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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000000MLB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The key cuts from John's 1976-84 LPs are collected here, from his evocative steamboat songs to his whimsically weird progressive-bluegrass tunes. A re-record of his most famous song, Gentle on My Mind , joins Cuckoo's Nest; Miss Ferris; Gum Tree Canoe; Natchez Whistle; I Would Not Be Here; Boogie; Bear Creek Hop , and more!

This 18-song compilation serves as a useful introduction to John Hartford's quirky, modern old-time music. Culled from his Flying Fish period (1976-87), the set includes solo banjo and fiddle forays, odes to his beloved riverboats (and the fifth-grade teacher who turned him on to them), picking sessions with Nashville's top men (Buddy Emmons, Sam Bush, Bennie Martin, Roy Husky Jr., and more), laments for days gone by, and even a reading of "Gentle on My Mind"--the hit that facilitated this entire off-kilter musical vision. Whether through a nifty instrumental turn, a poignant lyric, or an annoying novelty tune, Hartford knows how to strike a nerve. --Marc Greilsamer

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is as much a eulogy for one of my favorite artists--he died June 4--as it is a recommendation of this Flying Fish anthology. John Hartford was a true Renaissance man. He was a songwriter, accomplished musician (banjo, fiddle, guitar), author ("Steamboat in a Cornfield") and riverboat pilot. He was also unmoved by musical trends that could have made him a household name back when Glen Campbell made Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind" a country and pop hit. But the money from that song--his obituary said it has been played on the radio six million times--provided Hartford with the financial security to forsake mainstream success and pursue his own muse.
So what Hartford did for more than thirty years was release more than a dozen quirky albums that were, if nothing else, honest reflections of a wonderful storyteller. This collection touches bases with nearly every album--nine in all--that Hartford recorded for Flying Fish beginning with 1976's Mark Twang through 1984's Gum Tree Canoe. [The only album not represented is 1972's Morning Bugle, which is now available on Rounder. The version of "Nobody Eats at Linebaugh's Anymore" is a live recording from 1977's The Festival Tapes where Hartford is backed by the Newgrass Revival.]
Hartford wrote fourteen of the tracks here and co-wrote another two. [The only two non-originals are "Gum Tree Canoe" and "Bear Creek Hop."] The list of musicians reads like a bluegrass Who's Who: Benny Martin, Buddy Emmons, Doug and Rodney Dillard, Mac Wiseman, Jerry Douglas, Mark O'Connor, Roy Husky--the list goes on and on.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Collin E Waltner on August 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is simply a best of album of my hero, John Hartford. If you like absolutely EVERYTHING that John Hartford does, then you will like this album. But I am warning you, if you are some sort of staunch genre purist, this may not be it for you. There is some folksy stuff as well as country and seventies rock sounding numbers. If you are looking for a very good luegrass CD, may I suggest John Hartford Live at the Mountian Stage
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ozone Ranger on August 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The late, great John Hartford was an American treasure, indeed. Thank god for recordings, because we can all enjoy his fine work even though he's piloting that big ol' sternwheeler in the sky. This anthology successfully captures his fascination with riverboats and the people whose lives were also affected by them, as well as exposing his quirky musical visions, like "Tall Buildings" and "Boogie". His excellence on the banjo and fiddle is plainly heard on tracks like "Skippin in the Mississippi Dew", "Bear Creek Hop" and "Let Him Roll". This great album reminds us all of what we've lost in this truly unique American musician, but also how much fun music can be. Dig it....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael O'Brien on February 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
John Hartford made music to transcend pop-culture barriers like genre and critique, and this album puts a good part of that musical dynamism on display. While I never had the chance to see John play, I admire people who did, because it means that they take pleasure in enjoying themselves to good timing music. John's music is everything that popular radio has tended to exclude - historical reflections on an era, good-humouredness, vitality - and those who take the time to give this record a listen will find themselves to be rewarded for it.

As an american-raised person studying abroad in Paris, and also as somebody who made an effort to find the value in art that goes beyond the frames of my own little suburban microculture, just to come on Amazon and hear a snippet of songs like "Cukoo's Nest", "Slumberin' on the Cumberland" and "I'm Still Here" takes me back to where the music can move you without being uppity or causing your eardrums to rattle. "Cukoo's Nest" especially is a tune that cannot help but speak to anybody who knows about waiting and love, and when John says he does it 'not to get to know you, but just because of love', well that is one of those lines that helps life make more sense. And then "I'm Still Here", a song of surprise about the fact that economic apocalypse hasn't happened yet, should be especially relevant given the current state of American politics and foreign relations policy. If you've been through some crazy times in your life, and if you've never quite figured out why the heck you're still alive, "I'm Still Here" is a song that will surely let you know you're not alone.

But it should be noted that this is not an album meant for fans of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john thomas on November 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Probably if it hadn't been for Gentle On My Mind. Would anybody have ever heard of John Hartford. This cd shows all his different type songs. A lot of River stuff. Skippin In The Mississippi Dew, Natchez Whistle, Slumberin' On The Cumberland. I think that at this point in his life John was just as happy being a river boat captain as he was making music. It's got songs with his totally unique off the wall one of a kind sense of humor. Good Old Electric Washing Machine. Which I love. It has I Would Not Be Here which just sort of rambles on. I think that would have been a good song for Roger Miller. And it has Gentle On My Mind. Although it is a re recording. This is a good start up for someone who doesn't know John Hartford's music that well. And it certainly isn't for everybody which sums up John Hartford's career. And that was the way he wanted it.
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