Will the Circle Be Unbroken: The Trilogy

Will the Circle Be Unbroken: The Trilogy

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by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

In 1972, long before O Brother, Where Art Thou? allowed hipsters and intermittent record buyers through the great oak doors of traditional country music, California's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gathered legends and soon to become legends of country music into a Nashville studio and…  See more details below


In 1972, long before O Brother, Where Art Thou? allowed hipsters and intermittent record buyers through the great oak doors of traditional country music, California's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gathered legends and soon to become legends of country music into a Nashville studio and made the sprawling Will the Circle Be Unbroken. The success of this experiment led to a second volume in 1989 and a third in 2002. Trilogy compiles all three worthwhile volumes into a box set that includes the extra tracks found on the recently reissued versions. With a roster that includes Doc Watson, Maybelle Carter, Johnny Cash, and Taj Mahal, this 40-year time capsule of American music is worth spending the extra cash on.

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Disc 1

  1. Grand Ole Opry Song
  2. Keep on the Sunny Side
  3. Nashville Blues
  4. You Are My Flower
  5. The Precious Jewel
  6. Dark as a Dungeon
  7. Tennessee Stud
  8. Black Mountain Rag
  9. Wreck on the Highway
  10. The End of the World
  11. I Saw the Light
  12. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  13. Nine Pound Hammer
  14. Losin' You (Might Be the Best Thing Yet)
  15. Honky Tonkin'
  16. You Don't Know My Mind
  17. My Walkin' Shoes

Disc 2

  1. Lonesome Fiddle Blues
  2. Cannonball Rag
  3. Avalanche
  4. Flint Hill Special
  5. Togary Mountain
  6. Earl's Breakdown
  7. Orange Blossom Special
  8. Wabash Cannonball
  9. Lost Highway
  10. First Meeting (Dialogue)  - Doc Watson
  11. Way Downtown
  12. Down Yonder
  13. Pins and Needles (In My Heart)
  14. Honky Tonk Blues
  15. Sailin' on to Hawaii
  16. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  17. I Am a Pilgrim
  18. Wildwood Flower
  19. Soldier's Joy
  20. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  21. Both Sides Now
  22. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  23. Warming Up for "The Opry" (Talk)
  24. Sunny Side (Talk)
  25. Remember Me

Disc 3

  1. Life's Railway to Heaven
  2. Grandpa Was a Carpenter
  3. When I Get My Rewards
  4. Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan
  5. Little Mountain Church House
  6. And So It Goes
  7. When It's Gone
  8. Mary Danced With Soldiers
  9. Riding Alone
  10. Sitting on Top of the World
  11. Lovin' on the Side
  12. Lost River
  13. Bayou Jubilee
  14. Blues Berry Hill
  15. Turn of the Century
  16. One Step Over the Line
  17. You Ain't Going Nowhere
  18. The Valley Road
  19. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  20. Amazing Grace

Disc 4

  1. Take Me in Your Lifeboat
  2. Milk Cow Blues
  3. I Find Jesus
  4. Hold Whatcha Got
  5. Mama's Opry
  6. Diamonds in the Rough
  7. Lonesome River
  8. Some Dark Holler
  9. The Lowlands
  10. Love, Please Come Home
  11. Goodnight Irene
  12. I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome
  13. I'll Be Faithful to You
  14. Tears in the Holston River

Disc 5

  1. Fishin' Blues
  2. Save It, Save It
  3. Wheels
  4. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
  5. Oh Cumberland
  6. I Am a Pilgrim
  7. Sallie Ann
  8. Catfish John
  9. Roll the Stone Away
  10. All Prayed Up
  11. Return to Dismal Swamp, Pt. 2
  12. There Is a Time
  13. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  14. Farther Along

