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The Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971 [Box]

The Early Rebel Recordings 1962 1971 [Box]


This is an especially pleasing four-CD set, comprising most of the Country Gentlemen's recordings for the Rebel label over a period of nine years, when they used bluegrass music as a vehicle for innovation by way of country, folk, and rock. The influence of the Osborne Brothers can be heard throughout their early work (along with more mainstream country sources), but then they start cutting Dylan and Tom Paxton songs. The odd early individual tracks lead into the contents of the Bringing Mary Home album, which established their reputation nationally as a bluegrass act to be reckoned with. Disc One ends with the controversial "Big Bruce," a gay parody of Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" that skirts a fine line between satire, burlesque, and slur. Disc Two features several previously unissued songs, and also shows the group growing artistically amid a flurry of concert activity -- a surprising number of songs from this period were cut on the fly at semi-pro and improvised studios, as the band fit recording in anywhere they could. Disc Three picks up in 1969 -- the group by this time was freely adapting popular as well as folk tunes, thus the presence of "Mrs. Robinson" amid the bluegrass standards. By Disc Four, the group was nearing a summit of popularity and creativity. The irony was that, even as they were achieving success, the group was nearing a decision to leave Rebel. This collection isn't quite ideal, since it is missing a key mid-'60s live recording; the booklet and annotation are very thorough, as is the session information, all of it pitched at the Bear Family level. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    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.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Clear Lake
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  • Label: Rebel
  • UPC: 032511400222
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Christmas Time Back Home
  • 2. Heavenward Bound
  • 3. I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)
  • 4. Sad And Lonesome Day
  • 5. Bluebirds Are Singing, The
  • 6. White Rose, The
  • 7. Gentleman Is Blue, The
  • 8. Philadelphia Lawyer
  • 9. Spanish Two Step
  • 10. Bringing Mary Home
  • 11. Convict And The Rose, The (Previously Unreleased)
  • 12. Banks Of The Ohio
  • 13. Down Where The River Bends
  • 14. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  • 15. This World Is No Place To Live
  • 16. Uncle Joe (Previously Unreleased)
  • 17. Northbound
  • 18. Let The Light Shine Down
  • 19. Girl From The North Country
  • 20. Cold Wind A'blowin, A
  • 21. Jingle Bells
  • 22. Silent Night
  • 23. We Three Kings
  • 24. Blue Bell
  • 25. It's All Over Now Baby Blue
  • 26. Matterhorn
  • 27. Dark As A Dungeon
  • 28. Big Bruce
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. When They Ring Those Golden Bells
  • 2. Buffalo Girls
  • 3. Beautiful Life, A
  • 4. I'm Working On A Road
  • 5. Border Affair, A
  • 6. Johnny Reb
  • 7. Many A Mile
  • 8. Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
  • 9. Lord, I'm Coming Home
  • 10. Traveler, The
  • 11. Silver Bell (Previously Unreleased)
  • 12. Theme From Exodus
  • 13. Love And Wealth (Previously Unreleased)
  • 14. He Was A Friend Of Mine
  • 15. Daybreak In Dixie
  • 16. Same Old Day
  • 17. Raggy Mountain Shakedown
  • 18. Banana Boat Song
  • 19. Going To The Races
  • 20. Waiting For The Boys To Come Home
  • 21. Darling Little Joe
  • 22. El Dedo
  • 23. I'll Be There Mary Dear
  • 24. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
  • 25. Take Me In A Lifeboat
  • 26. Sentence, The
  • 27. Where I'm Bound
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. To The Rescue
  • 2. Rodger Young
  • 3. Green Green Grass Of Home
  • 4. Along The Way
  • 5. Let's
  • 6. Rambling Boy
  • 7. Gentlemen's Concerto
  • 8. Take Me Back To The Valley
  • 9. Fare Thee Well Cisco
  • 10. Preaching, Praying, Singing
  • 11. Mrs. Robinson
  • 12. Two Little Boys
  • 13. Doin' My Time
  • 14. Rank Strangers To Me
  • 15. Heaven (Previously Unreleased)
  • 16. Gone Home
  • 17. Rank Strangers To Me
  • 18. I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap
  • 19. Over The Hills To The Poorhouse
  • 20. Little White Church
  • 21. Heaven
  • 22. Bill Bailey
  • 23. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire
  • 24. Are You Washed In The Blood?
  • 25. One Wide River
  • 26. On The Sunny Side Of Life
  • 27. Born Again
  • 28. I'll Break Out Again
  • Disc 4:
  • 1. Less Of Me
  • 2. I Am A Pilgrim
  • 3. Weapon Of Prayer
  • 4. If I Were Free
  • 5. Teach Your Children
  • 6. Fox On The Run
  • 7. Johnny And Jack Medley
  • 8. I'd Rather Live By The Side Of The Road
  • 9. These Men Of God
  • 10. Cowboys And Indians
  • 11. Sea Of Heartbreak
  • 12. Orange Blossom Mandolin
  • 13. Yesterday
  • 14. Girl Behind The Bar, The
  • 15. Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp, The
  • 16. Country Roads
  • 17. Redwood Hill
  • 18. Secret Of The Waterfall
  • 19. Walkin' Down The Line
  • 20. Breakin' It Down
  • 21. New Freedom Bell
  • 22. Old Pine Tree, The
  • 23. Legend Of The Rebel Soldier, The
  • 24. C.G. Express
  • 25. Little Bessie
  • 26. Fields Have Turned Brown
  • 27. Get In Line Buddy
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
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.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • 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.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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