Mountain Music Collection, Vol. 1: Wild and Reckless Men

Mountain Music Collection, Vol. 1: Wild and Reckless Men

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The incipient volume in CMH Records' Mountain Music Collection (1994) collects 20 seminal sides recalling the unmistakable sounds of Appalachia. Rather than present the contents in a strictly chronological fashion, they are categorized by subject matter. Wild and Reckless Men aptly describes the sagas of legendary figures relived by equally luminous

Overview

The incipient volume in CMH Records' Mountain Music Collection (1994) collects 20 seminal sides recalling the unmistakable sounds of Appalachia. Rather than present the contents in a strictly chronological fashion, they are categorized by subject matter. Wild and Reckless Men aptly describes the sagas of legendary figures relived by equally luminous artists. Listeners will find the lives of hard-lovin' and harder-livin' scoundrels from all walks of life, with ramblers, hobos, preachers, thieves, and a host of otherwise extraordinary characters in residence. Renown Mississippi and onetime Lefty Frizzell fiddler Jack Youngblood kicks off the proceedings with the rousing instrumental reading of "Hitchhiker's Blues." Additional nuggets include a vinyl transcription of Wade Mainer and Zeke Morris' plaintive interpretation of the bluesy and lovelorn "Train Carry My Girl Back Home." Equally sobering is "House of the Rising Sun," found here in a rare concert recording. Although both folkie Josh White and the Animals' blue-eyed soul remakes are arguably better known, Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass get the nod for their stirring admonition of the Crescent City bordello. Other vintage selections of note are the Morris Brothers' "Let Me Be Your Salty Dog," "Ramblin' Boy" from the Carter Family , Tex Ritter's tongue-in-cheek rendition of the 18th century tale "Samuel Hall," as well as the infamous disaster ballad "Wreck of the Old 97," as recounted by the popular 1920s Skillet Lickers string band. Wild and Reckless Men likewise boasts a trio of interpretations from Mac Wiseman. His contributions are among the comparatively modern highlights such as the gamblin' ode "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," the heartbreaking "Little Blossom," and the Bay Area ballad "Girl in the Blue Velvet Band." While the titles in the series are available individually, parties interested in owning each of the instalments are encouraged to locate the Rhythm of the Mountains (1995) box set, gathering no less than 81 tunes over four discs.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/1994
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297800229
catalogNumber:
8002

Tracks

  1. Hitchhiker's Blues  - Jack Youngblood
  2. Darling Corey @@Bluegras Cardinals
  3. Train Carry My Girl Back Home @@Mainer & Morris
  4. House of the Rising Sun  - Lester Flatt
  5. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down  - Mac Wiseman
  6. Waiting for a Train  - Grandpa Jones
  7. Chain Gang Blues  - Riley Puckett
  8. Little Blossom  - Mac Wiseman
  9. Let Me Be Your Salty Dog  -  Morris Brothers
  10. The All Go Hungry Hash House  - Grandpa Jones
  11. The Prisoner's Song  -  Osborne Brothers
  12. The Rambling Boy  -  Carter Family
  13. Give the Fiddler a Dram  - Merle Travis
  14. Jesse James  -  Osborne Brothers
  15. Samuel Hall  - Tex Ritter
  16. Down the Old Plank Road  - Grandpa Jones
  17. Girl in the Blue Velvet Band  - Mac Wiseman
  18. Brown's Ferry Blues  - Kirk McGee
  19. Wreck of the Old 97  -  Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
  20. Whiskey Before Breakfast  - Ramona Jones

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Osborne Brothers   Track Performer
Mac Wiseman   Track Performer
Carter Family   Vocals,Track Performer
Grandpa Jones   Track Performer
Joe Maphis   Track Performer
Tex Ritter   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Gid Tanner   Track Performer
Merle Travis   Track Performer
Morris Brothers   Vocals,Track Performer
Riley Puckett   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Wade Mainer   Guitar,Vocals
Sam McGee   Track Performer
McGee Brothers   Vocals
Ramona Jones   Track Performer
Kirk McGee   Track Performer
Jack Youngblood   Violin,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Gid Tanner   Contributor
Cliff Carlisle   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Mel Foree   Composer
Martin Haerle   Executive Producer
Jack Youngblood   Arranger
David Haerle   Executive Producer
Norm Cohen   Liner Notes
M. Christian   Arranger,Composer
Traditional   Composer

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