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Friday, February 22, 2008

Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937


Mentioned by Our Host in the recent "Doctors" episode, with a sly aside that he has "nothing against downloads and mp3s," but still recommends that you buy the full CD (given that you can't find the more desirable 12" L.P.) in order to get the 72-page booklet, which you can even read without 'lectricity.

Interestingly, one of the accolades on the Amazon page is from Jack White, who noted in a 2005 interview,

"But what I'm listening to most of the time at present is an album called Good For What Ails You, which is an album of songs that people used to listen to at medicine shows all over the States. It's quite an interesting album and I think that people would be well advised to pick it up."
Fans of Emmett Miller will be pleased to find his The Gypsy here, one of Miller's stranger offerings in a strange career. And I'm not sure whether XM Radio or charlespoet added the musical coda after the TTRH close, but if you heard and liked the very weird The Cat's Got The Measles, The Dog's Got The Whooping Cough by Walter Smith you can also find that here on this wonderful compilation. Music directly from Weird Ol' America.

From Amazon: Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937

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1 comment:

Harris said...

Our thanks to both Jacks, White and Frost, for their consideration and inclusion.

Harris, Old Hat Records