1/27/2009 Dig Up The Roots

 

Today's program featured collections of 78s that others have put together. It's been 10 below zero and colder here in Minnesota recently, what the weather people call stupid cold. Far too cold to bring those fragile records outside, so today we spun on the shoulders of giants: The giants at Yazoo, Crammed and Dust To Digital.

The first part of the show wallowed around the seedier side of things with material featured on 3 Yazoo Cds: My Rough And Rowdy Ways Vol 1 2 - Early American Rural Music, Badman Ballads and Hellraising Songs. More examples of the past coming back into the future show up on the CD The Roots Of Rap. What you hear on here are styles of speech and song that have been around for a very long time, progressing and evolving to suit the times of recording. Interesting and entertaining.

The second part of the show featured international recordings from 78 RPM records. We heard material from the Dust To Digital label: from Victrola Favorites and the CD Black Mirror - Reflections In Global Musics. These collections are incredible introductions to the past represented on old records, and they weigh a lot less. To say that the source records are rare is an understatement. The music featured in the last portion of the show really fits this bill: Roots Of Rhumba Rock - Congo Classics 1953 - 1955. WOW, this stuff just knocked me out when I first heard it. We heard some of the first instances of an electric keyboard in African dance music, the Hammond SOLOVOX. The dawn of Highlife music can be heard in this amazing missing piece of world music history. Look it up on line, it's amazing.

It's hard to believe this was just two hours.

Playlist Tracks: 
Seven Foot Dilly His Dill Pickles - Pickin' Off Peanuts
Album: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920's and 30's; Label: Yazoo
Memphis Minnie - Frankie Jean
Album: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920's and 30's; Label: Yazoo
Tino Mab - Margarine Fina
Album: Roots Of Rhumba Rock - Congo Classics 1953 - 1955; Label: Crammed
Grant Brothes Their Music - Tell It To Me
Album: V1: My Rough And Rowdy Ways Vol 1 2 - Early American Rural Music, Badman Ballads and Hellraising Songs; Label: Yazoo
Hall Brothers - The Wrong Road
Album: V2: My Rough And Rowdy Ways Vol 1 2 - Early American Rural Music, Badman Ballads and Hellraising Songs; Label: Yazoo
Earl Johnson His Dixie Entertainers - Ain't Nobody's Buisness
Album: V2: My Rough And Rowdy Ways Vol 1 2 - Early American Rural Music, Badman Ballads and Hellraising Songs; Label: Yazoo
Butterbeans Susie - 'Tain't None O' Your Buisness
Album: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920's and 30's; Label: Yazoo
Georgia Crackers - Georgia Black Bottom
Album: V2: My Rough And Rowdy Ways Vol 1 2 - Early American Rural Music, Badman Ballads and Hellraising Songs; Label: Yazoo
T.C.I. Section Crew - Track Linin
Album: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920's and 30's; Label: Yazoo
Jimmie Davis - She's A Hum Dum Dinger
Album: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920's and 30's; Label: Yazoo
Eva Davis - Wild Bill Jones
Album: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920's and 30's; Label: Yazoo
Haywood County Ramblers - All Bound Down
Album: V1: My Rough And Rowdy Ways Vol 1 2 - Early American Rural Music, Badman Ballads and Hellraising Songs; Label: Yazoo
Dixieland Jug Blowers - When I Stopped Running I Was at Home
Album: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920's and 30's; Label: Yazoo
Marika Papagika - (Greece) Smyrneiko Minore
Album: Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics 1918 - 1955; Label: Dust To Digital
Christer Falkenstrom - (Sweden) Baklandets Vackra Maja
Album: Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics 1918 - 1955; Label: Dust To Digital
Nino de Priego - (Spain) Envidia Yo No Tengo a Nadie
Album: Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics 1918 - 1955; Label: Dust To Digital
Zeki Duygulu - (Turkey) Karciar Taksim
Album: Victola Favorites; Label: Dust To Digital
Lata Mangeshkar - (India) Aayega Aanewaala
Album: Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics 1918 - 1955; Label: Dust To Digital
St Gun Khin May - (Burma) Shan Village (Part 1)
Album: Victola Favorites; Label: Dust To Digital
Paul Pendja Ensemble - (Cameroun) Ngo Mebou Melane
Album: Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics 1918 - 1955; Label: Dust To Digital
De Wayon - Nalekaki Na Nzela
Album: Roots Of Rhumba Rock - Congo Classics 1953 - 1955; Label: Crammed
De Wayon - Nicodeme Lulu
Album: Roots Of Rhumba Rock - Congo Classics 1953 - 1955; Label: Crammed
Lufungola Alphonse - Prince Baudouin
Album: Roots Of Rhumba Rock - Congo Classics 1953 - 1955; Label: Crammed
Nganga - Senene Mingi
Album: Roots Of Rhumba Rock - Congo Classics 1953 - 1955; Label: Crammed
Kitenge - Odjali Na Mouchoir?
Album: Roots Of Rhumba Rock - Congo Classics 1953 - 1955; Label: Crammed
Lagos Mozart Orchestra - Esan Inyong Ikide
Album: Delta Dandies: Dance Bands in Nigeria 1936 - 1941; Label: Honest Jons Records
Air Date: 
January 27, 2009

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