Ricochet

Ricochet

by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
     
 

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's second album is a masterpiece. From the opening bars of Jackson Browne's "Shadow Dream Song," the high spirits overflow the grooves (or ones and zeros, on the CD) of the record. The singing and playing are more confident, and some of the songs -- including the bluesy "Ooh Po Pe Do Girl" and theSee more details below

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's second album is a masterpiece. From the opening bars of Jackson Browne's "Shadow Dream Song," the high spirits overflow the grooves (or ones and zeros, on the CD) of the record. The singing and playing are more confident, and some of the songs -- including the bluesy "Ooh Po Pe Do Girl" and the hook-laden "I'll Search The Sky" by Jeff Hanna, and Copeland and Noonan's (the "Buy for Me the Rain" team) "Tide of Love" -- are as solid as anything coming out of California. Even the kazoo-dominated "Coney Island Washboard" and "Happy Fat Annie" and the nostalgic '20s-styled Jackson Browne-written "It's Raining Here in Long Beach" fit well into the mix, reflecting the full range of the band's influences. As to why this record never caught on, it could be the timing -- released late in 1967, in the wake of Sergeant Pepper (which had its own musichall influences, albeit of the English variety, and covered with lots of psychedelic overdubbing) and the Summer of Love, it just wasn't what college kids starting their search for the Lost Chord were looking for. Maybe a kazoo or two less would've helped, and a real drug song or two wouldn't have hurt, but these guys would play a jug band number ahead of a drug anthem anytime. Their cover of Brewer and Shipley's "Truly Right" is pretty spacy in its production, though, but "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" -- an adaptation of an old children's song -- was probably beyond the pale of most listeners. Beyond NGDB completists, anyone looking for a companion to Notorious Byrd Bros. or the Monkees' Aquarius, Capricorn Pisces & Jones Ltd., or a precursor to Crazy Horse's At Crooked Lake, need look no further. (British import)

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/1996
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261202840
catalogNumber:
284

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Primary Artist
Thompson   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
John McEuen   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Ralph Barr   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmie Fadden   Guitar,Harmonica,Drums
Jeff Hanna   Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Kunkel   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Brewer & Shipley   Composer
Thompson   Contributor
David Gates   Arranger
John McEuen   Contributor
Capps   Arranger
Jimmie Fadden   Contributor
Jeff Hanna   Contributor
Bruce Kunkel   Composer,Contributor
Dallas Smith   Arranger,Producer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Sue Cameron   Liner Notes
Woody Woodward   Art Direction
John Tobler   Liner Notes

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