Can The Circle Be Unbroken?: Country Music's First Family


The second half of the Carter Family's recorded output largely rests with the contents of this CD. It's their output for Columbia's OKeh and Conqueror labels, 17 of the 20 recorded over five days in May 1935 and the final three from an October 1940 session. In typical Carter Family fashion, the material is wide ranging and eclectic, running from British folk music ("Black Jack David," "Sinking in the Lonesome Sea") to gospel ("On the Rock Where Moses Stood," "River of Jordan") to blues ("Worried Man Blues") and beyond. Along the way we're treated to re-cuts of notable Carter "hits" like "Can the Circle Be Unbroken," "Wildwood Flower," and "Keep on the Sunny Side." After you collect all of their Victor recordings from the 1920s, here's your next stop, an indispensable addition to any basic country collection. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
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    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • UPC: 074646570722
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Track listings

  • 1. Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye And Bye)
  • 2. Lulu Walls
  • 3. My Clinch Mountain Home
  • 4. Wildwood Flower
  • 5. Worried Man Blues
  • 6. Keep On The Sunny Side
  • 7. Gospel Ship
  • 8. My Texas Girl
  • 9. Sinking In The Lonesome Sea
  • 10. Cannon Ball Blues
  • 11. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
  • 12. River Of Jordan
  • 13. Storms Are On The Ocean, The
  • 14. On The Rock Where Moses Stood
  • 15. Little Black Train, The
  • 16. Single Girl, Married Girl
  • 17. Kissing Is A Crime
  • 18. Blackie's Gunman
  • 19. My Home Among The Hills
  • 20. Black Jack David
 
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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