CD The Singing Brakeman [Bear Family] [Box] [7 discs] (CD 1239506),
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The Singing Brakeman [Bear Family] [Box] [7 discs]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Soldier's Sweetheartsleep, Baby, Sleep, The
    2. Ben Dewberry's Final Run
    3. Mother Was a Lady
    4. Blue Yodel
    5. Away Out on the Mountain
    6. Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea
    7. Treasures Untold
    8. Brakeman's Blues, The
    9. Sailor's Plea, The
    10. In the Jailhouse Now
    11. Blue Yodel #2
    12. Memphis Yodel
    13. Blue Yodel #3
    14. My Old Pal
    15. Mississippi Moon
    16. My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans
    17. You and My Old Guitar
    18. Daddy and Home
    19. My Little Lady
    20. I'm Lonely and Blue
    21. Lullaby Yodel
    22. Never No Mo' Blues
    0. DISC 2:
    1. My Carolina Sunshine Girl
    2. Blue Yodel #4
    3. Waiting For a Train
    4. I'm Lonely and Blue
    5. Desert Blues
    6. Any Old Time
    7. Blue Yodel #5
    8. High Powered Mama
    9. I'm Sorry We Met
    10. Everybody Does It in Hawaii
    11. Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues
    12. Train Whistle Blues
    13. Jimmie's Texas Blues
    14. Frankie and Johnny
    15. Homecall
    16. Whisper Your Mother's Name
    17. Land of My Boyhood Dreams, The
    18. Blue Yodel #6
    19. Yodeling Cowboy
    20. My Rough and Rowdy Ways
    21. I've Ranged, I've Roamed, I've Travelled
    22. Hobo Bill's Last Ride
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Mississippi River Blues
    2. Nobody Knows But Me
    3. Anniversary Blue Yodel
    4. She Was Happy till She Met You
    5. Blue Yodel #11
    6. Drunkard's Child, A
    7. That's Why I'm Blue
    8. Why Did You Give Me Your Love
    9. My Blued Eyed Jane
    10. Why Should I Be Lonely
    11. Moonlight and Skies
    12. Pistol Packin' Papa
    13. Take Me Back Again
    14. Those Gambler's Blues
    15. I'm Lonesome Too
    16. One Rose, The
    17. For the Sake of Days Gone By
    18. Jimmie's Mean Mamma Blues
    19. Mistery of Number Five, The
    20. Blue Yodel #8
    0. DISC 4:
    1. In the Jailhouse Now #2
    2. Blue Yodel #9
    3. T.B. Blues
    4. Travellin Blues
    5. Jimmie the Kid
    6. Why There's a Tear in My Eye
    7. Wonderful City, The
    8. Let Me Be Your Sidetrack
    9. Jimmie Rodgers Visits the Carter Family
    10. When the Cactus Is in Bloom
    11. Gambling Polka Dot Blues
    12. Looking For a New Mama
    13. What's It?
    14. My Good Gal's Gone Bad
    15. Southern Cannonball
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Roll Along Kentucky Moon
    2. Hobo's Meditation
    3. My Time Ain't Long
    4. Ninety Nine Year Blues
    5. Mississippi Moon
    6. Down the Old Road to Home
    7. Blue Yodel #10
    8. Home Call
    9. Rock All My Babies to Sleep
    10. Whippin' That Old T. B.
    11. No Hard Times
    12. Long Tall Mama Blues
    13. Peach Picking Time Down in Georgia
    14. Gambling Bar Room Blues
    15. I've Only Loved Three Women
    16. In the Hills of Tennessee
    17. Prairie Lullaby
    18. Miss the Mississippi and You
    0. DISC 6:
    1. Sweet Mama Hurry Home
    2. Blue Yodel #12
    3. Dreaming With Tears in My Eyes
    4. Cowhand's Last Ride, The
    5. I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now
    6. Dreaming With Tears in My Eyes
    7. Yodeling My Back Home
    8. Jimmie Rodger's Last Blue Yodel
    9. Yodeling Ranger, The
    10. Old Pal of My Heart
    11. Old Love Letters
    12. Mississippi Delta Blues
    13. Somewhere Below the Mason Dixon Line
    14. Years Ago
    15. Singing Brakeman, The (The Movie Soundtrack)
    16. Pullman Porters, The
    17. In the Jailhouse Now #2
    18. Mule Skinner Blues
    19. Peach Picking Time Down in Georgia
    20. Mother, The Queen of My Heart
    21. Never No Mo' Blues
    22. Blue Yodel #1
    23. Daddy and Home
    24. Memphis Yodel
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15540

  • Credits
    ProducerRalph Peer; Richard Weize (Reissue)

    This box set includes a 60-page booklet with unpublished photos and extensive notes by Nolan Porterfield.
    Personnel: Jimmie Rodgers (vocals, guitar, banjo); Mother Maybelle Carter (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Sara Carter (vocals, guitar); Robert MacGimsey (whistling); John Cali (guitar, steel guitar, banjo); Billy Burkes (guitar, steel guitar); Weldon Burkes (guitar, ukulele); Chet Atkins, Clifford Gibson, M.T. Salazar, Dean Bryan, Julian R. Ninde, Tony Colicchio, Fred Smith , Lani McIntire, Fred Koone, Wilber Ball, Bill Boyd, Cal Smith (guitar); Ellsworth T. Cozzens (steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele); Cliff Carlisle, Joe Kaipo, John Westbrook, Joseph Hale III Talbot, Charles Kama, Dick Bunyard (steel guitar); Oddie McWinders (banjo); Red Young (mandolin); Clayton McMichen, Clifford Hayes, Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden, Alvin Alley, Shelly Lee Alley (fiddle); James Rikard, George Allen (clarinet); Louis Armstrong (trumpet); C.L. Hutchison (cornet); Ruth Ann Moore, Lil Armstrong (piano).
    Liner Note Authors: Nolan Porterfield; Jimmie Rodgers .
    Recording information: Atlanta Women's Club, Atlanta, GA (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Atlanta, GA (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Banquet Hall, Jefferson Hotel, Dallas, TX (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Bristol, TN (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Junior Ballroom (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Louisville, KY (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); N (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); New Orleans, LA (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); RCA Studios, New York, NY (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Texas Hotel, San Antonio, TX (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Victor Hollywood Studios, Hollywood, CA (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Victor Studio 2 (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Victor Studio, New York, NY (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Victor Studios, Camden, NJ (07/04/1927-07/22/1955); Victor Studios, New York, NY (07/04/1927-07/22/1955).
    Illustrators: Dave Samuelson; Ray Mitchell; Nolan Porterfield; Tony Russell.
    Photographers: Dave Samuelson; Ray Mitchell; Nolan Porterfield; Tony Russell.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Robert Nobley; Jack Grant; Claude Grant; Jack Pierce.
    The Singing Brakeman is a six-disc set that compiles every song that Jimmie Rodgers ever recorded. It covers the same ground as Rounder's eight-disc set, but Bear Family's set condenses the material into six CDs and adds a large booklet that features a thorough discography and biography. Although it essentially has the same material, adding a few alternate takes that weren't on the Rounder series, The Singing Brakeman has a more scholarly approach -- the discs are designed not as a casual listening experience, but intense, concentrated listening. In the end, however, it's neither superior or inferior to Rounder's series. No matter how they are presented, Rodgers' recordings constitute essential listening. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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