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Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 with 72-page booklet
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Wanna hear the real snake oil salesmen? Before motion pictures, before radio, the traveling Medicine Shows brought entertainment to middle America in the form of pitch doctors hawking elixirs, backed by a host of singers, comedians, dancers, banjo pickers, blues shouters and fiddlers. While the Medicine Show died out by the mid-20th century, a number of these wandering minstrels made it onto record, and this profusely illustrated and annotated set brings you 48 of their long-forgotten sides. Includes The Spasm Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah; Gonna Tip Out Tonight Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley; Tanner's Boarding House Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett; Adam and Eve in the Garden Bogus Ben Covington; The Gypsy Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers; Atlanta Strut Blind Sammie; Go Along Mule Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers, and more from J.E. Mainer & His Mountaineers, Shorty Godwin, Banjo Joe, Beans Hambone & El Morrow, Fiddlin' John Carson and other scalawags!
A Sonic Tonic: One of the fall's more curious and enlightening CD sets comes from acclaimed reissue label Old Hat. -- Todd Martens - Billboard/Reuters Oct 15, 2005
Annual Critics' Poll of the year's best records. -- Top 20 Reissues of 2005 - No Depression Jan/Feb 2006
As academia continues to pry open American show business' minstrel past, Ails is a fascinating illustration of its musical appeal. -- Michaelangelo Matos - City Pages/Seattle Weekly Nov 30, 2005
Fans of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music may well find that this one is even wilder. -- Steve Leggett - All Music Guide Nov 2005
Good For What Ails You is just amazing - expansive, odd, moving, confusing, glorious. -- Greil Marcus - author The Old, Weird America Oct 2005
Listening, one can almost smell the Kickapoo Indian Salve. Pitches may have been purest snake oil, but music still delights. -- Chris Morris - Hollywood Reporter/Reuters Dec 29, 2005
Rare tracks from the heyday of the snake oil vendors. Weird folk and blackface balladry for Harry Smith Anthology addict. -- Top 10 Reissue of the Year - MOJO Jan 2006
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.67 x 4.96 x 0.75 inches; 6.91 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Old Hat Records / Enterprises
- Item model number : OLHT1005
- Original Release Date : 2005
- Date First Available : January 29, 2007
- Label : Old Hat Records / Enterprises
- ASIN : B000B5KRNO
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,098 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I lent the cd's to my father, and they brought back fond memories of his childhood in western OK when the medicine shows would come to town and set up on the square. Everyone would attend the "show" and listen to the music, sales pitches, and go home with something! He truly enjoyed the cd's, also.
Even if medicine shows are new to you, the music is worth the time to listen. Lot's of fun, interesting lyrics, and you might even hear something that has come back again!?
Sure, there's a time for appreciating the hardships of the early 20th century, but how much fun is it to hear the light side that must have helped keep people sane and hopeful. Hooray for Old Hat!