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All the Classic Releases 1937-1949 Box set, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1937
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • ASIN: B00008Y3UU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My Long Journey Home
2. What Is Home Without Love
3. What Would You Give in Exchange?
4. Little Red Shoes
5. Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Am I Ready To Go
2. What Would The Profit Be
3. Some Glad Day
4. I Have Found The Way
5. I Am Going That Way
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Mule Skinner Blues
2. No Lette In The Mail
3. Cryin' Holy Unto The Lord
4. Six White Horses
5. Dog House Blues
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Summertime Is Past And Gone
2. Mansions For Me
3. Mother's Only Sleeping
4. Blue Yodel #4
5. Will You Be Loving Another Man
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

It all started here, with the prime, early recordings of the Father of Bluegrass! His Columbia hits Kentucky Waltz; Footprints in the Snow; Sweetheart, You Done Me Wrong; Wicked Path of Sin; Toy Heart , and When You Are Lonely join his immortal Blue Moon of Kentucky , and more, 112 total!

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bas van der Meer on November 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Very nice collection for a very good price. It's chronologically ordered, disc A is Bill & Charlie Monroe 1936; disc B is Bill & Charlie 1937-38; disc C is 1940-46; disc D is 1946-49. So from second half of disc C it's really Bluegrass with the Bluegrass Boys (including Flatt & Scruggs until the split after 1946).
I give this set 5 stars, although it's not 100% complete. I'm sure the Bear Family box set (Blue Moon of Kentucky 1936-1949 - 6 CDs; I don't have it) is more complete with probably more accurate liner notes, but it's also 5 times more expensive. So part of the stars are for getting so much for so little money.
If you want to have a nice collection of early Bill Monroe, get this set!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Luallen on February 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The first two discs are from 1936 to 1938, when it was just Bill on mandolin and his older brother Charlie on guitar. Personally I enjoy the sparse instrumentation. But the recording quality is poor on a couple of sessions and Bill's singing and playing is still a work in progress. The song choice is good, though mostly covers drawn from the public domain. If you especially like gospel songs you'll be heaven as there are a whole bunch of them here.

After 1938 the brothers went there separate ways. But by 1940 Bill was back in the studio with a fiddle, guitar and bass ensemble he named the Blue Grass Boys in tribute to his home state of Kentucky. In their version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues" you can hear the uptempo sound and hot picking that would come to characterize Monroe's style of bluegrass. By 1946 Bill had added Lester Flatt on guitar and Earl Scruggs on banjo. This group is considered by many to be the Blue Grass Boys at their musical peak. Monroe had also come into his own as a songwriter and classic tracks from the final two discs include "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" and "Rocky Road Blues" along with many other excellent songs.

This is a near complete collection of Monroe's early recordings and 112 songs at this price is a bargain. So what are you waiting for? It's a worthwhile purchase.
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By Thomas Snyder on February 11, 2014
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Bill Monroe and his bluegrass boys have always been a good listening album. I let it play while I work.
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By James on July 14, 2013
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
This was a very inexpensive set of four disks, I downloaded from the Amazon website, of Bill Monroe's work from 1937 to the end of the '40s, after Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs left the group. There is another four disk set that picks up his career from 1950 on. The tracks are great and quite a glimpse into the dawning days of bluegrass music when the genra was developing. Many of the songs are gospel. So many convey a sense of the worldview and culture of people living in the Appalachian mountain states in the first half of the 20th century.
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