Lonesome Road/Look Away!

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Doc Watson's United Artists Records catalog long-since acquired by EMI was tapped for two compilations in the fall of 2002, this two-fer combining his 1977 album Lonesome Road and his 1978 album Look Away!, licensed by Southern Music Distribution, and Songs From Home on EMI's Capitol Records label. The flurry of activity can be traced to the success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, with its traditional country and bluegrass music. That's ironic, given that Watson's tenure at UA in the 1970s came due to the success of an earlier traditional country collection, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken album, on which he appeared. The record ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Doc Watson's United Artists Records catalog long-since acquired by EMI was tapped for two compilations in the fall of 2002, this two-fer combining his 1977 album Lonesome Road and his 1978 album Look Away!, licensed by Southern Music Distribution, and Songs From Home on EMI's Capitol Records label. The flurry of activity can be traced to the success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, with its traditional country and bluegrass music. That's ironic, given that Watson's tenure at UA in the 1970s came due to the success of an earlier traditional country collection, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken album, on which he appeared. The record business is nothing if not trendy, but if that's what it takes to bring two albums as enjoyable as Lonesome Road and Look Away! back into print, so be it. Watson is, of course, joined by his son, Merle Watson, on both releases, as well as by small bands that give the tracks a rocking punch. He essays a variety of country and folk standards, including Mississippi John Hurt's "My Creole Belle" the only track that overlaps with Songs From Home and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." The disc ends with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "New Born King" and "Peace in the Valley," both of them gospel songs on which Watson is joined by an orchestra and choir. The tracks are not consistent with the feistier material from the original LPs, but they are warmly and sincerely performed and provide a reverent coda to an excellent collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: Southern Music Dist.
  • UPC: 697035197722
  • Catalog Number: 1977
  • Sales rank: 94,649

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doc & Merle Watson Primary Artist
Doc Watson Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Michael Coleman Bass
T. Michael Coleman Electric Bass, Vocal Harmony
Pebble Daniel Background Vocals
Karl Himmel Drums, Shaker
Jim Isbell Percussion, Drums
Marcia Routh Background Vocals
Gove Scrivenor Harmonica
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Merle Watson Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Bob Wilson Piano
Joe Allen Bass
Technical Credits
Marty Robbins Composer
Doc Watson Arranger, Adaptation
Billy Vaughn Producer
Mitch Greenhill Producer
Glenn Meadows Mastering
Merle Watson Producer
Ernie Winfrey Engineer
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Gary Panter Illustrations
Bill Burks Art Direction
Lauber Arranger, Adaptation
William "Bleu" Evans Engineer
Edwin Hobgood Engineer
Bob Maile Calligraphy
John Hurt Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not Doc & Merle's Best

    This compilation is an interesting look at where the Watsons were in the late 70s. Their attempts at broadening their music were commendable but did not quite click. Three and 1/2 stars is a good rating for these albums. The most traditional tracks worked the best. This is not an attempt to dissuade you from buying this CD, but if you are new to Doc Watson, get one of the Rounder compilations of his Flying Fish albums or buy some his Vanguard collections. If you can find it, his Memories CD on Sugar Hill is another fine starting point.He and the late Merle are one of the treasures of American roots music.

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