O Brother: Music in the Tradition

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
One of the hidden benefits to the success of the Ethan and Joel Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a renewed public interest in American roots music, leading to the release of many compilations such as this one: a collection of blues, folk, and gospel gems, originally released on 78 rpm records in the 1920s, ,30s and ,40s. This is the real stuff, though, missives from what Greil Marcus calls "that old, weird America," and not the smooth, somewhat sanitized renditions found on the O Brother soundtrack. These tracks creak and moan, and have an edgy immediacy that comes from another time and place, and while they were commercial recordings, it is difficult to imagine ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
One of the hidden benefits to the success of the Ethan and Joel Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a renewed public interest in American roots music, leading to the release of many compilations such as this one: a collection of blues, folk, and gospel gems, originally released on 78 rpm records in the 1920s, ,30s and ,40s. This is the real stuff, though, missives from what Greil Marcus calls "that old, weird America," and not the smooth, somewhat sanitized renditions found on the O Brother soundtrack. These tracks creak and moan, and have an edgy immediacy that comes from another time and place, and while they were commercial recordings, it is difficult to imagine any of these artists dealing comfortably with the star-making machinations of the contemporary music business. Among the many classic recordings collected here are Charley Patton's driving "Mississippi Boll Weavil," the cadenced "Stop And Listen Blues," by the Mississippi Sheiks, the blues spiritual "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning," by Blind Willie Johnson, and the fiery, fiddle-fueled "Ride Old Buck to the Water," by Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers. Also of interest are a trio of modal banjo tracks -- "Coo Coo Bird" by Clarence Ashley, "The Dying Soldier" by Buell Kazee, and "Danville Girl" by Dock Boggs -- that are haunting and effective in their archaic strangeness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2002
  • Label: Country Stars
  • EAN: 8712177043149
  • Catalog Number: 55475
  • Sales rank: 365,528

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lonesome Valley - The Monroe Brothers (2:12)
  2. 2 Shake It and Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama) - Charley Patton (3:08)
  3. 3 My Dixie Darling - The Carter Family (2:57)
  4. 4 I'll Fly Away - Brown's Ferry Four (2:57)
  5. 5 Tom Cat Blues - Cliff Carlisle (2:53)
  6. 6 Roll All Burdens Away - The Fairfield Four (2:38)
  7. 7 Coo Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley (2:57)
  8. 8 Rounder's Blues - The Delmore Brothers (2:56)
  9. 9 California Blues - Jimmie Rodgers (3:04)
  10. 10 Stop and Listen Blues - Mississippi Sheiks (3:33)
  11. 11 I Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape - Nugrape Twins (2:55)
  12. 12 The Rooster's Crowing Blues - Cannon's Jug Stompers (3:02)
  13. 13 I Looked Down the Line - The Dixie Hummingbirds (2:48)
  14. 14 The Dying Soldier - Buell Kazee (3:07)
  15. 15 Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family (3:11)
  16. 16 Standing in the Safety Zone - The Fairfield Four (2:46)
  17. 17 Danville Girl - Dock Boggs (3:09)
  18. 18 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning - Blind Willie Johnson (3:05)
  19. 19 Blue Grass Special - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:30)
  20. 20 Ride Old Buck to Water (3:07)
  21. 21 Mississippi Bo Weavil - Charley Patton (3:10)
  22. 22 Take a Drink on Me - Charlie Poole (3:15)
  23. 23 Lonesome Valley - David Miller (2:47)
  24. 24 I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow - The Stanley Brothers (3:02)
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Album Credits

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