CD Folk Songs of the Hills (Back Home/Songs of the Coal Miners) (CD 1206067), Audio Other
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Folk Songs of the Hills (Back Home/Songs of the Coal Miners)


  • 1. Nine Pound Hammer
    2. John Henry
    3. Sixteen Tons
    4. Dark as a Dungeon
    5. That's All
    6. Over by Number Nine
    7. I Am a Pilgrim
    8. Muskrat
    9. This World Is Not My Home
    10. John Bolin
    11. Possum up a Simmon Tree
    12. Barbara Allen
    13. Lost John
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15636

  • Credits
    ProducerLee Gillette; Dave Samuelson (Reissue); Richard Weize (Reissue)
    Engineer

    Includes liner notes by Doc Watson.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Merle Travis (vocals, guitar).
    Liner Note Author: Archie Green.
    Recording information: 06/09/1947-??/??/1963.
    This German import -- which goes for about double the cost of the U.S. CD Folk Songs of the Hills -- contains not only Folk Songs of the Hills and Back Home (but not the previously unreleased "This World Is Not My Home"), but also an entire additional Merle Travis album, the 1963 Songs of the Coal Mines, which deals with the lot and lives of coal miners. The songs include "Black Gold," "Harlan County Boys," "The Browder Explosion," and "Bloody Brethitt County," a song as savage as its title implies. The extra cost is worth it, in the absence of a separate U.S. CD release of Songs of the Coal Mines. Travis completists will want it, and any folk or blues enthusiast (check out "Pay Day Comes Too Slow") should want it. ~ Bruce Eder

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.189) - "...Merle Travis had just the right voice for old-timey storytelling in song. His bemused chuckle and warm tone enliven the tall tales and homespun sagas on FOLK SONGS OF THE HILLS..."
    Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.189) - "...Merle Travis had just the right voice for old-timey storytelling in song. His bemused chuckle and warm tone enliven the tall tales and homespun sagas on FOLK SONGS OF THE HILLS..."
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