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Various Artists / People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938
Album:People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938 Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:07/2011
Label:Tompkins Square 

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Add Date:2012-01-16 Pull Date:2012-03-19 
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Album Review
Don Farrell
Reviewed 2012-01-17 
People Take Warning [Disc 1] - Man Vs. Machine [COLL] GENERAL
VARIOUS ARTISTS Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938
American Roots music, Long gone sounds & voices when ballads told the recent news. some songs have pops & clicks.
1: 3:14 slow to mid, male voc, twin guitars about the Titanic
2: 2:54 slow to mid, male voc, train wreck
3: 3:22 mid to slightly faster, jug band with harmonica, retooling of John Henry
4: 3:32 slow, written day after crash of USS Akron, slow to mid, fiddle
5: 3:06 mid to slightly faster, accident trying to hop a freight train
6: 3:31 a cantor sings about the Jewish loss of life on the Titanic, slow
7: 3:00 slow, fiddle "come all ye" style vocal railroad collision
8: 3:18 slow to mid, about Will Rogers & Willey Post plane crash in Alaska
9: 2:53 two brothers sing about the Titanic 25 years later. slow to mid
10: 3:17 slide guitar, male voc. about train derailment, slow
****11: 3:08 mid tempo, great guitar & male vocal, Kassie Jones Part 1
****12: 3:04 mid tempo, great guitar & male vocal, Kassie Jones Part 2
13: 3:16 mid to slightly faster, guitar & harmonica sung by Kentucky Carver family
14: 3:49 slow to mid, Victorian sentimentality about the Titantic, slow to mid
15: 3:26 fiddle & guitar, almost a PSA "look both ways at railroad crossings", slow
16: 2:37 "Wreck Of The Old 97" put to a truck driving song, slow to mid
17: 2:26 mid tempo song about railroad brakeman
18: 2:38 slow, guitar, derailed train song
19: 2:49 slow, about Greyhound bus & open drawbridge
***20: 3:30 mid to faster, Titanic narrative
21: 2:49 mid to slightly faster, Casey Jones, fiddle & guitar
22: 2:59 mid to faster, fiddle & guitar, about plane cash that killed Knute Rockne
23: 3:14 mid tempo, Titanic song guitar autoharp & harmonica
*****24: 2:57 mid tempo, tambourine & guitar, gospel/spiritual, wailing vocal



People Take Warning [Disc 2] - Man Vs. Nature [COLL] GENERAL
1: 3:08 mid tempo, guitar, about flooding of the Mississippi
****2: 3:04 12 string guitar, narrative & blues verses, slow
3: 3:00 crossed tune fiddle, story about boll weevil, slow
4: 3:06 great lap steel guitar, about boll weevil, mid to faster
5: 3:27 slow, fiddle & guitar story about prison fire
***6: 3:04 fast rocking gospel/spiritual, wailing vocal about Memphis flu
7: 3:22 mid tempo, fiddle & guitar, mine explosion
8: 3:02 mid tempo, fiddle & guitar jagged waltz time, about Miami storm
***9: 3:13 mid to faster, male vocal guitar, Memphis Minnie guitar 1927
10: 3:18 slow, guitar & vocals, recorded while rescue efforts were underway during 1929 Alabama flood
11: 3:03 mid to faster, guitar & male vocals, about school fire
***12: 3:07 foot stomping & guitar, raspy vocal on 1927 Mississippi flood part 1
***13: 3:06 foot stomping & guitar, raspy vocal on 1927 Mississippi flood part 2
14: 3:03 slow to mid, guitar, cyclone destroys a schoolhouse
15: 2:53 slow to mid, banjo & guitar, mine disaster
16: 3:20 slow, guitars & wailing vocal about drought
17: 3:12 mid to faster, guitar & vocal, Baltimore fire
18: 3:15 mid to faster, guitar, about Tennessee tornado
***19: 3:14 lots of noise, GREAT vocal by Son house, guitar, slow
***20: 2:57 slow, fiddle & guitar, about 1928 Santa Barbara Earthquake
21: 3:29 slow to mid, guitar, death of Floyd Collins
22: 2:34 slow, fiddle & guitar, Puerto Rico hurricane
***23: 3:00 mid to faster, guitar, harmonica, about boll weevil
***24: 3:14 gospel/spiritual, guitar, flood of 1927


