Saturday, January 14, 2006

Goodbye, Babylon

I'm listening to "Goodbye, Babylon" on the way to my office on the train. I also read 200 pages booklet every evening before going to my bed little by little. These CDs are great. Most of the songs were recorded in 1920s and 1930s which are mixture of gospel, country, blues and more.

I like modern american music. But there is only a few musicians which I'm always listening to. The Band is among them, and I can hear Levon-Helm-like vocal in (1)Disc 1-Track 14, Louvin Brothers "I'll Never Go Back" WMPS Radio, Memphis, 1952, (2)Disc 1-Track 16 Luther Magby "Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit" Atlanta, Nov.1927 and (3)Disc 4-Track 26 Luther Magby "Jesus Is Getting Us Ready for the Great Day" Atlanta, Nov.1927.

Louvin Brothers are mentioned in Wikipedia;
The Louvin Brothers were Charlie and Ira Louvin, an American duo best-known as the popularizers of close harmony, a kind of country music. The genre evolved in the 1930s from traditional Appalachian folk music; performers like Blue Sky Boys, Delmore Brothers and Monroe Brothers inspired the Louvins, whose career peaked in the 1950s.

The Louvin Brothers' career began in gospel music in the 1940s, with their first foray into secular music being the minor hit "The Get Acquainted Waltz" (recorded with Chet Atkins). Other hits included "Cash on the Barrel Head" and "When I Stop Dreaming". They joined the Opry in 1955, and stayed there until breaking up in 1963.

In 2001, the Louvin bothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Luther Magby is mentioned in;
This Southern gospel artist created recordings in the late '20s that have become favorites of the primitive gospel cult, but Luther Magby is hardly a relic with as little life as the dust settling between grooves of vinyl. In 2002, he was still maintaining a busy performing schedule, including gospel shows at a variety of state fairs. Not bad for a guy who cut an astonishing version of "Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit" for the OKeh label in 1927. This and one other track featuring Magby are part of the Document set entitled Storefront & Streetcorner Gospel: 1927 -- 1929, an important contribution to the documentation not only of the black American gospel scene, but of the use of music as part of religious services in general. He is also featured on the Revenant American Primitive, Vol. 1 set, which is where quite a few decadent listeners have discovered his vocal charms, being otherwise unwilling to sit still for gospel services. Nobody save the original '20s OKeh talent scouts have seen fit to record this artist, apparently.

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