Bill Monroe - Castle Studio 1950-1951 Vol.2
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  • Poison Love (take 8)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:38) [6.04 MB]
  • Kentucky Waltz (take 2)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:17) [7.5 MB]
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (take 4)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:49) [6.46 MB]
  • Angels Rock Me To Sleep (take 6)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:40) [6.09 MB]
  • Brakeman's Blues (take 3)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:36) [5.93 MB]
  • Travelin' Blues (take 5)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:53) [6.59 MB]
  • When The Cactus Is In Bloom (take 2)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:04) [4.75 MB]
  • Sailor's Plea (take 6)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:36) [5.96 MB]
  • My Carolina Sunshine Girl (take 5)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:40) [6.09 MB]
  • Ben Dewberry's Final Run (take 1)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:51) [6.51 MB]
  • Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia (take 3,false start)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:26) [5.59 MB]
  • Those Gambler's Blues (take 3, false start)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:47) [6.39 MB]
  • Highway Of Sorrow (take 3)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:53) [6.61 MB]
  • Rotation Blues (take 2)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:04) [7.02 MB]
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Bill Monroe - Castle Studio 1950-1951 Vol.2

Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys
Castle Studio 1950-1951
Complete Sessions
LABEL Richard Weize Archives
GENRE Bluegrass
TRACKS 181 (366 min.)
FORMAT 5-CD hardcover album (CD-size) •
68-page booklet

For devotees of Bill Monroe's music, the CD box sets issued by BEAR FAMILY beginning in 1989 were the answer to a listener's dream: having the bluegrass originator's complete recordings tastefully collected in boxes, with informative books included. What we now have is something even more dreamlike: all the familiar Monroe recordings for DECCA in 1950-51, featuring lead singers Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, and Edd Mayfield, presented next to unbelievably all the outtakes (none previously issued) of all the tracks. Among other things, this means multiple takes of Raw Hide. 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 this gold at the end of the rainbow is a revised discography by Neil Rosenberg, and notes by Dick Spottswood (edited by Rosenberg) with recollections by Monroe fiddler Charlie Smith. Bluegrass music at its finest!
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