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Bill Monroe Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD)

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 48-page book, 109 tracks. Playing time approx. 282 mns. Bluegrass... more

Bill Monroe: Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD)

4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 48-page book, 109 tracks. Playing time approx. 282 mns.

Bluegrass is Bill Monroe's baby, and many of his finest recordings are in this stellar collection. In 1950 he signed with Decca, and began by cutting classics like New Mule Skinner Blues, I'm Blue I'm Lonesome, Uncle Pen, Gotta Travel On, Roanoke, Molly And Tenbrooks, Footprints In The Snow, and Blue Moon Of Kentucky

The Blue Grass Boys on this set include Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, Sonny Osborne, Gordon Terry and Kenny Baker. Unavailable for years, this is haunting, intense and passionate music. Ultimate Bluegrass!

Article properties: Bill Monroe: Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD)

  • Interpret: Bill Monroe

  • Album titlle: Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Price code DH
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127154231

  • weight in Kg 1.2
Monroe, Bill - Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD) Box set 1
01 New Muleskinner Blues
02 My Little Georgia Rose
03 Memories Of You
04 I'm On My Way To The Old Home
05 Alabama Waltz
06 I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome
07 I'll Mee You In Church Sunday Morning
08 Boat Of Love
09 The Old Fiddler
10 Uncle Pen
11 When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall
12 Lord Protect My Soul
13 River Of Death
14 Letter From My Darling
15 On The Old Kentucky Shore
16 Raw Hide
17 Poison Love
18 Kentucky Waltz
19 Prisoner's Song
20 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
21 Angels Rock Me To Sleep
22 Brakeman's Blues/Travelin' Blues
23 When The Cactus Is In Bloom
Monroe, Bill - Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD) Box set 2
01 My Carolina Sunshine Girl
02 Ben Dewberry's Final Run
03 Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia
04 Those Gambler's Blues
05 Highway Of Sorrow
06 Rotation Blues
07 Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues
08 Sugar Coated Love
09 You're Drifting Away
10 Cabin Of Love
11 Get Down On Your Knees And Pray
12 Christmas Time's A-Coming
13 The First Whippoorwill
14 In The Pines
15 Footprints In The Snow
16 Walking In Jerusalem
17 Memories Of Mother And Dad
18 The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake
19 Country Waltz
20 Don't Put It Off Til Tomorrow
21 My Dying Bed
22 A Mighty Pretty Waltz
23 Pike County Breakdown
24 Wishing Waltz
25 I Hope You Have Learned
26 Get Up John
Monroe, Bill - Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD) Box set 3
01 Plant Some Flowers By My Grave
02 Changing Partners
03 Y'All Come
04 On And On
05 I Believed In You Darling
06 New John Henry Blues
07 White House Blues
08 Happy On My Way
09 I'm Working On A Building
10 A Voice From On High
11 He Will Set Your Fields On Fire
12 Close By
13 My Little Georgia Rose
14 Put My Little Shoes Away
15 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
16 Wheel Hoss
17 Cheyenne
18 You'll Find Her Name Written There
19 Roanoke
20 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus
21 Let The Light Shine Down On Me
22 Used To Be
23 Tall Timber
24 Brown County Breakdown
25 A Fallen Star
26 Four Walls
27 A Good Woman's Love
28 Cry Cry Darlin'
29 I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World
Monroe, Bill - Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD) Box set 4
01 Roane County Prison
02 Goodbye Old Pal
03 In Despair
04 Molly And Tenbrooks
05 Come Back To Me In My Dreams
06 Sally-Jo
07 Brand New Shoes
08 A Lonesome Road
09 I Saw The Light
10 Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory
11 Lord Lead Me On
12 Precious Jewel
13 I'll Meet You In The Morning
14 Life's Railway To Heaven
15 I've Found A Hiding Place
16 Jesus Hold My Hand
17 I Am A Pilgrim
18 Wayfaring Stranger
19 A Beautiful Life
20 House Of Gold
21 Panhandle Country
22 Scotland
23 Gotta Travel On
24 No One But My Darlin'
25 Big Mon
26 Monroe's Hornpipe
THE MONROE BROTHERS - Bill Monroe William Smith Monroe was born on September 13, 1911 near... more
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THE MONROE BROTHERS - Bill Monroe

William Smith Monroe was born on September 13, 1911 near Rosine, Ohio County, Kentucky. His older brother Charles had been born on July 4, 1903. Bill was the youngest child of the eight children born to Malissa Vandiver and James Buchanan 'Buck' Monroe, a local farmer, coal miner, and timber cutter. Rosine was far from the rugged mountains of eastern Kentucky, but was set in the rolling hills of the western end of the state, about 30 miles from the Ohio River. Young Bill, like the rest of his family, grew up doing hard physical chores on the family's 653-acre farm -- an experience that instilled in him a work ethic that would dominate his life.

