More Than "Pye in the Sky"

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051157005
  • Catalog Number: 15700

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock Island Line (2:30)
  2. 2 John Henry (2:08)
  3. 3 Nobody's Child (3:07)
  4. 4 Wabash Cannonball (2:18)
  5. 5 Hard Time Blues (3:05)
  6. 6 Nobody's Child (3:48)
  7. 7 You Don't Know My Mind (2:19)
  8. 8 Midnight Special (3:10)
  9. 9 Precious Lord, Lead Me On (3:18)
  10. 10 The Passing Stranger (3:11)
  11. 11 On a Christams Day (2:02)
  12. 12 Take My Hand, Precious Lord (3:52)
  13. 13 Midnight Special (2:16)
  14. 14 When the Sun Goes Down (3:54)
  15. 15 New Burying Ground (3:30)
  16. 16 Worried Man Blues (2:12)
  17. 17 Harmonica Blues (2:31)
  18. 18 The Ballad of Jesse James (2:40)
  19. 19 Ol' Riley (2:45)
  20. 20 Railroad Bill (2:23)
  21. 21 Lost John (2:44)
  22. 22 Stewball (2:13)
  23. 23 Stackalee (3:14)
  24. 24 Bring a Little Water, Sylvie (2:28)
  25. 25 Dead or Alive (2:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Frankie and Johnny (5:24)
  2. 2 How Long, How Long Blues (2:36)
  3. 3 Wabash Cannonball (2:00)
  4. 4 I'm a Ramblin' Man (4:56)
  5. 5 I'm Alabammy Bound (1:52)
  6. 6 Wreck of the Old '97 (2:32)
  7. 7 Nobody's Child (4:57)
  8. 8 I Shall Not Be Moved (2:25)
  9. 9 Rock Island Line (3:22)
  10. 10 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O (1:44)
  11. 11 Cumberland Gap (2:02)
  12. 12 Love Is Strange (2:56)
  13. 13 Theme from Film 'Light Fingers (2:51)
  14. 14 Gamblin' Man (2:23)
  15. 15 Gamblin' Man (3:20)
  16. 16 Puttin' on the Style (3:37)
  17. 17 My Dixie Darling (3:05)
  18. 18 I'm Just a Rolling Stone (4:11)
  19. 19 Jack O'Diamonds (2:51)
  20. 20 The Grand Coulee Dam (2:41)
  21. 21 Hard Travelin' (2:28)
  22. 22 Ham 'N' Eggs (3:21)
  23. 23 Nobody Loves Like an Irishman (2:44)
  24. 24 Sally Don't You Grieve (2:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ain't You Glad You Got Religion (2:29)
  2. 2 Lonesome Traveller (2:53)
  3. 3 Light from the Lighthouse (2:17)
  4. 4 I've Got Rocks in My Bed (5:31)
  5. 5 I've Got Rocks in My Bed (3:55)
  6. 6 Long Summer Day (4:23)
  7. 7 The Sunshine of His Love (1:54)
  8. 8 Times Are Getting Hard Boys (2:47)
  9. 9 Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos (4:01)
  10. 10 Lazy John (2:28)
  11. 11 Betty, Betty, Betty (3:03)
  12. 12 Whoa Buck (Whoa Back, Buck) (2:10)
  13. 13 Shorty George (2:13)
  14. 14 Hard Travelin' (3:06)
  15. 15 Baby Don't You Know That's Love (2:04)
  16. 16 Lonnie with Alan Freeman (0:40)
  17. 17 Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 1 (2:59)
  18. 18 Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 2 (2:59)
  19. 19 Darling Corey (2:13)
  20. 20 Bewildered (So Bewildered) (3:04)
  21. 21 It Is No Secret (4:08)
  22. 22 Hard Travelin' (2:27)
  23. 23 My Lagan Love (1:48)
  24. 24 Rock O' My Soul (2:31)
  25. 25 Aunt Rhody (The Old Grey Goose) (2:27)
  26. 26 Tom Dooley (3:18)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On the Bedpost Overnight (2:39)
  2. 2 Kevin Barry (3:00)
  3. 3 My Only Son Was Killed in Dublin (The Dying Rebel) (2:39)
  4. 4 Chesapeake Bay (2:32)
  5. 5 Ace in the Hole (2:35)
  6. 6 Fort Worth Jail (2:14)
  7. 7 The Battle of New Orleans (3:09)
  8. 8 Sal's Got a Sugarlip (2:28)
  9. 9 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (3:10)
  10. 10 Ice Cream (2:44)
  11. 11 Fancy Talking Tinker (2:29)
  12. 12 Gloryland (3:39)
  13. 13 The Gold Rush Is Over (2:43)
  14. 14 The House of the Rising Sun (4:01)
  15. 15 Miss Otis Regrets (2:42)
  16. 16 Take This Hammer (4:11)
  17. 17 San Miguel (1:58)
  18. 18 Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy (2:41)
  19. 19 John Hardy (2:44)
  20. 20 John Hardy (3:14)
  21. 21 Mr. Froggy (2:48)
  22. 22 You Pass Me By (4:56)
  23. 23 Talking Guitar Blues (2:10)
  24. 24 Talking Guitar Blues (2:03)
  25. 25 The Golden Vanity (2:38)
  26. 26 My Old Man's a Dustman (3:19)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I Wanna Go Home (2:43)
  2. 2 I Wanna Go Home (3:57)
  3. 3 Take This Hammer (2:34)
  4. 4 Corrine, Corrina (2:22)
  5. 5 In All My Wildest Dreams (2:50)
  6. 6 Beyond the Sunset (2:37)
