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1935-1939: The Early Recordings ()


Brothers J.E. and Wade Mainer and their various bands and configurations formed a kind of bridge between the Appalachian string bands of the 1920s and the high-powered bluegrass bands that emerged after World War II. This 100-track box set from JSP charts the early years of this oftentimes dueling and quarreling pair in their various guises, sometimes together, sometimes not, and, more often than not, working with guitarist Zeke Morris as the Mountaineers, the Dixie Reelers, or the Morris Brothers. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

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  1. Ship Sailing Now
  2. This World Is Not My Home
  3. Maple on the Hill
  4. Take Me in the Lifeboat
  5. Seven and a Half
  6. New Curly Headed Baby
  7. Let Her Go God Bless Her
  8. City on the Hill
  9. The Longest Train
  10. Writer a Letter to Mother
  11. Lights in the Valley
  12. Goin' Back West in the Fall
  13. New Lost Train Blues
  14. Number 111
  15. I Am Walking in the Light
  16. Don't Cause Mother's Hair to Turn Grey
  17. When I Reach My Home Eternal
  18. Fatal Wreck of the Bus
  19. Behind the Parlor Door
  20. Satisfied
  21. One to Love Me
  22. On a Cold Winter Night
  23. John Henry Was a Little Boy
  24. The Old and Faded Picture
  25. Take Me Home to the Sweet Sunny South
  26. Walk That Lonesome Valley
  27. Got a Home in That Rock
  28. Johnson's Old Grey Mule
  29. Won't Be Worried Long
  30. Goin' Down the River of Jordan
  31. Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls?
  32. Watermelon on the Vine
  33. We Can't Be Darlings Anymore
  34. Tell Mother I'll Meet Her
  35. In a Little Village Churchyard
  36. Come Back to Your Dobie Shack
  37. Just as the Sun Went Down
  38. What Would You Give in Exchange
  39. A Leaf from the Sea
  40. Brown Eyes
  41. Maple on the Hill, Pt. 2 (Driftin' to That Happy Home)
  42. Going to Georgia
  43. Nobody's Darlin But Mine
  44. Mother Came to Get Her Boy from Jail
  45. Where the Red, Red Roses Grow
  46. Cradle Days
  47. Gathering Flowers from the Hills
  48. My Mother Is Waiting
  49. If I Could Hear My Mother
  50. Nobody's Darling on Earth
  51. Shake Hands with Mother
  52. They Said My Lord Was a Devil
  53. Won't Somebody Pal with Me
  54. Hop Along Peter
  55. Just One Way to the Pearly Gates
  56. Dear Daddy You're Gone
  57. Been Foolin' Me Baby
  58. I'll Be a Friend of Jesus
  59. Cowboy's Pony in Heaven
  60. Little Birdie
  61. Always Been a Rambler
  62. Starting Life Anew with You
  63. Little Rosebuds
  64. Train Carry My Girl Back Home
  65. In the Land Beyond the Blue
  66. A Change All Around
  67. Short Life and It's Trouble
  68. Dying Boy's Prayer
  69. Free Again
  70. Answer to "Two Little Rosebuds"
  71. I'm Not Turning Backward
  72. Riding on That Train Forty-Five
  73. Little Maggie
  74. Little Pal
  75. Down in the Willow
  76. My Wife Went Away and Left Me
  77. Railroad Blues
  78. Over the Hills in Carolina
  79. Budded Roses
  80. What Makes Him Do It
  81. My Little Red Ford
  82. I Am Dreaming of Mother
  83. Cotton Mill Blues
  84. Blue Days
  85. No Place Like Home
  86. Homeless Child
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1935-1939: The Early Recordings
2009, JSP

UPC: 788065711825


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