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Bill Monroe: Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set)

4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 52-page book, CD 63 tracks, playing time approx. 194 mns. DVD 30 tracks, playing time approx. 92 mns.

In 1975 and 1989, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys came to Germany. For European fans, these were two rare chances to see the Father of Bluegrass Music in person, and Monroe did not disappoint anyone on either occasion. In fact, the presence of so many ecstatic fans spurred Bill Monroe and his band to give unsurpassed performances.

The 1975 shows featured one of Bill Monroe’s best line-ups: Kenny Baker on fiddle, Ralph Lewis on guitar, Bob Black on banjo, and Randy Davis on bass. They played many of Bill Monroe’s best-known songs, including Muleskinner Blues, Footprints In The Snow, Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, Doin' My Time and a medley with the E. L. Hillbillies.

The 1989 tour came after several bouts of ill-health, but Bill Monroe performed with all his old vigor. He played just one showdate in Germany, at Streekermoor, near Oldenburg, and didn’t disappoint his many European fans, some of whom had come from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden to hear him. Recordings from the 1989 show include The Old Brown County Barn, Uncle Pen, Cheyenne, My Little Georgia Rose, and Jerusalem Ridge.

Both shows were recorded and catch the country music giant at his late-career peak.

Bill Monroe's death in September 1996 makes these rare in-person performances all the more valuable. Bluegrass is more popular than ever now, but in these previously unavailable sound and video recordings we hear how its originator meant it to be played

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  • Interpret: Bill Monroe

  • Album titlle: Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code EK
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127166241

