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Various Artists - Freight Train Special, Vol. 2

Songs Of America's Railroads

(Wango CD-102) 1996


Freight Train Special, Vol. 2
CD Tray

This 'Various Artists' compilation has four Stanley Brothers tracks from the 1963/1964 Ray Davis sessions.

Wild And Reckless Hobo had previously been released on the John's Country Quartet LP and reissued as Stanley Brothers Of Virginia, Vol. 2: Long Journey Home. It can also be found on Freight Trains Ride Again Vol. 2.

Train 45 is a very short 32 second version, presumably cut as an opening or closing theme for one of the 25 or so radio shows they made for Ray Davis in Dec. 1963. This version was also released on Wango's Freight Trains Ride Again Vol. 2 with the addition of a train whistle at the start.

As far as I can discern the version of In The Pines is identical to that found on the Wango EP-110 and the On The Air LP, but the song is introduced by Carter, whereas on the On The Air LP, Ralph does the introduction. In The Pines also appeared on 'Freight Trains Ride Again Vol. 1', but I've not heard that CD...

Finally, there's Life's Railway To Heaven which was originally released on 7" EP (Wango 1784) and has also appeared on Freight Trains Ride Again Vol. 2.

The rest of the material, similiarly, largely duplicates other Wango releases...

 

For a detailed breakdown and background to the Stanley's session, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 173-174, 180-183, 204-209, and 211-212.

Track:
Title:
1
Leavin' Tennessee
- Warrior River Boys

??
2
My Dixie Home
- Warrior River Boys

Andrew Jenkins ?
3
Train 45
Gillis Brothers

G.B. Grayson
4
New River Train
- Gillis Brothers

P.D.
5
Orange Blossom Special
- Gillis Brothers

Ervin T. Rouse
6
Wild And Reckless Hobo
- Stanley Brothers

??
7
Waitin' For A Train
- Larry Sparks

??
8
Hobo Bill's Last Ride
- Scott Brannon

??
9
Mystery Of The #5
- Warrior River Boys

??
10
Wreck Of The Old 97
- Warrior River Boys

??
11
Southern Cannonball
- Warrior River Boys

Jimmie Rodgers/R. Hall
12
Train 45
- Stanley Brothers

G.B. Grayson
13
In The Pines
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
14
Life's Railway To Heaven
- Stanley Brothers

Charlie Davis Tillman / M.E. Abbey
15
Gospel Train
- Sullivan Family

??
16
A Hero's Death
- Mac Wiseman

??
17
The Evening Train
- Bob & Danny Paisley

??
18
Baggage Coach Ahead
- Bill Harrel

??

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