Ramblers, Gamblers, Vagabonds and Revelers

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2012
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520021708
  • Catalog Number: 2002170


Disc 1
  1. 1 Darktown Gamblin', Pt. 1 - Robert & Charlie Hicks (3:04)
  2. 2 Ramblin' Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:06)
  3. 3 Snitchin' Gambler Blues - Memphis Jug Band (3:23)
  4. 4 From Four 'Til Late - Robert Johnson (2:26)
  5. 5 Jambalaya Boogie - Eddie Shuler's All Star Reveeliers (2:45)
  6. 6 Prowlin' Gambler Blues - Buddy Moss (3:10)
  7. 7 Rambler Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:49)
  8. 8 Rambler's Stomp - Doug Bine & His Dixie Ramblers (3:03)
  9. 9 Skin Game Blues - Peg Leg Howell (3:09)
  10. 10 Slue Foot - California Vagabonds (3:07)
  11. 11 Roaming Rambler Blues - Lonnie Johnson (3:05)
  12. 12 Birmingham Gambler - Curley Weaver (2:54)
  13. 13 He Rambled - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:59)
  14. 14 Brown Jug Blues - Ezra Buzzington's Rustic Revelers (2:58)
  15. 15 Deep Elem Blues - The Prairie Ramblers (3:20)
  16. 16 Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standing on the Corner) - Jimmie Rodgers (2:43)
  17. 17 The Old Hat - The Leake County Revelers (3:15)
  18. 18 Bad Luck Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:52)
  19. 19 Gamblin' Dan - Cliff Carlisle (2:54)
  20. 20 Mother Earth - The Vagabonds (2:45)
  21. 21 The Rambler's Blues - The Stanley Brothers (2:48)
  22. 22 Good Gamblin' - Robert Lee McCoy (3:08)
  23. 23 Ramblin' Kid Blues - Muddy Waters (3:20)
  24. 24 Numbers on the Brain - Elvira Johnson (3:07)
  25. 25 Rambling Blues - Scrapper Blackwell (2:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lost Highway - Hank Williams (2:42)
  2. 2 My Baby - State Street Ramblers (2:42)
  3. 3 Ramblin' Blues - Woody Guthrie (1:57)
  4. 4 Ramblin' on My Mind - Robert Johnson (2:53)
  5. 5 Georgia Wobble Blues - Carroll County Revellers (3:12)
  6. 6 The Peddler and His Wife - Hayes Shepherd (3:22)
  7. 7 Every Day and Night - Robert Lee McCoy (3:19)
  8. 8 Rumblin' and Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues - Blind Blake (2:53)
  9. 9 Roaming Gambler - Doc Clayton (2:47)
  10. 10 Wild Man Blues - Jelly Roll Morton (3:08)
  11. 11 Mississippi Breakdown - The Leake County Revelers (3:14)
  12. 12 The Bright Crystal Sea - Cecil Surratt & His West Virginia Ramblers (3:31)
  13. 13 The Numbers - John Lee Hooker (3:07)
  14. 14 Fort Worth Stomp - The Crystal Springs Ramblers (2:28)
  15. 15 Love Is Just a Gamble - T-Bone Walker (2:56)
  16. 16 Wandering Blues - Gene Campbell (2:46)
  17. 17 Dying Gambler's Blues - Bessie Smith (2:59)
  18. 18 Shady Grove My Darling - The Prairie Ramblers (2:46)
  19. 19 Ramblin' Mind Blues - Ramblin' Thomas (2:52)
  20. 20 Good-Bye Booze - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:18)
  21. 21 Ramblin' Boy - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:51)
  22. 22 I Was a Gambler in Texas - Cliff Bruner & The Texas Wanderers (2:56)
  23. 23 Jolie Fille - Hackberry Ramblers (3:02)
  24. 24 Little Queen of Spades - Robert Johnson (2:15)
