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Best of the Bluegrass Mandolin

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Best of the Bluegrass Mandolin collects tracks from 15 modern exponents of bluegrass mandolin styles, including the Osborne Brothers' "Forked Deer," Marty Stewart's "Roanoke," and Col. Jim Silvers and Kenny Blackwell's "You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven." Along with new interpretations of traditional bluegrass melodies and new pieces in the old traditions, the collection also features fusions of bluegrass with pop and rock, such as David West's whimsical version of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," Brent Truitt's turn on Santana's "Black Magic Woman," and Kenny Blackwell's unique twist on "Samba Pa Ti." A worthwhile collection, particularly for those unfamiliar with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Best of the Bluegrass Mandolin collects tracks from 15 modern exponents of bluegrass mandolin styles, including the Osborne Brothers' "Forked Deer," Marty Stewart's "Roanoke," and Col. Jim Silvers and Kenny Blackwell's "You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven." Along with new interpretations of traditional bluegrass melodies and new pieces in the old traditions, the collection also features fusions of bluegrass with pop and rock, such as David West's whimsical version of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," Brent Truitt's turn on Santana's "Black Magic Woman," and Kenny Blackwell's unique twist on "Samba Pa Ti." A worthwhile collection, particularly for those unfamiliar with the mandolin's versatility, Best of the Bluegrass Mandolin showcases the diversity of the instrument and contemporary bluegrass itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Cmh Records
  • UPC: 027297867222
  • Catalog Number: 8672

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forked Deer - Osborne Brothers (2:07)
  2. 2 The Prisoner's Song - Osborne Brothers (2:54)
  3. 3 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - David West (3:44)
  4. 4 Border Ride - Jim & Jesse (1:56)
  5. 5 Tyler's Tuition - Jesse McReynolds (2:36)
  6. 6 Samba Pa Ti (3:42)
  7. 7 Farewell Blues - Jim & Jesse (3:16)
  8. 8 Kentucky Waltz - Osborne Brothers (2:38)
  9. 9 Roanoke (1:37)
  10. 10 Margaritaville - Joe Smith (3:56)
  11. 11 Grave in the Valley - Jim & Jesse (3:16)
  12. 12 Night Runner - Jesse McReynolds (2:38)
  13. 13 Black Magic Woman (4:00)
  14. 14 Going Across the Sea - Bill Monroe (1:01)
  15. 15 You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim & Jesse Track Performer
Marty Stuart Track Performer
Jesse McReynolds Track Performer
Col. Jim Silvers Track Performer
Brent Truitt Track Performer
David West Track Performer
Kenny Blackwell Track Performer
Technical Credits
Brian Chapman Mastering
Paul Mares Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
David Haerle Executive Producer
M. Christian Arranger, Composer
Brandon Terrell Cover Art
Karrie M. Miller Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Falls short in presenting the best of bluegrass mandolin

    What a challenge that CMH Records has taken on to present the best of the bluegrass mandolin in only 15 tracks! Their picks include traditional and contemporary offerings picked by Bobby Osborne, David West, Jesse McReynolds, Kenny Blackwell, Marty Stuart, Joe Smith, Brent Truitt, and Bill Monroe. Two of the same cuts (The Prisoner's Song, and Going Across the Sea) are also among the offerings on CMH's "The Pioneers of Bluegrass" reviewed above. This album offers a very eclectic mix of mandolin. Forked Deer, Kentucky Waltz, and Roanoke are tunes one might hear at a traditional bluegrass festival. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also hear mandolin interpretations of Lennon and McCartney's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," of Carlos Santana's "Samba Pa Ti," P. Green's "Black Magic Woman," Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville," and Chet Atkins' "You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven." A number of the tracks also have percussion. Not just an instrumental album, about a third of the offerings include vocals. This album has an interesting set of music with some solid mandolin playing, but it falls short in presenting the best of bluegrass mandolin. To best present that instrument, CMH would've been better off with two fully instrumental releases: one featuring traditional stylings and one featuring contemporary offerings. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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