Alive/Rare Junk

Alive/Rare Junk

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by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
01/01/1996
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261202451
catalogNumber:
245
Rank:
49853

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Primary Artist
Rodney Dillard   Dobro
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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