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The King and the Father

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The King and the Father features a dozen of Bill Monroe's early-'50s Decca recordings on which Jimmy Martin provided lead or duet vocals. Although these performances were originally billed only to Monroe, the anthology cleverly gives joint credit to Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass", and Martin, the "King of Bluegrass", to emphasize Martin's contribution and to target his audience. Many bluegrass devotees regard Martin as the finest bluegrass vocalist of all time, and at the very least, his high lonesome tenor is a model for the genre. He harmonizes sublimely with Monroe, and the two join together in a heartsick cry that matches their penchant for unvarnished, sorrowful ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The King and the Father features a dozen of Bill Monroe's early-'50s Decca recordings on which Jimmy Martin provided lead or duet vocals. Although these performances were originally billed only to Monroe, the anthology cleverly gives joint credit to Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass", and Martin, the "King of Bluegrass", to emphasize Martin's contribution and to target his audience. Many bluegrass devotees regard Martin as the finest bluegrass vocalist of all time, and at the very least, his high lonesome tenor is a model for the genre. He harmonizes sublimely with Monroe, and the two join together in a heartsick cry that matches their penchant for unvarnished, sorrowful bluegrass songs about tragedy and suffering. Many of Monroe's classic recordings are included, such as "Uncle Pen," "The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake," and "In the Pines," as well as less-frequently anthologized performances. There is much overlap between Monroe and Martin's audiences, but, in the years since Monroe's death, Martin has inherited the "elder statesman of bluegrass" mantle and continued to perform, reaching new and younger listeners. As a result, Martin's stature has only grown, and he may be reaching some new bluegrass fans that investigate Monroe because of his association with Martin, instead of the other way around. Whatever the listener's motivation, The King and the Father provides a sampling of Martin's collaborations with Monroe for old and new fans alike at an affordable price.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Music Mill
  • UPC: 688907004828
  • Catalog Number: 70048
  • Sales rank: 34,632

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:44)
  2. 2 On and On - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:46)
  3. 3 The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:04)
  4. 4 Sitting Alone in the Moonlight - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:27)
  5. 5 I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:25)
  6. 6 Walking in Jerusalem (Just Like John) - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (1:59)
  7. 7 In the Pines - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:11)
  8. 8 I Hope You Have Learned - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:28)
  9. 9 River of Death - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:41)
  10. 10 Memories of Mother and Dad - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:57)
  11. 11 Letter from My Darling - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:07)
  12. 12 I'll Meet You in Church on Sunday Morning - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Monroe Primary Artist, Mandolin
Jimmy Martin Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Ph.D. A. Rae Price Composer
Clayton McMichen Composer
Eliza Butler Composer
Bill Carrigan Composer
Slim Bryant Composer
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