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Songs of the Hills


  • 1. Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me
    2. Lost John Boogie
    3. Lonesome Wind Blues
    4. Pardon My Whiskers
    5. Mama Don't You Remember When You Were Young
    6. Roosters Are Crowing, The
    7. I Was There
    8. We Love to Live
    9. I Love My Little Yo Yo
    10. My Annabelle Lee
    11. Jack and Jill Boogie
    12. Adam
    13. I've Gone and Sold My Soul
    14. Gone With the Wind This Morning
    15. Burning Your Love Letters
    16. Catfish Baby
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 588

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Wayne Raney (vocals, harmonica).
    One of the great country harmonica players, Raney also qualifies as as one of the most important harmonica players in the history of American pop, as he was one of the first musicians of any sort to fuse country and blues. This 16-cut collection in effect functions as a best-of, including the big hits "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me," "Lost John Boogie," and "Jack and Jill Boogie." Despite what the title might lead you believe, it's not exactly rural country-folk--it's hard-driving early country boogie with a decidedly urban influence. With the Delmore Brothers on backup, "Jack and Jill Boogie" in particular sounds like proto-rockabilly, with lengthy back-and-forth guitar exchanges that are about as close to White rock 'n' roll as anyone got in 1948. Despite the no-frills package (even a bit of historical information and liner notes would have been nice), it's the best available anthology of this somewhat overlooked country and pop pioneer. ~ Richie Unterberger

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