Various Artists: Ramblers, Gamblers, Vagabonds and Revelers [Box]

Audio Samples

>Darktown Gamblin', Pt. 1
>Ramblin' Blues
>Snitchin' Gambler Blues - Memphis Jug Band
>From Four 'Til Late
>Jambalaya Boogie
>Prowlin' Gambler Blues
>Rambler Blues
>Rambler's Stomp
>Skin Game Blues - Peg Leg Howell
>Slue Foot
>Roaming Rambler Blues
>Birmingham Gambler - Curley Weaver
>He Rambled
>Brown Jug Blues
>Deep Elem Blues
>Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standing on the Corner)
>Old Hat, The
>Bad Luck Blues
>Gamblin' Dan - Cliff Carlisle
>Mother Earth - The Vagabonds/Memphis Slim
>Rambler's Blues, The
>Good Gamblin'
>Ramblin' Kid Blues
>Numbers on the Brain
>Rambling Blues
>Lost Highway
>My Baby
>Ramblin' Blues - Woody Guthrie
>Ramblin' on My Mind
>Georgia Wobble Blues
>Peddler and His Wife, The
>Every Day and Night
>Rumblin' and Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues
>Roaming Gambler
>Wild Man Blues
>Mississippi Breakdown
>Bright Crystal Sea, The
>Numbers, The - John Lee Hooker
>Fort Worth Stomp - The Crystal Springs Ramblers
>Love Is Just a Gamble
>Wandering Blues
>Dying Gambler's Blues
>Shady Grove My Darling
>Ramblin' Mind Blues
>Good-Bye Booze
>Ramblin' Boy
>I Was a Gambler in Texas
>Jolie Fille
>Little Queen of Spades - Robert Johnson
>Hard for to Love - Hayes Shepherd
>Rude and Rambling Man
>Born to Gamble
>Wondering - Riverside Ramblers
>Playin' Dominoes and Shootin' Dice - Red Foley
>New Highway No. 51 - Tommy McClennan
>Crap Shooters Hop - Joe Werner & The Ramblers
>Traveling Man
>Gamblin' Jim - Darby & Tarlton
>Traveling Rambler Blues
>Ramblin' Man
>Rayne Breakdown
>Jack o' Diamond Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
>Dry Town Blues
>I Guess I'm a Fool - The Vagabonds/Memphis Slim
>Gambling Jack
>Steel Guitar Hop - Cecil Campbell
>Boogie Rambler
>Reckless Blues
>Wake Up Jacob
>Gambling Bar Room Blues
>Ramblin' Mind, A
>Gamblin' Man Blues
>Black Ace
>Next Door Neighbor
>Leather Breeches
>Tip on the Numbers, A
>Gamblin' Charley - Charley Lincoln
>Whiskey and Jelly-Roll Blues
>Gambling Man
>Ramblin' Man
>Those Gambler's Blues
>Low-Down Rounder Blues
>Ginseng Blues - Kentucky Ramblers
>Barn Dance Rag
>Leake County Blues
>Travelin' Riverside Blues
>Rovin' Gambler
>Really Got the Blues - Memphis Slim
>Grandma Plays the Numbers
>Franklin County Blues - The Dixie Ramblers
>Bottle It Up and Go - Tommy McClennan
>Policy Wheel Blues
>Hesitation Blues - Reaves White County Ramblers
>Ramblin' Round - Woody Guthrie
>Dying Crapshooter's Blues
>Home Town Blues
>Gambling Blues - Buell Kazee
>Honky Tonkin'
>Bass Blues
>Gamblin' Jinx Blues

