BLUE SKY BOYS 'The Sunny Side Of Life'

BLUE SKY BOYS 'The Sunny Side Of Life'

  • $120.00


There have been several excellent re-issues (mostly on LP) that have sampled the work of this legendary brother duet of the 1930s, but looking around today we find precious little that fans, collectors, or researchers can get their hands on. That’s why it is especially nice to see this magnificent 5-CD set that contains all of this duo’s recordings for the Bluebird and Victor labels from 1936 through 1950. Starting when they were just teenagers, Bill and Earl Bolich cut some of the loveliest duets this side of the Louvin Brothers (whom they heavily influenced). The German Bear Family label has once again done a spectacular job in packaging these 126 tracks, with a hard-cover book filled with photos, discography and excellent notes by master author & researcher Bill Malone. One of the most amazing aspects of the Blue Sky Boys music was their fascinating repertoire filled with old ballads, love songs and a variety of gospel songs, both little-known and well-known. Though they had a bit of mediocre material in their later RCA Victor sessions (force fed them by the label), the songs they chose for their Bluebird records were all strong, and include such wonderful examples as BANKS OF THE OHIO, KATIE DEAR, LITTLE BESSIE, FAIR EYED ELLEN, SWEET ALALEE, SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE, KNOXVILLE GIRL, HILLS OF ROANE COUNTY, CONVICT & THE ROSE, WHISPERING HOPE, MARY OF THE WILD MOOR, SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE, THE BUTCHER’S BOY, WHY NOT CONFESS and DON’T SAY GOODBYE IF YOU LOVE ME. Though the later sessions were not quite as strong, there were still gems cut like DUST ON THE BIBLE, SOLD DOWN THE RIVER, GARDEN IN THE SKY, CHAPEL IN THE HILLS and THE SWEETEST GIFT, A MOTHER’S SMILE. An amazing, wonderful set! (5-CDs and book)

Artists:

  • BILL BOLICK
  • EARL BOLICK
  • SAM MESSER PARKER
  • CHARLES GREAN
  • BEN LAMBERT
  • ERNEST NEWTON
  • L.C. KEITH

Track Listing:

