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    Just received some exciting news about a soon to be released Jan. 15, 2007 Bear Family Monroe boxset. This is the scheduled but as always subject to change. The final set of the excellent previous 3 sets of Monroe's recorded songs released by the German Bear Family will be called:
    BCD-16637-DK, BILL MONROE "My Last Days On Earth, 1981-1994. Picking up where the 3rd boxset left off it starts with the much aclaimed '81 Master of Bluegrass instrumetal LP. Then followed the '84 Monroe&Friends and '85 Monroe with Stars of Hall of Fame. Then came the excellent new songs of the '87 Bluegrass 87 and the '88 Southern Flavor.
    In '89 was the Live at the Opry and his final release of the '91 Crying Holy Unto the Lord. The Box set will have additional outtakes, unreleased songs and the final unreleased songs/instrumentals from 1994 which promises to bring out some really great new Monroe material for you Monroeatics. There will be a large booklet full of unpublished photos too. I could use a new shot of Monroe sounds for 2007!

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    I'm with you Tommy... never too much Monroe!

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    I can't wait for this to come out. Lots of good instrumentals in this time period.

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    Thanks for the warning! Good thing I was sitting down when I read this... my heart starting playing Old Danger Field...

    It gets better... according to the Bear Family website this BCD 16637 is already bestellbar (roughly translated "orderable") for EUR 92.03 + postage. All the instructions are in German. So maybe USA customers can wait until it is available at County Sales. I am ordering it today from the neighbouring Netherlands.

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    Man, it's about time on "Master of Bluegrass"...
    That has been #1 on my "should be on CD" list for a lot of years now...

    Here's the tracking order on the new release:

    1. Old Ebenezer Scrooge (instrumental)
    2. Go Hither To Go Yonder (instrumental)
    3. Right, Right On (instrumental)
    4. Lochwood (instrumental)
    5. Old Danger Field (instrumental)
    6. Fair Play (instrumental)
    7. Melissas's Waltz For J.B. (instrumental)
    8. Lady Of The Blue Ridge (instrumental)
    9. My Last Days On Earth (instrumental with vocal backing)
    10. Evening Prayer Blues (instrumental) #

    Wonder why they screwed around with the tracking order???

    Here's the LP tracking order:

    1. # #Old Ebenezer Scrooge
    2. # #Right, Right On
    3. # #Melissa's Waltz for J.B.
    4. # #Fair Play
    5. # #Evening Prayer Blues
    6. # #Come Hither to Go Yonder
    7. # #Lochwood
    8. # #Lady Of The Blue Ridge
    9. # #Old Danger Field
    10. # #My Last Days on Earth

    "My Last Days on Earth" definitly wants to finish the CD....
    I guess you can rearrange it to your heart's content... #

    Also, is it "Go Hither To Go Yonder" or "Come Hither to Go Yonder "??

    I've got a tape of Bill introducing it, so I'll go have a listen....




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    Come Hither To Go Yonder is what I see it as in everything I've seen printed but I did notice a few other typos on that Bear listing. Usually the Bear stuff goes in the order of the recording date so that would explain a change for the release edition. But I thought Last Days was the last song recorded that session as he supposedly walked across the street to the old CMHF carrying the '64 F5 he recorded it on still in the cross tuning and donated it to the museum. I guess he went back maybe the next day and did Evening Prayer Blues on the old Loar. The Jan. 15 date must be the European release date as I am hearing a Feb. 26 as the US date. Beware if you order one from a European source as it may have the liner notes/credits in German. I think I'll wait on an issue that I can read! My AchTune has been rather rusty lately. Besides by the time they surface mail it to you the US will be here.

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    Before I read the swampstomper response I have to confess, Old Dangerfield was running through my head. As a Monroemaniac I'll have to get this.

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    This is very cool. They haven't resized the CD cover appropriately on their site so I'm reposting it here just for our enjoyment, plus this link directly to the page where it's listed as I don't believe anyone has provided that. It's sort of difficult to find.
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    awesome - my Monroe collection just keeps on growing - will have to wait for Amazon marketplace to have it though - unless anyone can suggest an easy way of getting it int the uk?
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    County Sales will have it as soon as they can get it in around end of Feb. They still have that buy 6 CDs at their regular discount price and receive a free one from the Rebel/County label but boxsets only count as one CD purchase. There is the amazon.uk that should have it before the USA Amazon or that's what I've seen before.

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    "Come Hither To Go Yonder is what I see it as in everything I've seen printed but I did notice a few other typos on that Bear listing."

    Well, it's "Go Hither To Go Yonder" on the LP....

