6-CD box (LP-size) with 88-page hardcover book, 176 tracks. Playing time approx. 465 mns.
Between 1936 and 1949 Bill Monroe made a series of recordings that laid the foundation for what is today called bluegrass music. This collection brings together - for the first time -the complete works from that seminal era, all remastered with state-of-the-art technology from first generation sources.
The set includes all 60 of the legendary Monroe Brothers duets from 1936-38; all 16 of the 1940-41 performances that marked the very first appearance of Bill Monroe's recordings under his own name; and all of the classic Columbia sessions from 1945-49, including the revolutionary sides with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and Chubby Wise. An added bonus is the inclusion of every alternate take from the Columbia sessions, a total of 50 previously unheard and unreleased out-takes, including an un-numbered master of a gospel song that was not even known to exist.
This collection includes the original versions of masterworks like What Will You Give In Exchange For Your Soul, Orange Blossom Special, True Life Blues, Blue Moon Of Kentucky and
I'm Going BackTo Old Kentucky.
It is a breathtaking survey that presents the definitive chronicle of the ground-breaking recordings of a man who helped change the face of American music.
Altogether, this set includes more than 170 recordings, as well as an LP-sized hardcover-book that includes rare photographs, a newly researched biography by Charles Wolfe, and a complete discography by
Neil V. Rosenberg.