Rounder Records Story CD (2010)

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Label Rounder Records
SKU 217123796
UPC 011661329522
UPC 14 00011661329522
Format CD
Release Date 10/19/2010
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CatalogID 3295
Lable Name Rounder
Released 10/19/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 4
SPARE Code n/a
Length 296m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00011661329522
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Remasterer: Jonathan Wyner.
Liner Note Author: Geoffrey Himes.
Photographers: Barbara Roberds; Donna Wilson; Marian Leighton; Carl Fleischauer; Dave Haney .
This four-disc, 87-track retrospective covers the first four decades of one of the most successful "folk" labels in history. Co-founders/owners Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy, and Bill Nowlin assembled a collection that showcases -- one disc per decade -- how deeply entrenched the label was in the 1970s in exposing various forms of folk music from traditional to emergent ones, and how its focus expanded. Disc one includes tracks by newgrass outfit J.D. Crowe & the New South, outsider songwriter Michael Hurley, banjoist Ola Belle Reed, Appalachian traditionalists Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and ace superpicker Norman Blake and the Cajun sounds of D.L Menard & the Louisiana Aces. It also reveals the label's first big directional shakeup by including George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers' scorching read of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love." The '80s reflect a wider reach still, with tracks by soulman Ted Hawkins, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, polka revisionists Brave Combo, country songwriter Keith Whitley, and blues artists Rory Block and Johnny Copeland. There's also a deeper step into Louisiana traditions with music by Professor Longhair, James Booker, and Buckwheat Zydeco included, too. This decade also signaled the arrival of Nanci Griffith on Rounder's Philo imprint. In the '90s, Rounder's profile was enhanced by the arrival of bluegrass queen Alison Krauss, who has been a best-selling artist for them ever since. There were more singer/songwriter types on the imprint too, such as Bill Morrissey, Tish Hinojosa, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore; more modern electric blues and R&B talents were showcased too in Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson, Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, and Wilson Pickett; and the label still held traditional sway with bluegrass mainstay Krauss and uber-tradtionalist James King. The first decade of the new century reveals Rounder's wide range in embracing everything they felt they could sell: from Americana-drenched rock acts such as Son Volt and the Cowboy Junkies to uber-rockers Rush; the vanguard pop of They Might Be Giants and jazzy chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux; to British folk maven Linda Thompson, as well as experimental projects like the Grammy-winning Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Krauss. Country-pop legend and stalwart Willie Nelson also recorded for them. But no matter their genre extensions, bluegrass is still part of Rounder's mix, as cuts by Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, and Blue Highway attest. It's impressive to be sure. That said, despite the range of music here and the fine historical essay by Geoffrey Himes, two chapters are missing: a disc that focuses on their vast licensing of traditional music, and the essential collection of tracks by American songwriting icons such as Tom Russell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Guy Clark, rockabilly queen Rosie Flores, and R&B legend Eddie Hinton, most of whom recorded multiple albums for the label and its subsidiaries. Here's hoping Rounder will consider a second collection to showcase these lesser-selling projects from essential artists who are an indelible part of its story. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.119) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rounder became one of the world's great labels, as this superb set illustrates....There's Gatemouth Brown's big band blues, Sleepy Le Beef's riotous rockabilly, and Flaco Jimenez's Tex-Mex.."
Uncut (magazine) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[That it's] developed into one of the most important roots labels is a testament not just to their staying power but to a dogged pursuit of the indie aesthetic."
Disc 1
1 Old Home Place,Frosty,Birches - Bill Morrissey,Don't Wait Too Long
2 Take Me Back to Happy Valley,Watch Your Step - Ted Hawkins,Baby, Now That I've Found You,Down to the Wire
3 Armadillo Breakdown - Country Cooking,New Kind of Neighborhood,One Endless Night,More Than a Name On a Wall - Dailey & Vincent
4 High on a Mountain,I Never Go Around Mirrors,Sing It - Marcia Ball/Tracy Nelson,Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Earl Scruggs/Three Pickers/Ricky Skaggs
5 Killing the Blues,Cold on the Shoulder,Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 3,Man with the Blues
6 Johnson's Old Gray Mule,Mama's Hand,Virus Called the Blues, A,Rebel Rouser
7 Cherry River Rag,Freylekhe Nakht in Gan Eydn, A,Only One Shoe,Versatile Heart - Linda Thompson
8 Sweet Lucy,Babylon's Big Dog - Culture,There Is Always One More Time,In the Middle of It All
9 Parlez-Nous ? Boire,Ya Ya,Something in the Rain,Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant
10 Mrs. Scott Skinner/The Smith's a Gallant Fireman/The Earl of Seafield's Real,Tipitina,Bed by the Window,Through the Window of a Train
11 Tom and Jerry,Zydeco Gris-Gris,Give Him Cornbread,Resist
12 Down Home Summertime Blues - Norman Blake,Cowboy Jubilee,Valse de Kaplan - D.L. Menard/Eddie LeJeune/Ken Smith,Small Swift Birds - Cowboy Junkies
