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Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

1972

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Album Summary

Will the Circle be Unbroken is the seventh album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with collaboration from many famous bluegrass and country-western players, including Roy Acuff, "Mother" Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Merle Travis, Pete "Oswald" Kirby, Norman Blake, Jimmy Martin, and others. It also introduced fiddler Vassar Clements to a wider audience.

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Rating

2.88

Votes

4624

Genres

  • Country
  • Folk
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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

nice sound, and I catched some good moments but I'll be damned if I got to listen to 2 straight hours of country

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

3.3 - Music for a lazy sunny Saturday afternoon. You’ve just finished mowing the lawn and you’re lounging in your favorite patio chair. You crack the first beer of the day from your icy cooler, and you fire up the radio that’s set to NPR. This music is spinning - it’s not your first choice - but at the moment you’re feeling fine so you think “screw it” and let it play. You kick up your feet, close your eyes to the sun and think about that handjob the missus promised you later.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

This album is a less a coherent musical statement and more of a document. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band reached across generational lines to unite some of the greatest bluegrass and country players and singers. This album is a celebration of an unbroken chain of American folk music and introduced a new generation to this music stewarded by the then contemporary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. This album is joyous, and just by the sheer amount of legends included (Doc Watson, Mother Maybelle Carter, and Earl Scruggs to name a few) contains so many incredible moments that it is impossible gauge the significance of this album.

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Wed Dec 16 2020
4

This is a classic, milestone album in bluegrass/country music. It features an all-star, legendary cast of characters that were legends in their own right, and that have now gone on to meet their reward. It is so great to be able to not only hear these musicians like Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, and Earl Scruggs sing and play, but also include is some of their conversations from the recording sessions.

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Tue Nov 03 2020
4

There was this conflict between the old and young generations, this break up, the young ones who were losing contact with the tradition and the old ones who refused with this young longhaired boys and girls and then the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had the idea of bringing this two generations together on a sort of "jam-record" and this is the result. Wonderful things you can hear on this record and you will discover great names: Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
4

Great collection of classic country and blue grass with snip-bits of conversation between artists during production. Carried the feeling of a documentary of a old time jam session among some great musicians. Very long listen and took me a while to get though but interesting nonetheless.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

What an incredible collection! Like walking through a history of bluegrass museum. 5/5. 10/5 really. My first 5 star rating-and of course it's bluegrass, surprise! But those guests??!!! What an incredible effort!!

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Thu May 06 2021
5

holy cow...this was another snapshot of its time, and it's honestly from an era i didn't love...but i do love this album. the music was great, of course, but also just hearing the friendship among these folks in between takes - that was fantastic.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

Two hours of absolute pinnacles of talent. Kind of a lot all at once, but what a treat.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

"Every time you do it again you lose something" - said of retakes in the studio Pure wisdom. Pure gold in music form.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Where has this been my entire life? I don't listen to bluegrass often, but now I know where to find (a lot of) it when I want it. I liked the mix of sung and instrumental songs and the included conversations. It's amazing how tight the takes are, considering the complexity of the music and the number of contributors, but these are talented people after all.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

I love Bluegrass/Old-school country, and this album is a treat. Lots of standards on here and some fun behind-the-scenes tracks. I would rate this a 5 except for its INSANE length. This is just too much music. Is there such a thing? Yes.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Loved it. Loved the talking in between tracks, unreal musicians

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Fucking love this. Makes me wanna get a horse

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Classic bluegrass with legends of the time. A great adventure through classic bluegrass tunes. Enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

When I saw that I would be listening to a two hour long country bluegrass record today, admittedly I dreaded for the worst. However, to my surprise, I enjoyed this listen quite a bit, at least with an intermission break included midway. I had forgotten how fun bluegrass music can be, and this album proved that by a mile and a half. Not all of the tracks stick, but I enjoyed the vibe of this album enough to stick the whole way through. Favorites: "Nashville Blues", "Tenessee Stud", "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band somehow got a bunch of legends from the previous generation to sit down with them and make an album that bridges the gap. Incredible to listen to. I like the interludes, but they got to be a bit much toward the end. Volume 2 should absolutely be on this list. Best track: Foggy Mountain Breakdown

