The Singing Brakeman [Bear Family]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Singing Brakeman is a six-disc set that compiles every song that Jimmie Rodgers ever recorded. It covers the same ground as Rounder's eight-disc set, but Bear Family's set condenses the material into six CDs and adds a large booklet that features a thorough discography and biography. Although it essentially has the same material, adding a few alternate takes that weren't on the Rounder series, The Singing Brakeman has a more scholarly approach -- the discs are designed not as a casual listening experience, but intense, concentrated listening. In the end, however, it's neither superior or inferior to Rounder's series. No matter how they are presented, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Singing Brakeman is a six-disc set that compiles every song that Jimmie Rodgers ever recorded. It covers the same ground as Rounder's eight-disc set, but Bear Family's set condenses the material into six CDs and adds a large booklet that features a thorough discography and biography. Although it essentially has the same material, adding a few alternate takes that weren't on the Rounder series, The Singing Brakeman has a more scholarly approach -- the discs are designed not as a casual listening experience, but intense, concentrated listening. In the end, however, it's neither superior or inferior to Rounder's series. No matter how they are presented, Rodgers' recordings constitute essential listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051155407
  • Catalog Number: 15540

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Soldier's Sweetheart (3:08)
  2. 2 Sleep, Baby, Sleep (3:03)
  3. 3 Ben Dewberry's Final Run (3:28)
  4. 4 Mother Was a Lady (3:23)
  5. 5 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) (3:26)
  6. 6 Away out on the Mountain (3:20)
  7. 7 Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea (2:47)
  8. 8 Treasures Untold (3:07)
  9. 9 Brakeman's Blues (Yodeling the Blues Away) (3:12)
  10. 10 The Sailor's Plea (3:05)
  11. 11 In the Jailhouse Now (3:21)
  12. 12 My Lovin' Gal Lucille (3:20)
  13. 13 Memphis Yodel (3:33)
  14. 14 Evening Sun Yodel (3:14)
  15. 15 My Old Pal (3:06)
  16. 16 Mississippi Moon (3:15)
  17. 17 My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans (3:04)
  18. 18 You and My Old Guitar (3:01)
  19. 19 Daddy and Home (2:58)
  20. 20 My Little Lady (3:06)
  21. 21 I'm Lonely and Blue (3:18)
  22. 22 Lullaby Yodel (3:13)
  23. 23 Never No Mo' Blues (2:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Carolina Sunshine Girl (3:00)
  2. 2 California Blues (3:04)
  3. 3 Waiting for a Train (2:46)
  4. 4 I'm Lonely and Blue (3:08)
  5. 5 Desert Blues (2:47)
  6. 6 Any Old Time (2:48)
  7. 7 Blue Yodel, No. 5 (2:34)
  8. 8 High Powered Mama (2:59)
  9. 9 I'm Sorry We Met (2:21)
  10. 10 Everybody Does It in Hawaii (2:52)
  11. 11 Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues (2:54)
  12. 12 Train Whistle Blues (3:00)
  13. 13 Jimmie's Texas Blues (2:50)
  14. 14 Frankie and Johnny (2:52)
  15. 15 Frankie and Johnny (2:53)
  16. 16 Home Call (2:36)
  17. 17 Home Call (2:37)
  18. 18 Whisper Your Mother's Name (3:27)
  19. 19 The Land of My Boyhood Dreams (2:37)
  20. 20 The Land of My Boyhood Dreams (2:58)
  21. 21 Midnight Turning Day Blues (Blue Yodel No. 6) (3:08)
  22. 22 Yodeling Cowboy (3:14)
  23. 23 My Rough and Rowdy Ways (2:33)
  24. 24 I've Ranged, I've Roamed, I've Traveled (3:02)
  25. 25 I've Ranged, I've Roamed, I've Traveled (2:53)
