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I'm Old Kentucky Bound

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The older brother of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe (the brothers played and recorded together as the Monroe Brothers from 1936 to 1938), Charlie Monroe will always stand slightly in the shadow of Bill's considerable legacy, but his own body of work is solid and impressive on its own merits. Playing a mixture of bluegrass, string band, and country with just a bit of a honky tonk stance for seasoning, Monroe and his many versions of the Kentucky Pardners recorded numerous sides for RCA Victor and Decca between 1938 and 1956, the period covered by this four-disc box set from Bear Family, and if the material falls frequently to the generic side of the line, there are also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The older brother of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe (the brothers played and recorded together as the Monroe Brothers from 1936 to 1938), Charlie Monroe will always stand slightly in the shadow of Bill's considerable legacy, but his own body of work is solid and impressive on its own merits. Playing a mixture of bluegrass, string band, and country with just a bit of a honky tonk stance for seasoning, Monroe and his many versions of the Kentucky Pardners recorded numerous sides for RCA Victor and Decca between 1938 and 1956, the period covered by this four-disc box set from Bear Family, and if the material falls frequently to the generic side of the line, there are also several moments of inspired joy and musical brilliance. By his own admission, Monroe wasn't much of a songwriter, and his favorite ploy was to lightly tinker with traditional mountain folk tunes and then give them new titles, often then recording that same song a second time with yet another title, so listening to this set is a bit like wandering into a hall of endlessly reflecting mirrors, but several do stand out, including "When the World's on Fire, Pt. 2," a spinoff of the 1930 Carter Family song that would later lend its melody to Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land"; a sturdy "Red Rocking Chair," which bears a strong resemblance to Dock Boggs' "Sugar Baby," although the melody is a common one and Boggs undoubtedly borrowed it as well; a marvelous, definitive version of the murder ballad "Down in the Willow Garden," which G.B. Grayson had previously recorded in 1928 as "Rose Conley"; plus the closest thing Monroe had to a hit, the fun and exuberant "Bringin' in the Georgia Mail." More workmanlike and less flashy and forward-thinking than his brother Bill (although Charlie was featuring electric guitar in his band as early as 1943), Charlie Monroe still delivered the goods more often than not, and if he'll forever be remembered as the other Monroe brother, he never rode coattails and his body of work, most of which is contained here, is well worth seeking out for a listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051680824
  • Catalog Number: 16808

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once I Had a Darling Mother (3:18)
  2. 2 No Home, No Place to Pillow My Head (2:06)
  3. 3 Farther Along (2:43)
  4. 4 When the World's on Fire, Pt. 2 (2:03)
  5. 5 Take Me Back to the Valley (2:20)
  6. 6 Happy Spirit (2:39)
  7. 7 The Great Speckled Bird (2:11)
  8. 8 Tell Him to Come Back Sweet Fern (2:26)
  9. 9 Every Time I Feel (2:04)
  10. 10 You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (2:11)
  11. 11 Oh Death (2:08)
  12. 12 Guided by Love (2:38)
  13. 13 If You See My Saviour (2:00)
  14. 14 From Shore to Shore (2:31)
  15. 15 Is She Praying There? (2:51)
  16. 16 Joy Bells in My Soul (2:16)
  17. 17 Just One Year (2:20)
  18. 18 Black Sheep (2:47)
  19. 19 Who's Calling You Sweetheart Tonight? (2:33)
  20. 20 Rubber Neck Blues (2:20)
  21. 21 There's No Depression in Heaven (2:22)
  22. 22 Mother's Not Dead, She's Only Sleeping (2:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Comin' Back But I Don't Know When (2:49)
  2. 2 It's Only a Phonograph Record (2:33)
  3. 3 Down in the Willow Garden (2:19)
  4. 4 Bringin' in the Georgia Mail (2:50)
  5. 5 When the Angels Carry Me Home (2:25)
  6. 6 If We Ever Meet Again (2:21)
  7. 7 Campin' in Canaan's Land (2:21)
  8. 8 Don't Forget to Pray (2:27)
  9. 9 The Grave at the Foot of the Mountain (3:09)
  10. 10 I See a Bright Light Shining (2:42)
  11. 11 End of Memory Lane (2:47)
  12. 12 Shenandoah Waltz (2:19)
  13. 13 Sweetheart I Love You Best (2:18)
  14. 14 I Know You'll Understand (2:26)
  15. 15 What Became of That Beautiful Picture (2:16)
  16. 16 Walking with You in My Dreams (2:24)
  17. 17 They Didn't Believe It Was True (2:23)
  18. 18 Time Clock of Life (2:20)
  19. 19 Red Rocking Chair (2:26)
  20. 20 Without Me Are You Blue (2:18)
  21. 21 Our Mansion Is Ready (2:12)
  22. 22 A Valley of Peace (2:29)
  23. 23 Rosa Lee McFall (2:31)
  24. 24 My Saviour's Train (2:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Gonna Shake Hands with Mother Over There (2:18)
  2. 2 Gonna Shake Hands with Mother Over There (2:22)
  3. 3 Springtime in Glory (2:16)
  4. 4 So Blue (2:42)
  5. 5 Sugar Cane Mama (2:16)
  6. 6 Down in Caroline (3:03)
