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Freight Train Boogie Import


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  • Audio CD (December 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B0000009HW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blues Stay Away From Me
2. Freight Train Boogie
3. Trouble Ain't Nothin' But The Blues
4. Boogie Woogie Baby
5. Rounder's Blues
6. Mobile Boogie
7. Used Car Blues
8. Pan American Boogie
9. Field Hand Man
10. Brown's Ferry Blues
11. Peach Tree Street Boogie
12. Blues You Never Lose
13. Steamboat Bill Boogie
14. Muddy Water
15. Sand Mountain Blues
16. Hillbilly Blues
17. You Can't Do Wrong And Get By
18. Kentucky Mountain
19. Weary Day
20. Take It To The Captain

Editorial Reviews

A highly influential hillbilly duo, the Delmore Brothers' distinctive harmonies and guitar duets are among the most memorable in early country music. Alton Delmore was born December 25th, 1908 - brother Rabon December 3rd, 1910 (both in Elkmont, Alabama). Brought up on a farm, they were taught fiddle by their mother and in 1930 won a old time fiddle contest in Athens, Alabama. Equally skilled on guitar, the brothers began recording for Columbia in 1931 and the following year appeared on WSM Grand Ole Opry. Their popularity ensured them a six year tenure on the show. Throughout the 1940s, they appeared on dozens of radio stations and began recording for King Records in 1944. Freight Train Boogie assembles the duo's classic King sides, recorded between 1946 and '51, on one brilliant CD. Blues Stay Away From Me became a top five hit in 1949, enjoying a chart run of 23 weeks (years later it was covered by Gene Vincent). Many of the songs also feature the bonus of Wayne Raney's harmonica and on Pan-American Boogie the twin harmonicas of both Raney and Lonnie Glosson. Soon after, The Delmores relocated to Houston and Alton began drinking heavily after the death of his daughter Rabon contracted lung cancer, returned to Athens and died there on December 4th, 1952. Following Rabon's death, Alton moved away to Huntsville, where he became a door-to-door salesman and part-time guitar teacher, passing away himself on June 9th, 1964. Their music continued to inspire both country and folk musicians - Doc Watson was particularly influenced by The Delmores, covering many of their songs - Brown's Ferry Blues and Nashville Blues to name but two. Of added interest for rock 'n' roll fans is the rockabilly guitar-before-it's-time (played by Jethro Burns) on 1946s Freight Train Boogie and the relaxed Western Swing feel to what many consider (this writer included) one of the duo's finest moments. - Hillbilly Boogie

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Several years ago The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website included a list entitled 500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll. The Delmore Brothers' "Hillbilly Boogie" made that list. After picking up this CD it's easy to see why. Though they were a country act, they incorporated blues, boogie and rockabilly elements into their sound. Rabon and Alton Delmore recorded for King from 1946 until 1952, when Rabon died of lung cancer. [Alton died in 1964.] The twenty tracks included here (half of which are originals) provide a terrific overview of two musicians who--as the liner notes point out--"were too modern for the determined traditionalism of bluegrass, (but) too oldtime for the hip-swivelling of rock 'n' roll." Every track is a delight. This is important listening. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip Westwood on July 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
What a superb album. Taken from the Brothers' years with Cincinnati based King Records (1945 - 1952), the album features classics such as 'Blues Stay Away From Me', with its highly distinctive guitar work, and my own favorite, 'Hillbilly Blues', as well as the title track. The album is a nice mixture of blues and boogie-woogie, with the Brothers' sweet harmonies backed up by some great musicians. Apart from Wayne Raney's superb harmonica, check out Zeke Turner's electric guitar work on 'Boogie Woogie Baby'. And is that Merle Travis backing up on 'Hillbilly Blues'? And then there's Roy Lanham's electric guitar on 'Peach Tree Street Boogie'. But every track on this album has something to commend it. So don't mess around. Buy it! You won't regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Laffey on January 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ace Records should be given a big pat on the back for releasing these Delmore Brothers classics cut for King Records between 1946 - 1952 . If you like bluesy , hillbilly , country boogie in its rawest form , this cd is a must . Fantastic vocal harmonies , great blues harp , great guitar picking and twenty tracks that are the equal to anything that you will find in American Roots music . These recordings are as earthy as the soil of the Elkmont farm that the brothers grew up on , and so influential in that they played a major part in laying down the blueprint for the Rock&Roll that was to change the 20th Century for ever . I can't think of higher praise than that !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walter Stettner on September 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I played this record to a few friends of mine who are really into roots rock 'n' roll and rockabilly and they couldn't believe it that they never heard about the Delmore Brothers and Wayne Raney! This is the music that paved the way for Sun Records and all the new rockabilly styles in the 1950's. There is so much power and energy in this music! It is so good to have this compilation available, it should be in every collection of music lovers, no matter if you are into Country, Blues or Rockabilly/Rock 'N' Roll!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on January 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is like a Jimmie Rogers album or a Robert Johnson Album, or Decca Basie, it is soooooooooo good that when you play it, it stays on the player for days, sometimes weeks. This is the last part of the Delmore Brother's career. It contains stuff that is typical of their old stuff, but suffused with the new approach to country music that came after World War II. Probably Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith (as opposed to Fiddlin' Arthur Smith) ushered it in with his Guitar Boogie. However, the Delmore Brothers here joined by Wayne Rayney, and Jethro Burns (the great electric mandolinist of Homer and Jethro) who ad some great electric guitar playing on a lot of the cuts, get the thing going with great guitar boogie music.
there is something sweet and real and at the same time modern--despite the cynicsm of the liner notes that come with the CD that don't understand it--and really working class about it. I keep thinking of the used car blues, and the Sand Mountain Blues. "I am just a poor boy and work's my middle name."
Like I say, discount the cynicism of the liner notes. Steamboat Bill the last song is a great rhythm tune.
It's good to remember that the guitar boogie music along with folks who came this way via a Western Swing direction like Moon Mullican were part of what inspired rockabilly along with rhythm and blues and rock and roll.
Rock and Roll begins as a phase of R & B starting around 1950-1953 before any Sun records were made of rockabilly, although in the late 40s there had been a R & B craze of songs on the topic and using the words "Rock and Roll." As for Sun, one of the first Rock and Roll records, Ike Turner/Jackie Brenson's historic "Rocket 88," (in 1952 or 53 I believe) was recorded by Sun.
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