CD More Than "Pye in the Sky" [Box] [9 discs] (CD 1239327), Audio Other
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More Than "Pye in the Sky" [Box] [9 discs]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Rock Island Line
    2. John Henry
    3. Nobody's Child
    4. Wabash Cannonball
    5. Hard Time Blues
    6. Nobody's Child
    7. You Don't Know My Mind
    8. Midnight Special
    9. Precious Lord, Lead Me On
    10. Passing Stranger, The
    11. On a Christams Day
    12. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
    13. Midnight Special
    14. When the Sun Goes Down
    15. New Burying Ground
    16. Worried Man Blues
    17. Harmonica Blues
    18. Ballad of Jesse James, The
    19. Ol' Riley
    20. Railroad Bill
    21. Lost John
    22. Stewball
    23. Stackalee
    24. Bring a Little Water, Sylvie
    25. Dead or Alive
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Frankie and Johnny
    2. How Long, How Long Blues
    3. Wabash Cannonball
    4. I'm a Ramblin' Man
    5. I'm Alabammy Bound
    6. Wreck of the Old '97
    7. Nobody's Child
    8. I Shall Not Be Moved
    9. Rock Island Line
    10. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O
    11. Cumberland Gap
    12. Love Is Strange
    13. Theme from Film 'Light Fingers - (soundtrack)
    14. Gamblin' Man - (soundtrack)
    15. Gamblin' Man
    16. Puttin' on the Style
    17. My Dixie Darling
    18. I'm Just a Rolling Stone
    19. Jack O'Diamonds
    20. Grand Coulee Dam, The
    21. Hard Travelin'
    22. Ham 'N' Eggs
    23. Nobody Loves Like an Irishman
    24. Sally Don't You Grieve
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Ain't You Glad You Got Religion
    2. Lonesome Traveller
    3. Light from the Lighthouse
    4. I've Got Rocks in My Bed
    5. I've Got Rocks in My Bed - (alternate take)
    6. Long Summer Day
    7. Sunshine of His Love, The
    8. Times Are Getting Hard Boys
    9. Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos
    10. Lazy John
    11. Betty, Betty, Betty
    12. Whoa Buck (Whoa Back, Buck)
    13. Shorty George
    14. Hard Travelin'
    15. Baby Don't You Know That's Love
    16. Lonnie With Alan Freeman
    17. Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 1
    18. Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 2
    19. Darling Corey
    20. Bewildered (So Bewildered)
    21. It Is No Secret
    22. Hard Travelin'
    23. My Lagan Love
    24. Rock O' My Soul
    25. Aunt Rhody (The Old Grey Goose)
    26. Tom Dooley
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On the Bedpost Overnight
    2. Kevin Barry
    3. My Only Son Was Killed in Dublin (The Dying Rebel)
    4. Chesapeake Bay
    5. Ace in the Hole
    6. Fort Worth Jail
    7. Battle of New Orleans, The
    8. Sal's Got a Sugarlip
    9. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
    10. Ice Cream
    11. Fancy Talking Tinker
    12. Gloryland
    13. Gold Rush Is Over, The
    14. House of the Rising Sun, The
    15. Miss Otis Regrets
    16. Take This Hammer
    17. San Miguel
    18. Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy
    19. John Hardy
    20. John Hardy - (alternate take)
    21. Mr. Froggy
    22. You Pass Me By
    23. Talking Guitar Blues - (US version)
    24. Talking Guitar Blues - (British version)
    25. Golden Vanity, The
    26. My Old Man's a Dustman
    0. DISC 5:
    1. I Wanna Go Home - (edited)
    2. I Wanna Go Home
    3. Take This Hammer
    4. Corrine, Corrina
    5. In All My Wildest Dreams
    6. Beyond the Sunset
    7. Nobody Understands Me
    8. Junco Partner (Junko Partner)
    9. Lorelei
    10. Wreck of the John B, The
    11. Sorry, But I'm Gonna Have to Pass
    12. Lively
    13. Black Cat (Crosed My Path Today)
    14. Banana Split for My Baby
    15. Leave My Woman Alone
    16. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
    17. Beyond the Sunset
    18. When I Was Young
    19. Virgin Mary
    20. Just A-Wearying for You
    21. Ramblin' Round
    22. Have a Drink on Me
    23. Seven Daffodils (Seven Golden Daffodils)
    24. Keep on the Sunny Side
    25. Tiger Rag
    26. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore - (mono)
    27. Lumbered
    28. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore - (stereo)
    29. Red Berets
    0. DISC 6:
    1. Comancheros, The
    2. Party's Over, The
    3. Over the Rainbow
    4. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
    5. It Was a Very Good Year
    6. I'll Never Smile Again
    7. I'll Never Fall in Love Again - (alternate take)
    8. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
    9. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
    10. Steal Away
    11. Good News! Chariots A' Comin'
    12. Born in Bethlehem
    13. Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho
    14. New Burying Ground
    15. No Hiding Place
    16. Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord
    17. Sing Hallelujah
    18. This Train
    19. We Shall Walk Through the Valley
    20. Keep on the Sunny Side
    21. Pick a Bale of Cotton
    22. Market Song, The
    23. Tit-Bits
    24. Losing by a Hair
    25. Trumpet Sounds
    26. Rise Up
    27. I've Gotta Girl So Fine
    28. It's a Long Road to Travel
    0. DISC 7:
    1. Lemon Tree
    2. 500 Miles Away from Home
    3. Cajun Joe (The Bully of the Bayou)
    4. Fisherman's Luck
    5. Louisiana Man
    6. Interstate Forty
    7. Bad News
    8. There's a Big Wheel
    9. Diamonds of Dew
    10. Nothing to Gain
    11. Lovey Told Me Goodbye
    12. Beans in My Ears
    13. Get Out of My Life
    14. Blistered
    15. Bound for Zion
    16. Where in This World Are We Going
    17. Doctor's Daughter, The
    18. Reverend Mr. Black
    19. Farewell (Fare Thee Well)
    20. Wedding Bells
    21. Won't You Tell Me
    22. My Sweet Marie
    23. After Taxes
    24. I'm Gonna Be a Bachelor
    25. She Was T-Bone Talking Woman
    26. World Cup Willie
    27. Ding Ding
    28. Leaving Blues
    29. Auntie Maggie's Remedy
    0. DISC 8:
    1. Over in the New Burying Ground
    2. Leavin' Blues
    3. Bury My Body
    4. Diggin' My Potatoes
    5. When I Move to the Sky
    6. On a Monday
    7. In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
    8. Midnight Special
    9. Railroad Bill
    10. I'm Alabammy Bound
    11. Cumberland Gap
    12. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O
    13. Bring a Little Water, Sylvie
    14. On a Monday
    15. Old Hannah (Go Down Old Hannah)
    16. Mule Skinner Blues
    17. Precious Memories
    18. Brother Moses Smote the Water
    19. Ella Speed
    20. Glory - (take False Start, false start)
    21. Black Gir
    22. Glory
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0000015700

