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Baby How Can It Be Box set

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Three CDs from the 78 rpm record collection of John Heneghan with liner notes by Nick Tosches and centerfold illustration by R Crumb.


78s of about the good & bad sides of love (are there songs about anything else?) from the collection of John Heneghan. Henegan also is the namesake of Eden & John's East River String Band, which counts Pat Conte & Robert Crumb among it's band members from time to time. A whimsical, personal collection that skips widely through sub-styles: rags, jazz, blues, Tin Pan Alley, Hawaiian, vaudeville, hillbilly, gauche novelties. Basically, it's like the loot from a yard sale in heaven. Killer notes by Nick Tosches, who rants gloriously about the Bible, Emmett Miller, & Latin, just like always. --Weirdo Records

Atlanta, Georgia's Dust-To-Digital label presents 66 'Songs Of Love, Lust and Contempt' from the 1920s and 1930s' collated by famed 78 authority John Henegan and featuring illustrations by Robert Crumb. The three discs are divided into songs of 'Love', 'Lust' and 'Contempt', the elemental factors of any relationship which we can all relate to. Unless you're a proper shellac aficionado you'll likely not know many (or any) of this music, but the subject matter is quite easily understood by all. Another exceptional, lavish package from the reliably intriguing Dust To Digital camp. --Boomkat

Disc: 1
1. Baby, How Can It Be? Bo Carter
2. My Angeline Mississippi Maulers
3. I Wants My Lulu McGhee & Welling
4. If I Had My Way Norridge Mayhams and His Barbecue Boys
5. We Courted in the Rain Dock Walsh
6. Poche Town Joseph Falcon
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Disc: 2
1. The Gal That Got Stuck on Everything She Seen Said Uncle Dave Macon
2. Tomi, Tomi Stomp Kanui & Lula
3. Minnie the Mermaid (A Love Song in Fish Time) Bernie Cummins and His Hotel New Yorker Orchestra
4. I d Feel Much Better - Virginia Four
5. Mama You re a Mess Kid Smith and Family
6. Pussy Harry Roy and His Bat Club Boys
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Disc: 3
1. I m Gonna Kill Myself Laura Smith
2. She Ain t Built That Way Asa Martin
3. How Can You Look So Good Cliff Edwards
4. You Gonna Look Like a Monkey When You Get Old Robert Hill
5. I m Wearin the Britches Now Bill Carlisle
6. Sweet to Mama State Street Boys
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Dust to Digital
  • ASIN: B0042DN4OA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By KennesawMtnRaag on November 30, 2010
Culled by 78 collector John Heneghan from his own archives, this 3 disc set covers an immense variety of material. It is all tethered to the thematic reference point of love. While the theme of love may seem dangerously broad, this compilation succeeds in presenting an astounding level of diversity in musical styles all bound by a cohesive and well thought-out manner of presentation. The selections here not only uncover hidden gems of the American vernacular recordings made by commercial record companies in the the 1920's and 30's, but expands on the "Harry Smith model" as it exhibits a strong taste for some of the more mainstream and popular flavors of the period. The listener is made privy to a very wide cross-section of musical offerings from another world. One which seems distant and at times very strange.

There is something here for 78 enthusiasts of all stripes, and the set will likely leave all listeners better for their attention. While familiar names such as Uncle Dave Macon, Joseph Falcon, Ukulele Ike, Cab Calloway, The Mississippi Sheiks and the Memphis Jug Band will instill a sense of comfort in many listeners, the engaging performances from such obscure and intriguing figures as Lonnie Coleman, Oscar Ford, George 'Shortbuckle' Roark, and Norris Mayhams are certain to provide the kind of adventurous listening that the record collector/78 enthusiast craves. Sorted by the themes of love, lust and contempt, the three discs compliment each other well and play with a great deal of energy as the mood shifts from yearning and wistful, to boisterous and bawdy, and to jaded and weary (to oversimplify a bit).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bobkins on February 13, 2011
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If you're like me and you find a charm in the treasures that have been left us from the dawning of recorded music, then this 3 CD gem will quite possibly provide you with a lot of joy. And joy here is really the operative word- we moderns think that we have a monopoly on diversity and sophistication in our cultural endeavours. I, however, am amazed at just how original and dynamic and musically adept these early songs and songsters can be. There wasn't radios and TV and recorded music for these artists to copy from and so its mostly pure imagination and creative energy that spills from this collection. And to me, a pure unalloyed joy. A fine variety of styles is included and I'm just so grateful for the collector who saved and shared these these rare (and rarely available) insights into sound that existed just at the time when the technology available to preserve them came into being. 'cause before these we can only guess what the music of the people was like. Love it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jim Linderman on February 2, 2011
Not only the best sounding track by Blind Lemon Jefferson I have ever heard, quality is also a perfectly balanced compilation by race. There is one race...the human race, and musicians knew it before many of us did. A splendid production I have already gotten lost in many times, and just one more reason the CD format is not only thriving in places, it should thrive for far longer. Dust to Digital continues to put out wonderful "product" though that term is too harsh. This is not product, it is a gift. I mean, please! Read the track list! The titles of the songs alone should sell this set of discs.

Five Stars big time old time! Thank you!
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