J. E. MAINER 'The Early Years 1935-1939'

J. E. MAINER 'The Early Years 1935-1939'

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The Mainer Brothers J.E. and Wade were among the most recorded old-time musicians of the 1930s, with around 160 songs and tunes recorded for the wonderful Bluebird label. With that considered, they have not been particularly well represented on CD up to now. This excellent, well remastered 4-CD set takes care of that in a big way: it includes 75 of the 160 songs and tunes, with a second set apparently scheduled to include the remaining cuts. (Curiously, in order to accomplish filling out two 4-CD sets, the 4th disc in this package is devoted to the songs of Daddy John Love, the Dixie Reelers and the Morris Brothers --artists all closely connected with J.E. and Wade). The Mainers were a transition group, learning many of their songs from older musicians like Grayson & Whitter, Frank Hutchison, etc (some they obviously learned from 78rpm records!). In addition to the rollicking fiddle tunes that J.E. featured (TRAIN 111, SEVEN & A HALF, HOP ALONG PETER) Wade joined with Zeke Morris for many brother style duets that proved popular in the 1930s --their MAPLE ON THE HILL was a huge hit. The Mainers' music was in turn picked up by the Stanley Bros. and practically every early Bluegrass band that played and recorded in the 1940s and 50s. This set --a wonderful bargain at just $ 27.50 --is attractively packaged, though the type size in the notes is painfully small and there are a number of mistakes in the discography provided (Zeke Morris is not credited for his vocals on the first 11 tracks, and the lovely fiddle playing on ONE TO LOVE ME is mis-attributed to J.E. But there's plenty of spirited, highly enjoyable old time music here, with a lot of good songs --ballads, fiddle tunes, and gospel songs. 4-CD set: $ 27.50

Track Listing:

  • DISC A:
  • SHIP SAILING NOW
  • THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME
  • MAPLE ON THE HILL
  • TAKE ME IN THE LIFEBOAT
  • SEVEN AND A HALF
  • NEW CURLY HEADED BABY
  • LET HER GO GOD BLESS HER
  • CITY ON THE HILL
  • THE LONGEST TRAIN
  • WRITE A LETTER TO MOTER
  • LIGHTS IN THE VALLEY
  • GOIN' BACK WEST IN THE FALL
  • NEW LOST TRAIN BLUES
  • I AM WALKING IN THE LIGHT
  • DON'T CAUSE MOTHER'S HAIR TO TURN GREY
  • WHEN I REACH MY HOME ETERNAL
  • FATAL WRECK OF THE BUS
  • BEHIND THE PARLOR DOOR
  • SATISFIED
  • ONE TO LOVE ME
  • ON A COLD WINTER NIGHT
  • JOHN HENRY WAS A LITTLE BOY
  • THE OLD AND FADED PICTURE
  • TAKE ME HOME TO THE SWEET SUNNY SOUTH
  • DISC B:
  • I WALK THE LONESOME VALLEY
  • GOT A HOME IN THAT ROCK
  • JOHNSON'S OLD GREY MULE
  • WON'T BE WORRIED LONG
  • GOIN' DOWN TO THE RIVER OF JORDON
  • WHY DO YOU BOB YOUR HAIR GIRLS?
  • WATERMELON ON THE VINE
  • WE CAN'T BE DARLINGS ANYMORE
  • TELL MOTHER I'LL MEET HER
  • IN A LITTLE VILLAGE CHURCHYARD
  • COME BACK TO YOUR DOBIE SHACK
  • JUST AS THE SUN WENT DOWN
  • WHAT YOU GIVE IN EXCHANGE
  • LEAF FROM THE SEA
  • BROWN EYES
  • MAPLE ON THE HILL
  • GOING TO GEORGIA
  • NOBODY'S DARLING BUT MINE
  • MOTHER CAME TO GET HER BOY FROM JAIL
  • WHERE THE RED RED ROSES GROW
  • CRADLE DAYS
  • GATHERING FLOWERS FROM THE HILLS
  • MY MOTHER IS WAITING IF I COULD HEAER MY MOTHER
  • NOBODY'S DARLING ON EARTH
  • DISC C:
  • SHAKE HANDS WITH MOTHER
  • TJHEY SAID MY LORD WAS A DEVIL
  • WON'T SOMEBODY PAL WITH ME
  • HOP ALONG PETER
  • JUST ONE WAY TO THE PEARLY GATES
  • DEAR DADDY YOU'RE GONE
  • BEEN FOOLIN' MY BABY
  • I'LL BE A FRIEND OF JESUS
  • COWBOY'S PONY IN HEAVEN
  • LITTLE BIRDIE
  • ALWAYS BEEN A RAMBLER
  • STARING LIFE ANEW WITH YOU
  • LITTLE ROSEBUDS
  • TRAIN CARRY MY GIRL BACK HOME
  • IN THE LAND BEYOND THE BLUE
  • A CHANGE ALL AROUND
  • SHORT LIFE AND IT'S TROUBLE
  • DYING BOY'S PRAYER
  • FREE AGAIN
  • ANSWER TO TWO LITTLE ROSEBUDS
  • I'M NOT TURNING BACKWARD
  • RIDING ON THAT TRAIN FORTY FIVE
  • LITTLE MAGGIE
  • LITTLE PAL
  • DOWN IN THE WILLOW
  • DISC D:
  • MY WIFE WENT AWAY AND LEFT ME
  • RAILROAD BLUES
  • OVER THE HILLS IN CAROLINA
  • BUDDED ROSES
  • WHAT MAKES HIM DO IT
  • MY LITTLE RED FORD
  • I AM DREAMING OF MOTHER
  • COTTON MILL BLUES
  • BLUE DAYS
  • NO PLACE LIKE HOME
  • HOMELESS CHILD
  • WHERE IS MY MAMA?
  • WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN MOTHER
  • ANSWER TO MAPLE ON THE HILL
  • LONESOME VALLEY
  • WALKIN' IIN MY SLEEP
  • FATHER, DEAR FATHER
  • I SHALL NOT BE MOVED
  • DO YOU WANT TO SEE MOTHER AGAIN?
  • DARLING THINK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
  • THE STORY OF CHARLIE LAWSON
  • THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD
  • JUST HOW PRETTY YOU SMILE
  • MARRIED WOMAN BLUES