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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TNY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Virtuoso instrumental insurgents, the NGR brought the counterculture into bluegrass festivals during the '70s, and altered the music forever with daring, extended, jazz-influenced jams. Over two decades the band went through various line-up changes, and this generous single-disc retrospective concentrates on the classic '80s unit, featuring founder Sam Bush on fiddle and mandolin, John Cowan on bass and vocals, Bela Fleck on banjo, and Pat Flynn on guitar and vocals. The song selection itself tells much about the band: Standards give way to originals from Flynn and producer Wendy Waldman, as well as John Hiatt and the Beatles ("I'm Down"). --Roy Francis Kasten

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This band is outstanding!!!
Valerie ***
With music that will take you through a variety of emotions, I just Can't get enough.
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In every genre of music there are people or groups that can be called "the best ever".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is all that's left of the three albums the final incarnation of the New Grass Revival did for Liberty in the second half of the Eighties. Founding members Sam Bush (fiddle, mandolin) and John Cowan (bass) are joined by Bela Fleck (banjo) and Pat Flynn (guitar) for some of the most innovative and inventive bluegrass committed to disc. The dynamics of the new band made a profound impact on the band. Bela Fleck is the premier banjoist in the world. Instrumentals like his "Metric Lips" and "Big Foot" blended bluegrass and jazz into an amazingly original sound. Pat Flynn, in addition to being an expressive singer, was also a talented songwriter ("Sweet Release", "Do What You Gotta Do").
The band flirted with Top 40 succes with songs like "Can't Stop Now," "Unconditional Love," "Friday Night in America" and "Callin' Baton Rouge." But the band was not going to pigeon-holed into a restrictive format, which won them critical praise if not commercial success. [But how can you not love a band who covers an obscure Beatles' B-side ("Im Down")?]
This disc represents the New Grass Revival at their peak. By the end of the decade Sam Bush called it quits to pursue a solo career (as well as frequent session work and a stint in Emmylou Harris' Nashville Ramblers). Fleck would form the Flecktones and continue his bluegrass/be-bop/jazz hybrid. [This configuration of the band also recorded the equally exceptional On the Boulevard on the Sugar Hill label.] But this nearly 70-minute, 18-song collection does an excellent job of representing one of bluegrass music's best progressive bands. As it was stated in the liner notes, "New Grass Revival will never be accused of being ordinary." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1998
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NGR is incredible. Hear some of the great hits of the last 10 years before they went mainstream by being recorded by Jeff Healey (Angel Eyes) or Garth Brooks (Callin' Baton Rouge, Do What You Gotta Do) and others. The lead singer has an absolutely phenomenal voice -- completely unbelievable. And of course, anything with Bela Fleck on it is guaranteed to kick the butt out of your stereo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
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This is a very good "best of" compilation of some of NGR's more notable works from the extremely talented Bush-Cowan-Flynn-Fleck years. The album does not fall in the "anthology" category, however, as no selections from the band's previous lineups and six releases are included. Hopefully, that unfulfilled project will someday grace our collections. Only three albums contribute to the 18 tracks on this recording, with the first four tracks being previously unreleased at that time. With the reissue of "New Grass Revival", in CD format in 1986 on Capitol Records, all of these tunes are available on three albums from this iteration of the band; "New Grass Revival", "Hold To A Dream", and "Friday Night In America". A legitimate follower would probably have all of these albums but if you want to lighten your load from time-to-time, carry the "Best Of....". It still gives the listener an earful of the band at their best. This is also highly recommended for the first-time listener as an introduction to a great band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie *** on December 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This band is outstanding!!! You have about the best musical combination you could ever ask for with this line-up. The talents within these guys are amazing. You get a good taste of different musical styles with NGR. John Cowan's vocals are hard and driving and yet beautiful when needed. His bass-playing compliments the band as well. Pat Flynn has a cool, kind of unique style of guitar playing and has some nice, tasteful, yet flashy phrases as well. Sam Bush....well...what's to say?? He is always a grade 'A' mandolin player!!! Bela Fleck is on the banjo. His name speaks on its own!!! He's always a great player. I highly recommend checking out this band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1998
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A KICKING REVIEW OF THE "SUPERSTAR" NGR AT THEIR BEST. TIGHT HARMONIES,INSTUMENTAL VIRTUOSITY, AND GREAT SONG SELECTION ABOUND. I WANT TO SAY, HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVEN'T CHECKED OUT NGR'S DEBUT ALBUM AND THEIR "FLY THROUGH THE COUNTRY" AND "WHEN THE STORM IS OVER" CD'S, YOU HAVE MISSED THE ORIGINAL NGR WHICH HAD A DIFFERENT BUT NO LESS AWESOME SOUND. HEAR IT AND BELIEVE THAT BELA AND PAT APPRECIATE IT!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ericwn1@mindspring.com on August 23, 1998
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Though I usually prefer rock or metal, this cd is almost musically perfect. NGR is one group that can produce as well live (if not better) as when recording. With music that will take you through a variety of emotions, I just Can't get enough. My personal favorite title is metric lips with can't stop now a close second. Great job guys! And thank you.
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I'm a big NGR fan having seen them a number of times in small venues. This album is nice, but it just doesn't capture their incredible energy and dynamics. They should have recorded a live album or three. Ah well. I'm glad I got this, in any case.
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I don't know why I seem to find great bands way after they broke up. I first heard of the New Grass Revival when they played on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's second 'Circle' album. Great musicians, great songs, and John Cowan is one of the best and most powerful singers in all of music.
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