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Various - People Take Warning! (Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938)


1Cap, Andy & FlipMcBeth Mine Explosion2:52
2 Man V Machine 74:49
3Bill CoxTrial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 23:04
4Earl Johnson The Little Grave In Georgia3:07
5Kansas Joe & Memphis MinnieWhen The Levee Breaks3:13
6William & Versey SmithWhen That Great Ship Went Down2:57
7Ernest StonemanThe Titanic3:14
8Ashley And FosterFrankie Silvers3:05
9Willie Walker Dupree Blues3:29
10 Man V Nature 75:15
11Skillet LickersCasey Jones2:48
12Blind Alfred ReedFate Of Chris Lively And Wife3:25
13Fiddlin' John CarsonStorm That Struck Miami3:02
14Hi Henry Brown & Charlie JordanTitanic Blues3:14
15Elders McIntorsh And EdwardsThe Flood Of 19273:14
16Birmingham Jug BandBill Wilson3:21
17Dykes Magic City TrioFrankie3:02
18Son HouseDry Spell Blues Part 23:14
19W. A. Lindsey & Alvin ConderBoll Weavil2:59
20The Appalachia Vagabond (Hayes Shepherd)Peddler And His Wife3:24
21Cliff CarlisleWreck Of Number 523:16
22Carolina BuddiesThe Murder Of The Lawson Family
Written-By – Walter "Kid" Smith
23Furry LewisBilly Lyons And Stack O'Lee2:37
24Furry LewisKassie Jones Part 13:07
25Kentucky RamblersThe Unfortunate Brakeman2:26
26Cantor Josef RosenblattEl Mole Rachmim (Für Titanik)3:31
27Vernon DalhartThe Death Of Floyd Collins3:29
28Richard "Rabbit" BrownThe Sinking Of The Titanic3:48
29Will BennettRailroad Bill2:59
30Robert HicksMississippi Heavy Water Blues3:04
31Clarence AshleyNaomi Wise2:53
32Dixon BrothersDown With The Old Canoe2:52
33Carver BoysThe Brave Engineer3:16
34Dennis McGee & Ernest FrugeLanse Des Belaires2:50
35Wilmer WattsFate Of Rhoda Sweeten3:11
36Dykes Magic City TrioPoor Ellen Smith3:12
37Andrew JenkinsAlabama Flood3:18
38B.F. SheltonDarling Cora3:53
39Skillet Lickers, Riley PuckettWreck Of The Old 97
Vocals – Riley Puckett
40Bill CoxTrial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 13:00
41Fred Pendleton & The West Virginia Melody BoysThe Wreck Of The Westbound Airliner2:58
42J.E. Mainer's MountaineersThe Fatal Wreck Of The Bus2:48
43Uncle Dave Macon & The McGee BrothersTennessee Tornado3:14
44Fiddlin' John CarsonDixie Boll Weevil2:59
45Charlie PattonDry Well Blues3:20
46Charlie PattonHigh Water Everywhere, Part 23:06
47Furry LewisKassie Jones Part 23:04
48Blind Alfred ReedExplosion In The Fairmount Mine3:03
49Floyd County RamblersThe Story Of Freda Bolt
Written-By – Dock M. Shanks
50Bob Miller Fingerprints Upon The Windowpane3:00
51Green BaileyThe Santa Barbara Earthquake2:57
52Bill CoxFate Of Will Rogers & Wiley Post3:17
53J. H. Howell's Carolina HillbilliesBurning Of The Cleveland School3:02
54Ernest StonemanThe Fate Of Talmadge Osborne3:06
55Grayson And WhitterTom Dooley3:10
56Roy Harvey And The North Carolina RamblersThe Bluefield Murder3:08
57Blind Alfred ReedWreck Of The Virginian2:59
58Paul Miles And The Red Fox ChasersWreck Of The Mountain Road2:37
59 Man V Man (And Woman, Too) 69:03
60Charlie PattonHigh Water Everywhere, Part 13:07
61Charlotte And Bob Miller Ohio Prison Fire3:21
62Ernest Stoneman And Kahle BrewereKenny Wagner's Surrender
Written-By – Andrew Jenkins
63Carson Robison TrioThe Porto Rico Storm2:33
64Ernest StonemanThe Story Of The Mighty Mississippi3:07
65Bob Miller The Crash Of The Akron3:31
66Riley PuckettAltoona Freight Wreck2:37
67Kelly HarrellHenry Clay Beattie3:09
68Frank HutchisonLast Scene Of The Titanic3:29
69Charlie PooleBaltimore Fire3:12
70Charlie PattonMississippi Boweavil3:06
71Asa Martin & James Roberts Ryecove Cyclone3:03
72John Hammond Pretty Polly3:11
73Elder CurryMemphis Flu3:27


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
TSQ2509Various People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 ‎(3xCD, Comp, RE)Tompkins SquareTSQ2509US2010


  • Art Direction, DesignSusan Archie
  • Cover, Artwork [Factory Fire Panel]Matthew Greenway
  • Edited ByMatt Laferty
  • Executive-ProducerJosh Rosenthal
  • Illustration [Help]Carrie Hawks, Potsy Duncan
  • Liner NotesHenry "Hank" Sapoznik, Tom Waits
  • Mastered By [Digital Mastering]Robert Vosgein
  • Producer, Other [Annotated By]Christopher C. King, Henry "Hank" Sapoznik
  • Research [Image Research Assistant]Jeremy Stephens
  • Research [Image Research]Rich Remsberg
  • Transferred By [Original 78 Rpm Transfers], Technician [Audio Direction]Christopher C. King


Packaged in a hardback book containing introductions from Tom Waits and Henry "Hank" Sapoznik, plus selected lyrics, background information, photographs and artist information for each song.

