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Theme Time Radio Hour: Season 2
0. DISC 1:
1. Hello - The Sherman Williams Orchestra (mono)
2. Open the Door (Ouvre La Porte) - Country Playboys/Adam Hebert (mono)
3. Let's Have a Party - Wanda Jackson (mono)
4. Three Hearts in a Tangle - James Brown (mono)
5. Changed the Locks - Lucinda Williams
6. There's a Fire - The Gaylads (mono)
7. Walkin' with Frankie - Frankie Lee Sims (mono)
8. 7 Heures du Matin - Jacqueline Taeb (mono)
9. Pretty Girl, A (A Cadillac and Some Money) - (mono)
10. Jake Walk Blues - Allen Brothers (mono)
11. Aged and Mellow (Blues) - Little Esther (mono)
12. Sam Stone - Swamp Dogg
13. Danger Zone aka Crepe on Your Door - Mercy Dee Walton (mono)
14. Cold Hard Facts of Life, The - Porter Wagoner
15. Chicken, The - Mississippi John Hurt
16. Goodbye California - Jolie Holland (mono)
17. My Walking Stick - The Mills Brothers (mono, featuring Louis Armstrong)
18. Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick
19. Hunting Tigers out in Indiah (Yah) - Hal Swain & His Band (mono)
20. Fist City - Loretta Lynn
21. Walkin' Dr Bill aka Gotta Find My Baby - B.B. King (mono)
22. Jump into the Fire - Harry Nilsson
23. One Hand Loose - Charlie Feathers (mono)
24. I Want Two Wings - Utah Smith (mono)
25. One Time, One Night - Los Lobos
0. DISC 2:
1. First I Look at the Purse - The Contours
2. Rhode Island Is Famous for You - Blossom Dearie
3. Reefer Man - Baron Lee/Mills Blue Rhythm Band (mono)
4. Diamond Joe - The Georgia Crackers (mono)
5. Make Us One - Miriam Makeba/Skylarks/The Skylarks (mono)
6. She's Scattered Everywhere - Archibald (mono)
7. Cigareets, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women - (mono)
8. Tear-Stained Letter - Jo-El Sonnier
9. Sous le Ciel de Paris - Edith Piaf (mono)
10. Glory of Love, The - The Velvetones (mono)
11. Separation Line - Laura Lee (mono)
12. Gloomy Sunday - Billie Holiday (mono)
13. Young Man's Blues - Mose Allison (mono)
14. Would You Believe It (I Have a Cold) - Huey "Piano" Smith (mono)
15. I Come from Jamaica - Chris Powell and the Blue Flames (mono)
16. 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (mono)
17. Go Ahead and Burn - Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces (mono, featuring Chico)
18. Mambo del Pachuco - Don Tosti (mono)
19. Your Love Belongs Under a Rock - The Dirtbombs
20. One Bad Stud - Honey Bears (mono)
21. Rocket Nine Takes off for the Planet Venus - Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra (mono)
22. Ice Cream for Crow - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band
23. Just One More Time - Billy Gayles (mono)
24. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud Loud Music) - Joe Maphis/Rose Lee (mono)
25. With Arms Outstretched - Rilo Kiley
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDCH21225
Eddie Gorodetsky; Jeff Rosen; Roger Armstrong
Personnel: Main Street Choral Society, Raul Diaz, Red Ingle, Ricky Harper (vocals); Teddy Wilson (accordion).
Liner Note Authors: Colin Escott; Lynn Abbott; Martina Goggin; Malcolm Baumgart; Jon Broven; Fred Dellar; Llynn Abbott; Jim Dawson; Susan Steward; Patrick Humphries; Ted Carroll; Jerry Dammers; Jim Dawson; John Broven; Ady Croasdell; Al Kooper; Kris Needs; Alec Palao; Mark LaMarr; Neil Innes; Rob Patterson; Roger Armstrong; Steve Barrow; Tony Rounce; Tony Russell; Billy Vera; Max Decharne; Brian Nevill; Sue Steward; Martin Goggin; Charlie Gillett.