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

This album is quite the power house of folk and old-timey musicians. Some of my favorites who appear on this album are Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Vassar Clements, Norman Blake, and of course John McEuen from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB) itself. I have listened to this album once or twice before, shortly after seeing McEuen live in concert (great show) and close to the time of his return to the NGDB (~2001 or 2002). At the time, I had heard some of the music from NGDB from the 80s, but not their older work or their music that is more closely tied to old-timey music. In addition to classic musicians, this album is full of some classic standards as well. I favor the instrumental tracks in general, but it's not like I don't like the tracks with vocals. For example, I'm ready to hear Doc Watson sing any time he likes (I've seen him in concert too). "Tennessee Stud", "Cannonball Rag", "Earl's Breakdown", "Orange Blossom Special", "Flint Hill Special", "I am a Pilgrim", "Soldiers Joy" and several others are competing as favorites. (It doesn't help when there are so many tracks on the album.) With such a long album it can be harder to listen to the whole thing at once, but I imagine myself re-visiting this album to soak up some of this cultural experience again.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

If you watch Ken Burns' documentary series on country music (I highly recommend it), you know that the song "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" is used as a trope for the bonds of tradition and musical heritage that get passed from generation to generation. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gets featured notably in that documentary because of their efforts to keep that bond going, through their collaborations with other artists. This album is a document of that bond, the partnership between the living legends of country/bluegrass with the next generation. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were viewed somewhat as a group of long-haired interlopers at a time when traditional country music was out of fashion. In playing this music, they were essentially what we might consider to be hipsters today. But the band's musical chops were for real, and their love of roots country and bluegrass was indisputable. Bringing together this group of musicians was an impressive feat and the resulting recordings are a delight to hear. I imagine it's not to everyone's taste, and 2 hours is a lot for any album. But it's as important an album as you will ever hear in roots music. It's also just a lot of fun. I suggest listening to disc 1 and disc 2 separately with a break in between. My goodness, musically this album is so tight. Across the board, everything is effortlessly perfect, from guitars to banjo to fiddle. Some of the best and most revered artists in early country music participated in this effort, including Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Mother Maybelle Carter. Many of the songs are considered to be standards in the genre today. This music is earthy and joyful, equal parts plucky and heartfelt. The little bits of chatter between songs add a live vibe and sense of community that is foundational to country music. If there was ever an album that belonged on 1001 Albums, it's this one. Fave Songs: Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Nashville Blues, Sunny Side of the Mountain, Wabash Cannonball, Both Sides Now, You Are My Flower, I Saw the Light, Lonesome Fiddle Blues, The End of the World, Black Mountain Rag, Flint Hill Special, Soldier's Joy, Orange Blossom Special, Cannonball Rag, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Lost Highway

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

This gets off to a good start with the Grand Ole Opry Song. A lot of the tracks immediately following are well-worn standards and I'm not a fan of "covers" as I've said before. That said, I love the fiddle & harmonica laced version of Tennessee Stud. Letting Jimmy Martin sing lead on a bunch of songs was a good idea, he's got a twangy hurtin' country voice. Merle Travis is a bit light. It was certainly a historic occasion to revitalize the careers of these over-the-hill cowboy red-necks by throwing them in the same studio with a bunch of hippies from Long Beach. The jury’s out on the between-song banter. If it worked well everyone would be doing it.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Amazing album classic country. Love hearing classic Nashville. Great guitar

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Holy Moly this is basically 2 albums. I love Nashville Blues. Tennessee Stud is another great song. Nine Pound Hammer, Tennessee Stud, Black Mountain Rag all kick ass. Though just the length of this double album is a workout; 2 hours is a lot of fecking bluegrass.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Really liked it, haven't heard them before

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

The July aitee aliens had pretty good taste in music; too bad they weren't real. But seriously, the tunes on this album are great, the players are very good at their instruments, and the topics of the lyrics are diverse.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

I remember seeing the name of this band growing up and assumed it was some kind of country supergroup. And I suppose it is, but as far as this outing is concerned I can attach no negative connotation. Circle is a recording which earns its length in context: We got at least this much on tape, and these LPs are what you get. This is an album that lets me fully lean into my string-weakness. But the instrumentation switches up subtly throughout the runtime as the vocals occasionally drop out. To my ear, top-notch bluegrass playing.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

