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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Best Of Theme Time Radio Hour

Update: Isis now has a description of the CD set up at its site. As I suspected, the set does not include Dylan's intros or outros, and I also suspect is not being done in conjunction with XM Radio. The fact that they're using the World's Worst Picture of Dylan - as one commenter here noted it looks like a publicity shot for Alvin & the Chipmunks - is also probably indicative that this is being produced without Dylan's involvement.

Without Dylan's commentary, the set simply becomes an eclectic collection of music that has been played on TTRH. I don't think I can recommend it in good conscience, and have removed my Amazon links to the product. The TTRH completist might still want it, but caveat emptor and all that.

The writer at Isis still apparently hasn't grasped the fact that there were only 50 episodes of TTRH either.


From the Amazon product description ...


"On Wednesday May 3rd, 2006, 3 weeks before his 65th birthday, Bob Dylan's voice floated over the airwaves and into people's homes via the medium of radio.

Nothing unusual there of course, Bob's been on the radio for more than 45 years. But what was different this time was that Dylan was the host of the show; the DJ; the one playing the records by artists other than himself.

Over the year that followed Bob was back every week with a further choice of songs, hand picked from his own collection and covering virtually every genre ever invented. The shows were themed; the tracks each week were about the same topic; from Flowers to Cars, the Devil to Friends and Neighbors, Weddings to Divorce.

This 2CD set takes one track from each of the 52 [sic] shows that Dylan presented, and in doing so gives a fascinating glimpse into the tastes and passions of a man who himself has become a musical style all of his own. Produced in conjunction with Isis magazine - the world's biggest selling Dylan Journal."


We'll let it go that there were only 50 episodes in Season 1, not 52, which is why there are two songs from the Time and Hair episodes. The author also seems to be suffering from a slight case of echolia: "DJ" "one playing the records" and "theme" and "same topic" all meaning essentially the same thing. Link to Amazon.

Here's the Track List according to the Amazon/Germany store. I've done some editing/corrections:

1. Keep On The Sunny Side - The Carter Family (Weather)
2. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown (Mother)
3. Ain't Got No Money To Pay For This - George Zimmerman and the Thrills (Drinking)
4. The Ball Game - Sister Wynona Carr (Baseball)
5. Java Jive - The Ink Spots - (Coffee)
6. Send Me To The Lectric Chair - Bessie Smith (Jail)
7. Papas On The Housetop - Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell (Father)
8. Married Woman - Big Joe Turner (Wedding)
9. Alimony Blues - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson & His Orchestra (Divorce)
10. Ice Cream Man - John Brim (Summer)
11. Tulip Or Turnip - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra (Flowers)
12. No Money Down - Chuck Berry - (Cars)
13. Brother Can You Spare A Dime? - Bing Crosby (Rich Man, Poor Man)
14. Race With The Devil - Gene Vincent (The Devil)
15. Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Chuck Berry (Eyes)
16. Hound Dog - Freddie Bell And The Bellboys (Dogs)
17. Last Night - Little Walter - (Friends and Neighbors)
18. Disc Jockey Blues - Luke Jones And His Orchestra (Radio)
19. John The Revelator - Blind Willie Johnson (The Bible)
20. Louisiana - Percy Mayfield (Musical Map)
21. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson II (School)
22. Telephone Is Ringing - Pee Wee Crayton (Telephone)
23. Jesus Gave Me Water - The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi (Water)
24. All The Time - Sleepy LaBeef (Time)
25. Midnight Hour -Clarence Gatemouth Brown (Time)
26. Pistol Packin Mama - Al Dexter & His Troopers (Guns)

Disc 2
27. I Put A Spell On You - Screamin Jay Hawkins (Halloween)
28. When You Dance - The Turbans (Dance)
29. When Its Sleepy Time Down South - Louis Armstrong (Sleep)
30. Matzoh Balls - Slim Gaillard (Food)
31. Let Me Play With Your Poodle - Tampa Red & Big Maceo (Thanksgiving Leftovers)
32. Tennessee - Carl Perkins (Tennessee)
33. Blue Moon Of Kentucky - (Moon)
34. Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd - (Countdown)
35. Christmas Is A-Comin' (Chicken Crows At Midnight) Leadbelly (Christmas/New Year)
36. Zindy Lou - The Chimes -(Women's Names)
37. Don't Touch My Head - JB Lenoir (Hair)
38. Dont Mess With My Ducktail - Joe Clay (Hair)
39. (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone -Roy Montrell (Musical Instruments)
40. Alright, Okay You Win - Buddy & Ella Johnson (Luck)
41. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams Sr. (Tears)
42. Lose Your Blues And Laugh At Life - Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys (Laughter)
43. Good Morning Heartache - Billie Holiday (Heart)
44. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (Shoes)
45. Deep Purple - The Ravens - (Colors)
46. Blue Yodel 1 (T For Texas) - Bob Downen (Texas)
47. Mystery Train - Little Junior Park (Trains)
48. This Train - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (More Trains)
49. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lane (Fools)
50. Take The A Train - Duke Ellington (New York)
51. Taxes Taxes - Hank Penny (Taxes)
52. Richest Guy In The Graveyard - Dinah Washington (Spring Cleaning)

1 comment:

pamela hitchins said...

I wish they had found a better picture of him than something that looks like cousin to Alvin and the Chipmunks.