Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook

Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook

by Utah PhillipsUtah Phillips

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Utah Phillips has become an American folk institution -- or is that an anti-institution? A former union organizer, he might not be well known in the greater scheme of music, but he's certainly worth this four-CD, 61-track box set. What makes it especially fascinating is the fact that each of the cuts is accompanied by Phillips' reflections on the pieces, whether performed by him or others. He's as much a raconteur and philosopher as songwriter. With its mix of live, studio, and unreleased performances, it justifies calling itself definitive, whether on the topical "Talking N.P.R. Blues," which excoriates not only the corporatization on public radio, but also the attitudes of the FCC. He can be funny, he can be serious, but whatever tack he takes, he makes his point concisely and effectively. He's lived a hobo's life, been there and done that, a symbol of America that's fast disappearing, a time where the ideas of Mark Twain helped define a growing nation. He's known the drifters, the characters, the politicians. Some he's liked, some he's loathed. But along the way he's lived and acted for his conscience and written some fine songs, such as "Yellow Ribbon" and the title cut. For anyone who's a fan of his work, this is a must-have purchase. But even for those less familiar with his canon, it's a vital peek into America as it was, and in some small corner, still is. Hopefully he'll be around for many years to come, remaining an inspiration to a younger generation of troubadours, celebrating people and loudly criticizing what needs to be criticized.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2014
Label: Free Dirt Records
UPC: 0877746007026
catalogNumber: 70
Rank: 3690


Disc 1

  1. Songbook Introduction
  2. Utah on "The Telling Takes Me Home"
  3. The Telling Takes Me Home
  4. Utah on "Yuba City"
  5. Yuba City
  6. Utah on "All Used Up"
  7. All Used Up
  8. Utah on "Frisco Road"
  9. Frisco Road
  10. Utah on "Queen of the Rail"
  11. Queen of the Rails
  12. Utah on "Wabash Cannonball/Tolono"
  13. Wabash Cannonball/Tolono
  14. Utah on "Weepy Doesn't Know"
  15. Weepy Doesn't Know
  16. Utah on "Funeral Train"
  17. Funeral Train
  18. Utah on "Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia"
  19. Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia
  20. Utah on "Phoebe Snow"
  21. Phoebe Snow
  22. Utah on "He Comes Like Rain"
  23. He Comes Like Rain
  24. Utah on "The Soldier's Return"
  25. The Soldier's Return
  26. Utah on "Touch Me"
  27. Touch Me
  28. Utah on "If I Could Be the Rain"
  29. If I Could Be the Rain

Disc 2

  1. Utah on "Starlight on the Rails"
  2. Starlight on the Rails
  3. Utah on "Talking N.P.R. Blues"
  4. Talking N.P.R. Blues
  5. Utah on "John D. Lee"
  6. John D. Lee
  7. Utah on "Dancers"
  8. Dancers
  9. Utah on "Dog Canyon"
  10. Dog Canyon
  11. Utah on "Look for Me in Butte"
  12. Look for Me in Butte
  13. Utah on "Goodnight Loving Trail"
  14. Goodnight Loving Trail
  15. Utah on "Daddy, What's a Train?"
  16. Daddy, What's a Train?
  17. Utah on "Fly Away"
  18. Fly Away
  19. Utah on "Kid's Liberation"
  20. Kid's Liberation
  21. Utah on "Sing in the Spring"
  22. Sing in the Spring
  23. Utah on "Eddie's Song"
  24. Eddie's Song
  25. Utah on "Shadow Maker"
  26. Shadow Maker
  27. Utah on "She'll Never Be Mine"
  28. She'll Never Be Mine
  29. Utah on "Hood River, Roll On"
  30. Hood River, Roll On
  31. Utah on "Stupid's Song"
  32. Stupid's Song
  33. Utah on "Nevada Jane"
  34. Nevada Jane

Disc 3

  1. Disc 3 Intro
  2. Utah on "Orphan Train"
  3. Orphan Train
  4. Utah on "Golden Mansions"
  5. Golden Mansions
  6. Utah on "A Ragged Old Man"
  7. A Ragged Old Man
  8. Utah on "Collie Wilkins"
  9. Collie Wilkins
  10. Utah on "The Miner's Lullaby"
  11. The Miner's Lullaby
  12. Utah on "Wolverine 14 Talking Blues"
  13. Wolverine 14 Talking Blues
  14. Utah on "I Think of You"
  15. I Think of You
  16. Utah on "A Clearing in the Forest"
  17. A Clearing in the Forest
  18. Utah on "Rock Salt & Nails"
  19. Rock Salt & Nails
  20. Uah on "Twist and a Pound"
  21. Twist and a Pound
  22. Utah on "Scott's Creek Bluff"
  23. Scott's Creek Bluff
  24. Utah on "Ashes on the Sea"
  25. Ashes on the Sea
  26. Utah on "The Faded Roses of December"
  27. The Faded Roses of December
  28. Utah on "Aces, Straights & Flushes"
  29. Aces, Straights & Flushes

Disc 4

  1. Utah on "Going Away"
  2. Going Away
  3. Utah on "Old Buddy, Goodnight"
  4. Old Buddy, Goodnight
  5. Utah on "Jesse's Corrido"
  6. Jesse's Corrido
  7. Utah on "Pig Hollow"
  8. Pig Hollow
  9. Utah on "Enola Gay"
  10. Enola Gay
  11. Utah on "Larimer Street"
  12. Larimer Street
  13. Utah on "Walking Through Your Town in the Snow"
  14. Walking Through Your Town in the Snow
  15. Utah on "Room for the Poor"
  16. Room for the Poor
  17. Utah on "Trooper's Lament"
  18. Trooper's Lament
  19. Utah on "I Will Not Obey"
  20. I Will Not Obey
  21. Utah on "Ain't It Fine"
  22. Ain't It Fine
  23. Utah on "Killing Ground"
  24. Killing Ground
  25. Utah on "Judas Ram"
  26. Judas Ram
  27. Utah on "Yellow Ribbon"
  28. Yellow Ribbon
  29. Utah on "Rice & Beans"
  30. Rice & Beans
  31. Utah on "Hymn Song"
  32. Hymn Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Utah Phillips   Primary Artist,Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Saul Broudy   Composer
Utah Phillips   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Kate Wolf   Composer
Captain Kendall Morse   Producer
David Paton   Engineer
Tom Rowe   Producer,Engineer
Kate Brislin   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Mitch Greenhill   Engineer
Nancy Katz   Composer,Lyricist
Sandy & Caroline Paton   Engineer
Bill Schubart   Engineer
Jody Stecher   Composer
Tom Mudge   Engineer
Ken Edwards   Engineer
John Yates   Construction
Joe Hickerson   Liner Notes
Bruce Wheelock   Engineer
John "BJ John" Smith   Producer,Liner Notes
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dakota Sid Clifford   Engineer
Mark Ross   Composer,Producer
Erica Haskell   Producer
Sandy Paton   Engineer
Che Greenwood   Composer
John Smith   Producer
A. Morris Cohen   Composer
James Stephens   Producer,Engineer

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