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Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! - Tex Williams

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Genre: Country - Traditional Country / Artist: Tex Williams / Import / Audio CD released 2007-01-22 at Cstar

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      21.06.2010 12:22
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      Not as good as I expected

      Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! is a best of album by Tex Williams, this version was released in 2007 and I'm not completely sure if the tracklist is the same as the one that was released in 1960 but I doubt it.

      I'd never really heard of Tex until I watched the film "Thank You for Smoking" and adored the track "Smoke Smoke Smoke", it's an awesome track with funny lyrics and Tex Williams' talking blues style is possibly the only one that can outdo that of Johnny Cash.

      With it being a bit of a novelty song, I was keen to listen to some of his other stuff but discovered that whilst the tracks were good none of them were as entertaining as the one that had introduced me to his music.

      The country swing style in which his backing band play is upbeat and fun and there's a lot going on - the entourage had up to 12 people at times and there's a whole range of instruments being played including steel guitars and fiddles and it certainly sounds as if the musicians are extremely talented. It's the sort of music that is going to appeal more to country fans than jazz ones though.

      The other two stand out tracks on the album are the ones released the same year as the title track in 1947 - "That's What I like About the West" and "Never Trust a Woman", again the lyrics are entertaining and although the delivery is something that initially appealed, it becomes a bit hackneyed by the end of the album.

      1 Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette
      2 Start Even
      3 One Eyed Sam
      4 Leaf of Love
      5 Shame on You
      6 That's What I Like About the West
      7 Shotgun Boogie
      8 Castle of My Dreams
      9 Reno
      10 Who Me
      11 He'll Have to Go
      12 Ballad of Thunder Road

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette
    2 Start Even
    3 One Eyed Sam
    4 Leaf of Love
    5 Shame on You
    6 That's What I Like About the West
    7 Shotgun Boogie
    8 Castle of My Dreams
    9 Reno
    10 Who Me
    11 He'll Have to Go
    12 Ballad of Thunder Road