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