Dec. 10, 2008 Warner Bros. Records celebrated a half-century in existence this year, and the label has marked the anniversary with a 10-disc box set that includes music by such country stars as Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt, Faith Hill and Emmylou Harris.
Released this week, Revolutions In Sound: Warner Bros. Records The First 50 Years spans the gap between traditional pop, folk, soul, rap, classic rock, hard rock and country. Arranged chronologically, its multi-genre approach gives the listener an iPod shuffle effect as it moves from track to track.
Emmylous "Boulder To Birmingham," for example, is nestled between Leon Redbones "Aint Misbehavin" and Rod Stewarts "Tonights The Night (Gonna Be Alright)"; John Andersons "Swingin" is positioned between the Pretenders "Middle Of The Road" and Elton Johns "I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues"; and Travis Tritts "Heres A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)" fills the gap between R.E.M.s "Losing My Religion" and Color Me Badds "I Wanna Sex You Up."
Country and country-related recordings among the 199 tracks on Revolutions In Sound include:
Everly Brothers, "Cathys Clown"
Bob Luman, "Lets Think About Living"
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"
Gram Parsons, "In My Hour Of Darkness"
Emmylou Harris, "Boulder To Birmingham"
Bellamy Brothers, "Let Your Love Flow"
Debby Boone, "You Light Up My Life"
Rodney Crowell, "Til I Gain Control Again"
John Anderson, "Swingin"
Dwight Yoakam, "Guitars, Cadillacs"
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, "To Know Him Is To Love Him"
Travis Tritt, "Heres A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)"
Johnny Cash, "Delias Gone"
David Ball, "Thinkin Problem"
Faith Hill, "Breathe"
Big & Rich, "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)"