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Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics

Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics Lowest new price: $9.06
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Never before have so many of bluegrass' original, greatest hits appeared in one place! Includes Uncle Pen Bill Monroe; Foggy Mountain Breakdown Flatt & Scruggs; Rocky Top Osborne Bros.; Are You Missing Me? Jim & Jesse; Orange Blossom Special Stanley Bros.; Dueling Banjos Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell; You Don't Know My Mind Jimmy Martin; Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms Del McCoury; Dooley Dillards, and more, 18 high, lonesome cuts on the CD, 12 on the cassette!

Appalachian Stomp is an ideal starter disc for those just beginning to explore bluegrass. Mostly this is because its 18 selections are so immediately accessible. The "classics" here, in other words, are usually those infrequent bluegrass cuts to have gained radio recognition beyond a core bluegrass audience. That explains why along with timeless standards such as Flatt & Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and the Osborne Brothers' "Rocky Top" we also get "Dueling Banjos" from the film Deliverance, a cut that is to classic bluegrass what Walter Murphy is to Beethoven. There are less immediately obvious choices too, though. If your previous exposure to bluegrass doesn't go beyond the Holy Trinity of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers--for example, if you've never heard J.D. Crowe & the New South's stellar example of progressive bluegrass, "Old Home Place," or experienced Jimmy Martin lay down the law on his rousing "You Don't Know My Mind"--then you're in for a high-lonesome surprise. --David Cantwell


  • audio CD
  • produced in 1995
  • bluegrass music

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The Very Best Of Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys

The Very Best Of Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys Lowest new price: $12.98
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The Very Best Of Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys by Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys

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Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Trilogy

Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Trilogy Lowest new price: $29.85
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2002 brought the final release of the Dirt Band's incredible Will the Circle Be Unbroken trilogy and also brought together the band and a bevy of country stars to celebrate these historic collaborations. That PBS event is here on DVD (with Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs and more) plus 6 CDs comprising all three Unbroken volumes. Scores of amazing performances, one amazing set.

The original Will the Circle Be Unbroken is undoubtedly a landmark country-music recording. A peace offering between rock-reared longhairs and rock-ribbed Nashville patriarchs (and one matriarch, Mother Maybelle Carter), it exposed generations of upstart pickers and singers to old-time country music and its impact is felt to this day. The organizers of the 1971 sessions that led to the initial three-LP set, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, have produced two sequels, the first in 1989 and the most recent in 2002. This six-disc collection (including an all-star concert DVD) pulls together all three Circle sessions and, naturally, captures dozens of essential performances, plus a fair number of inessentials. Anyone with an interest in country music will want the original. Its mission is clear, the performances are inspired, and its significance is undeniable. The second Circle strays far afield from the original concept, bringing in the rather lightweight likes of John Denver and Michael Martin Murphy to mix with volume one holdovers Jimmy Martin and Earl Scruggs. The final volume is also more diffuse than one would like, though eminent guest stars such as Del McCoury, June Carter Cash, and Johnny Cash help it capture the spirit of the original more frequently than does its immediate predecessor. Completists will relish having all three collections in one box, while those who think three times around the circle is two too many are advised to stick with the 30th anniversary reissue of the initial album. --Steven Stolder

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Anthology [2 CD]

Anthology [2 CD] Lowest new price: $7.39
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The 1994 box The Music of Bill Monroe earned heaps of praise, and so will this 2-CD set-it contains remastered highlights from the box plus 25 key tracks not in the box: the original Kentucky Waltz ; the Decca Blue Moon of Kentucky ; Bill's last significant hit, Gotta Travel On ; rarely anthologized cuts like the instrumental Panhandle Country and his version of Columbus Stockade Blues , and more. 50 tracks!

