The Sunny Side of Life [Bear Family]

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051595128
  • Catalog Number: 15951

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail (3:01)
  2. 2 Sunny Side of Life (2:39)
  3. 3 There'll Come a Time (3:06)
  4. 4 Where the Soul of Man Never Dies (3:07)
  5. 5 Midnight on the Stormy Sea (2:54)
  6. 6 Take Up Thy Cross (2:51)
  7. 7 Row Us Over the Tide (2:58)
  8. 8 Down on the Banks of the Ohio (3:20)
  9. 9 I'm Troubled, I'm Troubled (2:35)
  10. 10 The Dying Boy's Prayer (2:29)
  11. 11 No One to Welcome Me Home (3:23)
  12. 12 Didn't They Crucify My Lord (2:35)
  13. 13 Only Let Me Walk With Thee (2:36)
  14. 14 Can't You Hear Tha Night Bird Crying (2:34)
  15. 15 An Old Account Was Settled Long Ago (2:48)
  16. 16 Sweet Allallee (2:29)
  17. 17 You Give Me Your Love (2:44)
  18. 18 I Believe It (2:57)
  19. 19 When the Ransomed Get Home (3:00)
  20. 20 Fair Eyed Ellen (2:49)
  21. 21 Somebody Makes Me Think of You (2:36)
  22. 22 Sweet Evalina (3:24)
  23. 23 No Home (3:17)
  24. 24 What You Have Done (2:59)
  25. 25 Sing a Song for the Blind (3:14)
  26. 26 Within the Circle (3:14)
  27. 27 They're All Home But One (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hymns My Mother Sang (2:57)
  2. 2 Have No Desire to Roam (2:51)
  3. 3 No Disappointments in Heaven (3:18)
  4. 4 Story of the Knoxville Girl (3:44)
  5. 5 On the Old Plantation (2:52)
  6. 6 In My Little Home in Tennessee (2:58)
  7. 7 Beautiful, Beautiful Brown Eyes (2:51)
  8. 8 The Prisoner's Dream (3:04)
  9. 9 The Answer to the Prisoner's Dream (3:06)
  10. 10 When the Stars Begin to Fall (2:40)
  11. 11 We Buried Her (3:04)
  12. 12 Heaven Holds All to Me (2:45)
  13. 13 Little Bessie (3:06)
  14. 14 I Need the Prayers (3:07)
  15. 15 Old Fashioned Meeting (2:07)
  16. 16 Katie Dear (2:59)
  17. 17 Who Wouldn't Be Lonely (2:31)
  18. 18 Life-Line (3:00)
  19. 19 When the Valley Moon Was Low (2:23)
  20. 20 My Last Letter (2:27)
  21. 21 Mother Went Her Holiness Way (2:20)
  22. 22 Hang Out the Front Door Key (2:42)
  23. 23 This Is Like Heaven to Me (2:35)
  24. 24 I've Found a Friend (2:42)
  25. 25 Asleep in the Briny Deep (2:55)
  26. 26 Last Night While Standing by My Window (2:48)
  27. 27 There Was a Time (3:00)
  28. 28 Bring Back My Wandering Boy (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland (2:43)
  2. 2 Are You from Dixie (2:45)
  3. 3 Give Me My Roses Now (2:33)
  4. 4 The House Where We Were Wed (2:43)
  5. 5 There's No Other Love for Me (2:40)
  6. 6 God Sent My Little Girl (2:37)
  7. 7 Someone's Last Day (2:54)
  8. 8 She'll Be There (2:55)
  9. 9 The Lightning Express (3:01)
  10. 10 The Royal Telephone (3:02)
  11. 11 The Convict and the Rose (2:41)
  12. 12 Father, Dear Father, Come Home (2:39)
  13. 13 We Parted by the Riverside (3:00)
  14. 14 Only One More Step (2:36)
  15. 15 The East Bound Train (2:45)
  16. 16 The Last Mile of the Way (2:36)
  17. 17 She's Somebody's Darling Once More (2:28)
  18. 18 I'm S-A-V-E-D (2:54)
  19. 19 Whispering Hope (2:41)
  20. 20 The Butcher's Boy (3:13)
  21. 21 This Evening Light (2:27)
  22. 22 Mary of the Wild Moor (2:54)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Why Not Confess (2:58)
  2. 2 Turn Your Radio On (3:01)
  3. 3 Since the Angels Took My Mother Far Away (3:15)
  4. 4 In the Hills of Roane County (3:26)
  5. 5 Kneel at the Cross (2:49)
  6. 6 Brown Eyes (2:50)
  7. 7 Short Life of Trouble (3:12)
  8. 8 A Picture on the Wall (2:43)
  9. 9 Pictures from Life's Other Side (3:30)
  10. 10 Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me (3:02)
  11. 11 Speak to Me Little Darling (2:47)
  12. 12 Have You Seen My Daddy Here (2:57)
  13. 13 I Love Her More, Now Mother's Old (2:43)
  14. 14 Dust on the Bible (2:51)
  15. 15 Kentucky (2:56)
  16. 16 I'm Glad (I'm Glad He's Gone and Left) (2:40)
  17. 17 The Chapel in the Hills (2:52)
  18. 18 Sold Down the River (2:46)
  19. 19 I'm Going to Write to Heaven (For I Know My Daddy's There) (2:44)
  20. 20 Come to the Saviour (2:56)
  21. 21 Garden in the Sky (2:48)
  22. 22 There's Been a Change (2:39)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Romans 6:23 (2:45)
  2. 2 I'll Take My Saviour by the Hand (2:28)
  3. 3 I Cannot Take You Back Now (2:48)
  4. 4 Behind These Prison Walls of Love (2:50)
  5. 5 Angel Mother (2:56)
  6. 6 Let's Not Sleep Again (2:24)
  7. 7 Don't Take the Light (From My Dark Cell) (2:49)
  8. 8 The Cross on the Hill (2:26)
  9. 9 The Sweetest Gift, A Mother's Smile (3:05)
  10. 10 You've Branded Your Name on My Heart (2:48)
  11. 11 Little Mother of the Hills (2:35)
  12. 12 Alabama (3:04)
  13. 13 One Cold Winter's Eve (2:51)
  14. 14 Paper Boy (2:52)
  15. 15 Shake Hands With Your Mother Today (2:56)
  16. 16 When Heaven Comes Down (2:51)
  17. 17 The Unfinished Rug (2:43)
  18. 18 Tears on Her Bridal Bouquet (2:34)
  19. 19 Lord Be With Us, Amen (2:34)
  20. 20 Drop Your Net (2:44)
  21. 21 There'll Be No Broken Hearts for Me (2:30)
  22. 22 The New Golden Rule (2:40)
  23. 23 Where Our Darling Sleeps Tonight (2:43)
  24. 24 Sunny Side of Life (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
James Brown 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
Al 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
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Bud Hobgood Composer
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
H. Prichard Composer
Johnson Oatman Jr. Composer
E. Harris Composer
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