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The Essential Jimmie Rodgers

  • 1. Away Out on the Mountain
    2. Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas)
    3. Daddy and Home
    4. Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea
    5. In the Jailhouse Now
    6. Memphis Yodel
    7. My Old Pal
    8. Blue Yodel No. 2 (Lovin' Gal Lucille)
    9. Sleep Baby, Sleep
    10. Brakeman's Blues, The (Yodeling the Blues Away)
    11. Sailor's Pleas, The
    12. My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans
    13. Never No Mo' Blues
    14. Blue Yodel No. 4 (California Blues)
    15. I'm Lonely and Blue
    16. Waiting For a Train
    17. Frankie and Johnnie
    18. Pistol Packin' Papa
    19. Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)
    20. T.B. Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 67500

  • Credits

    Many country music purists would say that all of Jimmie Rodgers' recordings are essential, and it's difficult to argue with their logic, particularly considering that the Singing Brakeman's recording career lasted six short years. But everyone has to start somewhere, and the 20-track THE ESSENTIAL JIMMIE RODGERS is the best possible single-disc beginning. These are the recordings that, along with the work of the Carter Family, defined country music for decades. Without tracks like "T For Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)" and "Muleskinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)," there would have been no Hank Williams, and conceivably, no Elvis. Yet these are not historical curios notable only for their musicological significance. Rodgers was a gifted singer (the famous "blue yodel" with which he decorated his songs is still a startling achievement) and much like the blues singers who recorded during the same period, was a master at recombining familiar lines and motifs into unique and personal songs. Start here, but don't be surprised if you start looking for more.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (No. 968, p.76) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[T]he good-natured magnetism of Rodgers, a former railroad man, drives every song..."
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