Label: Bear Family Records - BCD 16099 • Format: 6x, CD Compilation • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Skiffle
It belongs to a moment in time and, now that the moment has long passed, it deserves to be chronicled in a set as monumental as this, a set that celebrates its supernova explosion in the '50s. And Washboards does focus directly on the four years between and when it was a bona fide British craze, dismissing the prehistory with a mere three songs Memphis Jug Band 's single "It Won't Act Right"; Alabama Washboard Stompers Communication - Laura Michelle Kelly - The Storm Inside "Pigmeat Stomp," also fromand Leadbelly 's "There's a Man Going Round Taking Names"and never bothering with the reverberations of skiffle outside Sail On - Various - Washboards.Kazoos.Banjos - The History Of Skiffle handful of German acts from the early '60s.
The biggest knock that could be leveled against the set is that it never explores how skiffle inspired a generation of British teenagers to pick up their guitars and play, but those teenagers -- who count among their ranks the Beatlesthe WhoVan Morrisonand Jimmy Page -- never made recordings of themselves knocking out versions Jo Pimeneepi Ilta - Marit Ja Mikot - Niin Paljon Kuuluu Rakkauteen. "Rock Island Line," so their absence is certainly understandable.
Furthermore, by concentrating specifically on the four years where skiffle swept through Britain, Washboards…Kazoos…Banjos winds up replicating some of the sensations, capturing the surprisingly jazzy sensibilities of Ken Colyerthen the overwhelming exuberance of Lonnie Doneganthe king of skiffle who deservedly gets a full disc devoted to him here.
Donegan is the Elvis of skiffle yet the surprise of Washboards is that he's a bit exhausting to listen to at length; all that excitement wears a listener down.
That can't be said of the groups collected on the third disc, dubbed "The Professionals," a collection that includes the Chris Barber Skiffle Group and the Vipers Skiffle Group. These subtle Urruti Miña - Ochote Itxaso De Pamplona - Cantos Vascos Sail On - Various - Washboards.Kazoos.Banjos - The History Of Skiffle aesthetics is the most appealing aspect of Washboards…Kazoos…Banjosbut make no mistake, these can be minute shifts in tone.
All the acts here share roughly the same instrumentation, the same influences and often the same repertoire "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O," "Midnight Special," "Down by the Riverside," "Cumberland Gap," "It Takes a Worried Man," "Maggie May," and, of course, "Rock Island Line," pop up oftenso there can be a certain sameness to the set, a familiarity that will keep the curious at bay.
Then again, anybody willing to spend nearly eight hours listening to skiffle comes prepared for the inherent repetitiveness of the music and, if they do listen to the entire box, they'll find that skiffle was far more robust within the confines of its proud limitations than they may have first suspected.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Main Album Washboards Banjos: The History of Skiffle Label Bear Where Is The Truth - Do Or Die - Heart Full Of Pain Records. Track Listing - Disc 1.
It Won't Act Right. Will Shade. Memphis Jug Band. Pigmeat Stomp. Clarence Williams. Alabama Washboard Stompers. Huddie Ledbetter. Lead Belly. Midnight Special. Ken Colyer. Casey Jones. Sleepy John Estes. Take This Hammer. Down By the Riverside. Go Down Old Hannah. Streamline Train. Old Riley. Down Bound Train. Stack-O-Lee Blues. Muleskinner Blues. The Grey Goose.
Sporting Life. Brownie McGhee. House Rent Stomp. I Can't Sleep. Montana Taylor. This Train. Midnight Hour Blues. Leroy Carr. Go Down Sunshine. Ella Speed. Ham'n Eggs. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen. Hard Time Blues. Nobody's Child. You Don't Know My Mind. Track Listing - Disc 2. Rock Island Line. Lonnie Donegan.
John Henry. Wabash Cannonball. When the Sun Goes Down. New Buryin' Ground. Willie Williams. Worried Man Blues. The Ballad of Jesse James. Railroad Bill. Dead or Alive. Woody Guthrie. Wreck of the Old Cumberland Gap. Gamblin' Man. Puttin' On the Style. Norman Cazden. My Dixie Darling. Jack O'Diamonds. The Grand Coulee Dam. Lonesome Traveller. Lee Hays. Light From the Lighthouse. Blind Willie Johnson. The Goldrush is Over. Cindy Walker. Jimmy Brown, the Newsboy.
Diggin' My Potatoes. Sail On - Various - Washboards.Kazoos.Banjos - The History Of Skiffle Sam. On a Monday. Brother Moses Smote the Water. Track Listing - Disc 3. Gypsy Davy. Chris Barber Skiffle Group.
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