More Than

More Than "Pye in the Sky"

by Lonnie Donegan
Eight CDs, and nearly 10 hours of music may seem like overkill to most onlookers, but this is a boxed set that truly justifies itself, once you've listened to it. What is here is amazing--this set presents Lonnie Donegan as the prodigious musical talent he actually was, a white bluesman extraordinaire and a country, rockabilly, and gospel singer of no small merit as


Eight CDs, and nearly 10 hours of music may seem like overkill to most onlookers, but this is a boxed set that truly justifies itself, once you've listened to it. What is here is amazing--this set presents Lonnie Donegan as the prodigious musical talent he actually was, a white bluesman extraordinaire and a country, rockabilly, and gospel singer of no small merit as well. No, he didn't have Elvis Presley's voice, or his way with the girls, but Donegan had musical talent by the ton--his blues stylings on songs like the previously unreleased alternate take of Lonnie Johnson's "I've Got Rocks In My Bed" or Leroy Carr's "Hoe Long How Long Blues" will astonish anyone who thinks that British blues began with the Rolling Stones or even with Alexis Korner (who had never been anywhere near a recording studio when Donegan cut some of this stuff); his covers of numbers by Cole Porter (in a blues style, no less) and Bob Dylan (from Donegan's final Pye album) will amaze anyone who never got past "Rock Island Line." And the unedited live set from Conway Hall in 1957 will delight anyone who likes great, exciting concert recordings. And most of the rest is of as high quality as these rarities. The only drawback is the $180 price-tag, but that's the cost of quality. The profusely annotated and illustrated booklet is an added bonus.

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Bear Family

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Disc 1

  1. Rock Island Line
  2. John Henry
  3. Nobody's Child
  4. Wabash Cannonball
  5. Hard Time Blues
  6. Nobody's Child
  7. You Don't Know My Mind
  8. Midnight Special
  9. Precious Lord, Lead Me On
  10. The Passing Stranger
  11. On a Christams Day
  12. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  13. Midnight Special
  14. When the Sun Goes Down
  15. New Burying Ground
  16. Worried Man Blues
  17. Harmonica Blues
  18. The Ballad of Jesse James
  19. Ol' Riley
  20. Railroad Bill
  21. Lost John
  22. Stewball
  23. Stackalee
  24. Bring a Little Water, Sylvie
  25. Dead or Alive

Disc 2

  1. Frankie and Johnny
  2. How Long, How Long Blues
  3. Wabash Cannonball
  4. I'm a Ramblin' Man
  5. I'm Alabammy Bound
  6. Wreck of the Old '97
  7. Nobody's Child
  8. I Shall Not Be Moved
  9. Rock Island Line
  10. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O
  11. Cumberland Gap
  12. Love Is Strange
  13. Theme from Film 'Light Fingers
  14. Gamblin' Man
  15. Gamblin' Man
  16. Puttin' on the Style
  17. My Dixie Darling
  18. I'm Just a Rolling Stone
  19. Jack O'Diamonds
  20. The Grand Coulee Dam
  21. Hard Travelin'
  22. Ham 'N' Eggs
  23. Nobody Loves Like an Irishman
  24. Sally Don't You Grieve

Disc 3

  1. Ain't You Glad You Got Religion
  2. Lonesome Traveller
  3. Light from the Lighthouse
  4. I've Got Rocks in My Bed
  5. I've Got Rocks in My Bed
  6. Long Summer Day
  7. The Sunshine of His Love
  8. Times Are Getting Hard Boys
  9. Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos
  10. Lazy John
  11. Betty, Betty, Betty
  12. Whoa Buck (Whoa Back, Buck)
  13. Shorty George
  14. Hard Travelin'
  15. Baby Don't You Know That's Love
  16. Lonnie with Alan Freeman
  17. Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 1
  18. Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 2
  19. Darling Corey
  20. Bewildered (So Bewildered)
  21. It Is No Secret
  22. Hard Travelin'
  23. My Lagan Love
  24. Rock O' My Soul
  25. Aunt Rhody (The Old Grey Goose)
  26. Tom Dooley

Disc 4

  1. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On the Bedpost Overnight
  2. Kevin Barry
  3. My Only Son Was Killed in Dublin (The Dying Rebel)
  4. Chesapeake Bay
  5. Ace in the Hole
  6. Fort Worth Jail
  7. The Battle of New Orleans
  8. Sal's Got a Sugarlip
  9. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  10. Ice Cream
  11. Fancy Talking Tinker
  12. Gloryland
  13. The Gold Rush Is Over
  14. The House of the Rising Sun
  15. Miss Otis Regrets
  16. Take This Hammer
  17. San Miguel
  18. Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy
  19. John Hardy
  20. John Hardy
  21. Mr. Froggy
  22. You Pass Me By
  23. Talking Guitar Blues
  24. Talking Guitar Blues
  25. The Golden Vanity
  26. My Old Man's a Dustman

