Theme Time Radio Hour: Season 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Ace's two-CD collection of records played on the second season of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour series has 50 tracks that -- like the series itself -- cover an astonishingly wide range of high-quality music. True, although the chronology spans 1927 to 2004, it's definitely dominated by pre-1970 releases. It's also true that though it touches upon a lot of styles, there's definitely a pronounced leaning toward the more down-to-earth and rootsy sectors of American 20th century popular music. But while this particular goulash might not be to every radio listener's taste (let alone every CD collector's), it does offer quite an eclectic assortment of high-quality and,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Ace's two-CD collection of records played on the second season of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour series has 50 tracks that -- like the series itself -- cover an astonishingly wide range of high-quality music. True, although the chronology spans 1927 to 2004, it's definitely dominated by pre-1970 releases. It's also true that though it touches upon a lot of styles, there's definitely a pronounced leaning toward the more down-to-earth and rootsy sectors of American 20th century popular music. But while this particular goulash might not be to every radio listener's taste (let alone every CD collector's), it does offer quite an eclectic assortment of high-quality and, for the most part, not very well-known cuts. Indeed, the expanse surveyed is so wide it kind of defies summarization in a mere one- or two-paragraph review. After all, how many other compilations out there include material by James Brown, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Los Lobos, Nilsson, Loretta Lynn, Dionne Warwick, Porter Wagoner, Swamp Dogg, Lucinda Williams, Billie Holiday, Mose Allison, Miriam Makeba, Edith Piaf, and Desmond Dekker? Or genres encompassing mambo, free jazz, rockabilly, old-time folk, soul, Cajun, and numerous others? Although a few hits and classics sneak in (Warwick's "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," Wanda Jackson's rockabilly stormer "Let's Have a Party," Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday," Mose Allison's "Young Man's Blues"), usually these cuts are items that even collectors with big libraries don't likely own yet. Picking out highlights is a bit hopelessly daunting with such a diverse set. But certainly the hot jazz of Baron Lee & the Mills Blue Rhythm Band's "Reefer Man," Miriam Makeba's buoyant pre-exile bopper "Make Us One," and Chris Powell & His Five Blue Flames' infectious calypso-jazz-R&B hybrid "I Come from Jamaica" (on which Clifford Brown made his recording debut) are, as just a few examples, top-rank items you're very unlikely to have heard unless you tuned in to one of Dylan's radio broadcasts during this series. They're also indicative of a tendency -- and hardly an objectionable one -- of Dylan to play pretty upbeat and witty stuff that is, on the whole, considerably more consistently effervescent than what he offers on his own recordings. You also have to wonder if he actually heard and/or selected all of the esoteric items here prior to the broadcasts -- had he ever, for instance, really listened to something like the moody mod of French singer Jacqueline Taïeb's 1968 single "7 Heures du Matin" before it was part of his radio series? Serious Dylan fanatics might be disappointed that these discs don't include his often witty spoken introductions. And while this is as wide-ranging and excitingly unpredictable as radio should be (and rarely is), its range is so wide that even some listeners with extremely catholic tastes might not find it too conducive for repeated listening. Those qualifications aside, however, this collection does undoubtedly contain a wealth of fine music, albeit often of the sort you wouldn't suspect Dylan to have in his private collection. Ace's customarily fine liner notes also add to the anthology's excellent balance between highly entertaining music and highly educational introductions to records of which you most likely weren't previously aware.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667036221
  • Catalog Number: 1225
  • Sales rank: 68,535

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hello - The Sherman Williams Orchestra (2:37)
  2. 2 Open the Door (Ouvre La Porte) - Adam Hebert & The Country Playboys (3:28)
  3. 3 Let's Have a Party - Wanda Jackson (2:08)
  4. 4 Three Hearts in a Tangle - James Brown (2:53)
  5. 5 Changed the Locks - Lucinda Williams (3:43)
  6. 6 There's a Fire - The Gaylads (2:11)
  7. 7 Walkin' with Frankie - Frankie Lee Sims (3:28)
  8. 8 7 Heures du Matin - Jacqueline Taïeb (2:16)
  9. 9 A Pretty Girl (A Cadillac and Some Money) - Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra (3:10)
  10. 10 Jake Walk Blues - Allen Brothers (2:34)
  11. 11 Aged and Mellow (Blues) - Little Esther (2:45)
  12. 12 Sam Stone - Swamp Dogg (3:59)
  13. 13 Danger Zone aka Crepe on Your Door - Mercy Dee Walton (2:44)
  14. 14 The Cold Hard Facts of Life - Porter Wagoner (3:16)
  15. 15 The Chicken - Mississippi John Hurt (1:07)
  16. 16 Goodbye California - Jolie Holland (3:28)
  17. 17 My Walking Stick - Louis Armstrong (2:44)
