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Flying Burrito BrothersGilded Palace Of Sin/Burrito Deluxe ... CD
A&M, Late 60s. Used ... $9.99
2 Burritos LPs back-to-back on one CD! Gilded Palace Of Sin is truly a country rock masterpiece – one of the greatest rock(ish) albums of the late 60s – with traditionally structured nuggets that still manage to venture fully into the soulful, exploratory capacities of sunny 60s pop. Perfection! Tracks include "Christine's Tune", "Do Right Woman", "Dark End Of The Street", the anti-Vietnam War anthem "My Uncle", "Hot Burrito #1", "Hot Burrito #2" and more! Burrito Deluxe is more of a group effort (Gram Parsons held the reins on the first record), and a slightly less trippy album, and a bit more of a hodgepodge. The record has more of a focus on the roots rock elements than more soaring Gilded Palace. Tracks include "Lazy Days", "Image Of Me", "High Fashion Queen", "Man In The Fog", "Older Guys", Down In The Churchyard", "Wild Horses" and more. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ VariousTruckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels – The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock Vol 2 – 1969 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing second chapter to this wonderful series – and like the first, a perfectly-chosen batch of tracks that shows the return of country styles to rock music at the end of the 60s! Most of the artists here are those of the LA scene – who had a surprisingly strong respect for the sounds of Bakersfield and Nashville – but the set also includes some other artists who really fit into the mix well – almost all of them big names of the time, or of later years – but working here in a sound that's still very fresh, and free from all the cliches that crept into country rock in the 70s! Bear Family really took a lot of care with the whole thing – and the set features over 50 pages of notes, telling the track-by-track tale of country rock from 1969 – a set of 23 titles that includes "Level With Your Sense" by The Corvettes, "Sin City" by The Flying Burrito Brothers, "Texas Me" by Sir Douglas Quintet, "Drug Store Truck Driving Man" by The Byrds, "Up On Cripple Creek" by The Band, "Make Me Smile" by Poco, "We Need A Whole Lot More Jesus" by Linda Ronstadt, "Ruby" by The First Edition, "I'm Movin On" by Elvis Presley, "Vaccination For The Blues" by The Sanland Brothers, and "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass" by Buck Owens. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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Blackwood BrothersRock A My Soul (5CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. Used ... $49.99
A spiritual act, but one who really helped give the music a groove, and find a way to move alongside country and pop on the Tennessee scene of the postwar years! The group are from Memphis, and may not have the deep soul of Sun or Excello gospel groups, but certainly have some great harmonies – as you'll hear on this set that brings together all their RCA recordings from the 50s – along with a mighty nice book too! CD

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Louvin BrothersFirst Steps – The Early Recordings ... CD
Rural Routes, Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
Sublime sounds from the legendary Louvin Brothers – heard here on a collection of tracks recorded before their more famous years at Capitol Records – for labels that include Decca, Apollo, and MGM! Yet even at this early point, the brothers are fantastic – graced with a harmony sound that was both rooted in the hills, and which would become a huge influence on rock and folk generations to come – often just backed by simple guitar and mandolin backings, which usually don't offer the pyrotechnics of contemporaries like Bill Monroe – lest they get in the way of the vocals – yet still have a way of ringing out with a fantastic sort of depth. Titles include "Weapon Of Prayer", "Alabama", "Seven Year Blues", "The Get Acquainted Waltz", "You'll Be Rewarded Over There", "Robe Of White", "The Sons & Daughters Of God", "Childish Love", and "The Great Atomic Power". CD
Also available First Steps – The Early Recordings ... LP 15.99

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Louvin BrothersFirst Steps – The Early Recordings ... LP
Rural Routes, Early 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Sublime sounds from the legendary Louvin Brothers – heard here on a collection of tracks recorded before their more famous years at Capitol Records – for labels that include Decca, Apollo, and MGM! Yet even at this early point, the brothers are fantastic – graced with a harmony sound that was both rooted in the hills, and which would become a huge influence on rock and folk generations to come – often just backed by simple guitar and mandolin backings, which usually don't offer the pyrotechnics of contemporaries like Bill Monroe – lest they get in the way of the vocals – yet still have a way of ringing out with a fantastic sort of depth. Titles include "Weapon Of Prayer", "Alabama", "Seven Year Blues", "The Get Acquainted Waltz", "You'll Be Rewarded Over There", "Robe Of White", "The Sons & Daughters Of God", "Childish Love", and "The Great Atomic Power". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available First Steps – The Early Recordings ... CD 11.99

