Marianne Easy Riders

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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? - 2:56
  2. 2. So True Blues - 2:25
  3. 3. Marianne - 2:24
  4. 4. U.S. Adam - 2:25
  5. 5. Rollin' Home - 2:03
  6. 6. Everybody Loves Saturday Night - 2:01
  7. 7. Lonesome Rider - 2:19
  8. 8. Goodbye Chiquita - 3:32
  9. 9. Champagne (& Wine) - 2:46
  10. 10. South Coast - 3:12
  11. 11. Hot Crawfish - 2:22
  12. 12. Red Sundown - 2:26
  13. 13. Yermo's Nightmare and Yermo Red - 3:03
  14. 14. Sky Is High - 2:59
  15. 15. Send for the Captain - 2:13
  16. 16. Don't Hurry Worry Me - 2:13
  17. 17. True Love and Tender Care - 2:58
  18. 18. Tina - 2:59
  19. 19. Sweet Sugar Cane - 2:23
  20. 20. I Won't Tell - 2:09
  21. 21. Strollin' Blues - 2:05
  22. 22. Tina - 2:07
  23. 23. South Coast - 3:07
  24. 24. Fare the Well - 2:22
  25. 25. Weary Travelin' Blues - 2:48
  26. 26. Blues Ain't Nothin' - 2:23
  27. 27. Times - 2:56
  28. 28. Man About Town - 2:25
  29. 29. Shorty Joe - 2:22

CD: 2

  1. 30. Strollin' Blues - 2:11
  2. 31. Weary Travelin' Blues - 2:14
  3. 32. Blues Ain't Nothin' - 2:13
  4. 33. Times - 2:48
  5. 34. Lonesome Rider - 3:40
  6. 35. Greenfields - 3:54
  7. 36. Easy Rider Blues - 3:52
  8. 37. Blue Mountain - 2:05
  9. 38. So True Blues - 2:20
  10. 39. Fare the Well Oh Babe - 2:18
  11. 40. Windjammer - 2:20
  12. 41. Kari Waits for Me - 2:14
  13. 42. Delia - 2:56
  14. 43. Lonesome Whistle - 2:57
  15. 44. Wanderin' Blues - 2:26
  16. 45. Eddystone Light - 2:59
  17. 46. Drill, Ye Tarriers - 2:06
  18. 47. East Virginia - 2:06
  19. 48. I Ride an Old Paint - 2:59
  20. 49. Sweet Sugar Cane - 2:20
  21. 50. Mayfield Mountain - 2:35
  22. 51. Roving Gambler - 2:57
  23. 52. Gambler's Blues - 3:35
  24. 53. Wanderin' Blues - 2:26
  25. 54. John Henry - 3:41
  26. 55. Lonesome Whistle - 2:51
  27. 56. Six Wheel Driver - 2:27
  28. 57. I'm Gonna Leave You Now - 3:48
  29. 58. Sweet Sugar Cane - 1:27

CD: 3

  1. 59. Saturday's Child - 3:37
  2. 60. Love Is a Golden Ring - 3:36
  3. 61. Ride Away Vaquero - 3:45
  4. 62. Take off Your Old Coat - 2:24
  5. 63. Il Fait Si Beau - 3:44
  6. 64. Glory, Glory - 3:45
  7. 65. My Pretty Quadroon - 2:12
  8. 66. Quit Kickin' My Dog Around - 2:21
  9. 67. Forever New - 2:12
  10. 68. Poor Boy - 2:27
  11. 69. Lights of Town - 3:08
  12. 70. Cry of the Wild Goose - 3:03
  13. 71. Young in Love - 2:57
  14. 72. Ballad of the Alamo - 3:14
  15. 73. Green Leaves of Summer - 3:42
  16. 74. Remember the Alamo - 2:17
  17. 75. Laredo - 3:15
  18. 76. Green Grow the Lilacs - 3:45
  19. 77. Long Lean Delilah - 2:03
  20. 78. Leina - 3:52
  21. 79. Plain Old Plainsmen - 3:31
  22. 80. Girl I Left Behind - 2:14
  23. 81. Here's to the Ladies - 2:42
  24. 82. Tennessee Babe - 2:24
  25. 83. Mi Amor, Mi Corazon - 3:53
  26. 84. Haven't We Met Before? - 3:43
  27. 85. Silver and Gold - 3:56
  28. 86. Go Tell Her for Me - 3:46

