Long Time... Seldom Scene

April 22, 2014 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 22, 2014
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Total Length: 54:21
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  • ASIN: B00JS71FY6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,299 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Great music by a fantstic combination of musicians.
HM
Anyway any Scene fan, bluegrass fan, acoustic music fan, folk whatever fan has to have this one in their collection.
Culver Alan Rausch Sr.
Heck, go all the way...& find & buy everything they ever recorded...you'll never be lonesome.
Muzak Muzak Muzak

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I’m used to covering CDs released by the Smithsonian/Folkways label, most of which are reissues of Lps produced by Folkways founder Mo Asch, or compilations of earlier recordings. This newest release from the label is – well- different. It is a newly recorded album (though the session date is, surprisingly, not in the 36-page booklet of liner notes) featuring the current lineup of this progressive bluegrass band – now in its 43rd year (though only founding member Ben Eldridge remains in the lineup; two original members have gone on to “Bluegrass Heaven”). Along for the ride in this collection of 15 SS classics (plus a previously unrecorded song) are “friends and family”: Emmy Lou Harris (longtime friend of the band), Chris Eldridge (from the Punch Brothers and son of Ben) and Rickie Simkins (brother of current SS bass player Ronnie Simpkins).

The music is – as expected – great, but when you add the packaging that S/F is known for, it makes this album a must for longtime SS fans as well as a fine introduction for those not familiar with the group. I mentioned the 36-page booklet earlier and this is filled with a history of the band, interviews with, and updated bios, of original and current members plus detailed track info and short essays on each track. There are photos too but they don’t intrude on the all-important text.

As physical CD sales continue in a decline, it’s packaging like this and other S/F releases that will encourage buyers to seek out the physical product. Downloaded versions of an album like this one just don’t do it justice.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Muzak Muzak Muzak on April 22, 2014
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Thanx to Smithsonian Folkways for recording maybe the most wonderful collection of songs on Amazon since 2007 when Seldom Scene released 'Scenechronized.' Yes, they're that good as they wring every nuance of emotion from every note. I was so glad the now retired Dr John Starling agreed to record on this release...he's in great voice as he always is when he occasionally performs with the band. It was nice of Emmylou to lend her latter-day version of Gram Parson's 'Hickory Wind,' but she really shines when she harmonizes on 'Body & Soul,' a cover of the grandaddy of bluegrass, Bill Monroe (written by Virginia Stauffer). It's hard to pick a favorite...I love every song, but the high note has to be another bluegrass version of Bob Dylan's 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.' There can never be too many. As far as I know the first bluegrass rendition of this jewel was sung by Charlie Waller of Country Gentlemen, who I think of as the father of DC bluegrass...& who sang with the late John Duffey, one of the founders of Seldom Scene. Beautiful. We tend to take Ben Eldridge's banjo playing for granted, but, make no mistake, this gentlemen is the true heart of the group. I can hear Lou Reid, Fred Travers, & leader, Dudley Connell, swap off singing lead, reminding me why this such a great band...each is as good as the other. It is easy to forget to mention the bassist...but both Ronnie Simpkins & Tom Gray, a veteran of both Country Gentlemen AND Seldom Scene, deserve high praise for their contributions, as does Ricky Simpkins (Ronnie's bro) for his fiddle playing & Chris Eldridge (Ben's son) on guitar.

You would do yourself a favor to find every original of all these songs & see how well the band continues to hold up their performance excellence reputation. Heck, go all the way...& find & buy everything they ever recorded...you'll never be lonesome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Katz on May 18, 2014
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Great picking, great singing, great songs--what more can you ask for? Okay, it's not the Seldom Scene of days of yore, but it's still a group of guys who know what they're doing, and they do it well and with passion. They give some different takes on long-time favorites, and it's all good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HM on May 16, 2014
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This should be the album of the year! Great music by a fantstic combination of musicians. Highly recommended for anyone who likes good music!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOHN on June 30, 2014
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It is hard to believe that this great progressive bluegrass group has been singing for 40 years. I suppose purists would say that is an incorrect statement since Ben Eldridge is the only member of the original Seldom Scene still with them. Regardless of who is now singing and playing with the group, they still maintain much of their original sound I think. That is not to say that I do not miss terribly that high lonesome sound of John Duffey who has been dead so many years now. Having some of the original members sing on some of the cuts-- John Starling and Tom Gray-- of course makes the CD all the better. And Emmylou Harris is always icing on the already fine cake. All the songs are from previous albums with one exception, the haunting "My Better Years". My favorites in no particular order from the 16 cuts are "Wait a Minute," "Walk Through This world with Me" and "My Better Years." The songs of course are about loneliness, lost love, loss, carrying a torch, etc.

What makes this latest CD so great is all the information about each song, when the group first sang it, whose idea was it to include it, etc. And there is a wealth of information about the history of this group as well.

Highly recommended.
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