MAC WISEMAN 'On Susan's Floor'

MAC WISEMAN 'On Susan's Floor'

  • $95.00


For the Mac Wiseman completist, this is an interesting set (4-CDs and a hard-cover book of over 60 pages) that gathers most of his later recordings. But for the hard core Bluegrass fan, it is a non-essential item, as the music here is generally way below the standard that Mac set on his classic early Dot recordings (which fortunately are preserved on another great Bear Family box set, BCD-15976 “Tis Sweet To Be Remembered”). Mac always seems to be in fine voice, and there is no quarrel with his singing on the 114 tracks that make up this set. But the various producers that arranged most of these sessions (including Bonnie Guitar (!?)) did him no favors, plastering much of the material with drums, steel guitars, piano, etc in a never ending search for a “hit”. Here’s what the collection includes: Mac’s all Canadian LP (1965) that came out on his own WISE label (this is good Bluegrass and the best music on the set along with Mac’s 1966 “Bluegrass” release on Dot that included Bob and Sonny Osborne and Tommy Jackson.) Also included from Dot are the “Songs Of The Good Ole Days” LP (good songs but so-so accompaniment), and the inferior “A Master At Work” record (on which Ms. Guitar shows she has no understanding of Mac’s artistry). There are also 20 songs cut for the Rural Rhythm label in 1966—good old standard songs but with unspectacular backing of dobro, bass and electric guitar. The rest of the set is made up of very mediocre later recordings for MGM, RCA Victor, and the Churchill label (1977-1979). While the set is attractively produced (as always on Bear Family) and has a modest amount of good recordings, it basically makes one appreciate Mac’s best early work even more. 4-CD & Book: $ 95.00

Track Listing:


CD-1:
  • MAPLE SUGAR SWEETHEART
  • BRINGING MARY HOME
  • LEGEND OF THE IRISH REBEL
  • THE GHOST OF BRAS D'OR
  • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND IS HEAVEN TO ME
  • WHAT A WASTE OF GOOD CORNLIKKER
  • MY NOVA SCOTIA HOME
  • WHEN ITS APPLE BLOSSOM TIME IN ANNAPOLIS...
  • MY MOLLY BAWN
  • ATLANTIC LULLABY
  • MY CAPE BRETON HOME
  • PISTOL PACKIN' PREACHER
  • WRECK OF THE OLD 97
  • LITTLE MOHEE
  • CORINNA, CORINNA
  • SITTIN' ON TOP OF THE WORLD
  • HOW MANY BISCUITS CAN YOU EAT
  • RING THOSE GOLDEN BELLS
  • I SAW YOUR FACE IN THE MOON
  • I'LL BE ALL SMILES TONIGHT
  • THE WALTZ YOU SAVED FOR ME
  • JUST OVER IN THE GLORYLAND
  • MY GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK
  • LITTLE BLOSSOM
  • THERE'S MORE PRETTY GIRLS THAN ONE
  • ROVIN' GAMBLER
  • SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN
  • MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
  • MARY OF THE WILDMOOR
  • THE BLACK SHEEP
  • BRINGING IN THE GEORGIA MAIL
  • TURKEY IN THE STRAW

  • CD-2:
  • WE LIVE IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS
  • TRAGIC ROMANCE
  • I'LL BE ALL SMILES TONIGHT
  • THIS IS WHERE I CAME IN
  • YOU'RE THE BEST OF ALL THE LEADING BRANDS
  • DON'T MAKE ME GO TO BED AND I'LL BE GOOD
  • THE BLUEBIRDS ARE SINGING FOR ME
  • NEW BLACK SUIT
  • HOW LONELY CAN YOU GET
  • SINCE THE DAY YOU WENT AWAY
  • DARLING LITTLE JOE
  • A MILLION, MILLION GIRLS
  • THE LETTER THAT NEVER CAME
  • WRECK OF THE C&O #5
  • THE BLACK SHEEP
  • THE LEGEND OF THE HAUNTED WOODS
  • PUT MY LITTLE SHOES AWAY
  • THE LETTER EDGED IN BLACK
  • BALLAD OF THE LAWSON FAMILY
  • THE EAST BOUND TRAIN
  • MY MOTHER'S OLD SUNBONNET
  • MAY I SLEEP IN YOUR BARN TONIGHT MISTER
  • MOLLY BAWN
  • WHITE SILVER SANDS
  • WHEN IT'S SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES
  • LITTLE BIRD
  • YOU'RE THE ONLY STAR IN MY BLUE HEAVEN

  • CD-3:
  • A MAIDEN'S PRAYER
  • JUST A BABY'S PRAYER AT TWILIGHT
  • AT THE RAINBOW'S END
  • LONELY CITY PARK
  • THIS IS WHERE I CAME IN
  • ME AND MY MEMORY
  • THE ISLE OF CAPRI
  • FOREVER AND EVER
  • GOT LEAVIN' ON HER MIND
  • SHE SIMPLY LEFT
  • THE THINGS YOU HAVE TURNED TO
  • JOHNNY'S CASH AND CHARLEY'S PRIDE
  • MAMA, PUT YOUR LITTLE SHOES AWAY
  • CRYSTAL CHANDELIER
  • ALL I HAVE TO OFFER YOU (IS ME)
  • WRINKLED, CRINKLED, WADDED DOLLAR BILL
  • RING OF FIRE
  • ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
  • BALLAD OF A TEENAGE QUEEN
  • GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY
  • THE DAY THE WORLD STOOD STILL
  • THE EASY PART'S OVER
  • BIG RIVER
  • THE LITTLE FOLKS
  • SWEET SADNESS
  • I'LL STILL WRITE YOUR NAME IN THE SAND
  • I'D RATHER LIVE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
  • SING LITTLE BIRDIE
  • COLOURS

  • CD-4:
  • SONG OF THE WILDWOOD
  • AT THE CROSSROAD
  • LET TIME BE YOUR FRIEND
  • ON SUSAN'S FLOOR
  • LET'S ALL GO DOWN TO THE RIVER
  • SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
  • EIGHT MORE MILES TO LOUISVILLE
  • KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE
  • WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
  • A TRAGIC ROMANCE
  • IT RAINS JUST THE SAME IN MISSOURI
  • CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
  • CATFISH JOHN
  • YOU CAN'T GO IN THE RED PLAYIN' BLUEGRASS
  • IT COMES AND GOES
  • DIXIE HUMMER
  • I'VE GOT TO CATCH THAT TRAIN
  • NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN
  • GOODBYE MEXICO ROSE
  • DANCING BEAR
  • SCOTCH AND SODA
  • ME AND THE BOYS
  • TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS
  • 45S - 8X10S
  • MY BLUE HEAVEN (& WOODY HERMAN)
  • IF I COULD BE WITH YOU (IT MUST BE TRUE) (&
  • WOODY HERMAN