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Various Artists: Destination Jail – 31 Prison Songs From Behind The Bars (CD)

1 CD with 20 page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

  • Incarceration is a common theme in American roots music.
  • Songs tell of gruesome crimes, daring escapes, self-pity, repentant pleas for a second chance in exchange for promises of category XYZ.
  • Bear Family Records® delivers 'Destination Jail', a cross-stylistic CD compilation centered around the ubiquitous phenomenon of jail in the USA.
  • This CD in our midprice series delivers contributions from Marty Robbins, Jimmie Skinner, the Johnny Burnette Trio and more obscure songs from Benny Hess, Helen Grayco and Bill Carter, rock 'n' roll and country music, a.o.
  • Song titles such as The Hanging Tree, One Dead Man Ago, Midnight Train, Walking the Last Mile, Lilly's Lament (Cell 29) and Shot Four Times And Dying describe what this CD album is all about.
  • Notes and illustrations for each song in the booklet.

Incarceration is a frequent theme in American roots music. There is plenty of songs about hideous crimes, boastful escapes, self-pity, and remorseful pleading for a second chance in exchange for XYZ. 

Especially in old-time and early country music, we find good examples of the jail theme. One might think the motif may have been derived from pieces from the Anglo-Celtic tradition. 

Indeed, songs about murder, theft, and other sinful deeds are frequent in the British songbook, yet, jail, as a metaphor or as a place of self-reflection and transformation, is an American specialty: In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Evangelically Oppressed, incarceration serves as a mirror of the self. Jail is an implicitness, like death, heaven and hell. 

With Destination Jail (BCD 17689), Bear Family Records® offers a hodgepodge of hillbilly and rock & roll obscurities and classics dealing with life behind bars. The songs feature all the various elements of the US detention system: prison - county farm, prison, and penitentiary.

Among the better-known highlights, we find The Hanging Tree by Marty Robbins, Ronnie Hawkins' tragical ballad about the “red light bandit” Caryl Chessman, One Dead Man Ago by honky tonk pioneer Jimmie Skinner, and the passionate Midnight Train by the Johnny Burnette Trio.

Top tunes of the obscure portion of the sampled goodies are Benny Hess’ morbid Walking the Last Mile, Helen Grayco’s haunting Lilly’s Lament (Cell 29), and the amazing Shot Four Times and Dying by Bill Carter. 

In between, Bear Family Records® offers many goodies by Skeets McDonald, Stonewall Jackson, Webb Pierce, Bobby Darin, and many more – and no Johnny Cash (yet his spirit is evoked by several tracks on the CD). 

Bear Family Records®' ‘Destination Jail’ is an exciting and wallet-friendly introduction to the gangsta tunes of rockabilly and classic country.

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Various - Destination... - Destination Jail – 31 Prison Songs From Behind The Bars (CD) CD 1
01Folsom Prison BluesBilly Tidwell & The Chivells
02In The Jailhouse NowWebb Pierce
03Alabama JailhouseRod Morris
04Shot Four Times And Dyin'Bill Carter
05The Ballad Of Caryl ChessmanRonnie Hawkins
06Jailer, JailerJim Carter
07Death RowThe Pierce Brothers
08Walla Walla State PrisonGary Williams
09Midnight TrainJohnny Burnette Trio
10Liliy's Lament (Cell 29)Helen Grayco
11Crash OutJaycee Hill
12Prisoner's Song (alt. take 2)Sonny Burgess
13Huntsville Prison BluesTroy Crane & The Three Texans
14Fort Worth JailSkeets McDonald
15Chain Gang CharlieCurley Money
16One Dead Man AgoJimmie Skinner
17RunStonewall Jackson
18The Guard On The North WallBobby Sykes
19Jailer Bring Me WaterBobby Darin
20Folsom Prison BluesReb Allen
21Lewisburg PrisonJohnny Starr
22Riot In Cell Block No. 9Ron & Joe & The Crew
23Chain GangJimmy Young
24Hey SherriffJohnny Rebb & His Rebels
25Jailer ManBill Carter
26Death RowJim Minor
27Prisoner's SongBill Monroe
28Doin' My TimeBill Flagg
29The Hanging TreeMarty Robbins
30My Hanging DayGeorge Champion
31Walking The Last MileBennie Hess
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Tracklist
Various - Destination... - Destination Jail – 31 Prison Songs From Behind The Bars (CD) CD 1
01 Folsom Prison Blues
02 In The Jailhouse Now
03 Alabama Jailhouse
04 Shot Four Times And Dyin'
05 The Ballad Of Caryl Chessman
06 Jailer, Jailer
07 Death Row
08 Walla Walla State Prison
09 Midnight Train
10 Liliy's Lament (Cell 29)
11 Crash Out
12 Prisoner's Song (alt. take 2)
13 Huntsville Prison Blues
14 Fort Worth Jail
15 Chain Gang Charlie
16 One Dead Man Ago
17 Run
18 The Guard On The North Wall
19 Jailer Bring Me Water
20 Folsom Prison Blues
21 Lewisburg Prison
22 Riot In Cell Block No. 9
23 Chain Gang
24 Hey Sherriff
25 Jailer Man
26 Death Row
27 Prisoner's Song
28 Doin' My Time
29 The Hanging Tree
30 My Hanging Day
31 Walking The Last Mile