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Lonesome Whistle: An Anthology of American Railroad Songs

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Trains were a prominent image in American folk and popular music early in the 20th century, and there are countless 78s and 45s floating around out there with trains serving as the central metaphor. Trains represented motion, mobility, and power, and they moved goods from coast to coast, creating bustling crossroads and towns at each stop along the way. Trains also moved people, whisking lives away to better places or worse places, depending on one's luck and fortune. This wonderful four-disc, 100-track set collects some of those American train songs in an expansive litany of motion and metaphor. Most of the tracks are old blues or string band tunes, with contributions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Trains were a prominent image in American folk and popular music early in the 20th century, and there are countless 78s and 45s floating around out there with trains serving as the central metaphor. Trains represented motion, mobility, and power, and they moved goods from coast to coast, creating bustling crossroads and towns at each stop along the way. Trains also moved people, whisking lives away to better places or worse places, depending on one's luck and fortune. This wonderful four-disc, 100-track set collects some of those American train songs in an expansive litany of motion and metaphor. Most of the tracks are old blues or string band tunes, with contributions from Furry Lewis ("Kassie Jones"), Frank Hutchison ("Hell Bound Train"), Mississippi John Hurt ("Spike Driver Blues"), Charley Patton ("Pea Vine Blues"), Robert Johnson ("Love in Vain"), and others, but there are also a few modern tracks here, as well, from Elvis Presley ("Mystery Train"), Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), and Chuck Berry ("Down Bound Train"), giving this collection a powerful panoramic feel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520021685
  • Catalog Number: 2002168
  • Sales rank: 70,356


Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wreck On the Southern Old 97 - Kelly Harrell (3:40)
  2. 2 The Brave Engineer - Roy Harvey (3:19)
  3. 3 I Wish My Mother Was On That Train - Blind Joe Taggart (2:43)
  4. 4 I Raised My Window and Looked At the Risin' Sun - Ollie Rupert (3:20)
  5. 5 Yellow Dog Blues - Sam Collins (2:32)
  6. 6 Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand - Williamson Bros & Curry (3:27)
  7. 7 C & O Blues - Blind Joe Amos (3:27)
  8. 8 The Wreck of the Virginian No. 3 - Roy Harvey (3:09)
  9. 9 The Longest Train I Ever Saw - The Tenneva Ramblers (3:04)
  10. 10 K.C. Railroad Blues - Andrew & Jim Baxter (3:30)
  11. 11 Mean Conductor Blues - Ed Bell (2:56)
  12. 12 Frisco Whistle Blues - Ed Bell (2:49)
  13. 13 Rambler Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:48)
  14. 14 Sunshine Special - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:46)
  15. 15 Train 45 - Henry Whitter (3:08)
  16. 16 Ramblin' Reckless Hobo - Burnett & Rutherford (3:25)
  17. 17 Chattanooga Blues - Allen Brothers (3:07)
  18. 18 Sun Beam Blues - Fred Adams (3:12)
  19. 19 Big Railroad Blues - Cannon's Jug Stompers (3:19)
  20. 20 If I Die a Railroad Man - The Tenneva Ramblers (2:47)
  21. 21 C.C. & O. Blues - Simmie Dooley (3:07)
  22. 22 The Red and Green Signal Lights - Henry Whitter (3:14)
  23. 23 Royal Palm Special Blues - Sloppy Henry (3:09)
  24. 24 Kassie Jones, Pt. 1 - Furry Lewis (3:07)
