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Doom & Gloom - Early Songs Of Angst And Disaster 1927-1945
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Description The modern age, driven by science and technology, made a promise: to put an end to all the evils of the past, once and for all. At last mankind would be freed from the horrors of disease, fire, plague, drought, floods and earthquakes. But progress also produced new horrors. Mega-technology in transport, and a drive towards ever larger capacity and higher speeds unleashed catastrophes on a scale previously unknown. Now a railway crash, a blazing zeppelin or a shipping disaster could inflict not dozens, but hundreds or even thousands of casualties.
In the 1920s and 30s a series of disasters created a climate of fear, affecting the psyche in a way similar to today, when wars, fanaticism, terrorism, natural disasters, global warming, bird flu, tsunami, hurricanes and tornados all contribute to a gloomy atmosphere of uncertainty and constant dread.

Hillbilly and blues musicians in the 1920s and 30s expressed the general mood in a poignant way. They sang of catastrophes and disasters, whether far away or on their doorstep. They talked of the effects these events had on the lives of ordinary people; they described what happened when disaster struck, as seen through the eyes of the victims. Perhaps the articulation of these awful events in songs helped to ease feelings of despair, offering a crumb of comfort to those listeners dealing with the brutal reality.
Track Listing God Moves On The Water - Blind Willie Johnson
Wreck On The Highway - Roy Acuff And His Crazy Tennesseeans
Baltimore Fire - Charlie Poole With The North Carolina Ramblers
Southern Flood Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
That Crazy War - Lulu Belle & Scotty
When That Great Ship Went Down - William And Versey Smith
When The Atom Bomb Fell - Karl And Harty
He's Coming To Us Dead - G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter
Back-Water Blues - Bessie Smith
Providence Help The Poor People - Joe Williams
The Dying Soldier - The Carter Family
The Great Ship Went Down - Cofer Brothers
When The Levee Breaks - Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie
Explosion In The Fairmont Mines - Blind Alfred Reed
High Water Everywhere - Part 1 - Charley Patton
School House Fire - The Dixon Brothers
The Wreck Of The Southern Old '97 - Gid Tanner & His Skillet-Lickers
Flood Water Blues - No 2 - Casey Bill Weldon
Jake Walk Blues - The Allen Brothers
Sinking Of The Titanic - Richard ("Rabbit") Brown
Off To War I'm Going - Carolina Twins
Lumberton Wreck - Cauley Family
Rycove Cyclone - Asa Martin & James Roberts
Dark Was The Night - Cold Was The Ground - Blind Willie Johnson
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Label TRI - Trikont
Number 364
Subsidiary Artists: Blind Willie Johnson
Roy Acuff And His Crazy Tennesseeans
Charlie Poole With The North Carolina Ramblers
Big Bill Broonzy
Lulu Belle & Scotty
William And Versey Smith
Karl And Harty
Grayson & Whitter
Bessie Smith
Joe Williams
Carter Family
Cofer Brothers
Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie
Blind Alfred Reed
Charley Patton
Dixon Brothers
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
Casey Bill Weldon
Allen Brothers
Richard Rabbit Brown
Carolina Twins
Cauley Family
Martin & Roberts
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