    They must've copied that...
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    Humm... I didn't pull my old LP , I got it off the newer 4CD BoxSet "The Music of Bill Monroe from 1936 to 1994"
    which has it as "Come Hither To Go Yonder" and in the little booklet that comes with it is written: "copyright registered as "Come Hither To Go Yonder",the commonly accepted title. Single and LP list title as "Go Hither to Go Yonder". On Feb. 7, 1986 the night Monroe used my mandolin on stage my tape clearly says he introduces the number as "Go Hither to Go Yonder". I guess we are both right for the same song! I guess even the man who wrote the tune couldn't agree to disagree on song titles.

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    "hither...,smither..,yonder..,sonder!!##" - GET THIS SET, plug it in...and ENJOY!!! - - (Scott;; thanks for the "heads-up") #

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    As if the new Monroe boxset was not enough to expect and be happy for in 2007, also expect to see a new 300 page hardback book on April 12 by Neil Rosenberg&CK Wolfe called "The Music of Bill Monroe". Spanning over 1,000 separate performances,this new book presents a complete chronological list of all of Bill Monroe's commercially released sound and visual recordings. Each chapter begins with a narrative describing Monroe's life and career at that point, bringing in producers, sidemen, and others as they become part of the story. The narratives read like a "who's who" of bluegrass, connecting Monroe to the music's larger history and containing many fascinating stories. The second part of each chapter presents the discography. Information here includes the session's place, date, time, and producer; master/matrix numbers, song/tune titles, composer credits, personnel, instruments, and vocals; catalog/release numbers and reissue data. The only complete bio-discography of this American musical icon, "The Music of Bill Monroe" is the starting point for any study of Monroe's contributions as a composer, interpreter, and performer. You can now pre-order this book at Amazon.com for $35 with free shipping!

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    Tom, you really know how to dig up the info. This new book is from the University of Illinois Press. I won't steal their book cover art as I did above. The web site provides a good overview of the book.

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    That will be the book to read next year! We've been treated to a generous helping of Monroe the past three years: Butch Robins' What I Know, Bob Black's Come Hither to Go Yonder, and then this new one. Good stuff.

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    I think there are at least three incorrect titles for songs/tunes:
    "Call of the Shepherd", "White Rose"(a typo, most likely), and "Never Leave the A String".
    Anyone else have any thoughts?




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    Can't wait for that box set!!! I have the book by Tom Ewing and it is really great. Well worth the read especially if you're into the history of Monroe and the music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (evanreilly @ Nov. 30 2006, 09:05)
    I think there are at least three incorrect titles for songs/tunes:
    "Call of the Shepherd", "White Rose"(a typo, most likely), and "Never Leave the A String".
    Anyone else have any thoughts?
    Oh, the A string; that makes much more musical sense!

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    Don't forget Dick Smith's Book on Monroe "Can't You Hear Me Calling" in hardback and paperback. I see Bob Black used the "Come Hither..." title! And the BearFamily listing does say "Never Leave the E String" which is the title I recall seeing Monroe live do this song and it was the E string he never left! I guess you could do the A string. All we need now for 2007 is a new DVD of classic Monore on video/film from the 1950's to the 1996. Anybody working on this?

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    "On Feb. 7, 1986 the night Monroe used my mandolin on stage my tape clearly says he introduces the number as "Go Hither to Go Yonder"."

    In Vancouver on 11/3/80 Bill says:

    "Listen closely to the title of this song. It's called "Come Hither to Go Yonder"

    So I guess Bill didn't know if he was Comin' or Goin'...

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    That ain't no part of nothin' !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Spruce @ Nov. 30 2006, 12:28)
    "On Feb. 7, 1986 the night Monroe used my mandolin on stage my tape clearly says he introduces the number as "Go Hither to Go Yonder"."

    In Vancouver on 11/3/80 Bill says:

    "Listen closely to the title of this song. #It's called "Come Hither to Go Yonder"

    So I guess Bill didn't know if he was Comin' or Goin'...
    Same thing with a recording I got from Butch Robins of him and Monroe in January of '81. Wayne Lewis introduces the tune as Come Hither to Go Yonder. I put a copy of this up at Butch's site in the media section.

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    Hey f5loar! I got my "Bill Monroe Reader" day before yesterday in hardback and I'm almost finished with it. Interesting reading, in that it covers articles about Mr. Monroe written over the years and edited and clarified by Tom Ewing. I've got "The Music of Bill Monroe" 1936-1994 on the way in the mail right now. I've got to learn all these songs before we pick again. I've got "Southern Flavor" down pat now. Evan wants me to learn "Smokey Mountain Schottische". It's good news about the new music and the new book also coming out in Jan!
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    Sounds like you will need some hints for your lovely wife to get you this Christmas. While the 4CD set you got coming is a great introduction into the music of Monroe to get serious you will need the Bear Family Box I and II and the Smith book. Work on that Frog song too!

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