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MULLINS FAMILY 'The Mullins Family Anthology'

Price: $13.50 (excluding tax)
SKU: VFH-103-CD
Weight: 0.35 LBS


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The Mullins Family was an amazing down-home gospel group from way back in the Virginia coal country (close to the Stanley Brothers’ homeplace). Very popular in their local area, the various family members have been performing for over 50 years but have remained basically unheard outside a few mountain counties. Now, thanks to one of the younger family members, Jim Scott Mullins, and Jon Loman of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, this wonderful album has been assembled from home recordings and some extremely rare 45rpm discs (and even an old 78 on the Rich-R-Tone label from 1946). Although they often used a simple guitar for accompaniment, many of their best songs are sung a cappella, and in fact this is where Ralph Stanley got his versions of SNOW COVERED MOUND, TURN BACK TURN BACK, GLORYLAND and LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE OUT. Though the notes are interesting and pretty extensive, they do not really identify which of the family members are singing the various songs (23 of them). But it’s pretty clear that many of the best cuts feature the strong bass voice of the Reverend Hie (rhymes with pie) Mullins, who was the grandfather of Jim Scott, as well as the equally powerful voices of Hie’s wife Frances and Annabell Mullins Puckett. The songs are from various traditional and local sources as well as originals—it is a revelation to hear these wonderful cuts like WE NEED A FRIEND LIKE YOU, CABIN ON THE HILL (this may be the first recording of this song which became a Flatt & Scruggs classic), MY SPACE CRAFT JOURNEY HOME, THE COUNTRY JUST BEYOND, and others. This is an unexpected and very welcome release—a gem for those who appreciate the homespun, inspired, and heartfelt singing of another place & time.


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Track Listing:
  • CABIN ON THE HILL
  • I AM FREE
  • DREAM OF MOTHER AND FATHER
  • IF THE END OF THIS WORLD WERE TODAY
  • SNOW COVERED MOUND
  • A HAPPY PLACE FOR ME
  • MY SPACE CRAFT JOURNEY HOME
  • LORD WE NEED A FRIEND LIKE YOU
  • TURN BACK, TURN BACK
  • A WONDEROUS PLACE TO REST
  • THE COUNTRY JUST BEYOND
  • GLORY LAND
  • HOW WE'LL SING
  • GIVE THEM FLOWERS WHILE THEY LIVE
  • TAKE ME ALONG
  • COME AND GET ME JESUS
  • LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE OUT
  • JUST PASSING THROUGH
  • JUST A FEW MORE DAYS
  • GOD ANSWERS MY PRAYERS
  • AMAZING GRACE OH WHAT A BLESSING
  • GOD IS REAL
  • THE PILOT
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