Across the Tracks, Vol. 2: More Nashville R&B and Doo Wop

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like volume one of the series, this documents the nearly forgotten Nashville R&B scene of the 1950s and 1960s, on 30 obscurities issued on small local labels. It's similar in content to its predecessor: smoky, often raw sides, sometimes sparsely even crudely produced, the approaches varying from bluesy stuff and raunchy rock to doo wop and '60s soul. There's even a 1959 gospel side by the Fairfield Four, who wouldn't reach the peak of their fame until almost four decades later. It's like an encyclopedia of black popular music styles from the time, the caveat being that while they're representative examples, they're not outstanding. The standouts are the most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like volume one of the series, this documents the nearly forgotten Nashville R&B scene of the 1950s and 1960s, on 30 obscurities issued on small local labels. It's similar in content to its predecessor: smoky, often raw sides, sometimes sparsely even crudely produced, the approaches varying from bluesy stuff and raunchy rock to doo wop and '60s soul. There's even a 1959 gospel side by the Fairfield Four, who wouldn't reach the peak of their fame until almost four decades later. It's like an encyclopedia of black popular music styles from the time, the caveat being that while they're representative examples, they're not outstanding. The standouts are the most modern-sounding cuts at the end: Earl Gaines and Lucille Johns' duet on "You Are My Sunshine," and the uptown soul of Gene Allison's "Stay a Little Longer," and the previously unissued, Stax-like "It's Almost Sundown" by Roscoe Shelton. Allison's version of "You Can Make It If You Try" covered by the Rolling Stones on this disc, by the way, is not the original, but a 1968 remake.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667167222
  • Catalog Number: 672
  • Sales rank: 207,447

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Three Times Seven - Larry Birdsong (3:06)
  2. 2 Live The Life I Sing About - Larry Birdsong (2:57)
  3. 3 Six Days a Week - Kinglets (3:02)
  4. 4 You Gotta Go - Kinglets (2:51)
  5. 5 No Fool No More - Charles "Wigg" Walker & the Daffodils (2:14)
  6. 6 Slave To Love - Charles Walker (2:25)
  7. 7 If Things Don't Change - Gene Allison (2:27)
  8. 8 Sittin' Here Drinkin' - Earl Gaines (3:02)
  9. 9 Blue Night - Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra (2:10)
  10. 10 Real Good Man - Murfreesboro (2:34)
  11. 11 Oh My Love - Murfreesboro (2:16)
  12. 12 Scooter Poofin' - Larry Birdsong (2:13)
  13. 13 Lord You Know - The Fairfield Four (2:19)
  14. 14 I Thank Him - Christine Kittrell (2:25)
  15. 15 Kiss Away @@Clips (2:42)
  16. 16 Let Me Get Close to You Baby @@Clips (2:49)
  17. 17 You're My Baby - Larry Birdsong (2:27)
  18. 18 Love You So - Earl Gaines (2:10)
  19. 19 Hallelujah - Don Q (2:37)
  20. 20 Rent's Too High - Cliff Butler (3:13)
  21. 21 Love Me a Long, Long Time - Daddy Dean Orchestra (2:21)
  22. 22 My Little Baby @@Little Shy Guy (2:00)
  23. 23 Crawdad Hole @@Chuck Harrod (1:44)
  24. 24 Goofin' Off - Joyce Paul (2:30)
  25. 25 Let Me Down Easy - Earl Gaines (2:26)
  26. 26 The Same Thing - Arthur Adams (3:03)
  27. 27 You Are My Sunshine - Lucille Johns (2:43)
  28. 28 Stay A Little Longer - Gene Allison (2:20)
  29. 29 It's Almost Sundown - Roscoe Shelton (3:12)
  30. 30 You Can Make It If You Try/Have Faith - Gene Allison (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fairfield Four Track Performer
Gene Allison Track Performer
Earl Gaines Track Performer
Larry Birdsong Track Performer
Roscoe Shelton Track Performer
Joyce Paul Track Performer
Cliff Butler Track Performer
Ted Jarrett Track Performer
Christine Kittrell Track Performer
Technical Credits
Daniel Cooper Liner Notes
Ted Jarrett Composer
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