CD Classic Field Recordings: Landmark Country Sessions from a Lost Era [Slipcase] (CD 6984801), Audio Other
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Classic Field Recordings: Landmark Country Sessions from a Lost Era [Slipcase]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Long Tongue Women
    2. Ain't I Right?
    3. Desert Lullaby
    4. Heartaches and Tears
    5. Don't Take My Memories
    6. Love Me Only
    7. Boogie Woogie
    8. Everybody's Tryin' to Be My Baby
    9. My Poodle Doodle Dog
    10. That Little Shirt My Mother Made for Me
    11. It Ain't No Good - Johnny Barfield
    12. New Boogie Woogie, The
    13. Story of Love Divine, The - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    14. Gamblin' on the Sabbath - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    15. My Little Mountain Lady, Queen of Alabam - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    16. Heaven Bound Gold - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    17. Free as I Can Be - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    18. Red Roses, Sweet Violets So Blue - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    19. Keep Your Love Letters, I'll Keep Mine - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    20. Goodbye Baby, Goodbye - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    21. Love Hunting Blues - The McClendon Brothers With Georgia Dell
    22. There's a Grave in the Wilderness - Gassie Bassett
    23. Great Final Agreement, The - Dewey Bassett/Gassie Bassett
    24. Blue Moon - Gassie Bassett
    25. Back Water Blues - Gassie Bassett
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Rock City Blues - Gassie Bassett
    2. Lonesome Life of Worry - Gassie Bassett
    3. Burning of Cleveland School
    4. My Sweetheart Has Gone and Left Me
    5. Girl That Married My Mind
    6. Mollie Married a Travelin' Man
    7. Howell's Railroad
    8. Lost John
    9. Fiddle and Guitar Running Wild
    10. Fox Hunter's Luck
    11. He Turned Around and Went the Other Way
    12. Long anf Bony
    13. Farmer Grey
    14. Whoa, Mule, Whoa
    15. There Are No Disappointments in Heaven
    16. Your Soul Never Dies
    17. T.B. Killed My Daddy
    18. Little Paper Boy
    19. Precious Thoughts of Mother - Happy Valley Boys
    20. Shattered Love - Happy Valley Boys
    21. What a Change One Day Can Make
    22. Forbidden Love
    23. I Am On My Way to Heaven - Wilks Ramblers
    24. Just Over in the Glory Land - Wilks Ramblers
    25. I'm Glad I Counted the Cost - Wilks Ramblers
    0. DISC 3:
    1. One Year Ago Today - J.H. Howell
    2. No Deep True Love - J.H. Howell's Carolina Hillbillies
    3. Coupon Song - J.H. Howell's Carolina Hillbillies
    4. Bury Me Out on the Prairie - J.H. Howell's Carolina Hillbillies
    5. Disappointed in Love (I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine)
    6. Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair - J.H. Howell
    7. Answer to "Disappointed in Love", The
    8. Cowboy Jack - J.H. Howell
    9. When I Was a Baby
    10. Bungalow Big Enough for Two
    11. I'll Remember You, Love in My Prayers
    12. I'm Not Angry with You Darling
    13. Don't Put a Tax on Beautiful Girls - Coley/Pitts
    14. I'll Keep on Loving You - Coley/Pitts
    15. Four or Five Times - Carolina Crackerjacks
    16. All My Natural Life - Carolina Crackerjacks
    17. You Are My Sunshine - Julian Johnson/Leon Hyatt
    18. Farther Along - Julian Johnson/Leon Hyatt
    19. Homecoming Time in Happy Valley - Grady Cole/Hazel Cole
    20. I'll Never Leave Old Dixieland Again - Hazel Cole
    21. Little Blue Eyed Blonde, Goodbye - Hazel Cole
    22. It's So Hard to Be Just a Pal to You - Hazel Cole
    23. Fourteen Days in Georgia
    24. Chesapeake Bay
    25. I Want My Black Baby Back
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Slim Girl - Blind Fiddler
    2. Maggie - Blind Fiddler
    3. Soap Box Blues - Jack Pierce
    4. Rabbit Blues - Jack Pierce
    5. Big Fat Gal - Lester "Pete" Bivins
    6. Knocking On the Hen House Door
    7. Minor Blues
    8. Married Life Blues
    9. Back in My Home Town
    10. Home with Mother and Dad in the West
    11. How Many Biscutis Can I Eat? - Gwen Foster
    12. Side-Line Blues - Gwen Foster
    13. With My Banjo on My Knee
    14. Package of Love Letters, A
    15. Export Gal, The
    16. Sinful to Flirt
    17. Go 'Long Mule
    18. If You See My Saviour - Odus/Southern Melody Boys
    19. Tribulation Days - Odus/Southern Melody Boys
    20. Down in Baltimore - Odus/Southern Melody Boys
    21. Wind the Little Ball of Yarn - Odus/Southern Melody Boys
    22. Sweet Locust Blossoms - Odus/Southern Melody Boys
    23. I'll Remember You, Love, in My Prayer - Odus/Southern Melody Boys
    24. My Family Circle (Will the Circle Be Unbroken)
    25. Orange Blossom Special
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 77131

  • Credits

    Liner Note Authors: Pat Harrison; Johnny Barfield.
    First off, the songs collected on this four-CD, 100-track box of early country and old-time sides released in the 1930s and early '40s aren't exactly field recordings, at least not in the normal sense. The artists compiled here, ranging from string bands like the Tennessee Ramblers and the Pine Ridge Boys to duos like Dewey & Gassie Bessett and polished (for the era) solo singers like Johnny Barfield, were professional musicians to some degree and these recordings were made with an eye to being commercial on the radio, whether or not they actually achieved that aim. That doesn't make them somehow less authentic, however, since these tracks are only a slight half-step removed from the music played on rural back porches throughout America in the 1930s and 1940s and they prefigure the more stylized and codified motifs of what would eventually come to be known as country music. Among the highlights in this expansive box are Johnny Barfield's "Ain't I Right" (a version of the folk tune "Railroad Bill"), Smith's Carolina Crackerjacks' "There Are No Disappointments in Heaven," the Tennessee Ramblers' "Don't Put a Tax on Beautiful Girls," and a truly haunting version of "Maggie" by Blind Fiddler. There's a lot of history collected here, and listening to these 100 tracks, one can almost hear modern country music coming just around the bend. ~ Steve Leggett

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