Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971

Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971

by The Country Gentlemen

This is an especially pleasing four-CD set, comprising most of the Country Gentlemen's recordings for the Rebel label over a period of nine years, when they used bluegrass music as a vehicle for innovation by way of country, folk, and rock. The influence of the Osborne Brothers can be heardSee more details below


This is an especially pleasing four-CD set, comprising most of the Country Gentlemen's recordings for the Rebel label over a period of nine years, when they used bluegrass music as a vehicle for innovation by way of country, folk, and rock. The influence of the Osborne Brothers can be heard throughout their early work (along with more mainstream country sources), but then they start cutting Dylan and Tom Paxton songs. The odd early individual tracks lead into the contents of the Bringing Mary Home album, which established their reputation nationally as a bluegrass act to be reckoned with. Disc One ends with the controversial "Big Bruce," a gay parody of Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" that skirts a fine line between satire, burlesque, and slur. Disc Two features several previously unissued songs, and also shows the group growing artistically amid a flurry of concert activity -- a surprising number of songs from this period were cut on the fly at semi-pro and improvised studios, as the band fit recording in anywhere they could. Disc Three picks up in 1969 -- the group by this time was freely adapting popular as well as folk tunes, thus the presence of "Mrs. Robinson" amid the bluegrass standards. By Disc Four, the group was nearing a summit of popularity and creativity. The irony was that, even as they were achieving success, the group was nearing a decision to leave Rebel. This collection isn't quite ideal, since it is missing a key mid-'60s live recording; the booklet and annotation are very thorough, as is the session information, all of it pitched at the Bear Family level.

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Release Date:
Rebel Records


Disc 1

  1. Christmas Time Back Home  -  Country Gentlemen
  2. Heavenward Bound  -  Country Gentlemen
  3. I Am Weary, Let Me Rest  -  Country Gentlemen
  4. Sad and Lonesome Day  -  Country Gentlemen
  5. The Bluebirds Are Singing for Me  -  Country Gentlemen
  6. The White Rose  -  Country Gentlemen
  7. The Gentleman Is Blue  -  Country Gentlemen
  8. Philadelphia Lawyer  -  Country Gentlemen
  9. Spanish Two Step  -  Country Gentlemen
  10. Bringing Mary Home  -  Country Gentlemen
  11. The Convict and the Rose  -  Country Gentlemen
  12. Banks Of The Ohio  -  Country Gentlemen
  13. Down Where the River Bends  -  Country Gentlemen
  14. Battle Hymn Of The Republic  -  Country Gentlemen
  15. This World's No Place to Live  -  Country Gentlemen
  16. Uncle Joe  -  Country Gentlemen
  17. Northbound  -  Country Gentlemen
  18. I Let The Light Shine Down  -  Country Gentlemen
  19. Girl From The North Country  -  Country Gentlemen
  20. Cold Wind Blowing  -  Country Gentlemen
  21. Jingle Bells  -  Country Gentlemen
  22. Silent Night  -  Country Gentlemen
  23. We Three Kings  -  Country Gentlemen
  24. Blue Bell  -  Country Gentlemen
  25. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue  -  Country Gentlemen
  26. Matterhorn  -  Country Gentlemen
  27. Dark As A Dungeon  -  Country Gentlemen
  28. Big Bruce  -  Country Gentlemen

Disc 2

  1. When They Ring Those Golden Bells  -  Country Gentlemen
  2. Buffalo Girls  -  Country Gentlemen
  3. A Beautiful Life  -  Country Gentlemen
  4. I'm Working On A Road  -  Country Gentlemen
  5. A Border Affair  -  Country Gentlemen
  6. Johnny Reb  -  Country Gentlemen
  7. Many A Mile  -  Country Gentlemen
  8. Amelia Earhart's Last Flight  -  Country Gentlemen
  9. Lord, I'm Coming Home  -  Country Gentlemen
  10. The Traveler  -  Country Gentlemen
  11. Silver Bell  -  Country Gentlemen
  12. Theme From Exodus  -  Country Gentlemen
  13. Love And Wealth  -  Country Gentlemen
  14. He Was A Friend Of Mine  -  Country Gentlemen
  15. Daybreak In Dixie  -  Country Gentlemen
  16. Some Old Day  -  Country Gentlemen
  17. Raggy Mountain Shakedown  -  Country Gentlemen
  18. The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)  -  Country Gentlemen
  19. Going To The Races  -  Country Gentlemen
  20. Waiting For The Boys To Come Home  -  Country Gentlemen
  21. Darling Little Joe  -  Country Gentlemen
  22. El Dedo  -  Country Gentlemen
  23. I'll Be There Mary Dear  -  Country Gentlemen
  24. Blue Ridge Cabin Home  -  Country Gentlemen
  25. Take Me In A Lifeboat  -  Country Gentlemen
  26. The Sentence  -  Country Gentlemen
  27. Where I'm Bound  -  Country Gentlemen

