The Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971

The Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971

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This is an especially pleasing four-CD set, comprising most of the Country Gentlemen's recordings for the Rebel label over a period of nine years, when they used bluegrass music as a vehicle for innovation by way of country, folk, and rock. The influence of the Osborne Brothers can be heard throughout their early work (along with more mainstream country sources), but then they start cutting Dylan and Tom Paxton songs. The odd early individual tracks lead into the contents of the Bringing Mary Home album, which established their reputation nationally as a bluegrass act to be reckoned with. Disc One ends with the controversial "Big Bruce," a gay parody of Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" that skirts a fine line between satire, burlesque, and slur. Disc Two features several previously unissued songs, and also shows the group growing artistically amid a flurry of concert activity -- a surprising number of songs from this period were cut on the fly at semi-pro and improvised studios, as the band fit recording in anywhere they could. Disc Three picks up in 1969 -- the group by this time was freely adapting popular as well as folk tunes, thus the presence of "Mrs. Robinson" amid the bluegrass standards. By Disc Four, the group was nearing a summit of popularity and creativity. The irony was that, even as they were achieving success, the group was nearing a decision to leave Rebel. This collection isn't quite ideal, since it is missing a key mid-'60s live recording; the booklet and annotation are very thorough, as is the session information, all of it pitched at the Bear Family level.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/1998
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511400222
catalogNumber: 114002
Rank: 7586


Disc 1

  1. Christmas Time Back Home
  2. Heavenward Bound
  3. I Am Weary, Let Me Rest
  4. Sad and Lonesome Day
  5. The Bluebirds Are Singing for Me
  6. The White Rose
  7. The Gentleman Is Blue
  8. Philadelphia Lawyer
  9. Spanish Two Step
  10. Bringing Mary Home
  11. The Convict and the Rose
  12. Banks Of The Ohio
  13. Down Where the River Bends
  14. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  15. This World's No Place to Live
  16. Uncle Joe
  17. Northbound
  18. I Let The Light Shine Down
  19. Girl From The North Country
  20. Cold Wind Blowing
  21. Jingle Bells
  22. Silent Night
  23. We Three Kings
  24. Blue Bell
  25. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  26. Matterhorn
  27. Dark As A Dungeon
  28. Big Bruce

Disc 2

  1. When They Ring Those Golden Bells
  2. Buffalo Girls
  3. A Beautiful Life
  4. I'm Working On A Road
  5. A Border Affair
  6. Johnny Reb
  7. Many A Mile
  8. Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
  9. Lord, I'm Coming Home
  10. The Traveler
  11. Silver Bell
  12. Theme From Exodus
  13. Love And Wealth
  14. He Was A Friend Of Mine
  15. Daybreak In Dixie
  16. Some Old Day
  17. Raggy Mountain Shakedown
  18. The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
  19. Going To The Races
  20. Waiting For The Boys To Come Home
  21. Darling Little Joe
  22. El Dedo
  23. I'll Be There Mary Dear
  24. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
  25. Take Me In A Lifeboat
  26. The Sentence
  27. Where I'm Bound

Disc 3

  1. To The Rescue
  2. Rodger Young
  3. Green, Green Grass of Home
  4. Along The Way
  5. Let's
  6. Rambling Boy
  7. Gentlemen's Concerto
  8. Take Me Back To The Valley
  9. Fare-Thee-Well Cisco
  10. Preachin', Prayin', Singin'
  11. Mrs. Robinson
  12. Two Little Boys
  13. Doin' My Time
  14. Rank Strangers (To Me)
  15. Heaven
  16. Gone Home
  17. Rank Strangers (To Me)
  18. I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap
  19. Over The Hills To The Poorhouse
  20. Little White Church
  21. Heaven
  22. Bill Bailey
  23. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire
  24. Are You Washed In The Blood
  25. One Wide River
  26. On The Sunny Side Of Life
  27. Born Again
  28. I'll Break Out Again Tonight

Disc 4

  1. Less Of Me
  2. I Am a Pilgrim
  3. Weapon of Prayer
  4. If I Were Free
  5. Teach Your Children
  6. Fox on the Run
  7. Johnny And Jack Medley
  8. I'd Rather Live By The Side Of The Road
  9. These Men of God
  10. Cowboys And Indians
  11. Sea of Heartbreak
  12. Orange Blossom Mandolin
  13. Yesterday
  14. The Girl Behind the Bar
  15. The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp
  16. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  17. Redwood Hill
  18. Secret Of The Waterfall
  19. Walkin' Down The Line
  20. Breakin' It Down
  21. New Freedom Bell
  22. The Old Pine Tree
  23. The Legend of the Rebel Soldier
  24. C.G. Express
  25. Little Bessie
  26. The Fields Have Turned Brown
  27. Get in Line Buddy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Country Gentlemen   Primary Artist
Eddie Adcock   Banjo,12-string Guitar
Mike Auldridge   Dobro
Doyle Lawson   Mandolin
Bill Emerson   Banjo
Ed Ferris   Bass
Jimmy Gaudreau   Guitar,Mandolin,12-string Guitar
Tom Gray   Bass
Pete Kuykendall   Guitar
Ray Marshall   Vibes
Charlie Waller   Guitar
John Duffey   Guitar,Mandolin
Ed McGlothlin   Bass
Len Holsclaw   Bass
Bobbi Woods   Tambourine
Bill Yates   Bass

Technical Credits

Country Gentlemen   Arranger
John Denver   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Bill Danoff   Composer
Jimmy Gaudreau   Arranger
Taffy Nivert   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Charlie Waller   Arranger
John Duffey   Composer
Rebecca Pittard   Art Direction
Gary B. Reid   Liner Notes
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Luther Presley   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Ann Hill   Composer
William J. Kirkpatrick   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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