Bill Monroe

Anthology

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So much has been said about the founding father of bluegrass music that it would be nice if there was an all-encompassing collection of Bill Monroe's music to accompany the legend. Although the almost-correctly titled Anthology comes close, there is still a wealth of Columbia and RCA-Victor recordings missing from this Decca-centric collection, which runs chronologically from 1950 to 1969 (with one final track from 1981). Unfortunately, this means that the classic lineup of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, with fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, is not represented. Still, bluegrass luminaries Vassar Clements, Jimmy Martin, Kenny Baker, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, and many others, all drifted in and out of the Blue Grass Boys during their twenty-some years, and make appearances on classic tracks like "Sally Goodin," "Uncle Pen," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," and "New Mule Skinner Blues." All told, this may be the perfect collection of Monroe's work for Decca, but it falls only slightly short of being the Bill Monroe Anthology.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:06 Amazon
3 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:36 Amazon
5 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:04 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:01 Amazon
8 3:11 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:00 Amazon
11 2:11 Amazon
12 2:47 Amazon
13 2:43 Amazon
14 2:08 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:39 Amazon
16 2:04 Amazon
17 2:22 Amazon
18 2:18 Amazon
19 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
20 1:55 Amazon
21 2:05 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:34 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:17 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:10 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:28 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:15 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:23 Amazon
3 2:15 Amazon
4 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:24 Amazon
6 3:05 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:26 Amazon
10 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:24 Amazon
12 2:22 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:11 Amazon
14 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:05 Amazon
16 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:34 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:42 Amazon
20 3:15 Amazon
21 3:19 SpotifyAmazon
22 3:04 Amazon
23 3:06
24 2:35
25 4:42 Amazon
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