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Audio, Cassette, January 23, 2001
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It's no surprise to hear gospel ("The Sweet By and By") on this album, or inspired tributes to Bill Monroe ("Bluer Pastures"), the Louvin Brothers ("Don't Believe You've Met My Baby") or even the Amazing Rhythm Aces ("Beautiful Lie"). Dolly's still on familiar turf with Steve Young's Southern anthem "Seven Bridges Road," a much-covered classic that never reached its bluegrass potential 'til she took it under her wing. And then you come to astonishing bluegrass arrangements of the rock song "Shine," by Collective Soul, and the Cole Porter standard "I Get A Kick Out of You." Oh, and a full-service Irish band, Altan, complete with accordion, bouzouki and whistles.
If Bill Monroe and Cole Porter never met in life, here they meet and get along famously. Somehow, with Dolly in the director's chair, it all flows harmoniously in the same direction, as surely as every river west of the Blue Ridge flows into the Gulf. What she sets out to prove is that there's no good song you can't mountainize, with the right stuff and the right musicians.
This album is more than worthy of a 5-star review, and dare I say it is a perfect piece of art. The opening title track is assertive and compelling, while the next track "Shine On" features some terrific fiddle riffs and builds to a driving bluegrass breakdown. "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby" is wonderfully updated, as well as the gorgeous "My Blue Tears" (I dare you to not feel her cry of "I'll sit here and cry my lonely blue tears"). "Seven Bridges Road" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You" are further superb reworkings of songs that didn't mean much to me before hearing these wonderful versions. "Bluer Pastures" and "A Tender Lie" are beautiful pieces of songwriting and music. "Marry Me" is a spirited hoedown tune that some listeners might be emabarrassed to love, but love it you will.Read more ›
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this was packaged so much with bubble wrap to insure that it would not get broken. it is amazing the cd plays great and thanks areal for the note you did an amazing job.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A lovely blend of bluegrass and country, this could be a continuation of The Grass is Blue. I love the title song which has the same theme as Fair and Tender Maidens. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Sexton
Don't know what more one has to say -- it's Dolly. She's just incomparable. Everything to which she turns her hand is a success. I love this CD, as I love all her work.Published 10 months ago by Katrin