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Rare Bluegrass From Nashville: The 1960s

  • 1. Blackberry Blossom - Carl Story
    2. Action Speaks Louder Than Words - Carl Story
    3. Riding High - Carl Story
    4. No One Knew My Name - Carl Story
    5. Farwell Blues - Carl Story
    6. Who's That Man I Saw You With - Carl Story
    7. Orange Blossom Special - Carl Story
    8. Special Message - Carl Story
    9. Bile Them Cabbage Down - Carl Story
    10. Watching The Time - Carl Story
    11. Dueling Banjos - The Now Generation
    12. Everywhere I Look - Mark Peek/The New Kentucky Travelers
    13. If God Had Wanted Us On The Moon - Earl McCollum
    14. Stompin' At Charlotte - Earl McCollum
    15. Keepsake Letter - The Dixie Ramblers
    16. McCollum's Breakdown - The Dixie Ramblers
    17. Broke Again - Jim Low
    18. Further Back In The Doghouse - Tom James
    19. Will You Be Loving Another Man - The Pinewood Ramblers
    20. Train 45 - The Pinewood Ramblers
    21. Georgia Rose - The Pinewood Ramblers
    22. Methodist Preacher - The Pinewood Ramblers
    23. It Was Mama Praying For Me - The Wade Family
    24. Hill Tops Of Glory - The Wade Family
    25. Bring Back The Lost Sheep To The Fold - The Wade Family
    26. Lord Lead Me - The Wade Family
    27. March Around The Throne - The Wade Family
    28. Bright Eternal Day - The Wade Family
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TBIRD0010CD

  • Credits
    ProducerFred James (Compilation)

    Liner Note Author: Fred James.
    This 67-minute, 28-track CD doesn't span all that wide a sampling of Nashville bluegrass from the 1960s, even of the rare variety. In fact, all of the tracks were done for the small Spar or Sur-Speed labels, and other than the opening ten tracks by Carl Story (taken from the 1966 album The Bluegrass Sound of Carl Story), none of them were done by artists of much renown. Still, the material on this collection is undeniably rare, and of fairly good quality overall, though the remastering leaves something to be desired on four tracks in particular (more of which in a moment). It falls somewhere between the purer, most folklore-oriented bluegrass recordings of the era and the more commercial ones, not boasting as slick a sound as most Nashville productions from the time, but not a strictly traditional one, either. Other than the no-frills sides by Story (which are among the more traditional fare here), it's a mixed bag of approaches, though not disagreeably so. Maybe you don't need the New Generation's faithful rendition of "Dueling Banjos," but Mark Peek's "Everywhere I Look" is decent, good-time harmony bluegrass; Earl McCollum's "If God Had Wanted Us on the Moon" is an unusual mildly anti-space exploration novelty, and Jim Low's "Broke Again" has the kind of dour, spoken, talking-bluesish vocals that were in occasional vogue during the folk revival. The six songs taken from an obscure EP by the Wade Family form the anthology's high point, with homespun harmony vocals (including both male and female leads) on heartfelt spirituals that should appeal to anyone who likes the Carter Family. The sound quality of the transfers from the original recordings isn't sparkling, but is tolerable with the exception of the four tracks from a rare EP by the Pinewood Ramblers. Even for those used to putting up with taken-from-the-vinyl imperfections, the fidelity on those cuts is beyond the pale of what's acceptable, sounding as if it's been taken from a tape that's gotten mangled in a malfunctioning cassette machine. The lack of specific dates for many of the tracks is another strike against this compilation, though it has its strengths for those seeking fairly strong bluegrass that's fallen through the cracks of what's known even to major bluegrass collectors. ~ Richie Unterberger

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