Artist names vary slightly between each disc's tracklist and the track by track descriptions. The most detailed/full names have been used here.


  • Barcode: 856075001875
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): TSQ 187 5AV1 [email protected] A MADE IN USA BY EDC
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 0315
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): TSQ 187 5AV2 [email protected] E MADE IN USA BY UML
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI 0383
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3): TSQ 187 5AV3 [email protected] A MADE IN USA BY UML
  • Mastering SID Code (CD3): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (CD3): IFPI 0383


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Tompkins Square
  • Copyright (c) – Tompkins Square
  • Manufactured By – Fontana Distribution
  • Distributed By – Fontana Distribution
  • Made By – EDC
  • Made By – UML
  • Designed At – World Of anArchie



People Take Warning Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. This three-disc, 70-track 30 of them new to the CD era collection of murder ballads and disaster songs originally released on commercial 78s between 1913 and 1938 is, in spite of the archaic song structures and often crude sonic qualities on display, strangely contemporary in tone and feel, maybe because we've always been drawn to the scene of the. American Murder Ballads, Various by VARIOUS ARTISTS Audio CD . In Stock. Ships from and sold by LastChanceRecords. Some of the songs are based on folklore, and perhaps tall tales, but most are true stories. Of particular interest to me are the murder ballads, and some of the lyrics should maybe even have a warning label of their own, as they may be a bit graphic for some ears. Also of interest is the 1929 version of When The Levee Breaks by Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie. People take warning was not only, or merely, a convenient metaphor to set the parameters of the song. That is what this three CD set is all about. Listen free to Various Artists People Take Warning Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938 Titanic Blues, Wreek Of the Old 97 and more. 66 tracks 204:53. Tom Waits, from the Introduction Songs of death, destruction and disaster, recorded by black and white performers from the dawn of American roots recording are here, assembled together for the first time. This 3xCD box set containing songs ripped from the headlines of the day is packed with death, reminding us of when life was really, truly terrible. As relative prosperity continues unabated, perspective predictably fades. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 provides that perspective with three discs of abject misery, songs about misery, miserable people, and the miserable things they've done or that were done to them. It's the epitome of a bad trip back in time, and a riveting collection of musical snapshots capturing a country teetering on the edge of the abyss, looking down, and singing songs about what they see. The Murder of the Lawson Family, 03:27. Storm That Struck Miami, 03:02. Frankie, 03:02. Alabama Flood, 03:18. Wreck of Number 52, 03:16. Burning of the Cleveland School, 03:02. Tom Dooley, 03:10. Compilation by various artists. Disc 1: Man vs. Titanic Blues by Hi Henry Brown & Charley Jordan. Wreck of the Old '97 by The Skillet Lickers. Bill Wilson by Birmingham Jug Band. The Crash of the Akron by Bob Miller. The Fate of Talmadge Osborne by Ernest Stoneman. El Mole Rachmim Für Titanik by Josef Rosenblatt. The Wreck of the Virginian by Blind Alfred Reed. Fate of Will Rogers & Wiley Post by Bill Cox. Down With the Old Canoe by Dixon Brothers. Wreck of Number 52 by Cliff Carlisle. Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 - Tompkins Square, Tompkins Square - 3xCD, Comp - TSQ1875, TSQ 1875. Wagner's Surrender, Henry Clay Beattie, The Murder Of The Lawson Family, Naomi Wise, Railroad Bill, Frankie, Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 1, Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 2, Lanse Des Belaires, Darling Cora, Billy Lyons And Stack O'Lee, Tom Dooley, The Story Of Freda Bolt, Pretty Polly, Fingerprints Upon The Windowpane, The Bluefield Murder, Frankie Silvers, Fate Of Rhoda Sweeten, Dupree Blues, Poor Ellen Smith. Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 collects some of the earliest recorded music, all of which deal with people meeting an untimely demise. During the Depression there was an insatiable demand for these records, some due to the ghoulish nature of the crimes, such as men killing their pregnant lovers, or merely to make sure that the victims of tragedies did not go forgotten. Often these songs contained a moral or warning, particularly those dealing with the price of technological progress through train wrecks, or those who reminded their listeners of the power of God through floods and. brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. Discover more upcoming concerts. Listen to People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 on YouTube. Loading content from YouTube. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 track list. No tracks have been rated on this album yet. Sort by. Track Number

Various - People Take Warning! (Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938)
Performer: Various
Genre: Blues / Folk
Title: People Take Warning! (Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938)
Country: US
Released: 25 Sep 2007
Style: Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Folk
MP3 album: 2614 mb
FLAC album: 2718 mb
Source: 3 × CD, Compilation
№ Cat: TSQ1875, TSQ 1875
Label: Tompkins Square