27 September 2016

Further education

The BIB editor reports:

At some stage in a bluegrass fan's life, there will be a period in which more recordings will be desired than can be afforded - at least, it was so, back in the days before the internet. Even today, fans can still be tantalised by hearing of legendary live shows that never got on to a commercial recording. Consequent-
ly, I've been recently delighted by discovering two superabundant YouTube channels, both under the auspices of Chugoku Gakuen University, Japan.

For me, the chief period of not-buying-enough-albums was the 1970s and '80s. The channel Access Granted has a great range, extending from the 1960s into the 1990s, of complete albums that have not been re-released on CD. Many album covers are familiar from reviews in Bluegrass Unlimited (including a few that I actually bought at the time). The notes include complete track lists and names of musicians taking part. The sister channel Connection Allowed has recordings made over an even longer stretch of time, of live shows at festivals, concerts, and clubs. The first four videos shown on the home page, for instance, are by the Seldom Scene, Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs, and Tony Rice & Norman Blake. My further education starts here...

Update 14 Feb. 2017: A third resource should be added to the above two channels: Take's Bluegrass Album Channel.

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