Track List

>Darktown Gamblin', Pt. 1
>Ramblin' Blues
>Snitchin' Gambler Blues - Memphis Jug Band
>From Four 'Til Late
>Jambalaya Boogie
>Prowlin' Gambler Blues
>Rambler Blues
>Rambler's Stomp
>Skin Game Blues - Peg Leg Howell
>Slue Foot
>Roaming Rambler Blues
>Birmingham Gambler - Curley Weaver
>He Rambled
>Brown Jug Blues
>Deep Elem Blues
>Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standing on the Corner)
>Old Hat, The
>Bad Luck Blues
>Gamblin' Dan - Cliff Carlisle
>Mother Earth - The Vagabonds/Memphis Slim
>Rambler's Blues, The
>Good Gamblin'
>Ramblin' Kid Blues
>Numbers on the Brain
>Rambling Blues
>Lost Highway
>My Baby
>Ramblin' Blues - Woody Guthrie
>Ramblin' on My Mind
>Georgia Wobble Blues
>Peddler and His Wife, The
>Every Day and Night
>Rumblin' and Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues
>Roaming Gambler
>Wild Man Blues
>Mississippi Breakdown
>Bright Crystal Sea, The
>Numbers, The - John Lee Hooker
>Fort Worth Stomp - The Crystal Springs Ramblers
>Love Is Just a Gamble
>Wandering Blues
>Dying Gambler's Blues
>Shady Grove My Darling
>Ramblin' Mind Blues
>Good-Bye Booze
>Ramblin' Boy
>I Was a Gambler in Texas
>Jolie Fille
>Little Queen of Spades - Robert Johnson
>Hard for to Love - Hayes Shepherd
>Rude and Rambling Man
>Born to Gamble
>Wondering - Riverside Ramblers
>Playin' Dominoes and Shootin' Dice - Red Foley
>New Highway No. 51 - Tommy McClennan
>Crap Shooters Hop - Joe Werner & The Ramblers
>Traveling Man
>Gamblin' Jim - Darby & Tarlton
>Traveling Rambler Blues
>Ramblin' Man
>Rayne Breakdown
>Jack o' Diamond Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
>Dry Town Blues
>I Guess I'm a Fool - The Vagabonds/Memphis Slim
>Gambling Jack
>Steel Guitar Hop - Cecil Campbell
>Boogie Rambler
>Reckless Blues
>Wake Up Jacob
>Gambling Bar Room Blues
>Ramblin' Mind, A
>Gamblin' Man Blues
>Black Ace
>Next Door Neighbor
>Leather Breeches
>Tip on the Numbers, A
>Gamblin' Charley - Charley Lincoln
>Whiskey and Jelly-Roll Blues
>Gambling Man
>Ramblin' Man
>Those Gambler's Blues
>Low-Down Rounder Blues
>Ginseng Blues - Kentucky Ramblers
>Barn Dance Rag
>Leake County Blues
>Travelin' Riverside Blues
>Rovin' Gambler
>Really Got the Blues - Memphis Slim
>Grandma Plays the Numbers
>Franklin County Blues - The Dixie Ramblers
>Bottle It Up and Go - Tommy McClennan
>Policy Wheel Blues
>Hesitation Blues - Reaves White County Ramblers
>Ramblin' Round - Woody Guthrie
>Dying Crapshooter's Blues
>Home Town Blues
>Gambling Blues - Buell Kazee
>Honky Tonkin'
>Bass Blues
>Gamblin' Jinx Blues

