The Three Pickers

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Overview

This disc contains a concert featuring bluegrass legends Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson that originally appeared on PBS. The DVD offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include additional background information on the performers. This is a superb release for fans of the music or the musicians.
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Overview

This disc contains a concert featuring bluegrass legends Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson that originally appeared on PBS. The DVD offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include additional background information on the performers. This is a superb release for fans of the music or the musicians.
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Special Features

Bonus documentary; Option of 5.1 Dolby Surround mix or Dolby Stereo mix; Anamorphic widescreen presentation
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
As Ricky Skaggs tells it, the operatic supergroup the Three Tenors inspired the idea behind this meeting of three of the greatest names in bluegrass music. All grandiosity aside, the uniting of Skaggs, Doc Watson, and Earl Scruggs equals, or, for diehard nationalists, surpasses that mighty vocal trio. Coming together for the first time, these giants of traditional music meld as if they had been playing together for decades. (Although all three men had collaborated over the years, an official picking session had never actually occurred.) Skaggs, 47 at the time of the recording, was the baby of the group -- Scruggs was pushing 80, while Watson was already there -- yet all three are at the top of their game. Scruggs's three-fingered-style banjo playing sounds thrillingly revolutionary even today; Watson’s clear and majestic flat-picked guitar and emotive vocals are as affecting as ever, while Skaggs’ mandolin and idiomatically exact vocals add an energy that binds the group together. Adding to this embarrassment of riches is a guest appearance by Alison Krauss, who adds her crystalline vocals and sweet fiddle playing to a handful of rewarding songs, including a lovely "Banks of the Ohio." Interview footage documenting the mutual admiration the trio hold for each other rounds out an eminently enjoyable DVD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • UPC: 011661053694
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Rounder / Umgd
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Jewel Case / DOLBY
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 1:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,567

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Earl Scruggs
Ricky Skaggs
Doc Watson
Alison Krauss
Technical Credits
Jim Brown Director, Producer
Sarah Cullen Producer
Garrett Levin Editor
Molly McBride Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Earl's Breakdown [3:38]
2. Walk on Boy [3:36]
3. Road to Spencer [4:16]
4. Pick Along [2:41]
5. Feast Here Tonight [5:32]
6. What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul? [2:43]
7. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down [3:34]
8. Who Will Sing for Me? [5:44]
9. Soldier's Joy [2:17]
10. What Is a Home Without Love? [3:26]
11. The Storms Are on the Ocean [4:32]
12. Down in the Valley to Pray [2:47]
13. The Banks of the Ohio [4:20]
14. John Hardy [2:19]
15. Katy Hill [2:54]
16. Foggy Mountain Top [3:49]
17. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms [3:51]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Concert
   Play Documentary
   Song List
   Song Notes
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital Stereo
      Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This really opened my ears!

    Caught this October 2004 rerun, after calling the attention of a blue-grass aficianado friend to it. As sad as the lyrics of some songs are, there is such an infectious, upbeat vibe to the music that I could easily empathize with the couple, shown engaging in an impromptu dance, with the abandon of a performance in the privacy of their own living room. Their is a purity both in the music, and the performance here, that is incredibly refreshing in this day of over-engineered recordings.

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