With the North Carolina Ramblers and the Highlanders

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Charlie Poole wasn't a particularly brilliant banjo player although his later three-finger-style picking would set the table for the advent of bluegrass banjo a couple of decades after his death, and he wasn't the world's greatest vocalist either, but he had a certain devil-may-care charisma that made him a superstar in the string band era of the 1920s. Poole's greatest talent -- aside from an ability to go on long drinking sprees and to manage to be at the center of things even in his absence -- was in his song adaptations, which drew from sources outside the standard Appalachian fiddle tunes and reels, including pop, ragtime, and blues. This extensive 96-track, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Charlie Poole wasn't a particularly brilliant banjo player although his later three-finger-style picking would set the table for the advent of bluegrass banjo a couple of decades after his death, and he wasn't the world's greatest vocalist either, but he had a certain devil-may-care charisma that made him a superstar in the string band era of the 1920s. Poole's greatest talent -- aside from an ability to go on long drinking sprees and to manage to be at the center of things even in his absence -- was in his song adaptations, which drew from sources outside the standard Appalachian fiddle tunes and reels, including pop, ragtime, and blues. This extensive 96-track, four-disc box set from Britain's JSP Records collects the lion's share of his recordings on Columbia, Poole's label from 1925 until his death in 1931 at the age of 39. Also included are a handful of cuts Poole made under the table for Paramount where his North Carolina Ramblers were called the Highlanders and Brunswick which saw the band disguised as the Allegheny Highlanders. Working at various times with fiddlers Posey Rorer, Lonnie Austin, and Odell Smith, and usually with guitarist Roy Harvey, Poole favored loose-limbed arrangements of songs like "Leaving Home" a version of the timeless "Frankie and Johnny", "White House Blues" a brilliant song about the 1901 assassination of President McKinley,"Shootin' Creek" a North Carolina variant on "Cripple Creek", "Ramblin' Blues" a reworking of W.C. Handy's "Beale Street Blues", and "If the River Was Whiskey" which grafted Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues" to Handy's "Hesitation Blues", producing a body of songs unlike any other in the mountain string band tradition. That most of these songs dealt with drinking and carousing with a certain reckless blues edge was telling, since Poole's heart eventually gave out after a long, last multi-week drinking binge, a rock star-styled death for a man who lived life in a headlong rush. Nearly a hundred songs might be too much for the casual listener, but serious fans of the string band genre and Poole's unique contribution to it will welcome this generous set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065773427
  • Catalog Number: 7734
  • Sales rank: 150,743

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:31)
  2. 2 I'm the Man That Rode the Mule Around the World - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:14)
  3. 3 Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:10)
  4. 4 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
  5. 5 Flyin' Clouds - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:18)
  6. 6 Wild Horse - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:08)
  7. 7 Forks of Sandy - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:59)
  8. 8 Mountain Reel - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:04)
  9. 9 Goodbye Booze - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:17)
  10. 10 Monkey on a String - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:08)
  11. 11 The Brave Engineer - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:18)
  12. 12 Too Young to Marry - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:06)
  13. 13 Ragtime Annie - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:14)
  14. 14 Leaving Home - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:11)
  15. 15 Budded Rose - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:03)
  16. 16 There'll Come a Time - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:30)
  17. 17 White House Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:29)
  18. 18 The Highwayman - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:17)
  19. 19 Hungry Hash House - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:25)
  20. 20 If I Lose, I Don't Care - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:07)
  21. 21 You Ain't Talkin' to Me - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:57)
  22. 22 From Tennessee - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:09)
  23. 23 The Letter That Never Came - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:49)
  24. 24 Falling by the Wayside - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take a Drink on Me - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:16)
  2. 2 Sunset March - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:38)
  3. 3 The Wreck of the Virginian No. 3 - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:09)
  4. 4 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Medley - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:14)
  5. 5 Please Papa Come Home - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:01)
  6. 6 The Old Clay Pipe - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:00)
  7. 7 Write a Letter to My Mother - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:04)
  8. 8 Poor Little Joe - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:19)
  9. 9 We Will Outshine the Sun - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
  10. 10 Walking on the Streets of Glory - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:44)
  11. 11 I Cannot Call Her Mother - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:00)
