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DIXON BROTHERS 'A Blessing to People'

Price: $110.00 (excluding tax)
SKU: BCD-16817-4CD/Book
Weight: 6.00 LBS


Product Description

We have about used up all the superlatives we could find in describing the various magnificent boxed sets that Germany’s BEAR FAMILY label has issued over the years, but this wonderful new 4-CD set calls for the highest praise.  Bear Family’s earliest sets reflected its owner’s love of Rockabilly and mainstream country music (Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, etc.), then they produced complete recordings of all the major Bluegrass groups  (the early box sets of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin have consistently been among our best sellers).  The label has only dabbled in Old-time music, with wonderful sets of Darby & Tarlton, the Bristol Sessions, and of course Jimmie Rodgers,  so this superb boxed set is quite a surprise.  Before we point out some of the highlights  here, let us say that this is not for everyone: it is raw, almost primitive “home made” music that must be an acquired taste to the modern listener.  But Dorsey & Howard Dixon—textile mill workers from South Carolina—evidently struck a popular chord with thousands of fellow mill hands who kept coming back for more,  as their extensive repertoire found its way onto several dozen Bluebird and Montgomery Ward records in the late 1930s.  In all, the four CDs include about 90 of the duo’s songs—in fact everything that they recorded commercially apart from a handful of lost masters. ( The 4th disc here is devoted to later recordings that Dorsey Dixon made in the 1960s for Pete Welding’s Testament label, including 21 previously unissued titles—certainly an interesting bonanza for today’s fans.)  The brothers’ songs—many of them penned by Dorsey, and including Howard’s slide guitar accompaniment—include quite a variety of material, ranging from INTOXICATED RAT and SALES TAX ON THE WOMEN to lovely, soulful gospel duets of Dorsey and Beatrice Dixon like SATISFIED AT LAST.  But a good number of the songs have to do with mill workers and their hard lives: best known of these are WEAVE ROOM BLUES, SPINNING ROOM BLUES, WEAVER’S LIFE and  HOW CAN A BROKE MAN BE HAPPY.  And of course there is I DIDN’T HEAR ANYBODY PRAY (later a big hit for Roy Acuff as “WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY”), and the Dixons’ unique take on the sinking of the Titanic, DOWN WITH THE OLD CANOE.  There are plenty of other song highlights like LITTLE BESSIE, TWO LITTLE BOYS, WHITE FLOWER FOR YOU, TWO LITTLE ROSEBUDS etc.  And the overall sound quality is some of the best we’ve heard involving transfers of old 78s.  We could devote an entire page to the absolutely wonderful hard cover book  (164 pages) that graces this collection—we’ll just say it’s a treasure house of rare photos, discography and all sorts of fascinating ephemera.   Just a great, great set!


