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The Early Years, 1958-1962


Download links and information about The Early Years, 1958-1962 by The New Lost City Ramblers. This album was released in 1991 and it belongs to World Music, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 26 tracks with total duration of 01:11:59 minutes.

Artist: The New Lost City Ramblers
Release date: 1991
Genre: World Music, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 26
Duration: 01:11:59
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No. Title Length
1. Colored Aristocracy 2:07
2. Hopalong Peter 2:07
3. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 2:29
4. When First Into This Country 2:48
5. Sales Tax On the Women 3:16
6. Rabbit Chase 2:33
7. Leaving Home (Frankie and Johnny) 3:08
8. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? 3:36
9. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again 2:21
10. I Truly Understand You Love Another Man 2:32
11. The Old Fish Song 4:55
12. The Battleship of Maine 3:08
13. No Depression in Heaven 2:59
14. Dallas Rag 2:05
15. Bill Morgan and His Gal (My Name is Morgan But It Ain't J.P. ) 2:58
16. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (Pretty Little Miss) 2:32
17. The Lady of Carlisle 3:34
18. Brown's Ferry Blues 2:49
19. My Long Journey Home 2:39
20. Talking Hard Luck 2:42
21. The Teetotals 1:02
22. Sal Got a Meatskin 3:27
23. Railroad Blues 2:43
24. On Some Foggy Mountain Top 2:28
25. My Sweet Farm Girl 2:25
26. Crow Black Chicken 2:36



Moses Asch had a unique method of recording artists back in the '40s and '50s. Someone like Woody Guthrie, for instance, would just drop by Folkways when he had an idea and record. Asch might pay him five dollars for the session, and in this way he accumulated a vault full of material. Perhaps this explains the incredible fact that the New Lost City Ramblers recorded 12 albums between 1958-1962. The Early Years (1958-1962) collects 26 songs, over 70 minutes of music, from these dozen discs, creating an excellent document of the band's years with Tom Paley. Paley, John Cohen, and Mike Seeger formed the New Lost City Ramblers in 1958 with the idea of playing old-time music recorded between the late '20s and 1940. While it has often been stated that the trio intended to copy — phrase for phrase, lick for lick — the old 78s, Jon Pankake points out in the liner notes that this wasn't the case. Instead, the New Lost City Ramblers wanted to insert the same vim and vigor into "The Battleship of Maine" and "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss" as the original players. What stands out now, some 40 years after these recordings, is the band's versatility. Whether cutting loose on an instrumental like "Colored Aristocracy" or singing tight harmony on "Brown's Ferry Blues," the three comrades form a tight unit. While the arrangements never outgrow the number of persons in the band, each player's ability to play multiple instruments lends diversity to the material. The Early Years (1958-1962) offers a very good introduction to an innovative and influential band. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi