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Live in New York City 1982
     

Live in New York City 1982

by David Bromberg
 
David Bromberg was already past his peak as a popular attraction by the time this live recording was made in 1982, but his musicianly prowess was no less diminished. Whether on acoustic guitar, fiddle, or mandolin, Bromberg was technically proficient and often quite dazzling as he navigated his way around various traditional bluegrass, folk, country, and blues tunes,

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David Bromberg was already past his peak as a popular attraction by the time this live recording was made in 1982, but his musicianly prowess was no less diminished. Whether on acoustic guitar, fiddle, or mandolin, Bromberg was technically proficient and often quite dazzling as he navigated his way around various traditional bluegrass, folk, country, and blues tunes, Bob Dylan's "Wallflower" and one original, "The New Lee Highway Blues."" A listen to this ambiguously titled disc -- nowhere does it say exactly where in New York City or when in 1982 the live performance took place -- confirms repeatedly that Bromberg was a whiz as an instrumentalist. As a vocalist, less so, but his coterie of loyalists never held that against him, and there is a charm to his ragged singing that befits the down-home-ness of the pickin'. On uptempo tunes like the lengthy "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" opener (extended via an inserted medley of fiddle tunes) and the old Bob Wills favorite "Stay All Night," and on the slow blues numbers, Bromberg and his three support players (wielding various acoustic-stringed instruments) keep the level of virtuosity high. Unfortunately, the sound mix is painfully off-center during that opener and takes a while to find the proper balance, and other tracks could have benefited from some judicious editing when Bromberg's spoken intros ramble on just tad too long. Nonetheless, it's a representative slice of what fans would have heard at a Bromberg show during this period, several years before he took a long sabbatical from making music to become a violin craftsman.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
Label:
Appleseed Records
UPC:
0611587111029
catalogNumber:
1110
Rank:
102761

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bromberg   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Gene Johnson   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Jeff Wisor   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Furry Lewis   Composer
David Massengill   Composer
Ralph McTell   Composer
David Bromberg   Composer,Song Notes
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jesse McReynolds   Composer
Steve Bailey   Packaging
David Callahan   Monitor Engineer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Jim McReynolds   Composer
Harold Jenkins   Composer
Bill Browning   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Christina Galbiati   Reissue Package

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