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listen  1. Crawdad SongDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sitting on Top of the WorldDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lee Highway BluesDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Free Little BirdDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Coo-Coo BirdDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rising Sun BluesDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Looking Towards HeavenDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rambling HoboDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rambling HoboDoc Watson And Clarence Ashley 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Shady GroveDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cumberland GapDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tough LuckDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Humpbacked MuleDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. My Home's Across the Blue Ridge MountainsDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Way Down TownDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Banks of the OhioDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Little SadieDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Carroll County BluesDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Cluck Old HenDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Chilly Winds (Lonesome Road Blues)Doc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Sweet Heaven When I DieDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Fire on the MountainDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Will the Circle Be UnbrokenDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Daniel PrayedDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Amazing GraceDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Sally AnnDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Richmond BluesDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Old RubenDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Willie MooreDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Walking BossDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Shout LuluDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Keep My Skillet Good and GreasyDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pretty Little PinkDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Run, Jimmie RunDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Hick's FarewellDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Old Man at the MillDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. A Short Life of TroubleDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Brown's DreamDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Footprints in the SnowDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I'm Going Back to JerichoDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Peg and AwlDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Maggie WalkerDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. God's Gonna Ease My Troublin' MindDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. I Saw a Man at the Close of DayDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handsome MollyDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. John HenryDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Honey Babe BluesDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Wayfaring PilgrimDoc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This set contains two albums in toto , plus a full 20(!) unreleased tracks and a 34-page booklet.

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When blind singer/guitarist Arthel "Doc" Watson was "discovered" by folklorist Ralph Rinzler in 1960 he sounded as though he'd been picking for a hundred years, not to mention the fact that his huge repertoire of old songs seemed like it could go on for days. Watson had actually been playing in a honky-tonk band when Rinzler came across him in Deep Gap, North Carolina. When he asked Doc to set down his electric guitar he created one of the first--and most lasting--stars of the folk revival. Ashley was already a mountain music legend himself when he cut these front-porch sessions; picking a fine banjo and singing along on one standard--like "Shady Grove" and "Peg and Awl"--after another. --Michael Ruby

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Great collect of Americana/folk & blues...Highly recommended.
Bolt Media
What's more, it's soulful, handmade, down-to-earth music - a kind of music we will probably never hear again in the age of plastic and computer chips.
6XERVANTES
The musicianship is quite incredible - I wish I did anything as well as these gentlemen play their instruments.
John A. Sloat

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By 6XERVANTES on November 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Such a variety on one double-disk - it's incredible. What's more, it's soulful, handmade, down-to-earth music - a kind of music we will probably never hear again in the age of plastic and computer chips. Both Doc and Clarence are first-rate musicians, too. Dig the guitar playing and the banjo, dig the fantastic, never syrupy, harmony singing. And these songs tell stories, stories about ordinary people in a big country and a great nation. To me as a European, this music is probably as close as I can get to the soul of that dreamland - AMERICA. The packaging, the booklet and the sound quality (given the circumstances and the time of recording) are superb, too. US record number ONE of the 20th century?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on August 19, 2002
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I've owned these recordings first as records, then as tapes, and now as CDs since they came out in the early 1960s. After 40 years, they are still fresh, fun, and fantasic, they make me want to pick up my guitar and my banjo and pick behind them. You will find that there is a slight overlap in the cds compared with the original versions of the records. More tunes and more players are on here, particularly banjo players, than on the original records, and some tunes that were on the original recordings under this title now appear on Smithsonian Folkways' new version of the Watson Family. All and all, I couldn't think of the last 40 years of my life without these CDs.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John A. Sloat on April 11, 2001
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This is one of the most amazing sets of recordings that I have ever heard. I listen to a fairly wide range of jazz and classical (Ellington to Ayler, Bach to Ligeti) but have only recently begun listening to old-time folk. The intimacy, clarity of sound and creativity of these recordings might be matched elsewhere, but they cannot be surpassed. The musicianship is quite incredible - I wish I did anything as well as these gentlemen play their instruments. Each song sends shivers down my spine. It is disturbing to consider how few people will hear this album. Order it now & become one of the blessed few.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
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I have most of the Doc Watson CDs - There are tons. This is my all time favorite. The tunes on this CD were compiled over 3 years. The liner notes lead you through the sequence. You can clearly hear how Doc and Clarence learn to mesh with each other as time moves forward. This is a beautiful collections of Folk and old-timey tunes. If your only going to own one folk CD, make it this one!
Another very cool CD is "The Doc Watson Family"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
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Stop reading stuff off the internet (it's only making you depressed anyway), turn off that damned computer and GO BUY THIS CD!! You'll never be sorry. This music is so great and so real. If you've gotten this far in the Doc Watson section, I guarantee you'll love this CD (and it just occurred to me that you don't need to leave your computer to buy it -- duh).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Collins on August 26, 2004
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These recordings with Doc & Clarence Ashley are as good as American folk/old-time music gets. And the performances are truly timeless -- it could've been 1910 or 1960 or 2010. When you've had it with flash-in-the-pan, here-today-forgotten-tomorrow dreck that's on eMpTV and the radio, then put on this disk & enjoy the music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Luallen on January 30, 2009
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In 1960 Ralph Rinzler "discovered" Doc Watson playing electric guitar in a rockabilly band in North Carolina. Rinzler encouraged Doc to return to acoustic guitar and play the traditional songs of his childhood. He then brought Doc to Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere where Watson became popular in the folk music scene of the early 60's. Rinzler made these recordings of Doc playing with Clarence Ashley, an older musician who first recorded with the Carolina Tar Heels back in the 1920's. Other featured musicians include Clint Howard, Fiddlin' Fred Price and Doc's step-father Gaither Carlton.

The playing and singing is top notch on old timey classics like "Rising Sun Blues" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" as well as lesser known gems such as "Run, Jimmie, Run" and "Hicks' Farewell". Watson shares the vocal duties with Ashley, Howard and others. So if want to her Doc singing on every song you may be disappointed. But, as a big Doc Watson fan, I have also come to greatly appreciate Clarence Ashley and the other fine musicians on this record and encourage everyone to buy it. When it comes to traditional American music it doesn't get any better than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bolt Media on October 15, 2008
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In researching the original and ealiest recording of House of the Rising Sun for a recording project my search led me here to hear Clarence Ashley who orignaly recorded it as Rising Sun Blues in 1933. He got it from his music archivist father who appearantly found something of an old English ballad as a possable source. Doc Watson recorded it again with Ashley in this wonderful collection of musical heritage. Great collect of Americana/folk & blues...Highly recommended.
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