E ovo nikad nisam sluša 😊

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

An excellent two hour album

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

first listen I don't think there's a bad song on this record

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

Tres bon mais tellement long ahah il faut aime le banjo country etc. Ca sonne bien et les chansons sont belle mais 2h00 lol c’est un peu too muchpour moi. Tout de meme le facteur eeeute est tres frter je geux m’en souvenir lorsque j’aurai envie de country. 4.95

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Classic

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

Really good versions of really old songs. Reading the story behind it was cool too - a kind of hands across the generational divide type of project. Was cool to hear songs that some of my favourite acts (Johnny Cash, Elvis etc) would have listened to growing up. Surprised how many of the songs I knew - there's even one that Jeff Buckley recorded!

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Listened to half the album, surprised by how much I liked the yeehaw. Will Deff finish the other half soon.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

3,5/5

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

My dad would probably like this album. Probably does. It has "Keep on the Sunny Side" on it. I'm bout to cry, dude. He loves that song. The end of the album had several songs that sounded like they should be on "Banjo Boogie Bonanza" from Parks and Rec and I had to turn it off. But overall I enjoyed the album.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Fine country music.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Not sure if covers or original songs, but feel like an influential country/folk album

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

My kind of country

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Sat May 29 2021
4

This is great. It's a bit long, when I usually like my bluegrass and country in smaller doses, but I love this. Love the little snippets of dialog as well, it's a cool added touch. 4 stars.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Good blue grass compilation

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

false

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Un poco largo

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

4/5

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

A great primer on bluegrass and early country music.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

canonical old school country. lovely between-song interludes. mixing is clean, but the songs still have a wistful air to 'em. At 2 hours, this is a bit long though...

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Love me some country.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

.not great

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Nitty Gritty are ne of my favourite bands of this time

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Kind of just a good time :)

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Great album.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

What an unexpected pleasure. A real treasure trove of wonderful music, brilliantly played.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

28. Senhores passageiros, muita atenção à passagem de um comboio sem paragem na linha número vinte e oito com destino a Nashville o comboio interestadual precedente do norte profundo com carvão e contentores de toda a espécie informamos que a circulação neste comboio é proibida nos termos da lei disposta sim estou a falar contigo joe tolerei os primeiros quilómetros mas vamos passar a fronteira para o tennessee e aqui já não te consigo proteger da ira desmedida dos oficiais toca o que quiseres que eles não vão na tua música querem lá saber do que foges voltas recambiado no primeiro vagão da manhã eles já me conhecem posso tentar que não revistem o vagão das hortaliças mas é desse que eles mais gostam o salário de um polícia honrado não dá para o sustento nesta terra estéril vai joe ao pé das beterrabas indigestas eles já aprenderam a lição há coisas que não são feitas para crescer a norte do mississippi como tu joe como o teu corpo franzino para as minas como tu joe como o teu sonho honesto de um dia servir os viajantes à beira da estrada trocar o polegar pela espátula despir a jaqueta pelo avental e virar a cada três minutos porra joe porra porquê nesse vagão senhores passageiros o comboio sete três dois parado na linha vinte e oito com destino a nashville ficará na estação por ordem dos marshalls federais na linha não efetua serviço de passageiros senhora senhora afaste-se do corpo na linha por favor nada para ver aqui se procura os comboios com destino a el paso por favor dirija-se às linhas dez e quinze porra joe porquê resistir a todos lamentamos o incómodo causado MotA: You Are My Flower "Come and listen to my story, if you will, I'm gonna tell / About a gang of fellers from down at Nashville"

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

I'm not a country music guy but I liked this quite a bit. I can see how it was a breakthrough for traditional country music to a mainstream, non-traditional audience. And the musicianship is amazing. 4 🌟

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

I'm not normally a bluegrass fan but I do love Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Plus this album is mostly instrumental so only a few songs have vocalists. I found myself tapping my toes quite a bit.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

