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The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bill Monroe's recorded legacy resides in the vaults of two major labels. His RCA Victor and Columbia recordings are in the possession of Sony BMG, and his Decca/MCA tracks are claimed by Universal. Monroe signed to Decca in November 1949 at the age of 38 and remained with it and its successor, MCA, until his death in 1996. His catalog with the label is vast, but uneven. In its strategy of putting into the marketplace compilations at different price points, MCA issued a four-disc box set, The Music of Bill Monroe, in 1994 and a discount-priced collection, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Monroe, in 1999. The Definitive Collection is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bill Monroe's recorded legacy resides in the vaults of two major labels. His RCA Victor and Columbia recordings are in the possession of Sony BMG, and his Decca/MCA tracks are claimed by Universal. Monroe signed to Decca in November 1949 at the age of 38 and remained with it and its successor, MCA, until his death in 1996. His catalog with the label is vast, but uneven. In its strategy of putting into the marketplace compilations at different price points, MCA issued a four-disc box set, The Music of Bill Monroe, in 1994 and a discount-priced collection, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Monroe, in 1999. The Definitive Collection is a retitled but otherwise identical reissue of the 2002 album The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys, which superseded the label's out of print 1991 album Country Music Hall of Fame as a single-disc, full-priced examination of his Decca/MCA years. It chooses 22 tracks at a running time of less than an hour, ranging from Monroe's first recording session for Decca in 1950 to a 1981 MCA session. Since Monroe didn't really score hits in this period his two country chart entries, "Scotland" and "Gotta Travel On," are included, the compiler must make many subjective choices to augment certain obvious favorites such as "Uncle Pen," and Mary Katherine Aldin has leaned toward familiar songs from the pens of such well-known figures as Hank Williams "I Saw the Light" and Jimmie Rodgers "New Mule Skinner Blues". She has also included four re-recordings of songs that were successful for Monroe on Columbia in the 1940s. And she has avoided chronological sequencing in favor of a mixed approach. The result is more a sampler than a real best-of, only emphasizing the necessity for the Monroe fan to obtain collections from all of the labels for which Monroe recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2005
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602498809457
  • Catalog Number: 000442402
  • Sales rank: 48,883

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:07)
  2. 2 Jimmy Brown the Newsboy - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:26)
  3. 3 I Saw the Light - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:30)
  4. 4 Goodbye Old Pal - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:04)
  5. 5 Footprints in the Snow - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:41)
  6. 6 Roll on Buddy Roll On - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:11)
  7. 7 I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:24)
  8. 8 Molly and Tenbrooks - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:21)
  9. 9 When the Cactus Is in Bloom - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:04)
  10. 10 Walls of Time - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:18)
  11. 11 I'm Working on a Building - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:43)
  12. 12 Scotland - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (1:53)
  13. 13 Walk Softly on My Heart - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:34)
  14. 14 Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:04)
  15. 15 In the Pines - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:11)
  16. 16 Toy Heart - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:14)
  17. 17 New Mule Skinner Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:30)
  18. 18 Roanoke - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:38)
  19. 19 Midnight on the Stormy Deep - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:42)
  20. 20 Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:44)
  21. 21 Gotta Travel On - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:34)
  22. 22 My Last Days on Earth - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Monroe Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals
Lester Flatt Guitar
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Kenny Baker Fiddle
Don Stover Banjo
Grady Martin Guitar
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Charlie Cline Fiddle
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Osborne Banjo
Joe Stuart Fiddle
Roland White Vocals
Dale Potter Fiddle
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Paul Clayton Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin Liner Notes
Harold Bradley Producer
Owen Bradley Producer
A.P. Carter Composer
Walter Haynes Producer
Andy McKaie Producer
Harry Silverstein Producer
Hank Williams Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Jake Landers Composer
Doyle Wilburn Composer
Teddy Wilburn Composer
Joe Ahr Composer
Traditional Composer
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