  25. 25 Hard for to Love - Hayes Shepherd (3:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Rude and Rambling Man - The Carolina Tar Heels (3:20)
  2. 2 Born to Gamble - Big Joe Turner (2:57)
  3. 3 Wondering - Riverside Ramblers (2:55)
  4. 4 Playin' Dominoes and Shootin' Dice - Red Foley (2:42)
  5. 5 New Highway No. 51 - Tommy McClennan (2:52)
  6. 6 Crap Shooters Hop - Joe Werner & The Ramblers (2:58)
  7. 7 Traveling Man - Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers (2:56)
  8. 8 Gamblin' Jim - Darby & Tarlton (3:06)
  9. 9 Traveling Rambler Blues - Kokomo Arnold (2:58)
  10. 10 Ramblin' Man - Hank Williams (3:05)
  11. 11 Rayne Breakdown - The Rayne-Bo Ramblers (2:39)
  12. 12 Jack o' Diamond Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:47)
  13. 13 Dry Town Blues - The Leake County Revelers (2:54)
  14. 14 I Guess I'm a Fool - The Vagabonds (3:05)
  15. 15 Gambling Jack - Jelly Roll Morton (2:54)
  16. 16 Steel Guitar Hop - The Tennessee Ramblers (2:26)
  17. 17 Boogie Rambler - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (2:50)
  18. 18 Reckless Blues - Bessie Smith (3:06)
  19. 19 Wake Up Jacob - Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers (2:55)
  20. 20 Gambling Bar Room Blues - Jimmie Rodgers (3:31)
  21. 21 A Ramblin' Mind - Henry Townsend (2:57)
  22. 22 Gamblin' Man Blues - Champion Jack Dupree (2:49)
  23. 23 Black Ace - Black Ace (2:50)
  24. 24 Next Door Neighbor - Robert Lee McCoy (2:45)
  25. 25 Leather Breeches - The Leake County Revelers (3:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1 A Tip on the Numbers - Slim Gaillard (3:09)
  2. 2 Gamblin' Charley - Charley Lincoln (3:25)
  3. 3 Whiskey and Jelly-Roll Blues - Wynonie Harris (3:12)
  4. 4 Gambling Man - Woody Guthrie (2:23)
  5. 5 Ramblin' Man - Ramblin' Thomas (3:09)
  6. 6 Those Gambler's Blues - Jimmie Rodgers (2:52)
  7. 7 Low-Down Rounder Blues - Peg Leg Howell (2:54)
  8. 8 Ginseng Blues - Kentucky Ramblers (2:51)
  9. 9 Barn Dance Rag - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:51)
  10. 10 Leake County Blues - The Leake County Revelers (3:07)
  11. 11 Travelin' Riverside Blues - Robert Johnson (2:48)
  12. 12 Rovin' Gambler - Kelly Harrell (2:28)
  13. 13 Really Got the Blues - The Vagabonds (2:40)
  14. 14 Grandma Plays the Numbers - Wynonie Harris (2:41)
  15. 15 Franklin County Blues - The Dixie Ramblers (2:42)
  16. 16 Bottle It Up and Go - Tommy McClennan (2:51)
  17. 17 Policy Wheel Blues - Kokomo Arnold (2:58)
  18. 18 Hesitation Blues - Reaves White County Ramblers (2:55)
  19. 19 Ramblin' Round - Woody Guthrie (2:18)
  20. 20 Dying Crapshooter's Blues - Blind Willie McTell (3:13)
  21. 21 Home Town Blues - The Roane County Ramblers (3:11)
  22. 22 Gambling Blues - Buell Kazee (2:37)
  23. 23 Honky Tonkin' - Hank Williams (2:48)
  24. 24 Bass Blues - Ezra Buzzington's Rustic Revelers (2:36)
  25. 25 Gamblin' Jinx Blues - Black Boy Shine (2:26)
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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
Pete 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
Al 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 I 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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