Bill Monroe – Castle Studio 1950/1951 5 CD Box Set

Bill Monroe - Castle Studio 1950/1951 5 CD Box Set limited

Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys
Castle Studio 1950-1951
Complete Sessions
LABEL Richard Weize Archives
GENRE Bluegrass
TRACKS 181 (366 min.)
FORMAT 5-CD hardcover album (CD-size) •
68-page booklet

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Bear Family

For devotees of Bill Monroe's music, the CD box sets issued by BEAR FAMILY beginning in 1989 were the answer to a listener's dream: having the bluegrass originator's complete recordings tastefully collected in boxes, with informative books included. What we now have is something even more dreamlike: all the familiar Monroe recordings for DECCA in 1950-51, featuring lead singers Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, and Edd Mayfield, presented next to unbelievably all the outtakes (none previously issued) of all the tracks. Among other things, this means multiple takes of Raw Hide. For musicians and careful listeners who have studied that spectacular recording for years, it's as though a new set of Stone Tablets has been found. It also means the "tape blip" we've always tolerated in The First Whippoorwill is now corrected, as the previously issued take was from a faulty tape dub whereas the "new" 1951 version is from the original master. Accompanying this gold at the end of the rainbow is a revised discography by Neil Rosenberg, and notes by Dick Spottswood (edited by Rosenberg) with recollections by Monroe fiddler Charlie Smith. Bluegrass music at its finest!

Some examples from the box

  1. Bluegrass Ramble (instrumental) (take 1)
  2. New Mule Skinner Blues (take 4)
  3. My Little Georgia Rose (take 5)
  4. Memories Of You (take 4)
  5. I'm On My Way To The Old Home (take 2)
  6. Alabama Waltz (take 5)
  7. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome (take 5)
  8. I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning (take 4)
  9. Boat Of Love (take 3)
  10. The Old Fiddler (take 7)
  11. When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall (take 2)
  12. Lord Protect My Soul (take 4)
  13. River Of Death (take 3, false start)
  14. On The Old Kentucky Shore (take 5)
  15. Rawhide (instrumental) (take 6)
  16. Poison Love (take 8)
  17. Kentucky Waltz (take 2)
  18. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (take 4)
  19. Angels Rock Me To Sleep (take 6)
  20. Brake Man's Blues (take 3)
  21. Travelin' Blues (take 5)
  22. When The Cactus Are In Bloom (take 2)
  23. The Sailor's Plea (take 6)
  24. My Carolina Sunshine Girl (take 5)
  25. Ben Dewsberry's Final Run (take 1)
  26. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia (take 3, false start)
  27. Those Gambler's Blues (take 3, false start)
  28. Highway Of Sorrow (take 3)
  29. Rotation Blues (take 2)
  30. Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues (take 4)
  31. Sugar Coated Love (take 5)
  32. Cabin Of Love (take 3)
  33. You're Drifting Away (take 3)
  34. Get Down On Your Knees And Pray (take 3)
  35. The First Whippoorwill (take 1)