DOOM AND GLOOM - EARLY SONGS OF ANGST & DISASTER 1927-1946
A well-titled CD as there's not much good news here. You get twenty four songs about wrecks, fires, school house fires, dying soldiers, floods, shipping disasters, mine disasters and war - in fact, all the stuff that fascinates us! They're good, well selected songs mostly from the pre-war blues and old-timey catalogues.
The Cauley Family's "Lumberton Wreck" is a report on a train crash in Lumberton, North Carolina which has great sound effects, Casey Bill's "Flood Water Blues" is as emotive as Charley Patton's desperate "High Water Everywhere" and surely The Cofer Brother's "The Great Ship Went Down" is the best Titanic song ever.
Wartime tunes like The Carter Family's "The Dying Soldier" and Grayson & Whitter's "He's Coming To Us Dead" may have originated in the First World War or even the Civil War but they hit the heartstrings with as much force as The Dixon Brother's "School House Fire", the poignant song about the disaster at the Grover-Cleveland School that left 76 women and children dead. Tough stuff but what did you expect? They didn't call this CD "Doom and Gloom" for nothin'!
Review Date: March 2009