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Various Artists: Goin' South

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It's rare that an anthology sold on late night television is definitive, but this one is. It leaves out only a couple of significant groups from this genre - the Amazing Rhythm Aces and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. More important, it demonstrates how basic this genre is to the roots of American music. It's now been divided into blues, country, rock, and what have you. A lot of good music has been lost because the industry decided to split the market into subcategories. Example: The Band was never considered southern rock (four of its five members were Canadians.) But the group's music was pure Americana. "Black Betty" sounds like the North Mississippi All Stars and is 180 degrees from Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels. But it fits. One other note: Lynrd Skynrd was usually dissed by highbrow reviewers despite its wonderful rythymic innovation, particularly in "Sweet Home Alabama." The Allmans were beloved. Why? They're very similar. The music industry again? I digress. Buy this. It's far more varied than the theme suggests. If they used The Band, they also could have used any one of a number of Grateful Dead Cuts. Yes, a very diverse genre. customer review

Goin' South includes The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."


  1. Sweet Home Alabama
  2. Ramblin' Man
  3. Bad to the Bone
  4. Flirtin' With Disaster
  5. Hold on Loosely
  6. Heard It in a Love Song
  7. Mississippi Queen
  8. Keep Your Hands to Yourself
  9. Black Water
  10. Tuff Enuff
  11. Dixie Chicken
  12. Black Betty
  13. Amie
  14. Rocky Mountain Way
  15. My Maria
  16. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  17. The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Various Artists - Goin' South - 2001 - BMG/ Razor & Tie Entertainment

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