Man of Constant Sorrow and Other Timeless Mountain Ballads

Man of Constant Sorrow and Other Timeless Mountain Ballads


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Yazoo offers up another classic collection of mountain ballads and old-timey heartbreakers from the '20s and '30s on Man of Constant Sorrow. Chestnuts like "Ommie Wise," "John Hardy," "Darling Cora," and the title track are interspersed with lesser-known recordings from B.F. Shelton, Grayson & Whitter, Charlie Poole, and Ernest Stoneman. The Blue Sky Boys' contribution, "In the Hills of Roane County," is a chillingly beautiful high lonesome murder ballad highlighting Earl and Bill Bolick's fraternal harmonies, and the youthful Cousin Emmy's stark "Pretty Little Miss Out in the Garden" is accompanied intimately by her own gentle banjo picking. Surprisingly, the only clunkers on the album come from the usually spectacular Eck Robertson, whose singing fiddle is unusually out of tune and he spends both of the tracks competing with a female vocalist who shouts over the top of him (pre-dating Audrey Williams' offenses by a couple of decades). These 20 tracks were taken directly from rare old 78s, so some pops and crackles are to be expected, but anyone with a worn-out copy of The Anthology of American Folk Music won't mind a bit.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
Label: Yazoo
UPC: 0016351300126
catalogNumber: 3001
Rank: 90694

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Sky Boys   Track Performer
Buell Kazee   Track Performer
Burnett & Rutherford   Track Performer
Ernest V. Stoneman   Track Performer
Grayson & Whitter   Track Performer
Roy Harvey   Track Performer
Jimmie Tarlton   Track Performer
Emry Arthur   Track Performer
Cousin Emmy   Track Performer
G.B. Grayson   Track Performer
Eck Robertson   Track Performer
Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers   Track Performer
Green Bailey   Track Performer
B.F. Shelton   Track Performer
Mack Woolbright   Track Performer
Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers   Track Performer
Walter "Kid" Smith   Track Performer
Kahle Brewer   Track Performer
Hickory Nuts   Track Performer

Technical Credits

A.P. Carter   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
G.B. Grayson   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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