Music To Die For: Death Discs 1914-1960 (CD)

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2 CDs of death songs through the ages with a deluxe package, liner notes, featuring Leadbelly, Gene Vincent and more.

One of pop's hardiest forms, the death disc is arguably the most comic too. It also remains one of the topics that has lasted the test of time and even today loss of a loved one remains a subject still popular amongst songwriters of a certain sway. What is sure is that songs related to death maintain an enormous cult-appeal amongst collectors. This superb two CD collection brings together 52 of the finest songs from this strange genre, dating back as far as 1912 and as recent as 1960 - this was the golden age of the death disc. With artists as diverse as Leadbelly, Marty Robbins, Alfred Hitchcock and Gene Vincent on tracks with names as gruesome as The Tragedy Of School Bus 27, Grandpa's Grave and The Water Was Red. Completed in deluxe packaging with 16 page booklet, slipcase and extensive liner notes by the author of 'Death Discs: Account of Fatality in the Popular Song', this compilation, remarkably, is the first ever collection of 'Death Discs' to emerge.

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Messrs. Ernest Pike and Walter Miller - Excelsior!
  • Frank Miller - Don't Go Down The Mine Dad
  • Vernon Dalhart - Wreck of the Old '97
  • Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary
  • Mattie Delaney - Tallahatchie River Blues
  • Ethel Waters - Miss Otis Regrets
  • Dorsey Dixon - Wreck On The Highway (I Didn't Hear Nobody Pray)
  • Eddy Duchin feat. Patricia Norman - Ol' Man Mose
  • Lord Executor - We Mourn The Loss Of Sir Murchison Fletcher
  • Artie Shaw feat. Pauline Byrne - Gloomy Sunday
  • Leadbelly - Black Girl
  • St. Louis Jimmy Oden - Goin' Down Slow
  • Lena Horne - Frankie and Johnny
  • Jimmie Osborne - The Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus
  • Vaughn Monroe - Riders In the Sky
  • Red Foley - Old Shep
  • Tom Lehrer - I Hold Your Hand In Mine
  • Eugene Fox - Sinner's Dream
  • Ferlin Husky - The Drunken Driver
  • The Four Freshmen - Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring
  • Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires - Death of an Angel
  • The Cheers - Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots
  • Stanley Holloway - Sweeney Todd The Barber
  • Bill Hayes - Message From James Dean
  • Ken Colyer’s Skiffle Group - Down Bound Train
Disc 2:
  • Louvin Brothers - Knoxville Girl
  • Nervous Norvus - Wild Dogs Of Kentucky
  • The Cheers - Chicken
  • Robert Mitchum - Ballad Of thunder Road
  • Tony Casanova - The Grave
  • Ralph Bowman - The Tragedy of School Bus 27
  • Stanley Brothers - No School Bus In Heaven
  • The Everly Brothers - Down In The Willow Garden
  • Jody Reynolds - Endless Sleep
  • Alfred Hitchcock - Music To Be Murdered By
  • Lloyd Price - Stagger Lee
  • Johnny Cash - Don't Take Your Guns To Town
  • The Everly Brothers - Take A Message To Mary
  • Ruby Wright - Three Stars
  • George Jones - Who Shot Sam'
  • Jacques Brel - La Mort
  • Paul Hampton - Two Hour Honeymoon
  • Gene Vincent - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  • Mark Dinning - Teen Angel
  • Robert Horton - Sail Ho!
  • Peter Sellers - Grandpa's Grave
  • Johnny Preston - Running Bear
  • Ray Peterson - Tell Laura I Love Her
  • Marilyn Michaels - Tell Tommy I Miss Him
  • The Cadets - Car Crash
  • Johnny Cymbal - The Water Was Red
  • Creed Taylor Orchestra - Wreck Of The Old '97

Additional Details

Label: Chrome Dreams

Genre: Pop/Rock

Run Time: 151 mins

Release Date: 04/05/11

UPC: 823564618326

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