200 Years of American Heritage in Song: 100 Song Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in 1975 to coincide with the Bicentennial celebration, 200 Years of American Heritage in Song: 100 Song Collection is a collection of 100 folk and country songs that are intended to tell the story of America in song. The selection combines traditional songs like "The Building of America" and "Westward Migration" with newer songs, like "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "John Henry," which have already become standards. Supported by an informative 45-booklet by Norm Cohen, the collection is terrific conceptually, but the execution is somewhat faulty. In particular, it's sunk by the performances, which are merely perfunctory and never quite gripping. Neverthless,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in 1975 to coincide with the Bicentennial celebration, 200 Years of American Heritage in Song: 100 Song Collection is a collection of 100 folk and country songs that are intended to tell the story of America in song. The selection combines traditional songs like "The Building of America" and "Westward Migration" with newer songs, like "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "John Henry," which have already become standards. Supported by an informative 45-booklet by Norm Cohen, the collection is terrific conceptually, but the execution is somewhat faulty. In particular, it's sunk by the performances, which are merely perfunctory and never quite gripping. Neverthless, as an educational piece, 200 Years of American Heritage in Song is useful, even if it isn't something that will become compulsive listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1995
  • Label: Cmh Records
  • UPC: 027297177642
  • Catalog Number: 1776

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barbabra Allen (5:09)
  2. 2 Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin' (2:20)
  3. 3 I'll Give My Love an Apple (4:00)
  4. 4 The Wexford Girl (4:27)
  5. 5 Billy Boy (1:42)
  6. 6 Bury Me Beneath the Willow (1:56)
  7. 7 Gypsy Davey (2:19)
  8. 8 Greensleeves - Maggie Griffin (2:12)
  9. 9 The Sow Took the Measles (1:16)
  10. 10 The Rich Lady over the Sea (3:15)
  11. 11 The Fate of John Burgoyne - Maggie Griffin (1:22)
  12. 12 Lord Cornwallis (3:55)
  13. 13 Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (1:22)
  14. 14 Blow the Man Down (3:14)
  15. 15 The Golden Vanity (2:49)
  16. 16 The Eighth of January - Great American String Band & Benny Martin (2:25)
  17. 17 Green Grow the Lilacs (2:27)
  18. 18 Sweet Betsy from Pike (4:00)
  19. 19 Shenandoah - Maggie Griffin (2:32)
  20. 20 The Fools of Forty-Nine (2:32)
  21. 21 Across the Western Ocean (1:48)
  22. 22 Bile 'Em Cabbage Down (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Boll Weevil (2:17)
  2. 2 This Train (1:52)
  3. 3 Steal Away - Maggie Griffin (2:32)
  4. 4 Dixie (2:20)
  5. 5 Lorena - Great American String Band & Don Ange (3:39)
  6. 6 Yellow Rose of Texas (2:09)
  7. 7 John Brown's Body (1:56)
  8. 8 Just Before the Battle, Mother (2:15)
  9. 9 I Can Whip the Scoundrel (1:45)
  10. 10 Maryland, My Maryland (2:03)
  11. 11 The Girl I Left Behind Me (1:43)
  12. 12 The Bonnie Blue Flag (1:34)
  13. 13 All Quiet Along the Potomac (2:30)
  14. 14 Goober Peas (1:54)
  15. 15 Little Joe, the Wrangler (3:40)
  16. 16 Git Along Little Doggies (2:29)
  17. 17 The Old Chisholm Trail (1:47)
  18. 18 Abilene (2:05)
  19. 19 Buffalo Gals (1:51)
  20. 20 Rye Whiskey (2:46)
  21. 21 The Streets of Laredo - Great American String Band & Dick Schuyler (2:34)
  22. 22 Jesse James (2:14)
  23. 23 Fire on the Mountain (1:16)
  24. 24 I Am a Pilgrim (2:22)
  25. 25 Cotton-Eyed Joe (1:49)
  26. 26 The Banks of the Ohio (3:17)
