In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain

In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain

by The Carter Family

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It seems simple enough: Find every single recording by the first family of American country music and put 'em in a big box with a killer hardcover book full of essays and pictures and intricate track notation, right? Wrong. While it's true that Germany's Bear Family label produces box sets that virtually put every other company -- especially those in America -- to…  See more details below


It seems simple enough: Find every single recording by the first family of American country music and put 'em in a big box with a killer hardcover book full of essays and pictures and intricate track notation, right? Wrong. While it's true that Germany's Bear Family label produces box sets that virtually put every other company -- especially those in America -- to shame, it's the fanatical attention to detail and aesthetics that makes these sets so necessary. In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain is a case in point, for it contains virtually every recording done by the Carter Family for every label they recorded for. No one else, not even Rounder with its exhaustive but slipshod reissuing of the Victor recordings, has even come close. Contained on 12 CDs are the sides that the Carter Family recorded for Victor, ARC, Decca, APS, Columbia, and even Bluebird. The sound sets a remastering standard for regaining fidelity from old masters without compromising integrity, and the package features photographs from the personal collections of Mother Maybelle and Janette Carter, as well as numerous publicity shots. There is a fine biographical essay by Charles Wolfe, and disc 12 is an interview conducted in 1963 by Mike Seeger and Ed Khan with Sara and Maybelle. The attention to detail on the track notation is frightening in its intricacy, and the book as a whole weighs more than the box with the CDs! Enough about the package; it's the music that counts. From the earliest days of the Bristol, TN, sessions recorded by Ralph Peer in 1927, the Carters are documented not only as a developing recording and touring act, but also as interpreters of virtually forgotten songs of every type: folk songs, child ballads, gospel songs, blues, primitive forms of bluegrass, adapted shapenote songs, etc. The beginnings are easy enough to hear as history, for they have been presented in numerous settings before. On those first two days of August in Bristol, the Carters -- A.P., his wife Sara, and cousin Maybelle -- cut six sides for Peer, who was on a mission not only as a talent scout searching for the best of the traditional music acts in the Clinch Mountain vicinity (the Stonemans were already recording by then), but was also hoping to find songs that had not been recorded before to bring them under a publishing umbrella. A.P., as is demonstrated on CD after CD, was an astute and crafty collector of old songs that he, Sara, and Maybelle remade in their own image. "Single Girl, Married Girl," from that first session, sticks out as something unmistakably and purely Carter, no matter how many times it was cut subsequently by other artists. The Victor period was certainly the freshest period for the group, as is evidenced here, but the Coral, Brunswick, Bluebird, and OKeh tenures, the final recordings by the original Carters made a scant 14 years later, are equally strong for their assurance and the haunting demeanor the songs and delivery had taken on. A.P.'s bass voice picked up the bottom end and fed it to Sara, who soared with Maybelle finding her way through the middle and playing some of the meanest slide guitar north of the Mississippi Delta. The now famous "No Depression" along with "In the Shadow of the Pines," "Answer to Weeping Willow," and "Dark Haired True Lover" from 1936 and 1937 were stellar in their delivery and in the lively harmony style A.P. developed around Sara's voice. But even at the very end, when the Carters recut "Keep on the Sunny Side" and "Single Girl, Married Girl," there were new gems in the form of Maybelle's "Lonesome Homesick Blues" and "You Tied a Love Knot in My Heart," as well as the final recording of A.P.'s "Wabash Cannonball." When A.P. walked away from music in 1941, it was Mother Maybelle, mother of June Carter Cash, and Janette Carter, A.P. and Sara's daughter, who kept the flame alive. That story, too, is told here. But in the pictures, the song lyrics (complete), and the music itself, a much broader story is told, not only of the Carters but of the entire history of country music in particular and American popular music in general. Here were ordinary people who made extraordinary music, and changed the face of everything forever. It's hard to say if Peer had any inkling of this when he signed the Carters, but he had the vision and crafty knowhow to get the records made, pressed, and delivered to the public. The Carters' legacy as documented here leaves behind far more than the story of the first family of country music; it documents the continuation of the folk song tradition as administered by the Carters. While it's true that A.P.'s name is on almost all of these songs, he didn't write them. They were old as the hills themselves and in some cases older. In many cases, when the roots of a particular song could not be found, A.P. would learn it, change some words or a harmony or a melody line, and call it his own. And it was far from unethical during that time. And thank God he did, for many of these treasures, so readily available to anyone who wants to seek them out, would no doubt have passed into antiquity unremembered. This is the box set of the year 2002.

