BILL MONROE 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky 1936-1949' (6CDs)

BILL MONROE 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky 1936-1949' (6CDs)

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As is fitting, the late Bill Monroe’s music is being exquisitely documented by the Bear Family label, which now has 4 different box sets available that cover every bit of Monroe’s recorded work through 1979: (a projected 5th box will present all the remaining recordings from 1979 up to Bill’s final studio recordings). It may seem strange that it takes a German label to produce quality re-issues like this, but the fact is that in Europe it is possible to profitably produce a high quality, limited edition of perhaps 1500 to 2000 copies, where in the USA the major labels would not touch such issues without the promise of big numbers, or “tonnage”. This box covers Monroe’s early, pre-Decca years. Although essentially all this early Monroe material has been—or is now—available in some form, Bear Family excels is presenting everything chronologically and with wonderful notes and documentation. The 6-CD set begins with all 60 of the recordings made by Bill & Charlie—the Monroe Brothers. Then Monroe’s 16 Bluebird/Victor session cuts and the entire Columbia sessions follow. That includes numerous alternate takes of most of the Columbia pieces—sometimes as many as 5 versions, including false starts (a study in itself). The whole thing features excellent sound quality and is all tied together with a stunning 90-page hard-cover book that includes many photos, pictures of record labels, album covers, etc., plus a wonderful set of notes by Charles Wolfe that discusses the sessions song by song, and presents some information that will be new to most fans & collectors. By the way, there is one previously undocumented song from the Columbia sessions, an unissued version of I’LL HAVE A NEW LIFE. It’s hard to imagine a more thorough or more attractive presentation of this fantastic body of work that includes the beginnings of real Bluegrass music and all the amazing sides cut with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise, Art Wooten, Clyde Moody, Mac Wiseman, Tommy Magness etc. Hats off to a great job! OUR HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

Artists:

BILL MONROE

Track Listing:

