Music of Bill Monroe From 1936-1994 Box set
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The vocal songs also show the changes that Monroe went through as a songwriter and song interpreter. The listener can compare "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome" on disc one with a powerful yet understated quality, to "Blue Night" on disc three sung with a raw nerve exposed. On "Blue Night" with his voice against the urgent fiddle of Richard Greene played with a siren-like quality, the listener can take away the notion that as Monroe got older, the more he was willing to take a chance and challenge the listener as well. Background music this is not!
Credit is due to [the record company] for issuing this material and investing in the liner notes and photographs on such a non-mainstream project. The accompanying booklet is worth almost as much as the recorded material.Read more ›
This is undoubtedly a major drawback, then, if you are expecting this set to exhaustively document Monroe's early years, but if you're looking for a good general overview of his career--or if you're willing to invest separately for an in-depth anthology of his Columbia years--then this boxed set gets very high marks. It contains well over four hours' worth of prime Bill Monroe music and handsomely showcases his restless inventiveness within his notoriously persnickety insistence on purism and devotion to the classic bluegrass sound he helped to birth.
It is because of that famous refusal to alter his sound that two things should be said about this collection--first, that the quality of the music is uniformly high. Unlike most artists with such longevity (the set covers nearly 60 years!), Bill never attempted to modernize his sound or pander to current trends, as even the great Johnny Cash did in the 80s.Read more ›
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If you like Bill Monroe's music an awful lot then this one's for you. There are four CDs that span his entire career. You won't get everything he ever recorded. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ssssss
The item arrived exactly as described, and before I expected it. Buy with confidence.Published 17 months ago by Jacques coetzee
This album covers Bill Monroe's work from start to finish. Though, I'm a big fan of bluegrass, it doesn't quite resonate with me like other, more modern, bluegrass artists. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Nick Bird
Wonderful span of Bill's career. I came to bluegrass late and am now collecting some of the earlier stuff. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by String Sleights
Bill Monroe was the best of the best when it came to Bluegrass music. He was the one and only master of Bluegrass. hands down.Published on December 24, 2012 by Anthony Rosetta
I ordered this set to get a copy of Jenny Lynn. This set is full of gems - lots of fiddle tunes, great songs, and a full discography in the book that shows exactly who recorded on... Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by KEB
Bill Monroe / Music of Bill Monroe From 1936-1994 (4 CD set - MCA): This Box is such a good overview of the Career of Bill Monroe that it is nearly mandatory for anyone who claims... Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by J. Bynum
Oh my goodness!! This is great for those who love the mandolin and Monroe's talents. Background and words included. Just wish it had the written music standards.Published on February 16, 2008 by energy