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    A number of times in the past year, my searches on YouTube have led me to this massive collection of bluegrass albums, audio files ripped from the vinyl:


    There's so much material here, with an emphasis on the releases from the 1970s and 1980s. Many are new to me, or in some cases forgotten. It's way too much material for me to sift through, so I thought I'd open it up to the hive to find the 'good stuff.'

    Try to keep it on the positive and light side, if you don't mind. It was a period, where I think some dubious productions decisions were common in the bluegrass recording world, but there are some undisputed treasures, and plenty of projects of special relevance to the time they were created. And it's nice to have LP-sized chunks of music, in a 'singles only' world. I'll lead off with an LP that I think about everybody on this thread will consider a 'treasure'.



    Label: Rebel Records - SLP 1542
    Format: Vinyl
    Country: US
    Released: 1975

    Song List:
    A1 - Rain And Snow
    A2 - Andy's Honey
    A3 - Loggin' Man
    A4 - Springtime Of Life
    A5 - Corina
    A6 - Blackmail Your Heart
    B1 - Rain Please Go Away
    B2 - Hang Your Head In Shame
    B3 - I Told You That
    B4 - If I Had To Live Without You
    B5 - I've Endured
    B6 - I've Been Away Just A Little Too Long

    Musicians:
    ・Del McCoury (Guitar, Vocals)
    And The Dixie Pals
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    Nice phraseology about the advances made in recording technology since some of these were cut.
    Super cool link Brad, thanks a lot! Wait, that wasn't recorded by Del until much later!
    Anyway, I appreciate your digging to find the channel.
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    Brad - If it's the series of complete LP's put onto YouTube that i'm thinking of,i've listened to several, & the 'pitch' (record speed) is wrong on some of them :- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3H...=dd&shelf_id=3 Well worth a listen though & yes,there are several 'classics' on there. Many thanks for reminding me of them - great music,
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    He's posted a ton of great stuff. I'd suggest searching his videos for a musician you like and see what comes up. He also has a live bluegrass channel

    Certainly not an exhaustive list, but I'm a big fan of:
    Tea For One [1982] - Jethro Burns

    The Country Fiddlers Featuring Wade Ray [1967] - Wade Ray
    Jethro's breaks are transcribed in his Mel Bay book

    Mandolin Workshop [1972] - Jim & Jesse
    The definitive crosspicking album. A lot of these are transcribed in Andy Statman's out of print book on Jesse

    The Legendary Kentucky Mandolin Of Nolan Faulkner [1976] - Nolan Faulkner
    Maybe the best obscure bluegrass mandolinist ever

    Prairie Bluegrass [1976] - The Bray Brothers With Red Cravens
    Nate Bray is another challenger for best obscure bluegrass mandolinist

    Bobby & His Mandolin [1981] - The Osborne Brothers

    Nashville Mornings New York Nights [1986] - Andy Statman

    National Junior Fiddle Champion [1975] - Mark O'Connor
    Young Mark O'Connor

    Pickin' in The Wind [1976] - Mark O'Connor
    More young Mark O'Connor

    In Concert [1977] - Byron Berline & Sam Bush & Mark O'Connor
    With the 3 of them switching between mandolin, guitar, and fiddle

    Big And Country Instrumentals [1967] - Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys
    Vernon Derrick was a great mandolinist

    The Gaudreau Mandolin Album [1978] - Jimmy Gaudreau

    Holiday In Japan [1976] - J.D. Crowe & The New South
    The Rounder 0044 lineup

    Frank Wakefield [1972] - Frank Wakefield


    There are a ton more (Johnson Mountain Boys, Spectrum, Country Store, Kenny Baker, Vassar Clements, Red Rector, Country Gentlemen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peewee View Post
    Well there is another treasure trove to sort through! I'll be interested to see and hear about what rare, well-recorded, or particularly fine performances are in that second huge collection.
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    I really like this one:

    "This World's No Place to Live In (But It's Home)" is just devastating.

    This one's actually available on CD in a much enhanced (22-track) version:
    Vern Williams was the king of tasteful, restrained mandolin breaks, and one of my favorite bluegrass singers ever.

    The title track from this one is just great:

    Fantastic singer and mandolin player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublestoptremolo View Post
    "This World's No Place to Live In (But It's Home)" is just devastating.
    Yeah. That Busby / Morris album is one that I had forgotten.

    Here's one that I have been enjoying.



    The late Butch Baldassari was a big presence here on the Cafe, back in the day. And maybe some of the newer members will enjoy an introduction to his playing. And some great players here.