LONGY

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Surprisingly good, added to my collection.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Feel good music for a time when keeping on the sunny side is more and more difficult every day. I needed this.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Super folky, good banjo fiddle action.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

historical piece of music. glad to get to know mother maybelle and the greats thru this record

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Great musicianship with some good classic songs. Too lengthy however.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

It makes me feel like living in a trailer park

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Arquetipo perfecto de lo que se te viene a la cabeza cuando alguien dice la palabra "country" en voz alta. Aquí huele a mecedora con viejo vaquero mordisqueando una pajita y abrazando el rifle sobre sus piernas. Predominan el banjo y el violín y el olor a prado lleno de reses. Lo lastra la duración, lo vuelve algo pesado

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

There were times when I really enjoyed this album, and there were times when I wondered how I was going to make it through the entire thing. A double album seems like a bit much, as usual, though I understand it more in this case. This album was meant to be a union of two generations of country and bluegrass musicians. Overall it works, though I wish there was less banter between the songs. I don't see myself coming back to this album, nor, for that matter, finishing it (I'm currently on track 7 of 42). 4/5

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Great bluegrass, really enjoyed it

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

This feels like typical bluegrass but the execution is pretty amazing. The album is way too long, but in small doses this is a pretty good time.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

I'm probably rating this higher because I'm so tired of New Wave, 70s, and seemingly random choices on here. Still, it's a great album to play in the background on any lazy weekend.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Whyyyy is this so long

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

9th June 2022 Listened upstairs at mum and dads while working on stats for the hub. Big one! Didn’t know about this but it’s clearly a classic country behemoth. The reverence for country and the precision of the playing is astonishing.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

YEEEEEHAW! Even if you don't like 'country' music, I challenge you not to get toe-tapping and slapping your thigh with a yeehaw, yawl! A great bit of fun for a Friday afternoon.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Good stuff.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

4.5

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

забавное соседство хип хопа и кантри в списке сгенерированных альбомов) сначала мне было очень смешно, но что-то есть в этом альбоме цепляющее, трогающее. он как документальное кино. эти речи вначале почти каждого трека похожи на интервью героев дока. я слушаю каждую песню как чью-то историю. и это заставляет меня не только проникнуться музыкой, но и посмотреть на жанр кантри с точки зрения истории музыки.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

For some reason I knew the band name but didn't associate it with this sort of music, I assumed they were some sort of Skynyrd type classic rock band. As a result, I expected to turn it off after 1 or 2 songs. Instead, I listened to the whole damned thing. I found the covers and throwbacks to old country and bluegrass endearing, and there was plenty of variety in rhythm, melody, and instrumentation to keep it interesting throughout. Good stuff.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Some shite but basically a history lesson

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Rento albumi jossa ei ole pelkästään musiikkia, vaan myös Chatteria.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Really fun

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Long album but really fun to listen to. I enjoyed the bluegrass funky vibes and I’ve heard a few covers of their songs that I enjoy. Very tight group!

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

A bit long. I hated the chatter between songs. Otherwise very good.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Im not much of a blue-grass fan, but this was actually fairly enjoyable, but it is WAY too long (nearly 2 hours on the original), and does not have neary enough variety to justify that length. I like the snippits of conversation though. Overall, while I probably wont come back to it, it was still enjoyable

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Mon Oct 12 2020
3

didn't listen to it all - good one to cricle back to

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Not too bad folk/country.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Ok but a bit too much of it

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

was good

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Great country/gospel/bluegrass blend, although some of the songs tend to start sounding alike.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Thats A LOT of bluegrass!

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

Meh.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

There's some good stuff on here, but lots of not so great stuff. 3/5.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Country. Divertido pero muy largo. 2 horas

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Probably closer to a 5/10 than a 6/10, its not bad, just very long

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Fri May 14 2021
3

A nice rubberneck hotel will put this album on high rotation. I must’ve been in the right zone, and really liked it

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Fri May 21 2021
3

That's what you call roots music I guess. I appreciate the deep feeling, quality and honesty of these bluegrass and country tunes. Just not my thing

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Fun and enjoyable in parts but SO LONG. Turned into a real slog

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

I love bluegrass so this was very enjoyable. I don't love that it's 2 discs and 2+ hours long. Also, the confederate flags on the cover don't give me good feelings.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Thought it would get annoying but it didn't! Bit too long.