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Primary Artist
Taj Mahal   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Norman Blake   Dobro,Guest Appearance
Rodney Dillard   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Guest Appearance
Josh Graves   Dobro,Guest Appearance
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nashville Bluegrass Band   Guest Appearance
New Grass Revival   Guest Appearance
Tony Rice   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Earl Scruggs   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ricky Skaggs   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Roy Acuff   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chet Atkins   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Matraca Berg   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Carter Family   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Johnny Cash   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rosanne Cash   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Emmylou Harris   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Chris Hillman   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bill Lloyd   Background Vocals
Michael Martin Murphey   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Merle Travis   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Wariner   Background Vocals
Doc Watson   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dwight Yoakam   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Iris DeMent   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Denver   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bruce Hornsby   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Tom Petty   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Prine   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tracy Nelson   Background Vocals
Thompson   Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Larry Murray   Background Vocals
Wendy Waldman   Background Vocals
Buck White   Piano,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Ray Martin   Mandolin,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Paulette Carlson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
John McEuen   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Anita Carter   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Radney Foster   Background Vocals
Mother Maybelle Carter   Guitar,Autoharp,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Barry Bales   Upright Bass
Bob Carpenter   Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Mike Carr   Background Vocals
June Carter Cash   Autoharp,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Vassar Clements   Fiddle,Guitar,Guest Appearance
John Cowan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Fred Cross   Background Vocals
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Dan Dugmore   Dobro
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Pat Enright   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmie Fadden   Harmonica,Autoharp,Drums,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals,Snare Drums,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Pat Flynn   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Vince Gill   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kevin Grantt   Upright Bass
Jeff Hanna   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Washboard,national steel guitar,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Levon Helm   Mandolin,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Byron House   Upright Bass,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Ibbotson   Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Accordion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Snare Drums,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Bernie Leadon   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Martin   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rob McCoury   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Ronnie McCoury   Banjo,Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Alice McEuen   Background Vocals
William McEuen   Guitar
Roger McGuinn   Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guest Appearance
Alan O'Bryant   Banjo
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle,Mandolin,Mandola,Guest Appearance
Brad Parker   Background Vocals
Gary Scruggs   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Scruggs   Banjo,Guitar,Autoharp,Background Vocals,national steel guitar,Guest Appearance
Steve Scruggs   Background Vocals
Cheryl White   Background Vocals
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Upright Bass,Guest Appearance
Roy Huskey   Bass,Upright Bass,Guest Appearance
Robert K. Oermann   Background Vocals
Chet Flippo   Background Vocals
Gloria Belle   Background Vocals
Helen Carter   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Martha Flippo   Background Vocals
Pete "Oswald" Kirby   Dobro,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ellis Padgett   Bass
Louise Scruggs   Background Vocals
Betty Travis   Background Vocals
Richard Watson   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Steve Dahl   Background Vocals
Cynthia Biedermann   Background Vocals
Bobbie White   Background Vocals
Don Schlitz   Background Vocals
Jaime Hanna   Guitar,Stick,Vocals,Guest Appearance
David P. Jackson   Upright Bass
David O Jones   Background Vocals
Jonathan McEuen   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gretchen Carpenter   Background Vocals
Cindy Cash   Background Vocals
Helen Carter Jones   Background Vocals
Mary Stuart   Background Vocals
Lynn Schults   Background Vocals
David Nance   Dobro,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Lead Belly   Composer
Taj Mahal   Composer
Rodney Dillard   Composer
Lester Flatt   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Arranger,Composer
Roy Acuff   Composer
Matraca Berg   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Chris Hillman   Composer
Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Producer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Doc Watson   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Iris DeMent   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Bruce Hornsby   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Hylo Brown   Composer
Paulette Carlson   Composer
John McEuen   Arranger,Composer,Reissue Producer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Jimmie Skinner   Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Composer
Bob Carpenter   Arranger,Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Sara Carter   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Vassar Clements   Composer
Jimmie Fadden   Arranger,Composer
Vince Gill   Composer
Byron Gregory   Composer
Jeff Hanna   Arranger,Composer
Richard Hathaway   Composer
Hop Wilson   Composer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Jimmy Ibbotson   Arranger,Composer,drum programming
Carl Jackson   Composer
Mitch Jayne   Composer
Paul Kennerley   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Jimmy Martin   Composer
Bob McDill   Composer
William McEuen   Producer
John Newton   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Gary Scruggs   Composer
Randy Scruggs   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Chet Flippo   Liner Notes
Paul Williams   Composer
Jim Rushing   Composer
Fred Knobloch   Composer
Charles Shoffner   Composer
Gary Harrison   Composer
Harry McAuliffe   Composer
Walter McEuen   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
James Brockman   Composer
Millie Clements   Composer
Dorothy Dixon   Composer
Gary Garett   Composer
Dan Tyler   Composer
Nat Vincent   Composer
John R. Cash   Arranger
Leon Jackson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jon Hornsby   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Floyd Jenkins   Composer
Edria A. Humphrey   Composer
James Kendis   Composer
Sandy Waltner   Composer
Beecher Kirby   Composer

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