The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949)

The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949)

by Bill Monroe


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On the surface, The Essential Bill Monroe: 1945-1949 seems like the perfect compilation, containing 40 tracks of Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys' Columbia recordings. However, the set wasn't executed with care -- no less than 16 of these songs are represented with alternate takes, not the original versions. Though these alternates are interesting, they don't have a place in a set like this, which purports to be an extensive introduction, not an exhaustive compilation of Monroe's complete recordings; the alternates would have been more acceptable if they were placed in conjunction with the master takes. Still, The Essential Bill Monroe is a necessary set for bluegrass historians, since it does contain the bulk of his groundbreaking '40s recordings, including versions of "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Kentucky Waltz," and "Rocky Road Blues." It's just not quite as good as it could have been. (The 16 master takes that were not included on this box were later issued by Columbia as the single-disc 16 Gems collection.)

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1992
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074645247847
catalogNumber: 52478

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Monroe   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Track Performer
Lester Flatt   Guitar,Vocals
Earl Scruggs   Bass
Mac Wiseman   Guitar,Vocals
Rudy Lyle   Bass
Howard Watts   Bass,Baritone (Vocal),String Bass
Robert Chubby Wise   Fiddle
David Akeman   Bass
Bill Westbrook   Bass
Tex Willis   Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Wilene Forrester   Accordion,Tenor (Vocal)
Jack Thompson   Bass

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Cliff Carlisle   Composer
Mel Foree   Composer
Mark A. Humphrey   Liner Notes
Lawrence Cohn   Producer
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Rollow Welch   Art Direction
Boyd Lane   Arranger

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The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949) 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This collection does NOT present original releases as you may have heard from original vinyl recordings. They are no doubt takes from the same sessions but if you are expecting the same recordings you will be dissapointed as I was. Additionally there are "out takes" where someone goofs up and there is a restart. This drives me nuts!