Anthology

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A powerful two-CD overview of Bill Monroe's 30-plus years recording for Decca/MCA, Anthology picks up in 1950 with a spirited reworking of "New Mule Skinner Blues" and sets down in 1981, with one of the bluegrass pioneer's final recordings, the poignant instrumental "My Last Days on Earth," which features a lovely string arrangement by none other than Bill McElhiney, best known for the dazzling work he did for Patsy Cline. The set features several re-recordings of early classics including the post-Elvis 1954 version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" that incorporates the Hillbilly Cat's up-tempo flair, but in keeping with Monroe's style, these discs showcase the master's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A powerful two-CD overview of Bill Monroe's 30-plus years recording for Decca/MCA, Anthology picks up in 1950 with a spirited reworking of "New Mule Skinner Blues" and sets down in 1981, with one of the bluegrass pioneer's final recordings, the poignant instrumental "My Last Days on Earth," which features a lovely string arrangement by none other than Bill McElhiney, best known for the dazzling work he did for Patsy Cline. The set features several re-recordings of early classics including the post-Elvis 1954 version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" that incorporates the Hillbilly Cat's up-tempo flair, but in keeping with Monroe's style, these discs showcase the master's interest in a wide range of material, both in his originals and in covers drawn from black gospel and blues, folk songs, and traditional and contemporary country fare, such as A. P. Carter's "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" and "The Long Black Veil." Vocally, Monroe was at his peak during these years, his voice a mature, expressive, and bold instrument on its own, almost as much of a story as his mandolin work. And though Flatt & Scruggs had left the fold by this time, Monroe never hurt for gifted musicians in the Bluegrass Boys. The names that pop out on this set include guitarist Jimmy Martin; fiddlers Kenny Baker, Vassar Clements, Gordon Terry, and Charlie Cline; bassists Ernie Newton and Besse Lee Mauldin; and guitarist Del McCoury, who shares a lively lead vocal with Monroe on "Roll On, Buddy, Roll On." And not the least of Anthology's virtues is its spotlighting of Monroe as a mandolin virtuoso. He did it all. Hitting every high note of a 30-year run is too much to ask of two CDs, but only curmudgeons could grouse about Anthology's omissions. What's here is choice.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
So much has been said about the founding father of bluegrass music that it would be nice if there was an all-encompassing collection of Bill Monroe's music to accompany the legend. Although the almost-correctly titled Anthology comes close, there is still a wealth of Columbia and RCA-Victor recordings missing from this Decca-centric collection, which runs chronologically from 1950 to 1969 (with one final track from 1981). Unfortunately, this means that the classic lineup of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, with fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, is not represented. Still, bluegrass luminaries Vassar Clements, Jimmy Martin, Kenny Baker, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, and many others, all drifted in and out of the Blue Grass Boys during their twenty-some years, and make appearances on classic tracks like "Sally Goodin," "Uncle Pen," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," and "New Mule Skinner Blues." All told, this may be the perfect collection of Monroe's work for Decca, but it falls only slightly short of being the Bill Monroe Anthology.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008811320720
  • Catalog Number: 113207
  • Sales rank: 36,940
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Monroe Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals
Norman Blake Guitar
Del McCoury Guitar, Vocals
Peter Rowan Guitar, Vocals
Bill Keith Banjo
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Kenny Baker Vocals
Don Stover Banjo
Grady Martin Guitar
Tony Ellis Banjo
Vic Jordan Banjo
Gordon Terry Fiddle, Vocals
Carl Butler Guitar
Curtis McPeake Banjo
Byron Berline Fiddle
George Binkley III Violin
Boudleaux Bryant Vocals
Roy Christensen Cello
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Charlie Cline Fiddle, Vocals
Jack Cooke Guitar
Connie Ellisor Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Lamar Grier Banjo
Bobby Hardin Background Vocals
Mark Hembree Bass
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
Sheldon Kurland Strings, Violin
Rudy Lyle Banjo, Vocals
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Vocals
Edd Mayfield Guitar, Vocals
Dennis Molchan Violin
James Monroe Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ernie Newton Bass, Vocals
Sonny Osborne Banjo
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Joe Stuart Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar
Howard Watts Bass
Roland White Guitar, Vocals
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Joe Zinkan Bass
Farris Coursey Drums
Dale Potter Fiddle
Hubert Davis Banjo
Joe Drumright Banjo
Milton Estes Vocals
Arlene Hardin Background Vocals
Culley Holt Vocals
Lonnie Hoppers Banjo
Cindy Nelson Background Vocals
Joel Price Bass, Vocals
Merle "Red" Taylor Fiddle
Horace "Benny" Williams Fiddle
Rual Yarbrough Banjo
Jackie Phelps Guitar
Hal Smith Fiddle
Franklin G. Buchanan Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Maynard Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Selph Guitar
Tommy Williams Jr. Fiddle
Robert Lee Pennington Banjo
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Fiddle
Red Stanley Fiddle
Red Hayes Fiddle
Jimmy Elrod Guitar
Don Lineberger Banjo
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer, Producer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Rev. Louis Overstreet Composer
Cliff Carlisle Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin Liner Notes
Owen Bradley Producer
Walter Haynes Producer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Bill McElhiney String Arrangements
Andy McKaie Producer
Harry Silverstein Producer
Bob Wills Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Les Leverett Cover Photo
M. Christian Composer
Dave Lazar Composer
Alan Riggs Composer
Larry Ehrlich Composer
Traditional Composer
Tom Six Composer
Paul Cohen Producer
Dave Lazer Composer
Miller Composer
Rupert Jones Composer
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