Ramblers, Gamblers, Vagabonds and Revelers

Ramblers, Gamblers, Vagabonds and Revelers

     
 
Nothing comes out of nowhere, and although rock & roll seems to literally burst from the ground full of rattling, rolling, and roaring in the late '50s, it was a blender of blues, hillbilly country, jazz solos, string band reels on steroids, jump blues, and anything else that seemed to fit and generate some power and steam. It was a music made for car radios when car

Overview

Nothing comes out of nowhere, and although rock & roll seems to literally burst from the ground full of rattling, rolling, and roaring in the late '50s, it was a blender of blues, hillbilly country, jazz solos, string band reels on steroids, jump blues, and anything else that seemed to fit and generate some power and steam. It was a music made for car radios when car radios hit the market, and in love with power, sound, and motion, rock & roll motored on over the hill, flashing sparks and trails that are still driving much of the pop music of the first decade of the 21st century. How do you bottle those roots? It's close to impossible, really, but this four-disc, 100-track Proper Records box set attempts to do just that, and by choosing songs from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s that fed rock & roll's thematic side, songs of rambling, gambling, and motion, this set actually does catch the attitude of rock & roll well before the genre ever burst on the scene. One can listen to it that way, as a wonderful jukebox placed at the wellsprings of rock & roll, but with classic tracks from Charlie Poole, Peg Leg Howell, Muddy Waters, Blind Lemon Jefferson, the Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Blind Willie McTell, Bessie Smith, and dozens of others, one can just as easily listen to it as an expansive playlist of early American roots music, and not spend much time worrying about where it all led to. There's really nothing new under the sun. People still ramble, gamble, and either seek or hope for redemption (or both), and they still sing about it, rap about it, and listen to it in their cars motoring over the hills. Maybe it started here. It doesn't really matter. This is a great playlist wherever things ended up going.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
Label:
Proper Box Uk
UPC:
0805520021708
catalogNumber:
2002170
Rank:
168089

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Darktown Gamblin', Pt. 1
  2. Ramblin' Blues
  3. Snitchin' Gambler Blues
  4. From Four 'Til Late
  5. Jambalaya Boogie
  6. Prowlin' Gambler Blues
  7. Rambler Blues
  8. Rambler's Stomp
  9. Skin Game Blues
  10. Slue Foot
  11. Roaming Rambler Blues
  12. Birmingham Gambler
  13. He Rambled
  14. Brown Jug Blues
  15. Deep Elem Blues
  16. Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standing on the Corner)
  17. The Old Hat
  18. Bad Luck Blues
  19. Gamblin' Dan
  20. Mother Earth
  21. The Rambler's Blues
  22. Good Gamblin'
  23. Ramblin' Kid Blues
  24. Numbers on the Brain
  25. Rambling Blues

Disc 2

  1. Lost Highway
  2. My Baby
  3. Ramblin' Blues
  4. Ramblin' on My Mind
  5. Georgia Wobble Blues
  6. The Peddler and His Wife
  7. Every Day and Night
  8. Rumblin' and Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues
  9. Roaming Gambler
  10. Wild Man Blues
  11. Mississippi Breakdown
  12. The Bright Crystal Sea
  13. The Numbers
  14. Fort Worth Stomp
  15. Love Is Just a Gamble
  16. Wandering Blues
  17. Dying Gambler's Blues
  18. Shady Grove My Darling
  19. Ramblin' Mind Blues
  20. Good-Bye Booze
  21. Ramblin' Boy
  22. I Was a Gambler in Texas
  23. Jolie Fille
  24. Little Queen of Spades
  25. Hard for to Love

Disc 3

  1. Rude and Rambling Man
  2. Born to Gamble
  3. Wondering
  4. Playin' Dominoes and Shootin' Dice
  5. New Highway No. 51
  6. Crap Shooters Hop
  7. Traveling Man
  8. Gamblin' Jim
  9. Traveling Rambler Blues
  10. Ramblin' Man
  11. Rayne Breakdown
  12. Jack o' Diamond Blues
  13. Dry Town Blues
  14. I Guess I'm a Fool
  15. Gambling Jack
  16. Steel Guitar Hop
  17. Boogie Rambler
  18. Reckless Blues
  19. Wake Up Jacob
  20. Gambling Bar Room Blues
  21. A Ramblin' Mind
  22. Gamblin' Man Blues
  23. Black Ace
  24. Next Door Neighbor
  25. Leather Breeches

