley Tuttle 02:30 Amazon
11 Wesley Tuttle 02:39 Amazon
12 Wesley Tuttle 02:26 Amazon
13 Wesley Tuttle 02:32 Amazon
14 Wesley Tuttle 02:18 Amazon
15 Wesley Tuttle 02:08 Amazon
16 Wesley Tuttle 01:40 Amazon
17 Wesley Tuttle 02:39 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:24 Amazon
19 Wesley Tuttle 02:12 Amazon
20 Wesley Tuttle 02:17 Amazon
21 Wesley Tuttle 02:34 Amazon
22 Wesley Tuttle 02:35 Amazon
23 Wesley Tuttle 02:17 Amazon
24 Wesley Tuttle 02:09 Amazon
25 Wesley Tuttle 02:06 Amazon
26 Wesley Tuttle 02:16 Amazon
27 Wesley Tuttle 02:46 Amazon
28 Wesley Tuttle 02:15 Amazon
29 Wesley Tuttle 02:28 Amazon
30 Wesley Tuttle 02:12 Amazon
31 Wesley Tuttle 01:58 Amazon
32 Wesley Tuttle 02:13 Amazon
33 Wesley Tuttle 02:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wesley Tuttle 02:22 Amazon
2 Wesley Tuttle 02:07 Amazon
3 Wesley Tuttle 03:18 Amazon
4 Wesley Tuttle 02:30 Amazon
5
Wesley Tuttle 02:27 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:53 Amazon
7 Wesley Tuttle 02:27 Amazon
8 Wesley Tuttle 02:29 Amazon
9 Wesley Tuttle 02:59 Amazon
10 Wesley Tuttle 02:52 Amazon
11 Wesley Tuttle 03:00 Amazon
12 Wesley Tuttle 01:37 Amazon
13 Wesley Tuttle 01:44 Amazon
14 Wesley Tuttle 02:01 Amazon
15 Wesley Tuttle 02:51 Amazon
16 Wesley Tuttle 01:50 Amazon
17 Wesley Tuttle 02:51 Amazon
18 Wesley Tuttle 02:23 Amazon
19 Wesley Tuttle 02:35 Amazon
20 Wesley Tuttle 02:26 Amazon
21 Wesley Tuttle 02:36 Amazon
22 Wesley Tuttle 02:16 Amazon
23 Wesley Tuttle 02:51 Amazon
24 Wesley Tuttle 02:21 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:18 Amazon
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Wesley Tuttle 02:25 Amazon
27 Wesley Tuttle 02:24 Amazon
28 Wesley Tuttle 02:43 Amazon
29 Wesley Tuttle 02:55 Amazon
30 Wesley Tuttle 01:33 Amazon
31 Wesley Tuttle 02:02 Amazon
32 Wesley Tuttle 01:48 Amazon
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