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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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2.94

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10842

Genres

  • Country
  • Folk

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Fucking love this. Makes me wanna get a horse

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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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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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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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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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Thu Feb 15 2024
2

Over 2 hours of hurdy-durdy tweedle twangy country??? NO. After the first hour I got the point, thanks. These guys are so niche it hurts. They're fine enough musicians, and they're doing their own thing not hurting anybody, but I simply don't have the required personality or constitution to enjoy this music. Hard pass. Sidenote: did people just not know how to edit a track back then?? A huge musical pet peeve of mine is "skits" or "candid" behind-the-scenes chatter during the recording process becoming part of the song. It is so fucking stupid to do that. I don't need to hear how you're gunna make the record, or hear a lecture on how to record the tracks from some old hillbilly in the 70's. They think this is charming and listeners want it, but we DON'T. "Oh we'll have so much fun feeling like we're part of the recording process. Yayy!" NO. Nobody wants that, just sing your fucking song and get a usable recording of it.

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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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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

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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Sun Jan 01 2023
5

This album is the musical definition of Stockholm Syndrome. I had a blast … or did I?

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

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

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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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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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Fri Apr 14 2023
4

It may be just stolkholm syndrome, but I loved it. If it weren't for the Confederate flag on the cover I could see myself putting it on! Loved the feel of being in the studio with them like a really intimate concert. Love the bass, love the banjo, love the fiddle. Top marks minus one for the hate symbol

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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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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Too many songs and please edit out the chat. GBH of the ears Fun songs though

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Thu Apr 13 2023
2

Unnecessarily long but somewhat troll

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Thu Dec 07 2023
2

Listening to this will make your neck red and your rocking chair squeak. It'll make your overalls faded and your shotgun loaded. It'll turn your cousin's attractive and your brandy into moonshine.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
2

I’m either missing the part of my brain or the frame of reference that would allow me to appreciate country music or bluegrass or Americana. 99% of it doesn’t resonate with me in the slightest. Because of this, I can’t tell what makes a good bluegrass record or if this is one of them. I know I’ve seen the cover before and from what I’ve read it’s heralded as one of the of the all time greats, but fuck me if it doesn’t sound like every other piece of bluegrass music I’ve ever heard. Does that make this a bad record? No, I just don’t get the appeal of bluegrass or country music. All it means is that this is an uninteresting record to me and doubly so because there are almost 40 tracks to listen to.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
2

I didn't hate the music, which is why it gets 2 instead of 1 star. The music was good, actually. Liked what I heard more than I expected. But two hours? As an album, it fails for me. It is too much for what it is.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
1

I mean if you call yourself the nitty gritty dirt band and make a 100 minute long country album you’re bound to not be that good… The album opens with Grand ole orpy song it’s a very American country song and I hate this kinda thing but I guess its nice how the lyrics are kinda introducing them as a band. Keep on the sunny side starts off strange with just lots of talking the main song is again just boring creepy old American country. Nashville blues is a short little instrumental it’s good in the sense that I liked the picking on the track but I still wasn’t a fan. You are my flower was very bland. The precious jewel has this really dreary sound to it the best bit about this song was the talking at the start. Dark as a dungeon is easily forgettable to be honest. Tennessee stud is dreadful but if I were to choose one that was passable than this may be the one. Black mountain rag is just a dumb little instrumental piece nothing special here. Wreck on the highway wasn’t brilliant I especially didn’t like the singing here. For a song called the end of the world I thought it would be cool but no it’s just an instrumental. I actually don’t tend to dislike music with religious themes but I saw the light wasn’t good. The sunny side of the mountain wasn’t all too special but I guess it wasn’t that despicable of a song. Nine pound hammer is just bland and non can’t say much here. Losing you ( might be the best thing yet) might be the best thing yet the lyrics aren’t that bad just get rid of the country instrumentals. Honky tonkin is dumb but inoffensive. You don’t mind wasn’t that good just forgettable country music same with my walking shoes. Disk 1 done I didn’t like this at all currently 1/5 and unless if disk 2 is like the best thing ever this will not change. Lonesome fiddle blues starts off disk 2 it’s a decent instrumental track the fiddle playing is perfectly fine and there’s no creepy wooden country singing so that’s a bonus. Cannonball rag is also not dreadful just a bunch of guitar picking. Avalanche is ANOTHER instrumental and still not horrible ( sounds like they’re desperately wanting me to boost their album rating) ( and you’re not gonna do that with instrumentals). Oh my god not again 🙄 ANOTHER FUCKING INSTRUMENTAL flint hill special wasn’t dreadful though. Okay so until there is some singing i’am just going to make a list of the numerous instrumentals that don’t help an already boring album: Togary mountain Earl’s breakdown Orange blossom special Wabash cannonball Oh okay lost highway has vocals well done you learned to sing again, but wait you can’t sing so please shut up and try to end this dam album! Nope seems to be the answer to that request and now we have doc watson and merle travis: first meeting which was a wired little interlude about a coal mines album or something? Way downtown was an alright country tune but I don’t like it. Down yonder has some nice enough clicking noises but still I don’t like it. Pins and needles ( in my heart), well I kinda wish I had pins and needles instead of enduring your song but here we are. Honky tonk blues was just dumb like the other honky tonky song earlier. Sailing on to Hawaii was a nice enough relaxed little instrumental that ( unlike the ones) earlier did serve a purpose. I’m thinking of my blue eyes wasn’t good I especially didn’t like the backing singing where they all sound bored with this album. I am a pilgrim was just dull ( I know I said that for another song but this really is). Wildwood flower wasn’t brilliant and honestly really forgettable. Soliders Joy was an instrumental that started with talking ( not like I’ve herd stuff like that 100 times in this album). We’re FINALLY at the penultimate track wll the circle be broken and that creepy “ mother” carter woman just sounds bored and the backing singers make it even more boring and creepy. Both sides now ends the album on a dull instrumental. Country music to me is the musical equivalent of biting into a large chunk of wood (horrible even after you’ve bitten into it) and I’ve always found oldie groups like the Carter family really creepy so to have the “ mother” woman as a frequent collaborator wasn’t my cup of tea. Also when your favourite track on an album is one of numerous short instrumental tracks you know that it’s not a good album . I guess it was fun to make fun of but I would still rather burn to death than hear this or anything by the nitty gritty dirt band again.

