Twenty Years of Dirt: The Best of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Representing the band's most lucrative years, Twenty Years of Dirt is a collection of hits from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's late-'70s to mid-'80s era, with tracks from 1979's American Dream, 1984's Plain Dirt Fashion, and 1985's Partners, Brothers, and Friends, among others. Songs like Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles," which gave them their only Top Ten hit, and the soothing vocal stylings of the Jimmy Buffet-like "American Dream" showcase the group's country-rock finesse. While "American Dream" has Linda Ronstadt helping out on vocals, "Make a Little Magic" utilized Nicolette Larson's sweet-sounding voice. "High Horse" is dominated with an old country sound, led by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Representing the band's most lucrative years, Twenty Years of Dirt is a collection of hits from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's late-'70s to mid-'80s era, with tracks from 1979's American Dream, 1984's Plain Dirt Fashion, and 1985's Partners, Brothers, and Friends, among others. Songs like Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles," which gave them their only Top Ten hit, and the soothing vocal stylings of the Jimmy Buffet-like "American Dream" showcase the group's country-rock finesse. While "American Dream" has Linda Ronstadt helping out on vocals, "Make a Little Magic" utilized Nicolette Larson's sweet-sounding voice. "High Horse" is dominated with an old country sound, led by jangly guitar strumming and quick singing, and "Dance Little Jean" pulls firmly at the heartstrings, making it a country radio mainstay. With such a lengthy career and numerous personnel changes since their formation in 1966, Twenty Years of Dirt in no way sums up the lifespan of the band, but it does do a good job at bunching their best commercial years onto one album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227986285
  • Catalog Number: 25382
  • Sales rank: 7,091

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Primary Artist, Primary Artist
John McEuen Group Member
Bob Carpenter Group Member
Jimmie Fadden Group Member
Jeff Hanna Group Member
Jimmy Ibbotson Group Member
Technical Credits
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Contributor
John McEuen Author
Bob Carpenter Author
Bob Edwards Producer, Engineer
Jimmie Fadden Author
Jeff Hanna Producer, Author, Remixing
Jimmy Ibbotson Author
Kyle Lehning Engineer
William McEuen Producer
Glenn Meadows Mastering
Marshall Morgan Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Norbert Putnam Producer
Paul Worley Producer
Richie Cicero Engineer
Bob Edward Producer, Engineer
Willy Matthews Art Direction
Don Schlitz Composer
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