VARIOUS ARTISTS 'The Bristol Sessions' BCD-16094-5-CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS 'The Bristol Sessions' BCD-16094-5-CD

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Sometimes called ÒThe Big Bang of Country MusicÓ, the two field recording sessions that the Victor company conducted in the summer of 1927 and the fall of 1928 are particularly significant in that they included the first recordings by The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, who were destined to become hugely successful and influential artists in the history of country music as we know it..Ê Curiously, there were only two songs cut then by Rodgers (SLEEP BABY SLEEP and THE SOLDIERÕS SWEETHEART), who had to wait until his next record (BLUE YODEL) to start making a really big splash across the nation.Ê And the Carter FamilyÕs relatively modest contribution to this story is just a 6-song sampling that included some of Sara CarterÕs most impressive vocals including the powerful SINGLE GIRL and WANDERING BOY.Ê But any old time music fan will quickly realize the depth and quality of the music that was recorded in these historic sessionsÑit is a huge tribute to the good taste & judgment of Ralph Peer, the Victor producer who organized these sessions which accounted for more than 125 songs and tunes, most of them of very high musical quality.Ê Though many long time collectors and fans will already be familiar with most of the artists on this set, it is instructive to look at them from a new angle, and this amazingly beautiful production gives us a chance to do just that.Ê Apart from the music, the feature here is a fantastic 108-page hardbound book that contains dozens of great photos, a thorough discography, pictures of record labels and words to all the songsÊ ( did you ever try to copy down the words to BILLY GRIMES THE ROVER or BIG BEND GAL?). Just think of the richness of rural music at the time, when Ralph Peer could put a tiny notice in the local Bristol Virginia/Tennessee newspaper and end up a few days laterÊ with some of the all time classic recordings of such artists as Alfred Karnes, J.P. Nester, B.F. Shelton, Ernest Stoneman, Ernest PhippsÕ Holiness Singers, The Shelor Family,Ê The Bull Mountain Moonshiners,ÊÊ Shortbuckle Roark and Blind Alfred Reed!!Ê There is a lot of music we could zero in on, but here are some of the greatest cuts ever:Ê Alfred KarnesÕ THE DAYS OF MY CHILDHOOD PLAYS and WE SHALL ALL BE REUNITED has to be one of the greatest pairings ever, and the same can be said of B.F. SheltonÕs DARLING CORA and PRETTY POLLY,Ê J.P. Nester & Norman EdmondsÊ fiddle/banjo duet of TRAIN ON THE ISLAND with BLACK EYED SUSIE, and both of the Shelor FamilyÕs classic pairings.Ê And donÕt fail to catch the amazing gospel songs by Ernest Phipps, like SHINE ON ME and JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS. A word of praise and thanks to Ted Olson, Tony Russell and Bear FamilyÕs Richard Weize for an absolutely stunning job!ÊÊÊ 5-CD set & Book:Ê $ 120.00

TRACKS

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Disc: 1:

  • Ê The Dying Girl's Farewell
  • ÊTell Mother I Will Meet Her
  • ÊThe Mountaineer's Courtship
  • ÊMidnight On The Stormy Deep
  • ÊSweeping Through The Gates
  • ÊI Know My Name Is
  • Are You Washed In The Blood?
  • No More Good-Byes
  • The Resurrection (take 1)
  • The Resurrection (take 2)
  • I Am Resolved (take 1
  • I Am Resolved (take 2) 13
  • I Want To Go Where Jesus Is
  • ÊDo, Lord, Remember Me
  • Old Ship Of Zion
  • ÊJesus Getting Us Ready For That Great Day
  • Happy In Prison
  • Don't Grieve After Me
  • What Will I Do, For My Money's All Gone
  • The Whip-poor-will's Song
  • Skip To Ma Lou, My Darling
  • Barney McCoy
  • Old Time Corn Shuckin', Part 1
  • Old Time Corn Shuckin', Part 2

