Jimmie Driftwood Americana

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Format:  CD  (3 Discs)
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  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: Bear Family


  • 1.The Battle of New Orleans
  • 2.Unfortunate Man
  • 3.Fair Rosamond's Bower
  • 4.Soldier's Joy
  • 5.Country Boy
  • 6.I'm Too Young to Marry
  • 7.Pretty Mary
  • 8.Sailor Man
  • 9.Zelma Lee
  • 10.Rattlesnake Song
  • 11.Old Joe Clark
  • 12.Tennessee Stud
  • 13.Razorback Steak
  • 14.First Covered Wagon
  • 15.The Maid of Argenta
  • 16.Bunker Hill
  • 17.Song of the Cowboys
  • 18.Peter Francisco
  • 19.Four Little Girls in Boston
  • 20.Slack Your Rope
  • 21.Run, Johnny, Run
  • 22.Arkansas Traveler
  • 23.Damyankee Lad
  • 24.Chalamette
  • 25.The Battle of New Orleans
  • 26.The Land Where the Bluegrass Grows
  • 27.The Widders of Bowling Green
  • 28.Get Along Boys
  • 29.Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • 30.Shoot the Buffalo
  • 31.Song of the Pioneer
  • 32.I'm Leavin' on the Wagon Train
  • 33.Jordan Am a Hard Road to Travel
  • 34.The Marshall of Silver City
  • 35.The Wilderness Road
  • 36.The Pony Express
  • 37.Mooshatanio
  • 38.The Shanty in the Holler
  • 39.Big River Man
  • 40.Big John Davy
  • 41.On Top of Pikes Peak
  • 42.Fidi Diddle Um a-Dazey
  • 43.The Song of Creation
  • 44.The Battle of San Juan Hill
  • 45.Banjer Pickin' Man
  • 46.Tucumcari
  • 47.St. Brendon's Isle
  • 48.He Had a Long Chain On
  • 49.Big Hoss
  • 50.Sal's Got a Sugarlip
  • 51.Mooshatanio
  • 52.Ox Driving Song
  • 53.General Custer
  • 54.What Was Your Name in the States
  • 55.Billy the Kid
  • 56.Jesse James
  • 57.Billy Yank and Johnny Reb
  • 58.Won't You Come Along and Go
  • 59.Rock of Chickamauga
  • 60.How Do You Like the Army
  • 61.Git Along Little Yearlings
  • 62.Oh Florie
  • 63.I'm a Poor Rebel Soldier
  • 64.My Black Bird Has Gone
  • 65.Goodbye Reb, Y All Come
  • 66.On Top of Shiloh's Hill
  • 67.When I Swim the Golden River
  • 68.The Giant of the Thunderhead
  • 69.Shanghied
  • 70.Santy Anny-O
  • 71.Row Bullies Row
  • 72.The Land of the Amazon
  • 73.What Could I Do?
  • 74.Driftwood at Sea
  • 75.In a Cotton Shirt and a Pair of Dungarees
  • 76.Davy Jones (Song of a Dead Soldier)
  • 77.Sailor, Sailor, Marry Me
  • 78.The Diver Boy
  • 79.The Ship That Never Returned
  • 80.Sailing Away on the Ocean
  • 81.John Paul Jones
  • 82.The Bear Flew Over the Ocean

Product Description:

This 3-CD boxed set contains songs of the Civil War and includes a 24-page booklet with photos, song notes, and sessionography.
Comprising Jimmie Driftwood's complete recordings for RCA, cut between 1957 and 1961, this three-CD set opens with Driftwood's most famous song, "The Battle of New Orleans," and the ten other songs that comprised the classic country-folk collection Newly Discovered Early American Folk Songs. The material here, when compared to the music of the Weavers or the Kingston Trio, seems like a field recording from 100 years earlier, with Driftwood's rural Arkansas pronunciation, twangy intonation, and spare backing. The Wilderness Road is every bit as good and even more entertaining, since Driftwood seems even more comfortable with the recording process. Disc Two opens with Driftwood's September 1959 sessions for The Westward Movement, a series of songs about the beginnings of the great American migration west, which features a somewhat more sophisticated sound. The second half of the disc is made up of Tall Tales in Song, Driftwood's series of songs about myths and tall tales from history and local legend. The last five songs come from a Time-Life LP, How the West Was Won, and deal with such figures as General Custer, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid. Disc Three opens with the Grammy-winning album Billy Yank and Johnny Reb, which returns Driftwood to his more familiar backing band (including John D. Loudermilk), accompanied in surprisingly restrained manner by the Anita Kerr singers. The last half of the disc includes Sea Shanties, Driftwood's final album from 1961. The sound throughout is excellent, and the music is all priceless, whether one's taste runs toward country or folk. The booklet transcends Bear Family's usual standard, with extremely detailed notes and essays (some by the man himself), as well as the usual full sessionography. ~ Bruce Eder

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  • UPC: 4000127154651
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