13 Memory of Your Smile,Let the Whole World Talk,High Lonesome,Basement Apt.
14 Things in Life,Happy Wanderer,In the Palm of Your Hand - The Cox Family,I Have a Need of Solitude
15 Kitty Puss,Classified - James Booker,False Friend Blues - Ruth Brown,Lonesome Wind Blues
16 Who Broke the Lock?,Got to Have You Be My Man,Carnival Time,Me and John and Paul
17 Don't Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There - Hazel & Alice,Electricity,Standing Here at the Cross Roads,Crow, The
18 Jula Jekere,Everybody Wants a Piece of Me,It's Harder Now,Only Sound That Matters, The
19 Only Way, The,Whitewater,Trashcan - Delta Sprit
20 Fluxology,Once in a Very Blue Moon,Fibber Island
21 Porte Dans Arriere, La,My Blue Ridge Cabin Home,Back to Me
22 I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent,Howjadoo
23 Sparkling Brown Eyes,Viva Seguin - Flaco Jim?nez
24 Who Do You Love,Me and the Boys - NRBQ
Disc 2
1 Old Home Place,Frosty,Birches - Bill Morrissey,Don't Wait Too Long
2 Take Me Back to Happy Valley,Watch Your Step - Ted Hawkins,Baby, Now That I've Found You,Down to the Wire
3 Armadillo Breakdown - Country Cooking,New Kind of Neighborhood,One Endless Night,More Than a Name On a Wall - Dailey & Vincent
4 High on a Mountain,I Never Go Around Mirrors,Sing It - Marcia Ball/Tracy Nelson,Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Earl Scruggs/Three Pickers/Ricky Skaggs
5 Killing the Blues,Cold on the Shoulder,Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 3,Man with the Blues
6 Johnson's Old Gray Mule,Mama's Hand,Virus Called the Blues, A,Rebel Rouser
7 Cherry River Rag,Freylekhe Nakht in Gan Eydn, A,Only One Shoe,Versatile Heart - Linda Thompson
8 Sweet Lucy,Babylon's Big Dog - Culture,There Is Always One More Time,In the Middle of It All
9 Parlez-Nous ? Boire,Ya Ya,Something in the Rain,Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant
10 Mrs. Scott Skinner/The Smith's a Gallant Fireman/The Earl of Seafield's Real,Tipitina,Bed by the Window,Through the Window of a Train
11 Tom and Jerry,Zydeco Gris-Gris,Give Him Cornbread,Resist
12 Down Home Summertime Blues - Norman Blake,Cowboy Jubilee,Valse de Kaplan - D.L. Menard/Eddie LeJeune/Ken Smith,Small Swift Birds - Cowboy Junkies
13 Memory of Your Smile,Let the Whole World Talk,High Lonesome,Basement Apt.
14 Things in Life,Happy Wanderer,In the Palm of Your Hand - The Cox Family,I Have a Need of Solitude
15 Kitty Puss,Classified - James Booker,False Friend Blues - Ruth Brown,Lonesome Wind Blues
16 Who Broke the Lock?,Got to Have You Be My Man,Carnival Time,Me and John and Paul
17 Don't Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There - Hazel & Alice,Electricity,Standing Here at the Cross Roads,Crow, The
18 Jula Jekere,Everybody Wants a Piece of Me,It's Harder Now,Only Sound That Matters, The
19 Only Way, The,Whitewater,Trashcan - Delta Sprit
20 Fluxology,Once in a Very Blue Moon,Fibber Island
21 Porte Dans Arriere, La,My Blue Ridge Cabin Home,Back to Me
22 I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent,Howjadoo
23 Sparkling Brown Eyes,Viva Seguin - Flaco Jim?nez
24 Who Do You Love,Me and the Boys - NRBQ
Disc 3
1 Old Home Place,Frosty,Birches - Bill Morrissey,Don't Wait Too Long
2 Take Me Back to Happy Valley,Watch Your Step - Ted Hawkins,Baby, Now That I've Found You,Down to the Wire
3 Armadillo Breakdown - Country Cooking,New Kind of Neighborhood,One Endless Night,More Than a Name On a Wall - Dailey & Vincent
4 High on a Mountain,I Never Go Around Mirrors,Sing It - Marcia Ball/Tracy Nelson,Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Earl Scruggs/Three Pickers/Ricky Skaggs
5 Killing the Blues,Cold on the Shoulder,Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 3,Man with the Blues
6 Johnson's Old Gray Mule,Mama's Hand,Virus Called the Blues, A,Rebel Rouser
7 Cherry River Rag,Freylekhe Nakht in Gan Eydn, A,Only One Shoe,Versatile Heart - Linda Thompson
8 Sweet Lucy,Babylon's Big Dog - Culture,There Is Always One More Time,In the Middle of It All
9 Parlez-Nous ? Boire,Ya Ya,Something in the Rain,Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant
10 Mrs. Scott Skinner/The Smith's a Gallant Fireman/The Earl of Seafield's Real,Tipitina,Bed by the Window,Through the Window of a Train
11 Tom and Jerry,Zydeco Gris-Gris,Give Him Cornbread,Resist
12 Down Home Summertime Blues - Norman Blake,Cowboy Jubilee,Valse de Kaplan - D.L. Menard/Eddie LeJeune/Ken Smith,Small Swift Birds - Cowboy Junkies
