Sunny Side of Life [Bear Family]

Sunny Side of Life [Bear Family]

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by The Blue Sky Boys

The sorely undervalued Blue Sky Boys finally get their due on Bear Family's spectacular 2003 boxed set The Sunny Side of Life. Encompassing their complete recordings for Bluebird and RCA Victor from 1936-1950, this five-disc set (packaged with an exhaustive hardbound book) demonstrates in sharp detail that …  See more details below


The sorely undervalued Blue Sky Boys finally get their due on Bear Family's spectacular 2003 boxed set The Sunny Side of Life. Encompassing their complete recordings for Bluebird and RCA Victor from 1936-1950, this five-disc set (packaged with an exhaustive hardbound book) demonstrates in sharp detail that Earl and Bill Bolick were ostensibly the template for the high harmony acts (Jim & Jesse, the Louvin Brothers, and even the Everly Brothers) who would echo their sweet, keening harmonies in the decades that followed. While the Bolick brothers' song selections never drift too far from their religious upbringing and the traditional songs they were raised on, their gorgeous harmonies give life to the dusty old songs about love, death, and being S-A-V-E-D in the eyes of the Lord. While their stories of broken-hearted lovers and particularly their murder ballads (gangsta rap has nothin' on old-timey music as far as the sheer number of deaths and graves are concerned, whether they be dear old Mother or "the girl I loved so much I had to kill her") are grisly and grim in the academic sense, the quiet beauty of their voices intertwined and the pure simplicity of their instrumentation (primarily an acoustic guitar and mandolin throughout all 123 tracks) never feel depressing. On the contrary, the Blue Sky Boys' passion for their subjects and unique vocal abilities infuse light into the dark corners of these songs, turning eerie tales of the hidden side of man into lessons on redemption and beauty. In the manner Bear Family has become known for, the packaging is well-crafted and informative, with a complete history of the group, studio notes, and a thorough track by track account of the histories of each of the songs. Even if the CDs were printed without labels and handed out in a paper sack, the music alone would be worth the price, especially since documentation of the group has been nearly nonexistent in the CD age. Alternately chilling and life-affirming, these recordings of the Blue Sky Boys' most productive era are finally available in a handsome package with fine sound quality. Hallelujah!

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Disc 1

  1. I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
  2. Sunny Side of Life
  3. There'll Come a Time
  4. Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
  5. Midnight on the Stormy Sea
  6. Take Up Thy Cross
  7. Row Us Over the Tide
  8. Down on the Banks of the Ohio
  9. I'm Troubled, I'm Troubled
  10. The Dying Boy's Prayer
  11. No One to Welcome Me Home
  12. Didn't They Crucify My Lord
  13. Only Let Me Walk With Thee
  14. Can't You Hear Tha Night Bird Crying
  15. An Old Account Was Settled Long Ago
  16. Sweet Allallee
  17. You Give Me Your Love
  18. I Believe It
  19. When the Ransomed Get Home
  20. Fair Eyed Ellen
  21. Somebody Makes Me Think of You
  22. Sweet Evalina
  23. No Home
  24. What You Have Done
  25. Sing a Song for the Blind
  26. Within the Circle
  27. They're All Home But One

Disc 2

  1. Hymns My Mother Sang
  2. Have No Desire to Roam
  3. No Disappointments in Heaven
  4. Story of the Knoxville Girl
  5. On the Old Plantation
  6. In My Little Home in Tennessee
  7. Beautiful, Beautiful Brown Eyes
  8. The Prisoner's Dream
  9. The Answer to the Prisoner's Dream
  10. When the Stars Begin to Fall
  11. We Buried Her
  12. Heaven Holds All to Me
  13. Little Bessie
  14. I Need the Prayers
  15. Old Fashioned Meeting
  16. Katie Dear
  17. Who Wouldn't Be Lonely
  18. Life-Line
  19. When the Valley Moon Was Low
  20. My Last Letter
  21. Mother Went Her Holiness Way
  22. Hang Out the Front Door Key
  23. This Is Like Heaven to Me
  24. I've Found a Friend
  25. Asleep in the Briny Deep
  26. Last Night While Standing by My Window
  27. There Was a Time
  28. Bring Back My Wandering Boy

