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Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006JTG5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I hemmed and hawed for a long while before actually buying this, .. and two other CD's ... but I'm so glad I did. I can listen to this music for hours one end and still listen to more. If I could, I'd start collecting all I could lay my hands on .... but at my age you are supposed to start clearing out, not adding to your stuff. I have to say Thank You amazon, for giving a person a chance to actually listen to the music before you buy, I listened to the CD's samples quite a few times, and every time, I was gladdened for being able to in this way. It's an excellent way to get CD's purchased !! ;-) Also I'm very grateful you stock and sell this type of music, as it's getting harder to buy in regular stores, it's not everyone's cup of tea, so to speak. To me it's sort of eternal and I hope to get a lot more of like listening done before I kick the bucket ;-)
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The spate of worthy compilations riding on the coattails of O Brother, Where Art Thou? continues with Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways, 25 tracks of serious bluegrass untarnished by rock, pop or other corrupting influences. Recorded between 1956 and 1992, it includes three numbers from what's purportedly the first bluegrass LP ever, Folkways'American Banjo: Three-Finger And Scruggs Style. Dashing mandolin runs by Earl Taylor (and his Stoney Mountain Boys) and bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe (with Peter Rowan) open and close this crisp disc while Ralph Stanley, singing with older brother Carter, offers clawhammer banjo picking.

Many of the performers - Red Allen, Doc Watson and Hazel Dickens, for example - grew up with the music. The Harley Allen-Mike Lilly Band (Harley being Red's son) shows how the genre's trademark tight harmonies can turn smooth (in an Osborne Brothers style) rather than sharp, without sacrificing the essence of true bluegrass. The New Lost City Ramblers' The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake as well as The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover's Neath That Cold Grey Tomb Of Stone evince mountain music's darkness, but then a wildfire fiddle breakdown such as David and Billy Ray Johnson's Grey Eagle comes along to show its fun side. It's a well-balanced set of early bluegrass highlights.
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A wonderful collection of true folk music. These recordings haven't been softened by the modern sounds or current bluegrass. These recordings sound like they're of neighbors out singing on their porches having a great time. Some of the vocalists are a little rough around the edges, but that's what makes this truly great! Music like this is hard to find and I'm thrilled by my copy of this album.
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The Classic Mountain Songs is truly a fine collection of the songs that belong to the history of your country. I am for reasons I do not kwow for sure, since a very long time attracked to the music from the Appalachians. I admire the strength of the music, the musicanship of the musicmakers. I do admire the ernest of the music itself. What may help if you also love the music, the Passions and Cantates, of the old Johan Sebastiaan Bach himself. And what for me started in 1961 with Hank Williams (The Blue Collar Shakesspeare.) is now in my very late sixties (69)a lifelong admiration of this wonderfull rich folk music. And this album has it all.

Buy it, listen to it and love it.

Richard H.K. Pohlmann The Hague, the Netherlands.

P.S. I bought my first H.W. album when I visited as a wortking student New York in 1961.
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Mountain Songs start with a chill! A real powerful version of Omie Wise,it really sets a staggering tone! Another killer is Ola Belle Reed belting "High on a Mountain",Berzilla Wallins' "Conversation with Death" will rattle a cage or two.The only reason I don't give it a 5 star rating are songs like 'pilgrim of sorrow', 'sixteen tons','amazing grace' songs that I've heard many times,with versions that I probably like better. Sorry, still a great CD!
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it's nice to hear the music I grew up with. I remember the family getting together and playing and singing on Friday or Saturday nights. Kids everywhere having supper then we would sing late into the night.
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By loreleigal on April 24, 2013
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It is just amazing to me how old bluegrass and folk music can touch a part of your soul that you didn't know existed. This is an amazing compilation of a lot of old folk songs by very talented artists from years gone by. We are blessed to have a window into the past by listening to these songs. These people sing of real life, hard times and living to the point of tears. Makes my day every time I listen to it!!!!!
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The sounds of the people who fled from war and famine to hide in the mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky and who build a wonderful oral music history that was handed down from one generation to the next and built upon to give them voice to their own lives, the joys and the sorrows. Glad it is part of my music, I listen to this and others during most of my 8 hour work shift, 5-6 days a week and never tire of it
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