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Theme Time Radio Hour: Season 2

Theme Time Radio Hour: Season 2


Ace's two-CD collection of records played on the second season of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour series has 50 tracks that -- like the series itself -- cover an astonishingly wide range of high-quality music. True, although the chronology spans 1927 to 2004, it's definitely dominated by pre-1970 releases. It's also true that though it touches upon a lot of styles, there's definitely a pronounced leaning toward the more down-to-earth and rootsy sectors of American 20th century popular music. But while this particular goulash might not be to every radio listener's taste (let alone every CD collector's), it does offer quite an eclectic assortment of high-quality and, for the most part, not very well-known cuts. Indeed, the expanse surveyed is so wide it kind of defies summarization in a mere one- or two-paragraph review. After all, how many other compilations out there include material by James Brown, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Los Lobos, Nilsson, Loretta Lynn, Dionne Warwick, Porter Wagoner, Swamp Dogg, Lucinda Williams, Billie Holiday, Mose Allison, Miriam Makeba, Edith Piaf, and Desmond Dekker? Or genres encompassing mambo, free jazz, rockabilly, old-time folk, soul, Cajun, and numerous others?Although a few hits and classics sneak in (Warwick's "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," Wanda Jackson's rockabilly stormer "Let's Have a Party," Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday," Mose Allison's "Young Man's Blues"), usually these cuts are items that even collectors with big libraries don't likely own yet. Picking out highlights is a bit hopelessly daunting with such a diverse set. But certainly the hot jazz of Baron Lee & the Mills Blue Rhythm Band's "Reefer Man," Miriam Makeba's buoyant pre-exile bopper "Make Us One," and Chris Powell & His Five Blue Flames' infectious calypso-jazz-R&B hybrid "I Come from Jamaica" (on which Clifford Brown made his recording debut) are, as just a few examples, top-rank items you're very unlikely to have heard unless you tuned in to one of Dylan's radio broadcasts during this series. They're also indicative of a tendency -- and hardly an objectionable one -- of Dylan to play pretty upbeat and witty stuff that is, on the whole, considerably more consistently effervescent than what he offers on his own recordings. You also have to wonder if he actually heard and/or selected all of the esoteric items here prior to the broadcasts -- had he ever, for instance, really listened to something like the moody mod of French singer Jacqueline Ta?eb's 1968 single "7 Heures du Matin" before it was part of his radio series?Serious Dylan fanatics might be disappointed that these discs don't include his often witty spoken introductions. And while this is as wide-ranging and excitingly unpredictable as radio should be (and rarely is), its range is so wide that even some listeners with extremely catholic tastes might not find it too conducive for repeated listening. Those qualifications aside, however, this collection does undoubtedly contain a wealth of fine music, albeit often of the sort you wouldn't suspect Dylan to have in his private collection. Ace's customarily fine liner notes also add to the anthology's excellent balance between highly entertaining music and highly educational introductions to records of which you most likely weren't previously aware. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Ace (Label)
  • UPC: 029667036221
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Hello The Sherman Williams Orchestra (Mono)
  • 2. Open The Door (Ouvre La Porte) Country Playboys/Adam Hebert (Mono)
  • 3. Let's Have A Party Wanda Jackson (Mono)
  • 4. Three Hearts In A Tangle James Brown (Mono)
  • 5. Changed The Locks Lucinda Williams
  • 6. There's A Fire The Gaylads (Mono)
  • 7. Walkin' With Frankie Frankie Lee Sims (Mono)
  • 8. 7 Heures Du Matin Jacqueline Ta‹Eb (Mono)
  • 9. Pretty Girl, A (A Cadillac And Some Money) (Mono)
  • 10. Jake Walk Blues Allen Brothers (Mono)
  • 11. Aged And Mellow (Blues) Little Esther (Mono)
  • 12. Sam Stone Swamp Dogg
  • 13. Danger Zone Aka Crepe On Your Door Mercy Dee Walton (Mono)
  • 14. Cold Hard Facts Of Life, The Porter Wagoner
  • 15. Chicken, The Mississippi John Hurt
  • 16. Goodbye California Jolie Holland (Mono)
  • 17. My Walking Stick The Mills Brothers (Mono, Featuring Louis Armstrong)
  • 18. Do You Know The Way To San Jose Dionne Warwick
  • 19. Hunting Tigers Out In Indiah (Yah) Hal Swain & His Band (Mono)
  • 20. Fist City Loretta Lynn
  • 21. Walkin' Dr Bill Aka Gotta Find My Baby B.B. King (Mono)
  • 22. Jump Into The Fire Harry Nilsson
  • 23. One Hand Loose Charlie Feathers (Mono)
  • 24. I Want Two Wings Rev. Utah Smith (Mono)
  • 25. One Time, One Night Los Lobos
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. First I Look At The Purse The Contours
  • 2. Rhode Island Is Famous For You Blossom Dearie
  • 3. Reefer Man Baron Lee/Mills Blue Rhythm Band (Mono)
  • 4. Diamond Joe The Georgia Crackers (Mono)
  • 5. Make Us One Miriam Makeba/Skylarks/The Skylarks (Mono)
  • 6. She's Scattered Everywhere Archibald (Mono)
  • 7. Cigareets, Whuskey And Wild, Wild Women (Mono)
  • 8. Tear Stained Letter Jo El Sonnier
  • 9. Sous Le Ciel De Paris Dith Piaf (Mono)
  • 10. Glory Of Love, The The Velvetones (Mono)
  • 11. Separation Line Laura Lee (Mono)
  • 12. Gloomy Sunday Billie Holiday (Mono)
  • 13. Young Man's Blues Mose Allison (Mono)
  • 14. Would You Believe It (I Have A Cold) Huey Piano Smith (Mono)
  • 15. I Come From Jamaica Chris Powell And The Blue Flames (Mono)
  • 16. 007 (Shanty Town) Desmond Dekker & The Aces (Mono)
  • 17. Go Ahead And Burn Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces (Mono, Featuring Chico)
  • 18. Mambo Del Pachuco Don Tosti (Mono)
  • 19. Your Love Belongs Under A Rock The Dirtbombs
  • 20. One Bad Stud Honey Bears (Mono)
  • 21. Rocket Nine Takes Off For The Planet Venus Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra (Mono)
  • 22. Ice Cream For Crow Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
  • 23. Just One More Time Billy Gayles (Mono)
  • 24. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud Loud Music) Joe Maphis/Rose Lee (Mono)
  • 25. With Arms Outstretched Rilo Kiley
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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