Bluegrass Early Cuts 1931-1953: Classic Recordings Remastered [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This four-disc box set from JSP Records collects tracks from the earliest years of bluegrass music, and in a rather curious sequencing decision, runs them backwards from the first disc, which includes the latest selections from the 1950s, to the fourth, which is made up of what are essentially high-octane string band tracks from the early '30s. Arranged this way, it neither functions effectively as a history or as an overview of early bluegrass, but that may well be secondary, since it does put about 90 hard to find 78s in one place, which no doubt will be its main attraction to bluegrass scholars and collectors. It is particularly interesting to hear the selections from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This four-disc box set from JSP Records collects tracks from the earliest years of bluegrass music, and in a rather curious sequencing decision, runs them backwards from the first disc, which includes the latest selections from the 1950s, to the fourth, which is made up of what are essentially high-octane string band tracks from the early '30s. Arranged this way, it neither functions effectively as a history or as an overview of early bluegrass, but that may well be secondary, since it does put about 90 hard to find 78s in one place, which no doubt will be its main attraction to bluegrass scholars and collectors. It is particularly interesting to hear the selections from Byron Parker & His Mountaineers, which all feature DeWitt "Snuffy" Jenkins on five-string banjo. Jenkins' three-finger picking style clearly prefigures the later work of banjo great Earl Scruggs, whose lightning three-finger runs have become the standard -- if not the very backbone -- of modern bluegrass. Also of interest here is the first version of "Orange Blossom Special," recorded by the Rouse Brothers in New York City in 1939. The song was actually written by the fiddler Ervin Rouse, and this simple early rendition is quite striking, particularly when you stop and ponder how many thousands of times the song has been recorded and performed since. Serious fans of bluegrass will find this box set useful and instructive, but casual listeners will no doubt find it to be about three discs too long.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065773120
  • Catalog Number: 7731
  • Sales rank: 245,335

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orange Blossom Special - Jerry & Sky (2:49)
  2. 2 The Old Grey Goose - The Kentucky Ridgerunners (2:10)
  3. 3 Kentucky Is Only a Dream - Red Belcher (2:47)
  4. 4 Holston Valley Breakdown - The Kentucky Ridgerunners (2:50)
  5. 5 Somebody Touched Me - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:33)
  6. 6 Jesse James - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (3:03)
  7. 7 Tragic Romance - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:42)
  8. 8 Lint Head Stomp - Phebel Wright (2:40)
  9. 9 Jesse James - Whitey & Hogan (2:48)
  10. 10 Radio Boogie - Ralph Mayo (2:26)
  11. 11 Blue Bonnet Lane - Colwell Brothers (2:22)
  12. 12 Mother, Sweet Mother - Rebe & Rabe (2:48)
  13. 13 Helen - Rebe & Rabe (3:04)
  14. 14 Let Me Rest (At the End of My Journey) - Hack Johnson & His Tennesseans (2:53)
  15. 15 This World Can't Stand Long - Shenandoah Valley Trio (2:37)
  16. 16 Wicked Path of Sin - Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (2:30)
  17. 17 Hallelujah, We Shall Rise - Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (1:50)
  18. 18 They Sleep Together Now at Rest - Sauceman Brothers (3:14)
  19. 19 What Are They Doing in Heaven Today - The Lilly Brothers (2:38)
  20. 20 Pain in My Heart - The Lilly Brothers (2:43)
  21. 21 Lonesome, Sad and Blue - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (3:03)
  22. 22 Don't Forget Me - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (2:25)
  23. 23 Will I Meet Mother in Heaven? - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (2:20)
  24. 24 Dirty Dishes Blues - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (2:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Broke Your Promise - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (2:11)
  2. 2 I'm Left Alone - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (2:13)
  3. 3 Nobody Cares (Not Even You) - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (2:21)
