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Back Porch Bluegrass/ Live!!! Almost!!! [Import]

DillardsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B00005OKOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Joseph
2. Somebody Touched Me
3. Polly Vaughn
4. Banjo In The Hollow
5. Dooley
6. Lonesome Indian
7. Ground Hog
8. Old Home Place
9. Hickory Hollow
10. Old Man At The Mill
11. Dougs Tune
12. Rainin Here This Mornin
13. Cols Travellin
14. Reubens Train
15. Deulin Banjo (Hootin Banjo)
16. Black-Eyed Susie
17. Never See My Home Again
18. There Is A Time
19. Old Blue
20. Sinkin Creek
See all 28 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered edition of 2 original albums assembled on a single CD. Doug and Rodney Dillard left Missouri in the early 1960's after garnering an audience by appearing with a number of bluegrass bands and on the Ozark Mountain Boys' radio program "Ozark Jubilee". They arrived in California and were quickly signed to a recording contract with Elektra Records by Jim Swift. Shortly thereafter, they also appeared on "The Andy Griffith Show" as The Darling Family. These two albums are treasured by fans, since the band was exclusively acoustic. Shortly after the release of the live album in 1964, they followed Bob Dylan's lead by amplifying their instruments, much to the consternation of purists.

Customer Reviews

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Darlings, but an incredible stimulation. April 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For all those nostalgic fans of "The Andy Griffith Show" who have long clamored for a collection of the Darling boys' best, here 'tis. Well, not exactly. Actually, it's The Dillards' first two Elektra albums from 1963 and 1964, a time when they were perfecting their taciturn alter egos on TV and forcing critics and audiences to broaden their definition of "hillbilly music." With The Dillards at the top of their art as a strictly bluegrass band, this CD is likely as close as you're ever going to get to a Darling record. The pickin' and grinnin' is mighty darn good, and if you close your eyes, it's easy to imagine yourself settin' a spell in Briscoe Darling's cabin as the boys make the windows rattle.
At the time of its release, "Back Porch Bluegrass" had indignant critics, convinced nobody could play a banjo or mandolin that fast with such precision, accusing Elektra of speeding up some of the tracks. They hadn't reckoned on Douglas Dillard and Dean Webb, whose virtuosity didn't need no stinkin' studio trickery. "Hickory Hollow," in particular, sounds like the Darlings jamming after partaking of some extra potent rabbit tobacco. The album is teeming with neglected gems, like the Andy Griffith-named "Doug's Tune" (heard on the show), a wildly infectious ditty featuring some tasty interplay between banjo Wunderkind Douglas and little brother Rodney on guitar. The icing on the cake is "Duelin' Banjo," a breakneck romp for banjo and mandolin that should make anybody with ears forget that Hollywood-ized "Deliverance" stuff.
Recorded at L.A.'s Mecca club, "Live!!! Almost!!!" finds The Dillards in top-notch form and points up the importance of Mitch Jayne to the group's success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass at it's best September 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like the kind of bluegrass that was featured on the Andy Griffith Show, you will like this cd. It has the same crisp sound and vocals. However, the young lady that accompanied them on the show does not sing on this album. Two favorites from Mayberry are on it-Tom Dooley and There was a time. There is a little humor between some of the songs (remember, it's almost live).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever! May 15, 2004
By Grant H
Format:Audio CD
This album is by far the best bluegrass recording I have ever heard. Combining old standards with incredible originals, the dillards race through each track at a breakneck speed. Some fine tracks include 'Dooley' (heard on the Andy Griffith show) 'Ground Hog' and 'Deulin' Banjo.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dillards - Darlings August 31, 2003
By John
Format:Audio CD
The Dillards ARE the Darlings of the Andy Griffith Shows. The first 2 albums have songs and tunes that were used in the Andy Griffith Shows. Charlene does not sing and Brisco does not jug in the original albums. Backporch Bluegrass album is a studio recording and the Live Almost! album is a live recording with clean decent humor thrown in. The sounds on these first 2 albums is excellent... can't get any better than this. There are websites with info and pictures of the Dillards. As far as I know, they are all still alive and kickin' as of this time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poor sound quality November 23, 2010
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I love the Dillards, Mitch Jayne, especially. I bought this album for a friend who is an Andy Griffith fan. I am so glad I opened and listened to it before giving it to her. The audio quality was horrible! Static almost completely over powered the songs. I tried returning it and re-ordering. Same problem. Tried another seller, and still, very bad sound quality. Customer service was excellent, however, with both sellers. I finally downloaded Back Porch Bluegrass from Amazon and got the sound quality expected. But, I still don't have Live!! Almost!!

