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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While a four-volume series on Document presented the Dixon Brothers' complete work in chronological order, this four-CD box set goes yet better in its thoroughness. In addition to all the duo's commercially released 1936-1938 recordings, it has the sides Howard Dixon recorded with Frank Gerald; the ones Howard Dixon and Gerald cut with Mutt Evans, and the tracks (six previously unreleased) Dorsey Dixon did with his wife Beatrice. That takes up three of the four discs; the fourth CD is devoted to recordings Dorsey Dixon made as a solo artist in 1961 and 1962 during the folk revival, two-thirds of which were previously unissued. Adding up to 121 selections in all, it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While a four-volume series on Document presented the Dixon Brothers' complete work in chronological order, this four-CD box set goes yet better in its thoroughness. In addition to all the duo's commercially released 1936-1938 recordings, it has the sides Howard Dixon recorded with Frank Gerald; the ones Howard Dixon and Gerald cut with Mutt Evans, and the tracks (six previously unreleased) Dorsey Dixon did with his wife Beatrice. That takes up three of the four discs; the fourth CD is devoted to recordings Dorsey Dixon made as a solo artist in 1961 and 1962 during the folk revival, two-thirds of which were previously unissued. Adding up to 121 selections in all, it demonstrates the brothers' wide range (whether working together or in a different context) of repertoire, encompassing socially conscious songs about taxes and working conditions in textile mills; Appalachian country-folk arrangements of Tin Pan Alley tunes; country gospel, and other songs of romance and tragedy. As close-harmony pre-World War II country brother duos go, the Dixon Brothers may not be as accessible as some, like the Delmore Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys, as the vocals were less sweet and more wizened. It's a lot of homily-laden, often moralistic material to take in at once, and as even the liner notes admit, on the somewhat informal Dorsey Dixon early-'60s recordings (done shortly after Howard Dixon's death), "many of the songs he recorded varied little in key or tempo." Yet as a definitive consolidation of the Dixon Brothers' work, it's hard to imagine how this could be bettered, unless the four lost masters from a September 25, 1938 session (three by Howard Dixon and Frank Gerald, and one by the pair with Mutt Evans) can be found. The 164-page, LP-sized hardback book accompanying the CDs is, like those found in numerous other Bear Family box sets, a work in itself. In addition to extensive biographical essays and song-by-song annotation from Patrick Huber, it's abundantly illustrated with photos of the brothers and scenes from the kind of child-labor-exploitation mills in which they worked; vintage advertisements for their records and gigs; paperwork documenting their recording sessions, and sheet music covers for some of the songs they waxed. There are also both of the multi-page memoirs Dorsey Dixon wrote; handwritten lyrics from his notebooks; a meticulous discography, and even a reprint of a Dorsey Dixon poem about the Newport Folk Festival that appeared in Sing Out! magazine. Though it might miff those who bought the Document series to purchase that material (with some extras) again in this format, by definition anyone who wants the complete Dixon Brothers must be a serious fan, and that book might just be worth the price on its own even if you already have many of their recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127168177