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Stanley BrothersComplete Columbia Stanley Brothers 1949 to 1952 ... CD
Columbia, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $5.99 7.98
Timeless, traditional, beautiful bluegrass ballads of love and lament from the Stanley Brothers – including the best version of "I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow" you'll ever hear! These earlier Stanley recordings from the late 40s and early 50s have some strains of tradition blues, rags, and spirituals – and kind of came on at the the tail end of the world Harry Smith would soon later shine a brilliant light on – that unique space between folk and country, roots and hillbilly – then still quite fresh, and almost without a mainstream audience. The set features 22 classics from the Columbia vaults – their complete ouvre for label, minus a couple alternate takes from the earlier compilation on Bear Family: "A Vision Of Mother", "The White Dove", "Little Glass Of Wine", "We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven", "I Love No One But You", "The Fields Have Turned Brown", "Hey! Hey! Hey!", "The Wandering Boy", "Let's Part The Best Of Friends", "Too Late To Cry", "Pretty Polly", and "The Old Home". CD

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Stanley BrothersComplete Starday/King Instrumentals – 1958 to 1965 ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 13.98
All the instrumental tracks the Stanley Brothers recorded for King and Starday Records – packaged here in one nicely-priced set! The Stanley's are maybe best known for their incredible harmony vocals – which were some of the best of the postwar bluegrass generation – but their instrumental skills were fantastic, too – and they had a way of bringing together guitar and banjo that was unlike anyone else. Ralph's banjo was as dextrous as some of his contemporaries, but often almost more melodic in a mandolin-like way – and Carter's driving guitar could add a lot of vibrant energy to the music in place of the vocals. The set's overflowing with instrumental gems – and titles include "Stoney Creek", "Five String Drag", "Clinch Mountain Backstep", "Rang Tang", "Wildwood Flower", "Train 45", "Bully Of The Town", "Lonesome Traveler", "Mastertone March", "Steel Guitar Rag", "Midnight Ramble", and "Snow Deer". CD

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Stanley BrothersEarly Starday/King Years – 1958 to 1961 (4CD set) ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $21.99 29.98
Our favorite years of the Stanley Brothers – material recorded after they'd left the bigger labels, and really started to hit their stride for the smaller indies King and Starday Records! Both companies were completely faithful to the growing sound of bluegrass, and really let the brothers take off and soar – unlocking that amazing harmony style that made their vocals so wonderful, and really honing their instrumental skills – often working alongside the mandolin of Bill Napier, whose talents here are tremendous! The set's way nicer than you might expect from the Gusto label – much more in a Bear Family mode, with very detailed notes, session information, and lots of images – all to support over 100 classic tracks, with titles that include "I Saw The Light", "Wild Bill Jones", "I'd Worship You", "Just Dreamin", "Beneath The Maple", "If I Lose", "Daybreak In Dixie", "Lonely Tombs", "Pass Me Not", "Purple Robe", "Wings Of Angels", "The Angel Of Death", "Your Selfish Heart", "How Mountain Girls Can Love", and our favorite-ever recording of "Man Of Constant Sorrow". CD

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✨✧ Stanley BrothersFolk Concert – From The Heart Of America ... LP
King, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $7.99
Late King Records material by this legendary bluegrass duo – with titles that include "I Don't Want Your Rambling Letters", "Hills Of Roan County", "Old & In The Way", "Just Because", "My Brother's Bride", "Whiskey & Jail", "Lips That Lie", and "Six Months Ain't Long". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy blue label pressing! Cover has a bit of tape on the seam.)

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Stanley BrothersKing Years 1961 to 1965 (4CD set) ... CD
King/Gusto, Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $21.99 29.98
Fantastic work from The Stanley Brothers – the second half of their later recordings for King Records – from a time when their talents were completely sublime! The voice of Ralph might best be known to some from the earlier Columbia and Mercury sides – but his approach here in the 60s is maybe even more wonderful – as is the recording quality of the work – never commercial, still quite spare, but with a crystal-clear conception that really gets at the heart of the genius vocal and instrumental interplay between Carter and Ralph Stanley! As before, there's loads of heartbreaking material on here that's perfect for the harmonies of the duo – a vocal presentation that we love even more than the Louvin Brothers – and Ralph's work on banjo is often as melodically expressive as the genius of Bill Monroe on the mandolin. 4CD set features fantastic notes, with loads of session detail and images - and the package features 111 songs, including "Stone Walls & Steel Bars", "Mother Call My Name In Prayer", "Working On A Building", "Dying A Sinner's Death", "My Sinful Past", "String Eraser & Blotter", "Hills Of Roan county", "Pig In The Pen", "Whiskey & Jail", "Train 45", and "Lonesome Traveler". CD

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Stanley BrothersStanley Brothers – A Collection Of Original & Sacred Songs ... LP
King, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Beautiful King Records material from the Stanley Brothers – from a time when they really perfected their spiritual bluegrass sound! Titles include "He'll Save Your Soul Yet", "Prayer Of A Truck Driver's Son", "Vision Of The Promised Land", "Take Me Home", "Pray For The Boys", "Soldier's Grave", and "The End Of The Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has some very light wear.)