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Wed Mar 15 2023
1

42 punishingly mundane 'Murica audio experiences I want to forget sooner rather than later

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Thu Jul 06 2023
1

Maybe I’m in the wrong list

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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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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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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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Wed Jan 04 2023
5

When I finished, I found a yearning for country roads

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

My parents are big Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fans, so I was happy to see them here. But this is a truly unusual album that I had not listened to. The deep old-school country guests and performances on this are remarkable. Incredible fiddling! Great harmonica! Really stellar performances of a lot of old classics. The candid moments before a lot of the performances were fascinating, charming and really added to the experience. I loved this from beginning to end. Really impressive to think that a young hippy country band in the early 1970s had the wherewithal to embark on such an ambitious project! I’m very glad its importance was highlighted by the 1001 folks.

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

Wow! This is a lot of impressive music. A wonderful change of pace. I loved the interstitials that caught the musicians talking. That really added to the homey cozy feeling. Loved it.

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

This was a wonderful album! A little nitty and a little gritty and a whole lotta collaboration. I agree that this album belongs on this list!

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

What an amazing project this was! So much fun to hear these musicians play with such joy.

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Wed Feb 15 2023
5

This is another formative record for me. I was spinning it over the weekend and discovered I had 2 copies. Growing up it was on around our house quite a lot and I know it by heart. I learn to play guitar with a ton of these songs. It's an exercise in nostalgia for me, but I'm not sure whether I can actually assess the music on the record with any sort of perspective. The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Nelson, etc are just so deeply ingrained into my psyche. That being said, the musicianship on this record is pretty amazing. I mean, the list on the left hand side of the cover is ridiculous: Watson, Scruggs, Carter, Martin, Vassar Clements, etc. It's a veritable who's who in the world of bluegrass, country, and folk music. This just feels like a picking party after a wedding and I'm not sure that's not my version of heaven. Lots of folks in and out, the conversations before and after tunes, classic and standard tunes, great harmonies, fierce picking... My bluegrass heart never had a chance.

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Sun Mar 05 2023
5

So this is like an all-star country and western band? Blending old stars and younger upstarts, and to a European ear, this is great! So much history and storytelling, I can see why this is such a historic album. Definitely a must listen.

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Wed Apr 05 2023
5

This feels like a staple bluegrass album, which is so rare to me I think it moves the needle to low 5.

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Wed Apr 05 2023
5

Not every song was a hit... but god damn. The concept of the old heads playing with the new blood, the studio chatter, the rawness, the sheer talent and variety here all made up for it.

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Thu Apr 13 2023
5

An astounding portrait of American country music, Will the Circle Be Unbroken is a true love letter to a bygone era. The amount of talent on display here is hard not to appreciate, even from Country music haters. I loved the personal touch of having conversations play out before and after songs at times, giving a real sense of the craftsmanship these members are capable of delivering. It also just sounds great. This recording is impeccable, and there isn’t a single note lost in the shuffle, no matter how many instruments are being played together. Beautiful music, from a simpler time.