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Disc 1

  1. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow
  2. Little Log Cabin by the Sea
  3. The Poor Orphan Child
  4. The Storms Are on the Ocean
  5. Single Girl, Married Girl
  6. The Wandering Boy
  7. Meet Me by the Moonlight Alone
  8. Little Darlin' Pal of Mine
  9. Keep on the Sunny Side
  10. Anchored in Love
  11. John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man
  12. I Ain't Goin' to Work Tomorrow
  13. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
  14. River of Jordan
  15. Chewing Gum
  16. Wildwood Flower
  17. I Have No One to Love Me (But the Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea)
  18. Forsaken Love
  19. Sweet Fern
  20. My Clinch Mountain Home
  21. God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign
  22. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  23. Little Moses
  24. Lulu Walls
  25. The Grave on the Green Hillside

Disc 2

  1. Don't Forget This Song
  2. The Foggy Mountain Top
  3. Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy
  4. Diamonds in the Rough
  5. Engine 143
  6. The Homestead on the Farm
  7. The Cyclone of Rye Cove
  8. Motherless Children
  9. When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland
  10. No Telephone in Heaven
  11. Western Hobo
  12. Carter's Blues
  13. Wabash Cannonball
  14. A Distant Land to Roam
  15. Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy
  16. Kitty Waltz
  17. Fond Affection
  18. The Cannonball
  19. The Lover's Farewell
  20. There's Someone Awaiting for Me
  21. The Little Log Hut in the Lane
  22. When the Springtime Comes Again
  23. When the World's on Fire
  24. I Have an Aged Mother
  25. The Dying Soldier
  26. Worried Man Blues

Disc 3

  1. Lonesome Valley
  2. On the Rock Where Moses Stood
  3. Room in Heaven for Me
  4. Lonesome Pine Special
  5. No More the Moon Shines on Lorena
  6. On My Way to Canaan's Land
  7. Where Shall I Be?
  8. Sow 'Em on the Mountain
  9. Darling Nellie Across the Sea
  10. The Birds Were Singing of You
  11. Weary Prodigal Son
  12. My Old Cottage Home
  13. When I'm Gone
  14. Sunshine in the Shadows
  15. Let the Church Roll On
  16. Lonesome for You
  17. Can't Feel at Home
  18. Why There's a Tear in My Eye  - Jimmie Rodgers
  19. The Wonderful City  - Jimmie Rodgers
  20. Jimmie Rodgers Visits the Carter Family
  21. The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in Texas
  22. 'Mid the Green Fields of Virginia
  23. Happiest Days of All
  24. Picture on the Wall
  25. Amber Tresses

Disc 4

  1. I Never Loved But One
  2. Tell Me That You Loved Me
  3. Where We'll Never Grow Old
  4. We Will March Through the Streets of the City
  5. Sweet as the Flowers in May Time
  6. Will the Roses Bloom in Heaven
  7. My Little Home in Tennessee
  8. The Sun of the Soul
  9. If One Won't Another One Will
  10. The Broken Hearted Lover
  11. Two Sweethearts
  12. The Winding Stream
  13. I Wouldn't Mind Dying
  14. The Spirit of Love Watches over Me
  15. The Church in the Wildwood
  16. Give Me Roses While I Live
  17. I Never Will Marry
  18. On the Sea of Galilee
  19. Home by the Sea
  20. When the Roses Come Again
  21. I Loved You Better Than You Knew
  22. This Is Like Heaven to Me
  23. See That My Grave Is Kept Green
  24. Over the Garden Wall
  25. Gold Watch and Chain
  26. School House on the Hill

