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Disc two brings us the only two things an honest man ever needs: work and God.  Soul abounds in these tracks start to finish from back in the day when being Irish was to be oppressed.  Now it just means you’re expected to celebrate St. Paddy’s day like a baffoon and carry on a hearty tradition of freckle fetish. With the other tracks I feel like I’m listening to premixed tracks from Moby’s album Play.  Just that sort of southern, sweltering, heart-squeezing music. Like grit under your nails and baptismal water in your hair: righteous.

Don’t forget to check out Disc 1 Disc 3 and Disc 4

Side C: Work Song

1. Leadbelly – Pick a Bale of Cotton

2. Seafarers Chorus – Haul on the Bowline

3. Pete Seeger – Paddy Works on the Railway

4. Harry Jackson – I Ride an Old Paint

5. Cisco Houston – Zebra Dun

6. Horace Sprott – Field Holler

7. Koerner, Ray & Glover – Linin’ Track

8. Willie Turner – Now Your Man Done Gone

9. Josh White – Timber

10. Negro Prisoners – Negro Prisoners – Grizzly Bear

Side D: Many Worshippers, One God

1. Marilyn Child & Glenn Yarbrough – Mary Had A Baby

2. Josh White – Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin’ Bed

3. Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was The Night

4. Judy Collins – Twelve Gates To The City

5. Theodore Bikel – A Zemer

6. Glenn Yarbrough – Wayfaring Stranger

7. Ed McCurdy – Simple Gifts

8. Leadbelly – Meeting at the Building

9. Bob Gibson – You Can Tell The World

10. Christian Tabernacle Church – Down By The Riverside

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This is the first disc in a four-party box set that’s everything folk music.  I’m certain I have the booklet for this somewhere so I’ll hold off on getting long-winded and let the disc side and track titles do the talking.  I hope you enjoy this little slice of Americana.

Don’t forget to check out Disc 2 Disc 3 and Disc 4

Side A: Songs of the Old World and Migration to the New

1. Cynthia Gooding – Greensleeves

2. Ian Campbell Folk Group – Down In The Coal Mine

3. Ewan Maccoll – Geordie

4. Irish Ramblers – Whiskey In The Jar

5. Susan Reed – Irish Famine Song

6. Ed McCurdy – Gypsie Laddie

7. Jean Redpath – Tae The Weavers

8. African Traveling Song

9. Navajo Night Chant

10. Gene Bluestein – Skada At America

Side B: Settling, Exploring and Growing in the New World

1. New Lost City Ramblers – When First Unto This Country

2. Susan Reed – Springfield Mountain

3. Ed McCurdy – Good Old Colony Times

4. Oscar Brand – Jefferson and Liberty

5. Pete Seeger – Darling Corey

6. Jack Elliott – Jesse James

7. Leadbelly – Rock Island Line

8. Woody Guthrie – Oregon Trail

9. Erik Darling – Swannanoa Tunnel

10. Ed McCurdy – Kentucky Moonshiner

11. Alabama School Children – Green, Green, Rocky Road

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From the little known jazz saxophonist Lucky Thompson and his quartet comes Lucky Strikes. I picked this up early on in my vinyl collecting days simply because I needed some jazz in my collection and I’m really glad I did. Lucky is a great tenor and soprano jazz saxophonist–some would go as far to say that he’s the greatest soprano saxophonist to ever grace a jazz club. I don’t have much experience to go on in this field but I would have to go out on a limb and say that he’s pretty damn good.

Don’t think Kenny G’s screaming baby sax with this album because it’s far from it. He really knows how to tame the raw upper-range power of the brass mongoose to make it purr just right. This album mixes of the chipper attitude found in Vince Guaraldi’s work for the Peanuts soundtracks, most notably the Christmas album, with the solemn “Farewell Blues” from the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. Quite a swirl.

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This is one of the of the weirdest, corniest, and most annoying records you’ll ever hear.  I guarantee you’ll love every minute of it.  Here’s a breakdown of the tracks, now with spell check!

1) Lonnie Donegan – Does Your Chewing Gum Lost Its Flavour  (On The Bedpost Overnight)

I can only imagine that this was one of the few tracks that was benign enough to appeal to both kids and senior citizens during the dawn of the tumultuous 60s.  The weirdest part of this track is the wild applause from the crowd at the song’s close.  Seriously, this song gets your rocks off that hard?

So sticky.

2) Brian Hyland – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

A sugary track from back when hittin the beach in a two-piece was grounds for a lynching in many parts of the Gulf Coast.  I like to play this song while I’m watching footage of the nuclear tests performed in Bikini Atoll.  Beautiful.

She was afraid to come out of the locker.

3) The Ran-Dells – Martian Hop

Insanely catchy with outer space party lyrics?  Count me in.  Too bad the glory only lasts 2 minutes and 16 seconds.  That makes moonman cry.

4) The Hollywood Argyles – Alley-Oop

Apparently there was some comic strip back in the day called Alley-Oop that was famous and this song capitalized on it.  He rode around on a dinosaur and was basically the poor man’s Fred Flinstone minus the ever-sexy Wilma.

Stamp worthy.

5) Ray Stevens – Gitarzan

On paper this song should be totally unlistenable:  a jungle themed song sung by a Disney version of Lou Reed.  But the full band accompaniment complete with horn section just blasts its way into the Coca Cola Chill Zone.  I’m sorry I ever doubted you.


6) The Trashmen – Surfin’ Bird

This is the only song I want played at my funeral.

7) Allan Sherman – Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!

This summer camp-themed song just makes me itch. My stepdad told me that his siblings and he would listen to Sherman’s record over and over back in the 60s. For some reason, unknown to the modern psychologists, it really cracked their shit up. I guess the lyrics reminded them of their own summer camp experiences. When recounting such totally lame memories they had no choice but to laugh or to cry.

So mega lame.

8. Bobby (Boris) Pickett – Monster Mash

The undisputed king of Halloween songs has two unbelievable fun facts attached to it:  It hit number one on the charts in 1962 and was banned by the BBC the same year for being too offensive.  Huh?

Maybe DRAGULA was the culprit.

9) Larry Verne – Mr. Custer

This track pays tribute to General Custer’s ill-fated final battle at Little Big Horn. For some reason I just imagine the band members recording this in between swigs from XXX moonshine jugs and spilling all over cornflake-encrusted mustaches.

Even this dog couldn’t save him.

10) Napoleon XIV – They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Try listening to this song on repeat for an hour.  Now imagine doing that for a week straight.  I did it.  Don’t ask why, but I did.  And I’m much worse for it.

11) Dr. West’s Medicine Show & Junk Band – The Eggplant That Ate Chicago

In the past sleepy ragtime saloon music and Madlibs just seemed like a good idea.  It’s taken 50 years but science has finally proven that assumption wrong.

His favorite song.

12) Rusty Warren – Bounce Your Boobies

Yes, a song sung by a woman about wobbling your titties to and fro in an itchy polyester sweater until the friction causes a flash fire which destroys all life within a 3 mile radius.  Man the 60s were a great time to be alive.

13) Tiny Tim –  Tip-Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me

Radio stations were trying really hard in the 60s to captivate audiences and a creepy ass dude playing a ukulele was just the trick. I wish I had his teeth in a jar.


14) Tom Lehrer – So Long, Mom (A Song For World War III)

My only gripe about this song is that it wasn’t feature in Dr. Strangelove.  It’s the only thing I can think of when I hear this.

“So long mom, I’m off to drop the bomb.”

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