Will the Circle Be Unbroken

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
With all due respect to the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, it took the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with this album to come up with a merger of rock and country music that worked for both sides and everyone involved. The opening number, "The Grand Ole Opry Song," set the tone for the album, showing that this band -- for all of their origins in rock and popular music -- was willing to meet country music on its terms, rather than as a vehicle for embellishment as rock music. The result, without a false or strained note anywhere among its 37 songs, was an all-star country project that worked and transcended its country and rock origins, with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band serving...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
With all due respect to the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, it took the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with this album to come up with a merger of rock and country music that worked for both sides and everyone involved. The opening number, "The Grand Ole Opry Song," set the tone for the album, showing that this band -- for all of their origins in rock and popular music -- was willing to meet country music on its terms, rather than as a vehicle for embellishment as rock music. The result, without a false or strained note anywhere among its 37 songs, was an all-star country project that worked and transcended its country and rock origins, with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band serving as catalyst and intersecting point for all of the talent involved, all of who gave superbly of themselves. Not only did this album result in new exposure to a new and wider audience for the likes of Mother Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, and others, but this was the first real country album that a lot of rock listeners under the age of 30 ever heard. Thus, it opened up pathways and dialogue in all directions, across several generations and cultural barriers; the dialogue between Doc Watson and Merle Travis alone was almost worth the price of admission. This was also one of rock's very few multi-disc sets to be fully justified in its length and content; at a time when unnecessary double-LPs were all the rage, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and company gave a triple album that, if anything, left audiences asking for more. The 2002 CD adds four bonus tracks, though only "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" is a proper song; two of the others consist of warmups and studio chat, while "Remember Me" featuring Doc Watson is just a fragment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Disky Records
  • UPC: 724348704320
  • Catalog Number: 87043

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Primary Artist
Norman Blake Dobro
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Guitar
Roy Acuff Vocals
Merle Travis Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Doc Watson Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Les Thompson Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Murray Background Vocals
Ray Martin Background Vocals
John McEuen Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Autoharp, Vocals
Mike Carr Background Vocals
Vassar Clements Fiddle, Guitar
Fred Cross Background Vocals
Jimmie Fadden Guitar, Harmonica, Autoharp, Drums, Harp, Vocals
Jeff Hanna Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Washboard
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Jimmy Ibbotson Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tim Martin Background Vocals
Alice McEuen Background Vocals
William McEuen Guitar
Gary Scruggs Background Vocals
Randy Scruggs Guitar, Autoharp
Steve Scruggs Background Vocals
Chet Flippo Background Vocals
Gloria Belle Background Vocals
Martha Flippo Background Vocals
Pete "Oswald" Kirby Dobro
Ellis Padgett Bass
Louise Scruggs Background Vocals
Betty Travis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Doc Watson Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Vassar Clements Composer
Dino Lappas Engineer
William McEuen Producer
Dorothy Dixon Composer
Gary Garett Composer
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you want to learn about Bluegrass...

    I am SO glad to find this disc still available - first heard it in 1978, and have been looking for it ever since I lost my copy...an excellent sampler of seminal bluegrass for the beginner, and a welcome addition to every collection!

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