Train Whistle Blues [ASV/Living Era]

Train Whistle Blues [ASV/Living Era]

by Jimmie Rodgers
     
 

This unlicensed collection of 16 Jimmie Rodgers recordings focuses, as its title indicates, on Rodgers' songs about trains, specifically, riding the rails as a hobo while thinking philosophically ("The Hobo's Meditation") and hoping to avoid both detection and death ("Hobo Bill's Last Ride"). The compiler tends to emphasize the similarities in Rodgers' musical… See more details below

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This unlicensed collection of 16 Jimmie Rodgers recordings focuses, as its title indicates, on Rodgers' songs about trains, specifically, riding the rails as a hobo while thinking philosophically ("The Hobo's Meditation") and hoping to avoid both detection and death ("Hobo Bill's Last Ride"). The compiler tends to emphasize the similarities in Rodgers' musical performances by twice ending one track and beginning the next with the same yodel ("Memphis Yodel" into "Blue Yodel No. 4 [California Blues]" on side one, "My Rough and Rowdy Ways" into "Blue Yodel No. 7 [Anniversary Blue Yodel]" on side two). Some musical variation is provided in the inclusion of songs featuring a jazz group to open each side, "Jimmie's Mean Mamma Blues" and "Waiting for a Train." The last is one of Rodgers' better-known songs, but this is not a best-of collection so much as a thematic one. The transfers from old 78s result in a fair amount of surface noise, since this is not an authorized release from RCA, but rather a "public domain" release from Europe, where the copyrights on Rodgers' recordings have run out.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1998
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923798927
catalogNumber:
7989

Tracks

  1. Jimmie's Mean Mama Blues  - Jimmie Rodgers
  2. The Southern Cannonball  - Jimmie Rodgers
  3. Jimmie the Kid  - Jimmie Rodgers
  4. Travellin' Blues  - Jimmie Rodgers
  5. The Mystery of Number Five  - Jimmie Rodgers
  6. Memphis Yodel  - Jimmie Rodgers
  7. California Blues  - Jimmie Rodgers
  8. Hobo Bill's Last Ride  - Jimmie Rodgers
  9. Waiting for a Train  - Jimmie Rodgers
  10. Ben Dewberry's Final Run  - Jimmie Rodgers
  11. My Rough and Rowdy Ways  - Jimmie Rodgers
  12. Anniversary Blue Yodel  - Jimmie Rodgers
  13. Brakeman's Blues (Yodeling the Blues Away)  - Jimmie Rodgers
  14. Let Me Be Your Side Track  - Jimmie Rodgers
  15. The Hobo's Meditation  - Jimmie Rodgers
  16. Train Whistle Blues  - Jimmie Rodgers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Primary Artist,Guitar
Dean Bryan   Guitar
C.L. Hutchison   Cornet
Joe Kaipo   Steel Guitar
Charles Kama   Guitar
George MacMillan   Bass
John Westbrook   Steel Guitar
Weldon Burke   Ukulele

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Shelly Lee Alley   Composer
Bob Sawyer   Composer
Kevin Daly   Producer
Andrew Jenkins   Composer
Brian Rust   Liner Notes
Elsie McWilliams   Composer
Raymond Hall   Composer
Jack Neville   Composer
Waldo O'Neal   Composer

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