- Released: August 18, 1998
- Label: Arhoolie Records
- 2.Peter Cottontail
- 3.New Step It Up And Go
- 4.Honky Tonkin'
- 5.I'm An Old, Old Man
- 6.Un-Huh, Honey
- 7.Pretty Little Dedon
- 8.Let's Walk That-A-Way, Not This-A-Way
- 9.Take My Hand Precious Lord
- 10.On Mexico's Beautiful Shores
- 11.Mr. Know It All (Young Girl Of 22)
- 12.There's A Rainbow In Every Teardrop
- 13.You Gotta Have A License
- 14.Waterbaby Blues
- 15.John Henry
- 16.Mr. Know It All (Daughter Is 16 years Old)
- 17.When God Dips His Love In My Heart
- 18.My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
- 19.Beautiful Louisiana
- 21.Wake Up Irene
- 22.It's Been So Long
- 23.Mr. Know It All (Fox Tail Jacket)
- 24.I Gotta Have Some Lovin'
- 25.Shot Gun Boogie
- 26.Why Do You Weep, Dear Willow?
- 27.Mr. Know It All (Affectionate Neighbors)
- 28.Red Ball To Natchez, Mississippi
- 29.Mule Skinner Blues
- 30.Silent Night, Holy Night
- 31.Mr. Know It All (Been Away From Home)
- 32.Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind
- 33.Sweet Mama, Tree Top Tall
- 34.When The Angels Carry Me Home
- 35.Mr. Know It All (I Need A Wife)
- 36.Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Loud, Loud Music
- 37.Wait A Little Longer
- 38.Is He Satisfied
Liner Note Author: Chris Strachwitz.
Recording information: KTLA-TV (03/29/1953/07/24/1953); KXLA Radio Station, Pasadena, CA (03/29/1953/07/24/1953).
Recorded from radio broadcasts on KXLA in Pasadena, California in 1953 (there are also a couple of tunes from a television program from that year), the fidelity on these isn't so hot. That's understandable; they were recorded by a teenager using early-'50s technology, after all, with no eye for professional release. As was already demonstrated by other radio performance collections of the groups on Arhoolie, the Maddoxes had a large repertoire and enjoyed using their radio time to cover everything from novelties to boogies to spirituals to classics like "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Silent Night, Holy Night." Their exuberance is unfailing, though as the sound is lo-fi and the presentation riddled with corny jokes and short skits from the band members, it's not a suitable introduction to their significant body of music. That observation, and the low rating assigned to the album, should not be taken to mean it's not a worthwhile release for Maddox Brothers fans. The performances are good, there's much historical interest in hearing the band in a live-ish setting, and with 74 minutes of material (including, minus the skits, about 30 songs), it's decent value for the money. ~ Richie Unterberger