Smash records was really the NASA of the Roger Miller launch, but any label with tapes of the guy was re-releasing them in the '60s. The stuff from the RCA vault is definitely more vintage Miller than earlier recordings circulating; he would even do reworkings and re-recordings of some these numbers later. The most famous song here is "Sorry, Willie," as it has evolved into a launch pad of its own for various artists trying to summon the spirit of Willie Nelson. When it was originally recorded in 1960, neither Miller nor Nelson were household names, both struggling with their careers and the forces attempting to shape them into more conventional Nashville talent. Each of these tracks has an edge to it, and sometimes Miller packs himself into a box he doesn't exactly fit into. Not essential Miller, but certainly lots of fun.
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AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne