Bill Monroe – Castle Studio 1950/1951 5 CD Box Set

Bill Monroe – Castle Studio 1950/1951 5 CD Box Set

Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys
Castle Studio 1950-1951
Complete Sessions
LABEL Richard Weize Archives
GENRE Bluegrass
TRACKS 181 (366 min.)
FORMAT 5-CD hardcover album (CD-size) •
68-page booklet


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Bear Family

For devotees of Bill Monroe's music, the CD box sets issued by BEAR FAMILY beginning in 1989 were the answer to a listener's dream: having the bluegrass originator's complete recordings tastefully collected in boxes, with informative books included. What we now have is something even more dreamlike: all the familiar Monroe recordings for DECCA in 1950-51, featuring lead singers Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, and Edd Mayfield, presented next to unbelievably all the outtakes (none previously issued) of all the tracks. Among other things, this means multiple takes of Raw Hide. For musicians and careful listeners who have studied that spectacular recording for years, it's as though a new set of Stone Tablets has been found. It also means the "tape blip" we've always tolerated in The First Whippoorwill is now corrected, as the previously issued take was from a faulty tape dub whereas the "new" 1951 version is from the original master. Accompanying this gold at the end of the rainbow is a revised discography by Neil Rosenberg, and notes by Dick Spottswood (edited by Rosenberg) with recollections by Monroe fiddler Charlie Smith. Bluegrass music at its finest!

  1. Bluegrass Ramble (instrumental) (take 1)
  2. The First Whippoorwill (take 1)
  3. Get Down On Your Knees And Pray (take 3)
  4. You're Drifting Away (take 3)
  5. Cabin Of Love (take 3)
  6. Sugar Coated Love (take 5)
  7. Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues (take 4)
  8. Rotation Blues (take 2)
  9. Highway Of Sorrow (take 3)
  10. Those Gambler's Blues (take 3, false start)
  11. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia (take 3, false start)
  12. Ben Dewsberry's Final Run (take 1)
  13. My Carolina Sunshine Girl (take 5)
  14. The Sailor's Plea (take 6)
  15. When The Cactus Are In Bloom (take 2)
  16. Travelin' Blues (take 5)
  17. Brake Man's Blues (take 3)
  18. Angels Rock Me To Sleep (take 6)
  19. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (take 4)
  20. Kentucky Waltz (take 2)
  21. Poison Love (take 8)
  22. Rawhide (instrumental) (take 6)
  23. On The Old Kentucky Shore (take 5)
  24. River Of Death (take 3, false start)
  25. Lord Protect My Soul (take 4)
  26. When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall (take 2)
  27. The Old Fiddler (take 7)
  28. Boat Of Love (take 3)
  29. I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning (take 4)
  30. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome (take 5)
  31. Alabama Waltz (take 5)
  32. I'm On My Way To The Old Home (take 2)
  33. Memories Of You (take 4)
  34. My Little Georgia Rose (take 5)
  35. New Mule Skinner Blues (take 4)