  4. 4 Twenty One Years - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (2:20)
  5. 5 Lonesome Pine Breakdown - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (2:31)
  6. 6 New Campdown Races - Marvin Cobb (2:17)
  7. 7 You're the One (I See in My Dreams) - Buster Turner (1:59)
  8. 8 Leave Well Enough Alone - Buster Turner (2:41)
  9. 9 Long Time, No See - Frank Hunter & His Black Mountain Boys (2:29)
  10. 10 Weary Hobo - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:53)
  11. 11 Just a Memory - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:16)
  12. 12 Going Back to Old Kentucky - Hobo Jack Adkins (2:05)
  13. 13 Rattlesnake Daddy - Happy Valley Boys (2:09)
  14. 14 I'm On My Way to the Old Home - Sonny Osborne (2:42)
  15. 15 I've Never Been So Lonesome - Ted Lundy (2:10)
  16. 16 Roll on Blues - Connie & Babe (2:04)
  17. 17 How Will the Flowers Bloom - Connie & Babe (2:29)
  18. 18 The Last Love Letter - Connie & Babe (4:17)
  19. 19 The Lonely Waltz - Connie & Babe (2:38)
  20. 20 Better Late Than Never - Buster Pack & His Lonesome Pine Boys (2:04)
  21. 21 The Bright Crystal Sea - Pine Mountain Boys (3:30)
  22. 22 Where Will You Spend Eternity - Pine Mountain Boys (2:31)
  23. 23 He Saved My Soul - Hamm Brothers (2:53)
  24. 24 You Have Left Me Memories - Hobo Jack Adkins (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Married Life Blues - Byron Parker (2:38)
  2. 2 Up Jumped the Devil - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:43)
  3. 3 We Shall Rise - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:43)
  4. 4 C & NW Railroad Blues - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:39)
  5. 5 Carroll County Blues - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:37)
  6. 6 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:34)
  7. 7 Concord Rag - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:31)
  8. 8 Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:33)
  9. 9 Drunkard's Hiccups - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:46)
  10. 10 Blue Ridge Mountain Blues - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:31)
  11. 11 Johnson's Old Grey Mule - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:51)
  12. 12 Maple on the Hill - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:46)
  13. 13 Seven and a Half - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (3:07)
  14. 14 Short Life and It's Trouble - Wade Mainer (2:26)
  15. 15 Wild Bill Jones - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:24)
  16. 16 Lonely Tombs - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:46)
  17. 17 Poor Drunkard's Dream - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:44)
  18. 18 I Won't Be Worried - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:34)
  19. 19 Ramshackle Shack - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:32)
  20. 20 Old Reuben - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:39)
  21. 21 Don't Leave Me Alone - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:35)
  22. 22 You May Forsake Me - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:06)
  23. 23 Rambling Boy - Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers (2:50)
  24. 24 I'll Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Preston Young (2:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Florida Blues - Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys (2:21)
  2. 2 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) - Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys (2:19)
  3. 3 Missing in Action - Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys (3:03)
  4. 4 Curtains of Sorrow - Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys (2:47)
  5. 5 Little Brown Hand - Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys (2:21)
  6. 6 Down Among the Budded Roses - Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys (2:56)
  7. 7 Tomorrow May Be Different - Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys (2:39)
  8. 8 Come Back My Little Pal - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:40)
  9. 9 Wabash Cannonball - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:29)
  10. 10 Lonesome Dove - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:35)
  11. 11 Where the Roses Never Fade - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:39)
  12. 12 Natural Bridge Blues - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:29)