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Some time last year I realized, to my great surprise, that there are some styles of country that I actually enjoy a lot. Since this band seems to mix a couple of different country styles there were quite a few songs I liked a lot, such as the first and third ones. Other songs however I found really boring and at the same time borderline annoying. For a while I thought that would even out to a generously rounded up 4, but the album drags out waaaay too long at over two hours, which cost it a star.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Lightning fast picking. Rollicking good fun, but overlong. Great musicianship.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Yee. Frickin. Haw.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Great assembly of country artists.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

I did like this album, but not enough to feel like revisiting most of the songs again. I think i only added a couple to my library. 3/5 stars.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Um . . . I said the previous album was unchallenging to listen to. That is not the case here. I’ve always found jazz a kinda gimmicky genre and never really felt the desire to do a deep dive into it, which I’m sure is what would give me an appreciation for it; and this is that only more so. In the global stats for the website I’m getting these album suggestions from, which lets you rate them, this is the 6th lowest rated album. Favourite track: “Good Old Days.”

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Thu May 20 2021
3

-Like classic, bluegrass country -a few songs were nice

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Mon May 10 2021
3

There are some really enjoyable songs on this album, such as: Grande Ol Oprey Song, I Saw the Light, and My Walkin’ Shoes. There were too many instrumental pieces which all blend together and kind of drone on for me. In the end, this album would be a decent choice when I’m in the mood for bluegrass, but bluegrass just isn’t my genre. If the album were reduced down to its best 8 tracks or so, I might put it in my regular rotation.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Fiddles

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

What a fabulous name for a band. The folks who came up with the name "The Electric Prunes" must be particularly embarrassed when they see how cool a band name these toothless bluegrass brothers came up with. While I knew the band's name, I had no clue who they were and what kind of music they played. When Track 1 started, I liked it. I'd like to be a fly on the wall watching these brothers jam. These good ole boys know how to play and when I hear tunes like these I can't help thinking about the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou". I kept hoping one of the 42 songs would be The Soggy Bottom Boys. I know you guys will remember the era when you could find hidden messages from spinning vinyl backwards, so you probably know the old joke that goes Q: What do you get when you play a country record backwards? A: You get your wife back, your dog back and your truck back. Spotify plays in one direction only so there is no coming back! I don't have a wife, dog or truck so I could take my chances, but anyone who does should stay away from CD2 in particular. I've never been so happy to hear the song "Will the Circle be Unbroken" since I figured the title song must mean the album's almost done. I rated this 2 because it was so long it was like work but gave +1 because the band's name is so cool. If this album were a third the size, the 3 could have been legit. It's a good cross section of music styles within a specific genre but there is just too darn much of it. A number of special guests are brought in to mix it up but it doesn't change the fact that 42 songs is overkill. I know the good book says to share (or at least someone told me it said something along those lines) but sharing 42 bluegrass songs is like feeding the hungry the way the French feed their foie gras ducks.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

Southern Bluegrass / Country. Long album at 42 tracks with a lot of artists collaborating. Pretty well produced, recognized some of the tunes despite not really listening to much of this genre. Would probably have given this a 4 because the instrumentals were very well done, production values were high, but docking a point for the confederate flags. Also it's looooong, and there's only so much banjo and fiddle you can hear before it's all sounding the same.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Definitely not my kind of music, but on the other hand it's not bad at all! I enjoyed this venture into the unknown. Also, the rumours are true: this really is Oh Brother, 20-30 years earlier.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Never went out of my way to listen to much bluegrass. I've said records are long on this project, but my goodness is this thing loooong. I still made it through it all, so I probably enjoyed some of it. I do really love the fact that there's studio noise in between some of the songs, really gives the impression that these songs were just off-the-cuff jam sessions. Favorite tracks: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken", "Tennessee Stud", "Keep on The Sunny Side"

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

hits and misses 2.5/5

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Fun but too long

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Alright folk music: nothing crazy

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Een heel album is wat veel maar er zitten toch echt wel wat mooie pareltjes tussen.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Not bad but just way too long to keep my attention. It's more of a sampler of different country musicians so hard to compare to proper albums

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Ну такое кантри

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Country. Más de dos horas de disco, se hace un poco pesado. Aún así: ni fu ni fa.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

This was quite fun for a while, but it just.doesn't.stop..

