King Of The Road-Genius Of... CD (1995)

Artist: Roger Miller

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Specifications

Label Uni/mercury Nashville
SKU 60395591
UPC 731452699329
UPC 14 00731452699329
Format CD
Release Date 8/22/1995
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Author Roger Miller
Compilation Appearance Singer/Songwriter
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Compilation Appearance Real 60's Country / Various
Compilation Appearance Top 10 Country / Various
Compilation Appearance Country Love Songs / Various
Compilation Appearance Best Country Love Songs / Various
Compilation Appearance Classic Country Gold
Compilation Appearance Tbd
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Country
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Compilation Appearance Certified No 1 Country Hits
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Compilation Appearance Best Of Country
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:merle Haggard
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Artist Influence Bob Wills
Artist Influence Charles Brown
Artist Influence Chet Atkins
Artist Influence Ernest Tubb
Artist Influence George Jones
Artist Influence Hank Williams
Artist Influence Harlan Howard
Artist Influence Hoagy Carmichael
Artist Influence Lefty Frizzell
Artist Influence Marty Robbins
Artist Influence Ray Price
Artist Influence Sheb Wooley
Artist Influence Tommy Collins
Artist Influence Webb Pierce
Artist Influence Willie Nelson
Artist Contemporary Bill Anderson (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Bobbie Gentry
Artist Contemporary Bobby Bare
Artist Contemporary Brenda Lee
Artist Contemporary Buck Owens
Artist Contemporary Chad Morgan
Artist Contemporary Charlie Louvin
Artist Contemporary Charlie Rich
Artist Contemporary Chet Atkins
Artist Contemporary Dottie West
Artist Contemporary Faron Young
Artist Contemporary George Jones
Artist Contemporary Harlan Howard
Artist Contemporary Hoyt Axton
Artist Contemporary Jeannie C. Riley
Artist Contemporary Jerry Reed
Artist Contemporary Jim Reeves
Artist Contemporary Joe South
Artist Contemporary John D. Loudermilk
Artist Contemporary John Hartford
Artist Contemporary Johnny Cash
Artist Contemporary Lefty Frizzell
Artist Contemporary Leroy Pullins
Artist Contemporary Lonzo & Oscar
Artist Contemporary Merle Haggard
Artist Contemporary Nat Stuckey
Artist Contemporary Ray Price
Artist Contemporary Ray Stevens
Artist Contemporary Sandy Posey
Artist Contemporary Shel Silverstein
Artist Contemporary Stonewall Jackson
Artist Contemporary Tammy Wynette
Artist Contemporary Tom T. Hall
Artist Contemporary Tommy Collins
Artist Contemporary Waylon Jennings
Artist Contemporary Webb Pierce
Artist Follower 5 Chinese Brothers
Artist Follower Charlie Robison
Artist Follower Dean Miller
Artist Follower Jackie King
Artist Follower John Prine
Artist Follower Kenny Roby
Artist Follower Kris Kristofferson
Artist Follower Loudon Wainwright III
Artist Follower Luther Wright & The Wrongs
Artist Follower Lyle Lovett
Artist Follower Nick Lowe
Artist Follower Robbie Fulks
Artist Follower Roger Wallace
Artist Follower Shane Stockton
Artist Follower Walter Hyatt
Technical Info
CatalogID AA3145269932
Lable Name Mercury
Released 08/22/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 162m : 33s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00731452699329
Musical Guests
Danny Gatton
Willie Nelson
Ray Price
Boots Randolph
Album Notes and Credits
KING OF THE ROAD: THE GENIUS OF ROGER MILLER chronicles Roger Miller's career from his honky-tonk beginnings in the late 1950s through his years as a country-pop superstar and, finally, Broadway composer. The box ends with Miller's own versions of his Tony Award-winning songs for the musical "Big River." The 70 tracks include eight previously-unreleased recordings. The 40-page booklet includes a long biographical essay and rare photos.
The final track on disc 2 is followed by a 6-minute outtake of studio conversation and rehearsal. The final track on disc 3 is followed by a brief studio outtake.
Personnel includes: Roger Miller (vocals, guitar); Willie Nelson, Ray Price (vocals); Jerry Kennedy (guitar, whistling); Ray Edenton, Chip Young, Danny Gatton, Harold Bradley (guitar); Boots Randolph (trombone); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Randy Hart (keyboards); Bob Moore (bass); Buddy Harman (drums); Buddy Killen (whistling, finger snaps); Thumbs Carllile (finger snaps); Mary Miller (background vocals).