Disc 5

  1. I Wanna Go Home
  2. I Wanna Go Home
  3. Take This Hammer
  4. Corrine, Corrina
  5. In All My Wildest Dreams
  6. Beyond the Sunset
  7. Nobody Understands Me
  8. Junco Partner (Junko Partner)
  9. Lorelei
  10. The Wreck of the John B
  11. Sorry, But I'm Gonna Have to Pass
  12. Lively
  13. Black Cat (Crosed My Path Today)
  14. Banana Split for My Baby
  15. Leave My Woman Alone
  16. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  17. Beyond the Sunset
  18. When I Was Young
  19. Virgin Mary
  20. Just A-Wearying for You
  21. Ramblin' Round
  22. Have a Drink on Me
  23. Seven Daffodils (Seven Golden Daffodils)
  24. Keep on the Sunny Side
  25. Tiger Rag
  26. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
  27. Lumbered
  28. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
  29. Red Berets

Disc 6

  1. The Comancheros
  2. The Party's Over
  3. Over the Rainbow
  4. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
  5. It Was a Very Good Year
  6. I'll Never Smile Again
  7. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
  8. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
  9. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  10. Steal Away
  11. Good News! Chariots A' Comin'
  12. Born in Bethlehem
  13. Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho
  14. New Burying Ground
  15. No Hiding Place
  16. Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord
  17. Sing Hallelujah
  18. This Train
  19. We Shall Walk Through the Valley
  20. Keep on the Sunny Side
  21. Pick a Bale of Cotton
  22. The Market Song
  23. Tit-Bits
  24. Losing by a Hair
  25. Trumpet Sounds
  26. Rise Up
  27. I've Gotta Girl So Fine
  28. It's a Long Road to Travel

Disc 7

  1. Lemon Tree
  2. 500 Miles Away from Home
  3. Cajun Joe (The Bully of the Bayou)
  4. Fisherman's Luck
  5. Louisiana Man
  6. Interstate Forty
  7. Bad News
  8. There's a Big Wheel
  9. Diamonds of Dew
  10. Nothing to Gain
  11. Lovey Told Me Goodbye
  12. Beans in My Ears
  13. Get out of My Life
  14. Blistered
  15. Bound for Zion
  16. Where in This World Are We Going
  17. The Doctor's Daughter
  18. Reverend Mr. Black
  19. Farewell (Fare Thee Well)
  20. Wedding Bells
  21. Won't You Tell Me
  22. My Sweet Marie
  23. After Taxes
  24. I'm Gonna Be a Bachelor
  25. She Was T-Bone Talking Woman
  26. World Cup Willie
  27. Ding Ding
  28. Leaving Blues
  29. Auntie Maggie's Remedy

Disc 8

  1. Over in the New Burying Ground
  2. Leavin' Blues
  3. Bury My Body
  4. Diggin' My Potatoes
  5. When I Move to the Sky
  6. On a Monday
  7. In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
  8. Midnight Special
  9. Railroad Bill
  10. I'm Alabammy Bound
  11. Cumberland Gap
  12. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O
  13. Bring a Little Water, Sylvie
  14. On a Monday
  15. Old Hannah (Go Down Old Hannah)
  16. Mule Skinner Blues
  17. Precious Memories
  18. Brother Moses Smote the Water
  19. Ella Speed
  20. Glory
  21. Black Gir
  22. Glory

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Donegan   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Human Whistle
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Joe Brown   Banjo,Ukulele
Chris Barber   Bass,Harmonica,Trombone
George Barnes   Banjo,Guitar
King Curtis   Tenor Saxophone
Fionna Duncan   Vocals
Ken Colyer   Vocals
Patrick Halcox   Piano,Cornet,Vocals
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Monty Sunshine   Clarinet,Vocals
Bruce Turner   Alto Saxophone
Gary Chester   Drums
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Bob Bain   Bass
Max Miller   Vocals
George Duvivier   Bass
Stan Applebaum   Conductor
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Jim Bray   Banjo,Bass
Floyd Chance   Bass
Léon Cohen   Baritone Saxophone
Jim Currie   Guitar,Vocals
Cliff Hall   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Tony Hatch   Piano
Hoyt Hawkins   Vocals
Phil Kraus   Percussion,Xylophone
Neal Matthews   Vocals
Nick Nichols   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
Pete Oakman   Bass,Vocals
Mike Stoller   Piano,Conductor
Denny Wright   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals
Robert Shannon   Drums
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Ron Bowden   Drums
Griff   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Ottilie Patterson   Vocals
Pete Sayers   Banjo
Ray C. Walker   Vocals
Carter-Lewis   Vocals
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
John Cole   Harmonica
Bob Watson   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Richard Bishop   Guitar,Vocals
Beryl Bryden   Washboard
Kestrels   Vocals
Brian Simmons   Washboard
Malcom Higgins   Trumpet,Vocals
Bennetts   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Appleby   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
Ken Sykora   Guitar
Sammy Stokes   Bass
Mark Goodwin   Drums,Tambourine
Micky Ashman   Bass

Technical Credits

Lonnie Donegan   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Johnny Beecher   Illustrations
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Arranger
Stan Applebaum   Arranger
A.P. Carter   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Tony Hatch   Director
Jackie Payne   Tape Research
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Mike Stoller   Arranger,Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Composer
John Griffith   Liner Notes
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer
Paul Pelletier   Producer,Liner Notes,Tape Comparison
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Gary Garett   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Honi   Artwork
Mike Pointon   Liner Notes

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