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Album Review

A somewhat misleading set that states nowhere on its packaging that it is a live album, nor does it state where or when it was recorded. Plus, the recording quality sounds sort of hollow, with the vocals not always coming through very loudly or clearly. A good variety of material is included, though, from the fiddle workout on "Orange Blossom Special" to the Monroe classics "Uncle Penn," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky." The inclusion of Hank Williams' "I Saw the Light" is also a highlight. Monroe and his band are very sharp throughout the album, though one wishes the recording quality was also.


Born: 13 September 1911 in Rosine, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass. He invented the style, invented the name, and for the great majority of the 20th century, embodied the art form. Beginning with his Blue Grass Boys in the '40s, Monroe defined a hard-edged style of country that emphasized instrumental virtuosity, close vocal harmonies, and a fast, driving tempo. The musical genre took its name from the Blue Grass Boys, and Monroe's music forever has defined the sound of classical bluegrass -- a five-piece acoustic string band,...
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