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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Two superb albums on one CD equal one must-own CD. The studio sides on Rare Junk include covers of the jazz standard "Willie the Weeper" with its familiar "Hi de hi dee ho" chorus, "Collegiana" done jug band style, "Cornbread and 'Lasses," Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe," and Jackson Browne's "These Days" in one of its better and surprisingly upbeat versions. Some of this stuff is so self-conscious in its humor -- "Sadie Green the Vamp of New Orleans" and "Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe" come to mind -- that it's hard to believe that it was recorded with much confidence of success, but it works musically, capturing the vaudeville side of the band's orientation better than anything...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Two superb albums on one CD equal one must-own CD. The studio sides on Rare Junk include covers of the jazz standard "Willie the Weeper" with its familiar "Hi de hi dee ho" chorus, "Collegiana" done jug band style, "Cornbread and 'Lasses," Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe," and Jackson Browne's "These Days" in one of its better and surprisingly upbeat versions. Some of this stuff is so self-conscious in its humor -- "Sadie Green the Vamp of New Orleans" and "Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe" come to mind -- that it's hard to believe that it was recorded with much confidence of success, but it works musically, capturing the vaudeville side of the band's orientation better than anything on their first two LPs. Alive, recorded at the L.A. Troubadour circa 1967, is one of the great live albums of its decade, capturing the early group in top form, clowning around in a loosely structured show that has them covering "Buy for Me the Rain" which was already a hit, as well as B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," the Reverend Gary Davis' "Candy Man" in a version superior to the first album's studio cover, and Earl Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." It is a great set, the guitars, mandolins, and banjos glitter in the clarity of the recording; and it is an honest, fully representative show, complete with wrong notes, false starts, jokes that usually but don't always work, and the ten tracks are a vital addition to any folk-rock, country-rock, or even a partly serious NGDB fan's collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1996
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261202451
  • Catalog Number: 245
  • Sales rank: 100,891

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Primary Artist
Rodney Dillard Dobro
Les Thompson Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass, Tambourine
Chris Darrow Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Electric Bass, String Bass, Group Member
John McEuen Banjo, Piano, 5-string Banjo, Banjar, Group Member
Ralph Barr Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Jimmie Fadden Harmonica, Tuba, Drums, Jug, Washtub Bass
Jeff Hanna Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Bass, Drums, Tambourine, Washboard, Group Member
Paul Hornsby Piano
Bernie Leadon Guitar
Jimmie Faddon Harmonica, Tuba, Drums, Jug, Washtub Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Greg Copeland Composer
Steve Noonan Composer
Rev. Gary Davis Composer
Bruce Ellison Engineer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Dino Lappas Engineer
Dallas Smith Producer
Woody Woodward Art Direction
John Tobler Liner Notes
Johnny Dunn Composer
Dean Torrence Illustrations
Wayne Kimbell Cover Design
George Matola Composer
George Rodriguez Cover Photo
John Marascalco Composer
Gilbert Wells Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Best Live Recording of its Time

    The opening act was Steve Martin at the Trub. I was the Recording Engineer for this album and it was one of the greatest sessions I ever had. The boys were also great friends, Hi Guys and we had some great times together in the studio and out. The material is timeless, preformed and recorded perfectly for its time. We did it on 4 track analog from a truck on Sunset out side the club. My assistant engineers were Dave Brand and Brian Cornfeld. It was a great time for the Liberty Records Family with artiest like The Canned Heat, The Hour Glass (Greg Almond)and lots more. I also worked on Signs, Five Man Electrical Band, Lets Get it On, Marvin Jay, and Pure Smoke Smokey Robinson. Like I said a Great time in the Record Biz. Enjoy Bruce Ellison

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