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  • Audio CD (January 26, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: January 26, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Skaggs Family
  • ASIN: B00000HF6P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Many of us couldn't wait to bash Skaggs upon his 1997 return to roots, Bluegrass Rules! Poor Ricky, sniffle, couldn't record his beloved bluegrass for a dozen years because of, sob, "contractual obligations." Of course, Bluegrass Rules! turned out to be an explosive record, and as usual, Skaggs had redeemed himself on the sheer basis of his talent. The 1999 follow-up, Ancient Tones, is a worthy sequel, as Skaggs and his stellar Kentucky Thunder band (with Stuart Duncan and Jerry Douglas helping out) continue to pray at the feet of the gods--Monroe and Stanley--in fresh and exciting ways. The arrangements are more ambitious and in general more subtle than on Bluegrass Rules! but are no less rewarding. Skaggs's own vocals scale new heights, especially on the chilling a cappella introduction to the eight-minute "Little Bessie," which then adds bodhran and harp as if to illustrate bluegrass' connection to its Celtic roots. Maybe we'll get to bash him yet, but certainly not this time around. --Marc Greilsamer

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He puts so much heart and soul into his singing and playing.
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I strongly recommend Ancient Tones to everyone who enjoys bluegrass music.
John
Great musicians, great arrangements, great recording quality.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "debbie-n-va" on July 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a devoted follower of Ricky Skaggs. I think he has one of the best and purest voices in the business. I really thought this was an oustanding CD. He puts so much heart and soul into his singing and playing. The harmonies in the songs on this CD were fantastic. I'm a bit of a "traditionalist" too when it comes to bluegrass music so I enjoyed the Ricky's renditions of the old songs on this CD. Agreed, Ricky's accapella voice will bring tears to your eyes on "Little Bessie". I think the entire CD is a masterpiece, and I usually do not like every cut on a CD but this was an exception. I just hope Ricky keeps producing gems like Ancient Tones. I have yet to buy Bluegrass Rules so I know I'm in for a treat. I do have his bluegrass gospel CD "Soldier of the Cross" which rarely ever leaves my CD player.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
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The recording of "Little Bessie" is absolutely amazing and well worth the price of the whole CD. Skaggs is a true pure talent. His acappela vocals on Bessie will choke you up. The other songs are great as well, if not quite as inspiring. I agree with other reviewers that it would be nice to see Skaggs do more originals, but if these recordings expose a larger audience to the "righteous pathway" than more power to him. I felt the same way about "Rank Stranger" from his last CD as I do about "Little Bessie". You think you've heard these songs, but these renditions truly transcend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
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Having traveled many miles going to bluegrass festivals in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, I have heard some great music. And the wonderful thing about the festivals, it doesn't have to be the headline stars that are so good, sometimes the "parking lot pickers" are just as enjoyable. But back to this, I love Ricky Skaggs, I love him for continuing to follow a narrow path that he has chosen in the music business. that takes a lot of guts, especially when all the glory goes to the hat acts.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Clark on March 23, 1999
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Ricky Skaggs is a bluegrass master, and Kentucky Thunder, along with the Del McCoury Band, is as fine an ensemble as currently works in the genre. And Ancient Tones (great title) is a good album, with the occasional memorable moment. How you feel about it, however, ultimately depends on how much bluegrass you've already heard -- in other words, on how much you really want to hear Bill Monroe and Stanley Brothers warhorses yet again. This CD is full of them, all crisply executed but all too familiar. What Skaggs and his band need are new songs (even if they're old ones: traditional mountain ballads or neglected compositions from bluegrass' earlier days). To this longtime listener the high points -- high ones indeed -- are Jim Mills's "Coal Minin' Man," Billy Joe Foster's "Give Us Rain," and Skaggs's deeply felt version of the American folk song "Little Bessie," with lyrics few listeners will have heard before. If he had a CD full of material of this quality, he'd have the masterpiece this could have been. Maybe next time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Curtis on March 6, 2000
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The title to this review really says it all. After being blown away by the majority of "Bluegrass Rules", I was a bit disappointed with this CD. Maybe that's because I'm more of a banjo fan than a mandolin fan. If you're the opposite & you prefer the mandolin & fiddle to the banjo & dobro, this is a good one for you. It's just not my cup of tea. My advice would be to pick up "Bluegrass Rules" NOW & "Ancient Tones" whenever you get a chance... no hurry. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
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This cd is great. Every aspect is done in classic Ricky Skaggs perfectionist style. Songs that catch your ear are "Pig in a Pen" played at a supersonic speed, "Canemara" with some great solos all around, & "Little Bessie" that bends a harp into bluegrass mode with perfection. Ricky once again comes through with a stellar cast of performers including the return of an amazing young guitar player Bryan Sutton, Smilin' Jim Mills on banjo,& Bobby Hicks on fiddle. An interesting part of the liner notes tells of Bryan Sutton starting a solo career. That should be an interesting developement. The production of this cd is top quality with flawless fades and a sound that is way better than average for any label. This cd is a must for any country music fan or die hard drum- hating Bluegrass lover like myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
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I've never listened to bluegrass as I am a rock-n-roll, heavy metal, and alternative listener (along with some occasional, really good blues). I saw a performance on the Conan O'Brien show by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder doing "Walls of Time," and it absolutely blew me away! I figured if the rest of the CD was just half as good as that one tune I heard on the show, then I must buy it. I did buy it & I listen to it everyday on my way to and from work! When not in use, I keep it right next to my Metallica CD...go figure!
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Almost all of Ancient Tones is accurately described as "perfect" traditional bluegrass music. Ricky Skaggs and each and every member of Kentucky Thunder are thoroughly professional musicians who collectively create the very best sounding traditional bluegrass music that you have ever heard. When the great talents of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder are combined with traditional bluegrass songs and the outstanding sound quality of this cd, the result is a deeply moving bluegrass music listening experience which includes both the gleeful energy of fast-tempo instrumentals and the wailing lonesome sound of Ricky Skaggs' beautiful bluegrass vocals. There are 12 songs on Ancient Tones. Eleven of these 12 songs are traditional bluegrass compositions. The one exception, Give Us Rain, unfortunately, is a country-sounding song. Ancient Tones concludes with the extremely beautiful partial acapella-sung Little Bessie, a bluegrass song first made famous by the Stanley Brothers. I strongly recommend Ancient Tones to everyone who enjoys bluegrass music.

John
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