  25. 25 Hell Bound Train - Frank Hutchison (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 North-Bound Train - Nelstone's Hawaiians (3:14)
  2. 2 Waiting For a Train - Jimmie Rodgers (2:46)
  3. 3 Texas and Pacific Blues - Frenchy's String Band (3:05)
  4. 4 Spike Driver Blues - Mississippi John Hurt (3:16)
  5. 5 Engine One-Forty-Three - The Carter Family (3:19)
  6. 6 The Train's Done Left Me - The Carolina Tar Heels (3:05)
  7. 7 Old Rock Island Blues - Lonnie Coleman (3:14)
  8. 8 The New York Hobo - Darby & Tarlton (3:11)
  9. 9 Western Kentucky Limited - Hack String Band (3:01)
  10. 10 Riding the Blinds - Eddie Mapp (2:49)
  11. 11 The Hobo's Last Ride - Buell Kazee (3:01)
  12. 12 Pea Vine Blues - Charley Patton (3:05)
  13. 13 Cannonball Blues - Frank Hutchison (3:24)
  14. 14 Train Whistle Blues - Jimmie Rodgers (2:59)
  15. 15 Railroad Bill - Will Bennett (3:01)
  16. 16 John Henry (The Steel Driving Man), Pt. 1 - Furry Lewis (2:52)
  17. 17 Long Train Blues - Robert Wilkins (3:05)
  18. 18 K.C. Moan - Memphis Jug Band (2:33)
  19. 19 Freight Train Ramble - Darby & Tarlton (3:07)
  20. 20 Lonesome Frisco Line - Darby & Tarlton (2:52)
  21. 21 Travelin' Blues - Blind Sammie (3:13)
  22. 22 Wabash Cannonball - The Carter Family (2:59)
  23. 23 The New 'Frisco Train - Washington White (3:00)
  24. 24 M & O Blues - Willie Brown (3:08)
  25. 25 M & O Blues - Walter Davis (3:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Travelin' Railroad Man Blues - Alabama Sheiks (2:56)
  2. 2 True and Trembling Brakeman - The Lullaby Larkers (2:32)
  3. 3 Railroad Man Blues - Walter Davis (3:20)
  4. 4 The Gone Dead Train - King Solomon Hill (3:18)
  5. 5 Too-Too Train Blues - Big Bill Broonzy (2:51)
  6. 6 B & O Blues No. 2 - Blind Willie McTell (3:01)
  7. 7 Railroad Blues - Sam McGee (3:14)
  8. 8 Chickasaw Train Blues (Low Down Dirty Thing) - Memphis Minnie (3:16)
  9. 9 Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train - The Delmore Brothers (2:46)
  10. 10 B & O Line Blues - Bumble Bee Slim (2:55)
  11. 11 Flying Crow Blues - Dallas Jamboree Jug Band (2:58)
  12. 12 Honky Tonk Train Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis (2:56)
  13. 13 New River Train - The Monroe Brothers (3:41)
  14. 14 The Heavenly Train - Bill Carlisle (2:19)
  15. 15 Depot Blues - Crowder Brothers (2:44)
  16. 16 My Saviour's Train - The Monroe Brothers (2:53)
  17. 17 A. & V. Railroad Blues - Little Brother Montgomery (2:38)
  18. 18 The Flying Crow - Black Ivory King (2:46)
  19. 19 The Katy Blues - Blind Norris (2:43)
  20. 20 Train Carry My Girl Back Home - Wade Mainer (2:22)
  21. 21 Love In Vain - Robert Johnson (2:23)
  22. 22 Riding On That Train Forty-Five - Zeke Morris (2:34)
  23. 23 Golden Gate Gospel Train - The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet (2:38)
  24. 24 Station Boy Blues - "Roosevelt" Antrim (3:03)
  25. 25 Train Whistle Blues - Shelly Lee Alley & His Alley Cats (2:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues) - Sleepy John Estes (2:51)
  2. 2 Streamline Train - Cripple Clarence Lofton (3:56)
  3. 3 Santa Fe Blues - Smith Casey (4:21)
  4. 4 Orange Blossom Special - The Rouse Brothers (2:58)
  5. 5 Special Stream Line - Bukka White (2:55)
  6. 6 The Midnight Special - Huddie Ledbetter (3:03)
  7. 7 Rock Island Line - Huddie Ledbetter (2:36)
  8. 8 C. & N.W. Railroad - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:39)
  9. 9 Gospel Cannon Ball - Karl & Harty (2:52)
  10. 10 Hobo Blues - Yank Rachell (3:32)
  11. 11 Mean Old Frisco Blues - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (2:36)