    Label: Cactus Records - CT103 - 1987

    Song List:
    A1 - Dark Rider
    A2 - Money's All Gone
    A3 - Kentucky Mandolin
    A4 - What's Doin'
    A5 - Angel Eyes
    B1 - Methodist Preacher
    B2 - No Title Yet Blues
    B3 -Nuages
    B4 - A-New-Q-Stik

    Musicians:
    ・Butch Baldassari (Mandolin, Lead Guitar A2)
    ・Stuart Duncan (Fiddle)
    ・Mr. Elbak (Guitar, Violin A5, B3)
    ・Ron Block (Banjo, A3, B1; Lead Guitar, A1, B2, B4)
    ・Mike Bub (Banjo, B2; Bass, A3)
    ・Pat Cloud (Banjo, A4)
    ・Robbie Icks (Dobro, A1, B2, B4)
    ・Eric Uglum (Rhythm Guitar A1 to A3, B3, B4)
    ・Gordon Nichol (Bass, A1, A2, B2, B4)
    ・Rudy Aikels (Bass, A5, B3)
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    I've had a link on my PC to Take's YouTube site for a while now & looking through the albums on there,in their way for one reason or another,they're ALL classics. Some,because they're great recordings by great,well known players,others because they players were just 'on the rise' & we hear their early work,& some because the players were never really well known & 'vanished' before most of us ever even heard of them.
    I did find an early recording by Andy Statman - i can't remember what it was called,but i must find it again & have a listen. I can't imagine it being anything less that awesome,
    Ivan
    PS - I don't know how this sits with the law & recording /broadcasting rights at all,but i assume that because these recordings are open to the public to listen to & can be downloaded fromYouTube,that it's ok to do so - is that right ?. A bit of a grey area. The other thing to do,is to save a link to any recording on your pc. It'll take you straight to it, & you can listen without downloading it & taking up hard drive space - that's what i do. The only problem is that sometimes,the YT clips are removed.
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    He also put Bill Monroe's Master of Bluegrass 1981 record (discussed in another topic) on it:


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    Here's a great one by Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass. I particularly like the first two songs. Great rendition of the title track, and the second song, which may be titled something like Where the Mountains Meet the Sky? Anyone know where that one comes from? Writer? Other versions?

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    Brad, that is the stuff right there! The second track is Mountain Sweetheart by Charlie Monroe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandomax View Post
    Brad, that is the stuff right there! The second track is Mountain Sweetheart by Charlie Monroe.
    Best regards,
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    I think it's Charlie Moore, rather than Monroe. But I still can't find a recording anywhere.
    Can anyone help? I think it's the title track of an album by Moore recorded in Europe. Out of print and hard to find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradKlein View Post
    I think it's Charlie Moore, rather than Monroe. But I still can't find a recording anywhere.
    Can anyone help? I think it's the title track of an album by Moore recorded in Europe. Out of print and hard to find!
    Hi, Bradklein, thank you so much for all those nice words about my channel. I really appreciate them. I was wondering if you have been able to find the album you mentioned above. If not, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=atMq88OBk28
    Thanks again :-) Take

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    Quote Originally Posted by swing315 View Post
    Hi, Bradklein, thank you so much for all those nice words about my channel. I really appreciate them. I was wondering if you have been able to find the album you mentioned above. If not, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=atMq88OBk28
    Thanks again :-) Take
    Thanks for sharing all these treasures Take. I too have been a subscriber and avid listener of your channel for several years now. I really appreciate the material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swing315 View Post
    Hi, Bradklein, thank you so much for all those nice words about my channel. I really appreciate them. I was wondering if you have been able to find the album you mentioned above. If not, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=atMq88OBk28 Thanks again :-) Take
    Welcome to the Cafe, Take. That link doesn't seem to work for me, but I did manage to get a copy of Charlie Moore: Live in Europe. Thanks for hunting that one down. Great vocal arrangement on that song: Mountain Sweetheart.

    I think THIS is the link from Take - Mountain Sweetheart [1979]. That works for me!
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    And while I'm at it, here's a Christmas present to the Cafe from me and Take's BG Album Channel.

    A nice live recording of Star of Bethlehem by the Stanleys and Kieth Whitley. Is Ricky on this one?

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    Victor, thanks so much for your support. Really appreciate it. :-) Take

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    Bradklen, thanks for bringing up my channel here. I'd like to see my channel grow and a lot more folks will have a chance to hear good old traditional bluegrass. Thanks again for your support. :-) Take

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    Here's a fantastic recording by the avant-oldtime Red Clay Ramblers. I was working at Rounder in E. Cambridge when this one came out. I was amazed then by its vision and execution, and I still am!

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    I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to meet the Red Clay Ramblers back around ‘76, they were as fun a bunch as I’ve ever known! Party fun after gigs? Oh yeah!!
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