I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow

I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow

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Though it was obviously released simply to capitalize on the resurgence of interest in old-timey music occasioned by the success of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the 20-track collection I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow is an amazing, practically faultless compilation. Virtually every song here is a classic, whether for fans of old-timey, country, early blues,See more details below

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Though it was obviously released simply to capitalize on the resurgence of interest in old-timey music occasioned by the success of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the 20-track collection I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow is an amazing, practically faultless compilation. Virtually every song here is a classic, whether for fans of old-timey, country, early blues, or gospel. Of the two tracks with the most interest for O Brother fans, only Harry McClintock's "Big Rock Candy Mountain" is the version heard in the movie, though the other -- the title track sung by the Stanley Brothers -- is the original on which the movie version was based (it betters the performance, if not the sound quality). Also of direct interest are "Keep on the Sunny Side" by the Carter Family, "In the Jailhouse Now" by Jimmie Rodgers, and "You Are My Sunshine" by Jimmie Davis (the last an early country star and later governor of Tennessee). Though few other inclusions have a connection to the movie, I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow succeeds on its mission of surrounding the events of the movie with a range of excellent roots music: hot fiddle music from Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers, Bill Monroe, and Fiddlin' Sam Long, apocalyptic blues from Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, and Dock Boggs, a rollicking banjo tune by Uncle Dave Macon, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith's historic collaboration on the classic "St. Louis Blues," and one of the seminal gospel sides of all time: "Golden Gate Gospel Train" by the Golden Gate Quartet. It may be hard to find -- the label, Country Stars, is based in the Netherlands, though it is heavily distributed elsewhere -- and the songs are available elsewhere, but few collections bring so many important songs together onto one disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
Label:
Country Stars
UPC:
8712177042685
catalogNumber:
55472
Rank:
20416

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Tracks

  1. I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow
  2. Keep on the Sunny Side
  3. Big Rock Candy Mountain
  4. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
  5. You Are My Sunshine
  6. I'll Fly Away
  7. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome  - Bill Monroe
  8. Lonesome Valley
  9. Indian War Whoop  - Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers
  10. In the Jailhouse Now  - Jimmie Rodgers
  11. In the Highways
  12. Sandy Land  - Fiddlin' Sam Long
  13. Uncle Pen  - Bill Monroe
  14. John the Revelator
  15. Way Down the Old Plank Road  - Uncle Dave Macon
  16. Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)  - Jimmie Rodgers
  17. St. Louis Blues
  18. Country Blues
  19. Golden Gate Gospel Train
  20. The White Dove

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skip James   Track Performer
Blind Willie Johnson   Track Performer
Bessie Smith   Track Performer
Bill Monroe   Track Performer
Stanley Brothers   Track Performer
Carter Family   Track Performer
Jimmie Davis   Track Performer
Uncle Dave Macon   Track Performer
Jimmie Rodgers   Track Performer
Golden Gate Quartet   Track Performer
Dock Boggs   Track Performer
Harry McClintock   Track Performer
Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers   Track Performer
Humbard Family   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Carter Stanley   Composer
William Hogeland   Liner Notes

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