A long-overdue look at the early recordings by the team of Don Reno and Red
Smiley – a pair of King Records artists in the 50s who were as important to the rising sophistication of bluegrass as The Stanley Brothers or Bill Monroe! The pair could harmonize in a way that was every bit as sweet and heavenly as The Louvin Brothers – and Don Reno especially had a great range that really came in handy with the range of material the group covered – styles that are especially strong on spiritual and heartbreaking themes, which the pair did better than most! This package is a treasure trove – the first time that this material has properly been presented – and although handled by the sometimes-cheapo Gusto label
, presented here with full liner notes, photos, and lots of details on the vintage King Records sessions – really a Bear Family style of presentation. The 4CD set features 109 tracks in all – and titles include "Mack's Hoedown", "Love Call Waltz", "Mountain Church", "I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap", "When I Safely Reach That Other Shore", "I Can Hear The Angels Singing", "Mountain Rosa Lee", "She Has Forgotten", "Money Marbles & Chalk", "Dark As A Dungeon", "I Want To Know", "Missle Ride", "Banjo Riff", "Kneel Down", "Cumberland Gap", and lots lots more.