  12. 12 Lining Track (Line 'Em) (1:12)
  13. 13 Lonesome Train - Sonny Terry (3:31)
  14. 14 G.M. & O. Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson I (2:42)
  15. 15 Pan American - Hank Williams (2:50)
  16. 16 Hard Travelin' - Woody Guthrie (2:32)
  17. 17 Train Fare Home - Muddy Waters (2:46)
  18. 18 Railroad Station Blues - T-Bone Walker (2:45)
  19. 19 This Train - Rev. Robert Ballinger (2:52)
  20. 20 Mystery Train - Elvis Presley (2:29)
  21. 21 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash (2:48)
  22. 22 Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf (3:05)
  23. 23 Down Bound Train - Chuck Berry (2:50)
  24. 24 Train Kept a Rollin' - Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n' Roll Trio (2:15)
  25. 25 I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow - Johnny Cash (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Boyd Piano
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals
Bumble Bee Slim Vocals
Sam Collins Guitar, Vocals
Walter Davis Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass
Sleepy John Estes Guitar, Vocals
Mississippi John Hurt Guitar, Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson Guitar, Vocals
Lead Belly Vocals
Furry Lewis Guitar, Vocals
Blind Willie McTell Guitar, Vocals
Memphis Minnie Guitar, Vocals
Little Brother Montgomery Piano, Vocals
Whistlin' Alex Moore Piano
Charley Patton Guitar, Vocals
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Roosevelt Sykes Piano
Bukka White Guitar, Vocals
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Vocals
Johnny Cash Guitar, Vocals
Jimmie Rodgers Guitar, Vocals
Woody Guthrie Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Cisco Houston Guitar
Chuck Berry Guitar, Vocals
Elvis Presley Guitar, Vocals
Bill Black Bass
Scotty Moore Guitar
Buell Kazee Banjo, Vocals
Gus Cannon Jug
Bill Carlisle Guitar, Vocals
Dorsey Burnette Bass
Pink Anderson Guitar, Vocals
T-Bone Walker Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Monroe Guitar, Vocals
Wade Mainer Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Snuffy Jenkins Banjo
Curley Weaver Guitar
Sam McGee Guitar, Vocals
Rev. Robert Ballinger Piano, Vocals
Robert Wilkins Guitar, Vocals
Ed Bell Guitar, Vocals
Cliff Carlisle Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Shelly Lee Alley Fiddle, Vocals
Johnny Bernero Drums
Big Crawford Bass
Tewee Blackman Guitar
Willie Brown Guitar, Vocals
Dean Bryan Guitar
Billy Burkes Guitar
Weldon Burkes Ukulele
Howlin' Wolf Harmonica, Vocals
Johnny Burnette Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Burse Guitar
Sara Carter Guitar, Alto Horn, Vocals
Cornelius Coleman Drums
Lonnie Coleman Vocals
Ernest "Big" Crawford Bass
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Guitar, Vocals
Tom Darby Guitar, Vocals, Spoken Word
Simmie Dooley Guitar, Vocals
Wendell DuConge Alto Saxophone
Frank Fields Bass
Octave Gaspard Bowed Bass
Marshall Grant Bass
Herb Hardesty Baritone Saxophone
Roy Harvey Guitar, Vocals
King Solomon Hill Guitar, Vocals
Frank Hutchison Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
C.L. Hutchison Cornet
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
Robert Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Joe Kaipo Steel Guitar
Hosea Lee Kennard Piano
Ransom Knowling String Bass
Don Law Washboard
Huddie Ledbetter Guitar, Vocals
Meade "Lux" Lewis Piano, Soloist
Noah Lewis Harmonica
Cripple Clarence Lofton Piano, Soloist
George MacMillan String Bass
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Walter Nelson Guitar
Luther Perkins Guitar
