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Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol III

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Subject: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: ballpienhammer
Date: 01 Oct 02 - 07:15 PM

Holy Cow! It don't git much better'n this! McCourys, Watson, Cash,Scruggs, Emmy Lou Harris, Dwight Yokum, Willie Nelson,Jeff Hanna,Iris DeMent and lots more. This is a must for American folk lovers and bluegrassers as well. This is more an applaud than a review
but it's a dbl CD set and well worth the $15 I gave. bph


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: khandu
Date: 01 Oct 02 - 07:58 PM

Number 1 is my Number 1 recomendation to everyone who is interested in hearing great bluegrass/country music.

Number 2 I recommend to no one.

I did not even know #3 existed! Glad you informed me!

khandu


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Oct 02 - 08:06 PM

Have to along with you on that one Khandu. Number one was HUGE fun, and introduced a lot of pop fans to Jimmy Martin and the rest of them. Number two was pretty unexciting. Number three sounds like it might be decent music, but no surprises.....wonder if Bill Mcuen (sp) was involved.

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: Dharmabum
Date: 01 Oct 02 - 08:06 PM

Just ordered mine today,can't wait!
Don't forget,the N G D B will be on Letterman Thursday night.

DB.


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: ballpienhammer
Date: 01 Oct 02 - 08:34 PM

yup, bunch of McCuens are on it. I heard it non-stop now. Very fine
compilation. It was to be released on the 5th but I found one today.
I too, have #2 and found it so-so. #1 was great. I had it on vinyl but
lost it in a move. I am not a total bluegrass fan, nor do I play one on TV, but his CD has not a rough edge like a lot of BG stuff does. Glad I gave y'all a heads-up. bph


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 01 Oct 02 - 09:17 PM

Mudcatter Banjoest, who is a friend of John McEuen, posted some observations John had made about Circle III on this thread.


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: X
Date: 03 Oct 02 - 09:23 PM

Hot stuff!


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 04 Oct 02 - 12:22 AM

Damn! John McEwen convinced me!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: X
Date: 04 Oct 02 - 02:29 AM

The Dirt Band will not be on "Letterman's" tonight they have been moved to the 9th of Oct.

sorry.


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: GUEST,shakes@idirect.com
Date: 04 Oct 02 - 11:43 PM

Hunh!

Growing up in Southern Ontario I listened to and loved the early, non-video country folk, and Circle One was truly a joy. But.... I have to take exception to the comments on Circle Two ... it's every bit as good and groundbreaking, but you have to remember it's from a different era. Do I sense a little bit of "sequels are never any good" snobbery?


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 05 Oct 02 - 08:53 AM

Shakes,

I had put II on the shelf for a long time, just spun it last week. I admit that it's not the original, but it has some really good stuff. Emmylou, Levon Helm and few others gave wonderful performances. I thought that Bruce Hornsby's Bluegrass treatment of The Valley Road was neat.

I'm going to wait for feedback from here before buying three, but I have to think that given the line-up it should be very good.


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: denise:^)
Date: 05 Oct 02 - 10:39 AM

I'd always liked #2--it was the first one I bought; I liked it so well, I picked up #1 at a used record store.

(I was a little young when #1 came out!)

I never got around to putting it on a turntable (it seems like so much work, nowadays), but now it's available on a CD. Guess I'll have to get a copy...and now I'll need #3, too...


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: ballpienhammer
Date: 05 Oct 02 - 01:57 PM

ain't a bad track on it...maybe Willy and Tom Petty's "Goodnight Irene" I can listen to "Catfish John" 'til the cows come in!


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: michaelr
Date: 05 Oct 02 - 05:37 PM

Is that the Garcia/Hunter song "Catfish John"?

--"Mama said, don't go near that river
Don't be hanging around ol' Catfish John
Come the morning I'd always be there
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn"

That one?

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: X
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 03:27 PM

There is't anything wrong with "Circle #2," it's just not "Circle #1."


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: ballpienhammer
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 04:52 PM

Banjoest, nuttin' wrong w/ #2; I like 3, then 1, then 2...in that order.


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: X
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 04:55 PM

BPH:

My order would be #1, #3, #2. :o)


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken#3
From: beadie
Date: 07 Oct 02 - 03:16 PM

michael:

It is, indeed, that "Catfish John." Alison Krauss sings the daylights out of it, too.


My order:    1, 3, 2.


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol III
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Mar 11 - 12:44 AM

I don't like Volume III as well as I like the other two. Volum III sounds like it was recorded in the studio, instead of in a more informal and congenial situation. To me, this album just doesn't sound as "personal" as the other two.
You can find a track listing and links to lyrics here (click)

Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III
Capitol Records
2002

Nominated for two Grammys

Once again, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band draws an assembly of deities and wannabes around the campfire. Some of these are familiar, though veterans from the first volume have grown scarce: Doc Watson plays "I Am a Pilgrim" as a tribute to the late Merle Travis, who cut the same tune on the 1972 Circle session. Jimmy Martin returns too, his galloping, almost-reckless delivery undimmed by the years. From the 1989 sequel comes Johnny Cash, whose "Tears in the Holston River" eulogizes Maybelle Carter, his mother-in-law and the soul of the first Circle. New faces take the place of those who have departed: Willie Nelson is a logical addition. Emmylou Harris assumes her place in this pantheon, her voice breaking hearts even in harmony with Matraca Berg on "Oh, Cumberland." No performance stands out more than that of Taj Mahal, whose presence has a demographic significance and whose rollicking rendition of "Fishin' Blues nearly steals the show.
Robert L. Doerschuk, All-Music Guide

