Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 6: 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 sixth 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. 6 includes such rare gems as Isaiah Nettles' (listed here under his moniker "the Mississippi Moaner") quirky "It's Cold in China Blues," Skip James'...
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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 sixth 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. 6 includes such rare gems as Isaiah Nettles' (listed here under his moniker "the Mississippi Moaner") quirky "It's Cold in China Blues," Skip James' haunting "Cherry Ball Blues," an energetic "Davy" by the Weems String Band, and the second part of Charley Patton's two-part 78-rpm recording of "Prayer of Death." 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. 6 is another welcome addition to a hopefully never-ending series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351206428
  • Catalog Number: 2064
  • Sales rank: 268,226

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Robinson County - Birkhead & Lane (3:06)
  2. 2 Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party - Floyd County Ramblers (3:09)
  3. 3 It's Cold in China Blues - The Mississippi Moaner (2:51)
  4. 4 Sail Away Lady (2:59)
  5. 5 I'm Goin' Away in the Morn - Uncle Dave Macon (3:08)
  6. 6 Seven Sister Blues - Tenderfoot Edwards (2:55)
  7. 7 Cousin Sally Brown - Virginia Mountain Boomers (2:54)
  8. 8 Whoopee-Ti-Yi-Yo Git Along Little Doggies (2:46)
  9. 9 Cherry Ball Blues (2:50)
  10. 10 Milwaukee Blues (3:20)
  11. 11 Davy (2:55)
  12. 12 God Didn't Make Me No Monkey Man (3:13)
  13. 13 Sally Gooden (3:11)
  14. 14 My Trouble Blues - Jess Johnston (3:09)
  15. 15 Prayer of Death, Pt. 2 (2:49)
  16. 16 Cheat 'Em - Red Headed Fiddlers (2:33)
  17. 17 Jesus Paved the Way - Dewey (2:42)
  18. 18 Caroline - Louie Lasky (2:51)
  19. 19 Swamp Cat Rag - The Swamp Rooters (3:07)
  20. 20 Ten Cent Piece - Reaves White County Ramblers (3:03)
  21. 21 Ninety Nine Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds (2:40)
  22. 22 Rolling River (3:45)
  23. 23 At the Cross - Turney Brothers (23:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Skip James Track Performer
Eli Framer Track Performer
Roy Harvey Track Performer
Louie Lasky Track Performer
The Girls of the Golden West Track Performer
Eck Robertson Track Performer
Byrd Moore Track Performer
Jess Hillard & His West Virginia Hillbillies Track Performer
Jess Johnston Track Performer
Weems String Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
Richard Nevins Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
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