Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks]

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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 reissue adds four bonus tracks, though only "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" is a proper song; two of the others consist of warm-ups and studio chat, while "Remember Me" featuring Doc Watson is just a fragment.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353514822
  • Catalog Number: 35148
  • Sales rank: 468

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Primary Artist
Norman Blake Dobro
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Roy Acuff Vocals
Merle Travis Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Doc Watson Guitar, Background Vocals
Les Thompson Mandolin, Background Vocals
Larry Murray Background Vocals
Ray Martin Background Vocals
John McEuen Banjo
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Autoharp, Vocals
Mike Carr Background Vocals
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Fred Cross Background Vocals
Jimmie Fadden Harp
Jeff Hanna Background Vocals, Washboard
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Alice McEuen Background Vocals, Handwriting
William McEuen Guitar
Gary Scruggs Background Vocals
Randy Scruggs Guitar, Autoharp, Background Vocals
Steve Scruggs Background Vocals
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
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
Earl Scruggs Arranger
Merle Travis Arranger
Doc Watson Arranger, Adaptation
Les Thompson Arranger
Larry Murray Arranger
Ray Martin Arranger
John McEuen Arranger, Reissue Producer
Arnie Acosta Mastering
Rex Collier Engineer
Carlton "Santa" Davis Repackaging Art Direction
Jeff Hanna Arranger
Dino Lappas Engineer, Contributor
Jimmy Martin Arranger
Alice McEuen Arranger
William McEuen Arranger, Producer, Art Direction, Concept, Production Design
Joe Rogers Repackaging Design
Doug Sax Mastering
Gary Scruggs Arranger
Randy Scruggs Arranger
Steve Scruggs Arranger
Roy Huskey Jr. Arranger
Pete "Oswald" Kirby Arranger
Ellis Padgett Arranger
Louise Scruggs Arranger
Betty Travis Arranger
Dean Torrence Graphic Design
Mark Waldrep Remastering
Rick Horton Engineer
Denise Jarvis Repackaging Art Direction
Beecher Kirby Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Old-Timey Classic

    Of all the late 60s - early 70s albums that tried to unite country and rock music, this is probably the best. Other groups like the Burritos, the Byrds, the Dead, and Poco all made a stab at the fusion, but the NGDB probably brought it off most successfully. This was probably due to the fact they recruited legends like Mother Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, and Earl Scruggs and great pickers like Doc Watson and Vassar Clements. They had the wisdom to sit back and let the guests play the country, bluegrass, and mountain music that was their life. I read that Acuff was a bit surly and that Maybelle Carter reached out to the Dirt Band. If that was true, it is not noticeable in the recording. As another reviewer has said, this is superior to O Brother. I enjoy that CD but this one was a historic summit that, in today's compartmentalized music scene, we will probably not see again. The other two Circles are fine projects but this one is a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A historic album re-released at last!

    I bought the album when it came out in 1972 or so, and it was a favorite then, and even then it was apparent that the generation on it were true American treasures. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band put it together, but the album really belongs to Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, etc. I grew up watching them on the Grand Ole Opry, singing songs as old as the hills. The songs, the singers, and I think this album have a place in history. My old record player hasn't worked in a long time, and from time to time,I would think about this album sitting on the shelf, and wish I could hear these songs again. Now I have the CD, and I can, and the songs are as good as I remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Original O Brother!

    Totaly raw, nearly unrehearsed, recored live straight to 2 track, this great blue grass/early country music. Vassar Clements' fiddle playing is mind shattering! Earle Scruggs banjo is devasting. When you hear this cd you will wonder what all the fuss over the O Brother soundtrack is all about. This is an infinately better album.

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