V.A. - Black Diamond Express To Hell An Amazing Ride Along Railroads Of America featuring hot and blue tunes from the 1920s 1960s

The icon of the locomotive and the train it pulls has been firmly embedded in artistic and popular culture since the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century harnessed steam and encased it in metal to produce the first mammoths of power, movement, speed and beauty. These incredible machines opened up land, sea and, subsequently, air travel to an ever widening populace eager to exploit the New Century and its celebration of Modernism. Little wonder that the railroad has been the subject of setting for numerous stories in films, books and of course music. No more so than in the USA where the train has been used within a variety of musical forms and contexts: as a symbol of freedom - the means of escape from the hardships of the South to the Northern streets of gold - the way back home again; the means of getting to both Heaven and Hell - sexual metaphor; a free ride for the migrant escaping the Great Depression as well as the travelling songster and of course disaster - the inevitable wreck with its incompetent driver (or brave engineer)!

This 29-track compilation covers the above via an exciting mix of Pre- and Post-War Blues, Hillbilly, Jazz, R 'n' B and Rock 'n' Roll. It includes 2 previously unreleased tracks and a wealth of rare material, some of which has not been available re-mastered for digital audio.

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