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The Bristol Sessions: The Big Bang of Country Music 1927-1928 [4000127160942]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Dying Girl's Farewell, The - Ernest V. Stoneman/Kahle Brewer
    2. Tell Mother I Will Meet Her - Ernest V. Stoneman/Kahle Brewer
    3. Mountaineer's Courtship, The - Irma Frost/Ernest V. Stoneman
    4. Midnight on the Stormy Deep - Irma Frost/Ernest V. Stoneman
    5. Sweeping Through the Gates - Ernest V. Stoneman
    6. I Know My Name Is There - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers
    7. Are You Washed in the Blood? - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers
    8. No More Good-Byes - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers
    9. Resurrection [Take 1], The - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (take)
    10. Resurrection [Take 2], The - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (take)
    11. I Am Resolved [Take 1] - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (take)
    12. I Am Resolved [Take 2] - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (take)
    13. I Want to Go Where Jesus Is - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    14. Do, Lord, Remember Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    15. Old Ship of Zion - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    16. Jesus Getting Us Ready for That Great Day - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    17. Happy in Prison - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    18. Don't Grieve After Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    19. What Will I Do, For My Money's All Gone - Hattie Stoneman/Uncle Eck Dunford
    20. Whip-poor-will's Song, The - Uncle Eck Dunford
    21. Skip to Ma Lou, My Darling - Uncle Eck Dunford
    22. Barney McCoy - Ernest V. Stoneman/Uncle Eck Dunford
    23. Old Time Corn Shuckin', Pt. 1 - The Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers
    24. Old Time Corn Shuckin', Pt. 2 - The Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Jealous Sweetheart [Take 1], The - The Johnson Brothers (take)
    2. Jealous Sweetheart [Take 2], The - The Johnson Brothers (take)
    3. Passing Policeman, A - The Johnson Brothers
    4. Just a Message from Carolina - The Johnson Brothers
    5. Wreck of the Virginian [Take 1], The - Blind Alfred Reed (take)
    6. Wreck of the Virginian [Take 2], The - Blind Alfred Reed (take)
    7. I Mean to Live for Jesus - Blind Alfred Reed
    8. You Must Unload - Blind Alfred Reed
    9. Walking in the Way With Jesus [Take 1] - Blind Alfred Reed (take)
    10. Walking in the Way With Jesus [Take 2] - Blind Alfred Reed (take)
    11. Two Brothers Are We - The Johnson Brothers
    12. Soldier's Poor Little Boy, The - The Johnson Brothers
    13. I Want to See My Mother (Ten Thousand Miles A - The Johnson Brothers
    14. Pot Liquor Blues - El Watson
    15. Narrow Gauge Blues - El Watson
    16. Cold Penitentiary Blues - B.F. Shelton
    17. Oh Molly Dear - B.F. Shelton
    18. Pretty Polly - B.F. Shelton
    19. Darling Cora - B.F. Shelton
    20. Called To the Foreign Field - Alfred G. Karnes
    21. I Am Bound For the Promised Land - Alfred G. Karnes
    22. Where We'll Never Grow Old - Alfred G. Karnes
    23. When They Ring the Golden Bells - Alfred G. Karnes
    24. To the Work - Alfred G. Karnes
    25. Train On the Island - J. P. Nester
    26. Black-Eyed Susie - J. P. Nester
    27. Johnny Goodwin - Bull Mountain Moonshiners
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - The Carter Family
    2. Little Log Cabin By the Sea - The Carter Family
    3. Poor Orphan Child, The - The Carter Family
    4. Storms Are On the Ocean, The - The Carter Family
    5. Single Girl, Married Girl - The Carter Family
    6. Wandering Boy, The - The Carter Family
    7. Remember Me, O Mighty One - Alcoa Quartet
    8. I'm Redeemed - Alcoa Quartet
    9. Henry Whitter's Fox Chase - Henry Whitter
    10. Rain Crow Bill - Henry Whitter
    11. Big Bend Gal - The Shelor Family
    12. Suzanna Gal - The Shelor Family
    13. Sandy River Belle [Take 1] - The Shelor Family (take)
    14. Sandy River Belle [Take 2] - The Shelor Family (take)
    15. Billy Grimes, the Rover - The Shelor Family
    16. Newmarket Wreck, The - Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Baker
    17. On The Banks Of The Sunny Tennessee - Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Baker
    18. Soldier's Sweetheart, The - Jimmie Rodgers
    19. Sleep Baby Sleep - Jimmie Rodgers
    20. Longest Train I Ever Saw, The - The Tenneva Ramblers
    21. Sweet Heaven When I Die - The Tenneva Ramblers
    22. Miss 'Liza, Poor Gal - The Tenneva Ramblers
    23. Greasy String - West Virginia Coonhunters
    24. Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy - West Virginia Coonhunters
    25. Standing On the Promises - Tennessee Mountaineers
    26. Shall We Gather at the River - Tennessee Mountaineers
    0. DISC 4:
    1. My Name Is Ticklish Reuben - Smyth County Ramblers
    2. Way Down In Alabama - Smyth County Ramblers
    3. Do Not Wait 'Till I'm Laid 'Neath the Clay - Alfred G. Karnes
    4. Days of My Childhood Plays, The - Alfred G. Karnes
    5. We Shall All Be Reunited - Alfred G. Karnes
    6. If the Light Has Gone Out In Your Soul - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    7. Went Up In the Clouds Of Heaven - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    8. I Know That Jesus Set Me Free - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    9. Shine On Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    10. Bright Tomorrow - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    11. Little Talk With Jesus, A - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    12. I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart - Howard & Peak
