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Classic Cuts 1933-1941

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Classic Cuts 1933-1941
Classic Cuts 1933-1941


The Delmore Brothers, Alton (b. 1908) and Rabon (b. 1916), were one of the great early country harmonizing duos who recorded from 1933 to the early '50s and were a significant influence on other sibling duos such as The Louvin Brothers and The Everly Brothers. Their later recordings, from about 1944 on, are fairly widely available but the earlier sides on this 87 track, 4CD set have been harder to find until now. Unusually for that time the Delmores would switch high and low harmony parts from song to song or even within the same song, and whether performing their own songs, traditional ones or gospel they brought a strong bluesy feeling to both their music and their vocals. The subject matter of the songs the duo recorded in the '30s was also akin to the blues, covering such disparate topics as unrequited love, marital problems, the urge to travel to escape from a poor life, plus the nostalgic and more sentimental songs that yearn for days of long ago. This is a typically authoritative JSP coverage of the duo's best early recordings, with extensive essay detailing their life and career.


  1. Name
  2. Ain't Got Nowhere To Travel
  3. Smokey Mountain Bill And His Song
  4. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
  5. Lonesome Yodel Blues
  6. Brown's Ferry Blues
  7. I'm Mississippi Bound
  8. I've Got The Big River Blues
  9. The Girls Don't Worry About My Mind
  10. Bury Me Out On The Prairie
  11. The Frozen Girl
  12. Lonesome Jailhouse Blues
  13. Blue Railroad Train
  14. When It's Summertime In A Southern Clime
  15. Blow Yo' Whistle Freight Train
  16. Down South
  17. Brown's Ferry Blues- Part 2
  18. I Got The Kansas City Blues
  19. Alabama Lullaby
  20. The Fugitive's Lament
  21. I'm Going Away
  22. I Long To See My Mother
  23. Lorena, The Slave
  24. The Nashville Blues
  25. The Lover's Warning
  26. I'm Worried Now
  27. Take Away This Lonesome Day
  28. Promise Me You'll Always Be Faithful
  29. Don't You See That Train
  30. It's Taken' Me Down
  31. That Yodelin' Gal- Miss Julie
  32. I'm Gonna Change My Way
  33. Happy Hickey- The Hobo
  34. Lonesome Yodel Blues-No.2
  35. Put Me On The Trail To Carolina
  36. My Smokey Mountain Gal
  37. Take Me Back To The Range
  38. No Drunkard Can Enter There
  39. Southern Moon
  40. False Hearted Girl
  41. The Budded Rose
  42. The Blind Child
  43. Are You marching With The Saviour
  44. No One
  45. Lead Me
  46. I Need The Prayers Of Those I Love
  47. I've Got The Railroad Blues
  48. The Weary Lonesome Blues
  49. Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me
  50. Wonderful There
  51. Singing My Troubles Away
  52. They Say It's Sinful To Flirt
  53. Till The Roses Bloom Again
  54. When We Held Our Hymn Books Together
  55. Hi De Ho Baby Mine
  56. Goodbye Booze
  57. Careless Love ( Bring My Baby Back)
  58. In That Vine Covered Chapel In The Valley
  59. The Cannon Ball
  60. 15 Miles From Birmingham
  61. Where Is My Sailor Boy
  62. Just The Same Sweet Thing To Me
  63. A Better Range Is Home
  64. Don't Let My Ramblin' Bother Your Mind
  65. Wabash Blues
  66. Go Easy Mabel
  67. Over The Hills
  68. The Dying TruckDriver
  69. Scatterbrain Mama
  70. Happy On The Mississippi Shore
  71. Rainin' On The Mountain
  72. See That Coon In The Hickory Tree
  73. The Storms Are On The Ocean
  74. Back To Birmingham
  75. The Eastern Gate
  76. God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds
  77. There's Trouble On My Mind Today
  78. Silver Dollar
  79. Old Mountain Dew
  80. In The Blue Hills Of Virginia
  81. Make Room In The Lifeboat For Me
  82. When It's Time For The Whip-Poor Will To Sing
  83. Will You Be Lonesome Too?
  84. Broken Hearted Lover
  85. I Now Have A Bugle To Play
  86. Baby Girl
  87. Gospel Cannonball
  88. Honey I'm Ramblin Away
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