When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 6: Poor Man's Heaven

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The fifth volume in Bluebird's Secret History of Rock & Roll is a stretch, albeit a good one. The 24 tracks included here all focus on the Great Depression; in fact, they mirror the current wild ride that is Wall Street in an eerily ironic way. While the other four volumes in the series focused on blues and hard country music, this set is all over the place. It opens with comedian Eddie Cantor offering nearly vaudevillian comments on the stock market and slides through an early swing tune by Frank Crumit entitled "A Tale of the Ticker" before abruptly opening onto the original version of "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" by Leo Reisman. Also present are more obscure ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The fifth volume in Bluebird's Secret History of Rock & Roll is a stretch, albeit a good one. The 24 tracks included here all focus on the Great Depression; in fact, they mirror the current wild ride that is Wall Street in an eerily ironic way. While the other four volumes in the series focused on blues and hard country music, this set is all over the place. It opens with comedian Eddie Cantor offering nearly vaudevillian comments on the stock market and slides through an early swing tune by Frank Crumit entitled "A Tale of the Ticker" before abruptly opening onto the original version of "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" by Leo Reisman. Also present are more obscure performers, such as the High Hatters, Alex Bartha, and Ramona & Roy Bargy most if not all of them unheard of since these recordings were first issued. But Fiddlin' John Carson makes an appearance with "Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Them All," Uncle Dave Macon is here with his classic "All in Down and Out Blues," and the collection also features Lane Hardin's "California Desert Blues," Woody Guthrie's "Dusty Old Dust," Reverend J.M. Gates now famous for his "Oh Death, Where Is Thy Sting" on the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music with "President Roosevelt Is Everybody's Friend," and an early Sonny Boy Williamson tune, "Welfare Store Blues." Much of the humor here is black, the blues are darker still, and the anger in some of the tunes is poisonous. Perhaps that's what this music has in common with the history of rock & roll, because these are the only connections visible to the naked ear. Nonetheless, it's a fine collection of topical songs and should be considered by every historic American music enthusiast.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765095822
  • Catalog Number: 50958

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eddie Cantor's Tips on the Stock Market (2:26)
  2. 2 A Tale of the Ticker (2:44)
  3. 3 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Leo Reisman (3:13)
  4. 4 Remember My Forgotten Man - George Hall (2:55)
  5. 5 It Must Be Swell to Be Laying Out Dead (3:03)
  6. 6 Raisin' the Rent - Ramona & Roy Bargy (3:07)
  7. 7 Sittin' on a Rubbish Can - Julia Gerity (2:54)
  8. 8 Ten Cents a Dance - High Hatters (3:23)
  9. 9 Poor Man's Heaven - Bud Billings (3:26)
  10. 10 The Rich Man and the Poor Man - Bobby Miller (2:59)
  11. 11 Hallelujah, I'm a Bum - Harry McClintock (2:38)
  12. 12 All In, Down and Out Blues - Uncle Dave Macon (2:33)
  13. 13 Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Them All - Fiddlin' John Carson (2:57)
  14. 14 How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? (3:17)
  15. 15 The Farmer Relief Song (3:01)
  16. 16 Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh) - Woody Guthrie (3:08)
  17. 17 35 Depression (3:35)
  18. 18 California Desert Blues (3:16)
  19. 19 It's Hard Time - Joe Stone (3:12)
  20. 20 President Roosevelt Is Everybody's Friend - Reverend J.M. Gates (3:08)
  21. 21 Cwa Blues (3:12)
  22. 22 Jimmy Shut His Store Doors - Cedar Creek Sheik (2:45)
  23. 23 Welfare Store Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:52)
  24. 24 Poor But Ambitious (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Uncle Dave Macon Banjo, Vocals
Woody Guthrie Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Frank Crumit Vocals
Eddie Cantor Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Carson Robison Guitar, Vocals
Roy Smeck Guitar
Vernon Dalhart Harmonica, Jew's Harp, Vocals
Fiddlin' John Carson Fiddle, Vocals
Joshua Altheimer Piano
John Cali Banjo, Violin
Lane Hardin Guitar, Vocals
Fred Williams Drums
Roy Bargy Piano
Benny Bonacio Clarinet
Frank Novak Accordion, Saxophone
Joe Pullum Vocals
Robert Cooper Piano
Alfred Reed Violin, Vocals
Milton Douglas Vocals
Earl Oliver Cornet
Julia Gerity Vocals
Technical Credits
Uncle Dave Macon Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Frank Crumit Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Eddie Cantor Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Carson Robison Composer
Leonard Joy Orchestra Director
Fiddlin' John Carson Composer
Wilmoth Houdini Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Barry Feldman Reissue Producer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lane Hardin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Doug Pomeroy Mastering
Joe Stone Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson I Composer
Dr. David Evans Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Alfred Reed Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Jay Gorney Composer
Bob Schafer Composer
Nelson Shawn Composer
Shelby Darnell Composer
Gary Kelley Cover Illustration
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