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Various Artists - Freight Trains Ride Again, Vol. 2

(Wango CD-118) 2000


Freight Trains Ride Again, Vol. 2
Rear Cover CD Tray CD Booklet

This 'Various Artists' compilation has four Stanley Brothers tracks from the 1963/1964 Ray Davis sessions. Three have appeared on other reissues/compilations. i.e. Wild And Reckless Hobo was originally released on the John's Country Quartet LP and reissued as Stanley Brothers Of Virginia, Vol. 2: Long Journey Home; 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 previously released on the Freight Train Special, Vol. 2 compilation, but with out the addition of a train whistle at the start; and Life's Railway To Heaven was originally released on 7" EP (Wango 1784) and also appears on Freight Train Special, Vol. 2.

That leaves Ridin' That Midnight Train which is from the Dec. 1963 Radio sessions that the Stanley's cut for Ray Davis, and which seems to be unique to this CD.

The rest of the other artists material, similiarly largely duplicates other Wango releases... eg. 15 of the cuts are also found on Freight Train Special, Vol. 2!

Thanks to Chris Wing for letting me hear this one...

 

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
Train 45
- Stanley Brothers

G.B. Grayson
2
Ridin' That Midnight Train
- Stanley Brothers

R. Stanley
3
I Hear A Choo Choo Coming
- James King & The Basement Band

Corbet 'Cuddles' Newsome
4
Night Train To Memphis
- Lost And Found

Beasley Smith / Marvin Hughes / Owen Bradley
5
My Dixie Home
- Warrior River Boys

Andrew Jenkins ?
6
East Bound Freight Train
- David Davis & Scott Brannon

Grandpa Jones
7
Wild And Reckless Hobo
- Stanley Brothers

??
8
Waitin' For A Train
- Larry Sparks

??
9
Hobo's Meditation
- James King & David Davis

??
10
Hobo Bill's Last Ride
- Scott Brannon

??
11
Mystery Of The #5
- Warrior River Boys

??
12
Southern Cannonball
- Warrior River Boys

Jimmie Rodgers/R. Hall
13
New River Train
- Gillis Brothers

P.D.
14
Orange Blossom Special
- Gillis Brothers

Ervin T. Rouse
15
Wreck Of The Old 97
- Warrior River Boys

??
16
A Hero's Death
- Mac Wiseman

??
17
Lightning Express
- David Davis & Scott Brannon

E.P. Moran / J. Fred Helf
18
The Evening Train
- Bob & Danny Paisley

??
19
Baggage Coach Ahead
- Bill Harrel

??
20
Gospel Train
- Sullivan Family

??
21
Life's Railway To Heaven
- Stanley Brothers

Charlie Davis Tillman / M.E. Abbey

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