16 Gems

16 Gems

by Bill Monroe
     
 

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In 1992, Columbia/Legacy released The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949), a double CD that contained 24 of Monroe's 40 released recordings made for Columbia Records between 1945 and 1949, along with alternate takes of the other 16. The 45-minute 16 Gems contains the originally released versions of those

Overview

In 1992, Columbia/Legacy released The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949), a double CD that contained 24 of Monroe's 40 released recordings made for Columbia Records between 1945 and 1949, along with alternate takes of the other 16. The 45-minute 16 Gems contains the originally released versions of those songs, so that it serves as a companion to the earlier compilation and completes the CD reissue of the complete Bill Monroe on Columbia. With the exception of "Kentucky Waltz," Monroe's first and biggest hit, which leads off the album, and the genre-defining "Bluegrass Breakdown," these are not the best known of the Columbia recordings. But even as an addenda, the set contains enough powerful performances, many of them featuring Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt, to live up to its name.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972450322
catalogNumber:
724503
Rank:
53788

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Monroe   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Lester Flatt   Guitar,Vocals
Earl Scruggs   Banjo,Baritone Saxophone,5-string Banjo
Mac Wiseman   Guitar,Vocals
Chubby Wise   Fiddle
Rudy Lyle   Banjo,5-string Banjo
Howard Watts   Bass,String Bass
Robert Chubby Wise   Fiddle
David Akeman   Banjo,5-string Banjo
Bill Westbrook   Bass,String Bass
Tex Willis   Guitar
Wilene Forrester   Accordion,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Thompson   Bass,String Bass
Ted Willis   Guitar,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Mark Wilder   Contributor
Mark A. Humphrey   Liner Notes
Hope Chasin   Contributor
Rita Cox   Contributor
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Timothy Manteau   Artwork

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