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Singing Brakeman Box set, Import


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Audio CD, Box set, Import, June 27, 1994
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  • Audio CD (June 27, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • 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: Imports
  • ASIN: B000001AXL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hankman on March 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
..., this set is certainly amazing & worth every bit of it.
These are the complete known recordings of Jimmie Rodgers & Bear Family should be applauded.
I know many are thinking what big difference is there between this set and the 8 CD's out by Rounder? Dependent upon your perspective, it could be a little or a lot. Now, this set is not for everybody-the casual fan should probably stick with a single disc compilation and then spring for a couple of the Rounder issues to see if they like more, but for those serious about their Rodgers, this set is indispenable.
First of all, you get several alternate takes not presented on the Rounder releases. There is an outtake of "T.B. Blues" that, while similar to the "official" release, differs greatly in some respects. Rodgers varies it melodically and changes the wording a slight bit. There are the additional alternate takes of "Travelin' Blues" and "Let Me Be Your Side Track" that didn't find their way onto the Rounder set.
Of fascination, though, is the inclusion of the soundtrack to the movie short Jimmie Rodgers made. Sound quality is not good on the two cuts, but they are still revelatory nonetheless.
Also not on the Rounder set are the posthumous overdbuds done by the Rainbow Ranch Boys (actually Chet Atkins and a group of session musicians) in 1955. For those with memories of the horrible overdubs done by MGM on Hank Williams, you have a pleasant surprise here. These are actually quite tastefully done. Possibly the best cut is "Muleskinner Blues". I've always felt that there should've been additional instrumentation when Rodgers took an instrumental, but here the problem is solved. Rodgers goes solo with full band backup.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gerald L. Russell on March 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I believe the previous reviewer, who gave this set a one-star rating, must have been listening to the last c.d. in this set. In 1955, at Hank Snow's behest, and as a result of MGM's overdubbing of Hank Williams' demos, RCA overdubbed eight of Rodgers' tunes with a country band. Actually, they're good, and I wish several dozen had been overdubbed. Otherwise, all of Rodgers' historical recordings have been faithfully preserved.
This is a great set, but, unless you're a Jimmie Rodgers fanatic (as I am am with Hank Williams), you probably will not need all of the alternate takes that have been included here. Rodgers recorded 111 original songs during his career, but, with the alternate takes and the eight overdubs, Bear has stretched the number to about 150.
The blue yodels are dated and grate on your nerves after awhile, but there's plenty more great stuff to listen to: "Gamblin' Polka Dot Blues," "My Blue-Eyed Jane," "In the Hills of Tennessee," "Roll Along, Kentucky Moon," etc.
Unfortunately for Bear Records, the 5-c.d. set, "Jimmie Rodgers 1927-1933," is now available for about $25 and has all but one of Rodgers' original songs (they apparently forgot "My Time Ain't Long"). If you could get a used Bear set for $69-79 (dream on!), jump at it. Otherwise, go for the $25 set. But do something, for you need Rodgers in your collection. This guy had the impact on country music that Frank Sinatra had on popular music. Both were giants!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who thinks they know country music should listen to these recordings-the entire known complete output of Jimmie Rodgers. These works, along with the entire output of Hank Williams, Sr., define what true country music is! You get to hear the style that influenced so many such as Hank & Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, etc. Think Garth Brooks and all of his little radio sound alike country wanna-be's are true country? Take a listen to this one time and you'll know what true country music really is. These are the roots Mr. Brooks only wished he had! You'll find no pop and rock influences here (well, maybe some older pop). No, you'll find the man who is well named "The Father of Country Music" and nothing else. You'll find no overly slick production; just raw, country music at it's best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on December 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 6-disc set from the Bear Family is a must for any lover of classic country. Jimmie Rodgers, long known as "the father of country music" was the first and the best of the early country crooners.

The tracks with the Carter Family are amazing - reportedly, Rodgers was too weak to play the guitar and Maybelle Carter played for him, imitating his guitar style perfectly. The overdub tracks are superfluous as far as I'm concerned, but a nice inclusion, nonetheless.

The track with Louis Armstrong and his wife Lillian is amazing for the historical meeting of two legends in two genres - the status of Jimmie Rodgers in the world of country is about equal to that of Louis Armstrong in jazz. For some reason I could never quite figure, many jazz aficionados pretend to be above listening to country, and many country music fans look down on jazz. I say good music is good music; good and bad musicians can be found in all musical genres, and I am always delighted when I find records that cross "taboo" boundaries, musically speaking.

I received this set for Christmas in 1996, and have been playing it to death ever since. The price has come down a bit, and I believe the set is now a real bargain, considering the huge slice of country history this boxed album has to offer.

Anyone who fell in love with the soundtrack to "O Brother Where Art Thou" should acquire this taste of real old-timey joy. One of the highlights of that film was Jimmie Rodgers song, "In the Jailhouse Now" and this set contains not one but two different versions of it, both written by the inimitable Jimmie Rodgers.

The oversized book has dozens of photos, complete track and musician listings, and a very well written brief bio of Mr. Rodgers.

And the music!
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