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People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938

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A stunning, landmark 3CD Boxed Set featuring 70 beautifully remastered recordings by some of the cornerstones of American vernacular recording + a 48 page book with eye-popping historic images never before reproduced. These songs of death, destruction and disaster, recorded by black and white performers from the dawn of American roots recording, are rare audio messages in a bottle. Produced and annotated by the Grammy winning team of Christopher King and Hank Sapoznik, booklet and packaged designed by Grammy award winning Susan Archie, with an introduction by Tom Waits

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Titanic Blues Hi Henry Brown & Charlie Jordan
  2. Wreck Of the Old 97 Skillet Lickers
  3. Bill Wilson Birmingham Jug Band
  4. The Crash Of the Akron Bob Miller
  5. The Fate of Talmadge Osborne Ernest Stoneman
  6. El Mole Rachmim (Für Titanik) Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt
  7. The Wreck Of the Virginian Alfred Reed
  8. Fate of Will Rogers & Wiley Post Bill Cox
  9. Down With The Old Canoe Dixon Brothers
  10. Wreck Of Number 52 Cliff Carlisle
  11. Kassie Jones Part 1 Furry Lewis
  12. Kassie Jones Part 2 Furry Lewis
  13. The Brave Engineer Carver Boys
  14. The Sinking Of The Titanic Richard "Rabbit" Brown
  15. Fate Of Chris Lively And Wife Blind Alfred Reed
  16. Wreck On The Mountain Road Red Fox Chasers
  17. The Unfortunate Brakeman Kentucky Ramblers
  18. Altoona Freight Wreck Riley Puckett
  19. The Fatal Wreck Of The Bus Mainer's Mountaineers
  20. Last Scene Of the Titanic Frank Hutchison
  21. Casey Jones Skillet Lickers
  22. The Wreck Of The Westbound Airliner Fred Pendleton
  23. The Titanic Ernest Stoneman
  24. When That Great Ship Went Down William & Versey Smith

Disc: 2

  1. The Story of the Mighty Mississippi Ernest Stoneman
  2. Mississippi Heavy Water Blues Robert Hicks
  3. Dixie Boll Weevil Fiddlin' John Carson
  4. Mississippi Boweavil Charlie Patton
  5. Ohio Prison Fire Bob Miller
  6. Memphis Flu Elder Curry
  7. Explosion in the Fairmount Mine Blind Alfred Reed
  8. Storm That Struck Miami Fiddlin' John Carson
  9. When the Levee Breaks Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie
  10. Alabama Flood Andrew Jenkins
  11. Burning of the Cleveland School J. H. Howell's Carolina Hillbillies
  12. High Water Everywhere, Part 1 Charlie Patton
  13. High Water Everywhere, Part 2 Charlie Patton
  14. Ryecove Cyclone Martin & Roberts
  15. McBeth Mine Explosion Cap, Andy & Flip
  16. Dry Well Blues Charlie Patton
  17. Baltimore Fire Charlie Poole
  18. Tennessee Tornado Uncle Dave Macon
  19. Dry Spell Blues, Part 2 Son House
  20. The Santa Barbara Earthquake Green Bailey
  21. The Death of Floyd Collins Vernon Dalhart
  22. The Porto Rico Storm Carson Robison Trio
  23. Boll Weavil W. A. Lindsey & Alvin Condor
  24. The Flood of 1927 Elders McIntorsh & Edwards

Disc: 3

  1. Peddler And His Wife Hayes Shepherd
  2. The Little Grave in Georgia Earl Johnson
  3. Kenney Wagner's Surrender Ernest Stoneman
  4. Henry Clay Beattie Kelly Harrell
  5. The Murder Of the Lawson Family Carolina Buddies
  6. Naomi Wise Clarence Ashley
  7. Railroad Bill Will Bennett
  8. Frankie Dykes Magic City Trio
  9. Trial of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 1 Bill Cox
  10. Trial of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 2 Bill Cox
  11. Lanse Des Belaires Dennis McGee & Ernest Fruge
  12. Darling Cora B.F. Shelton
  13. Billy Lyons and Stack O' Lee Furry Lewis
  14. Tom Dooley Grayson and Whitter
  15. The Story of Freda Bolt Floyd County Ramblers
  16. Pretty Polly John Hammond
  17. Fingerprints Upon the Windowpane Bob Miller
  18. The Bluefield Murder Roy Harvey & The North Carolina Ramblers
  19. Frankie Silvers Ashley & Foster
  20. Fate of Rhoda Sweeten Wilmer Watts
  21. Dupree Blues Willie Walker
  22. Poor Ellen Smith Dykes Magic City Trio


Product details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • 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: Tompkins Square
  • ASIN: B000ULQV20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,289 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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