Very Best Of The Mccormic

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Review Text These 18 songs, taken from singles issued on the Hickory label between the mid-'50s and early '60s, comprise the heart of the McCormick Brothers' discography. It deliberately focuses on their bluegrass recordings, though it might have been nice to include one or two of their rockabilly cuts for those not intimately familiar with those rare and little-known records. What's here is high-quality bluegrass with a mere touch of modernized 1950s country production, heavy on brotherly harmonies. It's not as top drawer as the most famous artists working the style, but it's certainly respectable and nothing that fans of harmonizing bluegrass groups of the mid-20th century, family acts or otherwise, wouldn't take a shine to. The vocal numbers share space with instrumentals showcasing their instrumental virtuosity, particularly the fast banjo-picking of Haskel McCormick. Their debut single and biggest seller, a cover of the Louvin Brothers' "Red Hen Boogie," is here as well, though it's not too typical of their recordings, both in its slight boogie flavor and insertion of novelty hen clucks. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  1. 1. Are You Feeling Blue? - 3:34
  2. 2. I'm Happy to Know - 2:19
  3. 3. Banjo Fling - 2:06
  4. 4. Lonesome for You - 2:58
  5. 5. Coffee, Coffee, Coffee - 2:01
  6. 6. McCormick's String Picnic - 2:00
  7. 7. Pins and Needles (In My Heart) - 3:30
  8. 8. Haskel's Five String - 2:08
  9. 9. In the Palm of Your Hand - 2:24
  10. 10. Darling Why Can't You Be True - 2:15
  11. 11. Banjo Twist - 2:13
  12. 12. Make Your Last Kiss the Sweetest - 2:07
  13. 13. Red Hen Boogie - 2:25
  14. 14. Bugle Call Rag - 2:02
  15. 15. C.N.R. Special (Rollin' Down the Line) - 2:27
  16. 16. Before I Met You - 2:21
  17. 17. Cross My Heart (And Hope to Die) - 2:15
  18. 18. Mad Banjo - 2:19

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3/19/02 

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