The Vanguard Years

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Four-CD, 64-song collection drawn principally from Doc's Vanguard releases of the 1960s and early 1970s tapped his solo LPs and performances at the 1963 and 1964 Newport Folk Festival. This was Doc's best period recording-wise, and certainly you couldn't hope for a better document of his virtuosity, as the guitarist covers all manner of American folk and blues styles over the course of the set. It's too much, however, for listeners who aren't big fans; Vanguard's Essential Doc Watson is a more economical survey. If you are a big fan, though, you'll be especially interested in the 16 previously unreleased performances. Comprising the whole of disc four, these are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Four-CD, 64-song collection drawn principally from Doc's Vanguard releases of the 1960s and early 1970s tapped his solo LPs and performances at the 1963 and 1964 Newport Folk Festival. This was Doc's best period recording-wise, and certainly you couldn't hope for a better document of his virtuosity, as the guitarist covers all manner of American folk and blues styles over the course of the set. It's too much, however, for listeners who aren't big fans; Vanguard's Essential Doc Watson is a more economical survey. If you are a big fan, though, you'll be especially interested in the 16 previously unreleased performances. Comprising the whole of disc four, these are mostly taken from live duets with Merle Travis or Doc's son, Merle Watson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/1995
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707005524
  • Catalog Number: 155
  • Sales rank: 76,120

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rambling Hobo (0:57)
  2. 2 Train That Carried My Girl from Town (2:03)
  3. 3 The Coo Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley (2:46)
  4. 4 Reuben's Train - Arnold Watson (2:29)
  5. 5 Hicks' Farewell - Gaither Carlton (3:34)
  6. 6 Grandfather's Clock (1:26)
  7. 7 Beaumont Rag (1:44)
  8. 8 Farewell Blues (1:48)
  9. 9 Footprints in the Snow (2:03)
  10. 10 Intoxicated Rat (2:33)
  11. 11 Talk About Suffering (2:50)
  12. 12 Omie Wise (4:29)
  13. 13 Country Blues (3:33)
  14. 14 Black Mountain Rag (1:32)
  15. 15 Doc's Guitar (1:18)
  16. 16 Deep River Blues (3:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Muskrat - Merle Watson (2:54)
  2. 2 Dream of the Miner's Child (2:47)
  3. 3 Rising Sun Blues - Merle Watson (4:17)
  4. 4 Otto Wood the Bandit - Merle Watson (3:17)
  5. 5 Little Sadie (2:01)
  6. 6 Windy and Warm (2:15)
  7. 7 Tennessee Stud (3:38)
  8. 8 Blue Railroad Train (2:45)
  9. 9 Down in the Valley to Pray (2:02)
  10. 10 Dill Pickle Rag (1:25)
  11. 11 The F.F. V. (4:03)
  12. 12 Childhood Play (1:59)
  13. 13 Sreamline Cannonball (2:27)
  14. 14 Old Camp Meeting Time - Don Stover (2:50)
  15. 15 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  16. 16 The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band
Disc 3
  1. 1 New River Train (3:27)
  2. 2 Rank Stranger (3:20)
  3. 3 Corrina, Corrina - Fred Price (3:09)
  4. 4 What Does the Deep Sea Say - Fred Price (2:53)
  5. 5 There's More Pretty Girls Than One - Fred Price (2:29)
  6. 6 Way Downtown (3:14)
  7. 7 Brown's Ferry Blues (2:55)
  8. 8 Spike Driver Blues (2:23)
  9. 9 Roll on Buddy (2:41)
  10. 10 I Am a Pilgrim (2:29)
  11. 11 Wabash Cannonball (2:11)
  12. 12 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms (2:16)
  13. 13 The Lawson Family Murder (3:04)
  14. 14 The Cuckoo - Merle Watson (2:53)
  15. 15 Alabama Bound (2:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bye Bye Bluebells (2:49)
  2. 2 Kinfolks in Carolina (2:48)
  3. 3 San Antonio Rose - Merle Watson (3:31)
  4. 4 Blow Your Whistle Freight Train - Merle Watson (2:47)
  5. 5 Cannonball Rag - Merle Watson (3:05)
  6. 6 I Am a Pilgrim - Merle Watson (2:32)
  7. 7 Arrangement Blues - Merle Watson (2:09)
  8. 8 I Got a Pig at Home in the Pen - Merle Watson (2:53)
  9. 9 My Rough and Rowdy Ways - Merle Watson (4:09)
  10. 10 Deep River Blues - Merle Watson (2:06)
  11. 11 Banks of the Ohio - Merle Watson (2:33)
  12. 12 A-Roving on a Winter's Night - Merle Watson (2:58)
  13. 13 Southbound - Merle Watson (4:01)
  14. 14 Memphis Blues - Merle Watson (3:47)
  15. 15 Salt Creek/Bill Cheatham - Merle Watson (2:54)
  16. 16 Brown's Ferry Blues - Merle Watson (3:09)
  17. 17 Windy and Warm - Merle Watson (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doc Watson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Clarence White Track Performer
Merle Travis Track Performer
Don Stover Track Performer
Clint Howard Track Performer
Gaither Carlton Track Performer
Arnold Watson Track Performer
Merle Watson Track Performer
Fred Price Track Performer
Clarence Ashley Track Performer
Technical Credits
Doc Watson Arranger, Adaptation
Dock Boggs Composer
John Cooke Inlay Photography
Mary Katherine Aldin Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Gaither Carlton Arranger
Captain Jeff Zaraya Engineer
Jim McGuire Inlay Photography
Dan Seeger Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Traditional Composer
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