13 Memory of Your Smile,Let the Whole World Talk,High Lonesome,Basement Apt.
14 Things in Life,Happy Wanderer,In the Palm of Your Hand - The Cox Family,I Have a Need of Solitude
15 Kitty Puss,Classified - James Booker,False Friend Blues - Ruth Brown,Lonesome Wind Blues
16 Who Broke the Lock?,Got to Have You Be My Man,Carnival Time,Me and John and Paul
17 Don't Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There - Hazel & Alice,Electricity,Standing Here at the Cross Roads,Crow, The
18 Jula Jekere,Everybody Wants a Piece of Me,It's Harder Now,Only Sound That Matters, The
19 Only Way, The,Whitewater,Trashcan - Delta Sprit
20 Fluxology,Once in a Very Blue Moon,Fibber Island
21 Porte Dans Arriere, La,My Blue Ridge Cabin Home,Back to Me
22 I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent,Howjadoo
23 Sparkling Brown Eyes,Viva Seguin - Flaco Jim?nez
24 Who Do You Love,Me and the Boys - NRBQ
Disc 4
1 Old Home Place,Frosty,Birches - Bill Morrissey,Don't Wait Too Long
2 Take Me Back to Happy Valley,Watch Your Step - Ted Hawkins,Baby, Now That I've Found You,Down to the Wire
3 Armadillo Breakdown - Country Cooking,New Kind of Neighborhood,One Endless Night,More Than a Name On a Wall - Dailey & Vincent
4 High on a Mountain,I Never Go Around Mirrors,Sing It - Marcia Ball/Tracy Nelson,Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Earl Scruggs/Three Pickers/Ricky Skaggs
5 Killing the Blues,Cold on the Shoulder,Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 3,Man with the Blues
6 Johnson's Old Gray Mule,Mama's Hand,Virus Called the Blues, A,Rebel Rouser
7 Cherry River Rag,Freylekhe Nakht in Gan Eydn, A,Only One Shoe,Versatile Heart - Linda Thompson
8 Sweet Lucy,Babylon's Big Dog - Culture,There Is Always One More Time,In the Middle of It All
9 Parlez-Nous ? Boire,Ya Ya,Something in the Rain,Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant
10 Mrs. Scott Skinner/The Smith's a Gallant Fireman/The Earl of Seafield's Real,Tipitina,Bed by the Window,Through the Window of a Train
11 Tom and Jerry,Zydeco Gris-Gris,Give Him Cornbread,Resist
12 Down Home Summertime Blues - Norman Blake,Cowboy Jubilee,Valse de Kaplan - D.L. Menard/Eddie LeJeune/Ken Smith,Small Swift Birds - Cowboy Junkies
13 Memory of Your Smile,Let the Whole World Talk,High Lonesome,Basement Apt.
14 Things in Life,Happy Wanderer,In the Palm of Your Hand - The Cox Family,I Have a Need of Solitude
15 Kitty Puss,Classified - James Booker,False Friend Blues - Ruth Brown,Lonesome Wind Blues
16 Who Broke the Lock?,Got to Have You Be My Man,Carnival Time,Me and John and Paul
17 Don't Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There - Hazel & Alice,Electricity,Standing Here at the Cross Roads,Crow, The
18 Jula Jekere,Everybody Wants a Piece of Me,It's Harder Now,Only Sound That Matters, The
19 Only Way, The,Whitewater,Trashcan - Delta Sprit
20 Fluxology,Once in a Very Blue Moon,Fibber Island
21 Porte Dans Arriere, La,My Blue Ridge Cabin Home,Back to Me
22 I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent,Howjadoo
23 Sparkling Brown Eyes,Viva Seguin - Flaco Jim?nez
24 Who Do You Love,Me and the Boys - NRBQ

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