What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen / Sings His Own
Two original LPs from the King of Psychotronic Country!
In the early 1970s Porter Wagoner was at an artistic peak and a personal trough. With hit recordings and a popular T.V show his career was in full bloom yet dark clouds were gathering over his relationship with Dolly Parton and his private life. Presented here for the very first time on CD are Porter’s two greatest LPs from this era, both full of stark autobiographical moments. Most notorious of these is “The Rubber Room”, a 1971 chart hit over-brimming with pain and insanity. Other highlights abound, “If I Lose My Mind” and “Comes And Goes” both explore similar tortured terrain, while “Albert Erving” describes a broken recluse and “Be A Little Quieter” a man tormented by his ghosts.
Remastered with love and care from the original RCA Victor master tapes and presented with exclusive liner notes, rare photos from Porter’s private collection and a generous clutch of extra tracks (including a rare duet with Merle Haggard). Porter Wagoner was a consummate showman, songwriter and performer who clothed the darkest jewels from the human heart in a purple sequined countrypolitan sheen.
*Remastered 2010 from the original RCA Victor master tapes!
*Deluxe packaging, 20 page full colour booklet with scholarly liner notes, rare photos from Porter’s private collection, memorabilia etc.
*First ever release on CD for 26 tracks!
*30 track CD! All original recordings!
1. What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen
2. Waldo The Weirdo
3. The Rubber Room
4. If I Lose My Mind
5. Comes And Goes
6. I Found A Man
7. More Than Words Can Tell
8. Little Bird
9. Sitting In The Shade
10. Many Kinds Of Love
11. Be A Little Quieter
13. Albert Erving
14. The Agony Of Waiting
15. Late At Night
16. The Late Love Of Mine
17. Lonely Comin' Down
18. The Way I See You
19. Brother Harold Dee
20. How High Is The Mountain
21. You Gotta Have A License
22. Stranger's Story
23. Talkin' To Myself
24. Tore Down
25. I Haven't Learned A Thing
26. Old Log Cabin For Sale
27. I'm Gonna Feed 'em Now
28. Carolina Moonshiner
29. Mountain Music
30. When Lea Jane Sang
Tracks 1-10 from the RCA Victor LP LSP-4661 “What Ain’t To Be Just Might Happen” originally released in 1972
Tracks 11-20 from the RCA Victor LP LSP-4586 “Sings His Own” originally released in 1971
Tracks 21-22 from the RCA Victor LP LSP-4286 “You Gotta Have A License” originally released in 1970
Track 23 from the RCA Victor LP APL1-0142 “I’ll Keep On Loving You” originally released in 1973
Track 24 from the RCA Victor LP APL1-0496 “Tore Down” originally released in 1974
Track 25-26 from the RCA Victor LP APL1-2432 “Porter” originally released in 1977
Track 27 from the RCA Victor LP APL1-3210 “Today” originally released in 1979
Track 28 from the RCA Victor “45” PB-10124 originally released in 1974
Track 29 from the RCA Victor “45” PB-11186 originally released in 1977
Track 30 from the RCA Victor “45” PB-10803 originally released in 1976
Executive in charge of CD reissue: David Thrussell
Layout and design: David K. Landis for Shake It Loose Graphics
Remastered 2010 by Simon Polinski at Laundry Goat Studios