Brother Can You Spare a Dime? [New World]

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 Vall?e 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: New World Records
  • UPC: 093228027027
  • Catalog Number: 80270
  • Sales rank: 218,237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra (3:17)
  2. 2 The Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Deane Janis (3:14)
  3. 3 Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries - Rudy Vallée (3:17)
  4. 4 In the Still of the Night - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra (3:17)
  5. 5 Love Walked In - Kenny Baker (2:45)
  6. 6 On the Good Ship Lollypop (2:28)
  7. 7 Unemployment Stomp (2:38)
  8. 8 The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money) - Dick Powell (3:16)
  9. 9 All In, Down and Out Blues - Uncle Dave Macon (2:34)
  10. 10 Fifteen Miles from Birmingham (2:49)
  11. 11 The Coal Loading Machine - The Evening Breezes Sextet (2:46)
  12. 12 NRA Blues - Bill Cox (2:55)
  13. 13 I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore (2:50)
  14. 14 The Death of Mother Jones (2:44)
  15. 15 All I Want - The Alamanac Singers (3:03)
  16. 16 The White Cliffs of Dover - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Track Performer
Gene Autry Track Performer
The 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
Simon Gallup Composer
Charlie Hamm Liner Notes
Walter Kent Composer
Robert Smith Composer
Porl Thompson Composer
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Boris Williams Composer
Lee Hulko Mastering
Frank Stettner Engineer
Nat Burton Composer
W.R. Calaway Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good presentation

    Good Song.....Brother can you spare a dime. It goes with the current economic situation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A grim reminder and living history

    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.

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