Disc 5

  1. Will My Mother Know Me There?
  2. Faded Flowers
  3. Poor Little Orphaned Boy
  4. On a Hill Lone and Gray
  5. Cowboy Jack
  6. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  7. Away Out on Saint Sabbath
  8. Darling Little Joe
  9. Happy or Lonesome
  10. One Little Word
  11. Darling Daisies
  12. The East Virginia Blues
  13. Lover's Return
  14. It'll Aggravate Your Soul
  15. Hello Central, Give Me Heaven
  16. I'm Working on a Building
  17. You've Been Fooling Me, Baby
  18. Longing for Old Virginia
  19. March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues All Away
  20. There'll Be Joy, Joy, Joy
  21. Home in Tennessee
  22. Are You Tired of Me, My Darling?
  23. I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart
  24. My Heart's Tonight in Texas
  25. There's No Hiding Place Down Here
  26. Cowboy's Wild Song to His Herd

Disc 6

  1. The Evening Bells Are Ringing
  2. The Mountains of Tennessee
  3. I'll Be Home Someday
  4. Faded Coat of Blue
  5. Sailor Boy
  6. Glory to the Lamb
  7. Behind Those Stone Walls
  8. Sinking in the Lonesome Sea
  9. He Took a White Rose from Her Hair
  10. Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)
  11. Let's Be Lovers Again
  12. Your Mother Still Prays (For You, Jack)
  13. Kissing Is a Crime
  14. Don't Forget Me Little Darling
  15. Sad and Lonesome Day
  16. By the Touch of Her Hand
  17. East Virginia Blues No. 2
  18. My Old Virginia Home
  19. My Virginia Rose Is Blooming
  20. My Texas Girl
  21. No Other's Bride I'll Be
  22. Gathering Flowers from the Hillside
  23. Gospel Ship
  24. The Little Black Train
  25. Keep on the Sunny Side
  26. River of Jordan

Disc 7

  1. Lonesome Valley
  2. God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign
  3. Single Girl, Married Girl
  4. The Fate of Dewey Lee
  5. Wildwood Flower
  6. Sea of Galilee
  7. Don't Forget This Song
  8. My Clinch Mountain Home
  9. The Storms Are on the Ocean
  10. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
  11. Broken Hearted Lover
  12. Little Darlin' Pal of Mine
  13. The Homestead on the Farm
  14. Cannon Ball Blues
  15. Meet Me by the Moonlight Alone
  16. On the Rock Where Moses Stood
  17. Lulu Walls
  18. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  19. Worried Man Blues
  20. My Dixie Darlling
  21. Give Me Your Love and I'll Give You Mine
  22. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  23. The Last Move for Me
  24. The Wayworn Traveller
  25. Just Another Broken Heart
  26. When Silver Threads Are Gold Again

Disc 8

  1. There's No One Like Mother to Be
  2. In a Little Village Churchyard
  3. Jealous Hearted Me
  4. My Native Home
  5. Sweet Heaven in My View
  6. No Depression in Heaven
  7. Bonnie Blue Eyes
  8. My Honey Lou
  9. In the Shadow of the Pines
  10. Answer to Weeping Willow
  11. You've Been a Friend to Me
  12. Where the Silvery Colorado Wends Its Way
  13. Lay My Head Beneath the Rose
  14. No Depression in Heaven
  15. My Native Home
  16. Jealous Hearted Me
  17. A Distant Land to Roam
  18. I'm Working on a Building
  19. East Virginia Blues
  20. Dixie Darling
  21. Keep on the Sunny Side
  22. Kissin' Is a Crime
  23. Single Girl, Married Girl
  24. Little Darlin' Pal of Mine
  25. Lonesome Valley
  26. Cannon Ball Blues
  27. Happy or Lonesome

Disc 9

  1. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  2. Just Another Broken Heart
  3. The Broken Down Tramp
  4. Lover's Lane
  5. Hold Fast to the Right
  6. Lord, I'm in Your Care
  7. Funny When You Feel That Way
  8. In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain
  9. Hello Stranger
  10. Never Let the Devil Get the Upper Hand of You
  11. When This Evening Sun Goes Down
  12. Jim Blake's Message
  13. Honey in the Rock
  14. Look How This World Has Made a Change
  15. The Little Girl (I Ever Cared About)
  16. You Better Let That Liar Alone
  17. Farewell Nellie
  18. The Only Girl (I Ever Cared About)
  19. Goodbye to the Plains
  20. My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
  21. Dark Haired True Lover
  22. He Never Came Back
  23. Happy in the Prison
  24. Walking in the King's Highway
  25. St. Regious Girl
  26. Just a Few More Days