Disc 3

  1. When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland
  2. Are You from Dixie
  3. Give Me My Roses Now
  4. The House Where We Were Wed
  5. There's No Other Love for Me
  6. God Sent My Little Girl
  7. Someone's Last Day
  8. She'll Be There
  9. The Lightning Express
  10. The Royal Telephone
  11. The Convict and the Rose
  12. Father, Dear Father, Come Home
  13. We Parted by the Riverside
  14. Only One More Step
  15. The East Bound Train
  16. The Last Mile of the Way
  17. She's Somebody's Darling Once More
  18. I'm S-A-V-E-D
  19. Whispering Hope
  20. The Butcher's Boy
  21. This Evening Light
  22. Mary of the Wild Moor

Disc 4

  1. Why Not Confess
  2. Turn Your Radio On
  3. Since the Angels Took My Mother Far Away
  4. In the Hills of Roane County
  5. Kneel at the Cross
  6. Brown Eyes
  7. Short Life of Trouble
  8. A Picture on the Wall
  9. Pictures from Life's Other Side
  10. Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me
  11. Speak to Me Little Darling
  12. Have You Seen My Daddy Here
  13. I Love Her More, Now Mother's Old
  14. Dust on the Bible
  15. Kentucky
  16. I'm Glad (I'm Glad He's Gone and Left)
  17. The Chapel in the Hills
  18. Sold Down the River
  19. I'm Going to Write to Heaven (For I Know My Daddy's There)
  20. Come to the Saviour
  21. Garden in the Sky
  22. There's Been a Change

Disc 5

  1. Romans 6:23
  2. I'll Take My Saviour by the Hand
  3. I Cannot Take You Back Now
  4. Behind These Prison Walls of Love
  5. Angel Mother
  6. Let's Not Sleep Again
  7. Don't Take the Light (From My Dark Cell)
  8. The Cross on the Hill
  9. The Sweetest Gift, A Mother's Smile
  10. You've Branded Your Name on My Heart
  11. Little Mother of the Hills
  12. Alabama
  13. One Cold Winter's Eve
  14. Paper Boy
  15. Shake Hands With Your Mother Today
  16. When Heaven Comes Down
  17. The Unfinished Rug
  18. Tears on Her Bridal Bouquet
  19. Lord Be With Us, Amen
  20. Drop Your Net
  21. There'll Be No Broken Hearts for Me
  22. The New Golden Rule
  23. Where Our Darling Sleeps Tonight
  24. Sunny Side of Life

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Sky Boys   Primary Artist
Charles Randolph Grean   Bass
Ernie Newton   Bass
Brent Lambert   Fiddle
Bill Bolick   Mandolin,Vocals
Earl Bolick   Guitar,Vocals
Curly Parker   Fiddle
L. C. Keith   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Bill Boyd   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Carson Robison   Composer
Bill C. Malone   Biographical Information,Song Notes
Johnnie Wright   Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Charles K. Harris   Composer
William Shakespeare Hays   Composer
Paul Dresser   Composer
William Lee Golden   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   Producer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Eli Oberstein   Producer
Wayne Raney   Composer
Robinson   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Jack Anglin   Composer
John Bailes   Composer
Walter Bailes   Composer
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Henry Clay Work   Composer
Frank Walker   Producer
Bill Bolick   Composer,Illustrations,Duet
Earl Bolick   Composer,Duet
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Karl Davis   Composer
Herald Goodman   Composer
Rex Griffin   Composer
Doc Hopkins   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Harty Taylor   Composer
Dean Upson   Composer
Leslie York   Composer
M.A.C.   Composer
Phil Wells   Song Transcriptions
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
James Thornton   Composer
Bud Landress   Composer
Pat McAdory   Composer
Pete Roy   Composer
Septimus Winner   Composer
Herbert Buffum   Composer
Benjamin Hapgood Burt   Composer
Leon Chappelear   Composer
George L. Cobb   Composer
Bonnie Dodd   Composer
R.C. King   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Frank Mare   Illustrations
James Rowe   Composer
Dick Burnett   Composer
Tommy "Butterball" Paige   Composer
James W. Vaughan   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration
Dan Hornsby   Producer
C.E. Moody   Composer
J.E. French   Composer
Andreas Merck   Contributor
Russ Hull   Composer
Seth B. Winner   Metal Transfers
Johnson Oatman   Composer

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