Album Details

RELEASE
April 01, 2008
LABEL
JSP
GENRES
Country, Old-Timey, Traditional Country, Appalachian, String Bands, North American Traditions, Close Harmony

Album Review

While they may not have been the most dynamic of the Appalachian string bands of the early '20s, the Carter Family was certainly the most subtly innovative, beginning with Maybelle Carter's bass string-heavy guitar playing. Combined with A.P. Carter's knack for spotting a good song and the trio's clear, haunting vocal style, the music they made has given them a secure spot as country's first big stars. More importantly, A.P.'s collection of Appalachian folk songs (although he is listed as the composer of many of them, he simply collected and refined them) has given American country music a solid historical base and he undoubtedly saved countless songs from oblivion (songs like "Coal Miner's Blues," "No Depression," "Engine 143," and "The Little Black Train" can have their survival into the 21st century traced to the versions that the Carter Family recorded). The Carter Family's recording career officially ended on October 14, 1941 when the original line up of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle did a final session for Victor Records, but it wasn't really the end of the story. Sometime preacher and borderline con man Clifford Spurlock approached A.P. a dozen or so years later about reuniting the trio for a series of recordings for his Acme Record Company. Maybelle had established herself as an artist in her own right by this time, so A.P. took Sara and their children Janette and Joe Carter into the studio for sessions in 1952 and then again four years later in 1956, essentially tracking do-overs of previous Carter Family songs like "Keep on the Sunny Side," "Wildwood Flower," and "Wabash Cannonball" along with several religious and sacred titles and the occasional new song. Most of these "comeback" recordings were either never officially released or were distributed poorly and this two-disc, 58-track set is the first time they've all been compiled and assembled together. There's nothing startling here (unless you count the corny and intrusive train sound effects that someone thought would be a good idea to add to "Wabash Cannonball"), and while "new" songs like the "Railroading on the Great Divide" and "The Titanic" are minor treasures, these Acme sessions function more as an addendum to the earlier Victor material rather than as any kind of major restatement of the basic template. That said, collectors will love this set, and if the Carter Family didn't exactly invent the wheel with these 1950s recordings, they didn't really have to, since they pretty much perfected the wheel thirty years earlier.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Pretty Raindropshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570033&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  2. There's a Bright Side Somewherehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570039&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  3. Climbing Zion's Hillhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570040&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  4. Longing for Homehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570041&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  5. Railroading on the Great Dividehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570043&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  6. Live on Down the Linehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570050&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  7. No More Goodbyes (At Home with Our Saviour Above)http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570088&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  8. On the Rock Where Moses Stoodhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570090&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  9. Storms Are on the Oceanhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570092&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  10. Soldier's Beyond the Bluehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570096&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  11. Sweet Fernhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570097&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  12. Wildwood Flowerhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570098&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  13. Keep on the Sunny Sidehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570107&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  14. Sow 'Em on the Mountainhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570111&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  15. I'll Be Satisfiedhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570113&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  16. Room in Heaven for Mehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570120&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  17. Gently Lead Mehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570122&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  18. Ship Ahoyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570149&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  19. Hill Lone and Greyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Beautiful Isle O'er the Seahttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570151&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  21. My Wildwood Rosehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570155&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  22. The Titanichttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570156&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  23. When the Sunset Turns the Ocean Blue to Goldhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570157&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  24. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyeshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570159&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  25. Little Moseshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Western Hobohttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570162&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  27. Beautiful Homehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570164&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  28. I Shall Not Be Movedhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278570166&id=278569945&at=11l9vR
  29. My Dixie Darlinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Wabash Cannonballhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Meeting in the Airhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Ship Ahoyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Wade in the Waterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Jesus Hold My Handhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Fate of George Allen on Engine 143http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Anchored in Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Curtains of Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. Angel Bandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Redemption Songhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Gold Watch and Chainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Worried Man Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Wayworn Travellerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Homestead on the Farmhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Grave on the Green Hillsidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Waves on the Seahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. Wildwood Flowerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Keep on the Sunny Sidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. Motherless Childrenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. Two More Years (And I'll Be Free)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. Broken Engagementhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. The Last Letterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  52. On the Sea of Galileehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  53. Mrs Jimmie Rodgers Visits the Carter Family, Pt. 1http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  54. Mrs Jimmie Rodgers Visits the Carter Family, Pt. 2http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  55. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  56. Midnight on the Stormy Deephttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  57. Railroading on the Great Dividehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  58. Wildwood Flowerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-acme-sessions-1952-56/id278569945?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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