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Sku: 60395591
UPC: 731452699329
UPC 14: 00731452699329
Release Date: 8/22/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. My Pillow ~ Roger Miller (Country)
2. Poor Little John ~ Roger Miller (Country)
3. Man Like Me, A ~ Roger Miller (Country)
4. Wrong Kind Of Girl, The ~ Roger Miller (Country)
5. Jason Fleming ~ Roger Miller (Country)
6. World So Full Of Love, A - (previously unreleased, demo) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
7. When A House Is Not A Home - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
8. You Don't Want My Love ~ Roger Miller (Country)
9. When Two Worlds Collide ~ Roger Miller (Country)
10. Sorry, Willie ~ Roger Miller (Country)
11. So Saith He The Lord - (previously unreleased, demo) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
12. Lock, Stock And Teardrops ~ Roger Miller (Country)
13. Ain't That Fine ~ Roger Miller (Country)
14. Less And Less - (previously unreleased) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
15. Chug-A-Lug ~ Roger Miller (Country)
16. Lou's Got The Flu ~ Roger Miller (Country)
17. Moon Is High, The (And So Am I) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
18. Dang Me ~ Roger Miller (Country)
19. It Takes All Kinds To Make A World ~ Roger Miller (Country)
20. Reincarnation ~ Roger Miller (Country)
21. Hard Headed Me ~ Roger Miller (Country)
22. Do Wacka Do ~ Roger Miller (Country)
23. Atta Boy Girl ~ Roger Miller (Country)
24. Our Hearts Will Play The Music ~ Roger Miller (Country)
Disc 2
Song Title
1. King Of The Road ~ Roger Miller (Country)
2. As Long As There's A Shadow ~ Roger Miller (Country)
3. You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd ~ Roger Miller (Country)
4. Heartbreak Hotel ~ Roger Miller (Country)
5. Big Harlan Taylor ~ Roger Miller (Country)
6. One Dyin' And A-Buryin' ~ Roger Miller (Country)
7. Last Word In Lonesome Is Me, The ~ Roger Miller (Country)
8. It Happened Just That Way ~ Roger Miller (Country)
9. Engine Engine #9 ~ Roger Miller (Country)
10. Kansas City Star ~ Roger Miller (Country)
11. England Swings ~ Roger Miller (Country)
12. I've Been A Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
13. Husbands And Wives ~ Roger Miller (Country)
14. Train Of Life ~ Roger Miller (Country)
15. Dad Blame Anything A Man Can't Quit ~ Roger Miller (Country)
16. You're My Kingdom ~ Roger Miller (Country)
17. My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died ~ Roger Miller (Country)
18. Home ~ Roger Miller (Country)
19. Absence ~ Roger Miller (Country)
20. Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
21. Walkin' In The Sunshine ~ Roger Miller (Country)
22. Million Years Or So, A ~ Roger Miller (Country)
23. Pardon This Coffin ~ Roger Miller (Country)
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Ballad Of Waterhole #3, The (Code Of The West) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
2. Old Toy Trains ~ Roger Miller (Country)
3. Little Green Apples ~ Roger Miller (Country)
4. What I'd Give To Be The Wind ~ Roger Miller (Country)
5. Boeing Boeing 707 ~ Roger Miller (Country)
6. Treat Me Like A Human - (previously unreleased, excerpt) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
7. What Are Those Things (With Big Black Wings) - (previously unreleased) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
8. Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line - (previously unreleased) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
9. Swiss Cottage Place ~ Roger Miller (Country)
10. Me And Bobbie McGee - (LP version) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
11. Where Have All The Average People Gone ~ Roger Miller (Country)
12. Best Of All Possible Worlds, The ~ Roger Miller (Country)
13. Invitation To The Blues ~ Roger Miller (Country)
14. Tall, Tall Trees ~ Roger Miller (Country)
15. Don't We All Have The Right ~ Roger Miller (Country)
16. That's The Way I Feel ~ Roger Miller (Country)
17. Half A Mind ~ Roger Miller (Country)
18. Hoppy's Gone ~ Roger Miller (Country)
19. What Would My Mama Say ~ Roger Miller (Country)
20. Orange Blossom Special - (previously unreleased, live, with Danny Gatton) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
21. Old Friends - (with Willie Nelson/Ray Price) ~ Roger Miller (Country)
22. Guv'ment - (from "Big River") ~ Roger Miller (Country)
23. River In The Rain - (from "Big River") ~ Roger Miller (Country)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producers include: Harold "Pappy" Daily, Owen Bradley, Chet Atkins, Jerry Kennedy, Chips Moman.
Muze PNote Compilation producer: The Country Music Foundation.
Muze PNote Principally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee between 1957 and 1985. Includes liner notes by Daniel Cooper.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio (Polygram Studios).
Muze PNote Personnel: Roger Miller (vocals, guitar).
Muze PNote Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (04/1957-??/1985); Nashville, TN (04/1957-??/1985); Reno, NV (04/1957-??/1985); Spicewood, TX (04/1957-??/1985).
Muze PNote 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.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Danny Gatton
Muze Guest Artist Willie Nelson
Muze Guest Artist Ray Price
Muze Guest Artist Boots Randolph

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Singer/Songwriter
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Country Legends
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Country Super Hits
Muze Music Compilations Pure Country Classics Number 1 Hits
Muze Music Compilations Rock 'n' Roll at 50: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Real 60's Country / Various
Muze Music Compilations Top 10 Country / Various
Muze Music Compilations Country Love Songs / Various
Muze Music Compilations Best Country Love Songs / Various
Muze Music Compilations Classic Country Gold
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Country
Muze Music Compilations Only Classic Country Collection You'l
Muze Music Compilations Certified No 1 Country Hits
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Country
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:merle Haggard
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations Wheelhouse
Muze Music Compilations Mad Men:musical Companion

Associated Artists and Works

Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn ~ Cast, Original
Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn [198 ~ Goodman, John
Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn [198 ~ Goodman, John
Haggard, Merle
Nelson, Willie
Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn [198 ~ Original Cast
Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn [198 ~ Original Cast
Twitty, Conway

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/22/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AA3145269932
Music Label Name Label : Mercury
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 3
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mixed
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731452699329

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."

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