Distilling the four-disc Music of Bill Monroe down to 50 songs, this double-disc Anthology is a fine survey of the bluegrass pioneer's career. Picking up in 1950 after Monroe's breakthrough Columbia tenure, this set documents his 30-year Decca period and its song list reads like a Bluegrass 101 songbook, offering classic after classic. Like the greatest of jazz bandleaders, Monroe's Blue Grass Boys band was a proving ground for aspiring bluegrass musicians and a springboard for their future solo success, with each incarnation of the group displaying its own distinct character. Vocal powerhouse Jimmy Martin helped propel Monroe's stellar early-'50s band while other contributors include singers Del McCoury and Peter Rowan and elite pickers such as banjoists Bill Keith and Don Stover and fiddlers Richard Greene, Kenny Baker, Bobby Hicks, and Vassar Clements. Of course, Big Mon's fiery high tenor vocals and feverish mandolin are the common threads. --Marc Greilsamer

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Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (Digipak with 72-page booklet)

Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (Digipak with 72-page booklet) Lowest new price: $28.31
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Wanna hear the real snake oil salesmen? Before motion pictures, before radio, the traveling Medicine Shows brought entertainment to middle America in the form of pitch doctors hawking elixirs, backed by a host of singers, comedians, dancers, banjo pickers, blues shouters and fiddlers. While the Medicine Show died out by the mid-20th century, a number of these wandering minstrels made it onto record, and this profusely illustrated and annotated set brings you 48 of their long-forgotten sides. Includes The Spasm Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah; Gonna Tip Out Tonight Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley; Tanner's Boarding House Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett; Adam and Eve in the Garden Bogus Ben Covington; The Gypsy Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers; Atlanta Strut Blind Sammie; Go Along Mule Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers, and more from J.E. Mainer & His Mountaineers, Shorty Godwin, Banjo Joe, Beans Hambone & El Morrow, Fiddlin' John Carson and other scalawags!

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Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s 1926-1937 (Jewel Case with 28-page booklet)

Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s 1926-1937 (Jewel Case with 28-page booklet) Lowest new price: $20.07
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Declan McManus Pumps It Up. Joe Bussard. "He's an eccentric record collector who's preserved all sorts of magical corners of music - although he says things like, 'There are no good jazz records made after 1927.'" Elvis Costello - Esquire UK October 2005

"This is the music of poor whites and blacks: wild-ass jazz and string-band hillbilly, surreal yodels and king snake moans, lightning-bolt blues and whorehouse romps and orgasmic gospel. It's all anti-pop, anti-sentimental: the raw sounds of the city gutter and the roadside ditch." Desperate Man Blues by Eddie Dean - Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000

"Joe has spent more than 50 years pursuing his purpose with a single-mindedness bordering on mania. And his purpose is no less than collecting and preserving the vast wealth of American vernacular music that was recorded on fragile shellac discs during the early decades of this century." A Visit and Interview with Record Collector Joseph E. Bussard, Jr by Marshall Wyatt - Old-Time Herald Spring 1999 -

24 Rare Gems From The King Of Record Collectors - String Bands, Blues, Jazz, Country, Cajun, Gospel. Profusely illustrated, 28-page full-color booklet includes biographical essay, fully annotated discography, and (online) firsthand accounts of Joe's record collecting adventures. 72 minutes of newly, digitally remastered music. Jewel case, second edition.

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Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)

Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith) Lowest new price: $55.00
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Over 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release, this is still the best American roots music collection around! Musicologist Harry Smith assembled the anthology from 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. This 6-CD reissue was painstakingly researched, annotated and packaged to perfection. With 84 rare tracks, this one is a library all by itself! Includes Drunkard's Special Coley Jones; Peg and Awl Carolina Tar Heels; Frankie Mississippi John Hurt; Engine 143 Carter Family; Indian War Whoop Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers; Newport Blues Cincinnati Jug Band; John the Revelator Blind Willie Johnson; Fifty Miles of Elbow Room Rev. F.W. McGee; Sugar Baby Dock Boggs; See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Blind Lemon Jefferson; The Lone Star Trail Ken Maynard, and many more!

