Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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The least known part of the this series of releases, mostly because it falls outside the numbered body of titles. The hook here is the McKinney Sisters, Dean and Evelyn, who were usually subordinate to lead singer Tommy Duncan on most of Wills' best-known recordings. On these 22 tracks, however, they're out front as a vocal duet, singing, yodeling, and generally filling the jaunty, jazzy sound of their songs with some very sweet, very Western tones, all different in texture from the Tommy Duncan-sung numbers. The effect is rather startling, given the familiarity of Duncan's voice in this context, and allows even longtime fans to redefine their perceptions of the group. Among the familiar fare here, done in unfamiliar versions, are "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Blue Skies," and "All By Myself."