Spade Cooley & his Orchestra – Spade Cooley Collection 1945-52. Review By Oj Sikes

Spade Cooley Acrobat CD cover
Spade Cooley Acrobat CD cover

Spade Cooley & his Orchestra – Spade Cooley Collection 1945-52

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Recent Spade Cooley releases I’ve seen tend to duplicate each other to a great extent, but this 2 CD set contains roughly half (54 sides) of Cooley’s recordings made between 1945 and 1952. So while there are songs you may have heard before, you’ll also find tracks that may be new to you.

There are plenty of vocals by Tex Williams, but you’ll also hear Smokey Rogers (aka “Oakie”), Deuce Spriggins (aka “Arkie”), Red Egner, Ginny Jackson, the Sons of the Pioneers and others. One track, “Heartaches, Sadness & Tears,” which may be the rarest in this set, features Dinah Shore! Both Joaquin Murphey and Noel Boggs can be heard on steel at different times, and Joaquin’s version of “Steel Guitar Rag” was selected for this set.

Some listeners will find it interesting to compare Cooley’s style with that of his principal competitor, Bob Wills. One way to do that might be to listen to Cooley’s band playing songs that were closely associated with Bob Wills in the minds of the public, e.g. “ Texas Playboy Rag,” “Spanish Fandango” and “Ida Red,” all of which are included in this set. Widely available online or from your favorite mail order sources.

O.J Sikes





Track List

1 Shame On You Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
2 Pair Of Broken Hearts Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
3 Forgive Me One More Time Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
4 I’ve Taken All I’m Gonna Take From You Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
5 Detour Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
6 You Can’t Break My Heart Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
7 Crazy ‘Cause I Love You Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
8 Three Way Boogie Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
9 Heartaches, Sadness And Tears Dinah Shore with Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
10 Oklahoma Stomp Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
11 You Better Do It Now Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
12 It’s Dark Outside Spade Cooley And His Band
13 Minuet In Swing Spade Cooley And His Band
14 Bogg’s Boogie Spade Cooley And His Band
15 You Never Miss The Water (Till The Well Runs Dry) Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
16 Spadella Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
17 Troubled Over You Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
18 Cow Bell Polka Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
19 All Aboard For Oklahoma Spade Cooley And His Band
20 Spanish Fandango Spade Cooley And His Band
21 I Guess I’ve Been Dreaming Again Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
22 Steel Guitar Rag Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
23 Whistle Bait Spade Cooley And His Band
24 Hide Your Face Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
25 Yodeling Polka Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
26 Topeka Polka Spade Cooley And His Band

Disk 2:

1 Big Chief Boogie Spade Cooley And His Band
2 Fickle Woman Spade Cooley And His Band
3 Texas Steel Guitar Spade Cooley And His Band
4 You’ll Rue The Day Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
5 Swinging The Devil’s Dream Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
6 Four Fiddle Polka Spade Cooley And His Band
7 Call Me Darling, Do Spade Cooley And His Band
8 Texas Playboy Rag Spade Cooley And His Band
9 Flop-Eared Mule Spade Cooley And His Band
10 Wake Up, Susan Spade Cooley And His Band
11 Ida Red Spade Cooley And His Band
12 You Can’t Take Texas Out Of Me Spade Cooley And His Band
13 The Last Roundup Spade Cooley And His Band
14 Wagon Wheels Spade Cooley And His Band
15 Lucky Leather Breeches Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
16 Honky Tonkin’ Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
17 Hillbilly Fever Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
18 Mountain Boys Have Fun With Mountain Girls Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
19 9/10ths Of Tennessee River Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
20 Chew Tobacco Rag Spade Cooley And His Fiddlin’ Friends
21 Tuesday Two-Step Spade Cooley & His String Orchestra
22 Three Fiddle Rag Spade Cooley & His String Orchestra
23 Hitsitty Hotsitty Spade Cooley And His Fiddlin’ Friends
24 Down Yonder Spade Cooley And His Fiddlin’ Friends
25 Horse Hair Boogie Spade Cooley And His Fiddlin’ Friends
26 The Cowboy Waltz Spade Cooley And His Fiddlin’ Friends
27 Carmen’s Boogie Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
28 One Sweet Letter From You Spade Cooley & His Orchestra