Marianne Easy Riders (Box)

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Review Text Leave it to the Bear Family label to release a six-CD set by a folk act that isn't mentioned in any reference book in the field -- and, what's more, it's all good stuff (make that great if you like the Kingston Trio). And, since there isn't a single track by the Easy Riders available anywhere apart from this box set, anyone curious about their work is going to have to buy it (or dig up the original albums and singles -- good luck). Not only is the trio's complete recorded output here, but so is all of the earlier Decca Records work of the Miller/Dehr version of the Easy Riders, and all of Gilkyson's solo stuff for Decca as well. Disc One opens with the Easy Rider trio's first sessions from May 1956, revealing the group with its sound already fully formed, moving in an alternately gentle and lively manner through folk songs and traditional-sounding numbers, including the versions of "South Coast" (two versions) and "Everybody Loves Saturday Night," as well as numerous unreleased numbers, including their original "The Sweet Sugar Cane" and a cover of the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant song "Tina." Disc Two is highlighted by various folk-blues-style numbers, as well as the trio's first approach to cowboy songs ("I Ride an Old Paint," etc.) and "I'm Gonna Leave You Now," awhich they cut with Guy Mitchell. Disc Three finishes the original trio's history and features the recordings by Gilkyson and Dehr following the split with Miller. Gilkyson's solo demos and the 12 songs cut by Frank Miller's Easy Riders, including their versions of "Marianne" and "Greenfields," anot to mention "Wabash Cannon Ball." Disc Five features all of Gilkyson's solo recordings for Decca from 1949 through 1951 (including "Cry of the Wild Goose" and an early version of "Fast Freight," awhich later entered the Kingston Trio's repertory), as well as his two collaborations with the Weavers in 1951 -- these include half a dozen songs that were unreleased until 1995, with the issue of this box. Finally, Disc Six has the complete work of the Miller/Dehr two-man Easy Riders, Dehr's solo demos, and Gilkyson's solo recordings from 1952 and 1953. The quality of the music is all very high, although Gilkyson's baritone singing has a more trained, dramatic, at times almost operatic approach than one is accustomed to in "folk" music, reminiscent more of Richard Dyer-Bennett (or even Paul Robeson) than to Woody Guthrie or Cisco Houston. The most extraordinary aspect of any of this is that the group has slipped entirely through the cracks of every music reference book in existence. ~ Bruce Eder

