Selected Sides 1947-1953: The Very Best of Bluegrass

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Selected Sides 1947-1953: The Very Best of Bluegrass contains 94 remastered tracks spread out over four CDs, covering the earliest recordings of both the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. The Stanley Brothers material highlights their initial post-World War II recordings from 1947 and 1948 for Rich-R-Tone and their four-year run with Columbia from 1949-1953. Classic tunes like "Molly and Tenbrooks," "Little Maggie," "Pretty Polly," and "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow," heard here in their original incarnations, would became standards of the genre. Equally rich in revelatory material are the Flatt & Scruggs tunes recorded for Mercury from 1948 to 1952, between a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Selected Sides 1947-1953: The Very Best of Bluegrass contains 94 remastered tracks spread out over four CDs, covering the earliest recordings of both the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. The Stanley Brothers material highlights their initial post-World War II recordings from 1947 and 1948 for Rich-R-Tone and their four-year run with Columbia from 1949-1953. Classic tunes like "Molly and Tenbrooks," "Little Maggie," "Pretty Polly," and "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow," heard here in their original incarnations, would became standards of the genre. Equally rich in revelatory material are the Flatt & Scruggs tunes recorded for Mercury from 1948 to 1952, between a four-year stint with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and their longstanding contract with Columbia Records. During this four-year period, the newly formed Foggy Mountain Boys introduced songs that would become hallmarks of bluegrass music, including "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms," "Old Salty Dog Blues," and "Pike County Breakdown." Purists will find this box to their liking, as JSP not only does an admirable job remastering the tracks but also provides recording dates, personnel, and a bit of history, all easily accessible in individual jewel cases as opposed to a bulky booklet. Well done and recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065772420
  • Catalog Number: 7724
  • Sales rank: 107,161

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Molly and Tenbrooks - The Stanley Brothers (2:26)
  2. 2 The Rambler's Blues - The Stanley Brothers (2:47)
  3. 3 Mother No Longer Awaits for Me at Home - The Stanley Brothers (2:42)
  4. 4 The Girl Behind the Bar - The Stanley Brothers (2:15)
  5. 5 Little Maggie - The Stanley Brothers (2:19)
  6. 6 The Little Glass of Wine - The Stanley Brothers (3:06)
  7. 7 Our Darling's Gone - The Stanley Brothers (2:12)
  8. 8 The Jealous Lover - The Stanley Brothers (2:13)
  9. 9 Death Is Only a Dream - The Stanley Brothers (2:21)
  10. 10 I Can Tell You the Time - The Stanley Brothers (2:09)
  11. 11 A Vision of Mother - The Stanley Brothers (3:00)
  12. 12 The White Dove - The Stanley Brothers (3:18)
  13. 13 Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet - The Stanley Brothers (2:54)
  14. 14 The Angels Are Singing (In Heaven Tonight) - The Stanley Brothers (3:04)
  15. 15 It's Never Too Late - The Stanley Brothers (2:34)
  16. 16 Have You Someone (In Heaven Awaiting) - The Stanley Brothers (2:41)
  17. 17 Little Glass of Wine - The Stanley Brothers (2:56)
  18. 18 Let Me Be Your Friend - The Stanley Brothers (2:41)
  19. 19 We'll Be Sweethearts in Heaven - The Stanley Brothers (2:37)
  20. 20 I Love No One But You - The Stanley Brothers (2:40)
  21. 21 Too Late to Cry - The Stanley Brothers (2:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Old Home - The Stanley Brothers (2:22)
  2. 2 The Drunkard's Hell - The Stanley Brothers (2:38)
  3. 3 The Fields Have Turned Brown - The Stanley Brothers (2:35)
  4. 4 Hey! Hey! Hey! - The Stanley Brothers (2:44)
  5. 5 The Lonesome River - The Stanley Brothers (2:46)
  6. 6 I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow - The Stanley Brothers (2:59)
  7. 7 Pretty Polly - The Stanley Brothers (2:53)
  8. 8 Sweetest Love - The Stanley Brothers (2:24)
  9. 9 The Wandering Boy - The Stanley Brothers (2:35)
  10. 10 Little Glass of Wine - The Stanley Brothers (2:55)
  11. 11 Little Birdie - The Stanley Brothers (1:57)
  12. 12 Are You Just Waiting for Me - The Stanley Brothers (2:18)
