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Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology 1955-1967

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Lonnie Donegan 31/8/2003

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For most listeners, the three-disc, 86-track Sanctuary/Castle collection Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology 1955-1967 will be nearly as overwhelming as the eight-disc, all-encompassing Bear Family box More Than "Pye in the Sky," since a little Lonnie Donegan can go a long way for the average listener. But, for those who decide to dig into this collection, they'll quickly discover that he was a remarkably consistent performer and a little more diverse than his skiffle origins would suggest. Skiffle might have been a bit of a straightjacket -- it had very rigid rhythmic rules -- but Donegan acted more like a folksinger anyway, using skiffle as his foundation and then delving into American folk and country, blues, and a little bit of gospel. He was a good singer and a lively performer, navigating these changes rather easily, and while there wasn't necessarily great development over the years, there was consistency. So, if you decide that you need a comprehensive Lonnie Donegan collection that is nevertheless not entirely complete, this is an excellent choice, but do be forewarned: If you're not already converted, a little of this does go a long way. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Rock Island Line Lonnie Donegan 2:26
  3. 2 John Henry Lonnie Donegan 2:4
  4. 3 Diggin' My Potatoes Lonnie Donegan 3:8
  5. 4 Bury My Body Lonnie Donegan 3:5
  6. 5 Lost John Lonnie Donegan 2:40
  7. 6 Stewball Lonnie Donegan 2:8
  8. 7 Bring a Little Water, Sylvie Lonnie Donegan 2:24
  9. 8 Dead or Alive Lonnie Donegan 2:30
  10. 9 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O Lonnie Donegan 1:40
  11. 10 I'm Alabammy Bound Lonnie Donegan 1:48
  12. 11 Cumberland Gap Lonnie Donegan 1:56
  13. 12 Love Is Strange Lonnie Donegan 2:52
  14. 13 Gamblin' Man Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  15. 14 Puttin' on the Style Lonnie Donegan 3:34
  16. 15 My Dixie Darling Lonnie Donegan 3:0
  17. 16 I'm Just a Rolling Stone Lonnie Donegan 4:8
  18. 17 Jack O'Diamonds Lonnie Donegan 2:47
  19. 18 Ham 'N' Eggs Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  20. 19 The Grand Coolie Dam Lonnie Donegan 2:37
  21. 20 Nobody Loves Like an Irishman Lonnie Donegan 2:40
  22. 21 Sally, Don't You Grieve Lonnie Donegan 2:10
  23. 22 Betty, Betty, Betty Lonnie Donegan 2:59
  24. 23 Lonesome Traveller Lonnie Donegan 2:50
  25. 24 Times Are Getting Hard, Boys Lonnie Donegan 2:41
  26. 25 Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 1: Little Liza Jane/Puttin' on the Style Lonnie Donegan 2:57
  27. 26 Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 2: So Long/On Top of Old Smokey/Down ... Lonnie Donegan 2:56
  28. 27 Tom Dooley Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  29. 28 Rock o' My Soul Lonnie Donegan 2:28
  30. 1 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour Lonnie Donegan 2:43
  31. 2 Aunt Rhody (The Old Grey Goose) Lonnie Donegan 2:23
  32. 3 Fort Worth Jail Lonnie Donegan 2:11
  33. 4 Whoa Buck (Whoa Back, Buck) Lonnie Donegan 2:8
  34. 5 The Battle of New Orleans Lonnie Donegan 3:8
  35. 6 Darling Corey Lonnie Donegan 2:8
  36. 7 Kevin Barry Lonnie Donegan 2:56
  37. 8 My Laggan Love Lonnie Donegan 1:43
  38. 9 Sal's Got a Sugar Lip Lonnie Donegan 2:23
  39. 10 Chesapeake Bay Lonnie Donegan 2:28
  40. 11 San Miguel Lonnie Donegan 1:54
  41. 12 Talking Guitar Blues Lonnie Donegan 1:56
  42. 13 My Old Man's a Dustman Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  43. 14 The Golden Vanity Lonnie Donegan 2:31
  44. 15 I Wanna Go Home (The Wreck of the John "B") Lonnie Donegan 2:36
  45. 16 Jimmy Brown the Newsboy Lonnie Donegan 2:34
  46. 17 Lorelei Lonnie Donegan 2:2
  47. 18 In All My Wildest Dreams Lonnie Donegan 2:45
  48. 19 Lively Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  49. 20 Black Cat (Cross My Path Today) Lonnie Donegan 2:32
  50. 21 Virgin Mary Lonnie Donegan 2:16
  51. 22 Beyond the Sunset Lonnie Donegan 2:26
  52. 23 (Bury Me) Beneath the Willow Lonnie Donegan 2:15
  53. 24 Leave My Woman Alone Lonnie Donegan 2:22
  54. 25 Have a Drink on Me Lonnie Donegan 2:49
  55. 26 Seven Daffodils (Seven Golden Daffodils) Lonnie Donegan 3:0
  56. 27 Michael, Row the Boat Ashore Lonnie Donegan 2:25
  57. 28 Lumbered Lonnie Donegan 2:59
  58. 29 The Comancheros Lonnie Donegan 2:2
  59. 30 Ramblin' Round Lonnie Donegan 3:27
  60. 1 The Party's Over Lonnie Donegan 2:42
  61. 2 Over the Rainbow Lonnie Donegan 3:23
  62. 3 I'll Never Fall in Love Again Lonnie Donegan 3:44
  63. 4 Keep on the Sunny Side Lonnie Donegan 2:40
  64. 5 Pick a Bale of Cotton Lonnie Donegan 2:32
  65. 6 Steal Away Lonnie Donegan 2:22
  66. 7 The Market Song Lonnie Donegan 4:5
  67. 8 Tit Bits Lonnie Donegan 3:24
  68. 9 Losing by a Hair Lonnie Donegan 2:39
  69. 10 Trumpet Sounds Lonnie Donegan 2:57
  70. 11 It Was a Very Good Year Lonnie Donegan 3:8
  71. 12 Rise Up Lonnie Donegan 1:51
  72. 13 Lemon Tree Lonnie Donegan 2:58
  73. 14 I've Gotta Gal So Fine Lonnie Donegan 2:24
  74. 15 500 Miles Away from Home Lonnie Donegan 2:43
  75. 16 This Train Lonnie Donegan 2:27
  76. 17 Beans in My Ears Lonnie Donegan 2:41
  77. 18 It's a Long Road to Travel Lonnie Donegan 2:8
  78. 19 Fisherman's Luck Lonnie Donegan 2:42
  79. 20 There's a Big Wheel Lonnie Donegan 1:58
  80. 21 Get Out of My Life Lonnie Donegan 2:42
  81. 22 Won't You Tell Me Lonnie Donegan 2:30
  82. 23 Louisiana Man Lonnie Donegan 2:1
  83. 24 Bound for Zion Lonnie Donegan 1:52
  84. 25 World Cup Willie Lonnie Donegan 2:45
  85. 26 Where in the World Are We Going Lonnie Donegan 2:47
  86. 27 Auntie Maggie's Remedy Lonnie Donegan 2:13
  87. 28 (Ah) My Sweet Marie) Lonnie Donegan 3:11

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