American Pop: An Audio History

American Pop: An Audio History

Overview

Allen Lowe's nine-CD, 215-track compilation American Pop provides examples of music and musicians discussed in his book, American Pop from Minstrel to Mojo: On Record, 1893-1956. Billed as "an audio history of American popular song presented through rare records," it is obviously a massive effort, and Lowe has adopted certain criteria for his choices. He is particularly interested in relations between races, and in his liner notes (excerpted from the book) frequently makes reference to the color of the musician. Also, "rare" is a key word: though Lowe includes performances by many of the most popular musicians of the 53-year period he examines, he is actually more interested in tracing the side avenues of non-classical music, especially jazz, but also country and blues, giving relatively short shrift to the more popular music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood. Lowe manages to include at least one song by each of the major names in country music during the period, from Eck Robertson to the Maddox Brothers and Rose. In jazz, his black/white emphasis results in a preponderance of black artists, with all the major names represented, but such notable white figures as the Dorsey Brothers absent (of course, this also reflects his tendency to shun the hit parade). The blues is less well-represented, reflecting Lowe's position that "the blues is, of course, quite important, but only as part of a much larger American, and African American, musical universe"; nevertheless, most of the major names have at least one song. For the most part, the selections are presented in chronological order, mixing up the genres. In practice, the transitions are not as jarring as that might suggest, and in fact the juxtapositions sometimes suggest similarities one might not otherwise have considered. At other times, it's the differences that are illuminating; this is not a collection for fans of only one style of music. Although the album is essentially a work of musical scholarship, casual listeners may enjoy a variety of discoveries. Despite its length, American Pop is, necessarily, a survey course, not an advanced seminar, in popular music, and like any course, reflects the views of the instructor. Neophytes and experts will find much to enjoy, and the sheer bulk is impressive-listening is like reliving the eras as they occur. Further, the development of popular music after 1946, when some of these genres gained popular ascendancy, makes even the more obscure material sound accessible. But it's worth keeping in mind that this is in some ways an alternate history of American popular song.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/1998
Label: Silva America
UPC: 0017685101724
catalogNumber: 1017

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mama's Black Baby Boy
  2. Poor Mourner
  3. A Coon Band Contest
  4. Cakewalk
  5. Pasquinale
  6. Bill Bailey
  7. Williams, Bert
  8. Grand Old Rag
  9. De Little Old Log Cabin in de Lane
  10. The Bully
  11. Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?
  12. You Made Me Love You
  13. Hungarian Rag
  14. Down Home Rag
  15. Descration Rag
  16. Memphis Blues
  17. That's the Kind of Baby for Me
  18. Tiger Rag
  19. After You've Gone
  20. Memphis Band
  21. Royal Garden Blues
  22. Sweet Man O' Mine
  23. Love Will Find a Way
  24. Sounds of Africa
  25. Keep off the Grass

Disc 2

  1. Society Blues
  2. Ragtime Annie
  3. It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'
  4. Original Charleston Strut
  5. The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster's Gonna Crow
  6. New Orleans Joys
  7. Kansas City Man Blues
  8. Elephant's Wobble
  9. Working Man Blues
  10. Lucky Rock Blues
  11. Chicago Stomp
  12. Johnny Dunn's Cornet Blues
  13. California, Here I Come
  14. The Prisoner's Song
  15. Ezekiel Saw de Wheel
  16. Suitcase Blues
  17. When the Work's All Done This Fall
  18. Sugar Hill
  19. Candy Girl
  20. Long Lonesome Blues
  21. It's All Right Now
  22. Sweet and Low Down
  23. Stockyard Strut
  24. The Cross-Eyed Butcher and the Cacklin' Hen

Disc 3

  1. Black Bottom Stomp
  2. Flop Eared Mule
  3. Country Blues
  4. New Jelly Roll Blues
  5. After You've Gone
  6. Guitar Rag
  7. I'm Coming Virginia
  8. My Pretty Girl
  9. Woke up with the Blues in My Fingers
  10. I'm Coming Virginia
  11. The Old History Cane
  12. There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood
  13. Blue Guitar Stomp
  14. Silhouette
  15. No More Goodbyes
  16. O' Molly Dear
  17. Pick Poor Robin Clean
  18. Honolulu Blues
  19. Train Forty-Five
  20. Mama, 'Tain't Long Fo' Day
  21. My Money Never Runs Out
  22. Motherless Chile Blues
  23. Washboard Blues
  24. Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)

