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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat!, October 30, 2001
From the moment the CD started to the end, I had a smile on my face in happy recognition of the performances I heard many years ago. This record brought me right back to those days when I would hang out in Gerdes night after night to hear Doc Watson. play. Mr. Siegel's production has nothing of a creaky historical document and everything of a you-are-there live performance.

Peter Siegel's superb production is absolutely amazing. I have no idea of the technical legerdemain that must have gone into making a set of 40 year old tapes sound like a live performance but that is what he has accomplished. You will feel you are once again sitting there listening to this wonderful music five feet from the performer.
The liner notes with detailed historical information and contemporaneous photos add immensely to the value of this work. It surely must have been a work of love to put all this together. I hope there are more such works coming from Mr. Siegel. He is so good at what he does in making valuable historical material sound like an excellent live club performance you went to yesterday.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatness retouched, October 25, 2001
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Jerome Clark (Canby, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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In recent years Doc Watson, whose contributions to American roots music have few equals, has often sounded tired and distracted, his infrequent latter-day recordings hardly among his most inspired. But if Watson's best work appears to be in his past, this marvelous disc documents what a glorious past that was. Here, at the initiation of his career as a solo artist, Watson is bursting with energy and high spirits as he tears into songs, ballads, blues, and instrumentals, all of which he makes distinctly his own. His picking is clean and warm, his vocals clear and affecting. He takes on, in order, such varied material as the comic folk song "Sing Song Kitty," the gothic Child ballad "The House Carpenter," and the rip-roaring fiddle tune "Liberty" and does justice to each. Clearly, long before he became a star of the folk revival, Watson was a natural-born performer. If Ralph Stanley has eclipsed him as the most visible and revered exponent of traditional Appalachian music, this splendid CD shows us that, when he is at his best, Watson is every bit as good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Doc, December 13, 2008
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Don't hesitate. If you love Doc, you have this already. If you don't know Doc, get this album and meet him. He is wonderful.
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