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

Songs are good but the album is long

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

Long. Triple album long. Not bad but samey...

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Country music, but really it's American Heritage country music. Lots of covers of standards and staples for the genre, including a very beautiful instrumental rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now." The album is absurdly long though, and for that reason I can't rate it too highly. As an archive of music it's great, but as a sit-down album experience I found it hard to stay engaged. But the music is nice, and certainly a change of pace from our usual picks. Favorite tracks: Both Sides Now, Dark as a Dungeon, Grand Ole Opry Song, Cannonball Rag. Album art: Lends itself well to the American Heritage music concept. Nothing much to say, but the cursive font is nice, reminds me of signatures on the Declaration of Independence or something. 3/5

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Enjoyed this one

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

6/10. Nice and bluegrassy, but so goddamn long. I could see it being nice ambience.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

6/10

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Fun, big band country sound. I’d do this live, but found a >2h album a little tiring

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Ble

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Du bon bluegrass, il n'y a pas vraiment de mauvaises chansons, mais l'album est vraiment très long pour rien, il y aurait eu moyen de faire 3-4 albums avec tout le matériel. Ça devient tannant à la longue

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Little too long by half

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

So amazing and expansive but also so long. I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did, for some reason I thought it would be some Dr Hook or Grateful Dead hippy Jams. I was not prepared for nearly two hours of devine bluegrass. I really need to explore this again when I am not trying to also look after a sick 5 year old and meet deadlines. Part of me wonders if it is too long and could have done with losing a few songs. Not quite 4 stars, more lile 3 and a half

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Really enjoyed large parts of this but it just goes on forever

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Not bad but so, so long....

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

This could have been 4 or 5 star if it wasn't so fucking long.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Pleasant enough, but too long. Thank goodness this wasn't a deluxe edition.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

It’s too long & quite inconsistent throughout - quality can be hugely different per song

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Interesting bluegrass country album

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Best wel heel fijne blues/country muziek

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Right, so the bluegrass on this is about the best collection of bluegrass you can get. The proto-country of this is barely tolerable. The overriding thing to say about this though is that long album is long. Like, really long. After an hour you're thinking to yourself 'holy crap, is this not over yet?' and no, it isn't. There's another whole hour left to go. Jesus H Christ, this is longer than China's famous march. It's longer than John Silver. It's longer than the way to Tipperary. If it was a kitchen appliance, it'd be made by De'Longhi. Ice ages could come and go, and this album will still be playing. It should have been released as three albums, and for that I have to take a star off. The bluegrass is 5 stars, the proto-country takes down to 4, the length makes it 3.

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Mon May 23 2022
3

One to play on the road trip from California to Texas, you would probably still be listening to it on the return leg as well! It's long but not unenjoyable.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Viele tolle Sachen aber manchmal krasser hillbilly

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Cool, aber nichts was ich im Alltag hören würde

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

Some awesome tunes on this album, but not the kinda thing I'd revisit often (if at all). Bonus point for expert musicians though.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Well that was a bit of gosh darn fun. Some banjo, some fiddle, some auto harp. Cute.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Folk country > pop country. There were a lot of moments I liked, especially the instrumentals. There are some quite talented musicians here. A loooot of the songs sounded almost the same. They tend to use very, very similar chord progressions and song structures. I was disappointed by how repetitive the album was. I did find it pretty charming but I never want to hear it again, except for a few tracks. Except it's hard to know WHICH tracks I'd want to hear again, since they're so similar. I think I'm just barely gonna give it a 3 because I enjoyed the vibes and fun banjo/fiddle parts. I liked the instrumental tracks I did find it fascinating how old some of the collaborators on this album were. This album is like a historical artifact

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Long but a good listen and was interesting to read how and why the band was formed. The album recorded in 1 or 2 takes

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

I usually quite enjoy bluegrass and some country but it was out of context listening in my kitchen. It would have been better in an American bar. It got a bit “plinky plinky” and samey. Pleasant enough, not momentous. Low 3* ?

