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listen  1. Coal Mining WomanHazel Dickens 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Blue Diamond MinesPhyllis Boyens 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dreadful MemoriesSarah Gunning 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Yablonski MurderHazel Dickens 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lawrence JonesPhyllis Boyens 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. DraglinesReel World String Band 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Coal Miner's GraveHazel Dickens 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Come All You Coal MinersSarah Gunning 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Black LungHazel Dickens 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dream of a Miner's ChildPhyllis Boyens 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Mannington Mine DisasterHazel Dickens 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. That 25 Cents That You PaidSarah Gunning 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Clay County MinerHazel Dickens 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Clara Sullivan's LetterHazel Dickens 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. What She Aims to BeReel World String Band 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Coal TattooHazel Dickens 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Hello Coal MinerSarah Gunning 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Battle of JericolReel World String Band 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Which Side Are You On?Florence Reece 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. They'll Never Keep Us DownHazel Dickens 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B00000037Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I always wondered where the heart and soul of American Music lives. I should have known it's at the bottom of a coal mine where it runs deep, dark and dangerous. This is some of the purest music that's ever been made regarding the true life blues of a coal miner. These songs take you to a world where few belong. When it's over, ask yourself, 'Which side are you on?' --Marty Stuart Featured artists include Hazel Dickens, Sarah Gunning, Phyllis Boyens, Florence Reese, and the Reel World String Band, with guests Blaine Sprouse, fiddle; Roland White, mandolins; Bela Fleck and Lamar Grier, banjos; Jerry Douglas, Dobro; Roy Huskey, bass and many others.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Sculptor on January 29, 2005
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I am an artist residing in Birmingham, Al, but born and raised in Harlan County, Ky (which most of these songs are about). I was 20 years old when I left Harlan County, due to Arch Mineral's #37 mine closure in 1997. This was the last of the "Big Mines" in Harland County, there is nothing left but very shallow "dog holes", as miners refer to them. My Father has been I miner for over 32 years. He went from working in #37's 8-foot tall coal seam to the tiny 24-INCH tall coal seam of Blue Diamond Steel Co, In Lesley County. After about six months, 3 slipped disk, 2 ruptured disk, and a broken knee and torn shoulder, he had to leave to low coal at age 49. This Cd captures the excruciating life of the coalmine and the hard press individuals of the Harland County Area. I can recall hearing Sister Hazel Dickens sing at church as a kid- even at my age! This is a true find. I hope you enjoy! ...Dustan

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Carr on April 25, 2002
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This is an unbelievably dark and soulful album. The tragedies and the lives that are dealt with in these songs are rendered in a relentlessly clear-eyed fashion. This music is so deeply American that any "real" American should own a copy. I say real American because these are songs about people who are mostly hidden from main stream America, because they are too poor, mostly invisible, and so frequently silenced. These are people who just want the U.S. to live up to its own ideals. It is music so closely tied to the lives of people who just struggle to live decent lives that it really makes the listener want to build a more equitable nation. In short, it's music that is good for what ails you. Buy it now!!!! This is punk, this is soul, this is every kind of music which asked "will you be a gun thug or will you be a man" (women are included in this equation too). Its both deep blues (or deep hill music), and political statement
Everyone in this album turns in terrific performances. Some of which involve spontaneous harmonizing to deeply felt solo acapella performances -- very scary stuff indeed. Which side are you on? If you can't make up your mind after listening to this album, you have no soul!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rodney f. rhoads on August 29, 2003
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This is an excellent, raw and emotional compilation of both classic and newer material. It captures well the UMWA organizing and wildcat days as well as the despair of the people in the mining camps-yesterday and today. As someone who has spent 12 years in coal mining, this reviewer is familiar with several of the songs and half the singers. This is not an entertainer CD. This is a cry of the stripped out, black lung'd and worn out miner and family, male and female. Sarah Ogan Gunning is another Mother Jones -synonymous with union organizing songs of the broadside type in the 30's. Hazel Dickens' plaintive voice on "Black Lung" makes your skin crawl. The other singers do equally well in painting the picture of Appalachian coal and it ain't pretty. These are my people and this reviewers heart was tugged by these sad songs. If you want background music, forget this CD. If you want to understand the heartache of the miner then buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
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I bought this album 10-12 years ago (vinyl) and I still listen to it monthly. It's a must have for anyone collecting mining songs.
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By Junko Watanabe on October 30, 2014
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I love this. Thank you!
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