  • Catalog Number: 2716817
  • Sales rank: 354,984

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Weave Room Blues (2:33)
  2. 2 Two Little Rosebuds (2:48)
  3. 3 Sales Tax On the Women (2:19)
  4. 4 Intoxicated Rat (2:40)
  5. 5 Not Turning Back (3:08)
  6. 6 White Flower For You (3:19)
  7. 7 Answer To Maple On the Hill, Pt. 1 (3:23)
  8. 8 Answer To Maple On the Hill, Pt. 3 (3:15)
  9. 9 Greenback Dollar, Pt. 2 (3:20)
  10. 10 Spinning Room Blues (2:37)
  11. 11 My Girl In Sunny Tennessee (3:25)
  12. 12 A Wonderful Day (2:57)
  13. 13 Are You Sure? (3:17)
  14. 14 That Old Vacant Chair (2:47)
  15. 15 I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail, Pt. 2 (3:13)
  16. 16 Never To Be Sweethearts Again (3:32)
  17. 17 Bonnie Blue Eyes, Pt. 2 (Hush Little Bonnie) (2:38)
  18. 18 Ocean of Life (2:28)
  19. 19 Rambling Gambler (3:13)
  20. 20 Dark Eyes (2:56)
  21. 21 Easter Day (3:04)
  22. 22 That Old True Love (2:37)
  23. 23 Answer To Maple On the Hill, Pt. 4 (3:14)
  24. 24 Beautiful Stars (2:41)
  25. 25 I Will Meet My Precious Mother (3:01)
  26. 26 Weaver's Life (3:27)
  27. 27 Darling Do You Miss Me (2:40)
  28. 28 Little Bessie (2:28)
  29. 29 How Can a Broke Man Be Happy (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 How Can a Broke Man Be Happy (2:54)
  2. 2 The School House Fire (3:15)
  3. 3 She Tickles Me (2:31)
  4. 4 Fisherman's Luck (2:29)
  5. 5 At Twilight Old Pal of Yesterday (2:48)
  6. 6 Call Me Pal of Mine (2:45)
  7. 7 I Won't Accept Anything For My Soul (3:26)
  8. 8 What Can I Give In Exchange (3:15)
  9. 9 What Would You Give In Exchange, Pt. 5 (3:09)
  10. 10 The Girl I Left In Danville (3:01)
  11. 11 Two Little Boys (2:28)
  12. 12 The Lonely Prisoner (2:40)
  13. 13 The Old Home Brew (2:25)
  14. 14 Always Waiting For You (3:19)
  15. 15 When Jesus Appears (3:11)
  16. 16 Satisfied At Last (2:46)
  17. 17 Shining City Over the River (2:30)
  18. 18 Honey It's Just Because (3:07)
  19. 19 Back To My Wyoming Home (2:37)
  20. 20 I Can't Tell Why I Love You (2:14)
  21. 21 Under the Old Cherry Tree (2:30)
  22. 22 Blessed Promise In Store (2:57)
  23. 23 Anywhere is Home (2:39)
  24. 24 Beneath an Old Maple (2:46)
  25. 25 Fields On Fire (2:49)
  26. 26 The Blood of Jesus Saved Me (3:11)
  27. 27 Where Shall I Be (2:48)
  28. 28 Promise In the Book of Life (3:24)
  29. 29 Broken Hearted Girl (2:31)
  30. 30 Woman's Answer To 'What is Home Without Love' (3:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hobo Jack the Rambler (2:53)
  2. 2 More Pretty Girls Than One, Pt. 3 (3:27)
  3. 3 There's a Place In My Home For Mother (2:35)
  4. 4 Bootlegger's Story (2:28)
  5. 5 Wonder Who's Kissing Her, Pt. 2 (3:23)
  6. 6 Prisoner's Plea (2:42)
  7. 7 Faithless Husband (2:57)
  8. 8 Down With the Old Canoe (2:55)
  9. 9 I Didn't Hear Anybody Pray (3:44)
  10. 10 Glorious Light is Dawning (3:16)
  11. 11 Have Courage To Only Say No (3:01)
  12. 12 A Mother, a Father, a Baby (3:16)
  13. 13 A Church At the Foot of the Hill (2:36)
  14. 14 By Himself (2:39)
  15. 15 Tempted and Tried (3:23)
  16. 16 Time For Me To Go (2:22)
  17. 17 Beyond Black Smoke (2:26)
  18. 18 When Gabriel Blows His Trumpet For Me (3:00)
  19. 19 Speak Evil of No Man (3:18)
  20. 20 Jimmie and Sallie (2:52)
  21. 21 The Story of George Collins (2:58)
  22. 22 The Light of Homer Rogers (2:56)
  23. 23 After the Ball (2:23)
  24. 24 'Twas Only a Dream (2:57)
  25. 25 Answer To Broken Engagement (2:17)
  26. 26 By the Old Oaken Bucket, Louise (2:24)
  27. 27 Honey Baby Mine (2:23)
  28. 28 My Trundle Bed (2:27)
