Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 8: 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 eighth installment) collects 1920s and '30s commercial 78s that, taken together, project a vital and energetic rural, early 20th century 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. Volume 8 is a little heavier on the blues side of things and includes such rare gems as Dock Boggs' banjo blues set piece "Sugar Baby," 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 eighth installment) collects 1920s and '30s commercial 78s that, taken together, project a vital and energetic rural, early 20th century 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. Volume 8 is a little heavier on the blues side of things and includes such rare gems as Dock Boggs' banjo blues set piece "Sugar Baby," Skip James' haunting rendering of "4 O'Clock Blues" (made especially precious by sounding like it was recorded in a hail storm), Frank Hutchison's sleek and timeless "The Train That Carried My Girl from Town," and Francis Jenkins' ancient sounding fiddle balladng Cowboy," which sounds a bit like an inland sea shanty. 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 most 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. 8 is a welcome addition to a hopefully never-ending series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351206824
  • Catalog Number: 2068
  • Sales rank: 143,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Just Like Heaven (3:12)
  2. 2 The Steeley Rag - Red Headed Fiddlers (2:36)
  3. 3 Paddlin' Blues - Gitfiddle Jim (3:19)
  4. 4 Sand Mountain Drag (3:23)
  5. 5 Sugar Baby (3:00)
  6. 6 My Buddy, Blind Papa Lemon - King Solomon Hill (3:11)
  7. 7 The Lost Child (3:07)
  8. 8 The Train That a Carried My Girl from Town - Frank Hutchison (3:04)
  9. 9 You Can't Keep No Brown Down (2:52)
  10. 10 Mother Is With the Angels (2:59)
  11. 11 Rambling Lover (2:53)
  12. 12 4 O'Clock Blues (2:52)
  13. 13 Yellow Rose of Texas - Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters (2:53)
  14. 14 Gonna Ride Till the Sun Goes Down (2:54)
  15. 15 Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell (2:36)
  16. 16 Robinson County - Ted Sharp, Hinman & Sharp (3:09)
  17. 17 Valse des Vachers (2:38)
  18. 18 Jailhouse Rag - David Earl Miller (2:43)
  19. 19 I Want Someone to Love Me - Tommy Johnson (2:57)
  20. 20 Tennessee Tornado - McGee Bros. (3:15)
  21. 21 Roving Cowboy - Frank Jenkins (2:59)
  22. 22 Big Bend Gal - Shelor Family (2:49)
  23. 23 Yes! Tis Me - Rev. W.M. Mosley (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Ed Bell Guitar, Vocals
Dennis McGee Fiddle
King Solomon Hill Slide Guitar
Bo Weavil Jackson Guitar, Vocals
Henry Bogan Cello
Ira Stripling Guitar
Francis Jenkins Group Member
David Earl Miller Vocals
Ernest Fruge Fiddle
Ollis Martin Harmonica
Dacosta Woltz Group Member
Technical Credits
Robert Crumb Illustrations
Don Kent Liner Notes
Richard Nevins Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
Al Hutchinson Jr. Composer
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