  • Disc 1:
  • MY LONG JOURNEY HOME
  • WHAT IS HOME WITHOUT LOVE
  • WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE IN EXCHANGE?
  • LITTLE RED SHOES
  • NINE POUND HAMMER
  • ON SOME FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP
  • DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE
  • IN MY DEAR OLD SOUTHERN HOME
  • NEW RIVER TRAIN
  • THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME
  • WATERMELON HANGING ON THAT VINE
  • ON THE BANKS OF THE OHIO
  • DO YOU CALL THAT RELIGION
  • GOD HOLDS THE FUTURE IN HIS HANDS
  • YOU'VE GOT TO WALK THAT LONESOME VALLEY
  • SIX MONTHS AIN'T LONG
  • JUST A SONG OF OLD KENTUCKY
  • DON'T FORGET ME
  • I'M GOING
  • DARLING COREY
  • MY SAVIOUR'S TRAIN
  • I AM THINKING TONIGHT OF THE OLD FOLKS
  • DREAMED I SEARCHED HEAVEN FOR YOU
  • THE OLD CROSS ROAD
  • THE FORGOTTEN SOLDIER BOY
  • WE READ OF A PLACE THAT'S CALLED HEAVEN
  • WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
  • THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN
  • ROLL IN MY SWEET BABY'S ARMS
  • Disc 2:
  • WHERE IS MY SAILOR BOY
  • I AM READY TO GO
  • WHAT WOULD THE PROFIT BE
  • SOME GLAD DAY
  • I HAVE FOUND THE WAY
  • I AM GOING THAT WAY
  • KATE CLINE
  • ROLL ON, BUDDY
  • WEEPING WILLOW TREE
  • I'LL LIVE ON
  • OH, HIDE YOU IN THE BLOOD
  • WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE IN EXCHANGE - PART 2
  • ON THAT GOSPEL SHIP
  • WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE IN EXCHANGE - PART 3
  • LET US BE LOVERS AGAIN
  • ALL THE GOOD TIMES ARE PASSED AND GONE
  • WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE IN EXCHANGE - PART 4
  • ON MY WAY TO GLORY
  • MY LAST MOVING DAY
  • HE WILL SET YOUR FIELDS ON FIRE
  • SINNER YOU BETTER GET READY
  • HAVE A FEAST HERE TONIGHT
  • GOODBYE MAGGIE
  • ROLLIN' ON
  • THE OLD MAN'S STORY
  • I'VE STILL GOT NINETY-NINE
  • LITTLE JOE
  • A BEAUTIFUL LIFE
  • PEARLY GATES
  • ON MY WAY BACK HOME
  • Disc 3:
  • WHEN OUR LORD SHALL COME AGAIN
  • MULE SKINNER BLUES
  • NO LETTER IN THE MAIL
  • CRYIN' HOLY UNTO THE LORD
  • SIX WHITE HORSES
  • DOG HOUSE BLUES
  • I WONDER IF YOU FEEL THE WAY I DO
  • KATY HILL
  • TENNESSEE BLUES
  • SHAKE MY MOTHER'S HAND FOR ME
  • WERE YOU THERE
  • BLUE YODEL NO. 7
  • THE COUPON SONG
  • ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL
  • HONKY TONK SWING
  • IN THE PINES
  • BACK UP AND PUSH
  • ROCKY ROAD BLUES
  • KENTUCKY WALTZ
  • TRUE LIFE BLUES
  • NOBODY LOVES ME
  • GOODBYE OLD PAL
  • FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW
  • I'LL HAVE A NEW LIFE
  • BLUE GRASS SPECIAL
  • COME BACK TO ME IN MY DREAMS
  • HEAVY TRAFFIC AHEAD
  • WHY DID YOU WANDER
  • BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
  • Disc 4:
  • BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
  • TOY HEART
  • SUMMERTIME IS PAST AND GONE
  • MANSIONS FOR ME
  • MOTHER'S ONLY SLEEPING
  • BLUE YODEL NO. 4
  • WILL YOU BE LOVING ANOTHER MAN?
  • HOW WILL I EXPLAIN ABOUT YOU?
  • SHINING PATH
  • WICKED PATH OF SIN
  • I'M GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY
  • IT'S MIGHTY DARK TO TRAVEL
  • I HEAR A SWEET VOICE CALLING
  • LITTLE CABIN HOME ON THE HILL
  • MY ROSE OF OLD KENTUCKY
  • BLUE GRASS BREAKDOWN
  • SWEETHEART YOU DONE ME WRONG
  • THE OLD CROSS ROAD
  • THAT HOME ABOVE
  • REMEMBER THE CROSS
  • LITTLE COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • ALONG ABOUT DAYBREAK
  • WHEN YOU ARE LONELY
  • MOLLY AND TENBROOKS
  • SHINE HALLELUJAH, SHINE
  • I'M TRAVELIN' ON AND ON
  • CAN'T YOU HEAR ME CALLIN'
  • Disc 5:
  • TRAVELIN'THIS LONESOME ROAD
  • BLUE GRASS STOMP
  • THE GIRL IN THE BLUE VELVET BAND
  • KENTUCKY WALTZ (TAKE 2)
  • TRUE LIFE BLUES (TAKES 2/3/4)
  • NOBODY LOVES ME (TAKE TAKES BREAKDOWN (BD)/1/3)
  • GOODBYE OLD PAL (TAKE 2)
  • FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW (TAKE 2)
  • BLUEGRASS SPECIAL (INSTRUMENTAL) (TAKES 2/3)
  • HEAVY TRAFFIC AHEAD (TAKE 2)
  • WHY DID YOU WANDER (TAKE 2)
  • SUMMERTIME IS PAST AND GONE (TAKES BD1/BD2/2/BD3)
  • BLUE YODEL NO. 4 (TAKE 2)
  • WILL YOU BE LOVING ANOTHER MAN? (TAKE 2)
  • HOW WILL I EXPLAIN ABOUT YOU? (TAKE 2/3)
  • WICKED PATH OF SIN (TAKE 2)
  • IT'S MIGHTY DARK TO TRAVEL (TAKE 2)
  • I'M GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY (TAKES BD/2)
  • IT'S MIGHTY DARK TO TRAVEL (TAKE 3)
  • LITTLE CABIN HOME ON THE HILL (TAKE 2)
  • Disc 6:
  • MY ROSE OF OLD KENTUCKY (TAKE 2)
  • BLUE GRASS BREAKDOWN (INSTRUMENTAL) (TAKES 2/3
  • SWEETHEART YOU DONE ME WRONG (TAKES BD1/BD2/2/3)
  • THE OLD CROSS ROAD (TAKES BD1/BD2/BD3/3)
  • THAT HOME ABOVE (TAKE BD)
  • REMEMBER THE CROSS (TAKE 2)
  • ALONG ABOUT DAYBREAK (TAKE 2)
  • LITTLE COMMUNITY CHURCH (TAKES BD/2)
  • ALONG ABOUT DAYBREAK (TAKE BD)
  • MOLLY AND TENBROOKS (TAKE 2)
  • SHINE HALLELUJAH, SHINE (TAKE 2)
  • I'M TRAVELIN' ON AND ON (TAKE 2)
  • CAN'T YOU HEAR ME CALLIN' (TAKES BD/2/3/4)
  • TRAVELIN'THIS LONESOME ROAD (TAKE 2)
  • BLUE GRASS STOMP (INSTRUMENTAL) (TAKES BD/2/3)
  • THE GIRL IN THE BLUE VELVET BAND (TAKES 2/3)