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"The 3rd Time Around"
© Smash Records
Year of Release: 1965
Engine Engine #9
The Last Word In
Lonesome Is Me
I'll Pick Up And
It Happened That Way
The Good Old Days
One Dyin' And
Kansas City Star
Big Harlan Taylor
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"The 3rd Time Around"
My memory of Roger Miller began in my childhood. His most popular song
was "King of the Road," but my favorite Roger Miller song would have to
be "The Good Old Days," a song that was the opening theme song for an
old-time radio show, hosted by Jack Cripe on Lansing, Illinois radio WLNR.
As I was browsing through the vinyl records at various garage sales as a child,
I noticed the 45 rpm record of another popular song by Miller, "England
Swings" (Like A Pendulum Do). The flip side, was "The Good Old Days,"
the song I was looking for, and was quite excited to have it as part of my vinyl
collection back then.
My disappointment however, was when the 3-cd box set of Roger Miller's
music, King Of The Road: The Genius Of Roger Miller did not have
"The Good Old Days" as part of its retrospective. (Bear Records, a
German import record company that releases box sets of complete material,
spanning over at least 5 or more cds, most likely has this song.) With the
recent tecnology of the Internet and especially ebay.com, searcing for the
original album that contained my favorite Roger Miller song was on the hunt.
Thanks to ebay.com, I was able to bid and win (at an affordable price),
the original Smash LP (that's vinyl 33 1/3 RPM, by the way...) of The 3rd
Time Around, Miller's third album on the Smash label. Converting from
vinyl to CD was then made when the album was received.
"This Town" features the "bip-bip-bip" vocals and style, as heard
on another big hit of Miller's, "Dang Me." "Water Dog" has the
boogie-woogie style of an old Elvis movie song, "My Babe." "I'll Pick
Up My Heart And Go Home" is a very nice ballad, having a common country
sound as heard in the 1960s. "Swiss Maid" is a simple country sounding
tune, "Swing Low Swingin' Chariot" has a "plink-plunk" rhythm style.
Songs from the 3-CD set are on The 3rd Time Around: "Engine
Engine #9," "The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me," "It Happened That Way,"
"One Dyin' And A Buryin'," "Kansas City Star," and "Big Harlan Taylor."
They all have a very early country sound, and easily fits Roger Miller's style
as a country performer, and some songs may have a novelty approach as well.
Original albums are rare to find from the many performers of the early days
of rock 'n' roll. Roger Miller was considered Country more than Rock, with his
laid-back easy style, novelty lyrics, and easy to listen musical style.
The roots of Country is heard here, and is very different to the later decades'
Country music. Roger Miller was a great entertainer, and sadly, he passed away
of throat/lung cancer in 1992, at the age of 56. You can visit his main
website, at http://www.RogerMiller.com.
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