The Carter Family

The Carter Family: 1927-1934

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Fans looking for more than ASV/Living Era's Wildwood Flower collection but scared off by Bear Family's massive 12-disc box could comfortably pick up this five-disc budget compilation. At 126 songs, it covers all of their RCA Victor recordings in chronological order, omitting only alternate takes. The remastering isn't necessarily better than other Carter Family issues -- rather than clean up the crackle, the engineers have simply boosted the sound level, and while that does bring out some nuances, the ever-present hiss is louder than usual. That and the scanty liner notes mean that casual fans could probably do perfectly well with Wildwood Flower, but this music is going to be an outstanding addition to any collection, especially at a price this low.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:56
2 2:51
3 3:27
4 2:51
5 2:47
6 3:23
7 3:22
8 3:16
9 2:51
10 2:46
11 2:56
12 2:43
13 3:15
14 2:38
15 3:05
16 3:10
17 2:52
18 2:58
19 3:07
20 3:09
21 3:02
22 3:01
23 3:11
24 2:50
25 2:43

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 2:56
3 3:17
4 3:22
5 3:16
6 2:44
7 2:47
8 3:37
9 3:29
10 3:17
11 2:56
12 2:58
13 2:57
14 2:59
15 2:34
16 3:06
17 3:24
18 2:59
19 3:03
20 3:10
21 2:52
22 2:46
23 3:09
24 3:22
25 3:05
26 2:44

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:41
2 3:09
3 2:53
4 3:00
5 3:05
6 3:06
7 2:54
8 2:54
9 2:49
10 3:07
11 2:39
12 2:57
13 3:05
14 2:48
15 2:42
16 2:48
17 2:55
18 3:09
19 2:57
20 3:17
21 3:18
22 2:48
23 3:16
24 3:19
25 2:50

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2 3:04
3 3:05
4 2:51
5 2:45
6 3:18
7 2:56
8 3:18
9 3:09
10 2:53
11 2:50
12 3:05
13 2:56
14 2:46
15 3:13
16 3:04
17 2:37
18 3:10
19 3:29
20 3:08
21 2:44
22 3:14
23 2:51
24 3:34
25 3:04

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:36
2 2:56
3 3:16
4 3:00
5 2:49
6 2:59
7 2:59
8 2:46
9 3:06
10 3:28
11 3:32
12 2:42
13 2:59
14 2:59
15 2:46
16 2:47
17 2:55
18 2:46
19 2:56
20 2:27
21 3:08
22 2:48
23 2:31
24 3:09
25 3:11
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