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

quote boring

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

That's a lot of fiddle.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Jingley jangles!

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Like listening to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, but it’s 12 songs too long.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

If I finished listening to this album, I wouldn't have time to finish the others before dying

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

That's a lot of bluegrass for one sitting! It's great. Every classic is here.... Just too much for me! 3/5

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Había canciones divertidas y otras que eran un rollo.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Listened to half first side of CD. Interesting sound. Very full and can tell they paved way for future country western and bluegrass. Liked the little vocal parts before each song

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Nice to find something you would never have given a chance otherwise. Love how raw this is, the ability of these musician to lay down tracks of this quality in one or two takes is jaw-dropping. Didn't listen to the whole thing due to length and since this feels like a compilation more than a cohesive album. Will be dipping back in at a later time but this is well worth a listen. 3.5/5

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

At times, I do love Americana, roots, bluegrass, etc., music. At other times, it can really annoy me. In the right mood, I like this album and very much appreciate its place in the American music canon, both as an album on its own and as an act of preservation. There are SO many tracks on this album, so it's a great compendium of this style of music. No matter what mood I'm in when I listen to this album, I can hear some superbly skilled musicians. There is a genuine skill on display here.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Pretty good country and folk album. I could listen to it while playing fallout!

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

If you Love Bluegrass this is a seminal album. That it was recorded in single takes with minimal technical editing is a testament to the craftsmanship of those musicians. God damn its a long album tho.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I never really listened to bluegrass prior to listening to this album. The closest thing was some bluegrass-esque Grateful Dead tunes. As another user stated, this album is a sort of “uniting” of two generations. It flows like a long jam session. The talent on here is great. Lots of legendary names. I absolutely love the dialogue between the songs. It makes you feel like you’re in the studio. The only thing keeping this from a higher rating is its length. 2 hours is a long time for straight bluegrass. If it was cut in half, it’d get a higher score.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

I actually liked this one quite a bit... it just overstayed it's welcome by an hour lol

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Well this was a pleasant surprise. It's a new artist for me. I was expecting some early 70's folk shit. All the suspect ingredients are there - the artist name, the album artwork, the choice of cover versions. But it doesn't sound dated. Decent songs don't age. It's far too long, but that's part of the appeal. Maybe the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band caught me on a good day. Maybe I'm maturing with age and becoming a stupid hippie.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

Absolute slog of an album…. Felt like I was in Smokey and the bandit there for a cotton picket minute. Too much banjo for my taste!!

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Wed Sep 02 2020
2

Country album, some big names on there but not for me

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

Good musicians, kind of too hillbilly/country for me

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

good country album. by the end I was exhausted of the hearing the banjo.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

I just can't listen to that much bluegrass. A good album, with a good story but just couldn't keep me the entire run through

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

I quite like all of these songs, they're fun and make me smile. However, an entire album of this is practically torture. These songs aren't meant to be listened to an hour at a time, but would be much better to be dipped into occasionally for a single track here and there. My brain hurts a bit after doing the entire thing at once.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

Si si, pero no.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

Tocan bien chido la neta

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

not for me, but i can see why people would like it.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

Esta cotorro en su onda...

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Not even remotely interested in country-folk & bluegrass... skipped after 1/4 of the first song.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

Note my kind of thing

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Mon Jul 19 2021
2

People actually listen to this? was mildly entertaining once

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

I liked the music, but my God was it too long! 42 songs, 105 minutes. If this album was half in length it could've got double the score.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Didn't listen to all of it but every track was almost the same so I think I got the vibe. 4.5/10

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Tue May 25 2021
2

Not my cup of tea - this is kind of knee-slapping, fiddling and such

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Not for me

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

Not really my thing

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Mon Jul 05 2021
2

Good storytelling, but too long and I lost interest several times.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

I didn't love the vocals, but the instrumentals were good background music. And that's way too many songs. How many double albums are on this 1001 list? I've also decided I wish the ratings scale was 10 point.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Just no my Type

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Sat May 15 2021
2

Bluegrass/country collab

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

Seemed to go on forever. I like the music, but not so much all at once. I got tired of it.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Yeee-haaarrrr!! Not really my cotton pick in’ style o’ music y’hear?