Earl Phillips Drums
Charlie Poole Banjo
Yank Rachell Guitar, Vocals
Ben Ramey Kazoo
James Rikard Clarinet
Washboard Sam Washboard
Will Shade Harmonica
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals
Blind Joe Taggart Guitar, Vocals
Jimmie Tarlton Steel Guitar, Vocals
Ashley Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Will Weldon Guitar
John Westbrook Steel Guitar
Hank Williams Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica, Vocals, Spoken Word
Willie Tyson Piano
Austin Allen Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Paul Burlison Guitar
Ted Daffan Steel Guitar
Willie Johnson Guitar
Chuck Keeshan Guitar
Jack Moran Bass
Posey Rorer Fiddle
Henry Owens Leader, Tenor (Vocal)
Clyde Riddick Tenor (Vocal)
Orlandus Wilson Bass (Vocal)
Eddie Hardy Drums
Karl Davis Fiddle, Mandolin
Alton Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Rabon Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Garley Foster Guitar
Claude Grant Guitar, Vocals
Jack Grant Mandolin Banjo
G.B. Grayson Fiddle, Vocals, Spoken Word
Kelly Harrell Vocals
Steve Ledford Fiddle, Vocals
Zeke Morris Guitar
Jack Pierce Fiddle
Leonard Rutherford Fiddle, Vocals
Claude Slagle Banjo
Harty Taylor Guitar, Vocals
Zeke Turner Guitar
Henry Whitter Guitar, Harmonica, Spoken Word
Louis Innis Bass
Andrew Baxter Fiddle
William Langford Tenor (Vocal)
Eddie Mapp Harmonica, Soloist
Leonard Stokes Guitar
Harry Owens Tenor (Vocal)
James Touchstone Guitar, Vocals
Thomas Ashley Guitar, Vocals
Arnold Williamson Fiddle
Billiken Johnson Human Whistle, Train Whistle
Big Sid Cox Guitar
Black Ivory King Piano, Vocals
Richard Burnett Banjo, Vocals
Carl Davis Guitar, Vocals
Casey Smith Guitar, Vocals
Will Bennett Vocals
Fred Adams Vocals
Sherman Lawson Fiddle
Blind Norris Vocals
Lee Allen Guitar, Kazoo, Tenor Saxophone
Percy Darensbourg Banjo
Willie Johnson Leader, Vocals, Baritone, Baritone (Vocal)
Melvin Bethel Mandoline
Anthony "Tony" Scanlin Clarinet, Piano
Bill Brown Guitar
James Brown Fiddle
Walter Cobb Banjo
Virgil Garrett Fiddle
Jim Baxter Guitar, Vocals
Clyde Robbins Guitar
Bob Hoke Mandolin Banjo
Olfa Crowder Guitar, Low Vocals
Ortize Crowder Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Sloppy Henry Vocals
Smokey Lohman Steel Guitar
"Roosevelt" Antrim Guitar, Vocals
Wilbur Ball Guitar, Vocals
Dock Walsh Banjo
Eddie West Violin, Vocals
Homer Sherrill Fiddle
William Mitchell Bass
Ollie Rupert Vocals
Jimmy Tarlton Steel Guitar, Vocals, yodeling
Gordon Rouse Guitar, Vocals, Spoken Word
Jack Rouse Vocals, Spoken Word
Maybelle Carter Guitar
Ervin Rouse Fiddle, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Arnold Curry Banjo-ukelele
Ervin Williamson Guitar
Emma Taggart Vocals
Ad Fox Guitar, Vocals
A.L. Walker Guitar
Polite "Frenchy" Christian Cornet
Napoleon Harriston Guitar, Spoken Word
Hubert a. Nelson Steel Guitar, Vocals
Gene Garrett String Bass
Charles "Chicken" Jackson Washboard
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Furry Lewis Arranger
Whistlin' Alex Moore Train Sounds
Jimmie Rodgers Vocal Effect
Woody Guthrie Arranger
Cliff Carlisle Arranger
A.P. Carter Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Frank Hutchison Arranger
Blind Joe Taggart Duet
Hank Williams Composer
Karl Davis Arranger
Alton Delmore Duet
Rabon Delmore Duet
Harty Taylor Arranger
Billiken Johnson Vocal Effect
Traditional Composer
Blind Norris Composer
Carlisle Composer
Ledbetter Composer
Tarlton Composer
Schaffer Composer
Mainer Composer
Bradshaw Composer
Delmore Composer
Sherrill Composer
Emma Taggart Duet
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