Long Time...Seldom Scene

Long Time...Seldom Scene

by The Seldom Scene
     
 
Legendary and long-tenured bluegrass outfit the Seldom Scene mine their own legacy on their 2014 collection Long Time…Seldom Scene, the group's 17th studio album and first since 2007's Scenechronized. Since their inception in 1971, the group has seen a revolving door of membership, with founding members and their

Overview

Legendary and long-tenured bluegrass outfit the Seldom Scene mine their own legacy on their 2014 collection Long Time…Seldom Scene, the group's 17th studio album and first since 2007's Scenechronized. Since their inception in 1971, the group has seen a revolving door of membership, with founding members and their replacements coming and going, yet their strong musicianship and progressive spirit have remained a common thread throughout each incarnation of the band. Long Time acts as both an anthology and a reunion album with a track list made up of freshly adapted renditions of some of their most requested live cuts played by the same modern-era lineup from Scenechronized (banjo player and founding member Ben Eldridge, dobroist Fred Travers, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Ronnie Simpkins, mandolinist Lou Reid, and guitarist Dudley Connell) with founding members Tom Gray (bass) and John Starling (guitar) returning to the fold. As has always been the case with the Seldom Scene, the arrangements are smart and the performances are of the highest quality. The bright, crisp edginess of their more recent studio records is replaced by a warm, roomy sound that suggests a return to analog equipment and a more minimal microphone arrangement. It's a welcome change making tracks like "California Cottonfields" and "Big Train (From Memphis)" sound more off the cuff and full of live energy. The solo vocal performances are spot-on and the group vocals blend smoothly, especially on their 1974 classic "Wait a Minute." A guest spot from Emmylou Harris, joining the band on her Gram Parsons-penned classic "Hickory Wind," is also wistful and lovely highlight on this strong collection from one of bluegrass' most enduring institutions.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2014
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074019924
catalogNumber:
40199
Rank:
16665

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seldom Scene   Primary Artist
John Starling   Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Lou Reid   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Fred Travers   Dobro,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Vocals
Ben Eldridge   Banjo,Guitar
Tom Gray   Bass
Rickie Simpkins   Fiddle
Ronnie Simpkins   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Chris Eldridge   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
John Starling   Composer
Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
Pat Alger   Composer
Hazel Dickens   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
John Prine   Composer
John Alcorn   Composer
Bob Buchanan   Composer
Paul Craft   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Composer
Herb Pedersen   Composer
Pete Reiniger   Producer,Engineer,Annotation,Back Cover Photo
Earl Montgomery   Composer
Kay Savage   Composer
Sandra Seamons   Composer
Virginia Stauffer   Composer
Joseph Philbrick Webster   Composer
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Henry Webster   Composer
Daniel E. Sheehy   Executive Producer
Jackson Foster   Layout
Owen Castleman   Composer
A.B. Sebren   Composer
Michael Oberman   Cover Photo
Lonnie Combs   Composer

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