Disc 4

  1. Dallas Rag
  2. Deep Elm
  3. Cool Drink of Water Blues
  4. Black Beauty
  5. Somethin' Doin'
  6. Antioch
  7. Ham Beats All Meat
  8. Melancholy
  9. Lovesick Blues
  10. Fishin' Blues
  11. Wild Cat
  12. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  13. Oysters and Wine at 2 A.M.
  14. Lonesome Swallow
  15. Rolling Log Blues
  16. How Long
  17. The Miner's Blues
  18. Ice Water Blues
  19. Acorn Stomp
  20. Heavy Hearted Blues
  21. Next Week Sometime
  22. Tell Me Woman Blues
  23. Just Too Soon
  24. Tight Like This

Disc 5

  1. Away out on the Mountain
  2. Baby Please Loan Me Your Heart
  3. Jump Steady Blues
  4. Get Away from My Window (Stay Away)
  5. Madame Young
  6. Till Times Get Better
  7. He Rambled
  8. Feelin' the Spirit
  9. Blind Arthur's Breakdown
  10. K.C. Moan
  11. You Don't Understand
  12. Hell Broke Loose in Georgia
  13. Squabblin'
  14. There'll Be No Distinction There
  15. You Got to Wet It
  16. I Hate a Man Like You
  17. Dry Spell Blues
  18. Motherless Children
  19. Don't Think I'm Santa Claus
  20. Guitar Rag
  21. Warm Wipe Stomp
  22. Devil Got My Woman
  23. Draggin' My Heart Around

Disc 6

  1. So Sorry Dear
  2. Get on Board Aunt Susan
  3. Let Me Be Your Sidetrack
  4. Stardust
  5. Last Kind Word Blues
  6. Tiger Rag
  7. Shanghai Rooster Yodel #2
  8. Washboard Blues
  9. (When It's) Darkness on the Delta
  10. Moten Swing
  11. Home on the Range
  12. Red Norvo
  13. I've Got the Big River Blues
  14. Montana Plains
  15. Bay Rum Blues
  16. My Swiss Moonlight Lullaby
  17. Someday, Sweetheart
  18. Railroad Blues
  19. Down South Camp Meeting
  20. Bring up Breakdown
  21. Dinah
  22. Some of These Days
  23. Fiddler's Dream

Disc 7

  1. When the Sun Goes Down
  2. What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasing You?)
  3. Sola
  4. Swanee River
  5. It Never Dawned on Me
  6. Tillie's Downtown Now
  7. Honeysuckle Rose
  8. I'm in the Mood for Love
  9. River Blues
  10. I Want You by My Side
  11. I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
  12. Dinah
  13. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  14. Liza
  15. If I Had Possession over Judgment Day
  16. The Church in the Wildwood
  17. Cross Street Swing
  18. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  19. Topsy
  20. Dust
  21. Diminuendo in Blue
  22. Cowboy Night Herd Song
  23. The Road to Ruin
  24. Body and Soul
  25. Little Joe

Disc 8

  1. Let That Liar Alone
  2. You're Okay
  3. Deep Purple
  4. P.L.K. Special
  5. If Dreams Come True
  6. Stairway to the Stars
  7. Walk Around
  8. I'm Always Dreaming of You
  9. Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)
  10. I Ain't Got No Home
  11. After Hours
  12. Oh Yes, Take Another Guess
  13. Sugar
  14. Wilder, Alec
  15. Mule Skinner Blues
  16. Piney Brown's Blues
  17. Trail of the Great Divide
  18. Walking the Floor over You
  19. Swing to Bop
  20. Hello Babe
  21. I Got the Blues
  22. You Got to Get out of Here
  23. She's Funny That Way
  24. Mean Old Frisco
  25. Buster's Last Stand