This impressive--and frankly, fun--musical document is still sending out shock waves almost 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release. The Smithsonian's six-CD reissue is painstakingly researched, annotated, and packaged (even boasting an enhanced disc for the techno-capable). Unlike field recorders, eccentric filmmaker/collector/musicologist Harry Smith assembled the Anthology from commercially released (though obscure) 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. Its broad scope--from country blues to Cajun social music to Appalachian murder ballads--was monumentally influential, setting musicians like Bob Dylan down the path to folk fandom. The White House started its own national music library with the Anthology; anyone with more than a passing interest in American roots music should do the same. --Michael Ruby

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The Harry Smith Connection: A Live Tribute To The Anthology Of American Folk Music

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Classic Blues From Smithsonian Folkways

Folkways: The Original Vision

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Frank Patterson - Ireland In Song

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Frank's golden voice delights audiences in this PBS special. This program was filmed on location in Ireland. Program includes: Maggie, Galway Bay, Little Bridget Flynn, Fields Of Athenry, The Mason's Apron with The Cassidys, My Irish Molly O (with the Cassidys), Tipperary So Rare, The Last Rose of Summer, An Irish Lullaby (Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral) (with Eily O'Grady), The Marino Waltz, Lady of Knock, Red Sails in the Sunset, Away from the Roll of the Sea, Memory (from 'Cats'), Danny Boy, How Great Thou Art. With The Cassidys (Na Casaidigh), Eily O'Grady (Irish harp), Eanan Patterson (violin), Irish Promenade Orchestra.


  • ISBN: 0-7697-8122-5
  • Color
  • Running Time: 60 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby 2.0
  • Performers: Frank Patterson

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Songs Of The Civil War

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Inspired by the successful Civil War documentary from Ken Burns, this powerful soundtrack tackles many diverse musical styles from traditional folk and bluegrass to black gospel and outlaw country.

Prompted by the success Ken Burns's popular Civil War documentary (which spawned its own soundtrack), Songs of the Civil War presents an eclectic assortment of contemporary performers tackling period pieces that date back to the War Between the States. Here's Sweet Honey in the Rock tackling the slave lament "No More Auction Block for Me," Judy Collins singing "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and Kate and Anna McGarrigle essaying the lovely (and very suitable) "Hard Times Come Again No More." Between performances by name artists (Kathy Mattea, Waylon Jennings, and Richie Havens among them), instrumentals performed by the U.S. Military Academy Band provide a sense of time and place. --Steven Stolder

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American Roots Music

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Over 65 essential recordings of American music-accompanied by a bunch of photos and three separate essays-from all the artists listed above, plus the Carter Family, Howlin' Wolf, Gene Autry, Clifton Chenier, B.B. King, Peter Paul & Mary, Bessie Smith and many other legends.

These are the sounds of the American melting pot in full boil, a vibrant study in musical and cultural collision. The companion box set to the four-part PBS documentary, this four-disc set skims the cream of 20th-century American "roots music"--music based in its own rich ethnic, geographical, and cultural traditions yet malleable and responsive enough to accommodate elements borrowed from other traditions. The 68 songs here traverse country, blues, folk, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Tejano, and Native American styles, and while there are obviously huge differences between these songs, it's the similarities that are truly remarkable. Thanks to a cross-pollination facilitated by radio, recording technology, and the highway system, traditional American musical forms bounced off each other like atoms--European tradition met African tradition, urban met rural, Northern met Southern, secular met spiritual, and so it goes. This project allows you to trace each genre's development while simultaneously illustrating its connections to other forms. Like any project of this nature, you can lament all the great music that didn't make it--jazz, in fact, is completely ignored except for one boogie-woogie piano duet, presumably because Ken Burns already covered this territory--but it's difficult to find fault with what did make it here. The producers balance well-known original recordings with 20 newly recorded tracks and nine songs taken from archival film sources. Housed in a stylish hard-bound case and boasting detailed song-by-song notes and great photos, the American Roots Music box makes for a valuable gateway into America's musical heritage and a springboard for further investigation. --Marc Greilsamer

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