Night Train, Vol. 3: Classic Railroad Songs

Night Train, Vol. 3: Classic Railroad Songs

     
 

Trains were a major industrial force for over a hundred years in America. Starting around 1830, they became key components in how the country moved goods, people, and information across previously unimaginable distances. They also provided themes and metaphors for popular songs and music, many of which also drew underlying structure and dynamics from the chug-chug and…  See more details below

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Trains were a major industrial force for over a hundred years in America. Starting around 1830, they became key components in how the country moved goods, people, and information across previously unimaginable distances. They also provided themes and metaphors for popular songs and music, many of which also drew underlying structure and dynamics from the chug-chug and clickety-clack rhythms of a train in passing, while horn players and harmonica wizards worked to simulate the blast of the steam whistle on their instruments. As a metaphor for arrivals and departures, as proof for deliverance to a better place, the train was a strong signature in the Afro-American musical community. This interesting collection from Rounder Records underscores the role of the train in that regard, full of train-like rhythms and the use of the train image to convey all manner of social connections, from deliverance to release. Muddy Waters' "All Aboard," for instance, an early variation of a folk song that would eventually emerge as "Mystery Train," mimics the chugging sound of a train pulling into a station, complete with harmonica fills that stand in for a train's whistle. Henry Thomas' "Railroadin' Some," recorded in 1929 and the oldest piece compiled here, is nothing less than a litany of train stops punctuated by Thomas' cane fife blasts. Song after song here draws on the sound and thematic possibilities of the train, and as the 21st century chugs forward, the train becomes a perhaps even more potent image, conjuring the past and where and what we've been even as it pulls out of the station toward some uncertain future.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/1998
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0018964114428
catalogNumber:
1144

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Cotton   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass
Jesse Fuller   Harmonica,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Track Performer,Footdella
Holmes Brothers   Track Performer
Little Walter   Harmonica
Johnny Otis   Percussion
Henry Thomas   Guitar,Track Performer,Quills
Big Joe Turner   Vocals
Linda Tillery   Percussion,Bass (Vocal),Track Performer
Bill Doggett   Organ,Piano,Track Performer
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Delta Rhythm Boys   Track Performer
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Peter Johnson   Piano
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Track Performer
Lucky Millinder   Leader,Track Performer
Pete Brown   Alto Saxophone
Wild Bill Davis   Piano
Clifford Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Don Cole   Trombone
Sammy Price   Piano
Johnny Nocturne Band   Track Performer
Melanie DeMore   Vocals
Rashida Oji   Percussion,Background Vocals
Terry Baker   Drums
Kenneth Banks   Bass
Leard Bell   Drums
Danny Bittker   Baritone Saxophone
Abe Bolar   Bass
Brenda Boykin   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Brady   Drums
Eddie Byrd   Drums
Francis Clay   Drums
Frank Comstock   Leader
Mario Delagarde   Bass
Popsy Dixon   Drums,Vocals
Addison Farmer   Bass
John Firmin   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Fred Ford   Baritone Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Raymond Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Hogan   Guitar
Sherman Holmes   Piano,Vocals
Wendell Holmes   Guitar,Vocals
Aaron Izenhall   Trumpet
George James   Alto Saxophone
Archie Johnson   Trumpet
William Johnson   Piano
Carl Jones   Vocals
Pete "Guitar" Lewis   Guitar
Muddy Waters   Vocals,Track Performer
Milburn Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Anthony Paule   Guitar
Ernest Purce   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Henry Salvia   Piano
John Santos   Percussion
William Scott   Trumpet
Stafford Simon   Tenor Saxophone
Jesse "Po" Simpkins   Bass
Frank Sleet   Alto Saxophone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Vocals,Track Performer
George Washington   Trombone
Marty Wehner   Trombone
Devonia Williams   Piano
Bill Willis   Bass
Eli Wolinsky   Alto Saxophone
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Billy Butler   Guitar
Charlie Drayton   Bass
John Bowers   Drums
Floyd Murphy   Guitar
Phil Chandler   Hammond Organ
R. Klein   Trombone
George Weidler   Saxophone
Ray Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Little Junior One Hand   Track Performer
George Stevenson   Trombone
Alvin Johnson   Drums
Trevor Bacon   Guitar
Kelsey Pharr   Vocals
Nelson Bryant   Trumpet
Emma Jean Fiege   Percussion,Background Vocals
Elouise Burrell   Percussion,Vocals
Floyd Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Jorge Mondragon   Bass
J. Mills   Drums
Nora Lee King   Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Bowen   Alto Saxophone
Rhonda Benin   Percussion,Background Vocals
Donald Johnson   Trumpet
Pete Peterson   Tenor Saxophone
James Ross   Trumpet
Joshua Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
T. Nash   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Linda Tillery   Arranger,Producer
Delta Rhythm Boys   Producer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Wild Bill Davis   Arranger
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Paintings
Scott Billington   Producer
Andy Breslau   Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Frank Comstock   Producer
John Firmin   Producer
Milt Gabler   Producer
David Luke   Producer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Norm Cohen   Liner Notes
Tom Spinosa   Producer
Griff Teller   Paintings

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