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    Default Bill Plays Melissa's Waltz for J.B.--Live!

    I collect live versions of the tunes off of Bill Monroe's "Master of Bluegrass", mainly because many of them were so rarely played, and I like to see how the tunes evolved...

    Just ran into this one--"Melissa's Waltz for J.B."--which is the only time I've ever heard it played live...

    So, here tis, with Jesse McReynolds & Larry Sledge sitting in...
    Live at Bean Blossom, 6/18/1981....

    Pretty cool....

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    Thanks for that Bruce. I enjoyed it.

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    Many thanks for that Spruce. I only heard that tune for the first time ever a couple of months back,courtesy of an LP 'transfer' to CD. It's a very beautiful tune & sounds as though it was played in a different tuning ??,
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    Wow, that was great! Who plays with Bill on the original version? Was that McReynolds, also?

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    Default Re: Bill Plays Melissa's Waltz for J.B.--Live!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Fowler View Post
    Who plays with Bill on the original version? Was that McReynolds, also?
    Yes, I believe it was...
    And Larry Sledge played on MOB as well, which is why Bill brought him out to sit in as well....

    I had a wonderful exchange of emails with him back when I was recording "Mangler of Bluegrass", and he stated:

    "We did the entire recording in one session, just not much over 3 hours."

    I just love that...

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    Thanx! I've always loved that tune!

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    Thanks, Spruce! Wow, amazing to think that they just busted out that life-changing album in just 3 hours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Fowler View Post
    Thanks, Spruce! Wow, amazing to think that they just busted out that life-changing album in just 3 hours!
    Yep...
    Monroe apparently hated the studio...

    I've got a live version of every tune off of "Master" except for "Lady Of The Blue Ridge"...
    If anyone happens to have a live version of that tune, I'd sure love to hear it...

    Most of the live versions are one-offs, too...
    I saw Bill do "Right, Right On" at the Great American Music Hall in '79 or so, and have a great recording of that night...
    Only time I ever heard of him doing the tune...

    All the rest are kinda rare too, except for maybe "Old Ebenezer Scrooge", which got played quite a bit...

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    Default Re: Bill Plays Melissa's Waltz for J.B.--Live!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spruce View Post
    Yep...
    Monroe apparently hated the studio...

    I've got a live version of every tune off of "Master" except for "Lady Of The Blue Ridge"...
    If anyone happens to have a live version of that tune, I'd sure love to hear it...

    Most of the live versions are one-offs, too...
    I saw Bill do "Right, Right On" at the Great American Music Hall in '79 or so, and have a great recording of that night...
    Only time I ever heard of him doing the tune...

    All the rest are kinda rare too, except for maybe "Old Ebenezer Scrooge", which got played quite a bit...
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    Nice! Thanks Spruce.
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