Brother Can You Spare a Dime? [New World]

Brother Can You Spare a Dime? [New World]

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Great music is often born of great misery, and that was never more true in the United States than during the Great Depression, a period which saw unprecedented economic hardship and also a great flowering of American popular song and jazz. This intelligently assembled program offers a nicely democratic musical overview of the period, giving due attention to popular

Overview

Great music is often born of great misery, and that was never more true in the United States than during the Great Depression, a period which saw unprecedented economic hardship and also a great flowering of American popular song and jazz. This intelligently assembled program offers a nicely democratic musical overview of the period, giving due attention to popular song (Bing Crosby singing the title track, Rudy Vallée singing "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," etc.), African-American traditions (Big Bill Broonzy's "Unemployment Stomp," the Evening Breezes Sextet with "Coal Loading Machine"), and rural white traditional and commercial folk music by the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers (with Pete Seeger), and Uncle Dave Macon. There is a good topical mix as well, with lighthearted fare designed to distract the masses from their misery -- like the insufferable "Good Ship Lollypop" -- lined up alongside such political numbers as "NRA Blues" and "Death of Mother Jones" (performed by none other than Gene Autry). Overall, this is an excellent musical snapshot of one of America's darkest hours.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
Label:
New World Records
UPC:
0093228027027
catalogNumber:
80270
Rank:
267357

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Track Performer
Gene Autry   Track Performer
Delmore Brothers   Track Performer
Uncle Dave Macon   Track Performer
Woody Guthrie   Track Performer
Pete Seeger   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Almanac Singers   Track Performer
Bill Cox   Track Performer
Harry Sosnik   Conductor
Shirley Temple   Track Performer
Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Charlie Hamm   Liner Notes
Walter Kent   Composer
Frank Stettner   Engineer
Nat Burton   Composer
W.R. Calaway   Composer

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Brother Can You Spare a Dime? [New World] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Golden Days of the esoteric LP, the New World concentrated on American music. Among its best sellers was a single LP titled ''Brother, Can You Spare a Dime: American Song During the Great Depression.'' Most happily, it is again available on CD (80270-2). Using only original recordings of the era, the producers have included 16 numbers. Most of them, naturally, lean towards the pessimistic: the title song, ''The Boulevard of Broken Dreams,'' ''All in Down and Out Blues,'' and ''The Coal Loading Machine.'' Just as naturally, there are songs of either ignoring reality (''We're in the Money,'' ''On the Good Ship Lollypop,'' ''Love Walked In'') or hoping for better times around the corner (''The White Cliffs of Dover''). Among the singers, we have Bing Crosby, Deane Janis, Kenny Baker, Dick Powell, and Woody Guthrie. Never mind the fact that educators should pounce on this CD as living history. Perhaps the hopes and fears expressed in these echoes from the past will help us get through our own traumas. (This was written about a month after Sept. 11, 2001.) Grab this one and soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Song.....Brother can you spare a dime. It goes with the current economic situation.