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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B002NC6Y8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Original 1989 LP on the purple Capitol label, hard to find on vinyl.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album.
Unfortunately it was the last CD together from the New Grass Revival.
Good production, good songs, great playing, but everyone involved was ready for a change.
I saw this band live many times and I really miss the great shows.
Maybe someday there will be a reunion tour, anything is possible, you just never know.
In the meantime buy all their albums and enjoy one of the greatest bands in the history of bluegrass and good music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oddjob on January 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
New Grass Revival defined a new sound for bluegrass, and it's one of the acts that got me interested in the genre back in the mid-90s. This album has it all, including the original version of "Callin' Baton Rouge" that blows the cowboy hat off Garth's version!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Christopher on May 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my all time favorite tapes. Yes I still have the cassette version.

John Cowons and Pat Flynn's amazing voices, Flynns great guitar and song writing to fill out the albums covers, Bushes mandolin and fiddle, and of course Bela's banjo (a little excessive on Bigfoot) come together in just the right blend.

Nobody has ever done, and I suspect ever will do, Calling Baton Rouge better. And that includes Garth Brooks. Their version of Angel Eyes is enough to bring you to tears, and their full speed non stop remake of I'm Down, which I didn't really like on first listen, has grown on me so much now that I get real worried if it comes on while I'm driving. I tend to want to play air guitar and air banjo at the same time. And with the rapid back and forth, I end up hitting my legs and knocking my knees off the wheel, which is all that's controlling the car at that point.

A shame they broke up after that, but what a serendipitous coming together of talent. This one could become hard to find someday. Grab it now.
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By OH Packerfan on November 10, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This should have been Newgrass Revival's hit record. And it probably was their most commercially successful. Unfortunately it was also their last.
It is something of a curious mix. Sam Bush, who really was the founding member of NGR (John Cowan had been around a long time, but the very first bass player was Ebo Walker), is notably absent from the mix, only handling lead vocals on a couple of songs, and penning none of them. Indeed, only 4 of the 11 tracks are written by band members (3 by Pat Flynn & the instrumental tour de force Big Foot by Bela Fleck. This does lend a kind of unusual feel to the album.
But there were several songs that rightly should have been big hits. Lila, one of Flynn's compositions, is tremendously catchy, as is the title track. Callin' Baton Rouge has hit all over it, & it was for Garth Brooks. The Beatles' I'm Down becomes a banjo breakdown in the hands of Fleck & company, closing out the recorded history of NewGrass Revival.
I really wish these guys would get together for one last run. Of course, Fleck has gone on to tremendous heights with the Flecktones, and in a variety of solo & group recordings that have mined genres as far & wide as classical, African music, and jazz. Bush has had a very successful solo career,winning multiple Grammys, as well as being a sideman for Emmy Lou Harris, Lyle Lovett & others. Cowan has also recorded several albums, as well as being a much sought after harmony singer. Flynn has not been as prolific as his band mates, nor has he partnered up with the others as often (Cowan, Bush, & Fleck have all appeared together on numerous projects).
For now, this is a fine finale for the group that gave name to an entire genre.
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