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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection, 23 Oct. 2010
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Mr. James C. Kellam (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a splendid collection of the songs of Jimmy Rogers (1897 - 1933). Jimmy was known as "The Singing Breakman" because that was the task that he had performed on the railroads - one of the most dangerous jobs.

During a very brief recording career he made 145 recordings, most of them songs that he had written.

Merle Haggard is a railroad fan himself (owning a huge model railway layout) and has a natural affinity with these songs, singing them in his own inimitable style. There are 24 songs on this excellent Bear Family CD and 5 short tracks of narration about Jimmy's life. The recordings date from the late 1960s, with 2 tracks from 1972, and they sound very good. I recommend this CD very highly.

N.B. If you wish to explore Jimmy's own recordings, there is an excellent Bear Family box-set which includes all the 145.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 tracks in total on this version, 13 Oct. 2011
There are actually 29 tracks on this Bear Family CD - 25 from the original 1969 (double LP)repertoire, plus 4 bonus tracks, one of which,("Jimmie The Kid") had never been previously released.

The other 3 additional tracks are all Jimmie Rodgers songs from earlier Haggard albums.

By the late 1960s The Hag had enough influence at Capitol to record this album from which no singles were released, an almost unheard of practice.

It's an outstandingly good album and has been re-released on CD format by different labels in Japan, Germany and the USA.

This version has a different sleeve from the original as well as the extra tracks.
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