VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Authentic Rare Bluegrass'

VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Authentic Rare Bluegrass'

  • $27.50


Those who have latched onto other 4-CD sets from this British label know that you get a huge amount of music for an amazingly reasonable price. There are 100 songs & tunes in this one, and like others on the label it’s a small but very attractive package. Not everything is perfect, as some of the selection choices are a bit questionable, and the annotation is just a re-hash of pretty well known facts (and is hard to read, as well). On one of the 4 discs, discographical data is provided for only 4 of the 25 tracks. The set cries out for more and better biographical and discographical data, and at least some of that exists among serious & prudent researchers like Dave Sax, Tom Mindte, Dick Spottswood and others. 8-page booklets—instead of 4-pagers—could add a lot to records like this and would increase the costs only marginally. But let’s get to the material presented here, which is a blessing to have, as very little of the early independent label Bluegrass has made it to compact disc so far. Disc 1 contains 25 cuts all from the fine Blue Ridge label in North Carolina: this includes Bill Clifton, Wade Mainer, Larry Richardson, Jim Eanes and the Church Bros., among others. Disc 2 is mostly from the old Kentucky label (Red Allen, Sonny Osborne & Virginia Trio), but for some reason 2 MGM sides of Red Allen and a couple of Capitol cuts of Jim & Jesse appear, while the rest of the nice Virginia Trio tracks are not to be found. Disc 3 features the rare Mutual and Folk-Star labels and is perhaps the most interesting of the 4 CDs: there’s a lot of good Dee Stone material, music by the Brammer Brothers, the Bowes Brothers, John Reedy and Glen Neaves, plus classic cuts from Carl Sauceman and Fred Murphy. Here too 3 odd extra tunes are inexplicably added (one each by Johnnie & Jack, Turner Bros., and the Massey Family—there’s no explanation for their inclusion. Disc 4 has odds and ends from Colonial, BRC, Excellent, Excello, Marlboro and Silverbell, as well as a Security Label release of Alex & Ola Belle Campbell that very likely pre-dates the scope of this set (1947 or 1948?). The sound quality is at times funky, but is the best that could be brought out of these old 78s by re-mastering expert Chris King. Before the advent of the 45rpm record, there was very little Bluegrass that made its way to record, apart from the handful of major artists like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanleys, etc., so it’s a treat to have access to these early efforts, most of which are marked by a real passion and intensity, even though many of the performances are rough as a cob. Any student of Bluegrass will find this set a must. 4-CD set is just $ 27.50

Artists:

  • BILLY THOMAS
  • RENFRO FAMILY
  • SONNY OSBORNE
  • ENOS JOHNSON & SONNY OSBORNE
  • RAY ANDERSON
  • JIM & JESSEE
  • VIRGINIA TRIO
  • RED ALLEN
  • GLENN NEAVES AND THE GRAYSON COUNTY BOYS
  • SCOTTY AND TAR HEEL RUBY
  • DEE STONE WITH TED PRILLAMAN’S VIRGINIA RAMBLERS
  • DEE STONE AND THE MELODY HILLBILLIES
  • BRAMMER BROTHERS AND THE VIRGINIA PARTNERS
  • BOWES BROTHERS
  • ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOYS
  • FRED MURPHY AND THE BLUE RIVER BOYS
  • RONNIE KNITTEL AND HOLSTON VALLEY RAMBLERS
  • JOHN REEDY AND HIS STONE MOUNTAIN HILLBILLIES
  • CARL SUACEMAN AND HIS GREEN VALLEY BOYS
  • JOHNNY AND JACK
  • TURNER BROTHERS
  • MASSEY FAMILY
  • HENRYHUDSON AND JIGGS HIBLER
  • RAINBOW VALLEY BOYS
  • HUGHIE AND JUNE
  • DAVE WOOLUM AND NOAH CRASE
  • WILBURN CURTIS
  • HACK JOHNSSON AND HIS TENNESSEEANS
  • ALLEN SHELTON
  • NORTH CAROLINA RIDGE RUNNERS
  • ALEX CAMPBELL
  • BILL AND MARY REID
  • JHOHN AND BILL GARAY
  • ERNEST MARTIN
  • LARRY RICHARDSON AND HAPPY SMITH
  • JIM EANES AND HIS SHENNANDOAH BOYS
  • CHURCH BROTHERS AND THEIR BLUE RIDGE RAMBLERS
  • WADE MAINER AND THE MOUNTAINEERS
  • I.W. & HAROLD AND THE CAROLINA NEIGHBORS
  • JIMMY JANNEY AND THE STONY MOUNTAON BOYS
  • JOE FRANKLIN AND HIS MIMOSA BOYS
  • BILL CLIFTON AND HIS DIXIE MOUNTAIN BOYS
  • BETTY HARPER AND THE BLACK MOUNTAIN BOYS