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. What'cha Gonna Do
  2. 2. So True Blues
  3. 3. Marianne
  4. 4. US Adam
  5. 5. Rollin' Home
  6. 6. Everybody Loves Saturday Night
  7. 7. Lonesome Rider
  8. 8. Goodbye Chiquita
  9. 9. Champagne Wine
  10. 10. South Coast
  11. 11. Hot Crawfish
  12. 12. Red Sundown
  13. 13. Yermo's Nightmare And Yermo Red
  14. 14. Sky Is High
  15. 15. Send For The Captain
  16. 16. Don't Hurry Worry Me
  17. 17. True Love And Tender Care
  18. 18. Tina
  19. 19. Sweet Sugar Cane
  20. 20. I Won't Tell
  21. 21. Strollin' Blues
  22. 22. Fare Thee Well
  23. 23. Weary Travellin' Blues
  24. 24. Blues Ain't Nothin'
  25. 25. Times
  26. 26. Man About Town
  27. 27. Shorty Joe
  28. 28. Green Fields
  29. 29. Blue Mountain
  30. 30. Windjammer
  31. 31. Kari Waits For Me
  32. 32. Delia
  33. 33. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle
  34. 34. Wanderin' Blues
  35. 35. Eddystone Light
  36. 36. Drill Ye Tarriers Drill
  37. 37. East Virginia
  38. 38. I Ride An Old Paint
  39. 39. Mayfield Mountain
  40. 40. Ravin' Gambler
  41. 41. Gambler's Blues
  42. 42. John Henry
  43. 43. Six Wheel Driver
  44. 44. I'm Gonna Leave You Now
  45. 45. Saturday's Child
  46. 46. Love Is A Golden Ring
  47. 47. Ride Away
  48. 48. Vaquero
  49. 49. Take Off Your Old Coat
  50. 50. Il Fait Si Beau
  51. 51. Glory Glory
  52. 52. My Pretty Quadron
  53. 53. Forever New
  54. 54. Poor Boy
  55. 55. Lights Of Town
  56. 56. Cry Of The Wild Goose
  57. 57. Young In Love
  58. 58. Ballad Of The Alamo
  59. 59. Green Leaves Of Summer
  60. 60. Remember The Alamo
  61. 61. Laredo
  62. 62. Green Grow The Lilacs
  63. 63. Long Lean Deliah
  64. 64. Leina
  65. 65. Plain Old Plainsmen
  66. 66. Girl I Left Behind
  67. 67. Here's To The Ladies
  68. 68. Tennessee Babe
  69. 69. Mi Amor Mi Corazon
  70. 70. Haven't We Met Before
  71. 71. Silver And Gold
  72. 72. Go Tell Her For Me
  73. 73. Brother Simon And Sister Mary
  74. 74. Ten Men From Tennessee
  75. 75. Deerfoot Dan
  76. 76. Sam Hall/Nellie
  77. 77. Maggie Gonzales
  78. 78. Along Comes Me
  79. 79. 900 Miles
  80. 80. Bachelor's Boy
  81. 81. Jeb Jone's Daughter
  82. 82. See All The People
  83. 83. Bill Goat Hill
  84. 84. Ta Pedia Tou Pirea (Never On A Sunday)
  85. 85. Marianne P
  86. 86. Pajarillo Barranquero
  87. 87. Toro
  88. 88. Wabash Cannonball
  89. 89. Run Come See Jerusalem
  90. 90. Adieu Cherie
  91. 91. Dead Eye Sam
  92. 92. Devil Cat
  93. 93. Speak A Word Of Love (I Wish I Wish)
  94. 94. Lady From Laramie
  95. 95. Little King
  96. 96. Oh Brandy Leave Me Alone
  97. 97. Boll Weevil
  98. 98. Black Eyed Susie
  99. 99. Story Of Creation
  100. 100. Cotton Eye Joe
  101. 101. Billy Boy
  102. 102. Roving Gambler
  103. 103. Jennie Jenkins
  104. 104. Black Is The Colour
  105. 105. I Know Where I'm Going
  106. 106. Everyone's Crazy Exceptin' Me
  107. 107. Running Away
  108. 108. Secret
  109. 109. Nellie Lou
  110. 110. Last Freight
  111. 111. Solitary Singer
  112. 112. Mr Buzzard
  113. 113. Tick Tock Song
  114. 114. Across The Wild Missouri
  115. 115. Girl In The Wood
  116. 116. Fast Freight
  117. 117. Hoofbeat Serenade
  118. 118. Stay Awhile
  119. 119. Rollin' Stone
  120. 120. World Belongs To Me
  121. 121. Three Jolly Rogues Of Lynne
  122. 122. Charmin' Bells
  123. 123. Nine Hundred Miles
  124. 124. Greensleeves
  125. 125. John Hardy
  126. 126. Fond Affection
  127. 127. Box Of Rosewood
  128. 128. Man You Don't Meet Every Day
  129. 129. Tom Jack
  130. 130. Wait By The Willow
  131. 131. Golden Minute
  132. 132. Mackerel Feet
  133. 133. Sparrow Grass And Brown Bread
  134. 134. Gypsy Davey
  135. 135. Tall Timber
  136. 136. Come Home Zelda
  137. 137. Ride Away Vaquero
  138. 138. Quit Kicking My Dog Around
  139. 139. Man Of The Sky
  140. 140. Christopher Columbus

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Release Date
10/3/95 

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