Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This five-CD set covers Jimmy Martin's complete recorded output from 1954 until 1974, 20 years and 146 tracks cut primarily for Decca-MCA, with a handful for RCA at the very outset. Disc One covers the early days, from his sides with the Osborne Brothers to his formation of a band of his own -- once Martin gets people like banjo man J.D. Crowe and fiddler Gordon Terry, the sound tightens up and gets smoother, and Martin's singing grows in power and confidence. Disc Two represents Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys at their peak, at least in the studio -- these tracks display a range of singing, emotion, and restrained instrumental virtuosity that are almost overpowering. By ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This five-CD set covers Jimmy Martin's complete recorded output from 1954 until 1974, 20 years and 146 tracks cut primarily for Decca-MCA, with a handful for RCA at the very outset. Disc One covers the early days, from his sides with the Osborne Brothers to his formation of a band of his own -- once Martin gets people like banjo man J.D. Crowe and fiddler Gordon Terry, the sound tightens up and gets smoother, and Martin's singing grows in power and confidence. Disc Two represents Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys at their peak, at least in the studio -- these tracks display a range of singing, emotion, and restrained instrumental virtuosity that are almost overpowering. By that time, Martin had managed to incorporate the best components of Nashville's "countrypolitan" sound into his bluegrass work, and was reaping rewards both musical and financial. Disc Three is a direct continuation, with a growing body of fare that country-rock bands would later pick up from Martin and others. Disc Four, gets into the middle/late '60s, when Martin's music achieved an incredibly high level of dexterity. His fourth distinct lineup of Sunny Mountain Boys are as good as any but the originals; different, with a more brittle, dexterous approach. This disc is dominated by the 1966 instrumental album Big and Country Music; as it will probably never be issued as a CD, this material alone may justify the purchase of this box. Disc Five goes into the mid-1970s, when Martin had a more obviously smooth and commercial sound than his earlier work -- the music is more sentimental and a little less impressive technically, but still worth hearing. The sound is all high quality, and the essay by Chris Skinker and the discography are impressive in their own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127157058
  • Catalog Number: 15705
  • Sales rank: 97,455

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Save It! Save It! - Jimmy Martin (2:01)
  2. 2 Chalk up Another One - Jimmy Martin (2:37)
  3. 3 I Pulled a Boo Boo - Jimmy Martin (2:20)
  4. 4 They Didn't Know the Difference (But I Did) - Jimmy Martin (2:42)
  5. 5 20/20 Vision - Jimmy Martin (2:43)
  6. 6 That's How I Can Count on You - Jimmy Martin (2:48)
  7. 7 Before the Sun Goes Down - Jimmy Martin (2:39)
  8. 8 Skip, Hop and Wobble - Jimmy Martin (2:16)
  9. 9 You'll Be a Lost Ball - Jimmy Martin (2:37)
  10. 10 Hit Parade of Love - Jimmy Martin (2:32)
  11. 11 Grand Ole Opry Song - Jimmy Martin (2:43)
  12. 12 I'm the Boss (Of This Here House) - Jimmy Martin (2:11)
  13. 13 Dog Bite Your Hide - Jimmy Martin (2:25)
  14. 14 I'll Drink No More Wine - Jimmy Martin (2:37)
  15. 15 Ocean of Diamonds - Jimmy Martin (2:35)
  16. 16 Sophronie - Jimmy Martin (2:37)
  17. 17 I'll Never Take No for an Answer - Jimmy Martin (2:43)
  18. 18 Rock Hearts - Jimmy Martin (2:03)
  19. 19 I Like to Hear 'Em Preach It - Jimmy Martin (3:02)
  20. 20 Voice of My Savior - Jimmy Martin (2:38)
  21. 21 Night - Jimmy Martin (2:30)
  22. 22 It's Not Like Home - Jimmy Martin (2:40)