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Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain BoysHymns & Sacred Songs ... LP
King, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99 9.98
The legendary Stanley Brothers – singing the kind of music they did better than just about anyone else! The classic style of the duo is perfectly suited to the spiritual themes here – which come across with a world-weary, downtrodden vibe that seems to have the pair just yearning for heaven – not with any paeans of glory, but just as a rest from all the wickedness and temptations of this world! Ralph's crackling tenor really hits home, and the instrumentation is spare, but completely on the money – on titles that include "The Wicked Path Of Sin", "The Angel Of Death", "He Said If I Be Lifted Up", "Mother's Footsteps Guide Me On", "Wings Of Angels", and "That Home Far Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain BoysSacred Songs From The Hills ... LP
Starday, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99 9.98
Classic work from The Stanley Brothers – a duo whose spiritual output was just as important as their secular sides – and which comes off here with all the best charm of their famous recordings! Sure, these tunes might originate from the church – but the presentation here is very stripped-down, very personal – and really reflects that special place that themes of the spirit had in bluegrass music – where they were often merged with more individual issues, and used as a conveyer of shame and loss. A few of these numbers are slightly joyous, but most are nice and dark – and really make great use of that incredible tenor of Ralph Stanley. Titles include "In Heaven We'll Never Grow Old", "The Darkest Hour Is Just Before The Dawn", "Let Me Hide Myself In Thee", "Roll On Rank Stranger", "Mother No Longer Awaits Me", and "I'm Ready To Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willis Brothers20 Great Truck Drivin Songs ... CD
Starday/Gusto, Early 60s. New Copy ... $5.99 9.98
A great collection of work from some of the unsung geniuses of the 60s trucker country years – the Willis Brothers trio, who cut some wonderful work for Starday Records back in the day! The group had a nicely folksy feel at times – not really bluegrass, as they used a more electric approach – but a homespun sound that really fit the wit of their tunes! The tracks here run the gamut of commentary on the growing role of the truck on the roads – and most numbers have a lively, often humorous approach – one that's plenty darn appealing after all these years, which isn't often the case for more heartworn trucker country numbers. The set packs in 20 classics from the Starday years – with titles that include "Diesel Drivin Donut Dunkin Dan", "Soft Shoulders & Dangerous Curves", "Blazin Smokestack", "Big Daddy", "It's The Miles", "Highway Patrol", "Gear Siftin", "Drivin's In My Blood", "Motorcycle Bill", "End Of The Road", "Truck Stop Cutie", and "Wheels A Turning". CD

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Blue Sky BoysTreasury Of Rare Gems From The Past ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
Some definite gems from the Blue Sky Boys – a duo who recorded early in the country music years of King Records, and who never stayed together long enough to earn the fame of labelmates like The Stanleys or Delmore Brothers! The Boys – Bill and Earl Bolick – have a sound that's wonderfully sweet, almost Louvin-like at times – as they work through both a mix of familiar tunes and spiritual numbers, all with a nicely stripped-down style that feels like it came right from the hills to the King Records studios – with often just their own mandolin and guitar for accompaniment. CD features 16 tracks in all – including "Turn Your Radio On", "Dust On The Bible", "Row Us Over The Tide", "There's Been A Change", "Picture From Life's Other Side", "As Long As I Live", "Tugboat", and "The Last Letter". CD

