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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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: 2/7/1996
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261202840
  • Catalog Number: 284

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Primary Artist
Les 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
Les Thompson Contributor
David Gates Arranger
John McEuen Contributor
Al 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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