Classic Sides 1937-1941

Classic Sides 1937-1941

by J.E. MainerJ.E. Mainer


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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 is the second box the label has issued charting 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. This installment covers the years 1937 to 1941 and features tracks cut as the Mountaineers and the Smilin' Rangers, among others, with the usual associates, including J.E. Mainer, Wade Mainer, Zeke Morris, and ace fiddler Steve Ledford.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2010
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065712426
catalogNumber: 77124
Rank: 186900


Disc 1

  1. Carry Your Cross with a Smile
  2. Swing the Door of Your Heart Open Wide
  3. Answer to Greenback Dollar
  4. There's a Green Hill Far Away
  5. Miss Me When I'm Gone
  6. Floating Down the Stream of Time
  7. Don't Go Out
  8. Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind
  9. Kiss Me Cindy
  10. Your Best Friend Is Always Near
  11. Lamp Lighting Time in Heaven
  12. When the Light's Gone Out in Your Soul
  13. I Once Loved a Young Man
  14. Somebody Cares
  15. I'm Living the Right Life Now
  16. Just Over in the Glory Land
  17. I'm in the Gloryland Way
  18. If I Lose, Let Me Lose
  19. Great Reaping Day
  20. Oh Why Did I Ever Get Married
  21. Back to Johnson City
  22. Ramshackle Shack
  23. Memory Lane
  24. Wild Bill Jones
  25. I Want to Be Loved

Disc 2

  1. What Are You Going to Do Brother?
  2. Companions Draw Nigh
  3. Mountain Sweetheart
  4. Don't Forget Me Little Darling
  5. Lonely Tomb
  6. Pale Moonlight
  7. All My Friends
  8. Don't Get Too Deep in Love
  9. Don't Leave Me Alone
  10. I Won't Be Worried
  11. Where Romance Calls
  12. Another Alabama Camp Meetin'
  13. Mitchell Blues
  14. Farther Along
  15. Dear Loving Mother and Dad
  16. Can't Tell About These Women
  17. That Kind
  18. If I Had Listened to Mother
  19. She Is Spreading Her Wings for a Journey
  20. The Same Old You to Me
  21. Life's Ev'nin' Sun
  22. Mother Still Prays for You Jack
  23. You're Awfully Mean to Me
  24. Home in the Sky
  25. A Little Love

Disc 3

  1. North Carolina Moon
  2. More Good Women Gone Wrong
  3. Sparkling Blue Eyes
  4. We Will Miss Him
  5. I Left My Home in the Mountains
  6. I Met Her at a Ball One Night
  7. You May Forsake Me
  8. Look on and Cry
  9. One Little Kiss
  10. Mama Don't Make Me Go to Bed
  11. Crying Holy
  12. Heaven Bells Are Ringing
  13. Sparkling Blue Eyes No. 2
  14. The Poor Drunkard's Dream
  15. Were You There?
  16. The Gospel Cannonball
  17. The Great and Final Judgement
  18. What a Wonderful Saviour Is He
  19. Why Not Make Heaven Your Home
  20. Mansions in the Sky
  21. Not a Word of That Be Said
  22. Drifting Through an Unfriendly World
  23. Shake My Mother's Hand for Me
  24. Anywhere Is Home
  25. I Can Tell You the Time

Disc 4

  1. He Gave His Life
  2. Ramblin' Boy
  3. The Precious Jewel
  4. Old Reuben
  5. Precious Memories
  6. Since I Met My Mother-in-Law
  7. Bachelor Blues
  8. Only a Broken Heart
  9. Happy or Lonesome
  10. Darling I'm Still in Love with You
  11. No Letter in the Mail Today
  12. Come Back, Sweetheart
  13. I Hope She's Satisfied
  14. Happy-Go-Lucky Breakdown
  15. What-Cha Gonna Go with the Baby?
  16. Garden of Prayer
  17. Dream of the Miner's Child
  18. Little Nellie
  19. One Little Word
  20. Wabash Cannon Ball No. 2
  21. It's Blues
  22. Gabriel's Trumpet
  23. Drunkard's Hiccoughs
  24. Country Blues
  25. Concord Rag

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.E. Mainer   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals
Clyde Moody   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Wade Mainer   Banjo,Harmonica,Vocals
DeWitt Jenkins   Banjo
Steve Ledford   Fiddle,Vocals,String Bass
Wiley Morris   Guitar,Vocals
Zeke Morris   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Julia Mainer   Vocals,yodeling
Jack Shelton   Guitar,Vocals
Leonard Stokes   Mandolin,Vocals
George Morris   Guitar,Vocals
Dan Hornsby   Vocals
Jay Hugh Hall   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Eunice Ayers   Vocals
Curley Shelton   Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Wiley Morris   Duet
Zeke Morris   Duet
Pat Harrison   Annotation

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