ÊDisc: 2

  • ÊThe Jealous Sweetheart (take 1)
  • The Jealous Sweetheart (take 2)
  • A Passing Policeman
  • Just A Message From Carolina
  • The Wreck Of The Virginian (take 1)
  • The Wreck Of The Virginian (take 2)
  • I Mean To Live For Jesus
  • You Must Unload
  • Walking In The Way With Jesus (take 1)
  • Walking In The Way With Jesus (take 2)
  • Two Brothers Are We
  • The Soldier's Poor Little
  • I Want To See My Mother (Ten Thousand Miles Away)
  • Pot Licker Blues
  • Narrow Gauge Blues
  • Cold Penitentiary Blues
  • Oh Molly Dear
  • Pretty Polly
  • Darling Cora
  • Called To The Foreign Field
  • I Am Bound For The Promised Land
  • Where We'll Never Grow Old
  • When They Ring The Golden Bells
  • To The Work
  • Train On The Island
  • Black-Eyed Susie
  • Johnny Goodwin

ÊDisc: 3

  • ÊBury Me Under The Weeping Willow
  • Little Log Cabin By The Sea
  • The Poor Orphan Child
  • The Storms Are On The Ocean
  • ÊSingle Girl, Married Girl
  • The Wandering Boy
  • Remember Me, O Mighty One
  • I'm Redeemed
  • Henry Whitter's Fox Chase
  • Rain Crow Bill
  • Big Bend Gal
  • Suzanna Gal
  • Sandy River Belle (take 1)
  • Sandy River Belle (take 2)
  • Billy Grimes, The Rover
  • The Newmarket Wreck
  • On The Banks Of The Sunny Tennessee
  • The Soldier's Sweetheart
  • Sleep Baby Sleep
  • The Longest Train I Ever Saw
  • Sweet Heaven When I Die
  • Miss 'Liza, Poor Gal
  • Greasy String
  • Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy
  • Standing On The Promises
  • At The River

ÊDisc: 4Ê

  • Ê My Name Is Ticklish Reuben
  • Way Down In Alabama
  • Do Not Wait 'Till I'm Laid 'Neath The Clay
  • The Days Of My Childhood Plays
  • We Shall All Be Reunited
  • If The Light Has Gone Out In Your Soul
  • Went Up In The Clouds Of Heaven
  • I Know That Jesus Set Me Free
  • ÊShine On Me
  • Bright Tomorrow
  • A Little Talk With Jesus
  • I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart
  • Three Black Sheep
  • Good-night Darling
  • Little Bunch Of Roses
  • The Broken-Hearted Lover
  • ÊAngeline, The Baker
  • Old Shoes And Leggin's
  • We Parted By The Riverside
  • Down To Jordan And Be Saved
  • There's A Light Lit Up In Galilee
  • Going Up The Mountain After Liquor, Part 1
  • Going Up The Mountain After Liquor, Part 2
  • The Spanish Merchant's Daughter
  • Too Late

ÊDisc: 5

  • ÊI'll Be Happy
  • Like The Rainbow
  • Because I Love Him
  • Come To The Savior
  • Do Your Best, Then Wear A Smile
  • We Shall Reach Home
  • My Mother Is Waiting For Me In Heaven Above
  • She Has Climbed The Golden Stair
  • We'll Sing On That Shore
  • Singing The Story Of Grace
  • Help Me To Find The Way
  • He'll Be With Me
  • Brownie Blues
  • Unknown Blues
  • Where Is My Mamma?
  • ÊWhen You Go A'Courtin'
  • I Sat Upon The River Bank
  • New Orleans Is The Town I Like Best
  • She Tells Me That I Am Sweet
  • Mr. Brown, Here I Come
  • I Truly Understand, You Love Another Man
  • My Mother's Hands

