Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken (2-CD)

Mojo (Publisher): "...A defining work....in the eyes of many, 'the' country rock album....Excellent musicianship and mood throughout."
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (2-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: March 26, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1972
  • Label: Capitol

Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - 8/02, p.112
4 out of 5 - "...Revolutionary....deserves a place in the collection of anyone remotley interested in the development of American roots music."
Uncut - 8/02, p.112
4 out of 5 - "...Revolutionary....deserves a place in the collection of anyone remotley interested in the development of American roots music."
Mojo (Publisher) - 8/02, p.122
"...A defining work....in the eyes of many, 'the' country rock album....Excellent musicianship and mood throughout."

Tracks on 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.The 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

Tracks on 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.Doc Watson And Merle Travis: First Meeting
  • 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"
  • 24.Sunny Side
  • 25.Remember Me

Product Description:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Les Thompson (vocals, mandolin); Jimmie Fadden (vocals, harp); Jim Ibbotson (vocals, drums); Jeff Hanna (vocals, washboard); John McEuen (banjo, mandolin).
Additional personnel includes: Maybelle Carter (vocals, guitar, autoharp); Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson, Merle Travis (vocals, guitar); Earl Scruggs (guitar, banjo); Vassar Clememts (guitar, fiddle); Randy Scruggs (guitar, autoharp); Pete "Oswald" Kirby, Norman Blake (dobro); Roy "Junior" Huskey, Ellis Padgett (bass).
Recorded At Woodland Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
Adapter: Doc Watson.
Personnel: Mother Maybelle Carter (vocals, guitar, autoharp); Jimmy Martin , Merle Travis (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Roy Acuff (vocals); Randy Scruggs (guitar, autoharp, background vocals); Doc Watson (guitar, background vocals); William McEuen (guitar); Pete "Oswald" Kirby, Norman Blake (dobro); Earl Scruggs, John McEuen (banjo); Jimmie Fadden (harp); Les Thompson (mandolin, background vocals); Vassar Clements (fiddle); Jeff Hanna (washboard, background vocals); Gary Scruggs, Louise Scruggs, Fred Cross, Mike Carr , Gloria Belle, Betty Travis, Martha Flippo, Chet Flippo, Larry Murray, Ray Martin, Alice McEuen, Steve Scruggs (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Mark Waldrep.
Recording information: Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: William McEuen.
Unknown Contributor Role: Dino Lappas.
Arrangers: Doc Watson; Earl Scruggs; Gary Scruggs; Louise Scruggs; Pete "Oswald" Kirby; Ellis Padgett; Betty Travis; Les Thompson; Jeff Hanna; Jimmy Martin ; John McEuen; Larry Murray; Randy Scruggs; Ray Martin; Roy Huskey Jr.; William McEuen; Merle Travis; Alice McEuen; Steve Scruggs.
It's ironic that the 30-year anniversary of this classic album coincides with the runaway success of the O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU soundtrack, one of the best-selling movie soundtracks in history. Both albums find contemporary folk-rock musicians reaching back to the sounds of bluegrass, country, and folk (often lumped together under the heading "old-timey music"). The difference is that when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band did it in 1972 it was a new (even risky) idea.
Harry Smith's 1952 ANTHOLOGY OF FOLK MUSIC had inspired rock-generation kids like those who would form the Dirt Band to seek out traditional American music. The NGDB went a step further with this triple album by getting the old-timey artists themselves to collaborate on a tribute to the traditional American musical tapestry. Thus, we have Doc Watson singing "Tennessee Stud," Roy Acuff taking on the Hank Williams spiritual "I Saw the Light," and Earl Scruggs picking the "Nashville Blues," with the Dirt Band and various country/bluegrass luminaries backing them up. The most amazing thing about WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN is that it all works so well and fits together so seamlessly. An undertaking like this could easily have been a train wreck; instead it's a triumph.

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  • UPC: 724353514822
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