Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 2: 1928-1929

Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 2: 1928-1929

by Grayson & Whitter
     
 

The second volume of Grayson & Whitter's complete works contains 14 more classic recordings by the duo, as well as seven tracks by another guitar and fiddle duo, Robinette & Moore. If the accomplishments of the latter pair are overshadowed by the towering figures of Grayson & Whitter, fiddler Melvin Robinette and guitarist Byrd MooreSee more details below

Overview

The second volume of Grayson & Whitter's complete works contains 14 more classic recordings by the duo, as well as seven tracks by another guitar and fiddle duo, Robinette & Moore. If the accomplishments of the latter pair are overshadowed by the towering figures of Grayson & Whitter, fiddler Melvin Robinette and guitarist Byrd Moore nonetheless perform some excellent sides of their own and conclude the collection very nicely. Their waltzing "Birmingham Jail" is fueled by the insistent rhythm of Moore's thumping bass notes and Robinette's nasally tenor harmony; on fiddle tunes such as "That Old Tiger Rag," Robinette demonstrates the remarkable prowess that made him one of the most expert, if under-recorded, players of his day. Despite these fine performances, though, the work of Grayson & Whitter will necessarily remain the disc's chief attraction for most listeners. As in their earlier sessions, fiddler Grayson and guitarist Whitter perform numerous latter-day standards for the first time on record, including "Tom Dooley," "Little Maggie With a Dram Glass in Her Hand," "The Nine-Pound Hammer," and the instrumental "Going Down the Lee Highway." The sound quality is thankfully very good throughout this set, and each recording is undertaken with considerable skill and care, resulting consistently in some of the finest pieces of their kind. The playing and singing of Grayson & Whitter is direct, honest, and timeless, akin to the duets of the Mississippi Sheiks in their combination of raw emotional depth and expert musical control. Along with Document's Volume One, this collection is highly and unreservedly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2000
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298805529
catalogNumber:
8055
Rank:
167300

Tracks

  1. Nine Pound Hammer  -  Grayson & Whitter
  2. Short Life Of Trouble  -  Grayson & Whitter
  3. I've Always Been A Rambler  -  Grayson & Whitter
  4. Where Are You Going, Alice?  -  Grayson & Whitter
  5. A Dark Road Is A Hard Road To Travel  -  Grayson & Whitter
  6. Barnyard Serenade  -  Grayson & Whitter
  7. Little Maggie With A Dram Glass In Her Hand  -  Grayson & Whitter
  8. On the Banks of the Old Tennessee  -  Grayson & Whitter
  9. Never Be As Fast As I Have Been  -  Grayson & Whitter
  10. I Have Lost You Darling, True Love  -  Grayson & Whitter
  11. Tom Dooley  -  Grayson & Whitter
  12. Going Down The Lee Highway  -  Grayson & Whitter
  13. I Saw A Man At The Close Of Day  -  Grayson & Whitter
  14. What You Gonna Do With The Baby  -  Grayson & Whitter
  15. Birmingham Jail  -  Robinette & Moore
  16. Good Bye Sweetheart  -  Robinette & Moore
  17. When The Snowflakes Fall Again  -  Robinette & Moore
  18. Mama Don't Alllow No Low Down Hangin' Around  -  Robinette & Moore
  19. Flop Eared Mule  -  Robinette & Moore
  20. That Old Tiger Rag  -  Robinette & Moore
  21. Last Days In Georgia  -  Robinette & Moore

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grayson & Whitter   Primary Artist
G.B. Grayson   Fiddle,Vocals
Henry Whitter   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer,Guitar (Baritone)
Byrd Moore   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Guitar (Baritone)
Melvin Robinette   Fiddle,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Ray Parker   Liner Notes
Johnny Parth   Producer
Tony Russell   Liner Notes
G.B. Grayson   Composer
Henry Whitter   Composer
Gerhard Wessely   Remastering
Frank Warner   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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