Classic Bluegrass Collection

Classic Bluegrass Collection

     
 

This box set features three discs of well-known bluegrass recordings from Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, and Patty Loveless; selections from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack; and more. See more details below

Overview

This box set features three discs of well-known bluegrass recordings from Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, and Patty Loveless; selections from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack; and more.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although most people think of bluegrass as an old form of Southern mountain music, it's actually a fairly recent creation, gaining its shape at the same time as rock & roll in the late '40s and early '50s and making use of the same technology (portable microphones and electric amplification) as rock & roll did to catch on and spread. The new technology allowed individual instruments to step forward out of the earlier massed string band approach and also allowed singers to fine-tune and emotionally nuance their vocals without resorting to shouting, which led to more involved and developed vocal harmonies. The big bang for this new genre came with Bill Monroe's classic late-'40s lineup of his Blue Grass Boys (Monroe had actually formed the band nearly a decade earlier in 1939), which included Chubby Wise on fiddle, Lester Flatt on guitar, and the amazing Earl Scruggs on banjo (Scruggs' rolling, rapid, and efficient fingering style would redefine the sound of the five-string banjo for the modern world), and Time Life has wisely opted to open this three-disc, 60-track survey of bluegrass history with that ensemble's 1948 recording of "It's Mighty Dark to Travel." The variety and scope here are impressive, with several other Monroe tracks on display, including a rushed, hell-bent version of "Molly & Tenbrooks" and the classic waltz "Blue Moon of Kentucky," along with solid sides from the Stanley Brothers, the Stonemans, the Kentucky Colonels, the Dillards, and many more. Among the highlights are Moore & Napier's "Barbara Allen," which illustrates how bluegrass appropriated the old mountain ballads for its own needs; the Stonemans' "Cripple Creek," which shows that bluegrass doesn't just speed up the old material it embraces (the Stonemans slow the normal blistering pace of this banjo standard by half); Emmylou Harris' gorgeous, countrified turn on "The Wayfaring Stranger"; and Ralph Stanley's weathered vocals on the rugged and rushing "Little Maggie" and his signature, "O Death," which closes out this set. Bluegrass has broadened its base and moved into new and progressive territory as the 21st century rolls through its first decade, and little of those new byways are explored here, but as a backdrop for the 60-year rise of bluegrass to date, this concise anthology does a great job of setting up and revealing the foundation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Time Life Records
UPC:
0610583202229
catalogNumber:
19493

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. It's Mighty Dark to Travel  -  Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
  2. Electricity
  3. How Mountain Girls Can Love  -  Clinch Mountain Boys
  4. Me and the Juke Box  -  Bayou Boys
  5. I Wouldn't Change You If I Could  -  Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
  6. Windy Mountain
  7. Cabin on the Hill  -  Foggy Mountain Boys
  8. Kentucky
  9. Barbara Allen  -  Moore & Napier
  10. Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die  -  Tennessee Cut-Ups
  11. I Am a Pilgrim
  12. Rank Stranger  -  Clinch Mountain Boys
  13. Nine Pound Hammer  -  Virginia Boys
  14. Orange Blossom Special
  15. The Ballad of Jed Clampett  -  Foggy Mountain Boys
  16. Dooley
  17. Better Times A-Coming  -  Virginia Boys
  18. Uncle Pen  - Ricky Skaggs
  19. The Boys Are Back in Town
  20. Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Disc 2

  1. Molly & Tenbrooks  -  Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
  2. Foggy Mountain Breakdown  -  Foggy Mountain Boys
  3. Ruby, Are You Mad
  4. I've Found a Hiding Place  -  Carl Story & the Rambling Mountaineers
  5. 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered
  6. Angel Band  -  Clinch Mountain Boys
  7. You Don't Know My Mind
  8. Blue Moon of Kentucky  -  Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
  9. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms  -  Foggy Mountain Boys
  10. Howdy, Neighbor, Howdy  -  Tennessee Cut-Ups
  11. I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home
  12. New Muleskinner Blues  -  Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
  13. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  14. Cripple Creek
  15. Dueling Banjos
  16. Rocky Top
  17. High Lonesome Sound  - Vince Gill
  18. Wayfaring Stranger  - Emmylou Harris
  19. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
  20. I'll Fly Away  - Gillian Welch

Disc 3

  1. Little Birdie  -  Red Allen & The Kentuckians
  2. Long Journey Home
  3. Girl at the Crossroads Bar
  4. Little Maggie  -  Clinch Mountain Boys
  5. Sparkling Brown Eyes
  6. Fox on the Run  -  Country Gentlemen
  7. (I Know You) Rider  -  Seldom Scene
  8. Rain and Snow  - Del McCoury
  9. Old Home Place  -  J.D. Crowe & the New South
  10. Two Highways  -  Union Station
  11. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
  12. Duncan and Brady (He's Been on the Job Too Long)
  13. Shady Grove  -  Kentucky Thunder
  14. Bluegrass Express
  15. High on a Mountain  -  Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals
  16. John Deere Tractor
  17. The Legend of the Rebel Soldier  -  Country Gentlemen
  18. I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby  - Jerry Douglas
  19. The Little Mountain Church
  20. O Death  -  Clinch Mountain Boys

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