Producers include: Harold "Pappy" Daily, Owen Bradley, Chet Atkins, Jerry Kennedy, Chips Moman.
Compilation producer: The Country Music Foundation.
Principally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee between 1957 and 1985. Includes liner notes by Daniel Cooper.
Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio (Polygram Studios).
Personnel: Roger Miller (vocals, guitar).
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (04/1957-??/1985); Nashville, TN (04/1957-??/1985); Reno, NV (04/1957-??/1985); Spicewood, TX (04/1957-??/1985).
Released three years after Roger Miller's death, this comprehensive 1995 three-disc box set, issued by Mercury Nashville, covers the entire span of the country-pop performer's career. The collection begins with a handful of early recordings, weepy honky-tonk tunes from the late '50s such as "My Pillow" and "A Man Like Me." That sound would soon give way to the Texan singer/songwriter's more easy-going style (see the swooning "When Two Worlds Collide"), one that Miller perfected during his '60 heyday with classic pop-tinged songs such as the silly "Dang Me" and the vagabond classic "King of the Road." Ideal for devoted fans, the anthology features plenty of lesser-known numbers, and even finds Miller singing a couple of tunes from his final major project, the 1985 Broadway musical BIG RIVER.
Artist Overview
Though he's known largely as a writer of novelty songs, due to such hits as "Dang Me," "Chug-A-Lug," and "England Swings," Roger Miller was in fact one of the finest country songwriters of the '60s and '70s, and an important influence on the progressive country movement. Blending country with jazz, blues, and pop, he utilized unusual harmonic and rhythmic devices in his sophisticated songcraft, creating timeless, widely covered gems ("King of the Road," "Husbands and Wives") that have been tackled by everyone from Dean Martin to Giant Sand. In the '80s, he wrote the songs for the musical BIG RIVER, which became a huge Broadway success. Sadly, Miller died of cancer in 1992 at the age of 56.
Professional Reviews
Musician (7/96, p.95) - "...There's depth all over in this three-disc career overview....gonzo entertainment that still resounds with unmistakable substance."
Disc 1
1 My Pillow,King Of The Road,Ballad Of Waterhole #3, The (Code Of The West)
2 Poor Little John,As Long As There's A Shadow,Old Toy Trains
3 Man Like Me, A,You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd,Little Green Apples
4 Wrong Kind Of Girl, The,Heartbreak Hotel,What I'd Give To Be The Wind
5 Jason Fleming,Big Harlan Taylor,Boeing Boeing 707
6 World So Full Of Love, A - (previously unreleased, demo),One Dyin' And A-Buryin',Treat Me Like A Human - (previously unreleased, excerpt)
7 When A House Is Not A Home - (previously unreleased, live),Last Word In Lonesome Is Me, The,What Are Those Things (With Big Black Wings) - (previously unreleased)
8 You Don't Want My Love,It Happened Just That Way,Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line - (previously unreleased)
9 When Two Worlds Collide,Engine Engine #9,Swiss Cottage Place
10 Sorry, Willie,Kansas City Star,Me And Bobbie McGee - (LP version)
11 So Saith He The Lord - (previously unreleased, demo),England Swings,Where Have All The Average People Gone
12 Lock, Stock And Teardrops,I've Been A Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone),Best Of All Possible Worlds, The
13 Ain't That Fine,Husbands And Wives,Invitation To The Blues
14 Less And Less - (previously unreleased),Train Of Life,Tall, Tall Trees
15 Chug-A-Lug,Dad Blame Anything A Man Can't Quit,Don't We All Have The Right
16 Lou's Got The Flu,You're My Kingdom,That's The Way I Feel
17 Moon Is High, The (And So Am I),My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died,Half A Mind
18 Dang Me,Home,Hoppy's Gone
19 It Takes All Kinds To Make A World,Absence,What Would My Mama Say
20 Reincarnation,Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town),Orange Blossom Special - (previously unreleased, live, with Danny Gatton)
21 Hard Headed Me,Walkin' In The Sunshine,Old Friends - (with Willie Nelson/Ray Price)
22 Do Wacka Do,Million Years Or So, A,Guv'ment - (from "Big River")
23 Atta Boy Girl,Pardon This Coffin,River In The Rain - (from "Big River")