CD: 4

  1. 87. Brother Simon and Sister Mary (& Eliza) - 3:56
  2. 88. Brother Simon and Sister Mary - 3:12
  3. 89. Eliza's World - 3:27
  4. 90. Standing in the Garden - 3:49
  5. 91. Wind Is a Lover - 3:50
  6. 92. Point the Way to My Home - 3:32
  7. 93. Sip the Morning Dew - 3:54
  8. 94. How Many Yesterdays - 2:42
  9. 95. Charlie's Inn - 2:13
  10. 96. Coney Island - 2:24
  11. 97. Brother Simon and Sister Mary - 2:49
  12. 98. Ten Men from Tennessee - 2:06
  13. 99. Deerfoot Dan - 4:53
  14. 100. Sam Hall/Nellie - 2:47
  15. 101. Maggie Gonzales - 2:08
  16. 102. Along Comes Me - 2:49
  17. 103. 900 Miles - 2:11
  18. 104. Bachelor's Boy - 2:55
  19. 105. Jeb Jones' Daughter - 3:08
  20. 106. See All the People - 2:46
  21. 107. Billy Goat Hill - 3:00
  22. 108. Man About Town - 3:46
  23. 109. Ta Pedia Tou Pirea (Never on Sunday) - 2:18
  24. 110. Marianne - 2:08
  25. 111. Pajarillo Barranqueño - 3:52
  26. 112. Toro - 3:19
  27. 113. Greenfields - 2:24
  28. 114. Wabash Cannonball - 2:02
  29. 115. Run, Come See Jerusalem - 3:02
  30. 116. Adieu Cherie - 2:15
  31. 117. Dead Eye Sam - 2:05
  32. 118. Devil Cat

CD: 5

  1. 119. Speak a Word of Love, I Wish - 3:27
  2. 120. Cry of the Wild Goose - 3:46
  3. 121. Lady from Laramie - 2:10
  4. 122. Little King - 3:59
  5. 123. Oh Brandy Leave Me Alone - 3:37
  6. 124. Boll Weevil - 2:14
  7. 125. Black Eyed Susie - 2:12
  8. 126. Story of the Creation - 1:16
  9. 127. Cotton Eyed Joe - 1:05
  10. 128. Billy Boy - 2:03
  11. 129. Roving Gambler - 2:13
  12. 130. Jennie Jenkins - 2:08
  13. 131. Black Is the Color - 3:39
  14. 132. I Know Where I'm Going - 2:22
  15. 133. Ev'ryone's Crazy 'Ceptin' Me - 2:11
  16. 134. Runnin' Away - 3:42
  17. 135. Secret - 2:13
  18. 136. Nellie Lou - 3:46
  19. 137. Fast Freight - 3:14
  20. 138. Solitary Singer - 3:42
  21. 139. Mr. Buzzard - 2:09
  22. 140. Tick Tock Song - 2:08
  23. 141. Across the Wide Missouri - 3:02
  24. 142. On Top of Old Smokey - 3:46
  25. 143. Girl in the Wood - 3:49
  26. 144. Mr. Buzzard - 2:06
  27. 145. Fast Freight - 3:02
  28. 146. Hoofbeat Serenade - 3:58
  29. 147. Stay a While - 3:36
  30. 148. Rollin' Stone - 2:15
  31. 149. World Belongs to Me - 2:23

CD: 6

  1. 150. Three Jolly Rogues of Lynne - 2:39
  2. 151. Charmin' Bells - 3:53
  3. 152. Nine Hundred Miles - 3:31
  4. 153. Greensleeves - 3:53
  5. 154. John Hardy - 3:40
  6. 155. Green Grow the Lilacs - 3:44
  7. 156. Fond Affection - 3:54
  8. 157. Box of Rosewood - 2:24
  9. 158. Fond Affection - 3:18
  10. 159. Man You Don't Meet Ev'ry Day - 3:38
  11. 160. Lonesome Rider - 3:59
  12. 161. Tom Jack - 3:03
  13. 162. Wait by the Willow - 3:56
  14. 163. Golden Minute - 3:44
  15. 164. Mackerel Fleet - 3:36
  16. 165. Sparrow Grass and Brown Bread - 2:11
  17. 166. Man About Town - 3:17
  18. 167. Gypsy Davey - 3:47
  19. 168. Wait by the Willow - 3:18
  20. 169. Tall Timber - 3:39
  21. 170. Come Home Zelda - 2:10
  22. 171. Ride Away Vaquero - 3:44
  23. 172. Quit Kicking My Dog Around - 2:14
  24. 173. Man of the Sky - 2:28
  25. 174. Christopher Columbus - 3:36

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