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Live Recordings 1956-1969

  • 1. Watermelon Hanging on the Vine
    2. Roanoke
    3. Brakeman's Blues
    4. Close By
    5. Kentucky Waltz
    6. Blue Grass Stomp
    7. Blue Moon of Kentucky
    8. I'm Working on a Building
    9. Angels Rock Me to Sleep
    10. Wheel Hoss
    11. Watermelon Hanging on the Vine
    12. Katy Hill
    13. True Life Blues
    14. I Live in the Past
    15. Wayfaring Stranger
    16. Fire on the Mountain
    17. Bluegrass Breakdown
    18. Rawhide
    19. Y'all Come
    20. Cotton Eyed Joe
    21. Get Up John
    22. White House Blues
    23. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
    24. Kansas City Railroad Blues
    25. Walls of Time
    26. When He Reached Down His Hand for Me
    27. Monroe Family Segment
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40063

  • Credits
    ProducerRalph Rinzler (Compilation)
    EngineerRalph Rinzler; Alice Gerrard

    LIVE RECORDINGS (1956-1969)...VOL. 1 is a collection of 27 previously unreleased live tracks by Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys.
    Personnel includes: Bill Monroe (vocals, mandolin); Mac Wiseman, Peter Rowan (vocals, guitar); Bill Keith (banjo); Richard Greene (fiddle); David Grisman (bass).
    Includes liner notes by Ralph Rinzler.
    Personnel: Bill Monroe (vocals, mandolin); Del McCoury, Yates Green, Peter Rowan (vocals, guitar); Edd Mayfield (guitar); Don Reno, Lamar Grier, Rudy Lyle, Bill Keith (banjo); Clarence "Tater" Tate, Bob "Barbecue Bob" Hicks , Joe Stuart, Kenny Baker , Richard Greene , Tex Logan (fiddle).
    Recording information: Ash Grove, LA, CA (06/13/1956-07/03/1969); Finca (06/13/1956-07/03/1969); Gaslight Cafe, New York, NY (06/13/1956-07/03/1969); Jordan Hall, Boston, MA (06/13/1956-07/03/1969); New River Ranch, Rising Sun, MD (06/13/1956-07/03/1969); Nj (06/13/1956-07/03/1969).
    Photographer: David Gahr.
    The Smithsonian Folkways label is justly famous for the quality of its releases, and LIVE RECORDINGS is certainly among the most valuable of its '90s productions. The disc contains 27 previously unreleased recordings of Bill Monroe and his band during their peak period as both creative artists and performers. Drawn from various main stage performances, festival workshops, and jam sessions, LIVE RECORDINGS presents bluegrass' finest artist in the most favorable light possible: that is, in live performance.
    Nearly half these tracks derive from two 1956 performances, both of which catch Monroe and his band in top form. Whether powering their way through "Blue Grass Stomp" or harmonizing sweetly on "I'm Working On a Building," Monroe and company play flawless, spirited music. Later performances are equally proficient, highlighted by both rarities ("True Life Blues," "I Live In the Past") and Monroe standards ("Wayfaring Stranger," "Get Up John," "White House Blues"). Peter Rowan, Del McCoury, and Don Reno, just a few of the notables who passed through Monroe's band during this period, all make their presence felt. Volume 2 of LIVE RECORDINGS features Monroe duets with Doc Watson and is even better than Volume 1!

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (6-7/94, p.53) - "...two immensely enjoyable sets of classic music. Enthusiastically recommended..."
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