Then and Now/Two Days in November [2002]

Then and Now/Two Days in November [2002]

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by Doc & Merle Watson
     
 
Following the phenomenal success of 1972's Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Doc Watson and his son Merle Watson signed with independent label Poppy Records and released three wonderful albums, Elementary Doctor Watson! (1972), Then and Now (1973), and Two Days in November (1974), all three of which were produced by the legendary

Overview

Following the phenomenal success of 1972's Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Doc Watson and his son Merle Watson signed with independent label Poppy Records and released three wonderful albums, Elementary Doctor Watson! (1972), Then and Now (1973), and Two Days in November (1974), all three of which were produced by the legendary Jack Clement. These have been reissued in different combinations several times in the CD era by various labels, usually with a track or two lopped off for mysterious reasons. Sugar Hill issued truncated versions of Then and Now and Two Days in November (both of which won a Grammy in their original incarnations) on a single disc in 1994, and Capitol's Songs from Home (1992) compilation also draws from the Poppy material. Beat Goes On's edition of the two Grammy-winning albums trumps the Sugar Hill version by adding in the missing tracks plus a couple from Elementary Doctor Watson! The result is a delightful disc that features Watson's take on several folk-blues pieces, including "Milkcow Blues," "Match Box Blues," George and Ira Gershwin's "Summertime," Mel Tillis' "Walk on Boy," "Poor Boy Blues," and "Lonesome Moan," not to mention a steamrolling version of Frank Hutchison's "The Train That Carried My Girl from Town." Doc has never made a bad album, but the energy and versatility that he and Merle display on these classic tracks is particularly inspired, and having the complete sequences of Then and Now and Two Days in November finally together on one disc makes this one the edition to get.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2002
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261202970
catalogNumber:
297

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doc & Merle Watson   Primary Artist
Norman Blake   Dobro
Doc Watson   Guitar,Harmonica
Joe Allan   Bass
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Chuck Cochran   Piano
Jim Colvard   Guitar
Ken Lauber   Piano
Merle Watson   Banjo,Guitar

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Doc Watson   Arranger,Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
Jack Clement   Producer
Chuck Cochran   String Arrangements
Ronnie Dean   Engineer
Kevin Eggers   Executive Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Milton Glaser   Cover Design
Gene MacLellan   Composer
Kenny Malone   Contributor
Fred Rose   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Merle Watson   Arranger
Hank Williams   Composer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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Then and Now/Two Days in November [2002] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Doc & Merle were becoming slightly more modern in their recording when these records were made. Doc's Vanguard recordings were very basic but they were experimenting with light drums and bass players. Jack Clement seemed to be willing to let them do what they wanted and it led to good results. One flaw of their Seventies work was attempting to record some country pop standards. They aren't bad, but hearing Doc sing Snowbird is a bit odd. Doc & Merle would hit another artistic peak on Memories, an album of old time music they made in 1975. It was last in print on the Sugar Hill label. It is worth finding if you like these albums.