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Editors’ Notes

Consider it a “best-of” “best-of,” from one of the all-time greats: Anthology distills Bill Monroe’s 20 fertile years at Decca (1950-1969, plus a stray track from 1981) into a pithy 50 tunes. It can’t come close to including every gem the man has ever cut, but the length is perfect for appreciating in a single (toe-tapping, pulse-quickening, possibly even life-changing) listening session. The early Decca years are widely recognized as Monroe’s golden years as a composer, and the songs here include some of his most enduring compositions, including the classic autobiographical tribute “Uncle Pen,” the barn-burning instrumentals “Roanoke” and “Scotland,” and the timeless four-part gospel harmonies of “Get Down On Your Knees and Pray.” As a bonus, Anthology also showcases the brilliant musicians featured over the years in Monroe’s proving ground of a band, including some — like Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements, Del McCoury, and Peter Rowan, to name just a few — who would go on to become the leading lights of the genre Monroe invented. A fine primer for bluegrass newbies or a cherry-picked grade-A songlist for diehard fans, this compilation provides an essential portrait of the master in his prime.

Customer Reviews

An astonishing collection of musical marvels

It's no wonder this man is a musical legend, and if you had any doubt this comprehensive set of 50 songs will set you straight. From the beauty of "In the pines" to the strange coda "my last days on earth" this is the work of a brilliant musician exploring a wide range of emotions and arrangements. Lightning picking and georgeous vocal harmonizing abound in a tour-de-force collection of songs.One warning: put this thing on and it'll put the zap on you so bad you won't be able to take it off for awhile...but that's what we all look for in music, ain't it?

Love The Album But Cuts Some Songs Short

I love Bill Monroe and the album includes great songs, but it cuts a few of the songs off before they are finished.

spectacular

Bill monroe is not great....he's the best

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