The Carter Family

Decca Sessions, Vol. 2

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This is the second of two releases from Britain's Catfish Records to cover the Carter Family's late-1930s recordings for Decca Records. While the sound is clear and free of static, and Maybelle and Sara's innovative harmonies are stellar, as always, the material A.P. Carter assembled for these sessions makes it clear that the well had started to run a little dry. The tunes at this point are starting to sound a little pious, maudlin, and samey. That's not a dismissal of these tracks, it's just that after recording some 300 songs in a ten-year period, the Carter Family sounds a little tired here. The first volume from Catfish fares better, but the heart of the Carter Family legacy rests with their late-1920s recordings for Victor Records.

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