Track Listing:

  • DISC ONE:
  • LET ME FAIL
  • I’M LONESOME
  • HIGHWAY 220
  • COUNTING THE DAYS
  • LONG JOURNEY HOME
  • RETURNED FROM MISSING IN ACTION
  • YOU’RE STILL THE ROSE OF MY HEART
  • THREE NIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM
  • BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BLUES
  • PILOT MOUNTAIN RAG
  • NO ROOM IN YOUR LIFE FOR ME NOW
  • I WON’T WRITE ANOTHER LETTER TO YOU DARLING
  • SO LONELY FOR MOTHER AND DAD
  • THERE’LL BE NO WEDDING BELLS FOR ME
  • THE BURGLAR MAN
  • A FLOWER BLOOMING IN THE WILDWOOD
  • ALL THE GOOD TIMES ARE PAST AND GONE
  • WAKE UP SUSAN
  • DON’T THAT MOON LOOK LONESOME
  • I’M LONESOME TONIGHT
  • AN ANGEL WITH BLUE EYES
  • WHEN JESUS CALLS YOU HOME
  • A SWEETER LOVE THAN YOURS I’LL NEVER KNOW
  • DRUNKARD’S HIGHWAY
  • WAY DOWN IN OLE’ CAROLINE
  • DISC TWO:
  • 8TH OF JANUARY
  • CRIPPLE CREEK
  • CULLOEKA
  • BROKEN HEARTS MEAN NOTHING TO YOU
  • COME ALONE GLORY
  • REUNION DAY IN HEAVEN
  • SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL
  • I AIN’T GONNA LET HER DO IT ANYMORE
  • MAPLE ON THE HILL
  • ROLLING STONE
  • THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
  • HOME SWEET HOME
  • HOW ABOUT YOU FRIEND
  • GONE HOME
  • SWANEE RIVER
  • CRAZY BANJO MEDLEY
  • ALLEN’S DREAM
  • OLD KENTUCKY HOME
  • ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL
  • YOU WERE ONLY TEASING ME
  • THE BLOOM HAS LEFT THE ROSE
  • LITTLE GIRL GO TELL YOUR MAMA
  • COME BACK LITTLE PAL
  • REVELATION 1:18
  • SUGAR COATED LOVE
  • DISC THREE:
  • BLACK MOUNTAIN RAG
  • OLD SWINGING BRIDGE
  • WHEN WE SAY GOODBYE
  • SQUARE DANCE RAG
  • ANSWER LITTLE PAL
  • MOUNTAIN SWING
  • IS THERE ANY HARM TO DREAM
  • FIDDLER’S DREAM
  • TELL ME TRULY LITTLE DARLING
  • VIRGINIA WALTZ
  • MOTHER WON’T GROW OLD SO SOON
  • STOP KNOCKING ON MY DOOR
  • THE CHURCH OF GOD
  • YOU’LL ALWAYS BE MY BLUE-EYED DARLING
  • I WANT TO BE READY
  • I’M LOST WITHOUT YOU
  • HEADS YOU WIN TAIL I LOSE
  • HOLSTON VALLEY BREAKDOWN
  • I CAN THANK MY LUCKY STARS
  • SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME
  • A WHITE CROSS MARKS THE GRAVE
  • I’LL BE AN ANGEL TOO
  • TOO MANY BLUES
  • ALL NIGHT LONG
  • PINEY WOODS
  • DISC FOUR:
  • PREACHING & PRAYING
  • PAUL & SILAS
  • BOAT OF LOVE
  • BOUQUET OF HEAVEN
  • MANSIONS FOR ME
  • WHITE DOVE
  • DOWN IN THE WILLOW GARDEN
  • LET ME TRAVEL ALONE
  • I’LL FLY AWAY
  • GOD PUT A RAINBOW IN THE CLOUD
  • ARE YOU MISSING ME
  • I’LL WASH YOUR LOVE FROM MY HEART
  • WHAT WOULD THE PROFIT BE?
  • WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN
  • RIVER OF DEATH
  • I’LL MEET YOU IN CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING
  • I’M ON THE WAY TO THE OLD HOME
  • SUGAR COATED LOVE
  • I’LL STAY AROUND
  • LETTER FROM MY DARLING
  • WHERE THE SOUL NEVER DIES
  • POWER IN THE BLOOD
  • BLACK MOUNTAIN RAG