Dirt Band/An American Dream

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 1999, BGO reissued the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 1978 and 1979 albums, The Dirt Band and American Dream, as a CD two-fer. These were the first two of three albums they recorded as the Dirt Band, which is what they renamed themselves when they were diminished to the trio of Jeff Hanna, John McEuen, and Jimmie Fadden, who rebuilt them as a Californian soft rock outfit. That's the key to these two albums -- those who are too attached to the sound of Will the Circle Be Unbroken will find this too slick, but those who prefer Californian soft rock will be glad these two underappreciated records have finally made their way to CD. Neither record is perfect -- the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 1999, BGO reissued the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 1978 and 1979 albums, The Dirt Band and American Dream, as a CD two-fer. These were the first two of three albums they recorded as the Dirt Band, which is what they renamed themselves when they were diminished to the trio of Jeff Hanna, John McEuen, and Jimmie Fadden, who rebuilt them as a Californian soft rock outfit. That's the key to these two albums -- those who are too attached to the sound of Will the Circle Be Unbroken will find this too slick, but those who prefer Californian soft rock will be glad these two underappreciated records have finally made their way to CD. Neither record is perfect -- the instrumentals don't quite work, for instance, and the boogie numbers on American Dream aren't great -- but they're both very appealing, thanks to the highly polished, stylized production and a good set of songs highlighted by their hit version of Rodney Crowell's "An American Dream." The rest of these two records delivers on the promise of that single, so if you enjoyed the hit, this is certainly worth seeking out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1999
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261204554
  • Catalog Number: 455
  • Sales rank: 65,540

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In for the Night (3:31)
  2. 2 Wild Nights (3:20)
  3. 3 For a Little While (3:15)
  4. 4 Lights (4:03)
  5. 5 Escaping Reality (3:39)
  6. 6 Whoa Babe (3:17)
  7. 7 White Russia (2:50)
  8. 8 You Can't Stop Loving Me Now (3:50)
  9. 9 On the Loose (3:47)
  10. 10 Angel (4:16)
  11. 11 An American Dream (3:52)
  12. 12 In Her Eyes (4:16)
  13. 13 Take Me Back (3:02)
  14. 14 Jas'moon (3:26)
  15. 15 Dance the Night Away (4:23)
  16. 16 New Orleans (3:59)
  17. 17 Happy Feet (3:58)
  18. 18 Do You Feel the Way That I Do (3:57)
  19. 19 What's on Your Mind (3:43)
  20. 20 Wolverton Mountain (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Primary Artist
Al Kooper Keyboards, Arp Strings
Michael McDonald Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Vocals
Leah Kunkel Background Vocals
Mickey Thomas scat
John McEuen Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin, Lap Steel Guitar
Merle Brigante Percussion, Drums
Rosemary Butler Background Vocals
Bobby Campo Percussion, Trumpet, Cornet
Bob Carpenter Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, oberheim
Jimmie Fadden Percussion, Harp, Vocals, Background Vocals, national steel guitar, Syndrum
Al Garth Clarinet, Fiddle, Percussion, Violin, Horn, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Viola, Melodica
Marty Gwinn Background Vocals
Jeff Hanna Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tony Haselden Guitar
Richard Hathaway Bass, Percussion
Bobby LaKind Percussion
Leon Medica Bass
Jeff Pollard Guitar
Rod Roddy Keyboards
Bryan Savage Horn
Bobby Mason Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
John McEuen Composer
Terry Becker Engineer
David Bianco Engineer
Paul Black Engineer
Merle Brigante Composer
Bob Carpenter Composer
Bob Edwards Producer, Engineer
David Farrell Engineer
Al Garth Composer
Jeff Hanna Composer, Producer
Richard Hathaway Composer
Ed Sanford Composer
John Townsend Composer
Wally Traugott Mastering
Richie Cicero Engineer
John Tobler Liner Notes
The Dirt Band Arrangement Collaboration
Greg Edwards Engineer
Norman Seeff Cover Photo
Bill Burks Art Direction
William R. Eastabrook Sleeve Photo
Bo Torian Engineer
Alex Kashevaroff Engineer
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