The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 2: The Later Years 1933-1952

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Delmore Brothers were one of the first great hillbilly acts, recording dozens of sides with thrilling Appalachian harmonies and subtle but impressive instrumental work that were to be a clear, crucial influence on such performers as the Stanley Brothers, the Maddox Brothers & Rose, and the Louvin Brothers (in fact, one of the Louvins' finest albums was a 1960 tribute to the Delmore Brothers). At the same time, in the later years of their career, Alton Delmore and Rabon Delmore became among the first and strongest practitioners of hillbilly boogie, making some potent up-tempo swing and country-flavored blues on their recordings for King Records in the late '40s and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Delmore Brothers were one of the first great hillbilly acts, recording dozens of sides with thrilling Appalachian harmonies and subtle but impressive instrumental work that were to be a clear, crucial influence on such performers as the Stanley Brothers, the Maddox Brothers & Rose, and the Louvin Brothers (in fact, one of the Louvins' finest albums was a 1960 tribute to the Delmore Brothers). At the same time, in the later years of their career, Alton Delmore and Rabon Delmore became among the first and strongest practitioners of hillbilly boogie, making some potent up-tempo swing and country-flavored blues on their recordings for King Records in the late '40s and early '50s. Both sides of the Delmore Brothers' sound are captured on this four-disc set from the British JSP Records label, which cherry picks from two decades' worth of material but puts its strongest focus on the King Records era, which often found the brothers joined by harmonica man Wayne Raney and a variety of guest pickers (including Homer & Jethro on some 1946 sides, and Merle Travis on other sessions cut the same year). While the jump from pure country sides to blues-influenced material may have been a bit dramatic in the eyes of many listeners, Alton and Rabon's harmonies are strong and honest from the first cut to the last, and their tight guitar picking actually improved with the passage of time: "Mobile Boogie" features killer solos from both brothers along with a duet break that's mighty fine, and demonstrates that they needed no prompting from others to make with the boogie. The best moments on this set make clear that the dividing line between country music and the blues was never as wide as most folks like to believe, and whether they were dreaming of the hills or whooping it up at the roadhouse, the Delmore Brothers delivered passionate, essential music that's stood the test of time. Many of these selections were sourced from well-worn shellac discs, but the remastering makes the most of the material's fidelity, and the liner notes by Pat Harrison offer a solid biography of the duo as well as details on when and where the material was recorded, and who accompanied the Delmores. With a list price of less than thirty dollars, Delmore Brothers, Vol. 2: Later Years 1933-1952 is a fine value as well as great music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065776527
  • Catalog Number: 7765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ramblin' Minded Blues (2:54)
  2. 2 I Ain't Gonna Stay Here Long (2:37)
  3. 3 I'm Going Back to Alabama (2:57)
  4. 4 I'm Leavin' You (3:05)
  5. 5 By the Banks of the Rio Grande (2:19)
  6. 6 Don't Let Me Be in the Way (2:49)
  7. 7 Hey, Hey I'm Memphis Bound (2:42)
  8. 8 I Guess I've Got to Be Going (2:34)
  9. 9 I Know I'll Be Happy in Heaven (2:54)
  10. 10 I Believe It for My Mother Told Me So (2:49)
  11. 11 Carry Me Back to Alabama (2:49)
  12. 12 I Don't Know Why I Love Her (3:00)
  13. 13 Don't Forget Me Darling (2:35)
  14. 14 Memories of My Carolina Girl (2:53)
  15. 15 Wonderful There (2:22)
  16. 16 The Farmer's Girl (2:12)
  17. 17 Look Up, Look Down That Lonesome Road (2:47)
  18. 18 Ain't It Hard to Love (3:08)