Disc 3

  1. To The Rescue  -  Country Gentlemen
  2. Rodger Young  -  Country Gentlemen
  3. Green, Green Grass of Home  -  Country Gentlemen
  4. Along The Way  -  Country Gentlemen
  5. Let's  -  Country Gentlemen
  6. Rambling Boy  -  Country Gentlemen
  7. Gentlemen's Concerto  -  Country Gentlemen
  8. Take Me Back To The Valley  -  Country Gentlemen
  9. Fare-Thee-Well Cisco  -  Country Gentlemen
  10. Preachin', Prayin', Singin'  -  Country Gentlemen
  11. Mrs. Robinson  -  Country Gentlemen
  12. Two Little Boys  -  Country Gentlemen
  13. Doin' My Time  -  Country Gentlemen
  14. Rank Strangers (To Me)  -  Country Gentlemen
  15. Heaven  -  Country Gentlemen
  16. Gone Home  -  Country Gentlemen
  17. Rank Strangers (To Me)  -  Country Gentlemen
  18. I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap  -  Country Gentlemen
  19. Over The Hills To The Poorhouse  -  Country Gentlemen
  20. Little White Church  -  Country Gentlemen
  21. Heaven  -  Country Gentlemen
  22. Bill Bailey  -  Country Gentlemen
  23. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire  -  Country Gentlemen
  24. Are You Washed In The Blood  -  Country Gentlemen
  25. One Wide River  -  Country Gentlemen
  26. On The Sunny Side Of Life  -  Country Gentlemen
  27. Born Again  -  Country Gentlemen
  28. I'll Break Out Again Tonight  -  Country Gentlemen

Disc 4

  1. Less Of Me  -  Country Gentlemen
  2. I Am a Pilgrim  -  Country Gentlemen
  3. Weapon of Prayer  -  Country Gentlemen
  4. If I Were Free  -  Country Gentlemen
  5. Teach Your Children  -  Country Gentlemen
  6. Fox on the Run  -  Country Gentlemen
  7. Johnny And Jack Medley  -  Country Gentlemen
  8. I'd Rather Live By The Side Of The Road  -  Country Gentlemen
  9. These Men of God  -  Country Gentlemen
  10. Cowboys And Indians  -  Country Gentlemen
  11. Sea of Heartbreak  -  Country Gentlemen
  12. Orange Blossom Mandolin  -  Country Gentlemen
  13. Yesterday  -  Country Gentlemen
  14. The Girl Behind the Bar  -  Country Gentlemen
  15. The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp  -  Country Gentlemen
  16. Take Me Home, Country Roads  -  Country Gentlemen
  17. Redwood Hill  -  Country Gentlemen
  18. Secret Of The Waterfall  -  Country Gentlemen
  19. Walkin' Down The Line  -  Country Gentlemen
  20. Breakin' It Down  -  Country Gentlemen
  21. New Freedom Bell  -  Country Gentlemen
  22. The Old Pine Tree  -  Country Gentlemen
  23. The Legend of the Rebel Soldier  -  Country Gentlemen
  24. C.G. Express  -  Country Gentlemen
  25. Little Bessie  -  Country Gentlemen
  26. The Fields Have Turned Brown  -  Country Gentlemen
  27. Get in Line Buddy  -  Country Gentlemen

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Country Gentlemen   Primary Artist
Eddie Adcock   Banjo,12-string Guitar
Mike Auldridge   Dobro
Doyle Lawson   Mandolin
Bill Emerson   Banjo
Ed Ferris   Bass
Jimmy Gaudreau   Guitar,Mandolin,12-string Guitar
Tom Gray   Bass
Pete Kuykendall   Guitar
Ray Marshall   Vibes
Charlie Waller   Guitar
John Duffey   Guitar,Mandolin
Ed McGlothlin   Bass
Len Holsclaw   Bass
Bobbi Woods   Tambourine
Bill Yates   Bass

Technical Credits

Country Gentlemen   Arranger
John Denver   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Bill Danoff   Composer
Jimmy Gaudreau   Arranger
Taffy Nivert   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Charlie Waller   Arranger
John Duffey   Composer
Rebecca Pittard   Art Direction
Gary B. Reid   Liner Notes
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Luther Presley   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Ann Hill   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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