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1. Sonny Knight - But Officer
2. Wynonie Harris - Good Morning Judge
3. Frankie Lymon - Jailhouse Rock
4. Smiley Lewis - Jailbird
5. Danny Cobb - Hey, Mr. Warden
6. Lonsesome Sundown - My Home Is A Prison
7. Eddie Boyd - I'm A Prisoner
8. Ottilie Patterson - Jailhouse Blues
9. Roosevelt Sykes - Jailbait
10. Billy Boy Arnold - Prisoner's Plea
11. El Pauling and Royal Abbit - Jail Bird
12. Josh White - Ball And Chain Blues
13. T-Bone Walker - Prison Blues
14. Wynona Carr - Please Mr. Jailer
15. André Williams - Jail Bait
16. The Robins - Riot In Cell Block No. 9
17. Joe Jones - The Prisoner's Song
18. Sonny Knight - Jail Bird
19. Willie Nix - Prison Bound Blues
20. Magic Sam - 21 Days In Jail
21. Theola Kilgore - Chain Gang - The Sound Of My Man
22. Fats Domino - Prisoner's Song
23. The Prisonaires - A Prisoner's Prayer
24. The Larks - When I Leave These Prison Walls

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2024 release. With 'Destination Jail, Vol. 2', Bear Family Recordsr offers another intriguing collection of blues and rhythm & blues obscurities and classics from the '40s to the '60s about life behind bars. -It deals with the various elements of the US justice system: prison = county farm, chain gang; jail and penitentiary. -Among the better-known highlights are Jailhouse Rock by Frankie Lymon, the heartbreaking Please Mr. Jailer by Wynona Carr, the Prisoner's Song by Fats Domino - in this case a classic from the Anglo-Celtic tradition - and the tongue-in-cheek Good Morning Judge by Wynonie Harris. Incarceration is a frequent theme in American roots music, especially in blues and rhythm & blues. African American life in the New World started in chains and endured slavery and segregation. Despite significant changes initiated during the second half of the 20th century, equality has not yet reached all strata of society. The percentage of African Americans sentenced to time in prison is considerably higher than that of other demographic groups. Frequent analysis also reveals statistics that African Americans most likely receive longer prison sentences than white Americans. This is a sensitive topic, and one might wonder how this compilation of African American popular music from the 40s to 60s fits into the lighter and novelty-laden 'Destination' Series. See and listen for yourself. This compilation offers various styles. It also presents multiple viewpoints - from gallows humor, the laughing-to-keep-from-crying approach, the cry for help, and the promise of redemption.