On Border Radio CD (1999)

Artist: Carter Family

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Label Arhoolie
SKU 60026876
UPC 096297041123
UPC 14 00096297041123
Format CD
Release Date 2/8/1999
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Author Carter Family
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Associated Artist/Work Carter, Maybelle
Technical Info
Producer Chris Strachwitz (Compilation)
CatalogID ARHCD 411
Lable Name Arhoolie
Released 11/30/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 63m : 35s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00096297041123
Album Notes and Credits
The Carter Family: Sara Carter, Jeanette Carter, June Carter, Anita Carter, Helen Carter (vocals, guitar, autoharp); A.P. Carter, Maybelle Carter (vocals, guitar).
Additional personnel: Brother Bill Guild, Benny Medina (spoken vocals).
Recorded at Don and Dode Baxter's studio, San Antonio, Texas in 1939 for broadcast on radio station XET, Monterrey, Mexico. Includes liner notes by Ed Kahn.
ON BORDER RADIO is a collection of transcriptions the Carter Family, including the Carter children, made for Mexican radio station XET.
Recorded for a Mexico-based radio station owned by a quack doctor named John Brinkley, these tracks provide a rare glimpse of the Carter Family (complete with a somewhat squeaky sounding 10-year old June) in a setting that, while not exactly informal, differs significantly from their usual recording situation. Family patriarch A.P. Carter lends full-throated support to longtime partners Sara and Maybelle in a selection of songs that cover sentimental Victorian ballads and religious songs like "Just a Few More Days of Sorrow," and more contemporary material such as "Cowboy's Wild Song to His Herd."
These transmissions proved particularly useful as they meant the Family was able to reach a wide audience without having to make multiple personal appearances, or travel great distances. These transcriptions also feature a few amusing station ID breaks and commercials; however the emphasis here is very much on the Family's trademark blend of homespun harmonies and simple arrangements, in a more casual setting than they're usually heard.
Professional Reviews
Sing Out! (5-6-7/96, p.162) - "...culled from very rare acetate transcriptions....These acetates...were intended to sound like live broadcasts and are looser in feel than the carefully crafted Victor sides..."
Disc 1
1 XET Station Break, Introduction, Theme Song / The Wandering Boy
2 I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / In The Highways
3 Room For You And Me
4 Cumberland Gap / Lonesome Valley
5 Just Another Broken Heart
6 Darling We Are Growing Older / The Old Texas Trail
7 Cowboy's Wild Song To His Herd / Maple On The Hill
8 New River Train / Lover's Lane
9 My Sweetheart Is A Poor Working Girl / Waves Of The Sea (Instrumental)
10 On The Sea Of Galilee
11 Curtains Of Night, The
12 Just A Few More Days Of Sorrow
13 Theme Out & XET Station Break
14 Intro & Theme / When Our Lord Shall Come Again
15 Happiest Days Of All, The
16 Bye And Bye / We Shall Rise
17 Engine 143 / Jealous Hearted Me
18 Untitled / What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul?
19 Beautiful Brown Eyes / Sweet Fern
20 I Have No Loving Mother Now
21 Western Hobo
22 Single Girl
23 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
24 The Sun's Gonna Shine In My Back Door So meday / Give Me The Roses While I Live
25 You Denied Your Love
26 No Telephone in Heaven
27 Theme Out & XET Station Break

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