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Fri May 12 2023
5

This is a lot of fun to listen to, and it's got a lot of replayability. I guess that old-time sound is still alive and well! 5/5

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Wed May 17 2023
5

Not so much a commercial album as an anthropology project.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

I could have cried when album was generated. Over two hours long and bluegrass. I haven’t listened to much bluegrass before, but my brain associates it with country music, and two hours of that is a hard sell. I’ll try to keep as open a mind as possible, but this feels like it will be a rough day. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Keep On The Sunny Side, Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Foggy Mountain Breakdown It’s hard to say how much of this review is biased by the fact that my knowledge of bluegrass is so limited, but this was incredible! Growing up, people that could shred in rock/metal bands were, at least in my head, the best of the best guitar players. But have you heard bluegrass?! This musicianship is on a whole other level! The banjo, guitar, and fiddle/violin players must be from another planet as they are amazing. I also enjoyed the extra tracks where it sounded like the band were prepping for a song. It made it feel like a bunch of friends having fun together, which probably amplified the fun I felt too. Despite the album length, I didn’t want this to end.

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Wed Jul 05 2023
5

A gargantuan undertaking of the impact and influence that country music had on the outside observants that made up the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and how it wound up being more realized than anyone had anticipated, with its perceptions for the audience being both of the fly on the wall and in front row, with the participants speaking and going over songs before it being played. Whether downed in one gulp or taken in piece by piece, Will the Circle Be Unbroken remains an essential part of the country music puzzle. *Album generated on 7/4/23, reviewed on 7/9/23*

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Tue Jul 18 2023
5

An extremely important American musical document that also happens to be just a good old time. I knew about this from the great Ken Burns Country Music documentary but I've never actually sat down a listened to it until today, I'm glad I had the day off and I'm glad I listened because it's great. This was followed by a couple of sequels over the years and now I wanna check those out too.

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Tue Jul 25 2023
5

Absolute belter, I loved it. Definitely gonna listen to this again. Great stuff

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Thu Aug 31 2023
5

When I saw the 2 hour length, the confederate flags on the cover, and didn't see fishing in the dark anywhere on the track listing I was extremely pessimistic going into this album. Against all odds, however, this album rocked. While I wouldn't ever listen to it in one sitting again, nearly every track was at least good and most of them were exemplary nashville country/folk. I loved all of the first disc and most of the second disk, with tracks like the title track, the first two tracks, losin' you, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes, plus many more being the biggest standouts. Apparently, the nitty gritty dirt band was attempting to unite multiple generations of Tennessee country and essentially make an Avengers of country music; it's amazing that the result was this successful and sustainable for a two hour album. You really do get the vibe that every song is a showcase of one or two out of like 20 artists performing out of their mind and working together seamlessly.

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

Gospel. I could listen to this every day.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
5

This album hit close to home. My grandfather loved this era of country music and it would always be playing when we went to his house. He unfortunately passed away a little over a year ago, and my daughter was born exactly a week later. He never got to meet her, but her and I got to dance and listen to his favorite music together. I'm not a spiritual person, but I feel like there will always be a part of him somewhere with her, and we will always keep his memory alive

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Thu Sep 21 2023
5

This is perhaps exorbitantly long. But hot damn this is great stuff. Excellent blue grass and the captured moments of dialog make you feel like you’re in the studio. Love it.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
5

While this isn't an album you'll listen to over and over it's an absolute perfect pick for this list. It's a history lesson in record form. The execution of this album is amazing, from the song choices, to the musicians and the recording. Let's not forget the banter, which is really what makes this album just wonderful, I particularly love hearing Maybelle Carter.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
5

Straight up do not care, this album is a toe tapper from start to finish. I wouldn't even class myself as a fan of the genre, and yeah, 2 hours might be a little on the long side, but it sounds like everybody was having fun making this album and I had a good time listening

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Thu Sep 28 2023
5

We like both kinds a music here. Country AND western.

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Fri Oct 06 2023
5

What a wonderful artifact! 42 tracks full of bluegrass, and I did not think it too many. I'm a fan of the "Anthology of American Folk Music" and this feels like a natural extension of that, and I loved the inclusion of the chatter between musicians - gave it an anthropological feel! Fave track - "Tennessee Stud" for the songs, "Doc Watson & Merle Travis First Meeting" for the studio chatter!

