Newport Folk Festival: Best of Bluegrass 1959-1966

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These three discs present 51 tracks recorded at the Newport Folk Festivals between 1959 and 1966, including some giants of the genre: Flatt & Scruggs, Jim & Jesse, Bill Monroe, and the Stanley Brothers. There's a generous portion of material by most of the acts featured, including seven 1965 songs by Monroe, ten from 1960 and 1966 by Flatt & Scruggs, and 13 from 1963 and 1966 by Jim & Jesse. The Newport Folk Festivals were important events for the popularization of all facets of folk or folk-based music, and this set effectively encapsulates their contributions to bringing bluegrass to a wider and often white and Northern audience. No less than 16 of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These three discs present 51 tracks recorded at the Newport Folk Festivals between 1959 and 1966, including some giants of the genre: Flatt & Scruggs, Jim & Jesse, Bill Monroe, and the Stanley Brothers. There's a generous portion of material by most of the acts featured, including seven 1965 songs by Monroe, ten from 1960 and 1966 by Flatt & Scruggs, and 13 from 1963 and 1966 by Jim & Jesse. The Newport Folk Festivals were important events for the popularization of all facets of folk or folk-based music, and this set effectively encapsulates their contributions to bringing bluegrass to a wider and often white and Northern audience. No less than 16 of the cuts were previously unreleased, although with the exception of a couple 1963 Jim & Jesse performances, these are by the least well-known acts on the set: Hylo Brown and the Timberliners with Earl Scruggs, Don Stover, and the Lilly Brothers with Don Stover and Tex Logan. As for the most recognizable "hit" of the package, Flatt & Scruggs do a version of their famous Beverly Hillbillies theme, "The Ballad of Jed Clampett"; and Jim & Jesse do an unexpected cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee." Most interesting are the three tunes by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. These have a sense of reaching for something and hunger that is not always heard in the always-accomplished, but flashily polished, performances on much of the rest of the package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707018722
  • Catalog Number: 187/89
  • Sales rank: 329,040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 John Henry - Hylo Brown (2:35)
  2. 2 Gathering Flowers from the Hillside - Hylo Brown (2:23)
  3. 3 Love and Wealth - Hylo Brown (3:05)
  4. 4 Orange Blossom Special - Hylo Brown (2:11)
  5. 5 The Prisoner Song - Hylo Brown (2:36)
  6. 6 How Mountain Girls Can Love (2:06)
  7. 7 Man of Constant Sorrow (3:13)
  8. 8 Gathering of Flowers for the Master's Bouquet (2:48)
  9. 9 Choo Choo Coming (1:47)
  10. 10 Salty Dog Blues - Foggy Mountain Boys (1:59)
  11. 11 Before I Met You - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:43)
  12. 12 Cabin on the Hill - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:34)
  13. 13 Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy - Foggy Mountain Boys (3:11)
  14. 14 Border Ride - Jim & Jesse (2:17)
  15. 15 Gosh, I Miss You All the Time - Jim & Jesse (2:09)
  16. 16 Dill Pickle Rag - Jim & Jesse (1:30)
  17. 17 She Left Me Standing on the Mountain - Jim & Jesse (2:12)
  18. 18 Pardon Me - Jim & Jesse (2:15)
  19. 19 Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes - Jim & Jesse (1:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Kansas City Railroad Blues - Don Stover (4:15)
  2. 2 Rabbit Soup - Don Stover (2:25)
  3. 3 Flint Hill Special - Don Stover (2:30)
  4. 4 Earl's Breakdown - Don Stover (1:23)
  5. 5 Why Did You Wander? - Don Stover (4:12)
  6. 6 Bury Me Beneath the Willow (3:33)
  7. 7 Billy in the Lowground (2:20)
  8. 8 Little Annie (3:17)
  9. 9 I'll Live on (2:04)
  10. 10 Walls of Time - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (5:00)
  11. 11 Grey Eagle - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (1:49)
  12. 12 Cotton Eyed Joe - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (4:54)
  13. 13 Shady Grove - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (1:55)
  14. 14 California Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:03)
  15. 15 Molly and Tenbrooks - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:38)
  16. 16 Bluegrass Breakdown - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Alabam' (2:45)
  2. 2 Memphis, Tennesee (2:29)
  3. 3 Air Mail Special on the Fly (1:56)
  4. 4 Better Times A-Comin' (2:29)
  5. 5 Bill Cheatham (2:07)
  6. 6 The Grave in the Valley (3:10)
  7. 7 Sugarfoot Rag (1:34)
  8. 8 Walking in My Sleep - Alice Gerrard (2:56)
  9. 9 A Tiny Broken Heart - Alice Gerrard (3:08)
  10. 10 The One I Love Is Gone - Alice Gerrard (3:03)
  11. 11 Maiden's Prayer - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:23)
  12. 12 Will You Be Lonesome Too? - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:42)
  13. 13 Foggy Mountain Chimes - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:45)
  14. 14 Wabash Cannonball - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:56)
  15. 15 When the Saints Go Marching In - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:42)
  16. 16 The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flatt & Scruggs Track Performer
The Lilly Brothers Track Performer
Earl Scruggs Track Performer
The Stanley Brothers Track Performer
Hazel Dickens Track Performer
Don Stover Track Performer
Foggy Mountain Boys Track Performer
Alice Gerrard Track Performer
Tex Logan Track Performer
Clinch Mountain Boys Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Peter Rowan Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Chuck Seitz Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Wiley Morris Composer
Zeke Morris Composer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Director
Bolivar Lee Shook Composer
James Wills Composer
J. Lewis Composer
Traditional Composer
Paul Henning Composer
Elmar Rader Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Old Timey Stuff

    If you liked O Brother or the first Will the Circle be Unbroken album, you will like this. It is a good way to hear some of the fathers (and mothers) of bluegrass in one place. There is nothing jaw dropping but the performances are professional. The sound is good for its time but not up to modern standards.

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