Other Details

TRACK LISTING:
    DISC 1:
  • WEAVE ROOM BLUES
  • TWO LITTLE ROSEBUDS
  • SALES TAX ON THE WOMEN
  • INTOXICATED RAT
  • NOT TURNING BACK
  • WHITE FLOWER FOR YOU
  • SPINNING ROOM BLUES
  • MY GIRL IN SUNNY TENNESSEE
  • A WONDERFUL DAY
  • ARE YOU SURE?
  • THAT OLD VACANT CHAIR
  • I'M JUST HERE TO GET MY BABY OUT OF JAIL PA
  • NEVER TO BE SWEETHEARTS AGAIN
  • OCEAN OF LIFE
  • RAMBLING GAMBLER
  • DARK EYES
  • EASTER DAY
  • THAT OLD TRUE LOVE
  • BEAUTIFUL STARS
  • I WILL MEET MY PRECIOUS MOTHER
  • WEAVER'S LIFE
  • DARLING DO YOU MISS ME
  • LITTLE BESSIE
  • HOW CAN A BROKE MAN BE HAPPY
DISC 2::
  • HOW CAN A BROKE MAN BE HAPPY
  • THE SCHOOL HOUSE FIRE
  • SHE TICKLES ME
  • FISHERMAN'S LUCK
  • AT TWILIGHT OLD PAL OF YESTERDAY
  • CALL ME PAL OF MINE
  • I WON'T ACCEPT ANYTHING FOR MY SOUL
  • WHAT CAN I GIVE IN EXCHANGE
  • THE GIRL I LEFT IN DANVILLE
  • TWO LITTLE BOYS
  • THE LONELY PRISONER
  • THE OLD HOME BREW
  • ALWAYS WAITING FOR YOU
  • WHEN JESUS APPEARS
  • SATISFIED AT LAST
  • SHINING CITY OVER THE RIVER
  • HONEY IT'S JUST BECAUSE
  • BACK TO MY WYOMING HOME
  • I CANT TELL WHY I LOVE YOU
  • UNDER THE OLD CHERRY TREE
  • BLESSED PROMISE IN STORE
  • ANYWHERE IS HOME
  • BENEATH AN OLD MAPLE
  • FIELDS ON FIRE
  • THE BLOOD OF JESUS SAVED ME
  • WHERE SHALL I BE
  • PROMISE IN THE BOOK OF LIFE
  • BROKEN HEARTED GIRL
  • WOMAN'S ANSWER TO 'WHAT IS HOME WITHOUT LOVE'
DISC 3::
  • HOBO JACK THE RAMBLER
  • THERE'S A PLACE IN MY HOME FOR MOTHER
  • BOOTLEGGER'S STORY
  • PRISONER'S PLEA
  • FAITHLESS HUSBAND
  • DOWN WITH THE OLD CANOE
  • I DIDN'T HEAR ANYBODY PRAY
  • GLORIOUS LIGHT IS DAWNING
  • HAVE COURAGE TO ONLY SAY NO
  • A MOTHER, A FATHER, A BABY
  • A CHURCH AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL
  • BY HIMSELF
  • TEMPTED AND TRIED
  • TIME FOR ME TO GO
  • BEYOND BLACK SMOKE
  • WHEN GABRIEL BLOWS HIS TRUMPET FOR ME
  • SPEAK EVIL OF NO MAN
  • JIMMIE AND SALLIE
  • THE STORY OF GEORGE COLLINS
  • THE LIGHT OF HOMER ROGERS
  • AFTER THE BALL
  • 'TWAS ONLY A DREAM
  • ANSWER TO BROKEN ENGAGEMENT
  • BY THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET, LOUISE
  • HONEY BABY MINE
  • MY TRUNDLE BED
  • NEW TROUBLE
DISC 4::
  • BABIES IN THE MILL
  • THE FACTORY GIRL
  • HARD TIMES IN HERE
  • WEAVE ROOM BLUES
  • TWISTER ROOM BLUES
  • WHEN WEAVING TIME IS OVER
  • THE WRECK OF THE OLD 97
  • THE CLEVELND SCHOOL HOUSE FIRE
  • WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY
  • NAOMI WISE
  • OUR JOHNNY
  • MOMMY, WILL MY DOGGIE UNDERSTAND?
  • BILL DODSON'S LAST RUN
  • THE GREAT CONVOY
  • JESSE JAMES
  • GIVE ME MY FLOWERS WHILE I'M LIVING
  • BE AT HOME SOON TONIGHT, MY DEAR BOY
  • TOMORROW
  • THE WORRIED BUM (I SAW THE WOOD)
  • SHE TICKLES ME
  • IF I KNOCK THE 'L' OUT OF TIMOTHY KELLY
  • THE BURGLAR MAN
  • THE CHRISTMAS CAKE
  • THE HUNGRY HASH HOUSE
  • I'M NOT TURNING BACKWARD
  • SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME
  • ACROSS THE SHINING RIVER
  • MY NAME IN THE BOOK
  • WHEN THAT BEAUTIFUL CITY COMES DOWN
  • WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
  • I SHALL NOT BE MOVED
  • THE CHURCH AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL

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