  7. 7 Nobody Understands Me (2:42)
  8. 8 Junco Partner (Junko Partner) (2:17)
  9. 9 Lorelei (2:07)
  10. 10 The Wreck of the John B (2:25)
  11. 11 Sorry, But I'm Gonna Have to Pass (2:28)
  12. 12 Lively (3:17)
  13. 13 Black Cat (Crosed My Path Today) (2:37)
  14. 14 Banana Split for My Baby (3:00)
  15. 15 Leave My Woman Alone (2:27)
  16. 16 Bury Me Beneath the Willow (2:20)
  17. 17 Beyond the Sunset (2:30)
  18. 18 When I Was Young (2:41)
  19. 19 Virgin Mary (2:20)
  20. 20 Just A-Wearying for You (2:45)
  21. 21 Ramblin' Round (3:31)
  22. 22 Have a Drink on Me (2:53)
  23. 23 Seven Daffodils (Seven Golden Daffodils) (3:05)
  24. 24 Keep on the Sunny Side (2:36)
  25. 25 Tiger Rag (2:09)
  26. 26 Michael, Row the Boat Ashore (2:32)
  27. 27 Lumbered (3:03)
  28. 28 Michael, Row the Boat Ashore (2:31)
  29. 29 Red Berets (3:34)
Disc 6
  1. 1 The Comancheros (2:07)
  2. 2 The Party's Over (2:46)
  3. 3 Over the Rainbow (3:28)
  4. 4 I'll Never Fall in Love Again (3:46)
  5. 5 It Was a Very Good Year (3:13)
  6. 6 I'll Never Smile Again (2:35)
  7. 7 I'll Never Fall in Love Again (3:51)
  8. 8 His Eye Is on the Sparrow (2:54)
  9. 9 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (3:17)
  10. 10 Steal Away (2:25)
  11. 11 Good News! Chariots A' Comin' (2:29)
  12. 12 Born in Bethlehem (2:25)
  13. 13 Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho (1:47)
  14. 14 New Burying Ground (2:04)
  15. 15 No Hiding Place (2:23)
  16. 16 Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord (3:11)
  17. 17 Sing Hallelujah (2:37)
  18. 18 This Train (2:32)
  19. 19 We Shall Walk Through the Valley (2:49)
  20. 20 Keep on the Sunny Side (2:43)
  21. 21 Pick a Bale of Cotton (2:37)
  22. 22 The Market Song (4:07)
  23. 23 Tit-Bits (3:29)
  24. 24 Losing by a Hair (2:44)
  25. 25 Trumpet Sounds (3:01)
  26. 26 Rise Up (1:55)
  27. 27 I've Gotta Girl So Fine (2:27)
  28. 28 It's a Long Road to Travel (2:09)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Lemon Tree (3:02)
  2. 2 500 Miles Away from Home (2:46)
  3. 3 Cajun Joe (The Bully of the Bayou) (2:04)
  4. 4 Fisherman's Luck (2:45)
  5. 5 Louisiana Man (2:05)
  6. 6 Interstate Forty (2:20)
  7. 7 Bad News (2:39)
  8. 8 There's a Big Wheel (2:03)
  9. 9 Diamonds of Dew (2:33)
  10. 10 Nothing to Gain (2:18)
  11. 11 Lovey Told Me Goodbye (2:21)
  12. 12 Beans in My Ears (2:46)
  13. 13 Get out of My Life (2:46)
  14. 14 Blistered (1:47)
  15. 15 Bound for Zion (1:56)
  16. 16 Where in This World Are We Going (2:50)
  17. 17 The Doctor's Daughter (3:02)
  18. 18 Reverend Mr. Black (3:54)
  19. 19 Farewell (Fare Thee Well) (3:21)
  20. 20 Wedding Bells (3:29)
  21. 21 Won't You Tell Me (2:35)
  22. 22 My Sweet Marie (3:15)
  23. 23 After Taxes (3:33)
  24. 24 I'm Gonna Be a Bachelor (2:29)
  25. 25 She Was T-Bone Talking Woman (1:46)
  26. 26 World Cup Willie (2:49)
  27. 27 Ding Ding (3:37)
  28. 28 Leaving Blues (3:42)
  29. 29 Auntie Maggie's Remedy (2:28)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Over in the New Burying Ground (3:27)
  2. 2 Leavin' Blues (4:05)
  3. 3 Bury My Body (3:34)
  4. 4 Diggin' My Potatoes (3:38)
  5. 5 When I Move to the Sky (4:27)
  6. 6 On a Monday (2:53)
  7. 7 In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down) (3:11)
  8. 8 Midnight Special (2:34)
  9. 9 Railroad Bill (3:11)
  10. 10 I'm Alabammy Bound (3:44)
  11. 11 Cumberland Gap (2:56)
  12. 12 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O (1:50)
  13. 13 Bring a Little Water, Sylvie (2:54)
  14. 14 On a Monday (2:53)
  15. 15 Old Hannah (Go Down Old Hannah) (2:30)
  16. 16 Mule Skinner Blues (5:03)
  17. 17 Precious Memories (2:29)
  18. 18 Brother Moses Smote the Water (2:29)
  19. 19 Ella Speed (3:24)
  20. 20 Glory (0:41)
  21. 21 Black Gir (3:08)
  22. 22 Glory (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lonnie Donegan Primary Artist, 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
The Kestrels Vocals
Brian Simmons Washboard
Malcom Higgins Trumpet, Vocals
Les 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
Bob Jones Mastering
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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