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The Carter Family: 1927-1934 [Best of, Box set]

Carter Family Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow
2. Little Log Cabin By The Sea
3. The Poor Orphan Child
4. The Storms Are On The Ocean
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Disc: 2
1. Don't Forget This Song
2. The Foggy Mountain Top
3. Bring Back My Blue-Eyed Boy To Me
4. Diamonds In The Rough
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Disc: 3
1. Lonesome Valley
2. On The Rock Where Moses Stood
3. Room In Heaven For Me
4. Lonesome Pine Special
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Disc: 4
1. I Never Loved But One
2. Tell Me That You Love Me
3. Where We'll Never Grow Old
4. We Will March Through The Streets Of The City
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Disc: 5
1. On A Hill Lone And Gray
2. Cowboy Jack
3. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
4. Away Out On The Old Saint Sabbath
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Their setup was primitive enough--guitar, Autoharp, and vocals--but in the late '20s the trio of A.P. Delaney Carter, his wife Sara, and his sister-in-law Maybelle would change (chart?) the course of country music forever. They did it with haunting harmonies, incredible guitar playing (thanks to Maybelle's driving strums on her Gibson L-5 guitar), and a vast repertoire that included murder ballads, gospel tunes, love songs, and Appalachian folk tunes--many of which would be covered by musicians for decades to come. Unlike their musical peers in the late '20s and early '30s, the Carters weren't just playing "hillbilly" music; this was, quite simply, country music, and their timeless output still resonates with listeners today. JSP's bargain-priced, five-CD collection is easily the most complete, essential collection of their music available, capturing and remastering their RCA Victor recordings (their later, less-seminal sessions for Decca and the American Record Company are not included). Hearing five CDs' worth of music from the Carter Family is almost sensory overload--from the initial 1927 Bristol sessions, which Johnny Cash hailed as "the single most important event in the history of country music," to their depression-era recordings. Even today, Sara Carter's voice sounds aching, yet empowered. Whether they're yodeling through "The Foggy Mountain Top," singing a feminist anthem like "Single Girl, Married Girl," or harmonizing with Maybelle on "Worried Man Blues," you can hear the Carters' profound influence on country music. A must-have. --Jason Verlinde

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These 127 tracks are the cornerstones of country. Includes Wildwood Flower; Keep on the Sunny Side; Wabash Cannonball; Worried Man Blues; Wandering Boy; Lonesome Pine Special; Foggy Mountain Top; Little Log Cabin by the Sea; Engine 143 , and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Carter Family Excellent June 12 2013
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This reproduction of old media is of very good quality. It sounds like the natural singers and even though you can hear the quality of old records, it is very clear. The DVDs are nicely presented and I really enjoyed reading the information about the Carter Family. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes/ collects old-time music/history. It is a plus in any collection.
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This is just about 1/2 to 2/3 of the hundreds of records that the Carters made between 1927 and 1941. Sara Carter later remembered they had made more than 600 records during those years. At the end of 1941, they all went their separate ways: Sara just to get out of the music and live with her new husband in Central California. AP returned to Maces Springs to run a general store and to try to get his relectant sons and daughter to play and sing music. Maybelle and her daughters kept playing Carter Family music until daughter June passed away last year.
I have just listened to every CD on this set one by one. Even though I have been playing this kind of music since the 1960s, even though I have had this or that single disc Carter Collection, even though I am judged as some kind of expert on old time music by some, I was shocked at how many tunes that I know as old time music tunes or bluegrass tunes identified with other artists were Carter Family versions of those tunes.
The Carters performed an immense service for the history and preservation of traditional American music, black and white.
They were not allowed to record already copywritten and published songs since Ralph Peer who recorded them for Victor Bluebird only got paid for publishing rights and could take only tunes he could claim publishing rights to. At the beginning the Carters were not such great song writers, although in the later 1930s when they began living in Del Rio Texas and broadcasting over Mexican border radio, they did write a number of great songs.
AP Carter traveled up and down the hills and hollers, mountains and valleys of Southern Virginia, Tennesee, North Carolina, and Kentucky asking Black and white working people, farmers, musicianers of all kinds, if they had songs for them to record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Vol 1? May 28 2004
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This box set is a continuation of the Carter Family Saga, and shows this group at the peak of musical power for this trio. This is essential music for understanding what Country music was in the 1930s. The harmony vocals and driving rhythm of guitar and autoharp stand in sharp contrast with what is called Country music today. The sound quality is superb (at times, it sounds like a modern recording).
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
anyone who loves the carter family will be extremely happy owning this 5 cd set! this is vol. 2, but that doesn't mean it's any less wonderful than vol. 1! my only complaint is that A.P. doesn't sing enough songs!
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