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Carter Family - The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage Of The Carter Family (2004) Retail CD
The original Carter family began recording in the 1920's and continued into the 1940's with a brand of music that has influenced many country and folk singers of subsequent generations. Not only that, but the family has itself produced some notable singers such as June Carter (daughter of Maybelle, who sings Hold fast to the right) and Carlene Carter (daughter of June but not featured here). Janette and Joe Carter (daughter and son of Sara and A P Carter) sing here on Little Moses. This tribute album largely avoids the most famous Carter family songs so you won't find Wabash Cannonball (recordedmore… seven years before Roy Acuff's even more famous version), I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes (the tune of which has been used for Great speckled bird, Wild side of life and It wasn't God who made honky tonk angels), Keep on the sunny side, Homestead on the farm a.k.a. I wonder how the old folks are at home, Will the circle be unbroken, Jimmy Brown the newsboy, Little darling pal of mine, Lonesome valley, Foggy mountain top and Wildwood flower.Without any of those classics, the best-known songs here may be Worried man blues (covered here by George Jones), You are my flower (covered here by Willie Nelson) and Gold watch and chain (covered here by Kris Kristofferson and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Emmylou included this song on her bluegrass album, Roses in the snow). You should also recognize the tune to Bear Creek blues (here sung by John Prine) as it is the same as Orange Blossom Special.In poor health, Johnny Cash (whose sixties recording of Orange Blossom Special is the most famous recording of that song) clearly struggled to sing Engine 143 yet the song works well in the circumstances. At the other end of the age spectrum are the Peasall sisters, who have previously appeared on the O brother soundtrack. Her, they join Emmylou for a fine rendition of On the sea of Galilee.Sheryl Crow (No depression) and Shawn Colvin (Single girl married girl) represent the contemporary music scene well. The other excellent tracks here are Never let the devil get the upper hand of you (Marty Stuart), Black Jack David (Nancy and Norma Blake with Tim O'Brien), Will my mother know me there (The Whites with Ricky Skaggs), The winding stream (Rosanne Cash) and Rambling boy (Del McCoury Band).My copy of this album is a limited edition that includes a bonus sampler CD. Two of the tracks on that CD are covers of famous Carter family songs. While I appreciate the effort taken to record obscure songs, those two tracks reinforce my belief that this would have been an even better album if two or three famous songs from my earlier list had been included. Still, this album is not - and was never intended to be - a substitute for a collection of the original family's recordings.If you enjoy traditional folk-country music, you'll surely love this album. You might also enjoy another Carter family tribute that I reviewed a long time ago by Ginny Hawker and Kay Justice, simply titled Bristol.
|1||Worried Man Blues - George Jones|
|2||No Depression In Heaven - Sheryl Crow|
|3||On The Sea Of Galilee - Emmylou Harris with the Peasall Sisters|
|4||Engine One-Forty-Three - Johnny Cash|
|5||Never Let the Devil Get the Upper Hand Of You - Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives|
|6||Little Moses - Joe and Janette Carter|
|7||Black Jack David - Norman and Nancy Blake with Tim O�Brien|
|8||Bear Creek Blues - John Prine|
|9||You Are My Flower - Willie Nelson|
|10||Single Girl, Married Girl - Shawn Colvin with Earl & Randy Scruggs|
|11||Will My Mother Know Me There? - The Whites with Ricky Skaggs|
|12||The Winding Stream- Rosanne Cash|
|13||Rambling Boy - The Del McCoury Band|
|14||Hold Fast To the Right - June Carter Cash|
|15||Gold Watch & Chain - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Kris Kristofferson|
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