  26. 26 Hobo Bill's Last Ride (2:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mississippi River Blues (2:35)
  2. 2 Mississippi River Blues (2:37)
  3. 3 Nobody Knows But Me (2:40)
  4. 4 Anniversary Blue Yodel (2:56)
  5. 5 Anniversary Blue Yodel (2:49)
  6. 6 She Was Happy Till She Met You (2:46)
  7. 7 Blue Yodel, No. 11 (3:01)
  8. 8 Blue Yodel, No. 11 (2:56)
  9. 9 A Drunkard's Child (3:21)
  10. 10 That's Why I'm Blue (2:19)
  11. 11 Why Did You Give Me Your Love? (2:27)
  12. 12 Why Did You Give Me Your Love? (2:36)
  13. 13 My Blue-Eyed Jane - Bob Sawyer (2:48)
  14. 14 Why Should I Be Lonely? - Bob Sawyer (3:10)
  15. 15 Moonlight and Skies - Bob Sawyer (3:00)
  16. 16 Pistol Packin' Papa (2:56)
  17. 17 Take Me Back Again - Lani McIntire (3:10)
  18. 18 Those Gambler's Blues - Jimmie Rodgers & Lani McIntire (2:52)
  19. 19 I'm Lonesome Too - Lani McIntire (3:20)
  20. 20 The One Rose - Jimmie Rodgers & Lani McIntire (2:41)
  21. 21 For the Sake of Days Gone By - Lani McIntire (3:21)
  22. 22 Jimmie's Mean Mama Blues - Bob Sawyer (3:18)
  23. 23 The Mystery of Number Five (3:02)
  24. 24 Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) (2:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 In the Jailhouse Now, No. 2 (2:57)
  2. 2 Standin' on the Corner (2:40)
  3. 3 T.B. Blues (2:57)
  4. 4 T.B. Blues (3:01)
  5. 5 Travellin' Blues (2:46)
  6. 6 Travellin' Blues (2:47)
  7. 7 Travellin' Blues (3:11)
  8. 8 Jimmie the Kid (2:50)
  9. 9 Jimmie the Kid (2:56)
  10. 10 Why There's a Tear in My Eye - Sara Carter (3:11)
  11. 11 The Wonderful City - Sara Carter (2:57)
  12. 12 Let Me Be Your Sidetrack (2:50)
  13. 13 Let Me Be Your Sidetrack (2:43)
  14. 14 Let Me Be Your Sidetrack (2:51)
  15. 15 Jimmie Rodgers Visits the Carter Family (3:19)
  16. 16 The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in Texas (3:18)
  17. 17 When the Cactus Is in Bloom (3:17)
  18. 18 Gambling Polka Dot Blues (3:25)
  19. 19 Looking for a New Mama (3:18)
  20. 20 Looking for a New Mama (3:22)
  21. 21 What's It? (3:12)
  22. 22 My Good Gal's Gone Blues (2:51)
  23. 23 My Good Gal's Gone Blues (2:48)
  24. 24 Southern Cannonball (2:34)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Roll Along, Kentucky Moon (3:27)
  2. 2 Roll Along, Kentucky Moon (3:26)
  3. 3 Hobo's Meditation (3:09)
  4. 4 Hobo's Meditation (3:10)
  5. 5 My Time Ain't Long (3:23)
  6. 6 Ninety Nine Year Blues (3:15)
  7. 7 Mississippi Moon (3:22)
  8. 8 Mississippi Moon (3:41)
  9. 9 Down the Old Road to Home (3:18)
  10. 10 Groundhog Rootin' in My Backyard (2:52)
  11. 11 Home Call (2:45)
  12. 12 Mother, the Queen of My Heart (3:22)
  13. 13 Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (3:22)
  14. 14 Whippin' That Old T.B. (3:07)
  15. 15 Whippin' That Old T.B. (3:10)
  16. 16 No Hard Times (3:10)
  17. 17 No Hard Times (3:20)
  18. 18 Long Tall Mama Blues (3:26)
  19. 19 Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia (2:52)
  20. 20 Gambling Bar Room Blues (3:26)
  21. 21 I've Only Loved Three Women (3:10)
  22. 22 In the Hills of Tennessee (3:05)
  23. 23 Prairie Lullaby (3:16)
  24. 24 Miss the Mississippi and You (2:55)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Sweet Mama Hurry Home (2:47)
  2. 2 Barefoot Blues (3:23)
  3. 3 Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes (3:00)
  4. 4 The Cowhand's Last Ride (3:03)
  5. 5 I'm Free from the Chain Gang Now (3:05)
  6. 6 Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes (2:53)
  7. 7 Yodeling My Way Back Home (2:37)