  • Credits
    ProducerPaul Pelletier; Richard Weize

    Personnel: Lonnie Donegan (vocals, whistling, guitar, banjo); Denny Wright (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano); Les Bennetts, Jim Currie, Richard Bishop (vocals, guitar); Monty Sunshine (vocals, clarinet); Malcom Higgins (vocals, trumpet); Patrick Halcox (vocals, cornet, piano); Cliff Hall (vocals, piano, organ); Pete Appleby, Nick Nichols (vocals, drums, bongos, tambourine, percussion); Bob Watson, Griff , Carter-Lewis, Pete Oakman, Fionna Duncan, Ken Colyer, Ottilie Patterson, Ray C. Walker, The Kestrels, Max Miller , Neal Matthews, Hoyt Hawkins (vocals); George Barnes (guitar, banjo); Jerry Glenn Kennedy, Ken Sykora, Allen Hanlon, Harold Bradley (guitar); Pete Drake (steel guitar); Joe Brown (banjo, ukulele); Pete Sayers, Jim Bray (banjo); Chris Barber (harmonica, trombone); John Cole (harmonica); Bruce Turner (alto saxophone); King Curtis (tenor saxophone); Lon Cohen (baritone saxophone); Taft Jordan (trumpet); Floyd Cramer, Mike Stoller, Tony Hatch (piano); Phil Kraus (xylophone, percussion); Mark Goodwin (drums, tambourine); Ron Bowden, Gary Chester , Robert Shannon (drums); Brian Simmons, Beryl Bryden (washboard).
    Liner Note Authors: John Griffith; Mike Pointon; Paul Pelletier.
    Recording information: BBC Broadcasting House, London, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Elstree Film Studios, Boreham Wood, Herfordshire (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Great Yarmouth (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Hotel Gentofte, Copenhagen, Denmark (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); IBC Studios, London, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); London, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Marquee Studios, London, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Nashville, TN (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); New York, NY (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Pinewood Film Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, Eng (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Pye Studios, London, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Queen's Theatre, Blackpool, Lancashire, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Regal ABC Theatre, Hull, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Royal Albert Hall (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Royal Aquarium (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Royal Festival Hall, London, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Scottish Television Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Walton-On-Thames Film Studios, Surrey, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957); Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Lancashire, England (07/13/1954-02/02/1957).
    Director: Tony Hatch.
    Illustrators: R.A. Andreas; Johnny Beecher.
    Photographers: Jem Wilyman; John Cowling; R.A. Andreas; Johnny Beecher; Brian Smith ; Paul Pelletier; Carl Jones.
    Arrangers: Jimmie Driftwood; Mike Stoller; Stan Applebaum.
    Eight CDs, and nearly 10 hours of music may seem like overkill to most onlookers, but this is a boxed set that truly justifies itself, once you've listened to it. What is here is amazing--this set presents Lonnie Donegan as the prodigious musical talent he actually was, a white bluesman extraordinaire and a country, rockabilly, and gospel singer of no small merit as well. No, he didn't have Elvis Presley's voice, or his way with the girls, but Donegan had musical talent by the ton--his blues stylings on songs like the previously unreleased alternate take of Lonnie Johnson's "I've Got Rocks In My Bed" or Leroy Carr's "Hoe Long How Long Blues" will astonish anyone who thinks that British blues began with the Rolling Stones or even with Alexis Korner (who had never been anywhere near a recording studio when Donegan cut some of this stuff); his covers of numbers by Cole Porter (in a blues style, no less) and Bob Dylan (from Donegan's final Pye album) will amaze anyone who never got past "Rock Island Line." And the unedited live set from Conway Hall in 1957 will delight anyone who likes great, exciting concert recordings. And most of the rest is of as high quality as these rarities. The only drawback is the $180 price-tag, but that's the cost of quality. The profusely annotated and illustrated booklet is an added bonus. ~ Bruce Eder

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