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Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields Box set


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • First Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • 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: Full Lights
  • ASIN: B000VQ40WM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Down in a Coal Mine Excerpt (The Edison Concert Band) - The Edison Concert Band
2. Mining Camp Blues (Trixie Smith) - Trixie Smith
3. Sprinkle Coal Dust on My Grave (Orville Jenks) - Orville Jenks
4. Coal Miner's Blues (The Carter Family) - The Carter Family
5. Hard Times in Coleman s Mine (Aunt Molly Jackson) - Aunt Molly Jackson
6. He s Only a Miner Killed in the Ground (Ted Chestnut) - Ted Chestnut
7. Coal Black Mining Blues (Nimrod Workman) - Nimrod Workman
8. 31 Depression Blues (Ed Sturgill) - Ed Sturgill
9. Prayer of a Miner's Child (Dock Boggs) - Dock Boggs
10. That Twenty-Five Cents You Paid (Sarah Ogan Gunning) - Sarah Ogan Gunning
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. West Virginia Mine Disaster (Molly Slemp) - Molly Slemp
2. Union Man (Blue Highway) - Blue Highway
3. Blue Diamond Mines (Robin & Linda Williams) - Robin & Linda Williams
4. Set Yourself Free (Billy Gene Mullins) - Billy Gene Mullins
5. Redneck War (Ron Short) - Ron Short
6. Sixteen Tons (Ned Beatty) - Ned Beatty
7. There Will Be No Black Lung in Heaven (Rev. Joe Freeman) - Rev. Joe Freeman
8. Deep Mine Blues (Nick Stump) - Nick Stump
9. I m a Coal Mining Man (Tom T. Hall) - Tom T. Hall
10. Dirty Black Coal (Kenneth Davis) - Kenneth Davis
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Music of Coal delves deeply into Virginia history, addressing various aspects of mining and culture. This two disc set features Merle Travis, Hazel Dickens, Doc Boggs, The Carter Family, Ralph Stanley & Dwight Yoakam, Darrell Scott, Natalie Merchant and a few dozen others. Packaged in a richly detailed 69 page book w/ liner notes and striking historical photographs.

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There is just so much good material to select from.
R. Cherry
This is a great collection of authentic Appalachian coal music.
Al T.
A great book on the coal mining songs of Appalachia!
jack brant

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Cherry on June 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
We've recently heard about Kathy Mattea's album Coal but, there is a bigger, better and more historical look at coal mining -- the Lonesome Records and Publishing Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields. I've spent about a week reading the lyrics in the book and listening to the two volumes of music contained in this awesome Jack Wright production and find that it is one of those works that not only puts you in the fields too, but it covers the spectrum of the music as well. Bluegrass music covers the topic of coal mining but this collections goes another dimension beyond that. This is an collection and anthology that pulls at your heartstrings and once you immerse yourself into the coal mining way of life, may even bring a tear to your eye.

The 48 songs cover old and new as they are performed by artists old and new. Contained within the cover of the book and embossed within the two CDs is the music of The Carter Family, The Stanley Brothers, Hobo Jack Adkins, Hazel Dickens, Orville Jenks, Sarah Ogan Gunning and even Natalie Merchant. Also presenting their versions of coal mining sorrow are Blue Highway, Tom T. Hall, Valerie Smith, and a whole lot more. Volume 1 kicks off with "Down in a Coal Mine" by The Edison Concert Band and was recorded in 1908 on Edison Cylinder. "Mining Camp Blues" was recorded in 1925. As you can tell, the old is very old and the new is very new. This collection covers it all with music from the era that the mines were running.

The producer, Jack Wright, notes that the music contained in this volume was prepared from many sources old and new and that the transfers from wax, metal, shellac or vinyl contain imperfections that were an artifact of the pressings of the time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan K. Stagg on September 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This two-volume CD, text, and photos is as good as it gets in musically depicting the life and times in America's coal fields in Appalachia. As someone who grew up in proximity to the coal fields and who has worked in the coal industry for more than 35 years, and who is a lover of "mountain music", many of these songs are well known to me but for which I have no recordings. Others were those I hadn't heard before but sure am glad I now have copies. Many of them bring back a lot of memories of my travels and experiences in the coal fields, which continue to this day. Kudos to all those involved in bringing this project to fruition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 on July 15, 2012
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I came across this one day and had to buy it! The man and little boy on the cover are my great-grandfather and my grandfather on my mom's side! What a find!!! This picture has been hanging in my grandmother's home for as long as I can remember. I thought it would make a great gift for my mom, so I bought for her for her birthday. She loves bluegrass music so it turned out to be a perfect gift. Sturdy case and well made.
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By jack brant on June 27, 2013
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A great book on the coal mining songs of Appalachia! There are a really great collection of songs that span the twentieth century.
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