Disc 9

  1. Rock Daniel
  2. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  3. I Got a Break Baby
  4. Red River Dam Blues
  5. Rainbow Mist
  6. Gulf Coast Blues
  7. Sharecroppin' Blues
  8. Don't Let That Man Get You Down
  9. The Honeydripper
  10. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  11. Shaw, Artie
  12. In a Mezz
  13. Buzz Me
  14. I Don't Know Enough About You
  15. Shaw 'Nuff
  16. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
  17. I'll Get Along Somehow
  18. Boogie Woogie Baby
  19. This Subdues My Passion
  20. Filipino Baby
  21. I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again
  22. What Is This Thing Called Love?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbecue Bob   Track Performer
Papa Charlie Jackson   Track Performer
Skip James   Track Performer
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Track Performer
Blind Willie Johnson   Track Performer
Lonnie Johnson   Track Performer
Blind Willie McTell   Track Performer
Memphis Jug Band   Track Performer
Memphis Minnie   Track Performer
Bessie Smith   Track Performer
Mamie Smith   Track Performer
Frank Stokes   Track Performer
Henry Thomas   Track Performer
Big Joe Turner   Track Performer
Sylvester Weaver   Track Performer
Jimmy Yancey   Track Performer
Bill Monroe   Track Performer
George Gershwin   Piano,Track Performer,Soloist
Roy Acuff   Track Performer
Gene Autry   Track Performer
Blue Sky Boys   Track Performer
Bill Boyd   Track Performer
Carter Family   Track Performer
Jimmie Davis   Track Performer
Delmore Brothers   Track Performer
Uncle Dave Macon   Track Performer
Maddox Brothers & Rose   Track Performer
Lydia Mendoza   Track Performer
Patsy Montana   Track Performer
Sons of the Pioneers   Track Performer
Floyd Tillman   Track Performer
Woody Guthrie   Track Performer
Blind Alfred Reed   Track Performer
Chuck Wagon Gang   Track Performer
Golden Gate Quartet   Track Performer
Soul Stirrers   Track Performer
Boswell Sisters   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Peggy Lee   Vocals,Track Performer
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Ella Mae Morse   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Kay Starr   Track Performer
Hoagy Carmichael   Track Performer
Joe Liggins   Track Performer
Mildred Bailey   Track Performer
Charlie Barnet   Track Performer
Count Basie   Track Performer
Bunny Berigan   Track Performer
Eubie Blake   Track Performer
Charlie Christian   Track Performer
Eddie Condon   Track Performer
Roy Eldridge   Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie   Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Track Performer
Erskine Hawkins   Track Performer
Earl Hines   Track Performer
James P. Johnson   Track Performer
Jolson   Track Performer
Louis Jordan   Track Performer
Freddie Keppard   Track Performer
Gene Krupa   Track Performer
Jimmie Lunceford   Track Performer
Charles Mingus   Track Performer
Jelly Roll Morton   Track Performer
Red Norvo   Track Performer
King Oliver   Track Performer
Django Reinhardt   Track Performer
Artie Shaw   Track Performer
Art Tatum   Track Performer
Claude Thornhill   Track Performer
Lennie Tristano   Track Performer
Joe Venuti   Track Performer
Fats Waller   Track Performer
Ethel Waters   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman   Track Performer
Lee Wiley   Track Performer
Teddy Wilson   Track Performer
Red Nichols   Track Performer
Jabbo Smith   Track Performer
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Adler   Track Performer
Connee Boswell   Track Performer
Jean Goldkette   Track Performer
Adelaide Hall   Track Performer
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon   Track Performer
Lizzie Miles   Track Performer
Miff Mole   Track Performer
Benny Morton   Track Performer
Pinetop Smith   Track Performer
Joe Sullivan   Track Performer
Frank Teschemacher   Track Performer
Frankie Trumbauer   Track Performer
Joe Turner   Track Performer
Jimmy Blythe   Track Performer
Clifford Hayes   Track Performer
Original Dixieland Jazz Band   Track Performer
Sophie Tucker   Track Performer
Alec Wilder   Track Performer
Eddie Cantor   Track Performer
Blackwell   Track Performer
Dock Boggs   Track Performer
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Track Performer
Gus Cannon   Track Performer
Hank Penny   Track Performer
Ernest Tubb   Track Performer
Coleman Hawkins   Track Performer
Big Maceo Merriweather   Track Performer
T-Bone Walker   Track Performer
Cowboy Copas   Track Performer
Riley Puckett   Track Performer
Carl T. Sprague   Track Performer
Vernon Dalhart   Track Performer
Ernest V. Stoneman   Track Performer