Album Notes

Recording information: Atlanta, GA (??/1949/05/1950); Aurora, IL (??/1949/05/1950); Birmingham, AL (??/1949/05/1950); Camden, NJ (??/1949/05/1950); Chicago, IL (??/1949/05/1950); Clarksdale, MS (??/1949/05/1950); Dallas, TX (??/1949/05/1950); Detroit, MI (??/1949/05/1950); Grafton, WI (??/1949/05/1950); Hollywood, CA (??/1949/05/1950); Houston, TX (??/1949/05/1950); Jackson, MS (??/1949/05/1950); Johnson City, TN (??/1949/05/1950); Knoxville, TN (??/1949/05/1950); Lake Charles, LA (??/1949/05/1950); Linden, NJ (??/1949/05/1950); Los Angeles, CA (??/1949/05/1950); Memphis, TN (??/1949/05/1950); Nashville, TN (??/1949/05/1950); New Orleans, LA (??/1949/05/1950); New York, NY (??/1949/05/1950); Portland, OR (??/1949/05/1950); Richmond, IN (??/1949/05/1950); San Antonio, TX (??/1949/05/1950); West Virginia (??/1949/05/1950); Atlanta, GA (02/1928); Aurora, IL (02/1928); Birmingham, AL (02/1928); Camden, NJ (02/1928); Chicago, IL (02/1928); Clarksdale, MS (02/1928); Dallas, TX (02/1928); Detroit, MI (02/1928); Grafton, WI (02/1928); Hollywood, CA (02/1928); Houston, TX (02/1928); Jackson, MS (02/1928); Johnson City, TN (02/1928); Knoxville, TN (02/1928); Lake Charles, LA (02/1928); Linden, NJ (02/1928); Los Angeles, CA (02/1928); Memphis, TN (02/1928); Nashville, TN (02/1928); New Orleans, LA (02/1928); New York, NY (02/1928); Portland, OR (02/1928); Richmond, IN (02/1928); San Antonio, TX (02/1928); West Virginia (02/1928); Atlanta, GA (03/1930); Aurora, IL (03/1930); Birmingham, AL (03/1930); Camden, NJ (03/1930); Chicago, IL (03/1930); Clarksdale, MS (03/1930); Dallas, TX (03/1930); Detroit, MI (03/1930); Grafton, WI (03/1930); Hollywood, CA (03/1930); Houston, TX (03/1930); Jackson, MS (03/1930); Johnson City, TN (03/1930); Knoxville, TN (03/1930); Lake Charles, LA (03/1930); Linden, NJ (03/1930); Los Angeles, CA (03/1930); Memphis, TN (03/1930); Nashville, TN (03/1930); New Orleans, LA (03/1930); New York, NY (03/1930); Portland, OR (03/1930); Richmond, IN (03/1930); San Antonio, TX (03/1930); West Virginia (03/1930); Atlanta, GA (03/1937); Aurora, IL (03/1937); Birmingham, AL (03/1937); Camden, NJ (03/1937); Chicago, IL (03/1937); Clarksdale, MS (03/1937); Dallas, TX (03/1937); Detroit, MI (03/1937); Grafton, WI (03/1937); Hollywood, CA (03/1937); Houston, TX (03/1937); Jackson, MS (03/1937); Johnson City, TN (03/1937); Knoxville, TN (03/1937); Lake Charles, LA (03/1937); Linden, NJ (03/1937); Los Angeles, CA (03/1937); Memphis, TN (03/1937); Nashville, TN (03/1937); New Orleans, LA (03/1937); New York, NY (03/1937); Portland, OR (03/1937); Richmond, IN (03/1937); San Antonio, TX (03/1937).

Nothing comes out of nowhere, and although rock & roll seems to literally burst from the ground full of rattling, rolling, and roaring in the late '50s, it was a blender of blues, hillbilly country, jazz solos, string band reels on steroids, jump blues, and anything else that seemed to fit and generate some power and steam. It was a music made for car radios when car radios hit the market, and in love with power, sound, and motion, rock & roll motored on over the hill, flashing sparks and trails that are still driving much of the pop music of the first decade of the 21st century. How do you bottle those roots? It's close to impossible, really, but this four-disc, 100-track Proper Records box set attempts to do just that, and by choosing songs from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s that fed rock & roll's thematic side, songs of rambling, gambling, and motion, this set actually does catch the attitude of rock & roll well before the genre ever burst on the scene. One can listen to it that way, as a wonderful jukebox placed at the wellsprings of rock & roll, but with classic tracks from Charlie Poole, Peg Leg Howell, Muddy Waters, Blind Lemon Jefferson, the Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Blind Willie McTell, Bessie Smith, and dozens of others, one can just as easily listen to it as an expansive playlist of early American roots music, and not spend much time worrying about where it all led to. There's really nothing new under the sun. People still ramble, gamble, and either seek or hope for redemption (or both), and they still sing about it, rap about it, and listen to it in their cars motoring over the hills. Maybe it started here. It doesn't really matter. This is a great playlist wherever things ended up going. ~ Steve Leggett



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