Black Diamond Express to Hell

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
There are few more iconoclastic images of progress than the locomotive, preferably steam-powered. An obvious symbol of industrialization, the train replaced the chariot as the mode of transport to heaven or correspondingly to hell, brought lovers together or sped them apart, and offered a one-way ticket out of poverty to the promised land of freedom and prosperity. Its rail lines could be lonely or feted, its conductors and engineers idolized. Trains were the ultimate metaphor and the enduring image of a fast-growing and even faster-moving country. No wonder then so many artists memorialized the train in song. Black Diamond Express to Hell takes listeners on a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
There are few more iconoclastic images of progress than the locomotive, preferably steam-powered. An obvious symbol of industrialization, the train replaced the chariot as the mode of transport to heaven or correspondingly to hell, brought lovers together or sped them apart, and offered a one-way ticket out of poverty to the promised land of freedom and prosperity. Its rail lines could be lonely or feted, its conductors and engineers idolized. Trains were the ultimate metaphor and the enduring image of a fast-growing and even faster-moving country. No wonder then so many artists memorialized the train in song. Black Diamond Express to Hell takes listeners on a scintillating journey back in time and across the musical landscape. 27 songs strong, bookended by the title track sermon, this set is a musical train spotter's dream come true. Stopping off to visit hillbillies and country stars, big-band legends and blues greats, and careening merrily from jazz to boogie, R&B to blues, mountain music to classic country, and speeding around the decades, this is one hell of a trip. Thankfully, Ozit Records has hired an expert conductor, Steve Hardstaff, for the journey. His exceptional liner notes not only annotate every song, but make sense of the seemingly jumbled sequencing, scattering nuggets of information for train enthusiasts along the way. Considering all the detail and knowledge he includes within, we may perhaps be seeing the beginnings of a fascinating book in the making. The music itself is equally riveting in its diversity and the myriad ways in which trains are addressed. A phenomenal trawl through the express lines to fame and the forgotten routes through forlorn pastures of Americana.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2006
  • Label: Ozit Records Uk
  • EAN: 5033531031323
  • Catalog Number: 313
  • Sales rank: 355,540

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro: Black Diamond Express to Hell @@Rev. A. W. Nix (0:36)
  2. 2 Hell Bound Train @@Frank Hutchinson (2:59)
  3. 3 Flying Crow Blues - Washboard Sam (2:47)
  4. 4 Beyond Black Smoke - The Dixon Brothers (2:25)
  5. 5 When the Train Comes Along (2:36)
  6. 6 Railroad Boogie - Pee Wee King (2:34)
  7. 7 Wreck of the Old 97 - Vernon Dalhart (3:11)
  8. 8 Pullman Porter - Cousin Joe (3:39)
  9. 9 Traveling Blues - Ma Rainey (2:46)
  10. 10 Orange Blossom Special - The Drifting Cowboys (2:20)
  11. 11 Train 45 - Grayson & Whitter (3:04)
  12. 12 One Way Ticket - Bobby Crown (2:19)
  13. 13 Southern Casey Jones - Jesse James (2:55)
  14. 14 Daybreak Express - Duke Ellington (2:59)
  15. 15 C.C. & O. Blues - Simmie Dooley (3:07)
  16. 16 Night Train - Jimmy Forrest (3:01)
  17. 17 Lonesome Frisco Line - Darby & Tarlton (3:20)
  18. 18 Johnny B Goode @@Al White (2:46)
  19. 19 Gone Dead Train - King Solomon Hill (3:18)
  20. 20 Engine 143 - The Carter Family (1:50)
  21. 21 Box Car Shorty and Peter Blue - Sammy Price (2:51)
  22. 22 Life's Railway to Heaven - The Blue Sky Boys (2:49)
  23. 23 Late Freight @@Sonny Thompson (2:11)
  24. 24 The Brave Engineer - The Carver Boys (3:17)
  25. 25 Sun Beam Blues - Fred Adams (3:12)
  26. 26 Waiting at the Station @@Cousin Leroy (2:46)
  27. 27 Cannonball - Nora Lee King (2:43)
  28. 28 Sinner's Dream - Eugene Fox (3:23)
  29. 29 Outro: Black Diamond Express to Hell @@Rev. A.W. Nix (1:16)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Steve Hardstaff Liner Notes
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