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Bill Monroe: Bluegrass 1950-1958 [Box]

Track List

>Bluegrass Ramble
>New Mule Skinner Blues
>My Little Georgia Rose
>Memories of You
>I'm on My Way to the Old Home
>Alabama Waltz
>I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome
>I'll Meet You in Church Sunday Morning
>Boat of Love
>Old Fiddler, The
>Uncle Pen
>When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall
>Lord Protect My Soul
>River of Death
>Letter from My Darling
>On the Old Kentucky Shore
>Poison Love
>Kentucky Waltz
>Prisoner's Song, The
>Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
>Angels Rock Me to Sleep
>Brakeman's Blues
>Travelin' Blues
>When the Cactus Is in Bloom
>Sailor's Plea
>My Carolina Sunshine Girl
>Ben Dewberry's Final Run
>Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
>Those Gambler's Blues
>Highway or Sorrow
>Rotation Blues
>Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues
>Sugar Coated Love
>You're Drifting Away
>Cabin of Love
>Get Down on Your Knees and Pray
>Christmas Time's A-Coming
>First Whippoorwill, The
>In the Pines
>Footprints in the Snow
>Walking in Jerusalem
>Memories of Mother and Dad
>Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake, The
>Country Waltz
>Don't Put Off Till Tomorrow
>My Dying Bed
>Mighty Pretty Waltz, A
>Pike County Breakdown
>Wishing Waltz
>I Hope You Have Learned
>Get Up John
>Sitting Alone in the Moonlight
>Plant Some Flowers on My Grave
>Changing Partners
>Y'all Come
>On and On
>I Believed in You Darling
>New John Henry
>White House Blues
>Happy on My Way
>I'm Working on a Building
>Voice from on High, A
>He Will Set Your Fields on Fire
>Close By
>My Little Georgia Rose
>Put My Little Shoes Away
>Blue Moon of Kentucky
>Wheel Hoss
>You'll Find Her Name Written There
>Wait a Little Longer Please Jesus
>Let the Light Shine Down on Me
>Used to Be
>Tall Timber
>Brown County Breakdown
>Fallen Star, A
>Four Walls
>Good Woman's Love, A
>Cry, Cry Darling
>I'm Sitting on Top of the World
>Out in the Cold World
>Roane County Prison
>Goodbye Old Pal
>In Despair
>Molly and Tenbrooks
>Come Back to Me in My Dreams
>Sally Joe
>Brand New Shoes
>Lonesome Road to Travel, A
>I Saw the Light
>Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory
>Lord, Lead Me On
>Precious Memories
>I'll Meet You in the Morning
>Life's Railway to Heaven
>I've Found a Hiding Place
>Jesus, Hold My Hand
>I Am a Pilgrim
>Wayfaring Stranger
>Beautiful Life, A
>House of Gold
>Panhandle Country
>Gotta Travel On
>No One But My Darlin'
>Big Moon
>Monroe's Hornpipe

Album Notes

BLUEGRASS (1950-1958) is a 4-disc set containing 109 recordings. It includes a 65-page book with detailed discography and personnel listing.

Personnel: Bill Monroe (mandolin); Charlie Cline (guitar, fiddle); James H. Martin, Claude J. Phelps, Thomas Grady Martin, Jimmy Selph, Lester Sandy, Loren Otis Shook, Carter Stanley, Douglas Kershaw, Edd Mayfield, Vernon Crawford Cook (guitar); James Ora Bowers, Rudy Lyle, Sonny Osborne, Jim Smoak, Hubert Davis, Joe Stuart, Don Stover, Joe Drumright, Robert Lee Pennington (banjo); Vassar Clements, Merle Taylor, Bobby Hicks, Thomas Jackson, James Smith, Dale Potter, Gordon Terry, Kenny Baker (fiddle); Owen Bradley (piano, organ, vibraphone); Oscar Sheehan, Joel Price, Ernest Newton, William D. Killen, Bessie Lee Maudlin, Jimmy Elrod, Howard Watts, Culley Holt (bass); Farris Coursey (drums).

Producers: Owen Bradley, Paul Cohen.

Compilation producer: Richard Weize.

Recorded between February 3, 1950 and December 1, 1958. Includes liner notes by Neil V. Rosenberg and Charles K. Wolfe.

Personnel: Bill Monroe (vocals, tenor, mandolin); Edd Mayfield (vocals, tenor, guitar); Rudy Lyle (vocals, baritone, banjo); Kenny Baker (vocals, baritone, fiddle); Milton Estes, Boudleaux Bryant (vocals, bass voice); Joe Stuart (vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle); Joel Price (baritone, bass voice); Don Stover (baritone, banjo); Bobby Hicks , Charlie Cline (baritone, fiddle); Gordon Terry (bass voice, fiddle); Culley Holt, Birch Monroe, Buddy Killen (bass voice); Jack Shook, Doug Kershaw, Jimmy Selph, Carter Stanley (guitar); Grady Martin (electric guitar); James Ora Bowers, Hubert Davis, Joe Drumright, Roland "Sonny" Osborne, Jim Smoak (banjo); James "Hal" Smith , Thomas Lee Jackson Jr., Dale Potter, Merle "Red" Taylor, Vassar Clements (fiddle); Owen Bradley (piano, organ, background vocals); Farris Coursey (drums).

Audio Mixer: John Strother.

Liner Note Authors: Charles K. Wolfe; Neil V. Rosenberg.

Recording information: Bradley Film & Recording, Nashville, TN (02/03/1950-12/01/1958); Bradley Studio, Hillsboro Village, Nashville, TN (02/03/1950-12/01/1958); Bradley Studio, Nashville, TN (02/03/1950-12/01/1958); Castle Studio, Nashville, TN (02/03/1950-12/01/1958); Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, TN (02/03/1950-12/01/1958).

Illustrators: Charles K. Wolfe; David Freeman ; Ann Streeter; R.A. Andreas; Gordon Terry; Eberhard Finke; Jimmy Martin ; Pete Kuykendall; Neil V. Rosenberg; Robert K. Oermann.

Photographers: Charles K. Wolfe; David Freeman ; Ann Streeter; Jürgen Feuss; R.A. Andreas; Gordon Terry; Tennessean; Eberhard Finke; Jimmy Martin ; Richard Weize; Pete Kuykendall; Neil V. Rosenberg; Robert K. Oermann.

The 50's were a benchmark period for Bill Monroe, an era during which he recorded many of the songs on which his legendary stature rests. Monroe's band in the 50's also served as a training ground for future bluegrass legends, including guitarist/singer Jimmy Martin, fiddlers Vassar Clements, Charlie Cline, and Gordon Terry, and banjo players Sonny Osborne and Don Stover. Bear Family Records, a German archival label, has compiled all of Monroe's recordings of this era with their usual care and respect for the material.

Monroe's exacting standards ensure that nearly all the tracks here bear up to repeated listening. Not all of Monroe's 50's work, however, is worth preserving; his failed efforts to incorporate organ into the bluegrass sound, for example, would be better forgotten. For every miscue on this four-disc set, however, there are a dozen masterpieces like "Walking In Jerusalem," "Footprints in the Snow," "Uncle Pen," and "Wayfaring Stranger." Meticulous mastering and annotation round out a stellar package that belongs in the collection of any serious bluegrass fan.


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