  • weight in Kg 1.65
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Introduction Bill Monroe
02 Roustabout (RALPH LEWIS) Bill Monroe
03 The Bluegrass Breakdown Bill Monroe
04 Muleskinner Blues Bill Monroe
05 Footprints In The Snow Bill Monroe
06 Kentucky Mandolin Bill Monroe
07 I'm Working On A Building Bill Monroe
08 The Road Of Life Bill Monroe
09 Grey Eagle Bill Monroe
10 Festival Waltz Bill Monroe
11 Uncle Pen Bill Monroe
12 The Truck Drivin' Man (RALPH LEWIS) Bill Monroe
13 In The Pines (& RALPH LEWIS) Bill Monroe
14 Shuckin' The Corn Bill Monroe
15 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms Bill Monroe
16 Doin' My Time (RALPH LEWIS) Bill Monroe
17 Flint Hill Special Bill Monroe
18 Little Joe Bill Monroe
19 You Won't Be Satisfied That Way Bill Monroe
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 McKinley's March Bill Monroe
02 I Saw The Light Bill Monroe
03 Orange Blossom Special Bill Monroe
04 Orange Blossom Special Bill Monroe
05 Orange Blossom Special Bill Monroe
06 Blue Moon Of Kentucky Bill Monroe
07 My Little Georgia Rose Bill Monroe
08 Down Yonder Bill Monroe
09 Wabash Cannonball Bill Monroe
10 You'll Find Her Name Written There Bill Monroe
11 Swing Low Sweet Chariot/I Saw The Light Bill Monroe
12 John Henry Bill Monroe
13 Molly And Tenbrooks Bill Monroe
14 Fraulein Bill Monroe
15 Medley (Sittin' On Top Of The World/Hand Me Monroe, Bill & E.L.HILLBILLIES
16 Down My Walkin' Cane/Good Old Mountain Dew/ Bill Monroe
17 Careless Love/Blue Moon Of Kentucky Bill Monroe
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling Bill Monroe
02 The Old Home Town Bill Monroe
03 Sugar Loaf Mountain Bill Monroe
04 Muleskinner Blues Bill Monroe
05 Blue Moon Of Kentucky Bill Monroe
06 Southern Flavor Bill Monroe
07 A Beautiful Life Bill Monroe
08 The Old Brown County Barn Bill Monroe
09 Uncle Pen Bill Monroe
10 Cheyenne Bill Monroe
11 Footprints In The Snow Bill Monroe
12 My Little Georgia Rose Bill Monroe
13 Walls Of Time Bill Monroe
14 Jerusalem Ridge Bill Monroe
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Raw Hide Bill Monroe
02 Down Yonder Bill Monroe
03 In The Pines Bill Monroe
04 Bluegrass Breakdown Bill Monroe
05 There's An Old, Old House Bill Monroe
06 I Saw The Light Bill Monroe
07 On And On Bill Monroe
08 Soldier's Joy Bill Monroe
09 Wayfaring Stranger Bill Monroe
10 Molly And Tenbrooks Bill Monroe
11 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms Bill Monroe
12 Sally Goodin' Bill Monroe
13 So Long And Goodbye Bill Monroe
14 John Henry Bill Monroe
15 Wheel Hoss Bill Monroe
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 5
01 Introduction by Klaus Grotelüschen Bill Monroe
02 My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling Bill Monroe
03 The Old Home Town Bill Monroe
04 Sugar Loaf Mountain Bill Monroe
05 Muleskinner Blues Bill Monroe
06 Blue Moon Of Kentucky Bill Monroe
07 Southern Flavour Bill Monroe
08 A Beautiful Life Bill Monroe
09 The Old Brown County Barn Bill Monroe
10 Uncle Pen Bill Monroe
11 Cheyenne Bill Monroe
12 Footprints In The Snow Bill Monroe
13 My Little Georgia Brown Bill Monroe
14 Walls Of Time Bill Monroe
15 Jerusalem Ridge Bill Monroe
16 Raw Hide Bill Monroe
17 Down Yonder Bill Monroe
18 In The Pines Bill Monroe
19 Bluegrass Breakdown Bill Monroe
20 There's And Old, Old House Bill Monroe
21 I Saw The Light Bill Monroe
22 On And On Bill Monroe
23 Soldier's Joy Bill Monroe
24 Wayfaring Stranger Bill Monroe
25 Molly And Tenbrooks Bill Monroe
26 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms Bill Monroe
27 Sally Goodin' Bill Monroe
28 So Long And Goodbye Bill Monroe
29 John Henry Bill Monroe
30 Wheel Hoss Bill Monroe
31 interview conducted by Jim Skurdal (bonus) Bill Monroe
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
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Tracklist
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Introduction
02 Roustabout (RALPH LEWIS)
03 The Bluegrass Breakdown
04 Muleskinner Blues
05 Footprints In The Snow
06 Kentucky Mandolin
07 I'm Working On A Building
08 The Road Of Life
09 Grey Eagle
10 Festival Waltz
11 Uncle Pen
12 The Truck Drivin' Man (RALPH LEWIS)
13 In The Pines (& RALPH LEWIS)
14 Shuckin' The Corn
15 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
16 Doin' My Time (RALPH LEWIS)
17 Flint Hill Special
18 Little Joe
19 You Won't Be Satisfied That Way
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 McKinley's March
02 I Saw The Light
03 Orange Blossom Special
04 Orange Blossom Special
05 Orange Blossom Special
06 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
07 My Little Georgia Rose
08 Down Yonder
09 Wabash Cannonball
10 You'll Find Her Name Written There
11 Swing Low Sweet Chariot/I Saw The Light
12 John Henry
13 Molly And Tenbrooks
14 Fraulein
15 Medley (Sittin' On Top Of The World/Hand Me
16 Down My Walkin' Cane/Good Old Mountain Dew/
17 Careless Love/Blue Moon Of Kentucky
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling
02 The Old Home Town
03 Sugar Loaf Mountain
04 Muleskinner Blues
05 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
06 Southern Flavor
07 A Beautiful Life
08 The Old Brown County Barn
09 Uncle Pen
10 Cheyenne
11 Footprints In The Snow
12 My Little Georgia Rose
13 Walls Of Time
14 Jerusalem Ridge
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Raw Hide
02 Down Yonder
03 In The Pines
04 Bluegrass Breakdown
05 There's An Old, Old House
06 I Saw The Light
07 On And On
08 Soldier's Joy
09 Wayfaring Stranger
10 Molly And Tenbrooks
11 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
12 Sally Goodin'
13 So Long And Goodbye
14 John Henry
15 Wheel Hoss
Monroe, Bill - Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 5
01 Introduction by Klaus Grotelüschen
02 My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling
03 The Old Home Town
04 Sugar Loaf Mountain
05 Muleskinner Blues
06 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
07 Southern Flavour
08 A Beautiful Life
09 The Old Brown County Barn
10 Uncle Pen
11 Cheyenne
12 Footprints In The Snow
13 My Little Georgia Brown
14 Walls Of Time
15 Jerusalem Ridge
16 Raw Hide
17 Down Yonder
18 In The Pines
19 Bluegrass Breakdown
20 There's And Old, Old House
21 I Saw The Light
22 On And On
23 Soldier's Joy
24 Wayfaring Stranger
25 Molly And Tenbrooks
26 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
27 Sally Goodin'
28 So Long And Goodbye
29 John Henry
30 Wheel Hoss
31 interview conducted by Jim Skurdal (bonus)