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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
From the earliest days of his comedy career, Steve Martin has incorporated the banjo into various aspects of his act, and fellow banjo players have spoken with reverence of his skills for decades. But in recent years he has put a renewed focus on the instrument, and he won a Grammy for his album The Crow in 2010. Rare Bird Alert came along a year later, and it's a full-fledged country/bluegrass album consisting entirely of Martin originals and recorded in collaboration with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Some of the songs are comedic: the hilarious faux-gospel harmony number "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" is an album highlight despite its lack of an interesting melody, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
From the earliest days of his comedy career, Steve Martin has incorporated the banjo into various aspects of his act, and fellow banjo players have spoken with reverence of his skills for decades. But in recent years he has put a renewed focus on the instrument, and he won a Grammy for his album The Crow in 2010. Rare Bird Alert came along a year later, and it's a full-fledged country/bluegrass album consisting entirely of Martin originals and recorded in collaboration with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Some of the songs are comedic: the hilarious faux-gospel harmony number "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" is an album highlight despite its lack of an interesting melody, and "Women Like to Slow Dance" is both a wry reflection on gender differences and a straight-up bluegrass barnburner. "Jubilation Day" is one of the funnier kiss-off songs ever recorded "Let's always remember the good times/Like when you were out of town", and there's even a surprisingly straight version of Martin's breakout novelty hit from the 1970s, "King Tut." But other tracks are sweet and tender, such as the wonderful "You" written for Martin's wife and the elegantly lovely "The Great Remember." And there are several songs on which elegance, energy, and boundary-pushing creativity coexist joyfully -- notably the gorgeous "More Bad Weather on the Way" on which Martin plays very expert clawhammer banjo and the brilliant instrumental "Northern Island," which features a startlingly complex chord progression for a bluegrass number. Whether your primary interest is in the comedy or the music, this is a solidly enjoyable album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661066021
  • Catalog Number: 610660
  • Sales rank: 15,678

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rare Bird Alert - Steve Martin (2:39)
  2. 2 Yellow-Backed Fly - Steve Martin (3:21)
  3. 3 Best Love - Steve Martin (4:21)
  4. 4 Northern Island - Steve Martin (2:39)
  5. 5 Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back - Steve Martin (3:35)
  6. 6 Jubilation Day - Steve Martin (3:12)
  7. 7 More Bad Weather On the Way - Steve Martin (3:31)
  8. 8 You - Steve Martin (3:46)
  9. 9 The Great Remember (For Nancy) - Steve Martin (3:10)
  10. 10 Women Like To Slow Dance - Steve Martin (2:13)
  11. 11 Hide Behind a Rock - Steve Martin (2:06)
  12. 12 Atheists Don't Have No Songs - Steve Martin (3:51)
  13. 13 King Tut - Steve Martin (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Primary Artist
Steep Canyon Rangers Primary Artist
Paul McCartney Guest Appearance
Dixie Chicks Guest Appearance
Ron Clearfield Cello
Technical Credits
Steve Martin Composer, Lyricist
Tony Trischka Producer
David Hough Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Cynthia Daniels Recording Assistant
Graham Sharp Composer
Jon Ashley Engineer, Recording Assistant
Philip Barker Composer, Lyricist
Steep Canyon Rangers Composer
Sharon Cullen Engineer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Vanessa Parr Recording Assistant
Charles Humphrey III Composer, Lyricist
Steve Jones Engineer
Woody Platt Composer
Julian Dreyer Recording Assistant
Brandon Bell Engineer
John Frazier Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    5 star Recommended for all fans of bluegrass.

    This cd is full of great tunes. Martin's banjo picking is showcased in every song. The Step CAnyon Band is very talented. Vocals are spot on. Sir Paul McCartney sings on You Are My Best Love. Great CD!!!!!!!!

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