  29. 29 New Trouble (2:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Babies In the Mill (3:32)
  2. 2 The Factory Girl (2:15)
  3. 3 Hard Times In Here (2:25)
  4. 4 Weave Room Blues (1:16)
  5. 5 Twister Room Blues (2:01)
  6. 6 When Weaving Time is Over (3:40)
  7. 7 The Wreck of the Old 97 (3:52)
  8. 8 The Cleveland School House Fire (7:04)
  9. 9 Wreck On the Highway (3:16)
  10. 10 Naomi Wise (2:55)
  11. 11 Our Johnny (2:34)
  12. 12 Mommy, Will My Doggie Understand? (2:09)
  13. 13 Bill Dodson's Last Run (3:20)
  14. 14 The Great Convoy (2:03)
  15. 15 Jesse James (2:52)
  16. 16 Give Me My Flowers While I'm Living (2:51)
  17. 17 Be At Home Soon Tonight, My Dear Boy (1:55)
  18. 18 Tomorrow (1:53)
  19. 19 The Worried Bum (1:53)
  20. 20 She Tickled Me (2:11)
  21. 21 Timothy Kelly (2:08)
  22. 22 The Burglar Man (1:54)
  23. 23 The Christmas Cake (1:23)
  24. 24 The Hungry Hash House (3:19)
  25. 25 I'm Not Turning Backward (3:08)
  26. 26 Somebody Touched Me (2:11)
  27. 27 Across the Shining River (2:21)
  28. 28 My Name In the Book (2:16)
  29. 29 When That Beautiful City Comes Down (2:51)
  30. 30 Will the Circle Be Unbroken (2:27)
  31. 31 I Shall Not Be Moved (2:08)
  32. 32 I Didn't Have a Friend (2:01)
  33. 33 The Church At the Foot of the Hill (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dixon Brothers Primary Artist
Howard Dixon Steel Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Mutt Evans Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Frank Gerald Guitar, Vocals
Dorsey Dixon Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Beatrice Dixon Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Jim Eanes Composer
Cliff Carlisle Composer
Charles K. Harris Composer
Dorsey M. Dixon Composer
Paul Dresser Composer
Joseph E. Howard Composer
Eli Oberstein Producer
Roy Turk Composer
Stanley Carter Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Henry Clay Work Composer
Karl Davis Composer
Bob Shelton Composer
Joe Shelton Composer
Hartford Taylor Composer
Norm Cohen Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Dave Samuelson Reissue Producer
Joe Young Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Jimmy Long Composer
Edward Madden Composer
Archie Green Producer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Gus Edwards Composer
Tom Hanchett Illustrations
Will D. Cobb Composer
Traditional Composer
Frank Mare Illustrations
James Rowe Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering
John Reedy Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Gene Earle Producer
Charles H. Gabriel Composer
Harold Dixon Composer
Mychael Gerstenberger Artwork
Homer F. Morris Composer
Tullius C. O'Kane Composer
C. Frank Horn Composer
Christopher King Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Photo Scanning
Harold Orlob Composer
Gussie L. Davis Composer
Bert Grant Composer
Carson J. Robison Composer
James D. Vaughan Composer
Rev. W.B. Stevens Composer
Alfred H. Ackley Composer
Dorsey Dixon Liner Notes
Franklin Eiland Composer
Sam Malbuch Photo Restoration
Malcolm Vidrine Illustrations, Photo Scanning
Ada Habershon Composer
Earle C. Jones Composer
Charles D. Tillman Composer
Cameron Shipp Liner Notes
Armand E. Blackmar Composer
Horatio M. Palmer Composer
William Walker Composer
Tom Warlick Illustrations
J.H. Hieronymus Composer
Charles M. Fillmore Composer
Patrick Huber Liner Notes
Monroe H. Rosenfeld Composer
Lawrence Perricone Composer
Judson L. Moore Composer
Joe Gerald Illustrations
James M. Henson Composer
Harry I. Davis Composer
Harry C. Shunk Composer
Harry Braisted Composer
Ed Kahn Producer
David Diehl Illustrations
Dan Lewis Composer
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