May 11, 2004
Country, Traditional Country, Old-Timey, Gospel, Country Gospel, Appalachian, North American Traditions

Album Review

Classic Cuts 1933-1941 contains 87 tracks, spread out over four CDs, tracing the earliest recordings of the Delmore Brothers. These pre-King sides highlight the initial stages of the brothers' unique vocal harmonies and early forays into blues, ballads, Appalachian folk songs, and spirituals that would later jell into country boogie by the mid-'40s. These tracks are rich in early Americana fare, as indicated by the titles: "Bury Me Out on the Prairie," "Blow Yo' Whistle Freight Train," "Careless Love (Bring My Baby Back)," and "Old Mountain Dew." Also emphasized is the Delmore Brothers' love of gospel material, highlighted by "Are You Marching With the Saviour," "When We Held Our Hymn Books Together," and "God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds." JSP did an admirable job remastering the tracks, providing recording dates, and separating the discs into specific areas: Chicago 1933 and New Orleans 1935; Charlotte, NC, 1936-1937; Charlotte, NC, 1937-1938 and Rocky Hill, SC, 1938-1939; and Atlanta, GA, 1940 and New York 1940-1941.
Al Campbell, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I Ain't Got Nowhere to Travel
  2. Smokey Mountain Bill and His Song
  3. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
  4. Lonesome Yodel Blues
  5. Brown's Ferry Blues
  6. I'm Mississippi Bound
  7. I've Got the Big River Blues
  8. The Girls Don't Worry My Mind
  9. Bury Me out on the Prairie
  10. The Frozen Girl
  11. Lonesome Jailhouse Blues
  12. Blue Railroad Train
  13. When It's Summertime in a Southern Clime
  14. Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train
  15. Down South
  16. Brown's Ferry Blues, Pt. 2
  17. I Got the Kansas City Blues
  18. Alabama Lullaby
  19. The Fugitive's Lament
  20. I'm Going Away
  21. I Long to See My Mother
  22. Lorena, The Slave
  23. The Nashville Blues
  24. The Lover's Warning
  25. I'm Worried Now
  26. Take Away This Lonesome Day
  27. Promise Me You'll Always Be Faithful
  28. Don't You See That Train
  29. It's Takin' Me Down
  30. That Yodelin' Gal -- Miss Julie
  31. I'm Gonna Change My Way
  32. Happy Hickey -- The Hobo
  33. Lonesome Yodel Blues [Blue Yodel No. 2]
  34. Put Me on the Train to Carolina
  35. My Smokey Mountain Gal
  36. Take Me Back to the Range
  37. No Drunkard Can Enter There
  38. Southern Moon
  39. False Hearted Girl
  40. The Budded Rose
  41. The Blind Child
  42. Are You Marching With the Savior
  43. No One
  44. Lead Me
  45. I Need the Prayers of Those I Love
  46. I've Got the Railroad Blues
  47. The Weary Lonesome Blues
  48. Heavenly Light Is Shining on Me
  49. Wonderful There
  50. Singing My Troubles Away
  51. They Say It Is Sinful to Flirt
  52. Till the Roses Bloom Again
  53. When We Held Our Hymn Books Together
  54. Hi De Ho Baby Mine
  55. Goodbye Booze
  56. Careless Love (Bring My Baby Back)
  57. In That Vine Covered Chapel in the Valley
  58. The Cannon Ball
  59. 15 Miles from Birmingham
  60. Where Is My Sailor Boy
  61. Just the Same Sweet Thing to Me
  62. A Better Range Is Home
  63. Don't Let My Ramblin' Bother Your Mind
  64. Wabash Blues
  65. Go Easy Mabel
  66. Over the Hills
  67. The Dying Truckdriver
  68. Scatterbrain Mama
  69. Happy on the Mississippi Shore
  70. Rainin' on the Mountain
  71. See That Coon in a Hickory Tree
  72. The Storms Are on the Ocean
  73. Back to Birmingham
  74. The Eastern Gate
  75. God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds
  76. There's Trouble on My Mind Today
  77. Silver Dollar
  78. Old Mountain Dew
  79. In the Blue Hills of Virginia
  80. Make Room in the Lifeboat for Me
  81. When It's Time for the Whip-Poor-Will to Sing
  82. Will You Be Lonesome Too?
  83. Broken Hearted Lover
  84. I Now Have a Bugle to Play
  85. Baby Girl
  86. Gospel Cannonball
  87. Honey I'm Ramblin' Away