Author: Billy Vera.
Editor: Peter Silverton.
Introduction by: Billy Bragg.
Photographers: Scott Irvine ; Lenny Gonzalez ; Michael Ochs; Ralston Crawford; Scott Irvine ; Anthony St. James; Gilles Ptard; Shirley Richardson; Jerry Ray Williams; Val Wilmer; Jon Broven; Lenny Gonzalez; Sherry Ryan Barnett; John Carrico; Philip Lloyd-Smee; William Claxton; John Broven; Johnny Otis; Pat Terry; Peter Gibbon; Roger Armstrong; Tony Rounce; Tony Russell; Wanda Jackson.
Unknown Contributor Role: Bob Dylan.
Arranger: Rev. Utah Smith.
Ace's two-CD collection of records played on the second season of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour series has 50 tracks that -- like the series itself -- cover an astonishingly wide range of high-quality music. True, although the chronology spans 1927 to 2004, it's definitely dominated by pre-1970 releases. It's also true that though it touches upon a lot of styles, there's definitely a pronounced leaning toward the more down-to-earth and rootsy sectors of American 20th century popular music. But while this particular goulash might not be to every radio listener's taste (let alone every CD collector's), it does offer quite an eclectic assortment of high-quality and, for the most part, not very well-known cuts. Indeed, the expanse surveyed is so wide it kind of defies summarization in a mere one- or two-paragraph review. After all, how many other compilations out there include material by James Brown, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Los Lobos, Nilsson, Loretta Lynn, Dionne Warwick, Porter Wagoner, Swamp Dogg, Lucinda Williams, Billie Holiday, Mose Allison, Miriam Makeba, Edith Piaf, and Desmond Dekker? Or genres encompassing mambo, free jazz, rockabilly, old-time folk, soul, Cajun, and numerous others?
Although a few hits and classics sneak in (Warwick's "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," Wanda Jackson's rockabilly stormer "Let's Have a Party," Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday," Mose Allison's "Young Man's Blues"), usually these cuts are items that even collectors with big libraries don't likely own yet. Picking out highlights is a bit hopelessly daunting with such a diverse set. But certainly the hot jazz of Baron Lee & the Mills Blue Rhythm Band's "Reefer Man," Miriam Makeba's buoyant pre-exile bopper "Make Us One," and Chris Powell & His Five Blue Flames' infectious calypso-jazz-R&B hybrid "I Come from Jamaica" (on which Clifford Brown made his recording debut) are, as just a few examples, top-rank items you're very unlikely to have heard unless you tuned in to one of Dylan's radio broadcasts during this series. They're also indicative of a tendency -- and hardly an objectionable one -- of Dylan to play pretty upbeat and witty stuff that is, on the whole, considerably more consistently effervescent than what he offers on his own recordings. You also have to wonder if he actually heard and/or selected all of the esoteric items here prior to the broadcasts -- had he ever, for instance, really listened to something like the moody mod of French singer Jacqueline Taeb's 1968 single "7 Heures du Matin" before it was part of his radio series?
Serious Dylan fanatics might be disappointed that these discs don't include his often witty spoken introductions. And while this is as wide-ranging and excitingly unpredictable as radio should be (and rarely is), its range is so wide that even some listeners with extremely catholic tastes might not find it too conducive for repeated listening. Those qualifications aside, however, this collection does undoubtedly contain a wealth of fine music, albeit often of the sort you wouldn't suspect Dylan to have in his private collection. Ace's customarily fine liner notes also add to the anthology's excellent balance between highly entertaining music and highly educational introductions to records of which you most likely weren't previously aware. ~ Richie Unterberger
Record Collector (magazine) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Blues, folk and soul still rule the watchtower, but Don Tosti Y Su Conjunto's 'Mambo Del Pachuco' and Jacqueline Taieb's '7 Heures Du Matin' help round things out..."
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