Night Train, Vol. 3: Classic Railroad Songs

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 Select
  • UPC: 018964114442
  • Catalog Number: 1144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Choo Choo Ch' Boogie - Louis Jordan (2:41)
  2. 2 Take the "A" Train - The Delta Rhythm Boys (3:01)
  3. 3 All Aboard - Muddy Waters (2:54)
  4. 4 Leavin' Memphis, Frisco Bound - Jesse Fuller (5:07)
  5. 5 There's a Train - The Holmes Brothers (3:56)
  6. 6 Rock Island Line - Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir (2:45)
  7. 7 Mainliner - Little Esther (2:34)
  8. 8 Railroadin' Some - Henry Thomas (3:15)
  9. 9 Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:23)
  10. 10 Night Train - Bill Doggett (3:22)
  11. 11 Cannon Ball - Nora Lee King (2:41)
  12. 12 B & O Blues - Pete Johnson (2:53)
  13. 13 Trouble in Mind - Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra (2:34)
  14. 14 Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train - Brenda Boykin (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Cotton Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass
Jesse Fuller Harmonica, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer, Footdella
The 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
The Delta Rhythm Boys Track Performer
Art Farmer Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Pete 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
The 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 Glasser Mastering
David Luke Producer
Muddy Waters Composer
Sam Phillips Producer
Norm Cohen Liner Notes
Tom Spinosa Producer
Griff Teller Paintings
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