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CARTER FAMILY 'On Border Radio, Vol. 1' (1939 radio) ARH-0411-CD

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In addition to the Carter Family's wonderful recordings for Victor, Columbia & Decca, which are now pretty well represented on CDs by Rounder, County & MCA, there was a fair amount of transcribed material from their days on Mexican border radio in the late 1930s that was recently available on vinyl on the Old Homestead and J.E.M.F. labels. It appears that the Arhoolie label will now issue at least 3 volumes of this material--this first disc is attractively presented and well-annotated by the collector who originally located the rare one of a kind 16 inch discs at radio station XET in Monterrey, Mexico in 1963. There are 27 tracks here, though many of the songs are very short verse & chorus renditions of the same songs that the Carters recorded commercially in full form. There are also a number of cuts by Helen, June & Anita Carter, who were just 12, 10 and 6 years old at the time, and whose performances here are more curiosities than music. There are some songs here that the Carter Family never commercially recorded--these, plus the station breaks, I.D.s and instrumentals make this a valuable & enjoyable item for fans of this great family. CUMBERLAND GAP, SINGLE GIRL, BEAUTIFUL BROWN EYES, CURTAINS OF NIGHT, HAPPIEST DAYS OF ALL, MAPLE ON THE HILL, WE SHALL RISE, ROOM FOR YOU & ME, etc.