  8. 8 Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel (Women Make a Fool Out of Me) (3:18)
  9. 9 The Yodeling Ranger (2:32)
  10. 10 Old Pal of My Heart (3:01)
  11. 11 Old Love Letters (3:09)
  12. 12 Mississippi Delta Blues (3:28)
  13. 13 Somewhere Down Below the Dixon Line (2:58)
  14. 14 Years Ago (2:22)
  15. 15 The Singing Brakeman (9:24)
  16. 16 The Pullman Porters (3:53)
  17. 17 In the Jailhouse Now, No. 2 (2:55)
  18. 18 Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) (2:49)
  19. 19 Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia (2:51)
  20. 20 Mother, the Queen of My Heart (3:08)
  21. 21 Never No Mo' Blues (2:48)
  22. 22 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) (2:40)
  23. 23 Daddy and Home (2:35)
  24. 24 Memphis Yodel (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmie Rodgers Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar, Leader
Bill Boyd Guitar
Cal Smith Guitar
Clifford Hayes Fiddle
Leonard Joy Conductor
Clifford Gibson Guitar
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Dialogue
Jimmie F. Rodgers Track Performer
Cliff Carlisle Steel Guitar
Alvin Alley Fiddle
Shelly Lee Alley Fiddle
Louis Armstrong Trumpet
Lil Armstrong Piano
Wilber Ball Guitar
Dean Bryan Guitar
Dick Bunyard Steel Guitar
Billy Burkes Guitar, Steel Guitar
Weldon Burkes Guitar, Ukulele
John Cali Banjo, Guitar, Steel Guitar
A.P. Carter Dialogue
Sara Carter Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Dialogue
Tony Colicchio Guitar
Mike Cordova String Bass
Ellsworth T. Cozzens Banjo, Mandolin, Steel Guitar, Ukulele
C.L. Hutchison Cornet
Joe Kaipo Steel Guitar
Charles Kama Steel Guitar
Fred Koone Guitar, String Bass
George MacMillan String Bass
Earl McDonald Jug
Lani McIntire Guitar
Clayton McMichen Fiddle
Oddie McWinders Banjo
Ruth Ann Moore Piano
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Julian R. Ninde Guitar
James Rikard Clarinet
M.T. Salazar Guitar
Bob Sawyer Track Performer
John Westbrook Steel Guitar
Red Young Mandolin
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden Fiddle
Joseph Hale III Talbot Steel Guitar
Robert MacGimsey Human Whistle
Fred Smith Guitar
George Allen Clarinet
Technical Credits
Jimmie Rodgers Composer, Liner Notes
Shelly Lee Alley Composer
John Mason Composer
Ray Mitchell Illustrations, Disc Dub
Tony Russell Illustrations
Bob Sawyer Composer
Mark Wilder Disc Dub
Claude Grant Contributor
Jack Grant Contributor
Jack Pierce Contributor
Ralph Peer Producer
Jorg Siemer Mastering
Bernardo Cosachov Disc Dub
Nolan Porterfield Liner Notes, Illustrations, Biographical Information
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Disc Dub
Dave Samuelson Illustrations
Elsie McWilliams Composer
Will Ryan Composer
Dwight Butcher Composer
George Vaughn Composer
Lulubelle White Composer
Raymond Hall Composer
Traditional Composer
Slim Bryant Composer
Jacky Jack White Composer
Robert Nobley Contributor
C.D. Harvey Composer
Waldo O'Neal Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Early Country music at its best

    Jimmie Rodgers was Country Music's first true superstar. He influenced such stars as Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, and practically everyone who came after them. Every fan of Country Music needs to add this set to their collection. I became a huge fan not only of Jimmie Rodgers, but of the Bear Family box sets because of this collection. It just doesn't get any better than this for fans of authentic music.

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