Carson Robison

A Real Hillbilly Legend

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A Real Hillbilly Legend spans the years 1928-1951 and contains recordings Carson Robison made for several different labels, well-mastered from vintage 78s. It plays like a random assortment of singles, but the anthology is notable for including many of Robison's previously uncollected World War II propaganda songs. Some of these songs are humorous recitations (the hits "Hitler's Last Letter to Hirohito" and "Mussolini's Letter to Hitler"), but others are so mean-spirited they make Vince Vance's "Bomb Iran" sound like "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." "A Hundred Years From Now," for example, imagines a future in which the few surviving Japanese people are kept in zoos, and the title of "We're Gonna Have to Slap the Dirty Little Jap (And Uncle Sam's the Guy Who Can Do It)" speaks for itself. The jarring mixture of sentimental songs and racist "humor" aside, the historical value of A Real Hillbilly Legend is immense.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:13
2 2:21
3 2:17
4 2:25
5 2:07
6 2:18
7
2:03
8 2:23
9 2:06
10 2:22
11 2:19
12 2:10
13 2:06
14
2:19
15 2:26
16 2:30
17 2:12
18 2:30
19 2:23
20 2:08
21
2:22
22 2:21
23
2:30
24
2:28
25 2:30
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