Symphonion Dream

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first pure studio recording since Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Dream is another very different earful sort of psychedelic country/bluegrass. The band is joined by Linda Ronstadt, Leon Russell, and actor Gary Busey as "Teddy Jack Eddy," and on drums. The sound is more varied than on previous albums, with a harder electric country feel on "Bayou Jubilee," which segues directly into the bluegrass instrumental "Sally Was a Goodun." Ronstadt does a great job singing "Hey Good Lookin'," but mostly it's the Dirt Band singing, including a superb rendition of "All I Have to Do Is Dream." The group had previously released a fun live rendition of Jimmie ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first pure studio recording since Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Dream is another very different earful sort of psychedelic country/bluegrass. The band is joined by Linda Ronstadt, Leon Russell, and actor Gary Busey as "Teddy Jack Eddy," and on drums. The sound is more varied than on previous albums, with a harder electric country feel on "Bayou Jubilee," which segues directly into the bluegrass instrumental "Sally Was a Goodun." Ronstadt does a great job singing "Hey Good Lookin'," but mostly it's the Dirt Band singing, including a superb rendition of "All I Have to Do Is Dream." The group had previously released a fun live rendition of Jimmie Driftwood's "The Battle of New Orleans," and they cover it here in a somewhat funkier studio version. John McEuen also offers a taste of some of the sounds he'd later explore more fully on his solo releases with "Classical Banjo I/Malaguena/Classical Banjo II." They offer a non-country instrumental, "Sleeping on the Beach," which could have come from a '50s mood instrumental album -- of course, they follow it up with William McEuen's carnival music-inspired "Santa Monica Pier," which segues into the gorgeous lost single "Ripplin' Waters," by Jim Ibbotson, one of two hits that should have been off this album the other is Ken Edwards' "Mother of Love". The disc ends with William McEuen's wind harp instrumental and a music-box piece called "Symphonion Montage."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1996
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261203113
  • Catalog Number: 311
  • Sales rank: 19,705

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Primary Artist
Linda Ronstadt Vocals
Leon Russell Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Chimes, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, gourd, Hand Drums
Les Thompson Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Mary McCreary Vocals, Rhythm
John McEuen Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Teddy Jack Eddy Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Bells, cowbell
Jimmie Fadden Guitar, Harmonica, Drums, Harp
Jeff Hanna Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Rae Hanna Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Harris Piano
Jimmy Ibbotson Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Alice McEuen Vocals, Background Vocals
Kae McEuen Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Ratts Vocals
Mary Stevens Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John McEuen Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Michael Denecke Engineer
Don Preston Contributor
Hank Williams Composer
Richie Cicero Engineer
Burt Concert Sound
John Tobler Liner Notes
Norman Seeff Back Cover
Cle Contributor
Rick Collins Mastering
Gary Mullen Engineer, Concert Presentation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surreal Album

    This was the first album of the Dirt Band that I had ever seen, I'm not sure why I bought it, it could have been the bands name. Kind of like Smuckers, with a name like that they had to be good. And they are. This is a fantastic album, second is Will the Circle be Unbroken #1.

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