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Fri Nov 24 2023
5

This iconic collaboration between the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and an array of legendary artists transcends generations, delivering an unforgettable blend of country, folk, and bluegrass that resonates with the heart and soul. One of the standout features of this album is its celebration of musical diversity and intergenerational connections. The collaboration with revered figures like Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson adds a layer of authenticity that is both nostalgic and enlightening. The seamless fusion of old and new, traditional and contemporary, creates a harmonious journey that bridges the past and the present. The heartfelt vocals and impeccable instrumental arrangements shine throughout the album. The genuine passion and love for the music are palpable in every note, making it impossible not to be swept away by the emotive performances. The storytelling nature of the songs brings a narrative richness that keeps the listener engaged from start to finish. "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" doesn't merely offer a collection of songs; it invites you to step into a musical time capsule, where each track feels like a cherished chapter in a well-loved book. The camaraderie among the musicians is evident, creating an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie that is infectious. The album's enduring appeal lies not only in its musical excellence but also in its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia and comfort. It's a testament to the power of collaboration and the universal language of music that transcends boundaries and generations. "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" is a treasure trove of musical brilliance, a heartfelt tribute to the roots of American music. Whether you're a seasoned fan of folk and bluegrass or a newcomer to the genre, this album is a must-listen that promises to leave a lasting imprint on your musical soul.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

I used to live in Oakland. I would go to the Berkeley Public Library once a week, on their third floor they have nothing but records, CDs, sheet music, tapes. It’s lovely. I don’t know why I took this album out from the library but I did and I loved it and I forget about it until now, 11 years later. Still love it. Go check out the Berkeley Public Library if you’re ever in the area. And check out that third floor.

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Tue Dec 19 2023
5

A nice album with a lot of legendary musicians.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

This is classic Bluegrass at its Finest. For those folks who are music history buffs you need to understand that this music came from RURAL America, not big city….it moved slowly thru minstrel shows, religious revival la, family reunions and brought small communities together to create and celebrate what was happening in Their lives. Where it came from??it started out with roots in gospel, blues, folk, country music in the southern states and it moved to the Heartland of the Midwest where I grew up in Kansas. There is a National Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, KS every year and a Huge number of these individual musical artists also perform at the Yearly at the American Folk Alliance Festival in Kansas City which goes on for se real days…KC hosted the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as did Lawrence, KS and other college towns in the 70’s and 80’s. I know Bluegrass is not everyone’s cup of tea but it started a movement during the early 1900’s !!

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Mon Jan 22 2024
5

Amazing old-timey, bluegrass tunes.

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

Enjoyed revisiting a classic.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

Deserves 10 out of 5 the musical piece of history that it is. So glad this is preserved for us

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Mon Feb 05 2024
5

Wow thank you for this wonderful trip.

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Sun Feb 25 2024
5

Brilliant, glorious, wonderful. Roots, Americana, bluegrass, whatever you call it, it's so good. 12 stars.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
5

Bluegrass that aims to harken back to the good old days of country. Never have I heard an album that is so fully-invested in displaying bluegrass in all it's greatness. The story goes that country music changed with the advent of rock and roll, with the rise of country rock and the Nashville sound becoming the more popular forms of the genre. In an attempt to recognize and appreciate the traditional country artists before the '70s, country rockers of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band connected with a plethora of guest musicians to play the old-time country classics: over 100 minutes worth. If you don't enjoy bluegrass then this album will be a tedious listen, but for me it was an absolute treat. A wide array of some of the finest traditional Appalachian folk music played by the best musicians of their field. Best of all, it's recorded and produced in such a crisp, wonderful way that gives every song the room it needs to breathe. I particularly enjoyed the occasional studio banter while the tape was still rolling; this makes the album feels more alive with the personality of musicians within it. It feels more like a historical document of culture than a simple musical album, but there is no shortage of music here. I love every song, I would praise them all. Does it need some trimming down? Perhaps, but I can easily forgive that for how rich and beautiful this record is. It has so much to offer, I feel lucky in this moment, grateful that music is meant to be shared, and it was shared with me over 50 years later.

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Mon Apr 01 2024
5

I had never heard of this or was aware of this album. It seems like maybe the first real bluegrass revival in the 70s that got the hippies in to bluegrass. It's sweet that Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, and Earl Scruggs are playing on this. Super enjoyable record, and it's obvious that there is a care and joy in these sessions and what came out of it. Loved this record.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

That is a whole lot of fiddle and banjo, for sure, and such a discovery! I had a mistaken impression of the NGDB. There is No Brother Where Art Thou without this album. Hearing the intros and outros is such a treat. Mother Maybelle! And oh, Doc Watson.

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Thu Apr 25 2024
5

Great music, and an interesting bridge between old and new. The fact it isn't touched up or really produced at all makes it that much more amazing.

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Thu Apr 25 2024
5

There's something special about a large group of talented musicians playing (mostly) traditional songs, and this album really delivers on that front. The conversational inserts help give it that "family" feel, which is present at most small-town concerts in this genre. It's a very good encapsulation of a specific piece of America. Favorite song? Probably the title track.

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Tue May 14 2024
5

it’s 2 hours of absolute LEGENDS playing together. impossible to not give this a 5

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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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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 Feb 25 2021
4

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

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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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