Bluegrass Big Three

Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Don Reno Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups, Lester Flatt Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
£9.99
Release date: 16 Aug 2010

"With 25 tracks from each band, this is a superb collection of material that forms the foundation of bluegrass" 5/5  RECORD COLLECTOR

CAT No: FVTD064UPC TEXT: 5055311000640

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It has been suggested that bluegrass music was “born” in 1946 when Bill Monroe introduced the new line up of his Blue Grass Boys on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Of course, there existed something approaching the sound of bluegrass before this date, but Monroe’s post-war sound solidified the style of the music he fathered; he patented the instrumentation, consolidated the high-lonesome vocal style and fixed the repertoire of bluegrass. This set has been compiled to represent the three most commercially successful groups of the post-war explosion of traditional bluegrass from its “labour pains” in 1945 through its widespread acceptance in the late 1950s shortly before the revolution in progressive bluegrass.

As with the beginnings of all new music, early bluegrass was fraught with animosity between rivals and former colleagues, incestuous relationships between the personnel of the first bands and professional jealousy, but these three CDs contain arguably the greatest examples of this newly-minted music from its greatest purveyors. Our first disc is devoted to Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, drawing on sessions for Columbia between 1945 and 1949, which produced seven country hits and a slew of titles that are now regarded as bluegrass standards, including “Kentucky Waltz”, “Footprints In The Snow”, “Blue Grass Special”, “Little Cabin Home On The Hill” and “Blue Grass Breakdown”. By 1950 Monroe was recording for Decca, notching up further hits and re-recording “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” in the wake of Elvis Presley’s cover.

By the time they jumped the Monroe ship in late 1947, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs were stars in their own right. The Foggy Mountain Boys began recording for Mercury in 1948, laying down such gems as “My Cabin in Caroline”, “Down the Road”, “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms”, “Old Salty Dog Blues” and their signature tour-de-force “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”. A switch to Columbia in 1950 brought their first hit, but despite some strong offerings which displayed a very rock ’n’ roll attitude, they failed to chart again until the dawn of the bluegrass renaissance in 1959 with “Cabin On The Hill” and “Crying My Heart Out Over You”.

Another former Blue Grass Boy, banjo maestro Don Reno teamed with guitarist known as Red Smiley. As Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups, they recorded a mammoth session for King in 1952, which resulted in Reno originals like “I’m Using My Bible For a Road Map”, “I’m Gone, Long Gone”, “There’s Another Baby Waiting For Me Down The Line” and storming “Lazy Finger Blues” and “Tennessee Cut-Up Breakdown”. In 1954 they recorded further breath-taking instrumentals including “Hen Scratchin’ Stomp”, “Reno Ride” and the hilarious “Barefoot Nellie”. Two years later “Country Boy Rock ‘n’ Roll” acknowledged new influences.

Tracklist

CD1

  1. Rocky Road Blues (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  2. Kentucky Waltz (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  3. Footprints In The Snow (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  4. Blue Grass Special (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  5. Heavy Traffic Ahead (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  6. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  7. Toy Heart (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  8. Summertime Is Past And Gone (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  9. Wicked Path Of Sin (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  10. I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  11. Little Cabin Home On The Hill (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  12. Blue Grass Breakdown (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  13. Sweetheart, You Done Me Wrong (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  14. Little Community Church (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  15. When You Are Lonely (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  16. Molly And Tenbrooks (The Race Horse Song) (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  17. Blue Grass Stomp (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  18. The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  19. New Mule Skinner Blues (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  20. Uncle Pen (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  21. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  22. Cry Cry Darling (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  23. I Saw The Light (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  24. Scotland (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  25. Gotta Travel On (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)

CD2

  1. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  2. My Cabin In Caroline (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  3. Baby Blue Eyes (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  4. Down The Road (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  5. My Little Girl In Tennessee (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  6. Cora Is Gone (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  7. Pike County Breakdown (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  8. Pain In My Heart (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  9. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  10. Old Salty Dog Blues (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  11. I'll Just Pretend (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  12. Come Back, Darling (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  13. Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  14. Don't Get Above Your Raisin' (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  15. 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  16. Earl's Breakdown (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  17. Flint Hill Special (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  18. Foggy Mountain Special (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  19. I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  20. Six White Horses (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  21. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  22. Big Black Train (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  23. Cabin On The Hill (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  24. Foggy Mountain Rock (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)
  25. Crying My Heart Out (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys)

CD3

  1. I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  2. Crazy Finger Blues (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  3. There's Another Baby Waiting For Me Down The Line (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  4. Maybe You Will Change Your Mind (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  5. Tennessee Cut-Up Breakdown (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  6. I'm Gone, Long Gone (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  7. I'm The Talk Of The Town (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  8. Choking The Strings (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  9. Tally-Ho! (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  10. Your Tears Are Just Interest On The Loan (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  11. Dixie Breakdown (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  12. Charlotte Breakdown (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  13. I'm The Biggest Liar In Town (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  14. Barefoot Nellie (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  15. Hen Scratchin' Stomp (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  16. Double Banjo Blues (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  17. Home Sweet Home (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  18. Reno Ride (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  19. Banjo Riff (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  20. Green Mountain Hop (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  21. Lonesome Wind Blues (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  22. Remington Ride (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  23. Cumberland Gap (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  24. Richmond Ruckus (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)
  25. Country Boy Rock 'n' Roll (Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups)