The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass BoysBill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys


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Bill Monroe's recorded legacy resides in the vaults of two major labels. His RCA Victor and Columbia recordings are in the possession of Sony BMG, and his Decca/MCA tracks are claimed by Universal. Monroe signed to Decca in November 1949 at the age of 38 and remained with it and its successor, MCA, until his death in 1996. His catalog with the label is vast, but uneven. In its strategy of putting into the marketplace compilations at different price points, MCA issued a four-disc box set, The Music of Bill Monroe, in 1994 and a discount-priced collection, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Monroe, in 1999. The Definitive Collection is a retitled but otherwise identical reissue of the 2002 album The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys, which superseded the label's out of print 1991 album Country Music Hall of Fame as a single-disc, full-priced examination of his Decca/MCA years. It chooses 22 tracks at a running time of less than an hour, ranging from Monroe's first recording session for Decca in 1950 to a 1981 MCA session. Since Monroe didn't really score hits in this period (his two country chart entries, "Scotland" and "Gotta Travel On," are included), the compiler must make many subjective choices to augment certain obvious favorites such as "Uncle Pen," and Mary Katherine Aldin has leaned toward familiar songs from the pens of such well-known figures as Hank Williams ("I Saw the Light") and Jimmie Rodgers ("New Mule Skinner Blues"). She has also included four re-recordings of songs that were successful for Monroe on Columbia in the 1940s. And she has avoided chronological sequencing in favor of a mixed approach. The result is more a sampler than a real best-of, only emphasizing the necessity for the Monroe fan to obtain collections from all of the labels for which Monroe recorded.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602498809457
catalogNumber: 000442402
Rank: 50979

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys   Primary Artist
Lester Flatt   Guitar
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Vocals
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Kenny Baker   Fiddle
Don Stover   Banjo
Grady Martin   Guitar
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Charlie Cline   Fiddle
Jimmy Martin   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Osborne   Banjo
Joe Stuart   Fiddle
Roland White   Vocals
Dale Potter   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Paul Clayton   Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
Harold Bradley   Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Walter Haynes   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Harry Silverstein   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Jake Landers   Composer
Doyle Wilburn   Composer
Teddy Wilburn   Composer
Joe Ahr   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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