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Sat Aug 07 2021
2

I love worship/country/folk/delta blues so I hope I'll love this too. Didn't :( There are incredibly talented people on this but I think viewing the other artists' songs is a better idea. Good starting point but the other earlier recordings of these songs are just too good

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Mon Aug 16 2021
2

Well... this is first album I couldn't get through and I feel terrible. Unfortunately, this is just not my type of music and it's also a double album to boot. I spent a lot of time on Wikipedia reading about the history of the album and it still wasn't enough to reel me in. I guess you could say... The circle has been unbroken.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
2

2.5. Not terrible but not my thing.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
2

Goddamn this album is LOOOOONNNNNGGGGGGG. I don't mind bluegrass/country but a double album that's over two hours long is overkill. If you listen to this album regularly, I've a sneaking suspicion you find members of your family attractive. Best Tracks: Tennessee Stud; I Saw The Light; Will The Circle Be Unbroken

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

Haha.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
2

Ok this is a complete unknown. I want to say some kind of civil war songs or something? Ok yeah it's country, complete with banjo. That's cool. Jesus Christ, does this really go for almost 2 hours? Fuuuuuck, what a punish. The songs themselves deserve a 3 but the sheer fucking length of it makes it a 2/5.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Very country, despite being from Long Beach. Sunny side of life was by them? Had no idea.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Don’t listen to country

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Look, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would (considering my feelings about the genre), but I'm not about to listen to 2 hours of country music. It's honestly astonishing how much of this I did listen to, so props to the artists I guess for keeping me somewhat entertained. I actually enjoyed some of the instrumental songs (Nashville Blues and some others) and their rendition of Tennessee Stud. I did not enjoy the rest.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Wow this is a long album. I feel completely inadequate in giving any review to this album - I'm just not a fan of this kind of country music at all, even though I could appreciate the musicianship. It's really the singing (e.g. "The Precious Jewel" - sorry Roy Acuff, we'll just have to part ways here....) that I cannot enjoy. On a positive note, I actually really like the conversations between songs though; I like hearing how creative processes come together. 2 stars - I know it's probably good but I just can't. Also the confederate flags on the cover ... yeah nope.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

Amazingly recorded album. It puts the listener right amongst the session. Country and bluegrass aren't genres I would go out of my way to listen to. I'm not familiar with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band or the list of collaborators on this album. Maybelle Carter was Johnny Cash's mother in law and pioneer of the "Carter Scratch" guitar fingerpick and strum technique. It would be an enjoyable listen if you have a spare 2 hours and the urge to listen to some country and bluegrass. I couldn't listen to the whole album from start to finish. ✰✰

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

I thought this was a joke but its real. I love Fishin in the Dark but that song isn't even on this incredibly long and bloated album. I barely got through the first half because these songs felt so unlike this band. At least my perception of them. Not a huge fan of blue grass slow songs when it comes to country.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

I wouldn’t mind listening to a couple of these songs in one sitting, but the fact that the album is like 2 hours of music that all sounds about the same to me made my experience pretty negative. It’s frustrating too because there was some damn fine banjo and fiddle work on here. 3/10

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

Not the best. Not my kind of thing

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

WHY IS THIS ALBUM OVER TWO HOURS LONG??

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

The first few tracks are fine, but it just goes on and on and on. There are excessively long intros to almost every song, as though they couldn't be bothered to cut it like a normal album.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

couldn't finish

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

Jesus Christ, is this being procedurally generated as I'm listening? It just never ends. Every time I'm like "That was a pretty good song, wonder how much there's left" and I'm not even halfway there. This is just way too long for what it is - a generic hillbilly country album. Nothing wrong with the songs, some are good, some are pretty boring but as an album experience, this is a 2/5. Also what's up with the confederate flags on the cover.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

It is very country. And very bluegrass and definitely not my normal listen. If you like these genres there’s plenty here to like as there’s 2 hours of music to listen to.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Yeehaaw

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