Merle Travis

Sixteen Tons

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This isn't a definitive Merle Travis collection, but it does a good job of filling the gaps in Razor & Tie's Sweet Temptation compilation. It may omit "Cannon Ball Rag" and some other quintessential performances, but makes up for it by including the entire Folk Songs of the Hills album, with the original versions of "Nine Pound Hammer" and "Dark as a Dungeon." The bulk of this material was recorded during Travis' late-'40s peak, which means, unfortunately, that there is nothing from Walkin' the Strings, but then, anyone lucky enough to find a copy of that album should have a contractual obligation to pick it up.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:52 Amazon
2 02:41 Amazon
3 02:37 Amazon
4 02:42 Amazon
5 02:47 Amazon
6 02:43 Amazon
7 02:50 Amazon
8 03:04 Amazon
9 02:53 Amazon
10 03:10 Amazon
11 02:59 Amazon
12 02:45 Amazon
13 03:02 Amazon
14 02:32 Amazon
15 02:37 Amazon
16 03:07 Amazon
17 03:04 Amazon
18 02:39 Amazon
19 02:50 Amazon
20 02:36 Amazon
21
02:48 Amazon
22 02:15 Amazon
23 02:53 Amazon
24 02:23 Amazon
25 02:08 Amazon
26 03:10 Amazon
27 02:21 Amazon
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