    13. Three Black Sheep - Howard & Peak
    14. Good-night Darling - Clarence Greene
    15. Broken-Hearted Lover, The - The Stoneman Family
    16. Angeline, the Baker - Uncle Eck Dunford
    17. Old Shoes and Leggin's - Uncle Eck Dunford
    18. We Parted By the Riverside - The Stoneman Family
    19. Down To Jordan and Be Saved
    20. There's a Light Lit Up In Galilee
    21. Going Up the Mountain After Liquor, Part 1 - The Stoneman Family
    22. Going Up the Mountain After Liquor, Part 2 - The Stoneman Family
    23. Spanish Merchant's Daughter, The - The Stoneman Family
    24. Too Late - The Stoneman Family
    0. DISC 5:
    1. I'll Be Happy - Stamps Quartet
    2. Like the Rainbow - Stamps Quartet
    3. Because I Love Him - Stamps Quartet
    4. Come To the Savior - Stamps Quartet
    5. Do Your Best, Then Wear a Smile - Stamps Quartet
    6. We Shall Reach Home - Stamps Quartet
    7. My Mother Is Waiting For Me In Heaven Above - The Smith Brothers
    8. She Has Climbed the Golden Stair - The Smith Brothers
    9. We'll Sing On That Shore - Palmer Sisters
    10. Singing the Story of Grace - Palmer Sisters
    11. Help Me To Find The Way - Palmer Sisters
    12. He'll Be With Me - Palmer Sisters
    13. Brownie Blues - Tarter & Gay
    14. Unknown Blues - Tarter & Gay
    15. Where Is My Mamma? - Carolina Twins
    16. When You Go A'Courtin' - Carolina Twins
    17. I Sat Upon the River Bank - Carolina Twins
    18. New Orleans Is the Town I Like Best - Carolina Twins
    19. She Tells Me That I Am Sweet - Carolina Twins
    20. Mr. Brown, Here I Come - Carolina Twins
    21. I Truly Understand, You Love Another Man - Shortbuckle Roark & Family
    22. My Mother's Hands - Shortbuckle Roark & Family
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BCD 16094

  • Credits

    In 1927, Victor Records, under the direction of producer Ralph Peer, headed to Bristol, Tennessee to record local musicians. Peer had been on similar journeys before, and he would be since, but those Bristol Sessions were pivotal, the epicenter of modern country music establishing the sound and style of the genre. Legendary as they are, they've never been collected in a single place prior to Bear Family's remarkable 2011 box set The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928, a five-disc set that collects all of Victor's Bristol recordings of those two years. Among the artists Peer and Victor captured during their session were Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, an event of such historical significance it tends to overshadow the wealth of other recordings. By its very scope, Bear Family illustrates that there was much, much more to the Bristol Sessions than these two artists, no matter how legendary they wound up to be. Peer recorded almost any artist that crossed his path on the Tennessee/Virginia border, and a couple of these appeared far more often than the Carters or Rodgers. Ernest Stoneman and his family and Ernest Phipps fronted more sessions than their more famous peers, the former solicited by Peer before he headed down to Bristol, to ensure that there was something to capture once he was there. Peer recorded quite a bit in 1927, then headed down to the town again in 1928 to see if he could draw more gems from the mine. He did: he recorded several acts he'd already captured in 1927, but there was enough new material from the old artists and the new to add to the legacy.
    And the legacy is certainly rich; so rich that it acquired a legacy even without a set like Bear Family's The Bristol Sessions to urge it along. Bear Family's box doesn't challenge the conventional notions, it sets it in stone, the first heavy proof of the depth and scope of Ralph Peer's musical anthropology. Commonly acknowledged as the ground zero of modern country music, The Bristol Sessions doesn't dispel the notion that these Victor recordings were monumental. Much of what came to be known as country music is here, from the sound to the sensibility, and if they don't sound modern the way that Hank Williams records from three decades later do, they nevertheless point the way to the modern era, creating a bridge from old-timey folk to modern country. As such, The Bristol Sessions certainly carries a lingering scent of musty academia; its historical importance surely outweighs its entertainment value. Yet, that doesn't matter: this is music that justifies its weight, and in this Bear Family set, The Bristol Sessions are finally given a presentation that is worthy of its importance and explains its significance, as well. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.75) - Ranked #4 in Rolling Stone's '10 Best Reissues Of 2011' -- "The 1927 recordings include the first ever by Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family -- history enough for one week."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.85) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here are very few genuine 'must-have' collections, but this, like Harry Smith's ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC, is definitely one of them."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.90) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "There are sacred and secular songs, traditional ballads, dance tunes and zesty instrumentals, sounds and styles that transcended their hillbilly roots by stirring in gospel, blues and folk influences."
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