Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 5: Early American Rural Music

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Each volume in Yazoo Records' Times Ain't Like They Used to Be series (this one is the fifth installment) collects 1920s and '30s commercial 78s, and taken together they project a vital and energetic early-20th century rural America of jug and string bands, country blues players, fiddlers, banjoists, sacred singers, and musical roustabouts of every conceivable rustic style imaginable. This process makes each volume remarkably similar even as the particular artists and songs included on each may be tremendously different. Vol. 5 includes such gems as Sam McGee's bright "Railroad Blues," Skip James' classic and striking "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues," a breakneck version ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Each volume in Yazoo Records' Times Ain't Like They Used to Be series (this one is the fifth installment) collects 1920s and '30s commercial 78s, and taken together they project a vital and energetic early-20th century rural America of jug and string bands, country blues players, fiddlers, banjoists, sacred singers, and musical roustabouts of every conceivable rustic style imaginable. This process makes each volume remarkably similar even as the particular artists and songs included on each may be tremendously different. Vol. 5 includes such gems as Sam McGee's bright "Railroad Blues," Skip James' classic and striking "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues," a breakneck version of "Black-Eyed Susie" by string band great J.P. Nestor, and a unusually hopeful blues treatment of "Some Happy Day" from Charley Patton. Since everything is drawn from exceedingly rare 78s, many of which were played to death by their original owners, there is a fair amount of ambient needle noise on several of these tracks, but that only adds to the overall feel of history actually coming alive that is inherent to these kinds of compilations. Well selected, varied, and artfully sequenced, Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 5 is yet another welcome addition to a hopefully never-ending series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351206329
  • Catalog Number: 2063
  • Sales rank: 193,462

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Railroad Blues - Sam McGee (3:17)
  2. 2 Step Stone - Floyd County Ramblers (3:02)
  3. 3 Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues (2:50)
  4. 4 Greenback Dollar (3:10)
  5. 5 Doggone That Train (2:48)
  6. 6 Framer's Blues (3:06)
  7. 7 No Room for a Tramp (3:15)
  8. 8 Just Over the River - Garland Brothers & Grinstead (2:49)
  9. 9 Mule Skinner Moan (3:02)
  10. 10 Shortening Bread - Reaves White County Ramblers (2:54)
  11. 11 Black-Eyed Susie (2:59)
  12. 12 A Rag Blues (3:00)
  13. 13 Railroad Blues (3:22)
  14. 14 Way Down in North Carolina - Grayson County Railsplitters (2:31)
  15. 15 Citaco - The Swamp Rooters (3:04)
  16. 16 Pistol Blues - Unknown (3:02)
  17. 17 Boat Song March - Murphy Brothers Harp Band (3:02)
  18. 18 I've Got No Honey Baby Now - Frank Blevins and his Tar Heel Rattlers (2:59)
  19. 19 Bonnie Bess - Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles (2:57)
  20. 20 Cold Woman Blues (2:57)
  21. 21 Hamilton's Special Breakdown - Wyzee, Tucker & Lecroy (2:54)
  22. 22 Johnny Goodwin - Bull Mountain Moonshiners (2:56)
  23. 23 Some Happy Day (3:09)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Charley Patton Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Richard Nevins Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
H. E. Barnett Composer
J. Graydon Hall Composer
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