Wynn Stewart

Wishful Thinking

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Bear Family's Wishful Thinking compilation gathers virtually everything that Bakersfield sound pioneer Wynn Stewart ever recorded, summarizing his three-decade career over the course of ten discs. "Keeper of the Keys," "It's Such a Pretty World Today," "Sing a Sad Song," "Waltz of the Angels," and the title track are some of the many highlights from this 279-song collection, which traces Stewart's evolution from his hard-driving, rockabilly tinged sound in the '50s to a more pop-oriented country style in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. His complete works for labels such as Jackpot-Challenge, Copre, Playboy, and his own Win and Pretty World imprints are also included. As with all Bear Family releases, Wishful Thinking also includes extensive liner notes, and the first full-length Wynn Stewart biography is part of the package as well. Though the California Country: The Best of the Challenge Masters collection is probably still the best introduction to Stewart's work, Wishful Thinking is a treasure for his longtime fans.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:08
2
2:37
3
2:24
4
3:08
5
2:22
6 2:50
7 2:06
8 2:32
9 3:07
10 2:10
11 2:48
12
2:22
13 2:35
14 2:40
15 2:30
16 2:48
17
2:25
18 2:39
19
2:00
20 1:56
21 1:57
22 1:53
23 2:12
24 2:01
25 3:06
26
2:37
27 3:04
28
feat: Jan Howard
2:21
29
feat: Jan Howard
2:32
30 1:56

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:05
2 1:49
3
2:17
4 1:59
5 2:13
6 2:16
7 2:44
8 2:07
9 2:07
10
feat: Jan Howard
2:25
11
feat: Jan Howard
2:15
12 2:32
13 2:21
14 2:12
15 2:25
16 2:05
17 2:37
18 2:25
19 2:11
20 2:25
21 2:22
22 2:34
23 2:32
24
2:39
25 2:53
26 1:53
27 2:20
28 2:20
29
2:38
30 2:21
31 2:15
32 2:37
33 2:15

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:30
2 2:30
3 2:33
4 2:56
5 2:15
6 2:17
7 2:40
8 2:21
9 2:06
10 2:19
11 1:51
12 2:21
13
2:32
14
2:49
15 2:10
16 2:35
17 2:36
18 1:59
19 2:38
20
2:35
21 2:34
22 2:34
23 2:22
24 2:17
25 3:25
26 2:45
27 2:32
28 3:02
29 2:48
30 2:27
31
2:34

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 2:56
3
2:07
4 2:38
5
2:07
6 2:39
7 3:11
8 2:11
9 2:05
10 2:01
11 2:43
12 2:14
13
2:51
14 2:58
15 2:19
16 2:32
17 2:29
18
2:27
19 2:26
20 2:35
21
2:52
22 2:18
23 2:37
24 2:36
25 2:35
26 3:03
27 2:59
28 2:20
29 1:59
30 2:41
31 2:16

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:44
2 2:21
3 2:05
4 2:23
5 2:02
6 2:31
7 2:45
8 2:21
9 2:29
10 2:37
11 2:48
12 2:14
13 3:04
14 2:25
15 2:25
16 2:15
17 2:16
18 2:21
19 2:49
20 2:00
21
2:54
22 2:26
23 2:45
24 2:27
25 2:37
26
2:08
27 2:49
28 3:04
29 3:08
30 2:39
31 2:31

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:09
2 2:38
3 2:09
4 2:32
5 2:20
6 2:43
7 2:44
8 2:50
9 2:36
10 2:38
11
2:24
12
2:37
13 2:44
14 1:57
15 2:43
16 2:48
17
2:20
18 2:27
19 3:32
20 3:55
21 2:35
22
2:56
23
2:34
24
2:41
25 2:31
26 3:18
27
2:26
28 2:44
29 2:08

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:34
2
3:35
3
2:33
4 2:30
5 3:41
6
3:06
7 3:04
8 2:49
9
3:04
10 3:50
11 2:46
12 2:48
13 2:34
14 2:40
15 2:12
16 3:10
17 2:34
18 2:32
19 2:38
20 2:34
21 2:31
22
2:36
23
2:08
24
2:35
25 3:40
26 3:01
27 3:10

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:37
2
2:54
3 3:01
4
2:44
5
2:46
6 2:59
7 3:34
8 2:50
9
2:54
10 3:27
11
3:05
12 2:50
13 3:39
14
3:19
15
2:42
16 3:33
17 3:33
18 2:31
19
2:55
20 2:46
21
2:16
22
2:28
23
2:19
24 3:07
25 2:35
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