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BILL MONROE 'My Last Days On Earth'

Price: $95.00 (excluding tax)
SKU: BCD-16637-CD
Weight: 4.50 LBS


Product Description

With this new 4-CD boxed set we are now able to have pretty much everything that Bill Monroe recorded in the studio over an illustrious career that spanned almost 60 years. Previous Bear Family boxes have covered his earliest work with brother Charlie as the Monroe Brothers, then his Victor, Columbia, Decca & MCA recordings in 4 separate boxes—with this 5th set we now can listen to over 500 songs & tunes that Bill cut from 1936 to 1994: (There are numerous other recordings that Monroe made with other artists, plus a variety of live recordings that continue to be issued—but the amazing Bear Family sets present all the formal work in chronological order, in great sound and all with impressive notes and many photos). The 4 CDs here essentially cover the last 7 records that MCA issued, several of which only came out on LP originally: they include his Master of Bluegrass, Southern Flavor, Bluegrass ’87, Live at the Opry and Cryin’ Holy albums, plus two “recorded event” records made with friends from the Country and Bluegrass worlds. Also included is an entire previously unissued session cut in Alabama’s Cathedral Caverns—an ill-fated experiment that was killed by way too much echo and poor miking, even though there’s some nice twin fiddle by Kenny Baker & Buddy Spicher. In his later years Monroe wrote more instrumentals than anything else, and of the more than 100 tracks here, 30 of them are in fact instrumentals. While some tend to be repetitious (using similar minor themes), there are wonderful tunes here that tend to be overlooked, probably because there were so many of them and because Monroe had so many classic tunes from his earlier years. The earliest work here is from the 1981 Master of Bluegrass LP—a great album that featured Monroe’s mandolin picking and included OLD DANGERFIELD, COME HITHER TO GO YONDER, EVENING PRAYER BLUES and MY LAST DAYS ON EARTH. There are other fine tunes like THE GOLDEN WEST, THE LONG BOW, BOSTON BOY and SOUTHERN FLAVOR scattered among the set, many with twin and triple fiddling by some combination of Kenny Baker, Buddy Spicher, Bobby Hicks and Mike Feagan. There are also 27 gospel songs, most quite solidly done, and the Live At The Opry cuts are spirited and well done, if predictable. The recordings made with country music guests like Waylon Jennings, The Gatlin Brothers and Barbara are the least successful, though somewhat interesting and with some high points. The set closes out with 6 short instrumentals featuring just Monroe’s mandolin and Marty Stuart’s guitar—fun but not memorable. As usual Bear Family has done a lovely job in presentation, with a great 84-page hard cover book with discography & notes by Neil Rosenberg & the late Dr. Charles Wolfe. A wonderful documentation of some of the lesser known work of an amazing musician & creative force. 4-CD Box set with 84-page book: $ 95.00


Other Details

Track Listing:
  • CD-1:
  • OLD EBENEZER SCROOGE
  • GO HITHER TO GO YONDER
  • RIGHT, RIGHT ON
  • LOCHWOOD
  • OLD DANGER FIELD
  • FAIR PLAY
  • MELISSAS'S WALTZ FOR J.B.
  • LADY OF THE BLUE RIDGE
  • MY LAST DAYS ON EARTH
  • EVENING PRAYER BLUES
  • PRECIOUS MEMORIES
  • LITTLE SHEPHERD
  • THE OLD CROSSROADS
  • WAYFARING STRANGER
  • IN THE GLORYLAND WAYS
  • WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
  • SHOUTING ON THE HILLS OF GLORY
  • BAPTIZE ME IN THE CUMBERLAND RIVER
  • WICKED PATH OF SIN
  • I'LL FLY AWAY
  • CD-2:
  • MY LOUISIANA LOVE (& MEL TILLIS)
  • IS THE BLUE MOON STILL SHINING (& THE GATLIN
  • BROS)
  • MY SWEET BLUE-EYED DARLIN' (& RICKY SKAGGS)
  • OLD RIVERMAN (& JOHN HARTFORD)
  • WITH BODY AND SOUL (& WAYLON JENNINGS)
  • I STILL MISS SOMEONE (& JOHNNY CASH)
  • BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY (THE OAK RIDGE BOYS)
  • THE SUNSET TRAIL (& WILLIE NELSON)
  • KENTUCKY WALTZ (& EMMYLOU HARRIS)
  • MY ROSE OF OLD KENTUCKY (& BARBARA MANDRELL)
  • I HEAR A SWEET VOICE CALLING (& THE OSBORNE
  • BROS)
  • TRUE LIFE BLUES (& CARL STORY)
  • LORD, PROTECT MY SOUL (& COUNTRY GENTLEMEN)
  • TRAVELIN' THIS LONESOME ROAD (& MAC WISEMAN)
  • I'M ON MY WAY BACK TO THE OLD HOME (& JIM &
  • JESSE)
  • MIGHTY DARK TO TRAVEL (& JIM & JESSE)
  • REMEMBER THE CROSS (& THE SELDOM SCENE)
  • LET THE GATES SWING WIDE (& TATER TATE)
  • CAN'T YOU HEAR ME CALLIN' (& RALPH STANLEY)
  • THE GOLDEN WEST (INST.)(& BOBBY HICKS)
  • OLD BROWN COUNTY BARN (INSTR.)(& BOBBY HICKS)
  • I'M GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY (& DEL
  • MCCOURY)
  • BLUEST MAN IN TOWN (& DEL MCCOURY)
  • CD-3:
  • DANCIN' IN BRANCIN'
  • JEKYLL ISLAND
  • STAY AWAY FROM ME
  • MUSIC VALLEY WALTZ
  • ANGELS ROCK ME TO SLEEP
  • THE LONG BOW
  • GOD HOLDS THE FUTURE IN HIS HANDS
  • THE OLD CROSSROADS
  • SOUTHERN FLAVOUR
  • STONE COAL
  • TEXAS LONE STAR
  • SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN
  • THE DAYS GONE BY
  • WHTIE ROSE
  • LIFE'S HIGHWAY
  • GIVE ME WINGS
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE
  • TAKE COURAGE UN' TOMORROW
  • CD-4:
  • MOLLY AND TENBROOKS
  • FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW
  • SITTIN' ALONE IN THE MOONLIGHT
  • PRECIOUS MEMORIES
  • RAWHIDE
  • MY SWEET DARLIN'
  • IN THE PINES
  • LOVE, PLEASE COME HOME
  • PIKE COUNTY BREAKDOWN
  • I'M WORKING ON A BUILDING
  • WATERMELON HANGING ON THE VINE
  • JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS
  • HARBOR OF LOVE
  • ARE YOU LOST IN SIN?
  • HE'LL TAKE YOU IN
  • JUST OVER IN THE GLORY LAND
  • BAPTIZE ME IN THE CUMBERLAND RIVER
  • YOU'RE DRIFTING AWAY
  • THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME
  • CRYIN' HOLY UNTO THE LORD
  • SHINE HALLELUJAH SHINE
  • BOSTON BOY
  • SOUTHERN FLAVOR
  • NEVER LEAVE THE E-STRING
  • TENNESSEE BLUES
  • I'D LOVE TO BE OVER YONDER
  • RAWHIDE
  • Sally Goodin

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