  18. 18 Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick (2:56)
  19. 19 Hunting Tigers out in Indiah (Yah) - Hal Swain & His Band (2:49)
  20. 20 Fist City - Loretta Lynn (2:13)
  21. 21 Walkin' Dr Bill aka Gotta Find My Baby - B.B. King (3:40)
  22. 22 Jump into the Fire - Harry Nilsson (3:33)
  23. 23 One Hand Loose - Charlie Feathers (2:23)
  24. 24 I Want Two Wings - Rev. Utah Smith (2:57)
  25. 25 One Time, One Night - Los Lobos (4:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 First I Look at the Purse - The Contours (3:01)
  2. 2 Rhode Island Is Famous for You - Blossom Dearie (2:12)
  3. 3 Reefer Man - Baron Lee (2:49)
  4. 4 Diamond Joe - The Georgia Crackers (3:03)
  5. 5 Make Us One - The Skylarks (2:32)
  6. 6 She's Scattered Everywhere - Archibald (2:33)
  7. 7 Cigareets, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women - Red Ingle & the Natural Seven (2:39)
  8. 8 Tear-Stained Letter - Jo-El Sonnier (4:15)
  9. 9 Sous le Ciel de Paris - Edith Piaf (3:24)
  10. 10 The Glory of Love - The Velvetones (2:53)
  11. 11 Separation Line - Laura Lee (4:00)
  12. 12 Gloomy Sunday - Billie Holiday (3:13)
  13. 13 Young Man's Blues - Mose Allison (1:26)
  14. 14 Would You Believe It (I Have a Cold) - Huey "Piano" Smith (2:21)
  15. 15 I Come from Jamaica - Chris Powell and the Blue Flames (2:36)
  16. 16 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (2:37)
  17. 17 Go Ahead and Burn - Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces (2:23)
  18. 18 Mambo del Pachuco - Don Tosti (2:52)
  19. 19 Your Love Belongs Under a Rock - The Dirtbombs (2:21)
  20. 20 One Bad Stud - Honey Bears (2:25)
  21. 21 Rocket Nine Takes off for the Planet Venus - Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra (6:14)
  22. 22 Ice Cream for Crow - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band (4:35)
  23. 23 Just One More Time - Billy Gayles (2:53)
  24. 24 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud Loud Music) - Rose Lee (2:56)
  25. 25 With Arms Outstretched - Rilo Kiley (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ricky Harper Vocals
Red Ingle Vocals
Raul Diaz Vocals
Main Street Choral Society Vocals
Teddy Wilson Accordion
Technical Credits
Peter J. Clayton Composer
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Johnny Otis Composer
Bill Anderson Composer
Loretta Lynn Composer
Joe Maphis Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Lee Allen Composer
Billy Bragg Introduction
Bob Dylan Contributor
Charlie Feathers Composer
Al Kooper Liner Notes
Harry Nilsson Composer
John Prine Composer
Lucinda Williams Composer
Mose Allison Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Jim Dawson Liner Notes
Neil Innes Liner Notes
Jerry Leiber Composer
Preston Love Composer
Mercy Dee Walton Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Roger Armstrong Producer, Liner Notes, Label Design, Contribution
Homer Banks Composer
Ralph Bass Composer
Jerry Dammers Liner Notes
Hal David Composer
Max Decharne Liner Notes
Howard Dietz Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Eddie Gorodetsky Producer
Adam Hebert Composer
David Hidalgo Composer
Ike Turner Composer
Leslie Kong Composer
Ben Mandelson Label Design
Sun Ra Composer
Jeff Rosen Producer
Tony Russell Liner Notes
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Frankie Lee Sims Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Susan Steward Liner Notes
Mike Stoller Composer
Don Van Vliet Composer
Billy Vera Liner Notes, Author
William Robinson Composer
Austin Allen Composer
Steve Barrow Liner Notes
Jon Broven Liner Notes, Label Design
Charlie Gillett Liner Notes
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Contribution
Ted Carroll Liner Notes, Label Design
Alec Palao Liner Notes, Contribution
Rob Patterson Liner Notes
Laurence Cane-Honeysett Label Design
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
Patrick Humphries Liner Notes
Don Tosti Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns Composer
Tim Spencer Composer
Rose Lee Composer
Kris Needs Liner Notes
Coco Shinomiya Logo Design
Rob Finnis Contribution
Louie Pérez Composer
Raymond Jackson Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Malcolm Baumgart Liner Notes
Chris Bentley Label Design
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Robert Rogers Composer
Llynn Abbott Liner Notes
Desmond Dacres Composer
Jody Chastain Composer
Stanley Damerell Composer
Jean Dréjac Composer
Tolchard Evans Composer
Max Fidler Composer
Martina Goggin Liner Notes
Gray Composer
Vicki Fox Label Design
Fred Dellar Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Robert Moore Composer
Mark LaMarr Liner Notes
Mick Collins Composer
Sherman Williams Composer
Brian Nevill Liner Notes, Label Design
Blake Sennett Composer
Jenny Lewis Composer
Jolie Holland Composer
Jerry Huffman Composer
Robert Hargreaves Composer
Jacqueline Taïeb Composer
Henry Tilsley Composer
Leon Gross Composer
Dave "Fat Man" Williams Label Design
Philippe Korpar Migrenne Contribution
Steve Perrigo Sheet Music
Ray Starr Composer
Gibson Kente Composer
Lynn Abbott Liner Notes
Harris Lloyd Seaton Composer
Austin Allen Composer
Martin Goggin Liner Notes
Samuel Lewis Composer
Chris Powell Composer
Rev. Utah Smith Arranger
Sue Steward Liner Notes
Jim Dawson Liner Notes
John Broven Liner Notes
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