Track Listing (choose a title below for lyrics):
  1. Take Me In Your Lifeboat with Del McCoury
  2. Milk Cow Blues with Doc Watson / Josh Graves
  3. I Find Jesus
  4. Hold Whatcha Got With Jimmy Martin
  5. Mama's Opry With Iris DeMent
  6. Diamonds in the Rough with Cash, June Carter
  7. Lonesome River with Sam Bush
  8. Some Dark Holler with Dwight Yoakam
  9. The Lowlands with Jaimie Hanna
  10. Love, Please Come Home with Del McCoury
  11. Goodnight Irene with Willie Nelson
  12. I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome
  13. I'll Be Faithful To You with Emmylou Harris
  14. Tears in the Holston River with Johnny Cash
  15. Fishin' Blues with Taj Mahal
  16. Save It, Save It with Jimmy Martin
  17. Wheels with Dwight Yoakam
  18. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms with Willie Nelson
  19. Oh Cumberland with Matraca Berg
  20. I Am a Pilgrim with Doc Watson
  21. Sallie Ann with Earl Scruggs
  22. Catfish John with Alison Krauss
  23. Roll The Stone Away
  24. All Prayed Up with Vince Gill
  25. Return to Dismal Swamp II with Jerry Douglas and Tony Rice
  26. There Is A Time with Rodney Dillard
  27. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Glory, Glory) with Taj Mahal
  28. Farther Along

Performers

    Roy Acuff, Composer
    Kokomo Arnold, Composer
    Barry Bales, Bass (Upright)
    Matraca Berg, Composer, Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Vocals
    Katherine Bomboy, Photography
    James Brockman, Composer
    Sam Bush, Mandolin, Vocals
    Bob Carpenter, Accordion, Vocal Harmony, Vocals
    A.P. Carter, Composer
    Joanna Carter, Art Direction
    Mother Maybelle Carter, Composer
    Sara Carter, Composer
    John Carter Cash, Engineer
    Johnny Cash, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
    June Carter Cash, Autoharp (Hammered), Vocals
    M. Christian, Composer
    Vassar Clements, Fiddle
    Mike Compton, Mandolin
    Dennis Crouch, Bass (Upright)
    Iris DeMent, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
    Rodney Dillard, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
    Jerry Douglas, Dobro
    Dan Dugmore, Dobro
    Glen Duncan, Fiddle
    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle
    Pat Enright, Guitar, Vocals
    Jimmie Fadden, Drum Programming, Drums (Snare), Harmonica, Vocal Harmony
    Lester Flatt, Composer
    Vince Gill, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
    Kevin Grant, Bass (Upright)
    Josh Graves, Dobro
    Robert Hadley, Mastering
    Michelle Hall, Assistant Art Director
    Jaime Hanna, Guitar, Stick, Vocals
    Jeff Hanna, Accordion, Composer, Guitar, Mandolin, National Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Vocals, Washboard
    Emmylou Harris, Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Vocals
    Gary Harrison, Composer
    Chris Hillman, Composer
    Byron House, Bass (Upright)
    Marcus Hummon, Composer
    Jimmy Ibbotson, Bouzouki, Composer, Drum Programming, Drums (Snare), Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Vocal Harmony, Vocals
    David P. Jackson, Bass (Upright)
    Leon Jackson, Composer
    Denise Jarvis, Producer
    Mitch Jayne, Composer
    James Kendis, Composer
    Paul Kennerley, Composer
    Arnold Kokomo, Composer
    Alison Krauss, Fiddle, Vocals
    Leadbelly, Composer
    John A. Lomax, Composer
    Taj Mahal, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
    Jimmy Martin, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
    Ray Martin, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
    Del McCoury, Guitar, Vocals
    Robbie McCoury, Banjo
    Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin
    Bob McDill, Composer
    John McEuen, Banjo, Composer, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
    Jonathan McEuen, Guitar, Vocals
    Walter McEuen, Composer
    Mike McNamara, Photography
    Willie Nelson, Guitar, Vocals
    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Producer
    Alan O'Bryant, Banjo
    Gram Parsons, Composer
    Bridget Petraitis, Production Assistant
    Tom Petty, Guitar, Vocals
    Mickey Raphael, Harmonica
    Allen Reynolds, Composer
    Ron Reynolds, Engineer, Mixing
    Tony Rice, Guitar
    Doug Sax, Mastering
    Earl Scruggs, Banjo, Composer, Guitar
    Gary Scruggs, Composer
    Randy Scruggs, Arranger, Banjo, Guitar, Producer
    Charles Shoffner, Composer
    Ricky Skaggs, Mandolin, Vocals
    Carter Stanley, Composer
    Nat Vincent, Composer
    Doc Watson, Guitar, Vocals
    Richard Watson, Guitar
    Hop Wilson, Composer
    Glenn Worf, Bass (Upright)
    Dwight Yoakam, Guitar, Vocals


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Subject: RE: Review: Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol III
From: PHJim
Date: 02 Mar 11 - 01:47 AM

michaelr said,"Is that the Garcia/Hunter song "Catfish John"?

--"Mama said, don't go near that river
Don't be hanging around ol' Catfish John
Come the morning I'd always be there
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn"

That one?"

He's probably not still following this thread, but the song he quoted was not a Garcia/Hunter song. It was written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds. I think the Dead did cover this, but they didn't write it.


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