  13. 13 The Best of Friends Must Part Sometime - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:34)
  14. 14 Polecat Blues - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:34)
  15. 15 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:52)
  16. 16 Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:47)
  17. 17 Can You Forgive - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (3:02)
  18. 18 Loving You Too Well - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:46)
  19. 19 'Neath the Bridge at the Foot of the Hill - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:49)
  20. 20 Little Sweetheart Come and Kiss Me - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:29)
  21. 21 Little Mohee - Hall Brothers Jazz Band (3:03)
  22. 22 The Wrong Road - Hall Brothers Jazz Band (2:17)
  23. 23 Orange Blossom Special - Mouse Brothers (2:58)
  24. 24 Let Me Be Your Salty Dog - Morris Brothers (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Maphis Tenor Banjo
Frank Wakefield Mandolin, Vocals
Roy Hall Guitar, Vocals
Allen Shelton Banjo
Clyde Moody Vocals
J.E. Mainer Fiddle, Vocals
Wilma Lee Cooper Guitar, Vocals
Jim Eanes Guitar, Vocals
Wade Mainer Banjo, Vocals
Del Wood Piano
Carl Butler Guitar
Charlie Cline Banjo
Curley Ray Cline Fiddle
Stoney Cooper Vocals
Bob Hamilton Electric Guitar
Frank Hunter Guitar
DeWitt Jenkins Banjo
Raymond Johnson Fiddle, Group
Everett Lilly Mandolin, Vocals
Tex Logan Fiddle, Vocals
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Ernie Newton Bass
Bobby Osborne Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Gordon Reed Bass
Larry Richardson Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Ervin T. Rouse Fiddle
Homer "Pappy" Sherrill Fiddle
Joe Stuart Mandolin, Vocals
L.E. White Fiddle
Paul Hamilton Williams Guitar, Vocals
Buster Carter Banjo, Vocals
Bea Lilly Guitar, Vocals
Posey Rorer Fiddle
Preston Young Guitar, Vocals
Hubert Davis Banjo
Tommy Magness Fiddle
Joel Price Vocals
Merle "Red" Taylor Fiddle, Tenor (Vocal)
Ezra Cline Bass
Ray Goins Banjo, Lead
Shannon Grayson Banjo
Arval Albert Hogan Mandolin, Vocals
Eddie Jones Banjo
Steve Ledford Fiddle
Ray Morgan Fiddle
Wiley Morris Mandolin
Zeke Morris Guitar, Vocals
Carl Sauceman Vocals
Hobo Jack Adkins Guitar, Vocals
Charles Parker Mandolin
Jake Tullock Bass
Paul Wright III Fiddle
Leonard Stokes Guitar, Vocals
Ray Cline Fiddle
Curly Parker Guitar, Vocals
Bill Carver Mandolin
Roy Russell Fiddle, Tenor (Vocal)
Roy Grant Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Snyder Guitar
Wiley Birchfield Banjo
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Buster Pack Guitar
Cecil Surratt Guitar, Vocals
Gene Christian Fiddle
Ronnie Knittel Guitar
Red Belcher Banjo
Baskell Rose Banjo, Fiddle
John Reedy Vocals, Group
Phebel Wright Mandolin
Revin "Rebe" Gosdin Mandolin, Vocals
Toby Stroud Fiddle
Estil Stewart Bass
Red Ratliff Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Red Onion Banjo
Junior Morgan Guitar
Frances Reedy Group, Alto (Vocal)
Julian Ramey Banjo
Floyd Lacewell Guitar, Vocals
Freddy Richardson Banjo
Ralph Jones Band Mandolin
Albert Punturi Mandolin
Junior Husky Bass
Hank Anglin Banjo
Charlie Biley Mandolin
Pee Wee Buttrey Banjo
Blind Boy Jack Cassidy Bass
Paul Colwell Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Ralph Colwell Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Steve Colwell Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Red Cook Banjo
Pee Wee Davis Fiddle
Doyle Dobbin Banjo
Curley Fagan Fiddle
Jimmie Farmer Fiddle
Nealey Gilfillian Guitar
Jay Hugh Hall Guitar
Scott Hatfield Banjo
Curley Howard Rhythm Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Jerry Howarth Guitar, Vocals
Carace Hutchins Banjo
Benny Jarrell Bass, Fiddle
Haskell "Hack" Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Daddy John Love Guitar, Vocals
Lonnie Parsley Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Glenn Ramey Mandolin
Gene Ray Guitar, Vocals
Glen Rayey Group, Tenor (Vocal)
Clyde Robbins Guitar
J.P. Sauceman Guitar, Vocals
L.C. Smith Guitar, Vocals
Schuyler Snow Guitar, Vocals
Blake Steltner Bass
Blake Stiltner Bass
Joe Philips Bass
Ralph Mayo Fiddle, Vocals
Technical Credits
Curley Ray Cline Composer
Frank Hunter Duet
Bobby Osborne Composer
Larry Richardson Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Wiley Morris Composer
Zeke Morris Composer
Traditional Composer
Pat Harrison Liner Notes
Gene Christian Duet
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