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Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 6: Early American Rural Music
1. Robinson County - Birkhead & Lane
2. Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party - Floyd County Ramblers
3. It's Cold in China Blues - The Mississippi Moaner
4. Sail Away Lady - Parker/Dodd
5. I'm Goin' Away in the Morn - Uncle Dave Macon
6. Seven Sister Blues - Tenderfoot Edwards
7. Cousin Sally Brown - Virginia Mountain Boomers
8. Whoopee-Ti-Yi-Yo Git Along Little Doggies - The Girls of the Golden West
9. Cherry Ball Blues - Skip James
10. Milwaukee Blues - Jess Johnston/Roy Harvey
11. Davy - Weems String Band
12. God Didn't Make Me No Monkey Man - Eli Framer
13. Sally Gooden - Eck Robertson
14. My Trouble Blues - Jess Johnston/Byrd Moore
15. Prayer of Death, Pt. 2 - Charley Patton
16. Cheat 'Em - Red Headed Fiddlers
17. Jesus Paved the Way - Dewey
18. Caroline - Louie Lasky
19. Swamp Cat Rag - The Swamp Rooters
20. Ten Cent Piece - Reaves White County Ramblers
21. Ninety Nine Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds
22. Rolling River - Jess Hillard & His West Virginia Hillbillies
23. At the Cross - Turney Brothers
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2064
Audio Remasterer: Richard Nevins.
Liner Note Author: Richard Nevins.
Each volume in Yazoo Records' Times Ain't Like They Used to Be series (this one is the sixth installment) collects 1920s and '30s commercial 78s, and taken together they project a vital and energetic early-20th century rural America of jug and string bands, country blues players, fiddlers, banjoists, sacred singers, and musical roustabouts of every conceivable rustic style imaginable. This process makes each volume remarkably similar even as the particular artists and songs included on each may be tremendously different. Vol. 6 includes such rare gems as Isaiah Nettles' (listed here under his moniker "the Mississippi Moaner") quirky "It's Cold in China Blues," Skip James' haunting "Cherry Ball Blues," an energetic "Davy" by the Weems String Band, and the second part of Charley Patton's two-part 78-rpm recording of "Prayer of Death." Since everything is drawn from exceedingly rare 78s, many of which were played to death by their original owners, there is a fair amount of ambient needle noise on several of these tracks, but that only adds to the overall feel of history actually coming alive that is inherent to these kinds of compilations. Well selected, varied, and artfully sequenced, Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 6 is another welcome addition to a hopefully never-ending series. ~ Steve Leggett
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Shanachie Records 2064
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