  23. 23 She's Left Me Again - Jimmy Martin (2:59)
  24. 24 Hold Whatcha Got - Jimmy Martin (2:27)
  25. 25 Bear Tracks - Jimmy Martin (2:06)
  26. 26 Cripple Creek - Jimmy Martin (1:51)
  27. 27 In Foggy Old London - Jimmy Martin (2:14)
  28. 28 The Joke's on You - Jimmy Martin (2:52)
  29. 29 Wooden Shoes - Jimmy Martin (2:54)
  30. 30 Home Run Man - Jimmy Martin (2:17)
  31. 31 Who'll Sing for Me - Jimmy Martin (1:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 God Is Always the Same - Jimmy Martin (2:09)
  2. 2 All the Good Times Are Past and Gone - Jimmy Martin (3:37)
  3. 3 You Don't Know My Mind - Jimmy Martin (2:56)
  4. 4 Homesick - Jimmy Martin (2:46)
  5. 5 Old Fashioned Christmas - Jimmy Martin (2:39)
  6. 6 Hi-De Diddle - Jimmy Martin (2:21)
  7. 7 Don't Cry to Me - Jimmy Martin (2:33)
  8. 8 My Walking Shoes - Jimmy Martin (2:25)
  9. 9 Hold to God's Unchanging Hand - Jimmy Martin (2:20)
  10. 10 Undo What's Been Done - Jimmy Martin (2:53)
  11. 11 Deep River - Jimmy Martin (2:41)
  12. 12 What Was I Supposed to Do? - Jimmy Martin (2:47)
  13. 13 I Can, I Will, I Do Believe - Jimmy Martin (2:05)
  14. 14 There Was a Love - Jimmy Martin (2:05)
  15. 15 Poor Little Bull Frog - Jimmy Martin (2:32)
  16. 16 Steppin' Stones - Jimmy Martin (2:40)
  17. 17 There Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - Jimmy Martin (2:31)
  18. 18 Little Angels in Heaven - Jimmy Martin (3:01)
  19. 19 Pretending I Don't Care - Jimmy Martin (3:22)
  20. 20 Leavin' Town - Jimmy Martin (2:15)
  21. 21 Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler - Jimmy Martin (2:45)
  22. 22 God Guide Our Leader's Hand - Jimmy Martin (3:05)
  23. 23 Train 45 - Jimmy Martin (1:57)
  24. 24 Mr. Engineer - Jimmy Martin (2:42)
  25. 25 This World Is Not My Home - Jimmy Martin (2:41)
  26. 26 Drink up and Go Home - Jimmy Martin (2:41)
  27. 27 Lord, I'm Coming Home - Jimmy Martin (3:23)
  28. 28 Goodbye - Jimmy Martin (2:05)
  29. 29 Pray the Clouds Away - Jimmy Martin (2:38)
  30. 30 Give Me the Roses Now - Jimmy Martin (2:26)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Prayer Bell of Heaven - Jimmy Martin (2:36)
  2. 2 Give Me Your Hand - Jimmy Martin (2:51)
  3. 3 Stormy Waters - Jimmy Martin (3:32)
  4. 4 What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul - Jimmy Martin (2:37)
  5. 5 Shut-In's Prayer - Jimmy Martin (2:28)
  6. 6 A Beautiful Life - Jimmy Martin (1:47)
  7. 7 Little White Church - Jimmy Martin (2:48)
  8. 8 The Old Man's Drunk Again - Jimmy Martin (2:20)
  9. 9 Moonshine Hollow - Jimmy Martin (2:57)
  10. 10 Hey Lonesome - Jimmy Martin (2:19)
  11. 11 Tennessee - Jimmy Martin (2:34)
  12. 12 Widow Maker - Jimmy Martin (3:00)
  13. 13 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes - Jimmy Martin (2:40)
  14. 14 Red River Valley - Jimmy Martin (2:39)
  15. 15 John Henry - Jimmy Martin (2:14)
  16. 16 Truck Drivin' Man - Jimmy Martin (2:56)
  17. 17 More Pretty Girls Than One - Jimmy Martin (2:50)
  18. 18 Six Days on the Road - Jimmy Martin (2:50)
  19. 19 Truck Driver's Quee - Jimmy Martin (2:15)
  20. 20 I'd Rather Have America - Jimmy Martin (3:10)
  21. 21 Little Robin - Jimmy Martin (3:09)
  22. 22 There's Better Time's Coming - Jimmy Martin (2:24)
  23. 23 20/20 Vision - Jimmy Martin (2:36)
  24. 24 Guitar Picking President - Jimmy Martin (2:28)
  25. 25 It Takes One to Know One - Jimmy Martin (2:52)
  26. 26 Sunny Side of the Mountain (2:34)
  27. 27 Snow White Grave - Jimmy Martin (2:41)
  28. 28 Poor Ellen Smith - Jimmy Martin (2:41)
  29. 29 Shenandoah Waltz - Jimmy Martin (2:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I'm Coming Back (But I Don't Know When) - Jimmy Martin (2:19)
  2. 2 In the Pines - Jimmy Martin (3:40)
  3. 3 The Last Song - Jimmy Martin (2:46)
  4. 4 Sweet Dixie - Jimmy Martin (2:17)
