CD Around the World to Poor Valley [Box] (CD 1235793), Audio Other
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Around the World to Poor Valley [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Burglar Man
    2. Flower Blooming in the Wildwood
    3. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
    4. Down Where the River Bends
    5. Wake Up Susan
    6. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
    7. Railroading on the Great Divide
    8. Take Back the Heart
    9. Gathering Flowers from the Hillside
    10. All the Good Times Are Past and Gone
    11. Pal of Yesterday
    12. Little White Washed Chimney
    13. Lonely Heart Blues
    14. Take Back the Heart
    15. When You Kneel at Mother's Grave
    16. All the Good Times Are Past and Gone
    17. Gathering Flowers from the Hillside
    18. Little White Washed Chimney
    19. Railroading on the Great Divide
    20. Take Back the Heart
    21. Little White Washed Chimney
    22. Pal of Yesterday
    23. Lonely Heart Blues
    24. Mary Dear
    25. Dixie Ramble
    26. Livin' the Right Life
    27. Cedar Grove
    28. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
    0. DISC 2:
    1. You'll Go to Your Church
    2. Are You Alone
    3. Another Broken Heart
    4. When You Kneel at Mother's Grave
    5. Corey
    6. Dixie Mountain Express
    7. When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall
    8. Walking in My Sleep
    9. Dixie Darling
    10. Springhill Disaster
    11. Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee, The
    12. You Don't Think About Me When I'm Gone
    13. I'll Wander Back Someday
    14. You Don't Think About Me When I'm Gone
    15. Mail Carrier's Warning
    16. Little Darling Pal of Mine
    17. Railroading on the Great Divide
    18. Bed on the Floor
    19. Give Me Your Love and I'll Give You Mine
    20. Little Joe
    21. March Winds
    22. No Hiding Place Down Here
    23. Old Cottage Home
    24. Green Fields of Virginia
    25. Give Me the Roses
    26. In the Land Where We'll Never Grow Old
    27. Light in Your Soul
    28. Mother Will Be Waiting There
    29. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
    30. Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy to Me
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Stern Old Bachelor
    2. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
    3. My Clinch Mountain Home
    4. Cannonball Blues
    5. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
    6. My Clinch Mountain Home
    7. March Winds
    8. Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy to Me
    9. I'm Rolling On
    10. No Hiding Place Down Here
    11. There's a Star Spangled Banner
    12. White Cross Marks the Grave, A
    13. Spanish Flandang
    14. Jimmy Will Be Slain
    15. Drink Your Glasses Dry
    16. Battle of Quebec, The
    17. This Old Cold War
    18. Sinking of the Maine, The
    19. I Want to Go Home
    20. Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea, The
    21. Faded Coat of Blue
    22. Uniforms of Grey
    23. Tim
    24. San Juan Hill
    25. Marine's Hymn, The
    26. Uniforms of Grey
    27. Volunteer's March
    28. Standing Outside
    29. Columbus Stockade Blues
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Going Back to Dixie
    2. Mother Still Prays for You
    3. Moonshiner
    4. Just a Smile
    5. Lonely Little Cabin
    6. Dream of the Miner's Child
    7. Groundhog Hunt
    8. Engine 23
    9. Jim Hatfield's Son
    10. Saturday Night
    11. Lonesome for You
    12. Lazy Courtship
    13. Across the Shining River
    14. Roll the Cotton Down
    15. Take Me Back
    16. Lonesome Field
    17. Little Green Valley
    18. When I Lay My Burdens Down
    19. At My Window
    20. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
    21. Where the Willow Gently Sways
    22. When I'm with You
    23. My Nights Are Lonely
    24. Lamp in the Window
    25. Louis Collins
    26. I'll Be Satisfied
    27. Old Ruben
    28. My Cindy Girl
    29. Dixie Ramble (Bluegrass Ramble) - (Bluegrass Ramble)
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Bringing Mary Home
    2. Big Bill
    3. Beatle Crazy
    4. Little Gril Dressed in Blue
    5. Jug of Punch
    6. Keep That Wheel A-Turning
    7. Baby Lie Easy
    8. Green to Gray
    9. Mother Where Is Your Daughter Tonight
    10. Prisoner's Dream
    11. Sweet Fern
    12. Forsaken Love
    13. Sales Tax on the Women
    14. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
    15. Hobo Bill's Last Ride
    16. Intoxicated Rat
    17. Methodist Pie
    18. When They Baptized Sister Lucy Lee
    19. When the Work's All Done This Fall
    20. Mark's Tune
    21. Happy Days
    22. Two Sweethearts
    23. Storms Are on the Ocean, The
    24. Sunny Side of the Mountain
    25. Dust on the Bible
    26. Ranger's Command
    27. Charles Guiteau
    28. Chilly Scenes of Winter
    29. Gathering Up the Shells from the Sea-Shore
    0. DISC 6:
    1. Blue Eyed Elaine
    2. Come by the Hills
    3. Fast Express
    4. Going Down the Valley
    5. Going to Scotland
    6. Honey I'm Rambling Away
    7. I Love You Best
    8. I've Got My One Way Ticket
    9. Little Poplar Log House on the Hill
    10. Mark's Tune
    11. There's a Little Pine Log Cabin
    12. This World Can't Stand Long
    13. Pretty Flowers
    14. Happy Days
    15. I'll Be True While You're Gone
    16. I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do
    17. Love and Wealth
    18. Plant Some Flowers by My Graveside
    19. Remember Me
    20. Shame on You
    21. Silence or Tears
    22. We Parted by the Riverside
    23. When the Springtime Comes Again
    24. Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown
    25. Won't It Be Wonderful There
    26. Walking in My Sleep
    27. Sunny Side of Life
    28. Lonely Heart Blues
    29. I Saw the Light
    0. DISC 7:
    1. Are You from Dixie
    2. Ashdown Waltz
    3. Dixie Cannonball
    4. Down in My Old Cabin Home
    5. Fourteen Days in Georgia
    6. It Takes a Long Tall Brown Skin Gal to Make a Preacher Lay His ...
    7. Keep That Wheel A-Turning
    8. On the Sea of Galilee
    9. She Has Forgotten
    10. Sugartree Stomp
    11. Tall Pines
    12. Old Man's Story, The
    13. There's No Other Love for Me
    14. Spirit of Love Watches Me, The
    15. Valley of Peace
    16. You're My Best Friend
    17. Blue Dreams
    18. Country Is a Feeling in Your Soul
    19. From Jerusalem to Jericho
    20. I Need the Prayers of Those I Love
    21. Let Me Make You Smile Again
    22. Maybe You Will Miss Me When I'm Gone
    23. Night in June
    24. Over the Hill
    25. Rainin' on the Mountain
    26. Six Bells
    27. When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall
    28. Will the Angels Have a Sweetheart
    29. Jumpin' Old Rattler
    0. DISC 8:
    1. Silver Bell
    2. Darling Nellie Gray
    3. Plumtree Cakewalk
    4. Gray Dawn
    5. Liberty
    6. This Land Is Your Land
    7. Under the Double Eagle
    8. Mist Over Poor Valley
    9. Celebration
    10. Tea at Half-Five
    11. Wildwood Flower
    12. Gathering Up the Shells from the Sea-Shore
    13. Barefoot Days
    14. Beautiful
    15. Where the Rainbow Finds Its End
    16. Mississippi Sawyer
    17. Somebody's Waiting for You
    18. First Ole Restless Wind
    19. Kitty and I
    20. My Blue Ridge Mountain Home
    21. Be on Time
    22. Come Be My Rainbow
    23. Sunshine and Rain
    24. Winkin' at Me
    25. Southern Moon
    26. Silver Dew on the Bluegrass Tonight
    27. Waltzing with Bears
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0000016425