I am hoping it was just a bad batch of CD's.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the darlin boys is right here! March 6, 2002
By ed stok
Format:Audio CD
this is truly the best of the darlin boys. these 2 tracks are every piece played on the andy griffith show and this website is the only place u can find this i have looked everywhere. u buy these 2 tracks together it is a nonstop listening pleasure for any one who likes the dillards this is a must have. if u think when u bought 'there is a time'63-70 and u got all there songs from these 2 albums your wrong. there are many classics missed from that album that are in these 2 tracks. also if anyone who reads this has the pickin and fiddlin album tell me how it is it is the only album i do not own of the dillards.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ol,foot stomping music. November 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This music cd is by far describes the roots in which most of us started from.Many of us don't know that.If your looking for top notch banjo and mandolin stranging,look no more.THIS IS IT.Back porch Bluegrass, by the Dillard's.It will make you yearn for the Good Ol,Days..Im from Texas& Im a Hillbilly,and Damn Proud of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!PERFECT!!!! !!!!ALMOST!!!! July 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was thrilled to find these albums on CD, since my LPs are pretty much worn to dust. The music is great, and the sound quality of the CD is very good.

However, two minor points.

First, a note to the Amazon folks - you should have this listed under Dillards, not Dillard and Clark. I almost didn't find it. Dillard and Clark was formed in 1968 by Doug Dillard and Gene Clark of The Byrds. Clark had nothing to do with these 2 albums.

Second, somebody needs to tell Johnny Rogan, who wrote the notes in the booklet that accompanies the CD, that Salem, Missouri is NOT "infamous in history for its witch trials". That's another Salem altogether.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An All-time Old Favorite
Loved these songs when I was in college back in the 60's; was so happy to get a CD copy!
Published 10 months ago by Thomas J. Pillion Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!!
If you like true Bluegrass this is the album for you. Great from start to finish!!! A must buy for any bluegrass fan.
Published 16 months ago by Brian Ritter
1.0 out of 5 stars Caution
Make sure to ascertain whether this is the European version, which you can play but cannot download onto a PC. Otherwise, these are two of their best.
Published 19 months ago by Todd O. Daugherty
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding album
Wow what an album. The songs are fantastic. Doug's banjo work is incredible. Some songs are blazingly fast. I am thrilled to own this this is bluegrass at it's best. Read more
Published 23 months ago by patc477
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT METALLICA
This makes a great road trip record! Back Porch Bluegrass from 1963 and Live!!! Almost!!! from 1964. Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by OLD GUY.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected!
I had recently watched a Andy Griffith show episode with the Dillard's and liked their song. I was hoping for a good CD and instead got a GREAT CD. Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by Walt's Buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
I got exactly what I ordered and it was delivered in the approximate time period that was given to me. I have nothing negative to say. I had excellent service.
Published on November 18, 2009 by Lorraine P. Muth
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dillards - Back Porch Bluegrass/ Live ...Almost!
Back Porch Bluegrass/ Live!!! Almost!!!
An excellent re-packaging of the first two Dillards albums onto one 75 minute CD. Read more
Published on June 12, 2009 by K. J. Usmar
4.0 out of 5 stars Back Porch Bluegrass Delivers
Great bluegrass music from The Dillards. Always liked hearing them on Andy Griffith and happy to have both studio recordings and live recordings on one disc.
Published on May 14, 2009 by Laura J. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Dillards
These guys became friends of mine in LA in the late 60's, about 6 years after their first two Elektra LPs were recorded, which are both in this CD. Read more
Published on September 24, 2008 by Bernie Banjo
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