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Last Sessions: Their Complete Victor Recordings - 1934-1941
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop
Led by steady-handed guitar picking, the quavering, deadpan voices of the Carter Family spelled out tales of longing, death, and faith with a imperturbable calm that obscured the roiling storm clouds their songs described.... more »
Led by steady-handed guitar picking, the quavering, deadpan voices of the Carter Family spelled out tales of longing, death, and faith with a imperturbable calm that obscured the roiling storm clouds their songs described. Of course, much has been written about the Carter Family's haunting, lonely sound, and a quick read of the family's turbulent history only adds to the chilly mystique of this legendary group. And while the Carter songbook certainly had its share of gloom and doom, many of the songs collected on this wonderful recording also speak to the other trait that ran through Carter blood: hope. "I'll Be Home Someday," "Something Got a Hold of Me," and even the WWII anthem "Keep on the Firing Line" all inspire listeners and preach that somewhere (either heaven, Virginia, or Tennessee), there is a better place. These are simple songs, but the wallop they pack makes this collection absolutely essential for any understanding of American song. --S. Duda
The Gospel Of Country, Vol. 9
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some good songs here, particularly "I'll Be Home Someday" and the important "Keep On The Firing Line" (with A.P.'s great, woe-full bass line), but the real knock-out is "50 Miles Of Elbow Room", courtesy of Sara's travels to California; its unusual melody line had me humming it for days afterwards. One of the nice pleasures of revisiting these collections is discovering subtleties not apparent on a couple of listens: Maybelle's continuing development as a guitarist and her harmony work behind Sara is, at times, remarkable (the two may not have been sisters, but they sure blended together like it; sadly, fittingly; many decades later they passed away within three months of each other), Sara's magnetism was always intact and her unchanging center was not only the core of the group but a base for future country ideals (including Johnny Cash). And A.P.'s drive and unprecedented ability to come up with new material kept the basic themes fresh and everlasting (and his marvelously quirky "bassin'in" fit beautifully into the three-part harmony, too.) All in all, the great American group - well, until The Band came along to take it a step further - lovingly enshrined in this superb 9-volume series for you. Help keep the circle unbroken and learn in return: these recordings are a must to comprehending country music."