CLIFF CARLISLE 'A Country Legacy 1930-1939'

CLIFF CARLISLE 'A Country Legacy 1930-1939'

  • $27.50


Unless you go back to the days of LPs, very little of this Kentucky born singer has been available, despite the fact that he and his brother Bill were very prolific recording artists in the 1930s. That has now been corrected by Britain’s JSP label which presents not only this 84-track, 4-CD collection, but another similar set as well (JSP-7768 “Cliff Carlisle Volume 2, also $ 27.50). Cliff—who actually appeared on some of Jimmie Rodgersrecordings—had a simple but appealing style. Influenced by Hawaiian guitarists in the 1920s, he was one of the first country entertainers to feature an unamplified steel guitar (he influenced Brother Oswald and Josh Graves among others). Like Rodgers, he had a warm southern voice and a good yodel, and he recorded a wide variety of material from risqué double entendre songs to spirited, charming gospel pieces that included his young son Tommy singing as well. (It is quite interesting to note that fellow Kentuckians Bill and Charlie Monroe between them recorded at least 8 of the songs that Cliff waxed, including FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW, VALLEY OF PEACE, GOODBYE OLD PAL, WHEN THE CACTUS IS IN BLOOM, END OF MEMORY LANE and GIRL IN THE BLUE VELVET BAND). This 4-CD set presents a good cross section of the material Carlisle cut for a variety of labels including Gennett, A.R.C., Bluebird and Decca. It’s kind of curious to find songs like ASH CAN BLUES, SAL’S GOT A MEAT SKIN, MOUSE’S EAR BLUES, and THAT NASTY SWING on the same disc as THE BLIND CHILD’S PRAYER and WHEN THE ANGELS CARRY ME HOME, but no matter: there are some neat up tempo numbers featuring Bill Carlisle’s distinctive guitar work (SALLY LET YOUR BANGS HANG DOWN, RAISE A RUCKUS, BROKEN HEART, UNCLOUDY DAY etc), a bunch of hobo songs and Cliff’s fine take on TROUBLE IN MIND and the rousing SHINE ON ME. Quite an interesting set, and we’d recommend this one over Volume 2 for those who would just like one good sampling of this entertainer.

Track Listing:

  • DISC: 1
  • A WILD CAT WOMAN AND A TOM CAT MAN
  • MEMPHIS YODEL
  • DESERT BLUES
  • HIGH STEPPIN' MAMA
  • RAMBLIN' YODELER
  • DEAR OLD DADDY
  • SEVEN YEARS WITH THE WRONG WOMAN
  • GAMBLIN' DAN
  • HANDSOME BLUES
  • WHEN THE EVENING SUN GOES DOWN
  • THAT GREAT JUDGEMENT DAY
  • GOODBYE OLD PAL
  • I WANT A GOOD WOMAN
  • MY LOVIN' KATHLEEN
  • YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE
  • NEVADA JOHNNY
  • . THERE IS NO MORE THAT I CAN SAY
  • PREPARE ME O LORD
  • ROLL ON, ROLL ON
  • WHEN IT'S ROUND UP TIME IN HEAVEN
  • HOME OF THE SOUL
  • DISC: 2
  • ASH CAN BLUES
  • MOUSE'S EAR BLUES
  • THAT NASTY SWING
  • SAL'S GOT A MEATSKIN
  • RING TAIL TOM
  • ONION EATING MAMA
  • IT TAKES AN OLD HEN TO DELIVER THE GOODS
  • SHANGHAI ROOSTER YODEL
  • CHICKEN ROOST BLUES
  • WIGGLIN' MAMA
  • SUGAR CANE MAMA
  • TOM CAT BLUES
  • NO DADDY BLUES
  • MY ROCKIN' MAMA
  • ROOSTER BLUES
  • GUITAR BLUES
  • IT AIN'T NO FAULT OF MINE
  • SHINE YOUR LIGHT FOR OTHERS
  • TWO EYES IN TENNESSEE
  • THE BLIND CHILD'S PRAYER
  • WHEN THE ANGELS CARRY ME HOME
  • DISC: 3
  • COLUMBUS STOCKADE BLUES
  • SHANGHAI ROOSTER NO. 2
  • THE BRAKEMAN'S REPLY
  • WAITING FOR A RIDE
  • HOBO'S FATE
  • COWBOY JOHNNY'S LAST RIDE
  • GET HER BY THE TAIL ON A DOWNHILL GRADE
  • MY TRAVELLIN' NIGHT
  • TRUE AND TREMBLING BRAKEMAN
  • HOBO BLUES
  • PAN AMERICAN MAN
  • PAY DAY FIGHT
  • FAR BEYOND THE STARRY SKY
  • I'M SAVING SATURDAY NIGHT FOR YOU
  • DANG MY ROWDY SOUL
  • MY ROCKY MOUNTAIN SWEETHEART
  • GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN' BAD
  • GEORGIA MOON
  • I DON'T MIND
  • I'M SORRY NOW
  • LONELY ORPHAN CHILD
  • DISC: 4
  • TROUBLE MINDED BLUES
  • A MEAN MAMA DON'T WORRY ME
  • WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE?
  • WHEN IT'S ROUND UP TIME IN TEXAS
  • SHINE ON ME
  • A STRETCH OF 28 YEARS
  • FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW
  • GONNA RAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT
  • GOING DOWN THE VALLEY ONE BY ONE
  • MEMORIES THAT HAUNT ME
  • BLACK JACK DAVID
  • GOING BACK TO ALABAMA
  • LONESOME FOR CAROLINE
  • UNCLOUDY DAY
  • BROKEN HEART
  • SHOT THE INNOCENT MAN
  • GIRL IN THE BLUE VELVET BAND
  • SALLY LET YOUR BANGS HANG DOWN
  • WHERE MY MEMORY LIES LISTEN LISTEN
  • NEW MEMORIES OF YOU THAT HAUNT ME
  • ON THE BANKS OF THE RIO GRANDE