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Selected Sides 1947-1953: The Very Best of Bluegrass [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Molly and Tenbrooks
    2. Rambler's Blues, The
    3. Mother No Longer Awaits for Me at Home
    4. Girl Behind the Bar, The
    5. Little Maggie
    6. Little Glass of Wine, The
    7. Our Darling's Gone
    8. Jealous Lover, The
    9. Death Is Only a Dream
    10. I Can Tell You the Time
    11. Vision of Mother, A
    12. White Dove, The
    13. Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet
    14. Angels Are Singing, The (In Heaven Tonight)
    15. It's Never Too Late
    16. Have You Someone (In Heaven Awaiting)
    17. Little Glass of Wine
    18. Let Me Be Your Friend
    19. We'll Be Sweethearts in Heaven
    20. I Love No One But You
    21. Too Late to Cry
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Old Home, The
    2. Drunkard's Hell, The
    3. Fields Have Turned Brown, The
    4. Hey! Hey! Hey!
    5. Lonesome River, The
    6. I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow
    7. Pretty Polly
    8. Sweetest Love
    9. Wandering Boy, The
    10. Little Glass of Wine
    11. Little Birdie
    12. Are You Just Waiting for Me
    13. Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake
    14. (Say) Won't You Be Mine
    15. This Weary Heart You Stole Away (Wake Up Sweetheart)
    16. I'm Lonesome Without You
    17. Our Last Goodbye
    18. Poison Lies
    19. Dickson Country Breakdown
    20. I Long to See the Old Folks
    21. Voice from on High, A
    0. DISC 3:
    1. God Loves His Children
    2. I'm Going to Make Heaven My Home
    3. We'll Meet Again Sweetheart
    4. My Cabin in Caroline
    5. Baby Blue Eyes
    6. Bouquet in Heaven
    7. Down the Road
    8. Why Don't You Tell Me So
    9. I'll Never Shed Another Tear
    10. No Mother or Dad
    11. Is It Too Late Now?
    12. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
    13. I'll Be Going to Heaven Sometime
    14. So Happy I'll Be
    15. My Little Girl in Tennessee
    16. I'll Never Love Another
    17. Doin' My Time
    18. Pike County Breakdown
    19. Cora Is Gone
    20. Preachin', Prayin', Singin'
    21. Pain in My Heart
    22. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
    23. Back to the Cross
    24. Farewell Blues
    25. Old Salty Dog Blues
    26. Take Me in a Lifeboat
    27. Will the Roses Bloom (Where She Lies Sleeping)
    28. I'll Just Pretend
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Come Back Darling
    2. I'm Head Over Heels in Love
    3. I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling
    4. Old Home Town, The
    5. I'll Stay Around
    6. We Can't Be Darlings Anymore
    7. Jimmie Brown the Newsboy
    8. Somehow Tonight
    9. Don't Get Above Your Raising
    10. I'm Working on a Road
    11. He Took Your Place
    12. I've Lost You
    13. Tis Sweet to Be Remembered
    14. I'm Gonna Settle Down
    15. Earl's Breakdown - (TRUE instrumental)
    16. I'm Lonesome and Blue
    17. Over the Hills to the Poorhouse
    18. My Darling's Last Goodbye
    19. Get in Line Brothers
    20. Brother, I'm Getting Ready to Go
    21. Why Did You Wander?
    22. Flint Hill Special - (TRUE instrumental)
    23. Thinking About You
    24. If I Should Wander Back to You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7724

  • Credits

    Personnel: Lester Flatt (vocals, tenor, guitar); Curly Seckler (vocals, tenor, mandolin); Earl Scruggs (vocals, baritone, guitar, banjo); Carter Stanley (vocals, guitar); Ralph Stanley (vocals, banjo); Howard Watts (vocals); Mac Wiseman (tenor, guitar); Charles Everett Lilly (tenor, mandolin); Jody Rainwater (bass voice, mandolin); Jimmy Williams , Pee Wee Lambert (mandolin); Bob Summer, Jim Shumate, Howdy Forrester, Art Wooten, Robert Chubby Wise, Art Stamper, Ralph Mayo (fiddle).
    Recording information: Cincinnati, OH (09/??/1947-11/25/1953); Knoxville, TN (09/??/1947-11/25/1953); Nashville, TN (09/??/1947-11/25/1953); radio Station WOPI, Bristol, VA (09/??/1947-11/25/1953); Tampa, FL (09/??/1947-11/25/1953).
    Selected Sides 1947-1953: The Very Best of Bluegrass contains 94 remastered tracks spread out over four CDs, covering the earliest recordings of both the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. The Stanley Brothers material highlights their initial post-World War II recordings from 1947 and 1948 for Rich-R-Tone and their four-year run with Columbia from 1949-1953. Classic tunes like "Molly and Tenbrooks," "Little Maggie," "Pretty Polly," and "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow," heard here in their original incarnations, would became standards of the genre. Equally rich in revelatory material are the Flatt & Scruggs tunes recorded for Mercury from 1948 to 1952, between a four-year stint with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and their longstanding contract with Columbia Records. During this four-year period, the newly formed Foggy Mountain Boys introduced songs that would become hallmarks of bluegrass music, including "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms," "Old Salty Dog Blues," and "Pike County Breakdown." Purists will find this box to their liking, as JSP not only does an admirable job remastering the tracks but also provides recording dates, personnel, and a bit of history, all easily accessible in individual jewel cases as opposed to a bulky booklet. Well done and recommended. ~ Al Campbell

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