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Music to Die For: Death Discs 1914-1960
     

Music to Die For: Death Discs 1914-1960

 
So called "death discs," commercial recordings dealing with fatal car and train wrecks, shootings, hangings, doomed and drowning lovers, and myriad other tragedies, have been around since the advent of recording (and long before that -- there are countless ancient ghost-filled old ballads floating around in the Appalachians and elsewhere), and whether they're maudlin,

Overview

So called "death discs," commercial recordings dealing with fatal car and train wrecks, shootings, hangings, doomed and drowning lovers, and myriad other tragedies, have been around since the advent of recording (and long before that -- there are countless ancient ghost-filled old ballads floating around in the Appalachians and elsewhere), and whether they're maudlin, nostalgic, macabre, tragic, romantic (think Romeo and Juliet), or just plain silly, they serve as cautionary tales of a sort, and we remain fascinated by them. This two-disc set collects 52 of these death discs, going as far back as 1914 and running through 1960, and it's a surprisingly varied playlist, given the gloomy nature of the subject matter, with classic sides from Vernon Dalhart ("Wreck of the Old '97" from 1924), Louis Armstrong (a majestic "St. James Infirmary" from 1928), Lena Horne ("Frankie and Johnny" from 1946), Red Foley ("Old Shep "-- yep, all good dogs go to Heaven -- from 1949), Donald Woods & the Vel-Aires ("Death of an Angel" from 1955), the Four Freshmen ("Their Hearts Were Full of Spring," also from 1955), Gene Vincent ("Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" from 1960), and many others. No, it's not a particularly cheerful set, but in a way it is -- one can't help but think "well, I'm still here" while listening to it, and it's all pretty fascinating in a graveyard humor kind of way.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
Label:
Chrome Dreams
UPC:
0823564618326
catalogNumber:
5058
Rank:
155850

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Tom Lehrer   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Red Foley   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
George Adams   Composer
Ken Colyer   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Jeff Alexander   Composer
Ray Jackson   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Johnny Cymbal   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Robert Mitchum   Composer
Charlie Monroe   Composer
Vernon Dalhart   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Tommy Dee   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Jody Reynolds   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Creed Taylor   Composer
Alan Clayson   Liner Notes
Henry Whitter   Composer
Wally Whyton   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Harold Logan   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Jack Rollins   Composer
Harry Stride   Composer
Jean Surrey   Composer
Red Surrey   Composer
Buddy Dee   Composer
Mattie Delaney   Composer
Tony Casanova   Composer
Eddie V. Deane   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer
Dolores Nance   Composer
Ernest Pike   Composer
Jimmie Osborne   Composer
Jack Adkins   Composer
Donald Webb Woods   Composer
Sam Lewis   Composer
James B. Oden   Composer
Dorsey Dixon   Composer
Robert Donelly   Composer
John Friskillo   Composer
Jimmy Drake   Composer
Doris Marie Woods   Composer
Colin Tebbets   Composer
Will Geddes   Composer

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