  12. 12 Pearl Bryant - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:04)
  13. 13 Take Back the Ring - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:49)
  14. 14 Give My Love to Nell - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:58)
  15. 15 My Mother and My Sweetheart - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:58)
  16. 16 She Is Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:12)
  17. 17 Bill Mason - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:38)
  18. 18 Kitty Blye - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:39)
  19. 19 I'm Glad I'm Married - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
  20. 20 Sweet Sunny South - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:47)
  21. 21 Blue Eyes - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:43)
  22. 22 The Bluefield Murder - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:05)
  23. 23 I'll Be There Mary Dear - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:05)
  24. 24 What Is Home Without Love - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:59)
  25. 25 There'll Come a Time - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 George Collins - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:50)
  2. 2 As We Parted at the Gate - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
  3. 3 There's a Mother Old and Gray Who Needs Me Now - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:01)
  4. 4 Sweet Refrain - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
  5. 5 Budded Roses - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:48)
  6. 6 Take Me Back to Home and Mother - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:47)
  7. 7 A Young Boy Left His Home One Day - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:07)
  8. 8 My Wife Went Away and Left Me - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:55)
  9. 9 I Once Loved a Sailor - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:06)
  10. 10 Husband and Wife Were Angry One Night - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:50)
  11. 11 Ramblin' Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:06)
  12. 12 Took My Gal A-Walkin' - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:47)
  13. 13 What Is Home Without Babies - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:51)
  14. 14 Jealous Mary - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:59)
  15. 15 Old and Only in the Way - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:28)
  16. 16 Shootin' Creek - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:24)
  17. 17 Bill Mason - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:01)
  18. 18 Goodbye Mary Dear - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
  19. 19 Leaving Dear Old Ireland - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:00)
  20. 20 Baltimore Fire - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:12)
  21. 21 Sweet Sunny South - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:55)
  22. 22 He Rambled - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:59)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Under the Double Eagle - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:57)
  2. 2 Richmond Square - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:54)
  3. 3 Flop Eared Mule - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:58)
  4. 4 Lynchburg Town - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:03)
  5. 5 San Antonio - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:43)
  6. 6 What Is a Home Without Babies - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
  7. 7 Tennessee Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:56)
  8. 8 May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:20)
  9. 9 A Trip to New York, Pt. 1: On the Train - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:02)
  10. 10 A Trip to New York, Pt. 2: The Audition - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:53)
  11. 11 A Trip to New York, Pt. 3: In New York - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:44)
  12. 12 A Trip to New York, Pt. 4: In the Studio - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:54)
  13. 13 Sweet Sixteen - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:52)
  14. 14 My Gypsy Girl - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:57)
  15. 15 The Only Girl I Ever Loved - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:02)
  16. 16 Write a Letter to My Mother - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:02)
  17. 17 If the River Was Whiskey - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:10)
  18. 18 It's Movin' Day - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:28)
  19. 19 Southern Medley - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:06)
  20. 20 Honeysuckle - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:15)
  21. 21 Goodbye Sweet Liza Jane - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:05)
  22. 22 Look Before You Leap - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:47)
  23. 23 Just Keep Waiting Till the Good Time Comes - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:22)
  24. 24 Milwaukee Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:18)
  25. 25 Where the Whipoorwill Is Whispering Goodnight - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Poole Primary Artist, Banjo, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Roy Harvey Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Posey Rorer Fiddle
Lonnie Austin Fiddle, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Norman Woodlief Guitar
Odell Smith Fiddle, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bob Hoke Mandolin, Vocals
Lucy Terry Piano
Technical Credits
W.C. Handy Composer
Charles K. Harris Composer
Charlie Poole Composer
Andrew B. Sterling Composer
Harry Von Tilzer Composer
Ren Shields Composer
Tin Pan Alley Composer
George Evans Composer
S. Brooks Composer
Traditional Composer
Pat Harrison Liner Notes
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