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Lonnie Donegan 4/11/2000

Review

Essentially a slimmed-down version of the Bear Family box set, or an upgrade of the vinyl double Hit Singles Collection, this fully remastered three-CD collection is the last word on Lonnie Donegan's British chart performance. Between 1956 and 1962, Donegan placed no less than 30 singles, one EP, and three LPs on the U.K. chart, most of which are condensed into this well-designed and executed package. No less than 54 tracks tell the Skiffle King's story, and the only caveat would be the lack of any chronological order to the sequencing -- "Rock Island Line," his first hit, is actually the last track in the box; "Cumberland Gap," his tenth, is the selected opener. Full marks, however, for not simply cramming all the hits onto one disc, and leaving the rest of the package to mull over the B-sides and album cuts. Rather, the random positioning ensures that the listener will give the same attention to every number, and draw out a whole new collection of favorites -- "Ham 'n' Eggs," "San Miguel," and a remarkable version of "Miss Otis Regrets" will all delight audiences that may have come in simply to find a best-ever-quality copy of "My Old Man's a Dustman." More than that, however, the box reminds listeners of just how much Donegan achieved during his years of greatest supremacy, as he set the stage not only for an entire generation of young Britons to take up musical arms of their own, but also opened the doors for less traditional musical forms to emerge from the suburbs and smokeholes of late-'50s Britain. The likes of Van Morrison, Elton John, and Mark Knopfler have all praised Donegan as Britain's first pop idol and, though history still insists on confining him to the box marked "skiffle," the Skiffle King reigned over far more than that. ~ Dave Thompson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Cumberland Gap Lonnie Donegan 1:56
  3. 2 Wabash Cannonball Lonnie Donegan 1:55
  4. 3 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O Lonnie Donegan 1:40
  5. 4 Ham and Eggs Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  6. 5 Grand Coulee Dam Lonnie Donegan 2:37
  7. 6 Jimmy Brown the Newsboy Lonnie Donegan 2:34
  8. 7 My Dixie Darling Lonnie Donegan 3:0
  9. 8 Talking Guitar Blues Lonnie Donegan 1:56
  10. 9 Betty, Betty, Betty Lonnie Donegan 2:59
  11. 10 Lonesome Traveller Lonnie Donegan 2:50
  12. 11 I Wanna Go Home [The Wreck of the John B] Lonnie Donegan 2:36
  13. 12 Darling Corey Lonnie Donegan 2:8
  14. 13 Fort Worth Jail Lonnie Donegan 2:11
  15. 14 Miss Otis Regrets [She's Unable to Lunch Today] Lonnie Donegan 2:38
  16. 15 Dead or Alive Lonnie Donegan 2:30
  17. 16 Frankie and Johnny Lonnie Donegan 5:20
  18. 17 Lorelei Lonnie Donegan 2:2
  19. 18 Puttin' On the Style Lonnie Donegan 3:34
  20. 1 Gamblin' Man Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  21. 2 I'm Alabammy Bound Lonnie Donegan 1:48
  22. 3 Lost John Lonnie Donegan 2:40
  23. 4 San Miguel Lonnie Donegan 1:54
  24. 5 Sorry But I'm Gonna Have to Pass Lonnie Donegan 2:23
  25. 6 Tom Dooley Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  26. 7 Ella Speed [Live at Conway Hall] Lonnie Donegan 3:1
  27. 8 The Battle of New Orleans Lonnie Donegan 3:8
  28. 9 Wreck of the Old '97 Lonnie Donegan 2:27
  29. 10 Bring a Little Water, Sylvie Lonnie Donegan 2:24
  30. 11 Railroad Bill Lonnie Donegan 2:18
  31. 12 John Hardy Lonnie Donegan 2:38
  32. 13 Jack O'Diamonds Lonnie Donegan 2:47
  33. 14 Glory [Mono Version] Lonnie Donegan 5:8
  34. 15 Sally Don't You Grieve Lonnie Donegan 2:10
  35. 16 Aunt Rhody (The Old Grey Goose) Lonnie Donegan 2:23
  36. 17 Sal's Got a Sugar Lip Lonnie Donegan 2:23
  37. 18 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour [On the Bedpost Overnight] Lonnie Donegan 2:43
  38. 1 My Old Man's a Dustman Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  39. 2 Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 1 Lonnie Donegan 2:57
  40. 3 On a Monday [Live at Conway Hall] Lonnie Donegan 2:24
  41. 4 Pick a Bale of Cotton Lonnie Donegan 2:32
  42. 5 The Party's Over Lonnie Donegan 2:42
  43. 6 Take This Hammer [Single Version] Lonnie Donegan 2:30
  44. 7 Stewball Lonnie Donegan 2:8
  45. 8 Lively! Lonnie Donegan 3:17
  46. 9 Light from the Lighthouse Lonnie Donegan 2:14
  47. 10 Michael Row the Boat Ashore Lonnie Donegan 2:25
  48. 11 Have a Drink On Me Lonnie Donegan 2:48
  49. 12 Noah Found Grace In the Eyes of the Lord Lonnie Donegan 3:9
  50. 13 The Comancheros Lonnie Donegan 2:2
  51. 14 Seven Daffodils Lonnie Donegan 3:0
  52. 15 Lumbered Lonnie Donegan 2:59
  53. 16 Mule Skinner Blues [Mono Version] Lonnie Donegan 4:39
  54. 17 Lonnie's Skiffle Party, Pt. 2 Lonnie Donegan 2:56
  55. 18 Rock Island Line [Mono Version] Lonnie Donegan 3:20

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