Steam Powered Aereo-Takes

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
With its feet in the most traditional of American folk music and its head peeking through a cloud of psychedelic hippie smoke, John Hartford's 1971 LP, Aereo-Plain, was groundbreaking in its ability to sound earnestly faithful to the music it was rooted in, while still twisting words and poking fun in a way that was definitely hip for the time. The informal jam session feel of the recordings created some 80-odd reels of tape that couldn't all fit onto the LP, so in early 2002 Rounder Records' impeccable Select division released Steam Powered Aereo-Takes, featuring nearly an hour of song sketches, outtakes, demos, impromptu jams, and goofing-off suites. All the members of ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
With its feet in the most traditional of American folk music and its head peeking through a cloud of psychedelic hippie smoke, John Hartford's 1971 LP, Aereo-Plain, was groundbreaking in its ability to sound earnestly faithful to the music it was rooted in, while still twisting words and poking fun in a way that was definitely hip for the time. The informal jam session feel of the recordings created some 80-odd reels of tape that couldn't all fit onto the LP, so in early 2002 Rounder Records' impeccable Select division released Steam Powered Aereo-Takes, featuring nearly an hour of song sketches, outtakes, demos, impromptu jams, and goofing-off suites. All the members of the assembled team -- including Hartford on guitar, banjo, and vocals, Norman Blake on guitar and mandolin, Tut Taylor on dobro, mandolin, and mandola, Vassar Clements on fiddle and mandocello, and Randy Scruggs on electric bass -- were at the top of their musical game in the early '70s, and the recordings show it beautifully. If the sessions that were used on Aereo-Plain became the Revolver of the progressive bluegrass movement, this disc is more like the White Album or maybe Let It Be. The song ideas are there, but they feel looser and more free, with each of the performers playing with ideas and song structures, fiddling with things when they don't work, and milking them when they click.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 682161048024
  • Catalog Number: 10480
  • Sales rank: 49,130

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Hartford Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Norman Blake Guitar, Mandolin
Tut Taylor Dobro, Mandolin, Mandola
Vassar Clements Fiddle, Mandocello
Randy Scruggs Electric Bass
Technical Credits
John Hartford Arranger, Producer
David Bromberg Producer
Bob Carlin Liner Notes
Warren Dewey Engineer
David Glasser Mastering
Toby Mountain Mastering
Claude J. Hill Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At his best

    This seemingly ragged group toured LA in the 70's and I was lucky enough to catch them. Tut Taylors laid back ''less is more'' playing along with Norman Blake and Vassar Clements provided a perfect backdrop for John's energy and creativity. A true classic!

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