Bluegrass music fans will enjoy hearing that very unique limited edition box set will be released of Bill Monroe recordings. The recordings for DECCA in 1950-51 from the Castle Studio have been released through the Richard Weize Archives, a division of Rockstar Records, Ltd. The recordings feature lead singers Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, and Edd Mayfield. Unlike other box sets, this one will include all of the outtakes of all tracks, none of which were previously issued. The box set will be released on February 24, 2017.
For musicians and careful listeners who have studied that spectacular recording for years, it’s as though a new set of Stone Tablets has been found. It also means the “tape blip” we’ve always tolerated in “The First Whippoorwill” is now corrected, as the previously issued take was from a faulty tape dub whereas the new 1951 version is from the original master.
Accompanying the box set is a revised discography by Neil Rosenberg, and notes by Dick Spottswood (edited by Rosenberg) with recollections by Monroe fiddler Charlie Smith. Below is a track listing per cd, but note that each song has multiple recorded versions on each cd. Only 1,000 copies of this collection will be released, so be sure to order a copy. To order your copy of the box set, be sure click here to visit Rock Star Records.
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