(2013) As Good As It Gets: Skiffle

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... read moreIn the U.S., few music listeners have any awareness of the British skiffle phenomenon of the late '50s, and the only performer from this era to enjoy any kind of profile in America is Lonnie Donegan, whose "Rock Island Line" charted here. Other notable skiffle acts, such as Johnny Duncan (not the '...

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Gloryland
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Get Along Home Cindy
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Lost John
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Toll The Bell Easy
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Jesse James
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Cumberland Gap
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Last Train To San Fernando
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California Zephyr
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Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?
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Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O
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Hey Hey Daddy Blues
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I'm Satisified
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Doin' My Time
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Streamline Train
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Footprints In The Snow
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Runnin' Wild
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Canine Stomp
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Mama Don't Allow
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Railroad Bill
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I Shall Not Be Moved
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Whistling Rufus
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Ain't You Glad
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Oh Mary Don't You Weep
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Rockabilly Baby
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Stackalee
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10,000 Years Ago
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That's All There Is
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Bearcat Crawl
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Green Back Dollar
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Stormin' The Barn
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Railroad Steamboat
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Bring A Little Water, Sylvie
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Where Could I Go
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Shine
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Pick A Bale Of Cotton
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Freight Train
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Special
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River Line
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Blue Blue Heartache
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I'm Alabammy Bound
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Hey Lily Lily Lo
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Number 69, 3, 30
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Lonely Road
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Maggie May
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I Never Knew
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Ella Speed
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I Know The Lord Laid His Hands On Me
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Jet Black Blues
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Tiger Rag
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Itching For My Baby
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It Takes A Worried Man
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Lowland Blues
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Blue Blood Blues
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This Little Light Of Mine
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Homing Bird
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Ramschakle Daddy
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Released 04 November 2013, ℗ Disky

Review

In the U.S., few music listeners have any awareness of the British skiffle phenomenon of the late '50s, and the only performer from this era to enjoy any kind of profile in America is Lonnie Donegan, whose "Rock Island Line" charted here. Other notable skiffle acts, such as Johnny Duncan (not the '70s country star), the Vipers Skiffle Group, and the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group are unknown except to an elite few. The genre itself was basically an attempt to replicate American folk music in Britain by playing American folk and blues songs in an affectedly rural-sounding manner, and the result often sounded something like a strummy, energetic cousin of bluegrass coupled with the instrumental sound of Elvis' Sun sessions. The Disky label has released a series of two-disc genre overviews under the title As Good As It Gets, and this volume compiles 61 vintage skiffle tracks by all of the above-mentioned acts (including Donegan's "Rock Island Line") and adds cuts by others such as the Original Barnstormers Spasm Band, Don Lang, Jimmy Jackson's Rock'n'Skiffle, and Johnny Parker's Washboard Band. Most of the recordings are from the mid- to late '50s, although a couple of post-skiffle tracks from the '60s are included. Also tacked on are two out of place sounding 1929 recordings by Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four, who the compiler alleges are direct forefathers of skiffle. Offering a wealth of tracks and good packaging, As Good As It Gets: Skiffle is a very inexpensive import and provides an excellent overview of this little-known genre. ~ Greg Adams