The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the surface, The Essential Bill Monroe: 1945-1949 seems like the perfect compilation, containing 40 tracks of Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys' Columbia recordings. However, the set wasn't executed with care -- no less than 16 of these songs are represented with alternate takes, not the original versions. Though these alternates are interesting, they don't have a place in a set like this, which purports to be an extensive introduction, not an exhaustive compilation of Monroe's complete recordings; the alternates would have been more acceptable if they were placed in conjunction with the master takes. Still, The Essential Bill Monroe is a necessary set for ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the surface, The Essential Bill Monroe: 1945-1949 seems like the perfect compilation, containing 40 tracks of Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys' Columbia recordings. However, the set wasn't executed with care -- no less than 16 of these songs are represented with alternate takes, not the original versions. Though these alternates are interesting, they don't have a place in a set like this, which purports to be an extensive introduction, not an exhaustive compilation of Monroe's complete recordings; the alternates would have been more acceptable if they were placed in conjunction with the master takes. Still, The Essential Bill Monroe is a necessary set for bluegrass historians, since it does contain the bulk of his groundbreaking '40s recordings, including versions of "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Kentucky Waltz," and "Rocky Road Blues." It's just not quite as good as it could have been. The 16 master takes that were not included on this box were later issued by Columbia as the single-disc 16 Gems collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645247823
  • Catalog Number: 52478

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rocky Road Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:34)
  2. 2 Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:42)
  3. 3 True Life Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:48)
  4. 4 Nobody Loves Me - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (4:10)
  5. 5 Goodbye Old Pal - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:23)
  6. 6 Footprints in the Snow - The Bluegrass Band (2:37)
  7. 7 Blue Grass Special - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:24)
  8. 8 Come Back to Me in My Dreams - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:59)
  9. 9 Heavy Traffic Ahead - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:49)
  10. 10 Why Did You Wander - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:32)
  11. 11 Blue Moon of Kentucky - The Bluegrass Band (3:01)
  12. 12 Toy Heart - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:45)
  13. 13 Summertime Is Past and Gone - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:53)
  14. 14 Mansions for Me - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:15)
  15. 15 Mother's Only Sleeping - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:15)
  16. 16 California Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:05)
  17. 17 Will You Be Loving Another Man? - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:51)
  18. 18 How Will I Explain About You? - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:56)
  19. 19 Shining Path - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:25)
  20. 20 Wicked Path of Sin - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:13)
  2. 2 It's Mighty Dark to Travel - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:51)
  3. 3 I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:55)
  4. 4 Little Cabin Home on the Hill - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:09)
  5. 5 My Rose of Old Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:56)
  6. 6 Bluegrass Breakdown - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:38)
  7. 7 Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:34)
  8. 8 The Old Cross Road - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:41)
  9. 9 That Home Above - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:48)
  10. 10 Remember the Cross - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:01)
  11. 11 Little Community Church - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:44)
  12. 12 Along About Daybreak - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:07)
  13. 13 When You Are Lonely - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:44)
  14. 14 Molly and Tenbrooks - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:43)
  15. 15 Shine Hallelujah, Shine - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:33)
  16. 16 I'm Travelin' on and On - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:34)
  17. 17 Can't You Hear Me Callin' - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:46)
  18. 18 Travelin' This Lonesome Road - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:23)
  19. 19 Blue Grass Stomp - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:57)
  20. 20 The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Monroe Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Track Performer
Lester Flatt Guitar, Vocals
Earl Scruggs Bass
Mac Wiseman Guitar, Vocals
Rudy Lyle Bass
Howard Watts Bass, Baritone (Vocal), String Bass
Robert Chubby Wise Fiddle
David Akeman Bass
Bill Westbrook Bass
Tex Willis Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Wilene Forrester Accordion, Tenor (Vocal)
Jack Thompson Bass
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Cliff Carlisle Composer
Mel Foree Composer
Mark A. Humphrey Liner Notes
Lawrence Cohn Producer
Bill Johnson Art Direction
David Mitson Remastering
Rollow Welch Art Direction
Boyd Lane Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Misleading CD

    This collection does NOT present original releases as you may have heard from original vinyl recordings. They are no doubt takes from the same sessions but if you are expecting the same recordings you will be dissapointed as I was. Additionally there are "out takes" where someone goofs up and there is a restart. This drives me nuts!

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