Lonnie Donegan

Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology 1955-1967

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For most listeners, the three-disc, 86-track Sanctuary/Castle collection Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology 1955-1967 will be nearly as overwhelming as the eight-disc, all-encompassing Bear Family box More Than "Pye in the Sky," since a little Lonnie Donegan can go a long way for the average listener. But, for those who decide to dig into this collection, they'll quickly discover that he was a remarkably consistent performer and a little more diverse than his skiffle origins would suggest. Skiffle might have been a bit of a straightjacket -- it had very rigid rhythmic rules -- but Donegan acted more like a folksinger anyway, using skiffle as his foundation and then delving into American folk and country, blues, and a little bit of gospel. He was a good singer and a lively performer, navigating these changes rather easily, and while there wasn't necessarily great development over the years, there was consistency. So, if you decide that you need a comprehensive Lonnie Donegan collection that is nevertheless not entirely complete, this is an excellent choice, but do be forewarned: If you're not already converted, a little of this does go a long way.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:31 Amazon
2 2:08 Amazon
3
3:13 Amazon
4 3:10 Amazon
5 2:45 Amazon
6 2:12 Amazon
7 2:29 Amazon
8 2:34 Amazon
9 1:45 Amazon
10 1:53 Amazon
11 2:01 Amazon
12 2:57 Amazon
13 3:21 Amazon
14 3:39 Amazon
15 3:06 Amazon
16 4:13 Amazon
17 2:52 Amazon
18 3:21 Amazon
19 2:41 Amazon
20 2:46 Amazon
21 2:15 Amazon
22 3:05 Amazon
23 2:55 Amazon
24 2:47 Amazon
25 2:59
26 3:01
27 3:21 Amazon
28 2:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:49 Amazon
2 2:28 Amazon
3 2:15 Amazon
4 2:12 Amazon
5 3:13 Amazon
6 2:13 Amazon
7 3:02 Amazon
8 1:48 Amazon
9 2:28 Amazon
10
2:34 Amazon
11 1:59 Amazon
12 2:01 Amazon
13 3:22 Amazon
14 2:36 Amazon
15 2:41
16 2:39 Amazon
17 2:06 Amazon
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2:50 Amazon
19 3:21 Amazon
20
2:37 Amazon
21 2:20 Amazon
22
2:30 Amazon
23 2:21 Amazon
24 2:30 Amazon
25 2:53 Amazon
26 3:06 Amazon
27 2:30 Amazon
28 3:04 Amazon
29 2:06 Amazon
30 3:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:47 Amazon
2 3:28 Amazon
3 3:49 Amazon
4 2:44 Amazon
5 2:37 Amazon
6 2:27 Amazon
7
feat: Max Miller
4:09 Amazon
8
feat: Max Miller
3:28 Amazon
9
2:44 Amazon
10 3:02 Amazon
11 3:13 Amazon
12 1:55 Amazon
13 3:02 Amazon
14 2:28 Amazon
15 2:47 Amazon
16 2:32 Amazon
17 2:46 Amazon
18 2:13 Amazon
19 2:47 Amazon
20 2:03 Amazon
21 2:47 Amazon
22
2:35 Amazon
23 2:05 Amazon
24 1:57 Amazon
25 2:50 Amazon
26 2:51 Amazon
27 2:17 Amazon
28
3:12 Amazon
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