  13. 13 Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake - The Stanley Brothers (3:04)
  14. 14 (Say) Won't You Be Mine - The Stanley Brothers (2:48)
  15. 15 This Weary Heart You Stole Away (Wake Up Sweetheart) - The Stanley Brothers (2:40)
  16. 16 I'm Lonesome Without You - The Stanley Brothers (2:31)
  17. 17 Our Last Goodbye - The Stanley Brothers (2:38)
  18. 18 Poison Lies - The Stanley Brothers (2:41)
  19. 19 Dickson Country Breakdown - The Stanley Brothers (2:16)
  20. 20 I Long to See the Old Folks - The Stanley Brothers (3:06)
  21. 21 A Voice from on High - The Stanley Brothers (2:34)
Disc 3
  1. 1 God Loves His Children (2:42)
  2. 2 I'm Going to Make Heaven My Home (2:39)
  3. 3 We'll Meet Again Sweetheart (2:43)
  4. 4 My Cabin in Caroline (2:38)
  5. 5 Baby Blue Eyes (2:59)
  6. 6 Bouquet in Heaven (2:51)
  7. 7 Down the Road (2:42)
  8. 8 Why Don't You Tell Me So (2:41)
  9. 9 I'll Never Shed Another Tear (2:26)
  10. 10 No Mother or Dad (2:43)
  11. 11 Is It Too Late Now? (2:39)
  12. 12 Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2:41)
  13. 13 I'll Be Going to Heaven Sometime (2:33)
  14. 14 So Happy I'll Be (2:30)
  15. 15 My Little Girl in Tennessee (2:43)
  16. 16 I'll Never Love Another (3:02)
  17. 17 Doin' My Time (2:49)
  18. 18 Pike County Breakdown (2:44)
  19. 19 Cora Is Gone (2:24)
  20. 20 Preachin', Prayin', Singin' (2:25)
  21. 21 Pain in My Heart (2:47)
  22. 22 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms (2:39)
  23. 23 Back to the Cross (2:55)
  24. 24 Farewell Blues (2:28)
  25. 25 Old Salty Dog Blues (2:30)
  26. 26 Take Me in a Lifeboat (2:15)
  27. 27 Will the Roses Bloom (Where She Lies Sleeping) (2:33)
  28. 28 I'll Just Pretend (2:30)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Come Back Darling (2:41)
  2. 2 I'm Head Over Heels in Love (2:38)
  3. 3 I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling (2:49)
  4. 4 The Old Home Town (2:55)
  5. 5 I'll Stay Around (2:34)
  6. 6 We Can't Be Darlings Anymore (2:45)
  7. 7 Jimmie Brown the Newsboy (2:44)
  8. 8 Somehow Tonight (2:50)
  9. 9 Don't Get Above Your Raising (2:42)
  10. 10 I'm Working on a Road (2:49)
  11. 11 He Took Your Place (2:49)
  12. 12 I've Lost You (2:53)
  13. 13 Tis Sweet to Be Remembered (2:57)
  14. 14 I'm Gonna Settle Down (2:56)
  15. 15 Earl's Breakdown (3:01)
  16. 16 I'm Lonesome and Blue (2:49)
  17. 17 Over the Hills to the Poorhouse (2:55)
  18. 18 My Darling's Last Goodbye (2:39)
  19. 19 Get in Line Brothers (2:23)
  20. 20 Brother, I'm Getting Ready to Go (2:42)
  21. 21 Why Did You Wander? (2:45)
  22. 22 Flint Hill Special (2:46)
  23. 23 Thinking About You (2:48)
  24. 24 If I Should Wander Back to You (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flatt & Scruggs Primary Artist
Lester Flatt Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Vocals
Mac Wiseman Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Everett Lilly Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Curly Seckler Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
George Shuffler Bass
Art Stamper Fiddle
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Howard Watts Bass, Vocals, String Bass
Robert Chubby Wise Fiddle
Art Wooten Fiddle
Jimmy Williams Mandolin
Howdy Forrester Fiddle
Jody Rainwater Mandolin, Bass (Vocal), String Bass
Bob Summer Fiddle
James Hughes Bass
Jim Shumate Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert Mandolin
Ralph Mayo Fiddle
Eddie Newton Bass
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
The Stanley Brothers Composer
Ralph Stanley Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Jim Eanes Composer
Charlie Monroe Composer
Jimmie Skinner Composer
Gordon Brown Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Sean Carter Composer
Everett Lilly Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Bobby Osborne Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Larry Richardson Composer
L. Russell Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Curly Seckler Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Howard Watts Composer
Chuck Johnson Composer
Wiley Morris Composer
Zeke Morris Composer
Jessie Mae Martin Composer
Frank Southern Composer
The Bevins Brothers Composer
B.F. Shelton Composer
Traditional Composer
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert Composer
Odell McLeod Composer
Ralph Jones Composer
E.C. McCarty Composer
Adger M. Pace Composer
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