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ARTISTS

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  • ERNEST STONEMAN
  • WALTER MOONEY
  • IRMA FROST
  • UNCLE ECK DUNFORD
  • ERNEST PHIPPS & HIS HOLINESS QUARTET
  • HATTIE STONEMAN
  • BLUE RIDGE CORN SHUCKERS
  • JOHNSON BROTHERS
  • BLIND ALRED REED
  • JOHNSON BROTHERS WITH TENNESSEE WILDCATS
  • EL WATSON
  • B. F. SHELTON
  • ALFRED G. KARNES
  • J. P. NESTER
  • BULL MOUNTAIN MOONSHINERS
  • CARTER FAMILY
  • ALCOA QUARTET
  • HENRY WHITTER
  • SHELOR FAMILY
  • MR. & MRS. J. W. BAKER
  • JIMMIE RODGERS
  • TENNEVA RAMBLERS
  • WEST VRIGINIA COON HUNTERS
  • TENNESSEE MOUNTAINEERS
  • SMYTH COUNTY RAMBLERS
  • HOWARD
  • PEAK
  • CLARENCE GREENE
  • STAMPS QUARTET
  • SMITH BROTHERS
  • THE PALMER SISTERS
  • TARTER & GAY
  • CAROLINA TWINS
  • SHORTBUCKLE ROARK & FAMILY

    Disc: 1:

    Ê

    ÊThe Dying Girl's Farewell

    ÊTell Mother I Will Meet Her

    ÊThe Mountaineer's Courtship

    ÊMidnight On The Stormy Deep

    ÊSweeping Through The Gates

    ÊI Know My Name Is

    Are You Washed In The Blood?

    No More Good-Byes

    The Resurrection (take 1)

    The Resurrection (take 2)

    I Am Resolved (take 1

    I Am Resolved (take 2) 13

    I Want To Go Where Jesus Is

    ÊDo, Lord, Remember Me

    Old Ship Of Zion

    ÊJesus Getting Us Ready For That Great Day

    Happy In Prison

    Don't Grieve After Me

    What Will I Do, For My Money's All Gone

    The Whip-poor-will's Song

    Skip To Ma Lou, My Darling

    Barney McCoy

    Old Time Corn Shuckin', Part 1

    Old Time Corn Shuckin', Part 2

    Ê

    Disc: 2

    Ê

    The Jealous Sweetheart (take 1)

    The Jealous Sweetheart (take 2)

    A Passing Policeman

    Just A Message From Carolina

    The Wreck Of The Virginian (take 1)

    The Wreck Of The Virginian (take 2)

    I Mean To Live For Jesus

    You Must Unload

    Walking In The Way With Jesus (take 1)

    Walking In The Way With Jesus (take 2)

    Two Brothers Are We

    The Soldier's Poor Little

    I Want To See My Mother (Ten Thousand Miles Away)

    Pot Licker Blues

    Narrow Gauge Blues

    Cold Penitentiary Blues

    Oh Molly Dear

    Pretty Polly

    Darling Cora

    Called To The Foreign Field

    I Am Bound For The Promised Land

    Where We'll Never Grow Old

    When They Ring The Golden Bells

    To The Work

    Train On The Island

    Black-Eyed Susie

    Johnny Goodwin

    Ê

    Disc: 3

    Ê

    Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow

    Little Log Cabin By The Sea

    The Poor Orphan Child

    The Storms Are On The Ocean

    ÊSingle Girl, Married Girl

    The Wandering Boy

    Remember Me, O Mighty One

    I'm Redeemed

    Henry Whitter's Fox Chase

    Rain Crow Bill

    Big Bend Gal

    Suzanna Gal

    Sandy River Belle (take 1)

    Sandy River Belle (take 2)

    Billy Grimes, The Rover

    The Newmarket Wreck

    On The Banks Of The Sunny Tennessee

    The Soldier's Sweetheart

    Sleep Baby Sleep

    The Longest Train I Ever Saw

    Sweet Heaven When I Die

    Miss 'Liza, Poor Gal

    Greasy String

    Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy

    Standing On The Promises

    At The River

    Ê

    Disc: 4

    Ê

    ÊMy Name Is Ticklish Reuben

    Way Down In Alabama

    Do Not Wait 'Till I'm Laid 'Neath The Clay

    The Days Of My Childhood Plays

    We Shall All Be Reunited

    If The Light Has Gone Out In Your Soul

    Went Up In The Clouds Of Heaven

    I Know That Jesus Set Me Free

    ÊShine On Me

    Bright Tomorrow

    A Little Talk With Jesus

    I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart

    Three Black Sheep