The Complete Vanguard Recordings

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Hearing a title like The Complete Vanguard Recordings sounds a little daunting, like some of the 12-disc Bear Family boxed sets. Fortunately or unfortunately, as a matter of fact, the Country Gentlemen only released two LPs for the Vanguard label in the early '70s, so their complete output fit neatly on CD for this 2002 reissue. In this era, the group featured future bluegrass luminaries Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs, Mike Auldridge, and Jerry Douglas alongside the established legends guitarist/vocalist Charlie Waller and banjo player Bill Emerson. With talented artists like these, it comes as no surprise that the music is top-notch -- the thing that really sets these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Hearing a title like The Complete Vanguard Recordings sounds a little daunting, like some of the 12-disc Bear Family boxed sets. Fortunately or unfortunately, as a matter of fact, the Country Gentlemen only released two LPs for the Vanguard label in the early '70s, so their complete output fit neatly on CD for this 2002 reissue. In this era, the group featured future bluegrass luminaries Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs, Mike Auldridge, and Jerry Douglas alongside the established legends guitarist/vocalist Charlie Waller and banjo player Bill Emerson. With talented artists like these, it comes as no surprise that the music is top-notch -- the thing that really sets these recordings apart is the fact that the band was choosing to perform songs by decidedly non-bluegrass musicians such as John Prine, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, and Kris Kristofferson, and still managing to transform these progressive songwriters' works into down-home stomps. Another interesting hindsight is to hear the emerging voices of Skaggs and Lawson harmonizing with Waller, progressively getting bolder and finding their own sound. While the songs on 1973's The Country Gentlemen are the most traditional-sounding on the disc, the later material from 1974's Remembrances & Forecasts best-illustrates the group's push into increasingly progressive material like the vaudevillian "Heartaches" and Skaggs' own split-stereo "Irish Spring." While this album could be seen as an archival document, it works best as a living and breathing work to be listened to and enjoyed 30 years later, even more so than when the music originally was released.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707971126
  • Catalog Number: 79711
  • Sales rank: 95,273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Travelling Kind (3:28)
  2. 2 Don Quixote (2:56)
  3. 3 One Morning in May (3:10)
  4. 4 Casey's Last Ride (4:16)
  5. 5 The Leaves That Are Green (1:47)
  6. 6 Paradise (3:30)
  7. 7 House of the Rising Sun (3:27)
  8. 8 Catfish John (2:31)
  9. 9 Mother of a Miner's Child (2:29)
  10. 10 Bringing Mary Home (3:31)
  11. 11 Souvenirs (2:43)
  12. 12 City of New Orleans (3:02)
  13. 13 Willow Creek Dam (2:44)
  14. 14 Remembrance of You (2:48)
  15. 15 Irish Spring (3:12)
  16. 16 Billy McGhee (2:57)
  17. 17 Home in Louisiana (2:24)
  18. 18 King of Spades (3:03)
  19. 19 The Little Grave (2:18)
  20. 20 Delta Queen (2:39)
  21. 21 Heartaches (4:25)
  22. 22 Welcome to New York (2:50)
  23. 23 Lord Protect My Soul (2:34)
  24. 24 Circuit Rider (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Country Gentlemen Primary Artist
Mike Auldridge Dobro
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Doyle Lawson Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Ricky Skaggs Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Bill Emerson Banjo, Vocals
James Bailey Banjo
Al Rogers Drums
Charlie Waller Guitar, Vocals
Bill Yates Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Doyle Lawson Producer
Steve Goodman Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Bill Emerson Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Jack Lothrop Producer, Liner Notes
Maynard Solomon Producer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Public Domain Composer
Fred Jasper Liner Notes
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