Wednesday, December 13, 2023

VA - Train Tracks Vol. 02 (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3


Previously Posted January 7, 2022

VA - Train Tracks Vol. 02 (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3

This is the second installment of Train Tracks (A Butterboy Compilation). Selections are part of a muti-volume series that will include Train tracks in the Rock, Blues, Folk, Pop, Soul, Psychedelic Rock, Indie, Progressive Rock and Country genres.

Volume 2 is again dedicated to Rock songs that reference trains physically and metaphorically. I hope you will enjoy these tracks.

A train song is a song referencing passenger or freight railroads. Trains have been a theme in both traditional and popular music since the first half of the 19th century and over the years have appeared in all major musical genres, including folk, blues, country, rock, jazz, world, classical and avant-garde. While the prominence of railroads has faded in recent decades, the train endures as a common image in popular song.

The earliest known train songs date to two years before the first public railway began operating in the United States. "The Carrollton March", copyrighted July 1, 1828, was composed by Arthur Clifton to commemorate the groundbreaking of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Another song written for the occasion, "Rail Road March" by Charles Meineke, was copyrighted two days after Clifton's, one day before the July 4 ceremonies. The number of songs that have appeared since then is impossible to determine, not only because of the difficulties in documenting the songs but also in defining the genre. (Wikipedia)

There are literally thousands of songs about trains both, physically and metaphorically. As a metaphor for life, trains can move forward at full speed, veer off the tracks or become full-on wrecks, so it’s no wonder there are so many songs that invoke life on the rails.

Volume 2 cover art is a picture of Sir Rod Stewart’s model railway that has been 26 years in the making. Sir Rod Stewart is so proud of his 124ft railway model city, just don’t you dare call it a ‘train set’. 

List of other celebrity rail transport modelers can be found here -






Track lists


61 Derek Miller Mystery Train (The Lonely Heart Club) 4:20

62 Marc Benno & the Nightcrawlers Last Train 2:04

63 Don Anderson Next Train Back 2:47

64 Mostly Autumn The Last Train 1:05

65 Nicolette Larson Two Trains 4:12

66 Swampgas The Waiting, E Train Blue 6:14

67 Frozen Tear Train Comes, Train Goes 3:14

68 Kevin Russel Train Conductor 4:33

69 Don Henley Train in the Distance 4:46

70 Arizona Swamp Company Train Keeps Rollin' 3:02

71 Ryan Adams & the Cardinals Trains 4:08

72 My Indole Ring Two Trains a Running 5:18

73 Little Feat Two Trains 3:07

74 Robert Plant Win My Train Fare Home (If I Ever Get Lucky) 6:04

75 Paul Kossoff Train Song 4:33

76 Savoy Brown Feat Kim Simmonds Train to Nowhere 4:11

77 Blackfoot Train, Train 3:34

78 Porcupine Tree Trains 5:33

79 Buddy Miller Freight Train 2:50

80 Tom Waits Downtown Train 3:52


81 Bob Dylan Slow Train 5:59

82 Carolyn Wonderland Two Trains 3:59

83 Kevin Morby Slow Train 5:50

84 Frankie Miller Train 3:56

85 Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated Long Black Train 3:11

86 Dr. Wu' and Friends Slow Rollin' Train 4:40

87 Robben Ford Same Train 3:56

88 Bread Took the Last Train 4:32

89 Pogues Night Train to Lorca (Demo) 2:50

90 Stoney Larue Train to Birmingham 4:25

91 Indigenous Number Nine Train 4:20

92 Citradels When the Train Moves Slow 4:08

93 Keri Leigh Hobo Train 2:59

94 Paul Thorn Love Train 6:03

95 Lenny Kravitz Freedom Train 2:50

96 Nashville Ramblers The Trains 3:05

97 Exception Karen Train Blues 2:04

98 Tim Buckley The Train 7:55

99 Soft Machine The Man Who Waved at Trains 5:00

100 Grateful Dead Big Railroad Blues 3:06


101 Smithereens Downbound Train 3:48

102 Velvet Underground Train Round the Bend 3:22

103 Clash Train in Vain 3:11

104 Elvis Presley Mystery Train 2:25

105 Kathy and Larry & the Creations Slow Rollin' Train 2:47

106 Blues Train Ride the Train 3:55

107 John Simon Railroad Train Runnin' Up My Back 3:02

108 Jethro Tull Locomotive-Breath 4:23

109 Rod Stewart Downtown Train 4:37

110 Wild't' and Spirit Freedom Train 3:57

111 Leslie West Southbound Train 3:02

112 Linda Ronstadt The Blue Train 5:03

113 Dickey Betts & Great Southern Georgia on a Fast Train 6:29

114 Little Boy Blues The Great Train Robbery 2:39

115 Potliquor The Train 3:32

116 Yes Last Train 2:23

117 Steve Hackett Last Train to Istanbul 5:56

118 Jefferson Airplane Milk Train 3:17

119 Exmagma Last But One Train to Amsterdam 0:56

120 Doobie Brothers Keep This Train A-Rollin' 3:45



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