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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DJ5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A 45-minute trip to bluegrass heaven, these 17 songs combine the talents of two unparalleled musical forces: Bill Monroe, the inventor of bluegrass, master of the mandolin, and owner of a bone-chilling, mountain tenor voice; and Doc Watson, the flatpicking genius with a soulful, mellow vocal tone. Much of the material stems from the legendary Monroe Brothers recordings. Their sublime harmonies carry plaintive ballads including "What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul" and "Banks of the Ohio," and uptempo numbers such as "You Won't Be Satisfied That Way." The roaring fiddle tunes are simply mind-blowing: "Soldier's Joy," "East Tennessee Blues," and "Fire on the Mountain" all rank as virtuosic masterpieces. If it's possible, the pairing exceeds all expectations. --Marc Greilsamer

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Two great artist in one package how can you beat this?
keith
Two icons of bluegrass music, the great Bill Monroe on mandolin and vocals and Doc Watson on acoustic guitar and vocals makes a fantastic duo.
James
This is a great album by two masters of traditional music.
Eric N. Hermann

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
You can find discs that are good start to finish but how many can you find that are absolutely top shelf right through? Monroe could be a difficult musician to play with but it's clear he had to respect Doc's genius and these sessions just took off. This is the real deal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric N. Hermann on December 11, 2001
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Great album. Traditional fiddle tunes/hoedowns and early bluegrass tunes (most of them written by Monroe) played in an intimate relaxed setting. Some of Monroe's best Mandolin picking. Doc is exceptional as always.
Great album for musicians. With only two instruments playing, you can really hear what they're doing. Singing combination is very interesting as well: Bill's famous high tenor and Doc's deep, melodious voice.
This is a great album by two masters of traditional music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2000
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This is a tremendous album by two of the legends of bluegrass music. If you like bluegrass (or just great music for that matter), you'll be blown away by these live, relatively loose jam sessions where their virtuosity and vocal skill is incredibly apparent. A must...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Cornett on June 13, 2000
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This CD makes you wish that Doc & Big Mon had done so much more together. Several of the cuts are songs that the Monroe Brothers did and are just fabulous. If you like Doc and Monroe individually, you'll love them together.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ed Brickell on November 29, 2001
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Monroe and Watson are, of course, masters of their considerably crowded domain, and this recording shows why. Just a couple of amazing musicians having some fun together -- relaxed and loose but with plenty of sparks a-flyin'. The fingers are picking fast and furious. The vocals are superb, and some of the instrumental runs are simply breathtaking. Recording quality is more than acceptable.
The whole thing plays like a jam session at the country barbecue of your dreams. But it today and watch it get stuck in your CD player for days on end.
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If you are a fan of either artist, or just enjoy guitar, banjo and mandolin in Americana style (country, western, bluegrass, mountain, gospel among the choices within that "style") better find a copy of this one. You won't get better sounds than Bill and Doc produced. Their vocals aren't bad, either, as long as you don't mind voices that are "authentic" rather than "polished." I'm sure both men practiced their singing to polish up as much as possible without becoming pop crooners. This is simply a superb Smithsonian product with their usual great booklet.
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