  27. 27 Wildwood Flower (1:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Little Maggie (2:08)
  2. 2 Devil's Dream (2:00)
  3. 3 Will the Circle Be Unbroken (2:19)
  4. 4 Orange Blossom Special (4:35)
  5. 5 Wreck of the Old '97 (2:35)
  6. 6 Nine Pound Hammer - Great American String Band & Ralph Smith (2:28)
  7. 7 Drill, Ye Tarriers (2:37)
  8. 8 Wabash Cannonball (3:21)
  9. 9 Dark as a Dungeon (2:38)
  10. 10 John Henry (3:25)
  11. 11 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (2:09)
  12. 12 Trouble in Mind - Great American String Band & Tommy Faile (2:01)
  13. 13 Are You from Dixie? - Maggie Griffin (1:50)
  14. 14 Molly Darling (2:29)
  15. 15 The House of the Rising Sun (2:31)
  16. 16 Cannon Ball Blues (2:41)
  17. 17 Ragtime Annie (1:39)
  18. 18 The Prisoner's Song - Maggie Griffin (1:47)
  19. 19 Don't Make Me Go to Bed and I'll Be Good - Great American String Band & Benny Martin (4:53)
  20. 20 Guitar Rag (1:38)
  21. 21 Lovesick Blues - Great American String Band & Benny Martin (3:09)
  22. 22 Freight Train Blues (2:56)
  23. 23 Wanderin' (1:54)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Waiting for a Train (1:45)
  2. 2 Big Rock Candy Mountain - Maggie Griffin (1:26)
  3. 3 In the Jailhouse Now (1:55)
  4. 4 Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy (1:41)
  5. 5 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (2:24)
  6. 6 Conversation with a Mule (2:17)
  7. 7 Back up and Push - Great American String Band & Benny Martin (2:08)
  8. 8 Wreck on the Highway (2:26)
  9. 9 Mama Don't Allow (3:09)
  10. 10 There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere (3:20)
  11. 11 Filipino Baby (2:37)
  12. 12 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Maggie Griffin (2:27)
  13. 13 San Antonio Rose (2:15)
  14. 14 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Maggie Griffin (1:42)
  15. 15 Oklahoma Hills (2:38)
  16. 16 Guitar Boogie (3:00)
  17. 17 Slipping Around (1:58)
  18. 18 Tennessee Waltz (2:17)
  19. 19 Jolie Blonde (1:56)
  20. 20 Truck Driving Man (2:34)
  21. 21 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Maggie Griffin (2:27)
  22. 22 Folsom Prison Blues (2:42)
  23. 23 Tom Dooley (2:18)
  24. 24 Detroit City (2:06)
  25. 25 Blowin' in the Wind (2:20)
  26. 26 Green, Green Grass of Home (2:27)
  27. 27 Okie from Muskogee (2:30)
  28. 28 Dueling Banjos (2:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Great American String Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Benny Martin Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Don Ange Piano, Vocals
Paul Collier Percussion, Drums
Bruce Jones Mandolin, Vocals
Lee Jones Bass, Vocals
Clay Smith Rhythm Guitar
Ralph Smith Accordion, Vocals
David Johnson Fiddle
David Deese Banjo, Vocals, 5-string Banjo
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith Fiddle
Tommy Faile Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dick Schuyler Bass, Vocals
Jacquie Schuyler Vocals
Jeff Whittington Banjo, Steel Guitar, 5-string Banjo
The Jones Brothers Vocals
Arthur Smith Trio Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Log Cabin Boys Vocals
Tim Smith Bass
Joe Smith Guitar, Vocals
Maggie Griffin Vocals
Technical Credits
Merle Travis Composer
Eric Weissberg Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Composer, Producer
A.P. Carter Composer
Dave Guard Composer
Hank Poole Engineer, Mastering
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Christina Hersch Engineer, Mastering
Martin Haerle Producer
Chuck Owen Engineer, Mastering
Tom Finucane Graphic Design
M. Christian Arranger, Composer
Henry DeLafayette Webster Composer
Joseph Philbrick Webster Composer
Traditional Composer
Arthur Smith Trio Producer
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