Jimmie Rodgers

The Essential Jimmie Rodgers

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As the first serious attempt at a single-disc Jimmie Rodgers retrospective in the CD-era, The Essential Jimmie Rodgers isn't bad at all. Over the course of 20 songs, nearly all of his best-known songs -- including "Blue Yodel, No. 1," "In the Jailhouse Now" and "Blue Yodel, No. 8" (a.k.a. "Mule Skinner Blues") -- are featured, and while some good things remain in the vaults, it's hard to argue with what's here. After all, Essential isn't designed for historians or completists -- it's for the curious, who are reluctant to invest in either Rounder's multi-volume series or Bear Family's comprehensive box. For those listeners, The Essential Jimmie Rodgers is an invaluable introduction.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:18 Amazon
2 3:24 Amazon
3 2:56 Amazon
4 2:45 Amazon
5 3:18 Amazon
6 3:31 Amazon
7 3:04 Amazon
8 3:18 Amazon
9 3:01 Amazon
10 3:10 Amazon
11 3:03 Amazon
12 3:01 Amazon
13 2:41 Amazon
14 3:02 Amazon
15 3:05 Amazon
16 2:44 Amazon
17 2:51 Amazon
18 2:54 Amazon
19 2:57 Amazon
20 2:59 Amazon
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