The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys

The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys

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


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Bill Monroe's recorded legacy resides in the vaults of three major labels. His RCA Victor recordings are controlled by BMG, his Columbia sides are in the possession of Sony, 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 Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys supersedes the label's now 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 each of the labels for which Monroe recorded.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008811298227
catalogNumber: 112982
Rank: 28427


  1. Blue Moon of Kentucky
  2. Jimmy Brown the Newsboy
  3. I Saw the Light
  4. Goodbye Old Pal
  5. Footprints in the Snow
  6. Roll on Buddy, Roll On
  7. I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky
  8. Molly and Tenbrooks
  9. When the Cactus Is in Bloom
  10. Walls of Time
  11. I'm Working on a Building
  12. Scotland
  13. Walk Softly on My Heart
  14. Kentucky Waltz
  15. In the Pines
  16. Toy Heart
  17. New Mule Skinner Blues
  18. Roanoke
  19. Midnight on the Stormy Deep
  20. Uncle Pen
  21. Gotta Travel On
  22. My Last Days on Earth

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys   Primary Artist
Del McCoury   Vocals
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Vocals
Peter Rowan   Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Kenny Baker   Fiddle
Richard Greene   Fiddle
Don Stover   Banjo
Grady Martin   Guitar
Gordon Terry   Fiddle
Curtis McPeake   Banjo
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Charlie Cline   Fiddle,Vocals
Lamar Grier   Banjo
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Rudy Lyle   Banjo
Jimmy Martin   Guitar,Vocals
Edd Mayfield   Guitar
Ernie Newton   Vocals
Sonny Osborne   Banjo
Joe Stuart   Fiddle
Roland White   Guitar,Vocals
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Red Taylor   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Rev. Louis Overstreet   Composer
Cliff Carlisle   Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
Harold Bradley   Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Walter Haynes   Producer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Harry Silverstein   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Michael Ochs Archives   Photo Courtesy
Dave Lazar   Composer
Alan Riggs   Composer
Larry Ehrlich   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Tom Six   Composer
Dave Lazer   Composer
Miller   Composer
Rupert Jones   Composer

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