CARTER SISTERS & MOTHER MAYBELLE 'The Complete Original Recordings 1949-1952'

CARTER SISTERS & MOTHER MAYBELLE 'The Complete Original Recordings 1949-1952'

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There are 27 songs on this British import, comprising all of the recordings that the group in this configuration made for the RCA Victor and Columbia labels. The 19 Victor tracks, all recorded in 1949 and 1950 (some with Chet Atkins) are of varying degrees of interest: though much of the material looks interesting, it is not nearly as strong as it looks, and it is not helped by the backing which includes some organ, piano, and Helen’s ordinary accordion. Even Chet Atkins’ contributions on guitar seem tame, and it sounds like the group was not really that familiar with the songs when the recording sessions were held. The Columbia recordings, on the other hand, are wonderful, with a return to the sound that made the Carter Family famous: there’s plenty of Maybelle’s lead singing and lovely guitar work, and the songs are all fine vehicles for the group: they are all new versions of old numbers that the original family recorded back in the 1920s & 30s, with just one exception (FAIR AND TENDER LADIES). In addition to the fine renditions of FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP, WILDWOOD FLOWER, YOU ARE MY FLOWER, AIN’T GONNA WORK TOMORROW etc., a few of the RCA cuts are quite nice, especially those that feature Anita Carter’s lovely voice: GOD SENT MY LITTLE GIRL, THE DAY THEY LAID MARY AWAY, WHY DO YOU WEEP DEAR WILLOW, etc.

Track Listing:

  • MY DARLING'S HOME AT LAST
  • THE KNEELING DRUNKARD'S PLEA
  • WHY DO YOU WEEP, DEAR WILLOW?
  • (THIS IS)SOMEONE'S LAST DAY
  • WALK A LITTLE CLOSER
  • A PICTURE A RING AND A CURL
  • THE DAY OF WRATH
  • I'VE GOT A HOME UP IN GLORY
  • BLUE SKIES AND SUNSHINE
  • THE DAY THEY LAID MARY AWAY
  • DON'T WAIT
  • DOWN ON MY KNEES
  • LITTLE ORPHAN GIRL
  • GOD SENT MY LITTLE GIRL
  • WILLOW, WILL YOU WEEP FOR ME
  • GOTTA FIND ME SOMEBODY TO LOVE
  • A TRINKET OF SHINY GOLD
  • I'VE GOT MY SHARE OF TROUBLE
  • COLUMBUS, GA
  • FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP
  • FAIR AND TENDER LADIES
  • SUN'S GONNA SHINE IN MY BACK DOOR
  • I NEVER WILL MARRY
  • WILDWOOD FLOWER
  • HE'S SOLID GONE
  • YOU ARE MY FLOWER
  • I AIN'T GONNA WORK TOMORROW