  5. 5 Wild Indian - Jimmy Martin (2:19)
  6. 6 Run Boy Run - Jimmy Martin (1:50)
  7. 7 Theme Time - Jimmy Martin (2:17)
  8. 8 Orange Blossom Special - Jimmy Martin (3:11)
  9. 9 I Can't Quit Cigarettes - Jimmy Martin (3:11)
  10. 10 Lost Highway - Jimmy Martin (2:45)
  11. 11 The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad) - Jimmy Martin (3:00)
  12. 12 The Summer's Come and Gone - Jimmy Martin (2:21)
  13. 13 Fraulein - Jimmy Martin (2:44)
  14. 14 You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) - Jimmy Martin (3:03)
  15. 15 Tennessee Waltz - Jimmy Martin (2:26)
  16. 16 Little Maggie, She's So Sweet - Jimmy Martin (2:19)
  17. 17 Big Country - Jimmy Martin (2:36)
  18. 18 Red Rooster - Jimmy Martin (2:25)
  19. 19 Crow on the Banjo - Jimmy Martin (2:25)
  20. 20 You Are My Sunshine - Jimmy Martin (3:16)
  21. 21 Going up Dry Branch - Jimmy Martin (1:54)
  22. 22 Living Like a Fool - Jimmy Martin (3:18)
  23. 23 Union County - Jimmy Martin (2:01)
  24. 24 Uptown Blues - Jimmy Martin (2:45)
  25. 25 Goin' Ape (Over You) - Jimmy Martin (2:56)
  26. 26 Steal Away Somewhere and Die - Jimmy Martin (2:58)
  27. 27 Freeborn Man - Jimmy Martin (2:50)
  28. 28 Losing You - Jimmy Martin (2:48)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Just an Old Standby - Jimmy Martin (2:55)
  2. 2 Slowly - Jimmy Martin (2:09)
  3. 3 Lonesome Prison Blues - Jimmy Martin (2:54)
  4. 4 Shackles and Chains - Jimmy Martin (2:57)
  5. 5 Doin' My Time - Jimmy Martin (3:16)
  6. 6 Milwaukee, Here I Come - Jimmy Martin (2:39)
  7. 7 Arabounce - Jimmy Martin (2:38)
  8. 8 Homesick - Jimmy Martin (3:00)
  9. 9 (I've Got My) Future on Ice - Jimmy Martin (2:52)
  10. 10 Midnight Rambler - Jimmy Martin (2:28)
  11. 11 Between Fire and Water - Jimmy Martin (2:56)
  12. 12 Singing All Day (And Dinner on the Ground) - Jimmy Martin (2:48)
  13. 13 Lift Your Eyes to Jesus - Jimmy Martin (2:45)
  14. 14 Shake Hands with Mother Again - Jimmy Martin (3:48)
  15. 15 When the Savior Reached Down for Me - Jimmy Martin (2:38)
  16. 16 Help My Brother - Jimmy Martin (2:34)
  17. 17 My Lord Keeps a Record - Jimmy Martin (2:58)
  18. 18 I'd Like to Be Sixteen Again - Jimmy Martin (2:55)
  19. 19 I Cried Again - Jimmy Martin (2:27)
  20. 20 Chattanooga Dog - Jimmy Martin (3:08)
  21. 21 Mary Ann - Jimmy Martin (2:26)
  22. 22 I Buried My Future - Jimmy Martin (3:34)
  23. 23 Just Plain Yellow - Jimmy Martin (2:28)
  24. 24 Fly Me to Frisco - Jimmy Martin (2:41)
  25. 25 Grave upon the Green Hillside - Jimmy Martin (2:40)
  26. 26 Lost to a Stranger - Jimmy Martin (2:37)
  27. 27 Beautiful Brown Eyes - Jimmy Martin (1:59)
  28. 28 You Are My Sunshine - Jimmy Martin (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys Primary Artist, Track Performer
Jimmy Martin Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Whistle (Instrument)
Doyle Lawson Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Benny Martin Fiddle
Alan Munde Banjo
Lois Johnson Baritone (Vocal)
Grady Martin Guitar, Leader
Gordon Terry Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Harold Bradley Guitar, Leader
Paul Craft Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Vernon Derrick Fiddle, Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Kirk Hansard Bass (Vocal), Drums
Freddie Harris Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Karl Himmel Drums
Leon Rhodes Guitar
Rual Yarbrough Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Brent Burkett Bass (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Jimmie Skinner Composer
Owen Bradley Producer
Jimmy Martin Composer, Illustrations
Steve Sholes Producer
Harry Silverstein Producer
Hank Williams Jr. Composer
Paul Elmore Track Mix
Duncan Cowell Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Paul Cohen Producer
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