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Bonny Prince BillyBest Troubador (with download & bonus tracks) ... LP
Drag City, 2017. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99
A tribute to the great Merle Haggard, and one of Will Oldham's best albums yet – as Bonny Prince Billy, or as any of his other noms de plume – and truly as warm and honest of an homage to Hag as we'd ever hope to hear! Merle Haggard is best known to the masses as an icon of classic country, especially hardscrabble honky tonk, but he was lover of myriad styles of rural American music, always filtering diverse strains into his own songwriting, his live and studio arrangements, and interpretations of other songwriters. As such a unique voice and writer himself, Oldham deeply understands Haggard, and in these versions of songs from throughout Haggard's career you can really hear his love and respect, while still doing his own thing with the material. It's a joy whether you're longtime fans of Palace Brothers, Bonny Prince Billy, Will Oldham et al, Merle Haggard, or even just timeless, unique, largely acoustic music. There's a lot to love here! Includes unique versions of a couple Hag standards, but even richer with fan favorites and lesser-known songs he wrote or lovingly adapted over the years. Includes "The Fugitive", "My Old Pal", "Haggard (Like I've Never Been Before)", "Rose In The Winter", "Nobody's Darling", "If I Could Only Fly" and more. Vinyl version is has 2 unlisted bonus tracks, too: "Mama Tried" and "No Time To Cry". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl includes 2 unlisted bonus tracks – plus digital download card & a bumper sticker!)

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Johnny CashJohnny Cash At San Quentin – Complete 1969 Concert (2CD/DVD) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1969. Used 2CD & DVD ... $13.99
Johnny returns to prison for another incredible set, released in its entirety for the first time with the 9 songs left off of the original LP! Like the Folsom gig, the set was captured by producer Bob Johnston, who also so masterfully recorded Bob Dylan at his most primal. Unlike the Folsom set, in which Johnny was famously accompanied by the Tennessee Three, the San Quentin band was fleshed out to include all of the still performing Carter women, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers. Another breathtaking prison recording, featuring the famous version of "A Boy Named Sue" where you hear the crowd going completely nuts. Tracks include "I Walk The Line", "Darlin' Companion", "San Quentin", "Wanted Man", "There'll Be Peace In The Valley", "Ring Of Fire", "He Turned The Water Into Wine", "Daddy Sang Bass", "I Don't Know Where I'm Bound" and more. 31 tracks in all, with lots of previously unreleased photos and essays, including some insight from Merle Haggard – who had, uh, his own little gig at San Quentin if you catch my meaning. Also features a DVD documentary on the show. CD

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Fairport ConventionWho Knows Where The Time Goes – The Essential Fairport Convention (3CD set) ... CD
Island/Universal (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3CD ... $11.99
The genius of Fairport Convention knows no bounds – as the group were an ever-vibrant, ever-creative ensemble – often changing membership as much as they experimented with new styles – in a fantastic range that's very well captured on this 3CD set! Fairport are way more than the folk rock outfit that they're most easily identified as – because although the group certainly draws a lot from folk traditions, both ancient and modern, they bring so much more to their music as well – including especially compelling use of electric guitar and bass (the former on many of these tracks by the young Richard Thompson) – and transcendent vocals from Sandy Denny that really helps take the music to a new dimension. The set offers about a decade's worth of recordings by the group – 52 tracks in all – including some more unusual moments, and even some rarer tracks too – a great selection of titles that includes "Sir Patrick Spens", "Fotheringay", "Suzanne", "Chelsea Morning", "Ballad Of Easy Rider", "Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood", "Matty Groves", "Genesis Hall", "The Plainsman", "The Hens March Through The Midden & The Four Poster Bed", "Cropredy Capers", "When First Into This Country", "Farewell Farewell", "Angles Brown", "The Last Waltz", "John Lee", "Breakfast In Mayfair", "Sailor's Alphabet", and "Banks Of The Sweet Primroses". CD

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Josh GravesBluegrass Specials – We're Gonna Have A Ball ... LP
Cowboy Carl, 1962. Very Good+ ... $5.99
An unusual 70s issue of these earlier tracks recorded in Nashville – with Uncle Josh Graves on dobro and vocals, alongside rhythm guitar, fiddle, banjo, and bass – plus a bit more guest dobro from Bashful Brother Oswald! Issued on a small label from Park Forest, IL too! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Waylon JenningsRamblin Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA, 1974. New Copy ... $5.99 7.99
Waylon Jennings at peak mid 70s perfection! Ramblin' Man fits in stylistically with the gruff honky tonk hero mode he first fully realized a couple albums earlier, but he's still fiercely blazing trails here, pairing his gruff lead vocals with sweeter female harmonies on some tracks, changing the groove from laidback swagger to fast-paced honky tonk, working in some tender ballads with the gruffer numbers...Waylon at his best. Starts up with the eternal title track and equally classic "Rainy Day Woman" and hardly lets up in greatness from there, with "Cloudy Days", "The Hunger", "It'll Be Her", a great cover of the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider", "Memories Of You And Me", "Amanda" and more. CD also includes the bonus tracks "Got A Lot Going For Me" "The Last Letter" and "The One I Sing My Love Song To", the latter 2 previously unreleased. CD
 
 
 



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