Disc 10

  1. Bring Back My Boy
  2. It Is Better Farther On
  3. Charlie and Nellie
  4. Cuban Soldier
  5. The Heart That Was Broken for Me
  6. You're Nothing More to Me
  7. Stern Old Bachelor
  8. Little Joe
  9. Reckless Motorman
  10. You Denied Your Love
  11. Oh, Take Me Back
  12. You Are My Flower
  13. Who's That Knocking on My Window
  14. They Call Her Mother
  15. Coal Miner's Blues
  16. Young Freda Bolt
  17. Little Poplar Log House on the Hill
  18. The Dying Mother
  19. Buddies in the Saddle
  20. Heaven's Radio
  21. Beautiful Home
  22. There'll Be No Distinction There
  23. Give Him One More as He Goes
  24. Lonesome for You Darling
  25. Blackie's Gunman
  26. You've Got to Righten That Wrong
  27. Meeting in the Air
  28. My Home Among the Hills

Disc 11

  1. Black Jack David
  2. Look Away from the Cross
  3. We Shall Rise
  4. I Found You Among the Roses
  5. Bear Creek Blues
  6. I'll Never Forsake You
  7. Beautiful Isle O'Er the Sea
  8. It's a Long Long Road to Travel Alone
  9. Why Do You Cry, Little Darling
  10. You Tied a Love Knot in My Heart
  11. Lonesome Homesick Blues
  12. Dark and Stormy Weather
  13. In the Valley of the Shenandoah
  14. Girl on the Greenbrier Shore
  15. Something Got a Hold of Me
  16. Fifty Miles of Elbow Room
  17. Keep on the Firing Line
  18. The Wave on the Sea
  19. The Rambling Boy
  20. You're Gonna Be Sorry You Let Me Down
  21. Why There's a Tear in My Eye  - Jimmie Rodgers
  22. Jimmie Rodgers Visits the Carter Family
  23. Sinking in the Lonesome Sea
  24. Lonesome Valley
  25. Cannon Ball Blues
  26. Worried Man Blues
  27. Single Girl, Married Girl

Disc 12

  1. Sara and Maybelle Carter Interview
  2. The Ship That Never Returned  - Sara Carter
  3. Jesse James  - Sara Carter
  4. I Was Born 4,000 Years Ago  - Sara Carter
  5. I'm Leaving You  - Sara Carter
  6. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: Re-Autoharp/Fingerpicking/Allie ...  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  7. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: Her Favorite Guitar Pickers  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  8. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: The First Grand Ole Opry ...  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  9. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: How the Maybelle Style Developed  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  10. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: Thank You's from Musicians  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  11. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: Do You Still Have Your Original ...  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  12. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: An Autoharp Discussion  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  13. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: The Wildwood Flower Discussion  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  14. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: The Floyd Cramer Reference  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  15. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: The Kids Dig That Style/The ...  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  16. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: How Many Songs Did You Record in ...  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  17. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: The Early Recording and Radio ...  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  18. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: Early Record Sales  - Mother Maybelle Carter
  19. Mother Maybelle Carter Interview: Discussion About A.P. and Sara ...  - Mother Maybelle Carter

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carter Family   Primary Artist
Mother Maybelle Carter   Guitar,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Dialogue
Sara Carter   Guitar,Autoharp,Vocals,Dialogue

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Liner Notes,Introduction
Mike Seeger   Illustrations
Johnny Carroll   Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer,Liner Notes
A.P. Carter   Composer
Sara Carter   Composer
David Freeman   Illustrations
William Lee Golden   Composer
Eli Oberstein   Producer
Tony Russell   Illustrations
Richard Nevins   Remastering,Illustrations
Charles K. Wolfe   Illustrations,Biographical Editor,Song Notes
Phil Wells   Song Transcriptions
Ralph Peer   Producer
Jorg Siemer   Remastering
Kip Lornell   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Don Marcotte   Composer
Gus Williams   Composer
Gary Garett   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
J.H. Brown   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Gussie Davis   Composer
George D. Fox   Composer
Harry Hunter   Composer
Aldine Kieffer   Composer
J.E. French   Composer
R.H. Cornelius   Composer
James Power   Composer
Thomas Westendorf   Composer
Johnson Oatman   Composer

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