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The Carlisles - The Collection 1951-61

The Carlisles - The Collection 1951-61

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The Carlisles were a hillbilly country group formed in the early 1950s by Bill Carlisle, who had previously recorded with his brother Cliff as The Carlisle Brothers during the 1930s and ’40s until Cliff retired in 1950.

Bill, who was known as Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle, because of his habit of leaping around the stage, formed a new group under the name The Carlisles, that included singer/guitarists Betty Amos and Roy Sneed and bass player Ernie Newton, and they had several hits during the 1950s, continuing to record into the 1960s as their style evolved.

This 61-track set comprises most of their A- and B-sides for the Mercury and Columbia labels from era, along with EP and LP tracks, with guitarist Chet Atkins featured on many of the recordings. Also included are some Bill Carlisle solo releases for RCA. It features all their country hits as a group, including the No.1 No Help Wanted and the Top 10 hits Too Old To Cut The Mustard, Knothole, Is Zat You, Myrtle, and Tain't Nice (To Talk Like That), many of them typical of what Bill Carlisle called his “crazy songs”.

It’s a reasonably comprehensive overview of their recording career during this era, and is a thoroughly entertaining slice of unalloyed hillbilly country music, which makes few compromises even as they adapt their music to the pot rock ’n’ roll era.


Featuring 61 performances, there's a lot going on in this retrospective. Old school harmonies, novelties, and boogies/pseudorockabilly and rock'n'roll - all on offer. It's a hugely entertaining release. - Howard Cockburn (Now Dig This Issue 459)

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Too Old To Cut The Mustard The Carlisles
2 My Happiness Belongs To Somebody Else The Carlisles
3 Patch Up Our Old Love Affair The Carlisles
4 I Would If I Could (But I Can't) The Carlisles
5 True Love The Carlisles
6 Love, Love, Love (That's What It Is) The Carlisles
7 Woman Driver The Carlisles
8 No Help Wanted The Carlisles
9 This Heart Is Not For Sale The Carlisles
10 Knothole The Carlisles
11 Leave That Liar Alone The Carlisles
12 Is Zat You Myrtle? The Carlisles
13 Something Different The Carlisles
14 Tain't Nice (To Talk Like That) Bill Carlisle & The Carlisles
15 Unpucker Bill Carlisle & The Carlisles
16 I Need A Little Help The Carlisles
17 I'll Never Love Again The Carlisles
18 Shake-A-Leg The Carlisles
19 Moody's Goose The Carlisles
20 If You Don't Want It (The Salesman's Song) The Carlisles
21 Rattlesnake Daddy Bounding Billy Carlisle & His Little Carlisles
22 Feet Don't Fail Me The Carlisles
23 Women The Carlisles
24 Doggie Joe The Carlisles
25 Honey Love The Carlisles
26 Female Hercules The Carlisles
27 Busy Body Boogie The Carlisles
28 The Mainest Thing The Carlisles
29 Rusty Old Halo The Carlisles
30 It's Bedtime, Bill The Carlisles
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Nine Have Tried The Carlisles
2 Bargain Day, Half Off The Carlisles
3 Lil' Liza Jane The Carlisles
4 Teletouch The Carlisles
5 Middle Age Spread The Carlisles
6 On My Way To The Show The Carlisles
7 Dangerous Crossing The Carlisles
8 Run, Boy The Carlisles
9 Goo-Goo Da Da (Baby Latin Meaning "Daddy") The Carlisles
10 Pickin' Peas (Down The Long Pea Row) The Carlisles
11 Money Tree The Carlisles
12 Poor Man's Riches The Carlisles
13 I'm Rough Stuff The Carlisles
14 Wouldn't You Like To The Carlisles
15 Ladder Of Love The Carlisles
16 Gettin' Younger The Carlisles
17 I Don't Want To Run The Carlisles
18 Old Fashioned Love The Carlisles
19 Uncle Bud Bill Carlisle
20 I've Waited Too Long Bill Carlisle
21 How Will I Know Bill Carlisle
22 Dumb Bunny Bill Carlisle
23 Who's A-Gonna Stop Me Bill Carlisle
24 Down Boy Bill Carlisle & The Carlisles
25 Union Suit Bill Carlisle & The Carlisles
26 Air Brakes Bill Carlisle
27 Home Sweet Home Bill Carlisle
28 John Came Home The Carlisles
29 Skin 'Im Quick The Carlisles
30 Have A Drink On Me Bill Carlisle
31 Too Old To Cut The Mustard Bill Carlisle
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    November 2020
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