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& The Skillet Lickers [Box set]

Gid Tanner , Riley Puckett , Clayton McMichen Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • 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: Jsp Records
  • ASIN: B0072OJPM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Soldiers Joy 2.Rock That Cradle Lucy 3.Bonaparte s Retreat 4.Cripple Creek 5.Hell s Broke Loose In Georgia 6.There ll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight 7.Rocky Pallet 8.A Corn Licker Still In Georgia - Pt 1 9.A Corn Licker Still In Georgia - Pt 2 10.Pass Around The Bottle And We ll All Take A Drink 11.Hand Me Down My Walking Cane 12.Alabama Jubilee 13.Bully Of The Town 14.Where Did You Get That Hat 15.Goodbye Booze 16.Mississippi Sawyer 17.Georgia Waggoner 18.Rufus 19.Cumberland Gap On A Buckin Mule 20.Hawkins Rag 21.Skillet Licker Breakdown 22.Devilish Mary 23.Old Dan Tucker 24.Nancy Rollin 25.Soldier Will You Marry Me - Gid Tanner
Disc: 2
1. Sal s Gone To The Cider Mill 2.New Arkansas Traveller 3.Leather Breeches 4.Sugar In The Gourd 5.Georgia Wagner 6.Watermelon On The Vine 7.Don t You Hear Jerusalem Moan 8.A Fiddler s Convention In Georgia - Pt 1 9.A Fiddler s Convention In Georgia - Pt 2 10.Settin In The Chimney Jamb 11.Prettiest Little Girl In The County 12.Black Eyed Susie 13.Cotton-Eyed Joe 14.Tanner s Boarding House 15.On Tanner s Farm 16.Down Yonder 17.Back Up And Push 18.Git Along 19.Whoa, Mule, Whoa 20.Shortening Bread 21.Dance All Night With A Bottle In Your Hand 22.She ll Be Coming Round The Mountain 23.I Don t Love Nobody 24.I Got Mine 25.Old Joe Clark
Disc: 3
1. The Darktown Strutter s Ball 2.Drink Er Down 3.Dixie 4.The Girl I Left Behind Me 5.The Old Gray Mare 6.John Henry (The Steel Drivin Man) 7.Johnson s Old Gray Mule 8.Possum Hunt On Stump House Mountain Pt 1 9.Possum Hunt On Stump House Mountain Pt 2 10.Bile Them Cabbage Down 11.It s A Long Way To Tipperary 12.Old McDonald Had A Farm 13.Big Ball In Town 14.I m Satisfied 15.Three Nights Drunk 16. Buckin Mule 17.Sleeping Lulu 18.McMichen s Breakdown 19.Molly Put The Kettle On 20.Whistlin Rufus 21.Miss Mccleod s Reel 22.Four Cent Cotton 23.Cacklin Hen And Rooster Too 24.Rickett s Hornpipe 25.Ride Old Buck To Water
Disc: 4
1. Show Me The Way To Go Home 2.Cotton Baggin 3.The Rovin Gambler 4.It Ain t Gonna Rain No More 5.Going On Down Town 6.Mississippi Sawyer 7.Flatwoods 8.Never Seen The Likes Since Gettin Upstairs 9.A Night In A Blind Tiger Pt 1 10.A Night In A Blind Tiger Pt 2 11.Ya gotta Quit Kickin My dog Around 12.Turkey In The Straw 13.Polly Wolly Doo 14.Uncle Bud 15.Liberty 16.Sal Let me Chaw Your Rosin 17.Slow Buck18.Cumberland Gap 19.Hen Cackle 20.Tra-Le-La-La 21.Hinkey-DInkey-Dee 22.Keep Your Gal At Home 23.Cotton Patch 24.Flop-Eared Mule 25.Soldier s Joy

Editorial Reviews

Gid Tanner and The Skillet Lickers was probably old time country music s best known string band of the 1920s - they almost certainly had the biggest sales in the '20s and'30s. Their first visit to the recording studios was in April 1926.

Two regular members of the band were Gid Tanner himself and guitarist/vocalist Riley Puckett who had already made records together. The success of those discs encouraged Columbia to form the Skillet Lickers as a studio band.

A real innovation was the inclusion of three fiddle players in the line-up - prior to this twin fiddles had been the maximum. The three fiddle format would become a regular feature on Skillet Lickers records - adding to their distinctive sound.

Their first issued sides by the group were released in June 1926 and sold over 207,000 copies. At this time, sales of 30,000 were considered a success. The Skillet Lickers (and Old Timey music in general) were on the map.

The band would evolve to feature rustic comedy sketches which developed into series and exploited the imagined characteristics of country folk. Several of those sides are included here.

Here's Old Timey music in its leaping, laughing, lively youth featuring some of its most expert exponents. If you want to know more about country music's origins it's essential.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this June 12, 2012
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These recordings are the crown jewel and Rosetta Stone of American old time music. Still fresh, bursting with energy, talent, skill,enthusiasm, and its trademark ragged but right and utterly irresistible rhythm, Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers is arguably as good as it ever got. This collection brings together their essential recordings and it is a must-own for all enthusisasts of the genre. If you are not yet an enthusiast of the genre, this set will convert you. It brings the fiddle genius of Gideon Tanner and Clayton McMichen together with the way ahead of his time guitar back up com lead guitar style of the brilliant singer and guitarist Riley Puckett in an unparalleled three fiddle country orchestra sound. I had never before heard so many of this group's recordings together in one place before, so after awhile I began more and more to notice Tanner's falsetto "singing," which he "contributes" to many otherwise wonderful Puckett vocals. Unfortunately, his vocal "contribution" is neither musical nor humorous today (if it ever was), and so it mars many of the otherwise superb recordings. Unfortunate, and yet it still doesn't get any better than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars grand daddy of bluegrass July 4, 2012
I'm not a huge fan of old timey music. Often the listening is difficult because of the poor recording equipment and standards of the time. This sounds quite listenable to me. Somebody must have done a fine job cleaning it up. I love the rythmic, driving sound of the band. Maybe Bill Monroe was not the father of bluegrass. He certainly must have gotten a lot of his ideas here. Really good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Skillet Licker fans March 25, 2013
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I have a few of the old County LPs that are no longer in print and wanted to upgrade. This is a great collection with a lot of material that I had never heard before. The enclosed booklets have some good background information on the band and the individual members. For the uninitiated, a few of the songs reflect the racial attitudes of the time and place, but a fine collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection! January 4, 2014
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This is a great compilation for anyone who is interested in this music genre. Well packaged with some good information and background and great fun to listen to these old timey classics.
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