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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Sometime back, Alison Brown established herself as an innovative banjo stylist and founded her own record label Compass. It's easy to forget that she started off playing with another Alison, Alison Krauss that is, and recorded a number of solo albums for Vanguard. Best of the Vanguard Years draws from Brown's four Vanguard albums, recorded in the early to mid-'90s. As with her later recordings, she has composed material that stretches the limits of the banjo and traditional acoustic music: "Cara's Way The Little People" resembles an Irish jig, "Mambo Banjo" bossa nova, and "Wolf Moon" straight-ahead bluegrass. She also reveals that she's an accomplished guitarist on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Sometime back, Alison Brown established herself as an innovative banjo stylist and founded her own record label Compass. It's easy to forget that she started off playing with another Alison, Alison Krauss that is, and recorded a number of solo albums for Vanguard. Best of the Vanguard Years draws from Brown's four Vanguard albums, recorded in the early to mid-'90s. As with her later recordings, she has composed material that stretches the limits of the banjo and traditional acoustic music: "Cara's Way The Little People" resembles an Irish jig, "Mambo Banjo" bossa nova, and "Wolf Moon" straight-ahead bluegrass. She also reveals that she's an accomplished guitarist on "The Inspector" and "Hello Mendocino!" There are differences, however, between Best of the Vanguard Years and her later recordings. Her writing and playing are more muscular and structured on this earlier set, meaning that even jazzy, open-ended pieces like "Deep North" never seem to drift into new acoustic vagueness. Straightforward arrangements of piano, banjo, bass, and drums on "Look Left" give Brown and company a more traditional sound than Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. It should also be noted that Brown surrounds herself with a number of great musicians, including Mike Marshall, Stuart Duncan, and Roy Huskey, Jr. Best of the Vanguard Years offers a 65-plus minute intro to the pre-Compass years, and will please Brown's fans and anyone interested in original banjo music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707970921
  • Catalog Number: 79709
  • Sales rank: 127,129

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wolf Moon (2:54)
  2. 2 Chicken Road (4:27)
  3. 3 Without Anastasia (3:14)
  4. 4 Mambo Banjo (4:01)
  5. 5 Shoot the Dog (3:26)
  6. 6 Cara's Way (The Little People) (5:20)
  7. 7 G Bop (3:10)
  8. 8 Waltzing With Tula (3:04)
  9. 9 The Dalai Camel (5:41)
  10. 10 Deep North (5:40)
  11. 11 Saint Geneviève (4:03)
  12. 12 Leaving Cottondale (2:36)
  13. 13 Lorelei (4:38)
  14. 14 Look Left (5:02)
  15. 15 Hello Mendocino! (4:01)
  16. 16 The Inspector (3:08)
  17. 17 Simple Pleasures (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alison Brown Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar
Alison Krauss Fiddle
Scott Nygaard Acoustic Guitar
Tony Rice Guitar
Seamus Egan Penny Whistle, Bodhran, uillean pipes
Sam Bacco Percussion, cowbell
John Burr Piano, Keyboards
John Catchings Cello
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Joe Craven Percussion
Alan Dargin Didjeridu
David Davidson Violin
Joey Dukes Drums
Matt Eakle Flute
David Grisman Mandolin
David Hoffner Synthesizer, Keyboards
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Mike Marshall Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin
Rick Reed Percussion, Drums
Mark Schatz Banjo
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Jim Kerwin Bass
Garry West Bass
Jeff King Guitar (Electronic)
Technical Credits
Alison Brown Arranger
John Burr Arranger
David Grisman Producer
Mike Marshall Arranger, Producer
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Rick Reed Arranger
Garry West Arranger, Producer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Jon Weisberger Liner Notes
Quartet Arranger
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Nice But Not Compelling

    I found this Alison Brown compilation to be very good but just not earth-shaking.Maybe I'm spoiled by hearing too much Bela Fleck. I can't think of much more to say. For banjo freaks only.

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