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Sara & Maybelle Carter Import


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Audio CD, Import, June 27, 1994
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  • Audio CD (June 27, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000001AW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Higher Ground
2. Lonesome Pine Special
3. The Hand That Rocked The Cradle
4. Goin' Home
5. The Ship That Never Returned
6. Three Little Strangers
7. Sun of The Soul
8. Weary Prodigal Son
9. While The Band Is Playing Dixie
10. Farther On
11. No More Goodbyes
12. Happiest Days Of All
13. Charlie Brooks
14. I Told Them What You're Fighting For
15. We All Miss You Joe
16. San Antonio Rose
17. Mama's Irish Jig
18. Black Mountain Rag
19. Let's Be Lovers Again
20. Give Me Your Love And I'll Give Mine
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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This renowned reunion of Sara and Maybelle Carter (with Sara's ex-husband A.P.'s son Joe filling in on guitar and bass vocals) marked the finest recording made by members of the Carter Family since their 1944 dissolution. Recorded in the mid '60s for Columbia, the disc ranges from sanctified "holiness songs" to proverb-inspired traditionals, white-blues-type songs, and even an anti-Vietnam tune written by Tom T. Hall, "I Told Them What You're Fighting For." The typically detailed liner notes by scholar Charles K. Wolfe denote the diverse sources for each tune on the disc. Sara was 69 and sister-in-law Maybelle 59 when this album was made, but their hands were still nimble on the autoharp and guitar. Their voices are weathered and not always able to hit every note, yet they are still capable of true beauty--perhaps made all the more potent because of the ragged, inexact quality. Note: 11 of the 24 tracks on this import appear on the domestically issued An Historic Reunion: Sara and Maybelle: The Original Carters. --Mike McGonigal

Customer Reviews

This cd is actually two albums together.
A. Perer
Their simple, heartfelt sincerity will send chills though you with each guitar chord.
James Morris
Mother Maybelle Carter and Sara Carter sound fantastic on this CD..
Gary

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on December 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have cherished the primary tracks on this album, first on vinyl and then on CD, for years. I have an original vinyl copy of the Columbia issue "An Historic Reunion: Sara and Maybelle - The Original Carters" which I purchased from a rare record dealer in the late 1970's. Years later, I acquired this Bear Family import, which contains the "Reunion" tracks, plus a bonus track from the same 1966 session (Sara and Maybelle) plus all the songs from Mother Maybelle's 1965 Columbia album, A Living Legend.

Now this is what I call music.

For anyone who doesn't know, Sara and Maybelle Carter were two thirds of the original Carter Family. Together with Sara's first husband, A. P. (Alvin Pleasant) they made some of the very first country records. They were discovered on the same day and at the same amateur music audition as Jimmie Rodgers, long known as the Father of Country Music. I often say that if Jimmie was the father, then Sara and Maybelle were surely the mothers of early country music. They made their first records in 1927, when the recording industry was in its infancy. Their partnership lasted until about 1943, when they ceased recording completely. By performing and recording with her three daughters, June Helen and Anita, Maybelle kept the Cater Family name alive for many more years after the original trio broke up. In the original liner notes for the LP of An Historic Reunion, June's husband, Johnny Cash, says that, for him, the first time he met Mother Maybelle Carter was like meeting the Queen of England. Country royalty, indeed.

Many people find the vocal style of the original Carter Family somewhat jarring. Their sound is totally non-commercial, and the "arrangements" to their songs are minimal, stark and simple.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cory L. Schwent on May 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Imagine if McCartney and Lennon would have recorded together in 1978 or if Buck Owens and Don Rich hooked up again, and you might have something close to being as important as these recordings. To be honest here, only the first 12 songs feature Sara Carter, the rest are from a Maybelle Carter solo Lp from 1966, but are equally important.
When you listen to these recordings, it is like a history lesson, a trip back in time and the voice of your youth all rolled into one making the most beautiful music you will ever hear.
The booklet is beautiful, featuring many photos of the under-publshed Sara.
All is good here. It is worth paying the import price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip Westwood on July 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The historic reunion of Sara and Maybelle Carter, back together for the first time since the original Carter Family disbanded in the early part of 1944, takes up half of this 24 track album. And how good to hear Sara and Maybelle with the benefit of modern (1966) recording techniques. Sara was 69 years old at the time, but her voice was strong and clear, even if she doesn't always hit the right note. Maybelle, at 59, was still the consummate professional. I particularly liked 'The Ship That Never Returned', the melody of which is better known these days for having the words of 'Wreck of the Old '97' set to it. The remaining 12 numbers are from Maybelle's 'A Living Legend' album, also from 1966. The material is interesting and varied, ranging from old time Family numbers such as 'Give Me Your Love', through Tom T Hall's anti Vietnam War song 'I Told Them What You're Fighting For', to 'We All Miss Joe', written for the session by Maybelle's son-in-law, Johnny Cash. The are also some nice autoharp instrumentals such as the old fiddle tune, 'Kitty Puss'. Super stuff !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Perer on April 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This cd is actually two albums together. The first twelve tracks are from the album "An Historic Reunion". Recorded with much better technology than the Carters in the 20's and 30's, the recordings and songs strike me as particularly melodic and warm. The album is transporting and before you know it you've listened to the whole album. Of all my recording by the original Carter family, this recording by the two women is my favorite. I have more mixed feelings about the second record that is really a solo album by one of the sisters.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Andrews on March 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
An absolute must have for Carter Family fans...so good it will take your breath away. The flawless guitar and autoharp playing comes across clear and smooth. The last half of the CD features accompanyment by bass and back up singers....what a great mix....all the old favourites are here along with some I had never heard. Like I said before....you just got to have it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Fulgham on August 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful listening! Amazing talent and to think that they were both self taught!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Andrews on March 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I recently purchased this CD and am still playing the daylights out of it. If you are a Carter Family fan...this is an absolute must for your collection. It's amazing that these ladies in their mid to late 60's still sound so incredibly good. It contains incredible autoharp and of course the Carter guitar style made so famous by Mother Maybelle. I guess I was pleasantly surprised by the guitar playing of Sara also. The other musicians who contributed on some of the songs complimented Maybelle and Sara very nicely. Buy it...you will love it!
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