 The Monroe children relaxed with music. Buck Monroe was an especially fine flat-foot dancer, often featuring a dance called the 'Kentucky Back-Step,' and three of the sons--Birch, Charlie, and Bill--would later begin their careers by doing such dancing on stage. The brothers learned music from their mother, who sang the old classic ballads; from their Uncle Pen Vandiver, who was the region's best-known square dance fiddler; from the shape-note singing schools local churches and travelling teachers held in the summer; from local black musicians like Arnold Shultz, who played a blues-tinged thumbpicking guitar style; and from the stars of Chicago station WLS's 'National Barn Dance,' such as Mac and Bob, blind musicians who used mandolin and guitar; and The Prairie Ramblers, a hot string band from western Kentucky that featured a mandola. Bill --along with thousands of others-- also admired the Victrola records of Vernon Dalhart, Jimmie Rodgers, and Bradley Kincaid.

It was the younger of the Monroe children who became most involved with the music. Older brother Birch took up the fiddle, and Charlie and sister Bertha began playing guitar. When Bill was eight or nine, he began fooling around with instruments, mainly the guitar and mandolin; he really wanted to specialize in the fiddle or guitar, but as the youngest and smallest he was stuck with the mandolin in the family music sessions. In later years, Bill liked to tell about how his brothers would only let him use four strings on the mandolin (instead of the usual eight) so he wouldn't sound too loud.

1921 Malissa Monroe died and it was several years after this that Bill started playing music seriously. He began by playing guitar backup for his Uncle Pen at dances, and later spoke of Pen as "the fiddler that I learned to play from."  He also began to play dances with Arnold Shultz, a local black guitar player who was comfortable playing the blues, traditional Anglo tunes, pop music, and even jazz. (Friends of Shultz recall that he used to spend winters in New Orleans, where he picked up a fondness for 'passing' chords.) In 1927, when Bill was only 16, his father Buck Monroe passed away as well, and since his older brothers and sisters had already moved away, he was sent to live with his Uncle Pen. Bill continued to learn music from him.

Birch and Charlie Monroe, like so many young men in the late 1920s, had left the farm and gone north to work in the new factories supplying the auto industry. For a time they were in Detroit, and then moved to the East Chicago area, first to Hammond and then to Whiting, where they found jobs in oil refineries. Around 1929 Bill, who was now 18, came north to join them. His first job was working in the barrel house at the Sinclair refinery in which he moved huge, heavy drums of oil all day long--something that built his physique up to that resembling a weight lifter. It was a bruising job, but with the Depression hitting, it was the best available; Bill kept it for five years. Some of his brothers who had 'lighter' jobs were often out of work during these years, leaving young Bill as the sole support for parts of the family.

From booklet BCD16399 - Bill Monroe 1936-1949 (6-CD)
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/monroe-bill-1936-1949-6-cd.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