People Take Warning [Disc 3] Man Vs. Man (And Women, Too)
1: 3:24 fast banjo picking & vocal
2: 3:07 slow banjo & vocal
3: 2:24 slow to mid
4: 3:09 slow, fiddle & guitar
5: 3:27 slow guitar
6: 2:54 clawhammer banjo playing, vocal, mid to faster
7: 3:00 mid to faster, guitar and great vocal
****8: 3:03 mid to faster "Frankie & Johnny", guitar & fiddle
9: 3:00 mid tempo,guitar & harmonica, Lindbergh kidnapping trial Part 1
10: 3:05 mid tempo,guitar & harmonica, Lindbergh kidnapping trial Part 2
***11: 2:51 Cajun fiddlers, a ballad
****12: 3:53 two finger banjo picking & vocal
****13: 2:37 mid tempo "Stack O' Lee"
****14: 3:11 mid tempo fiddle & guitar "Tom Dooley"
15: 3:37 waltz time strumming & vocal
16: 3:11 fast banjo & vocal
17: 3:00 slow about Lindbergh kidnapping
18: 3:08 mid tempo fiddle, banjo, guitar & vocals
19: 3:06 slow, fiddle, great harmonica & vocal
20: 3:11 waltz time strumming & vocal
****21: 3:30 nice finger picking guitar, vocal
****22: 3:13 guitar & fiddle with vocals

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Hi Henry Brown, Charlie Jordan Titanic Blues
2.Skillet Lickers, The Wreck Of The Old 97 [Riley Puckett]
3.Birmingham Jug Band Bill Wilson
4.Bob Miller The Crash Of The Akron
5.Ernest Stoneman The Fate Of Talmadge Osborne
6.Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt El Mole Rachmim (Fur Titanik)
7.Blind Alfred Reed The Wreck Of The Virginian
8.Bill Cox Fate Of Will Rogers & Wiley Post
9.Dixon Brothers Down With The Old Canoe
10.Cliff Carlisle Wreck Of Number 52
11.Furry Lewis Kassie Jones Part 1
12.Furry Lewis Kassie Jones Part 2
13.Carver Boys The Brave Engineer
14.Richard Rabbitt Brown The Sinking Of The Titanic
15.Blind Alfred Reed Fate Of Chris Lively And Wife
16.Paul Miles & The Red Fox Chasers Wreck On The Mountain Road
17.Kentucky Ramblers The Unfortunate Brakeman
18.Riley Puckett Altoona Freight Wreck
19.J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers The Fatal Wreck Of The Bus
20.Frank Hutchison Last Scene Of The Titanic
21.Skillet Lickers, The Casey Jones
22.Fred Pendleton & The West Virginia Melody Boys The Wreck Of The Westbound Airliner
23.Ernest Stoneman The Titanic
24.William & Versey Smith When That Great Ship Went Down
25.Ernest Stoneman The Story Of The Mighty Mississippi
26.Robert Hicks Mississippi Heavy Water Blues
27.Fiddlin' John Carson Dixie Boll Weevil
28.Charley Patton Mississippi Boll Weevil
29.Bob Miller Ohio Prison Fire
30.Elder Curry Memphis Flu
31.Blind Alfred Reed Explosion In The Fairmount Mine
32.Fiddlin' John Carson Storm That Struck Miami
33.Kansas Joe&Memphis Minnie When The Levee Breaks
34.Andrew Jenkins Alabama Flood
35.J. H. Howell's Carolina Hillbillies Burning Of The Cleveland School
36.Charley Patton High Water Everywhere Part 1
37.Charley Patton High Water Everywhere Part 2
38.Martin & Roberts Ryecove Cyclone
39.Cap, Andy & Flip Mcbeth Mine Explosion
40.Charley Patton Dry Well Blues
41.Charlie Poole Baltimore Fire
42.Uncle Dave Macon Tennessee Tornado
43.Son House Dry Spell Blues, Part 2
44.Green Bailey The Santa Barbara Earthquake
45.Vernon Dalhart The Death Of Floyd Collins
46.Carson Robison Trio The Porto Rico Storm
47.W.A. Lindsey & Alvin Condor Boll Weavil
48.Elders Mcintorsh & Edwards The Flood Of 1927
49.Hayes Shepherd Peddler And His Wife
50.Earl Johnson The Little Grave In Georgia
51.Ernest Stoneman Kenney Wagner's Surrender
52.Kelly Harrell Henry Clay Beattie
53.Carolina Buddies The Murder Of The Lawson Family
54.Clarence Ashley Naomi Wise
55.Will Bennett Railroad Bill
56.Dykes Magic City Trio Frankie
57.Bill Cox Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 1
58.Bill Cox Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 2
59.Dennis Mcgee & Ernest Fruge Lanse Des Belaires
60.B.F. Shelton Darling Cora
61.Furry Lewis Billy Lyons And Stack O' Lee
62.Grayson & Whitter Tom Dooley
63.Floyd County Ramblers The Story Of Freda Bolt
64.John Hammond Pretty Polly
65.Bob Miller Fingerprints Upon The Windowpane
66.Roy Harvey & The North Carolina Ramblers The Bluefield Murder
67.Ashley & Foster Frankie Silvers
68.Wilmer Watts Fate Of Rhoda Sweeten
69.Willie Walker Dupree Blues
70.Dykes Magic City Trio Poor Ellen Smith