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The Sunny Side of Life [Bear Family] [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
    2. Sunny Side of Life
    3. There'll Come a Time
    4. Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
    5. Midnight on the Stormy Sea
    6. Take Up Thy Cross
    7. Row Us Over the Tide
    8. Down on the Banks of the Ohio
    9. I'm Troubled, I'm Troubled
    10. Dying Boy's Prayer, The
    11. No One to Welcome Me Home
    12. Didn't They Crucify My Lord
    13. Only Let Me Walk With Thee
    14. Can't You Hear tha Night Bird Crying
    15. Old Account Was Settled Long Ago, An
    16. Sweet Allallee
    17. You Give Me Your Love
    18. I Believe It
    19. When the Ransomed Get Home
    20. Fair Eyed Ellen
    21. Somebody Makes Me Think of You
    22. Sweet Evalina
    23. No Home
    24. What You Have Done
    25. Sing a Song for the Blind
    26. Within the Circle
    27. They're All Home But One
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Hymns My Mother Sang
    2. Have No Desire to Roam
    3. No Disappointments in Heaven
    4. Story of the Knoxville Girl
    5. On the Old Plantation
    6. In My Little Home in Tennessee
    7. Beautiful, Beautiful Brown Eyes
    8. Prisoner's Dream, The
    9. Answer to the Prisoner's Dream, The
    10. When the Stars Begin to Fall
    11. We Buried Her
    12. Heaven Holds All to Me
    13. Little Bessie
    14. I Need the Prayers
    15. Old Fashioned Meeting
    16. Katie Dear
    17. Who Wouldn't Be Lonely
    18. Life-Line
    19. When the Valley Moon Was Low
    20. My Last Letter
    21. Mother Went Her Holiness Way
    22. Hang Out the Front Door Key
    23. This Is Like Heaven to Me
    24. I've Found a Friend
    25. Asleep in the Briny Deep
    26. Last Night While Standing By My Window
    27. There Was a Time
    28. Bring Back My Wandering Boy
    0. DISC 3:
    1. When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland
    2. Are You from Dixie
    3. Give Me My Roses Now
    4. House Where We Were Wed, The
    5. There's No Other Love for Me
    6. God Sent My Little Girl
    7. Someone's Last Day
    8. She'll Be There
    9. Lightning Express, The
    10. Royal Telephone, The
    11. Convict and the Rose, The
    12. Father, Dear Father, Come Home
    13. We Parted By the Riverside
    14. Only One More Step
    15. East Bound Train, The
    16. Last Mile of the Way, The
    17. She's Somebody's Darling Once More
    18. I'm S-A-V-E-D
    19. Whispering Hope
    20. Butcher's Boy, The
    21. This Evening Light
    22. Mary of the Wild Moor
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Why Not Confess
    2. Turn Your Radio On
    3. Since the Angels Took My Mother Far Away
    4. In the Hills of Roane County
    5. Kneel at the Cross
    6. Brown Eyes
    7. Short Life of Trouble
    8. Picture on the Wall, A
    9. Pictures from Life's Other Side
    10. Don't Say Goodbye if You Love Me
    11. Speak to Me Little Darling
    12. Have You Seen My Daddy Here
    13. I Love Her More, Now Mother's Old
    14. Dust on the Bible
    15. Kentucky
    16. I'm Glad (I'm Glad He's Gone and Left)
    17. Chapel in the Hills, The
    18. Sold Down the River
    19. I'm Going to Write to Heaven (For I Know My Daddy's There)
    20. Come to the Saviour
    21. Garden in the Sky
    22. There's Been a Change
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Romans 6:23
    2. I'll Take My Saviour by the Hand
    3. I Cannot Take You Back Now
    4. Behind These Prison Walls of Love
    5. Angel Mother
    6. Let's Not Sleep Again
    7. Don't Take the Light (From My Dark Cell)
    8. Cross on the Hill, The
    9. Sweetest Gift, a Mother's Smile, The
    10. You've Branded Your Name on My Heart
    11. Little Mother of the Hills
    12. Alabama
    13. One Cold Winter's Eve
    14. Paper Boy
    15. Shake Hands With Your Mother Today
    16. When Heaven Comes Down
    17. Unfinished Rug, The
    18. Tears on Her Bridal Bouquet
    19. Lord Be With Us, Amen
    20. Drop Your Net
    21. There'll Be No Broken Hearts for Me
    22. New Golden Rule, The
    23. Where Our Darling Sleeps Tonight
    24. Sunny Side of Life
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15951

  • Credits
    ProducerDan Hornsby; Eli Oberstein; Frank Walker; Stephen H. Sholes; Charles Grean; Richard Weize (Reissue)

    THE SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE contains their complete recordings for Bluebird and RCA Victor from 1936 to 1950.
    Contains 123 tracks.
    Personnel: Earl Bolick (vocals, guitar); Bill Bolick (vocals, mandolin); Curly Parker, L. C. Keith, Brent Lambert (fiddle).
    Recording information: Andrew Jackson Hotel, Rock Hill, SC (06/16/1936-03/26/1950); Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, NC (06/16/1936-03/26/1950); Fox Theatre Building, Atlanta, GA (06/16/1936-03/26/1950); Kimball House, Atlanta, GA (06/16/1936-03/26/1950); Nashville, TN (06/16/1936-03/26/1950); Piedmont Hotel, Atlanta, GA (06/16/1936-03/26/1950); RCA Victor Studio 1, New York, NY (06/16/1936-03/26/1950); Southern Radio Corp. Building, Charlotte, NC (06/16/1936-03/26/1950).
    Illustrators: Frank Mare; Bill Bolick.
    Photographers: Frank Mare; Bill Bolick.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Andreas Merck.
    The sorely undervalued Blue Sky Boys finally get their due on Bear Family's spectacular 2003 boxed set The Sunny Side of Life. Encompassing their complete recordings for Bluebird and RCA Victor from 1936-1950, this five-disc set (packaged with an exhaustive hardbound book) demonstrates in sharp detail that Earl and Bill Bolick were ostensibly the template for the high harmony acts (Jim & Jesse, the Louvin Brothers, and even the Everly Brothers) who would echo their sweet, keening harmonies in the decades that followed. While the Bolick brothers' song selections never drift too far from their religious upbringing and the traditional songs they were raised on, their gorgeous harmonies give life to the dusty old songs about love, death, and being S-A-V-E-D in the eyes of the Lord. While their stories of broken-hearted lovers and particularly their murder ballads (gangsta rap has nothin' on old-timey music as far as the sheer number of deaths and graves are concerned, whether they be dear old Mother or "the girl I loved so much I had to kill her") are grisly and grim in the academic sense, the quiet beauty of their voices intertwined and the pure simplicity of their instrumentation (primarily an acoustic guitar and mandolin throughout all 123 tracks) never feel depressing. On the contrary, the Blue Sky Boys' passion for their subjects and unique vocal abilities infuse light into the dark corners of these songs, turning eerie tales of the hidden side of man into lessons on redemption and beauty. In the manner Bear Family has become known for, the packaging is well-crafted and informative, with a complete history of the group, studio notes, and a thorough track by track account of the histories of each of the songs. Even if the CDs were printed without labels and handed out in a paper sack, the music alone would be worth the price, especially since documentation of the group has been nearly nonexistent in the CD age. Alternately chilling and life-affirming, these recordings of the Blue Sky Boys' most productive era are finally available in a handsome package with fine sound quality. Hallelujah! ~ Zac Johnson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.48) - "There are many classics here, and those who love old-timey duos...will definitely want this great set."
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