Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I hear the train a'coming...
From 1925, Kelly Harrell's Rovin' Gambler, and its flip, New River Train. On the first, listen for the lyrics, "I hear the train a'oming, a'coming 'round the curve...." Sound familiar? That line later showed up in Gordon Jenkins' Crescent City Blues (1953), and then in Johnny Cash's Crescent City rip-off , Folsom Prison Blues (1955).
I cut as much hiss as I could from these sides--unfortunately, the engineer forgot to turn up the gain, so the performances are very quiet. Which wouldn't be a problem if this disc were fresh from the stamper and blessed with a silent surface. However....
Tolerable, nevertheless. Harrell did a second version in 1926--you can find that one on Youtube.
hRovin' Gambler; New River Train--Kelly Harrell (1925)