Fiddlin' John Carson   Track Performer
Milton Brown   Track Performer
Wilf Carter   Track Performer
Emmett Miller   Track Performer
Sam McGee   Track Performer
Sammy Price   Track Performer
Blind Blake   Track Performer
Butterbeans & Susie   Track Performer
Dallas String Band   Track Performer
Walter Page   Track Performer
Jimmie F. Rodgers   Track Performer
Cliff Carlisle   Track Performer
Dennis McGee   Track Performer
Ma Rainey   Track Performer
Texas Alexander   Track Performer
Eddie Anthony   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Sidney Bechet   Track Performer
Bix Beiderbecke   Track Performer
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Rube Bloom   Track Performer
Don Byas   Track Performer
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Sady Courville   Track Performer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Track Performer
Blue Devils   Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson   Track Performer
Jazz Gillum   Track Performer
Roy Harvey   Track Performer
Nap Hayes   Track Performer
Son House   Track Performer
Frank Hutchison   Track Performer
St. Louis Jimmy Oden   Track Performer
Alex Johnson   Track Performer
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Track Performer
Thomas "Snake" Johnson   Track Performer
Isham Jones   Track Performer
Luke Jordan   Track Performer
Polk Miller   Track Performer
Charlie Parker   Track Performer
Charlie Poole   Track Performer
Washboard Sam   Track Performer
Arthur Schutt   Track Performer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Track Performer
Bert Williams   Track Performer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Track Performer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Track Performer
Hersal Thomas   Track Performer
Thomas Morris   Track Performer
James Reese Europe   Track Performer
Johnny Dunn   Track Performer
Lillian "Lil" Green   Track Performer
DeFord Bailey   Track Performer
Humphrey Bate and the Possum Hunters   Track Performer
Nora Bayes   Track Performer
Arthur Collins   Track Performer
East Texas Serenaders   Track Performer
Wendell Hall   Track Performer
Marion Harris   Track Performer
May Irwin   Track Performer
Vess L. Ossman   Track Performer
Eck Robertson   Track Performer
Texas Ruby   Track Performer
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith   Track Performer
Bennie Moten & the Kansas City Orchestra   Track Performer
Arizona Dranes   Track Performer
Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers   Track Performer
Don Albert   Track Performer
Peg Leg Howell   Track Performer
Felix Arndt   Track Performer
Willard Robison   Track Performer
Louis Russell   Track Performer
B.F. Shelton   Track Performer
Darby   Track Performer
Billy Murray   Track Performer
Allison's Sacred Harp Singers   Track Performer
Two Poor Boys   Track Performer
Victor Military Band   Track Performer
Crockett Ward   Track Performer
Whitter   Track Performer
Geeshie Wiley   Track Performer
Uncle Bunt Stephens   Track Performer
Skillet Lickers   Track Performer
Original Yellow Jackets   Track Performer
Jess Johnston   Track Performer
Kahle Brewer   Track Performer
Hayes   Track Performer
Unique Quartette   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Tommy Johnson   Composer
Roy Rogers   Composer
Henry Thomas   Composer
Sylvester Weaver   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Bennie Moten   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dock Boggs   Composer
Wilf Carter   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Will Marion Cook   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Lil Hardin   Composer
Donald Heywood   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Mezz Mezzrow   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Forest Powell   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Jim Scott   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Richard K. Spottswood   Contributor
Jasper Taylor   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Allen Lowe   Liner Notes
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Edgar Battle   Composer
Danny Baxter   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Johnny Marvin   Composer
Sam Price   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Charles Fulcher   Composer
Edna Alexander   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Buddy Fields   Composer
George Vaughn   Composer
Unidentified Prisoner   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Fred B. Callahan   Composer
John Egan   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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