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Man of Constant Sorrow and Other Timeless Mountain Ballads


  • 1. I Went to See My Sweetheart - Walter "Kid" Smith/Lewis McDaniel & Walter Smith
    2. Oh Molly Dear - B.F. Shelton
    3. Willie Moore - Burnett & Rutherford
    4. Lowe Bonnie - Jimmie Tarlton
    5. Ommie Wise - G.B. Grayson
    6. In the Hills of Roane County - The Blue Sky Boys
    7. John Henry Blues - Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers
    8. George Collins - Roy Harvey
    9. John Hardy - Buell Kazee
    10. Man of Constant Sorrow - Emry Arthur
    11. Louisville Burglar - The Hickory Nuts
    12. Will the Weaver - Mack Woolbright/Parker & Woolbright
    13. Darling Cora - B.F. Shelton
    14. I've Always Been a Rambler - Grayson & Whitter
    15. Pretty Little Miss Out in the Garden - Cousin Emmy
    16. He Rambled - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers
    17. Fate of Ellen Smith, The - Green Bailey
    18. Wreck of the Old '97 - Ernest V. Stoneman/Kahle Brewer/Ernest Stoneman & Kahle Brewer
    19. Island Unknown, Pt. 1, The - Eck Robertson (Part 1)
    20. Island Unknown, Pt. 2, The - Eck Robertson (Part 2)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3001

  • Credits
    ProducerRichard Nevins (Compilation)
    Engineer

    Recorded in the 1920's & 1930's.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Yazoo offers up another classic collection of mountain ballads and old-timey heartbreakers from the '20s and '30s on Man of Constant Sorrow. Chestnuts like "Ommie Wise," "John Hardy," "Darling Cora," and the title track are interspersed with lesser-known recordings from B.F. Shelton, Grayson & Whitter, Charlie Poole, and Ernest Stoneman. The Blue Sky Boys' contribution, "In the Hills of Roane County," is a chillingly beautiful high lonesome murder ballad highlighting Earl and Bill Bolick's fraternal harmonies, and the youthful Cousin Emmy's stark "Pretty Little Miss Out in the Garden" is accompanied intimately by her own gentle banjo picking. Surprisingly, the only clunkers on the album come from the usually spectacular Eck Robertson, whose singing fiddle is unusually out of tune and he spends both of the tracks competing with a female vocalist who shouts over the top of him (pre-dating Audrey Williams' offenses by a couple of decades). These 20 tracks were taken directly from rare old 78s, so some pops and crackles are to be expected, but anyone with a worn-out copy of The Anthology of American Folk Music won't mind a bit. ~ Zac Johnson

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