Life in Rural Music
The immensely influential "Father of Bluegrass Gospel" has yet to see proper reissue since the LP era—but this whopper of a set takes care of that problem in one fell swoop. Clocking in at about five and a half hours and boasting 134 tracks and a 112-page hardcover book, this LP-sized 4-CD box contains Carl’s complete 1942–59 recordings (for Mercury, Starday and Columbia) plus rare radio and home recordings from ’42. You’ll encounter 25 previously unreleased songs and takes; even many of the released ones haven’t been heard (let alone reissued) for many decades. You’ll hear the original recordings of many a classic here as you peruse Colin Escott’s in-depth biography; includes Light at the River; Family Reunion; I’ve Found a Hiding Place; Keep On the Firing Line; My Lord Keeps a Record; He Will Set Your Fields on Fire; Gone Home; Angels Rock Me to Sleep; Are You Walking and Talking for the Lord, and more. Finally, Carl Story rightfully joins the ranks of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers in seeing a proper anthology put out! Bear Family.
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