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Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks]

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Old-Timey Classic

    Of all the late 60s - early 70s albums that tried to unite country and rock music, this is probably the best. Other groups like the Burritos, the Byrds, the Dead, and Poco all made a stab at the fusion, but the NGDB probably brought it off most successfully. This was probably due to the fact they recruited legends like Mother Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, and Earl Scruggs and great pickers like Doc Watson and Vassar Clements. They had the wisdom to sit back and let the guests play the country, bluegrass, and mountain music that was their life. I read that Acuff was a bit surly and that Maybelle Carter reached out to the Dirt Band. If that was true, it is not noticeable in the recording. As another reviewer has said, this is superior to O Brother. I enjoy that CD but this one was a historic summit that, in today's compartmentalized music scene, we will probably not see again. The other two Circles are fine projects but this one is a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A historic album re-released at last!

    I bought the album when it came out in 1972 or so, and it was a favorite then, and even then it was apparent that the generation on it were true American treasures. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band put it together, but the album really belongs to Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, etc. I grew up watching them on the Grand Ole Opry, singing songs as old as the hills. The songs, the singers, and I think this album have a place in history. My old record player hasn't worked in a long time, and from time to time,I would think about this album sitting on the shelf, and wish I could hear these songs again. Now I have the CD, and I can, and the songs are as good as I remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Original O Brother!

    Totaly raw, nearly unrehearsed, recored live straight to 2 track, this great blue grass/early country music. Vassar Clements' fiddle playing is mind shattering! Earle Scruggs banjo is devasting. When you hear this cd you will wonder what all the fuss over the O Brother soundtrack is all about. This is an infinately better album.

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