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People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938 [Digipak]


  • 0. DISC 1: MAN V MACHINE:
    1. Titanic Blues - Hi Henry Brown/Charlie Jordan
    2. Wreck of the Old 97
    3. Bill Wilson - Birmingham Jug Band
    4. Crash of the Akron - Bob Miller
    5. Fate of Talmadge Osborne - Ernest V. Stoneman
    6. Mole Rachim, El (Fur Titanik) - Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt
    7. Wreck of the Virginian - Blind Alfred Reed
    8. Fate of Will Rogers & Wiley Post - Bill Cox
    9. Down with the Old Canoe - The Dixon Brothers
    10. Wreck of Number 52 - Cliff Carlisle
    11. Kassie Jones - Furry Lewis
    12. Kassie Jones - Furry Lewis
    13. Brave Engineer - The Carver Boys
    14. Sinking of the Titanic, The - Richard Rabbit Brown
    15. Fate of Chris Lively and Wife - Alfred Reed
    16. Wreck on the Mountain Road - Red Fox Chasers/Paul Miles
    17. Unfortunate Brakeman - Kentucky Ramblers
    18. Altoona Freight Wreck - Riley Puckett
    19. Fatal Wreck of the Bus - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
    20. Last Scene of the Titanic - Frank Hutchison
    21. Casey Jones - The Skillet Lickers
    22. Wreck of the Westbound Airliner - Fred Pendleton & the West Virginia Melody Boys
    23. Titanic, The - Ernest V. Stoneman
    24. When That Great Ship Went Down - William & Versey Smith
    0. DISC 2: MAN V NATURE:
    1. Story of the Mighty Mississippi, The - Ernest V. Stoneman
    2. Mississippi Heavy Water Blues - Robert Hicks
    3. Dixie Boll Weevil - Fiddlin' John Carson
    4. Mississippi Boweavil - Charlie Patton
    5. Ohio Prison Fire - Charlotte Miller/Bob Miller
    6. Memphis Flu - Elder Curry
    7. Explosion in the Fairmount Mine - Alfred Reed
    8. Storm That Struck Miami - Fiddlin' John Carson
    9. When the Levee Breaks - Kansas Joe/Memphis Minnie
    10. Alabama Flood, The - Andrew Jenkins
    11. Burning of the Cleveland School - J.H. Howell's Carolina Hillbillies
    12. High Water Everywhere - Charlie Patton
    13. High Water Everywhere - Charlie Patton
    14. Ryecove Cyclone - James Roberts/Asa Martin
    15. McBeth Mine Explosion - Andy & Flip Cap
    16. Dry Well Blues - Charlie Patton
    17. Baltimore Fire, The - Charlie Poole
    18. Tennessee Tornado - McGee Brothers/Uncle Dave Macon
    19. Dry Spell Blues - Son House
    20. Santa Barbara Earthquake, The - Green Bailey
    21. Death of Floyd Collins, The - Vernon Dalhart
    22. Porto Rico Storm, The - Carson Trio Robison
    23. Boll Weavil - Alvin Condor/W.A. Lindsey
    24. Flood of 1927 - Elders & Edwards McIntorsh
    0. DISC 3: MAN V MAN:
    1. Peddler and His Wife - Hayes Shepherd
    2. Little Grave in Georgia, The - Earl Johnson
    3. Kenney Wagner's Surrender - Ernest V. Stoneman/Kahle Brewer
    4. Henry Clay Beattie - Kelly Harrell
    5. Murder of the Lawson Family - The Carolina Buddies
    6. Naomi Wise - Clarence Ashley
    7. Railroad Bill - Will Bennett
    8. Frankie - Dykes Magic City Trio
    9. Trial of Richard Bruno Hauptmann - Bill Cox
    10. Trial of Richard Bruno Hauptmann - Bill Cox
    11. Lanse des Belaires - Dennis McGee/Ernest Fruge
    12. Darling Cora - B.F. Shelton
    13. Billy Lyons and Stack O'Lee - Furry Lewis
    14. Tom Dooley - Grayson & Whitter
    15. Story of Freda Bolt, The - Floyd County Ramblers
    16. Pretty Polly - John Hammond
    17. Fingerprints Upon the Windowpane - Bob Miller
    18. Bluefield Murder - Roy Harver/North Carolina Ramblers
    19. Frankie Silvers - Ashley & Foster
    20. Fate of Rhoda Sweeten - Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles
    21. Dupree Blues - Willie Walker
    22. Poor Ellen Smith - Dykes Magic City Trio
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 00046837

  • Credits
    ProducerChristopher C. King; Henry Sapoznik
    Engineer

    Liner Note Author: Henry Sapoznik.
    Editor: Matt Laferty.
    Introduction by: Tom Waits.
    Imagine Harry Smith's famed ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC with a chip on its shoulder and you'll have an entry point to the three-disc set PEOPLE TAKE WARNING. Fabulously appointed with fascinating, detailed notes and a handsome booklet, PTW houses a bounty of Depression-era folk, blues, and country tracks. Though some of the artists (Charlie Patton, Son House) are quite famous, there's a host of more esoteric (but equally powerful) performers known mostly to folk/blues cultists. All this archival talent is assembled under the thematic umbrella of calamity. The set is broken up into songs of natural disaster, murder, and human endeavors gone fatally awry. In the early 21st century, the cumulative apocalyptic feel of these songs from some seven decades ago has an eerie resonance.

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (p.70) - "[T]here are works of almost unearthly beauty, not least of which is Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt's 'El Mole Rachmim'..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Often primitively recorded, these tales of natural disasters, destruction by machine and death by various forms of violence are related by mainly little-known country, folk and blues performers..."
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