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Tradition [Remaster]

  • 1. Georgie
    2. Fish in the Mill Pond
    3. Julie Jenkins
    4. Hushabye
    5. Baa Nanny Black Sheep
    6. Sheepy and the Goat
    7. I Heard My Mother Weeping
    8. Reuben's Train
    9. Biscuits
    10. Tucker's Barn
    11. Give the Fiddler a Dram
    12. And Am I Born to Die?
    13. Marthy, Won't You Have Some Good Old Cider?
    14. A-Roving on a Winter's Night
    15. Arnold's Tune
    16. Pretty Saro
    17. Early, Early in the Spring
    18. Little Maggie
    19. Bill Banks
    20. Rambling Hobo
    21. One Morning in May
    22. Faithful Soldier, The
    23. Omie Wise
    24. Jimmy Sutton
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0564

  • Credits
    ProducerRalph Rinzler
    EngineerDaniel Seeger; Ralph Rinzler

    The Doc Watson Family includes: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar, banjo); Gaither Carlton (vocals, banjo, fiddle); Arnold Watson (vocals, banjo); Rosa Lee Watson, Annie Watson, Dolly Greer, Tina Greer (vocals); Merle Watson (guitar).
    Recorded in 1964 & 1965. Includes liner notes by A.L. Lloyd & Ralph Rinzler.
    The greatest recordings are often ones that include periods of complete rejection in their histories. These tapes were made in 1964 but not made available to the public until more than a dozen years later, when the music was finally released in America and the United Kingdom by Rounder and Topic, respectively. The Watson in question is indeed Doc Watson, and while this huge presence in American folk music dominates the proceedings like the Jolly Green Giant looking out over the vegetable fields, this album completely stands out from that artist's discography. Listeners who find Doc Watson's recordings a trifle on the slick side will want to give this collection a listen. While the man has become a highly acclaimed international performer and has graced the most important stages in the world, he comes from a tradition of music that was originally made at home for the entertainment of family and neighbors. A great old-time fiddler may have enjoyed being the hero of his county, but he did not aspire to play at Carnegie Hall or do solo sellout nights at a slick nightclub such as the Bottom Line. Performing music in such venues inevitably is the domain of highly polished entertainers who can hold large audiences in the palms of their hands, giving the types of performances that tend to be several worlds away from those featured here. Members of the extended Watson Family -- father in law, distant cousin, what have you -- get involved here in a series of solos and small groupings, the recorded sound as rough as a chunk of whittling wood and the tunings sometimes even rougher. It is the real thing, and an album that by itself could serve as a fine introduction in every way to the charming world of old-time music, including diverse examples of its harmonic and melodic structures as well as the typical subject matter of songs such as "I Heard My Mother Weeping." All the instruments associated with this genre are here in full force, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, and the unaccompanied vocal. There are several performances that are incredibly powerful, particularly "Am I Born to Die?," sung by Doc Watson accompanied only by Gaither Carlton on fiddle. ~ Eugene Chadbourne

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.45) - "[A]n informative and entertaining documentary of old-time mountain music passed down from one generation to the next."
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