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18 Nov 2018

Monroes Glanzzeit in einem sehr schönen Box Set

Für mich sind die frühen Decca-Jahre die interessantesten in Bill Monroes Schaffen. Hier hat er seinen persönlichen Stil zu voller Reife entwickelt und nach dem Weggang von Flatt & Scruggs, unter Mithilfe grandioser Musiker wie Jimmy Martin, Charlie Cline, Rudy Lyle, Bob Hicks und Vassar Clements, noch mal eine Schippe draufgelegt. In diesen Jahren ist der "high, lonesome sound" so druckvoll, schneidend, intensiv wie kaum jemals zuvor oder danach, und Monroe schreibt einige seiner besten Lieder. Die Klangqualität der Decca-Aufnahmen ist klarer und weniger dumpf als jene der vorangegangenen Columbia-Jahre. Mir gefällt der Mono-Klang dieser Jahre besser als die manchmal etwas seltsam abgemischten Stereo-Aufnahmen der Sechzigerjahre. Noch etwas: Dieses Box Set ist erstmals im Jahr 1989 erschienen, tontechnisch hat Bear Family sicherlich das Beste aus den Masters herausgeholt, doch wurden die Aufnahmen damals natürlich noch nicht für Mobilgeräte oder mp3-Player "optimiert". Die inzwischen üblich gewordenen Wummerbässe auf Kosten der Höhentransparenz sucht man daher vergeblich. Wer das braucht, wird vielleicht enttäuscht sein; ich finde es prima. Die Box ist schön gestaltet, das umfangreiche Booklet im LP-Format bietet ausführliche Kommentare zu den einzelnen Aufnahme-Sessions, mit Hinweisen auf beteiligte Musiker und die aufgenommenen Lieder. Einziger Einwand: Optisch ist dieses Box-Set minimal anders als das nachfolgende (1959-1969) gestaltet (es ist schmaler), was auffällt, wenn beide im Regal nebeneinanderstehen. Aber das lässt sich bei diesem tollen und auch preiswerten Set leicht verschmerzen.

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Tracklist
Monroe, Bill - Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD) Box set 1
01 New Muleskinner Blues
02 My Little Georgia Rose
03 Memories Of You
04 I'm On My Way To The Old Home
05 Alabama Waltz
06 I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome
07 I'll Mee You In Church Sunday Morning
08 Boat Of Love
09 The Old Fiddler
10 Uncle Pen
11 When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall
12 Lord Protect My Soul
13 River Of Death
14 Letter From My Darling
15 On The Old Kentucky Shore
16 Raw Hide
17 Poison Love
18 Kentucky Waltz
19 Prisoner's Song
20 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
21 Angels Rock Me To Sleep
22 Brakeman's Blues/Travelin' Blues
23 When The Cactus Is In Bloom
Monroe, Bill - Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD) Box set 2
01 My Carolina Sunshine Girl
02 Ben Dewberry's Final Run
03 Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia
04 Those Gambler's Blues
05 Highway Of Sorrow
06 Rotation Blues
07 Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues
08 Sugar Coated Love
09 You're Drifting Away
10 Cabin Of Love
11 Get Down On Your Knees And Pray
12 Christmas Time's A-Coming
13 The First Whippoorwill
14 In The Pines
15 Footprints In The Snow
16 Walking In Jerusalem
17 Memories Of Mother And Dad
18 The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake
19 Country Waltz
20 Don't Put It Off Til Tomorrow
21 My Dying Bed
22 A Mighty Pretty Waltz
23 Pike County Breakdown
24 Wishing Waltz
25 I Hope You Have Learned
26 Get Up John
Monroe, Bill - Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD) Box set 3
01 Plant Some Flowers By My Grave
02 Changing Partners
03 Y'All Come
04 On And On
05 I Believed In You Darling
06 New John Henry Blues
07 White House Blues
08 Happy On My Way
09 I'm Working On A Building
10 A Voice From On High
11 He Will Set Your Fields On Fire
12 Close By
13 My Little Georgia Rose
14 Put My Little Shoes Away
15 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
16 Wheel Hoss
17 Cheyenne
18 You'll Find Her Name Written There
19 Roanoke
20 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus
21 Let The Light Shine Down On Me
22 Used To Be
23 Tall Timber
24 Brown County Breakdown
25 A Fallen Star
26 Four Walls
27 A Good Woman's Love
28 Cry Cry Darlin'
29 I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World
Monroe, Bill - Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD) Box set 4
01 Roane County Prison
02 Goodbye Old Pal
03 In Despair
04 Molly And Tenbrooks
05 Come Back To Me In My Dreams
06 Sally-Jo
07 Brand New Shoes
08 A Lonesome Road
09 I Saw The Light
10 Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory
11 Lord Lead Me On
12 Precious Jewel
13 I'll Meet You In The Morning
14 Life's Railway To Heaven
15 I've Found A Hiding Place
16 Jesus Hold My Hand
17 I Am A Pilgrim
18 Wayfaring Stranger
19 A Beautiful Life
20 House Of Gold
21 Panhandle Country
22 Scotland
23 Gotta Travel On
24 No One But My Darlin'
25 Big Mon
26 Monroe's Hornpipe