24 Our Hearts Will Play The Music
Disc 2
1 My Pillow,King Of The Road,Ballad Of Waterhole #3, The (Code Of The West)
2 Poor Little John,As Long As There's A Shadow,Old Toy Trains
3 Man Like Me, A,You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd,Little Green Apples
4 Wrong Kind Of Girl, The,Heartbreak Hotel,What I'd Give To Be The Wind
5 Jason Fleming,Big Harlan Taylor,Boeing Boeing 707
6 World So Full Of Love, A - (previously unreleased, demo),One Dyin' And A-Buryin',Treat Me Like A Human - (previously unreleased, excerpt)
7 When A House Is Not A Home - (previously unreleased, live),Last Word In Lonesome Is Me, The,What Are Those Things (With Big Black Wings) - (previously unreleased)
8 You Don't Want My Love,It Happened Just That Way,Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line - (previously unreleased)
9 When Two Worlds Collide,Engine Engine #9,Swiss Cottage Place
10 Sorry, Willie,Kansas City Star,Me And Bobbie McGee - (LP version)
11 So Saith He The Lord - (previously unreleased, demo),England Swings,Where Have All The Average People Gone
12 Lock, Stock And Teardrops,I've Been A Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone),Best Of All Possible Worlds, The
13 Ain't That Fine,Husbands And Wives,Invitation To The Blues
14 Less And Less - (previously unreleased),Train Of Life,Tall, Tall Trees
15 Chug-A-Lug,Dad Blame Anything A Man Can't Quit,Don't We All Have The Right
16 Lou's Got The Flu,You're My Kingdom,That's The Way I Feel
17 Moon Is High, The (And So Am I),My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died,Half A Mind
18 Dang Me,Home,Hoppy's Gone
19 It Takes All Kinds To Make A World,Absence,What Would My Mama Say
20 Reincarnation,Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town),Orange Blossom Special - (previously unreleased, live, with Danny Gatton)
21 Hard Headed Me,Walkin' In The Sunshine,Old Friends - (with Willie Nelson/Ray Price)
22 Do Wacka Do,Million Years Or So, A,Guv'ment - (from "Big River")
23 Atta Boy Girl,Pardon This Coffin,River In The Rain - (from "Big River")
24 Our Hearts Will Play The Music
Disc 3
1 My Pillow,King Of The Road,Ballad Of Waterhole #3, The (Code Of The West)
2 Poor Little John,As Long As There's A Shadow,Old Toy Trains
3 Man Like Me, A,You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd,Little Green Apples
4 Wrong Kind Of Girl, The,Heartbreak Hotel,What I'd Give To Be The Wind
5 Jason Fleming,Big Harlan Taylor,Boeing Boeing 707
6 World So Full Of Love, A - (previously unreleased, demo),One Dyin' And A-Buryin',Treat Me Like A Human - (previously unreleased, excerpt)
7 When A House Is Not A Home - (previously unreleased, live),Last Word In Lonesome Is Me, The,What Are Those Things (With Big Black Wings) - (previously unreleased)
8 You Don't Want My Love,It Happened Just That Way,Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line - (previously unreleased)
9 When Two Worlds Collide,Engine Engine #9,Swiss Cottage Place
10 Sorry, Willie,Kansas City Star,Me And Bobbie McGee - (LP version)
11 So Saith He The Lord - (previously unreleased, demo),England Swings,Where Have All The Average People Gone
12 Lock, Stock And Teardrops,I've Been A Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone),Best Of All Possible Worlds, The
13 Ain't That Fine,Husbands And Wives,Invitation To The Blues
14 Less And Less - (previously unreleased),Train Of Life,Tall, Tall Trees
15 Chug-A-Lug,Dad Blame Anything A Man Can't Quit,Don't We All Have The Right
16 Lou's Got The Flu,You're My Kingdom,That's The Way I Feel
17 Moon Is High, The (And So Am I),My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died,Half A Mind
18 Dang Me,Home,Hoppy's Gone
19 It Takes All Kinds To Make A World,Absence,What Would My Mama Say
20 Reincarnation,Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town),Orange Blossom Special - (previously unreleased, live, with Danny Gatton)
21 Hard Headed Me,Walkin' In The Sunshine,Old Friends - (with Willie Nelson/Ray Price)
22 Do Wacka Do,Million Years Or So, A,Guv'ment - (from "Big River")
23 Atta Boy Girl,Pardon This Coffin,River In The Rain - (from "Big River")
24 Our Hearts Will Play The Music
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