Disc 4

  1. A Tip on the Numbers
  2. Gamblin' Charley
  3. Whiskey and Jelly-Roll Blues
  4. Gambling Man
  5. Ramblin' Man
  6. Those Gambler's Blues
  7. Low-Down Rounder Blues
  8. Ginseng Blues
  9. Barn Dance Rag
  10. Leake County Blues
  11. Travelin' Riverside Blues
  12. Rovin' Gambler
  13. Really Got the Blues
  14. Grandma Plays the Numbers
  15. Franklin County Blues
  16. Bottle It Up and Go
  17. Policy Wheel Blues
  18. Hesitation Blues
  19. Ramblin' Round
  20. Dying Crapshooter's Blues
  21. Home Town Blues
  22. Gambling Blues
  23. Honky Tonkin'
  24. Bass Blues
  25. Gamblin' Jinx Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Guitar,Vocals
Scrapper Blackwell   Guitar,Vocals
Blind John Davis   Piano
Champion Jack Dupree   Piano,Vocals
Wynonie Harris   Vocals
John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Guitar,Vocals
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy McClennan   Guitar,Vocals
Blind Willie McTell   Guitar,Vocals
Memphis Slim   Piano,Vocals
Buddy Moss   Guitar,Vocals
Bessie Smith   Vocals
Henry Townsend   Vocals
Big Joe Turner   Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Banjo,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar
Bill Boyd   Guitar
Red Foley   Vocals
Jimmie Rodgers   Vocals
Woody Guthrie   Guitar,Vocals,Mandoline
Cisco Houston   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Doggett   Organ
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Allen Eager   Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Feather   Piano
Peter Johnson   Piano
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Mary Osborne   Guitar
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Speckled Red   Piano
Slam Stewart   Bass
Natty Dominique   Cornet,Alto Saxophone
Hal Singer   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Black Ace   Guitar,Vocals
Zeb Turner   Electric Guitar
Buell Kazee   Guitar,Vocals
Cecil Campbell   Slide Guitar
Bill Carlisle   Guitar
Don Helms   Slide Guitar
Slim Gaillard   Guitar,Vocals
T-Bone Walker   Guitar,Vocals
Wade Mainer   Banjo,Vocals
Curley Weaver   Guitar,Vocals
Ramblin' Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
Link Davis   Flute
Blind Blake   Guitar,Vocals
McKibbon   Bass
Connie Kay   Drums
Robert Hicks   Guitar,Vocals,Spoken Word
Buddy Woods   Bass
Cliff Carlisle   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Cliff Bruner   Flute
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Louis Armstrong   Cornet
Alex Atkins   Alto Saxophone
Baby Dodds   Drums
Bill Beason   Drums
Larry Belton   Baritone Saxophone
Harold Bradley   Rhythm Guitar
Oscar Lee Bradley   Drums
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Butts   Bass
Buddy Christian   Banjo
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Luderin Darbone   Flute
Tom Darby   Guitar,Vocals
Maxwell Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Harold Easton   Drums
Alfred Elkins   Bass
Geechie Fields   Trombone
Louis Ford   Mandoline
Clarence Green   Piano
Ralph Hamilton   Bass
Roy Harvey   Guitar
Eddie Hill   Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Pat Jenkins   Trumpet
Raymond Johnson   Flute
Robert Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Walter Johnson   Drums
Zell Kindred   Piano
Stan King   Drums
Charley Lincoln   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Longshaw   Piano,Reed Organ
Robert Lee McCoy   Guitar,Vocals
Willard McDaniel   Piano
Lani McIntire   Guitar
Clayton McMichen   Flute
Oddie McWinders   Banjo
Loumell Morgan   Piano
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
Ernie Newton   Bass
Ward Pinkett   Trumpet
Charlie Poole   Banjo,Vocals
Cedric Rainwater   Bass
R.S. Rankin   Guitar
Gerald Reeves   Trombone
Jerry Rivers   Flute
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Bud Scott   Guitar
Will Shade   Vocals
Eddie Shuler   Guitar
Henry "Son" Sims   Violin
Robert Sims   Drums
Carter Stanley   Guitar,Vocals
Vol Stevens   Mandoline Banjo
Wilson Swain   String Bass