  19. 19 Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (2:05)
  20. 20 Brother Take Warning (2:06)
  21. 21 Alcatraz Island Blues (2:50)
  22. 22 There's a Lonesome Road (2:00)
  23. 23 Leavin' on That Train (2:12)
  24. 24 My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains (2:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Alabama Bound (2:12)
  2. 2 Nothing But the Blues (2:37)
  3. 3 Some of These Days You're Gonna Be Sad (2:53)
  4. 4 Heart of Sorrow (2:47)
  5. 5 Quit Treatin' Me Mean (2:11)
  6. 6 Just the Same Sweet Thing to Me (2:29)
  7. 7 The Only Star (2:38)
  8. 8 Baby You're Throwing Me Down (2:35)
  9. 9 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar, No. 2 (2:20)
  10. 10 Brown's Ferry Blues, No. 3 (2:15)
  11. 11 I Loved You Better Than You Know (2:48)
  12. 12 Goin' Back to Georgia (2:24)
  13. 13 Home on the River (2:41)
  14. 14 Gambler's Yodel (2:44)
  15. 15 The Wabash Cannonball Blues (2:36)
  16. 16 That's How I Feel So Goodbye (2:40)
  17. 17 The Storms Are on the Ocean (2:45)
  18. 18 She Won't Be My Little Darling (2:58)
  19. 19 Gathering Flowers from the Hillside (3:01)
  20. 20 Last Night I Was Your Only Darling (2:41)
  21. 21 New False Hearted Girl (2:52)
  22. 22 I Wonder Where My Darling Is Tonight (2:33)
  23. 23 Precious Jewel (3:03)
  24. 24 I'll Never Fall in Love Again (2:31)
  25. 25 I'm Leavin' You (2:31)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Prisoner's Farewell (2:49)
  2. 2 Sweet, Sweet Thing (2:51)
  3. 3 The Fast Old Shovel (2:45)
  4. 4 Why Did You Leave Me Dear (3:05)
  5. 5 I Found an Angel (2:33)
  6. 6 Lonely Moon (2:21)
  7. 7 Midnight Special (2:59)
  8. 8 Be My Little Pet (2:53)
  9. 9 Remember I Feel Lonesome Too (2:48)
  10. 10 Fast Express (2:57)
  11. 11 I'm Sorry I Caused You to Cry (2:56)
  12. 12 Hillbilly Boogie (2:46)
  13. 13 I'm Lonesome Without You (2:42)
  14. 14 Don't Forget Me (2:58)
  15. 15 She Left Me Standing on the Mountain (3:00)
  16. 16 Somebody Else's Darling (2:51)
  17. 17 Kentucky Mountain (2:42)
  18. 18 Midnight Train (2:56)
  19. 19 Goin' Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains (2:46)
  20. 20 Rounder's Blues (2:59)
  21. 21 The Wrath of God (2:57)
  22. 22 Calling to That Other Shore (3:02)
  23. 23 Freight Train Boogie (2:44)
  24. 24 Shame on Me (2:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Harmonica Blues (3:06)
  2. 2 Mississippi Shore (2:56)
  3. 3 Waitin' for That Train (2:51)
  4. 4 Brown's Ferry Blues (2:36)
  5. 5 Mobile Boogie (2:44)
  6. 6 Stop That Boogie (2:59)
  7. 7 Used Car Blues (2:44)
  8. 8 Barnyard Boogie (2:58)
  9. 9 Fifty Miles to Travel (2:35)
  10. 10 Now I'm Free (2:45)
  11. 11 Lonesome Day (2:54)
  12. 12 Down Home Boogie (2:43)
  13. 13 Peach Tree Street Boogie (2:42)
  14. 14 Blues Stay Away from Me (2:49)
  15. 15 Trouble Ain't Nothin' But the Blues (2:33)
  16. 16 Everybody Loves Her (2:37)
  17. 17 I Let the Freight Train Carry Me On (2:39)
  18. 18 Please Be My Sunshine (2:34)
  19. 19 Who's Gonna Be Lonesome for Me (3:01)
  20. 20 The Girl by the River (3:00)
  21. 21 There's Sumpin' About Love (2:45)
  22. 22 Tennessee Choo Choo (2:41)
  23. 23 Good Time Saturday Night (2:16)
  24. 24 The Trail of Time (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Delmore Brothers Primary Artist
Jethro Burns Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Merle Travis Guitar
Homer Haynes Guitar
Wayne Raney Harmonica
Joe Zinkan String Bass
Red Turner Bass, Mandolin
Alton Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Rabon Delmore Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Lonnie Glosson Harmonica
Roy Lanham Electric Guitar
Zeke Turner Electric Guitar
Louis Innis Guitar
Ted Brooks Steel Guitar
Roy Starkey Bass
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners Fiddle
Chuck Maudlin Fiddle
Smiley O'Brien Guitar
Technical Credits
Tony Russell References
Charles K. Wolfe References
Mike Leadbitter References
Alton Delmore Duet, References
Rabon Delmore Duet
Pat Harrison Liner Notes
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