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Various Artists / Classic Railroad Songs
Album:Classic Railroad Songs Collection:Country
Artist:Various Artists Added:02/2006
Label:Smithsonian/Folkways 

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Add Date:2006-02-12 Pull Date:2006-04-16 Charts:Country/Bluegrass
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Album Review
Decca
Reviewed 2006-02-10 
Amazing collection of American folk music about trains, mostly recorded in the 1950s. Work songs, ballads, blues, etc. Performers read like a who’s who: Lead Belly, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotton, Cisco Houston, and more. Lots of fantastic fiddles, banjos, guitars, and, of course, voices. Great notes. Not a bad track in the bunch. A fascinating look at American musical history.

1. :24 seconds of a train going by.
*2. Cool toe-tapping bluegrass w/catchy vocal harmonies.
*3. Furry Lewis, his guitar and lazy voice. Downtempo goodness.
4. Banjo & sweet male vox. Low key, head-nodding.
5. Midtempo story song. Guitar/vox, about turning to crime.
*6. A capella gospel-tinged work song. Too short!
7. Frail but sweet female vox/guitar. Midtempo.
8. Rich male vox/guitar. Down/midtempo
9. Story about a Mormon polygamous RR man. Sung to “Oh Susanna”
*10. Great upbeat bluegrass instrumental jam. A bit of “oh yeahs.”
11. Low key capella fem. vox, - thin but compellingly real. Good.
*12. Midtempo bluegrass about the return of a dead soldier.
*13. Upbeat mountain tune w/great guitar/vox.
14. Lead Belly on a classic. Spoken word intro, get drivin’.
*15. Great harp (as the train), guitars. Upbeat instrumental. Yow!
16. Guitar/vocals duet on toe-tapping classic.
17. Sweet fem. voice/guitar. Lazy, midtempo ballad.
18. Freight Train Blues. Vox/guitar. Solid blues.
19. Midtempo guitar/vox/autoharp. About a train wreck.
*20. Lazy male vox/guitar. Almost a Celtic sound.
21. Sweet fem vox, light & low-key w/quiet guitar.
*22. A dog barks, men work. Slow, serious work song.
23. Great toe-tapping harmonica instrumental. Too short.
24. Twangy family bluegrass jam. Bouncy. Live recording.
*25. Mid/uptempo classic w/Lead Belly on guitar/vox. Cool.
*26. One of the great all-time train songs. Midtempo bounce.
27. Harmonica instrumental. Upbeat train sounds. Cool!
28. Solid old-time stringband. Great sound & so well played.
29. :24 seconds of a train

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Emory Cook Excerpt From "Rail Dynamics"
2.New Lost City Ramblers, The Train 45
3.Furry Lewis Kassie Jones
4.Pete Seeger Jay Gould's Daughter
5.Walt Robertson Railroad Bill
6.Lead Belly Linin' Track
7.Elizabeth Cotten Freight Train
8.Cisco Houston Drill, Ye Tarriers Drill
9.L. M. Hilton Zack, The Mormon Engineer
10.Virginia Mountain Boys, The Lost Train Blues
11.Annie Watson The F.F.V.
12.New Lost City Ramblers, The He's Coming To Us Dead
13.Doc Watson The Train That Carried My Girl From
14.Lead Belly Rock Island
15.Sonny Terry, Woody Guthrie & Cisco Lonesome Train
16.Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston John Henry
17.Rosalie Sorrels The Wreck Of The Number 9
18.Brownie Mcghee Freight Train Blues
19.Mike Seeger The New Market Wreck
20.Haywire Mac Jerry, Go Oil That Car
21.Rosalie Sorrels Way Out In Idaho
22.Henry Grady Terrell Old John Henry Died On The Mountain
23.John D, Mounce Casey Jones
24.Pop Stoneman Wreck Of The Old 97
25.Lead Belly Midnihgt Special
26.Doc Watson Wabash Cannonball
27.Vernon Sutphin Lost Train Blues
28.Iron Mountain String Band New River Train
29.Vinton Wight Excerpt From "3 Little Engines & 33 Lil'