Jimmie Tarlton   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Percy Thomas   Guitar
Will Weldon   Guitar
Hank Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Williams   Piano
Walter Williams   Trumpet
Sonny Boy Williamson   Harpsichord,Spoken Word
Quinn Wilson   Tuba
J.B. Brinkley   Guitar
Joe Holley   Flute
Morris Deason   Guitar,Vocals
Earl Driver   Alto Saxophone
Salty Holmes   Guitar,Vocals
Leon Hooper   Drums
Chick Hurt   Mandola
Bobby Lane   Guitar,Vocals
Dale Potter   Flute
Posey Rorer   Flute
Sam Ruby   Tenor Saxophone
Elmer Alexander   Baritone Saxophone
Jack Shook   Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Green   Trombone
Luke Brandon   Guitar
W.E. Burton   Washboard
Frank Culley   Alto Saxophone
Floyd Hunt   Piano
Timothy Overton   Tenor Saxophone
Birdie Wallace   Piano
Tex Atchison   Flute
Harry Blair   Guitar
Garley Foster   Harpsichord,Vocals
Will Gilmer   Flute,Vocals
Kelly Harrell   Vocals
Dallas Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy McCarroll   Flute
Loren Mitchell   Piano
Zeke Turner   Electric Guitar
Joe Werner   Guitar,Harpsichord,Vocals
Jim Wolverton   Banjo,Vocals
Howard Wyatt   Banjo
Black Boy Shine   Piano,Vocals
Gene Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Ed Kirkeby   Vocals
Louis Innis   Bass
Peg Leg Howell   Guitar,Vocals
Irving Brodsky   Piano
Norris Savoy   Flute
Eddie Scarpa   Clarinet
Wilmer Shakesnider   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Shelton   Guitar
Leroy "Happy Fats" LeBlanc   Guitar
Lonnie Austin   Flute
Jimmy Thomason   Flute
Thomas Ashley   Guitar,Vocals
Cotton Collins   Flute
George Mitchell   Cornet
Bill Gaither   Guitar
Wallace K. Wimberly   Tenor Banjo
Oscar Stockton   Flute
Slim Bryant   Guitar
Frank Cush   Trumpet
Hayes Shepherd   Banjo,Vocals
Cecil Surratt   Guitar,Vocals
Fred McCord   Guitar
Sonny Roden   Piano
George Alexander   Trumpet
Roy Johnston   Trumpet
Don Davis   Slide Guitar
Lonnie Parsley   Vocals
Henry Chamblie   Guitar,Vocals
Jess Chamblie   Flute
John Patterson   Banjo
Cooper Bennett   Guitar
Art Davis   Flute,Mandoline
Verola Brunker   Piano
Nookie "Frenchie" Martin   Flute
Warnest Schexnyder   Guitar
George "Willie" Thall   Clarinet
Mike Jackson   Piano
Elvira Johnson   Vocals
Smokey Lohman   Slide Guitar
Jim Boyd   String Bass
Dock Walsh   Banjo
Carson Robinson   Guitar
Paul Trietsch   Percussion,Washboard,Slide Whistle
Ken Trietsch   Bowed Bass
Pete Duhon   Vocals,String Bass
Lennis Sonnier   Guitar
Floyd Shreve   Guitar
Danny Shreve   Guitar
Floyd T. Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Doc Clayton   Vocals
Prince Albert Hunt   Flute,Vocals
Billy Taylor   Tuba
Jewell Grant   Baritone Saxophone
Robert Lockwood   Guitar
Tommy Felline   Banjo
Artice Glenn   String Bass
Adrian Rellini   Baritone Saxophone
Rankin Moulder   Tenor Banjo
Lloyd Reaves   Organ
Kirtland Bradford   Alto Saxophone
John Kelly   Mandoline
Joe Lowery   Guitar
Jimmy McAdoo   String Bass
Jerry Pruett   Electric Guitar
Jack Taylor   Vocals,String Bass
Ira Reaves   Flute
Heny C. Lowery   Guitar
Harmon Clem   Guitar
Glen Croaker   Slide Guitar
Gabe Ward   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Ezra Buzzington   Banjo
Ed Rumble   Guitar
Chuck Hurt   Tenor Banjo
Chesley Halbert   Tenor Banjo
Charlie Hicks   Spoken Word
Charlie Bickford   Piano
Charles Gaines   Cornet
Willie Duboise   Banjo
Tommy Jackson   Flute
Stomp Evans   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tommy McClennan   Arranger
Jimmie Rodgers   Arranger,Composer
Merriweather   Composer
Wade Mainer   Arranger
Kentucky Ramblers   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Salty Holmes   Arranger
Chick Hurt   Arranger
Tex Atchison   Arranger
Dupree   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Russell Beecher   Producer
Blythe   Composer
Carlisle   Composer
Tarlton   Composer
Schaefer   Composer
McClennan   Composer
Gaillard   Composer
Shuler   Composer
Chatman   Composer
Jack Taylor   Arranger

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