  7. 7 I Know He's Been Dealing with Me (2:31)
  8. 8 I Know He's Been Dealing with Me (2:30)
  9. 9 You'd Better Be Somewhere Praying (2:25)
  10. 10 You'll Find Me There (2:16)
  11. 11 'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb of Stone (2:30)
  12. 12 'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb of Stone (2:31)
  13. 13 Good Morning to You (2:29)
  14. 14 I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing (2:23)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing (2:24)
  16. 16 Gold Star Mother (2:36)
  17. 17 Jesus Is Calling (2:26)
  18. 18 Jesus Is Calling (2:24)
  19. 19 My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race (2:06)
  20. 20 My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race (2:07)
  21. 21 That Wild Black Engine (2:38)
  22. 22 You'll Find Her Name Written There (3:07)
  23. 23 You'll Find Her Name Written There (2:45)
  24. 24 An Angel in Disguise (2:34)
  25. 25 Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Leave 'Em Alone (2:09)
  26. 26 I'm Old Kentucky Bound (2:39)
  27. 27 These Triflin' Women (2:21)
  28. 28 Why Did You Say Good-Bye? (2:29)
  29. 29 I'm Weary of Heartaches (2:42)
  30. 30 That's What I Like About You (2:26)
  31. 31 Weep and Cry (2:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Old Joe Clark (0:17)
  2. 2 Opening Remarks from Charlie Monroe (1:10)
  3. 3 Penitentiary Blues (1:41)
  4. 4 Patter and Story from Charlie Monroe (1:30)
  5. 5 Why Did You Ever Say Goodbye? (2:41)
  6. 6 Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Leave 'Em Alone (1:47)
  7. 7 When the Women Get in Power (2:59)
  8. 8 I'm Old Kentucky Bound (2:25)
  9. 9 Down in Caroline (2:05)
  10. 10 Down in the Willow Garden (2:07)
  11. 11 Bill Cheatham (0:48)
  12. 12 I Know You'll Understand (0:46)
  13. 13 Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (1:17)
  14. 14 I'm Old Kentucky Bound (1:22)
  15. 15 Bile 'Em Cabbage Down (1:00)
  16. 16 Good Morning to You (1:38)
  17. 17 Hop Along Peter (1:32)
  18. 18 Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (2:43)
  19. 19 Orange Blossom Special (1:43)
  20. 20 I'll Thank the Friends Who Prayed for Me (1:39)
  21. 21 Penitentiary Blues (1:40)
  22. 22 Lonely Little Robin (2:16)
  23. 23 Shine on Me (1:27)
  24. 24 John Henry (1:26)
  25. 25 Paul and Silas Bound in Jail (2:07)
  26. 26 Rocky Road Blues (1:24)
  27. 27 Bile 'Em Cabbage Down (1:20)
  28. 28 Who's Calling You Sweetheart Tonight? (1:39)
  29. 29 It's Only a Phonograph Record (1:31)
  30. 30 Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (1:43)
  31. 31 Down in Caroline (2:16)
  32. 32 (I'm Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing (1:37)
  33. 33 Fiddle Outro (0:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Monroe Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Don Helms Steel Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Grady Martin Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar
Owen Bradley Piano
Hillous Butrum Bass
Charles Randolph Grean Bass
Ira Louvin Mandolin
Ernie Newton Bass
Paul Prince Fiddle
Curly Seckler Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Howard Watts Bass, Baritone (Vocal)
Birch Monroe Vocal Harmony
Bill Callahan Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Zeke Morris Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Red Rector Mandolin
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
James "Slim" Martin Fiddle, Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Robert Lee "Bob" Foster Steel Guitar
Gerald M. Rivers Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Clyde Carl Baum Mandolin, Vocals
Tex Isley Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joe Medford Banjo, Guitar
Lavelle Coy Bass, Vocal Harmony
Robert C. McNett Guitar
Orne H. Osborne Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mac Wiseman Author
Clyde Moody Composer
Chubby Wise Composer
Charlie Monroe Arranger, Composer, Author
Wade Mainer Author
Johnnie Wright Author
Cliff Carlisle Composer
Richard Alexander Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Bill Cox Composer
Raymond Davis Author, Illustrations
Mel Foree Composer
David Freeman Illustrations
Charles Randolph Grean Producer
Pete Kuykendall Illustrations
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Eli Oberstein Producer
Fred Rose Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Curly Seckler Author
Richard K. Spottswood Liner Notes, Illustrations, Biographical Information
Johnny Tucker Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Michael Brooks Metal Transfers
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Harold Hensley Composer
Karl Davis Composer
Ernest Ferguson Author
John Lair Composer
Harty Taylor Composer
Penny Parsons Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Dave Sax Reissue Producer
Matt Cavaluzzo Metal Transfers
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Thomas P. Westendorf Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Traditional Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Gordon Parker Illustrations
Mel Butler Composer
Buddy Hogan Illustrations
Campbell Mercer Illustrations
Sylvia Monroe Illustrations
Tommy Scott Illustrations
Paul Cohen Producer
J.R. Baxter Jr. Composer
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