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Good'le Days: Essential Recordings
     

Good'le Days: Essential Recordings

by John Hartford
 
This compilation, issued eight years after John Hartford's death in 2001, is part of Rounder's budget Perfect Ten retrospective series. This cuts were recorded between 1976 and 1988, and showcase the fact that, despite falling out of the public eye -- if he was ever really in it; Glen Campbell had a huge hit with "Gentle on My Mind," which Hartford had written

Overview

This compilation, issued eight years after John Hartford's death in 2001, is part of Rounder's budget Perfect Ten retrospective series. This cuts were recorded between 1976 and 1988, and showcase the fact that, despite falling out of the public eye -- if he was ever really in it; Glen Campbell had a huge hit with "Gentle on My Mind," which Hartford had written -- the songwriter, interpreter, and multi-instrumentalist remained an eclectic, always compelling recording artist. While there isn't a substandard track on this set, there are clear highlights. His reinterpretation of "Gentle on My Mind" is adorned with whining pedal steel, Benny Martin's fiddle, Sam Bush's mandolin, and of course, Hartford's banjo. While his voice isn't as rich as Campbell's -- few singers were that gifted -- it is earthy and rich, lending a world-weariness to the romance that keeps it rooted inside the human heart. "Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew" is a stomping fiddle tune that bridges both Cajun and Appalachian traditions. There's an Americana reading of Joseph Philbrick Webster's and Rev. Henry DeLafayette Webster's "Lorena," his own "In Tall Buildings," a country waltz that resembles "Mr. Bojangles" in its intro, and the slow banjo stroll of "Old Time River Man." Rootsy and pure, this retrospective provides ample evidence of why Hartford was such a unique talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661064423
catalogNumber:
610644
Rank:
108824

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hartford   Primary Artist,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Dancer
Norman Blake   Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Benny Martin   Fiddle
Tut Taylor   Dobro
Mark Howard   Guitar
Jack Clement   Rhythm Guitar
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Jim Colvard   Guitar
Tommy Hannum   Vocals
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Billy Lee Riley   Harmonica
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Randy Scruggs   Electric Bass
Jeannie Seely   Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle
Richard Schulman   Vocals
Holly O'Dell   Fiddle
Ruth McGinnis   Fiddle

Technical Credits

John Hartford   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael Melford   Producer
David Bromberg   Producer
Jim Rooney   Engineer
Fiddlin' John Carson   Composer
Mark Howard   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Scott Billington   Logo Design
Jack Clement   Producer,Executive Producer
Niles Clement   Engineer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Claude J. Hill   Engineer
Claude Hill   Engineer
Paul Moss   Engineer
Mike Melford   Producer

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