Bill Monroe

The Essential Bill Monroe & Monroe Brothers

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The Essential Bill Monroe and the Monroe Brothers chronicles Monroe's very first recordings from the late '30s. Selecting 24 highlights, including nine selections from the Monroe Brothers, from the 60-plus tracks he recorded for Bluebird, The Essential is the best single-disc overview of the beginning of Monroe's career and the roots of bluegrass, featuring such classics as "Mule Skinner Blues," "In the Pines" and "Crying Holy Unto My Lord." These are neither the best nor the best-known versions, yet they are historically invaluable, demonstrating the birthing pangs of bluegrass.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:43 Amazon
2 2:41 Amazon
3 2:27 Amazon
4 3:00 Amazon
5 3:06 Amazon
6 2:50 Amazon
7 2:37 Amazon
8 2:50 Amazon
9 3:05 Amazon
10 2:45 Amazon
11 2:51 Amazon
12 2:55 Amazon
13 2:31 Amazon
14 2:29 Amazon
15 3:22 Amazon
16 2:47 Amazon
17 2:11 Amazon
18 2:05 Amazon
19 3:38 Amazon
20 3:19 Amazon
21 3:29 Amazon
22 3:15 Amazon
23
2:19 Amazon
24 2:38 Amazon
25
2:28 Amazon
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