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Various Artists: Freight Trains, Last Trains and Rock Island Lines [Digipak]

Track List

>Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle Group
>Johnny-O - Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group - (featuring Nancy Whiskey)
>It Takes a Worried Man - The Vipers Skiffle Group
>Rock Me - Beryl Bryden's Backroom Skiffle
>Doin' My Time - Chris Barber Skiffle Group - (featuring Johnny Duncan)
>Pick a Bale of Cotton - Delta Skiffle Group
>Midnight Special - Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group
>Precious Memories - Dickie Bishop - (featuring Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle Group)
>Railroad Bill - 2.19 Skiffle Group
>This Little Light of Mine - The Worried Men
>You Won't Be Around - Lorrae Desmond & Her Rebels
>Crawdad Hole - Bob Wallis' Washboard Beaters
>Lost John - Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
>Up There - Johnny Parker's Washboard Band
>Steamboat Bill - Station Skiffle Group
>Whiskey - Don Lang Skiffle Group
>Toll the Bell Easy - Brian Newey Skiffle Group
>Raise a Ruckus Tonight - Eden Street Skiffle Group
>Kid Man - Alexis Korner Skiffle Group - (featuring Cyril Davis)
>Green Corn - Avon Cities Skiffle Group - (featuring Ray Bush)
>California Zephyr - Jimmy Jackson's Rock 'N' Skiffle
>Can't You Line 'Em? - Chris Barber Skiffle Group - (featuring Dickie Bishop)
>New Orleans - Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group
>Boodle-Am-Shake - City Ramblers Skiffle Group
>Mama Don't Allow - Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group
>Roadhouse Stomp - Alexis Korner Skiffle Group - (featuring Cyril Davis)
>Six-Five Special - The Bob Cort Skiffle Group
>Wabash Cannonball - Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
>Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group
>Last Train to San Fernando - Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys
>Freight Train - Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group - (featuring Nancy Whiskey)
>Diggin' My Potatoes - Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle Group
>Blue Blue Heartache - Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys
>(I'm Gonna) Sing Sing Sing - Johnny Christmas & the Sunspots
>Preacher, Preacher - Lorrae Desmond & Her Rebels
>Casey Jones - Beryl Bryden's Backroom Skiffle
>Sportin' Life - Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group
>Steamline Train - The Vipers Skiffle Group
>Oh Mary Don't You Weep - Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group
>No Other Baby - Dickie Bishop & His Sidekicks
>K.C. Moan - Delta Skiffle Group
>Good Mornin' Blues - Westcott Skiffle Group
>Badman Stackolee - Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group
>Canine Stomp - Johnny Parker's Washboard Band
>Skip to My Lou - Alexis Korner Skiffle Group - (featuring Cyril Davis)
>2.19 Blues - City Ramblers Skiffle Group
>It's Tight Like That - Bob Wallis' Washboard Beaters
>Down by the Riverside - Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group
>Union Maid - 2.19 Skiffle Group
>Mr. & Mrs. Mississippi - Johnny Christmas & the Sunspots
>Fraulein - The Worried Men
>I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with Jesus - Lea Valley Skiffle Group
>Hugged My Honey - Station Skiffle Group
>By and By - Don Lang Skiffle Group
>This Train - Beryl Bryden's Backroom Skiffle
>Sizzlin' Hot - Jimmy Miller & His Barbecues
>Footprints in the Snow - Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys
>Stormin' the Barn - Original Barnstormers Spasm Band
>Puttin' on the Style - Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
>Cumberland Gap - The Vipers Skiffle Group

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Groper Odson.

The term "skiffle" first popped up in America in the 1920s, but it wasn't directly a musical term referring to the various folk, blues, and street jazz jug and string bands then popular across the country. It was instead a slang term for a house rent party, as in "we're having a skiffle this Friday night." The term vanished from use in the 1940s and most likely would have stayed gone except for its revival in 1950s Britain as a word to describe the music played by various jug and string band-like groups influenced by American blues, folk, and New Orleans street jazz. Largely through the hitmaking ability of Lonnie Donegan, whose chart-topping version of Leadbelly's "Rock Island Line" in 1955 established skiffle as both a style and a commercial viability, the style swept through the U.K., setting the stage for the first true British blues and rock & roll bands, whose arrival doomed skiffle to the back porch of pop history. This set traces the British skiffle craze across two discs, and features classic tracks from Donegan, Don Lang, the Vipers, and Alexis Korner, among others. ~ Steve Leggett


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