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Music of Bill Monroe From 1936-1994 [Box set]

Bill MonroeAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: July 19, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002OSF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My Long Journey Home - The Monroe Brothers
2. What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul - The Monroe Brothers
3. Muleskinner Blues
4. Cryin' Holy Unto My Lord
5. Back Up And Push
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Memories Of Mother & Dad
2. The Little Girl & The Dreadful Snake
3. Y'all Come
4. Sitting Alone In The Moonlight
5. On And On
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Big Mon
2. Dark As The Night, Blue As The Day
3. Sold Down The River
4. Little Joe
5. Lonesome Road Blues
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Kentucky Waltz
2. Get Up John
3. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
4. Rocky Road Blues
5. Jenny Lynn
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

It's the rare artist who virtually invents a genre single-handedly, and there's no artist in any genre whose work has remained as dominant a force as Bill Monroe. The songs here not only define bluegrass, they remain the core of any bluegrass band's repertoire. Monroe added a dose of sophistication to traditional hillbilly music--intricate group harmonies, expert musicianship--and he rehearsed his Blue Grass Boys for hours on end. MCA's lavish 4 CD set covers 60 years and 98 songs, adding detailed notes and anecdotes. Beginning with 1936 duets with brother Charlie, the list of Blue Grass Boys reads like a roster of legends: Flatt and Scruggs, Chubby Wise, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements, Sonny Osborne, Bobby Hicks, Kenny Baker, Bill Keith, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, and Richard Greene; the list goes on and on, as does the legacy of Monroe's music. --Marc Greilsamer

Product Description

4-CD set with built-in booklet. Includes 98 songs by Bill Monroe, some of which have never before been released, or have never before been released in the United States.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cornerstone to any bluegrass music collection August 12, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Bill Monroe is truely the father of bluegrass music. Thiscollection spans his entire career, from his earliest recordings withhis brother Charlie, through his final session in 1994. Throughout his career, Monroe has produced some of the greatest legends in all of bluegrass. Del McCoury,Peter Rowan, Jimmy Martin, Flatt and Scruggs, Don Reno, Kenny Baker, Richard Greene, Vassar Clements and countless others made their debuts on Monroe records. All these artists appear on multiple tracks throughout the anthology. This anthology is a necessary addittion for any lover of American Music.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for ANY Bluegrass fan September 1, 2000
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We grew up calling him Uncle Bill. We listened to his music so much in our house that he felt like part of the family (even if he wasn't really). His songs, most of which are Bluegrass standards now, could make your hair stand on end or put you into a crying fit. This box set is a wonderful collection of those songs. Everything about this set is perfect. From the sound to the song selection. Even the packaging is classy. The music contained herein is delivered by true artists. Many a Bluegrass legend has "served time" in Mr. Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Kenny Baker, "Tater" Tate, Peter Rowen, Cubby Wise are all on this box set for your listening pleasure. And the great thing about it is that the extensive discography will tell you who's playing what and even when the track was recorded! I cannot think of a better collection of "Uncle" Bill's songs.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Collectors of American Music September 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This boxed set, while certainly not the complete recorded output of Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, is an excellent sampling of Bill's music throughout his storied career. I would recommend this collection to anyone who is interested in the evolution of American music in particular "roots" music and early Rock n' Roll. While Monroe stayed within a simple chord progression format though the years, the textures of the music evolved with the changes of the band's personnel and his own experiences. Some of the instrumentals on disc one and two are examples of bluegrass "breakdowns" that are played at a breakneck pace. The instrumentals on disc three and four, while still played quickly, are more subtle and have a modal "old timey" quality to them, as if Monroe was returning to the sounds he heard as a child.
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bill Monroe"...still the Best of the Best ! June 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Simply...this is about the finest collection of the finest work of Bill Monroe that can be found anywhere. I love this set so much that after purchasing it on cassett I then moved to CD's and purchased that set (you can never have to much of the Blurgrass Boys).I own just about every LP that Monroe put out in the 50s & 60s but they just can't stand up to the remastered sound of this box set. I have been listening to my favorite songs like "Footprints in the snow","Put my little shoes away","Blue moon of Kentucky" and of course "Uncle Pen"(the booklet that comes with this set has a picture of Bill at the gravesite on his Uncle Peneton, the grave stone is complete with a fiddle and bow.A little known fact is that Jimmy Martin helped Monroe write this classic song about his uncle).This is a true Bluegrass lovers collection, even the case itself is cool with it's old time book-binding cover. This set is about as good as it gets!A Bill Monroe fan for 50+ years I would never stear anyone wrong.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Set December 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The only criticism I could weigh against this collection is that--although it's true that (as advertised) this is the only domestically available anthology of Bill Monroe's music that is cross-licensed across all of the major labels that he recorded for--within that, it's definitely weighted very heavily toward his MCA years. Four early tracks from his RCA/Bluebird period are represented, and his classic Columbia era gets the shortest shrift relative to its importance with only six songs in total. After that, the set moves quickly to his Decca/MCA period starting in 1950 and covers that in much greater depth over the remaining 87 tracks. The early songs, it must be said, are judiciously chosen and do represent the high points of this era, but a real Monroe afficionado will probably want that period to be represented in greater depth.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Complete Album of Bill Monroe's Music
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Nick Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Delighted Customer
Wonderful span of Bill's career. I came to bluegrass late and am now collecting some of the earlier stuff. Read more
Published 16 months ago by String Sleights
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
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 20 months ago by Anthony Rosetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
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 more
Published 23 months ago by KEB
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know these recordings, you don't know Country Bluegrass
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 more
Published on January 15, 2012 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars music of Bill Monroe
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The All Time Greats Of American Music
I have been listening to contemporary bluegrass for awhile now. So I decided it was time to go back and check out the original source of it all - the legendary Bill Monroe. Read more
Published on July 1, 2007 by Chris Luallen
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice package
The packaging of this box set is very nice. The booklet that comes with the set is a pretty good abbreviated history of this fascinating icon of American music. Read more
Published on February 19, 2007 by W. L. Burnette Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple; a must have.
...the foundation to all forms of American music. Having this much Monroe all in one place helps the listener understand the truly profound impact he had on the American musical... Read more
Published on December 10, 2006 by Sonny Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars a fatal flaw
A constant delight for the Bill Monroe fan or any listener serious about bluegrass and its evolution. Read more
Published on December 30, 2005 by Sandy
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