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Off The Record, Vol. 1: Live Recordings, 1956-1969
Bill Monroe
Off The Record, Vol. 1: Live Recordings, 1956-1969
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
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Previously unreleased recordings from the 1950s and '60s present Monroe concert performances, jam sessions, and festival workshops of Bill with the Bluegrass Boys and his brothers Charlie and Birch. This 75-minute collecti...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bill Monroe
Title: Off The Record, Vol. 1: Live Recordings, 1956-1969
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Original Release Date: 9/24/1993
Re-Release Date: 9/14/1993
Album Type: Live
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Classic Country, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093074006320

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Album Description
Previously unreleased recordings from the 1950s and '60s present Monroe concert performances, jam sessions, and festival workshops of Bill with the Bluegrass Boys and his brothers Charlie and Birch. This 75-minute collection captures Monroe with Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Tex Logan, Bobby Hicks, Del McCoury, Hazel Dickens, Roland White, and many, many others. Includes rare photos and extensive notes by Ralph Rinzler. "...culled from both concerts and picking parties, [this recording] reveals what a holy terror [Monroe] was in front of an audience--even of friends, at 4:45 a.m." -- Newsweek

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An intimate glimpse at Monroe's onstage charm
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 12/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A treasure trove of rare Monroe performances, from various folk fests and concerts. For the most part these live renditions don't capture the full intensity of Monroe's music, but there's certainly not a bad cut on this album. The best bit, though, is a track called "Monroe Family Segment," which consists of Q&A dialogs with fans and festival moderators asking Monroe to explain his techniques and how he learned them from various family members... Interesting in and of itself, but also a great glimpse at Bill's rapport with his fans."
The very finest example of bluegrass ever!
Kelley Moss | Ft. Collins, Co. | 05/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I knew I liked the bluegrass sound, but I didn't own any... so on a whim I found this CD in a store. I bought it because I thought I recognized the name, and it did have more songs than most. That was four years ago and I still think of it as one of the best purchases I've ever made. If you like the mandolin and high old time sound... then you must have this CD!! It's over an hour of the best bluegrass ever recorded, and the information in the cover/recorded interview with Bill (#27. Monroe Family Segment) really let you get a chance to know the man."
That was I call MUSIC.
Myra Hill | New York City, United States of America | 08/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have gotten myself into bluegrass lately even though I'm not new to it either. I grew up hearing bluegrass music on television like the Beverly Hillbillies, Hee Haw and the Dukes of Hazzard. However, I always wanted to learn more about Bill Monroe and his music. The music on this CD is of course authentic, traditional bluegrass. I highly recommend this to any bluegrass and even non-bluegrass listener. I would like to see America get back to its music roots. We are losing it with the non substance music we hear today."