  • Credits
    ProducerBill Clifton; Richard Weize (Reissue)

    Includes a booklet with previously unseen photos, a biography by Rienk Janssen, and a complete discography by Richard Weize.
    Recorded between 1954 & 1991.
    Personnel: Bill Clifton (vocals, guitar, autoharp, mandolin); Mike Seeger (vocals, guitar, dobro, banjo, autoharp, mandolin, harmonica); Hedy West, Paul Craft (vocals, guitar, banjo); Paul Clayton, Pete Roberts , Charlie Waller (vocals, guitar); John Duffey (vocals, dobro, mandolin); John "Sonny Boy" Clark , Smiley Hobbs (vocals, banjo); Jimmy Gaudreau, Red Rector, Buzz Busby (vocals, mandolin); Thomas Lee Jackson Jr., Art Stamper (vocals, fiddle); Alexis Korner (vocals); Mike Auldridge (guitar, dobro); Johnny Lee "Jaimoe" Johnson, Tony Williamson, Charlie Collins (guitar); Buck Graves (dobro); Dave Sadler, Ralph Stanley, Bill Keith (banjo); Curtis Lee, Cal Newman, Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden, Gordon Terry, Zeke Dawson, Paul Justice, Carl Nelson, Jim Brock, Tater Tate, Benny Martin, Buddy Spicher (fiddle).
    Audio Remixer: John Strother.
    Liner Note Authors: Eddie Adcock; Rienk Janssen; Mike Seeger; Bill Clifton; Pete Kuykendall.
    Illustrators: R.A. Andreas; Bill Clifton.
    Photographers: R.A. Andreas; Bill Clifton.
    Arrangers: Buddy Dee; Red Rector; Bill Clifton.
    As a wealthy northerner, Bill Clifton's career in bluegrass and old-timey music not only demonstrated the universal appeal of musical forms previously associated with the poor, rural South, but paved the way for the broad success of the bluegrass revival in the '60s and '70s among artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds. Ironically, Clifton adhered more strictly to the traditions of old-timey and bluegrass music than many of the vaunted bluegrass artists with more "authentic" upbringings. Around the World to Poor Valley is an eight-disc box set that compiles most, but not all, of Clifton's commercial recordings, from his 1954 recordings for Blue Ridge Records to a song he recorded in 1995 for a compilation. In between are his complete Mercury and Starday recordings from the late '50s and '60s, including albums such as Carter Family Memorial Album, Soldier, Sing Me a Song, and Code of the Mountains. Clifton's sound gravitated away from bluegrass toward old-timey and folk music after he left Starday, so the later sides find him singing traditional tunes to the strum of an autoharp, playing folk and cowboy songs on an acoustic guitar, and even performing an entire album of autoharp instrumentals. These efforts have more in common with Canadian country than the music of the American South, and resemble the folksy styles of Stu Phillips and Ian Tyson. From the '70s onward, Clifton increasingly performed for audiences in Europe, where he recorded a number of studio sessions and live shows for release on various independent labels. Some of the box set's omissions include Clifton's noncommercial recordings from 1952 (available on the Bear Family LP A Bluegrass Session) and several of his live and studio albums recorded overseas in the '70s and '80s. A 100-page hardback book features a detailed biography and complete discography, plus a wealth of photographs and memorabilia spanning Clifton's entire career. ~ Greg Adams

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