  • I'M JUST HERE TO GET MY BABY OUT OF JAIL
  • SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE
  • THERE'LL COME A TIME
  • WHERE THE SOUL (OF MAN) NEVER DIES
  • MIDNIGHT ON THE STORMY SEA
  • TAKE UP THY CROSS
  • ROW US OVER THE TIDE
  • DOWN ON THE BANKS OF THE OHIO
  • I'M TROUBLED, I'M TROUBLED
  • THE DYING BOYS PRAYER
  • NO ONE TO WELCOME ME HOME
  • DIDN'T THEY CRUCIFY MY LORD
  • ONLY LET ME WALK WITH THEE
  • CAN'T YOU HEAR THAT NIGHT BIRD CRYING
  • AN OLD ACCOUNT WAS SETTLED
  • SWEET ALLALLEE
  • YOU GIVE ME YOUR LOVE
  • I BELIEVE IT
  • WHEN THE RANSOMED GET HOME
  • FAIR EYED ELLEN
  • SOMEBODY MAKES ME THINK OF YOU
  • SWEET EVALINA
  • NO HOME
  • WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
  • SING A SONG FOR THE BLIND
  • WITHIN THE CIRCLE
  • THEY'RE ALL HOME BUT ONE
  • HYMNS MY MOTHER SANG
  • HAVE NO DESIRE TO ROAM
  • NO DISAPPOINTMENT IN HEAVEN
  • STORY OF THE KNOXVILLE GIRL
  • ON THE OLD PLANTATION
  • IN MY LITTLE HOME IN TENNESSEE
  • BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL BROWN EYES
  • THE PRISONER'S DREAM
  • THE ANSWER TO THE PRISONER'S DREAM
  • WHEN THE STARS BEGIN TO FALL
  • WE BURIED HER
  • HEAVEN HOLDS ALL TO ME
  • LITTLE BESSIE
  • I NEED THE PRAYERS
  • OLD FASHIONED MEETING
  • KATIE DEAR
  • WHO WOULDN'T BE LONELY
  • LIFE-LINE
  • WHEN THE VALLEY MOON WAS LOW
  • MY LAST LETTER
  • MOTHER WENT HER HOLINESS WAY
  • HANG OUT THE FRONT DOOR KEY
  • THIS IS LIKE HEAVEN TO ME
  • I'VE FOUND A FRIEND
  • ASLEEP IN THE BRINY DEEP
  • LAST NIGHT WHILE STANDING BY MY WINDOW
  • THERE WAS A TIME
  • BRING BACK MY WANDERING BOY
  • WHEN THE ROSES BLOOM IN DIXIELAND
  • ARE YOU FROM DIXIE
  • GIVE ME MY ROSES NOW
  • THE HOUSE WHERE WE WERE WED
  • THERE'S NO OTHER LOVER FOR ME
  • GOD SENT MY LITTLE GIRL
  • SOMEONE'S LAST DAY
  • SHE'LL BE THERE
  • THE LIGHTNING EXPRESS
  • THE ROYAL TELEPHONE
  • THE CONVICT AND THE ROSE
  • FATHER, DEAR FATHER, COME HOME
  • WE PARTED BY THE RIVERSIDE
  • ONLY ONE STEP MORE
  • THE EAST BOUND TRAIN
  • THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY
  • SHE'S SOMEBODY'S DARLING ONCE MORE
  • I'M S-A-V-E-D
  • WHISPERING HOPE
  • THE BUTCHER'S BOY
  • THIS EVENING LIGHT
  • MARY OF THE WILD MOOR
  • WHY NOT CONFESS
  • TURN YOUR RADIO ON
  • SINCE THE ANGELS TOOK MY MOTHER FAR AWAY
  • IN THE HILLS OF ROANE COUNTY
  • KNEEL AT THE CROSS
  • BROWN EYES
  • SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE
  • A PICTURE ON THE WALL
  • PICTURES FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE
  • DON'T SAY GOODBYE IF YOU LOVE ME
  • SPEAK TO ME LITTLE DARLING
  • HAVE YOU SEEN MY DADDY HERE
  • I LOVE HER MORE, NOW MOTHER'S OLD
  • DUST ON THE BIBLE
  • KENTUCKY
  • I'M GLAD (I'M GLAD HE'S GONE AND LEFT YOU)
  • THE CHAPEL IN THE HILLS
  • SOLD DOWN THE RIVER
  • I'M GOING TO WRITE TO HEAVEN (FOR I KNOW...)
  • COME TO THE SAVIOUR
  • GARDEN IN THE SKY
  • THERE'S BEEN A CHANGE
  • ROMANS 6:23
  • I'LL TAKE MY SAVIOUR BY THE HAND
  • I CANNOT TAKE YOU BACK NOW
  • BEHIND THESE PRISON WALLS OF LOVE
  • ANGEL MOTHER
  • LET'S NOT SLEEP AGAIN
  • DON'T TAKE THE LIGHT (FROM MY DARK CELL)
  • THE CROSS ON THE HILL
  • THE SWEETEST GIFT, A MOTHER'S SMILE
  • YOU'VE BRANDED YOUR NAME ON MY HEART
  • LITTLE MOTHER OF THE HILLS
  • ALABAMA
  • ONE COLD WINTER'S EVE
  • PAPER BOY
  • SHAKE HANDS WITH YOUR MOTHER TODAY
  • WHEN HEAVEN COMES DOWN
  • THE UNFINISHED RUG
  • TEARS ON HER BRIDAL BOUQUET
  • LORD BE WITH US, AMEN
  • DROP YOUR NET
  • THERE'LL BE NO BROKEN HEARTS FOR ME
  • THE NEW GOLDEN RULE
  • WHERE OUR DARLING SLEEPS TONIGHT
  • SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE