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Real Time

Tim O'Brien, Darrell ScottAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Skies
  • ASIN: B0007GADWC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walk Beside Me
2. With A Memory Like Mine
3. Weary Blues From Waiting
4. A House Of Gold
5. More Love
6. There Ain't No Easy Way
7. Little Sadie
8. Helen Of Troy, Pennsylvania
9. Five Rooms
10. Long Time Gone
11. I'm Not Gonna Forget You
12. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burnin'
13. The Second Mouse

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The fruit of an ever-blossoming musical friendship, O'Brien and Scott's first co-billed collaboration recalls classic outings by Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice, or the O'Kanes. Handling all of the various stringed instruments, the two lean into assorted originals, classic Hank Williams (including a stunning a cappella "A House of Gold"), and hill-country traditionals as if looking to move mountains. O'Brien has become a household name for acoustic aficionados, but Scott's dirty tenor and clever songwriting should win him new fans. Lines such as "When I was a young boy, I learned to play the guitar / It was me and ol' Jimmy Beam down at the local bar / I lost my childhood but I earned me a trade / There ain't no easy way" help explain why Scott has graduated from sideman to full-fledged partner. For his part, O'Brien plays like a wizard and sings like one of the elect. Spare and old-timey as a woodshed, driving as a steam-powered train, Real Time is as real as folk music gets. --Roy Kasten

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOWN HOME MUSIC -- STRAIGHT, NO CHASER June 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For this recording, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott have chosen to replicate a situation that is obviously one of their favorite scenarios -- sitting around the living room, just the two of them, playing for themselves and no one else -- and the joy is captured well on this disc.
Thirteen tracks -- only two traditional tunes, the rest mostly by O'Brien and Scott alone, together, and in combination with other collaborators, plus a couple of Hank Williams classics -- make up the program, and the best single word I can find to describe this set is 'comfortable'. There are no overdubs on this cd -- just Tim and Darrell, with a little help on a couple of tracks from Kenny Malone and Miles Wilkinson -- and the simplicity of the arrangements allows the great songwriting to shine through, unhindered by unnecessary trappings..
Standouts are the opener 'Walk beside me', 'With a memory like mine', 'Little Sadie' and 'Keep your lamp trimmed and burning' -- and the two Hank Williams numbers are gems, especially the stunning a capella rendition of 'A house of gold'. The first time I listened to this tune, I could swear I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up, just from the beauty of these two guys' voices.
This cd ranks right up there with some of the classic discs of the genre -- Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs' classic duet recording, Norman and Nancy Blake's BLIND DOG, and OLD TIME DUETS by the Whitstein Brothers. The mood on this disc is so relaxed that we could easily feel like we're eavesdropping on a Sunday afternoon session -- so sit back and enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an incredible album. November 14, 2005
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I have long been a Tim O'Brien fan, but it was just this September that I was introduced to Darrell Scott at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. It was one of the few musical moments in my life that left me sitting in the audience with my mouth wide open. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon I heard Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott play a number of the tunes from this album as they played together during their respective sets. It was, simply, magical.

Perhaps my favorite tune on this album is "With a Memory Like Mine." Scott told the story of his dad (also a songwriter) writing the lyrics to this tune back in the 60s when it seemed that some of the Scott boys might be drafted to fight in Vietnam. This is one powerful tune.

If you like great pickin' and great songwriting, this is an album for you. The chemistry between O'Brien and Scott is otherworldly - you have to hear it to believe it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album I've Bought This Year July 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to Darrell for some time. This album, with the greatness of Tim Obrien combined, is amazing. Loved the gospel background with true bluegrass roots. Great for anyone who loves laid back picken'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Time...Real Music...Real Joy! April 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Tim O'Brien since his days with Hot Rize. This duet album with like-minded multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott only reaffirms my opinion of O'Brien as one of the greatest folk artists performing today. While Scott may not be a household name (he appeared on both of O'Brien's two solo Howdy Skies outtings: 1999's "The Crossing" and 2001's "Two Journeys"), he complements O'Brien nicely playing mandolin, banjo and guitar. O'Brien plays mandola, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki and banjo. The two share lead vocals on the Hank Williams tune "Weary Blues from Waiting"; otherwise, they alternate between lead and harmony vocals, including a lovely acapella reading of Hank Williams' "A House of Gold." The rest of album consists of O'Brien and Scott originals, along with two traditional tunes ("Little Sadie" and "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning"). The album closes with the playful "The Second Mouse" including kazoo, toy trombone, slide whistle, harmonica and toy guitar accompaniment--it's a hoot! The album title is explained in the liner notes: "We sat across from each other and played these songs in real time in Darrell's living room." Real time. Real Music. Real Joy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is an amazing acoustic CD from 2 masters of their profession. It was recorded in one afternoon in Darrell Scott's living room, and sounds like hundreds of hours of rehearsal and polish. I've had this playing non-stop in my car for over a week now, and haven't gotten tired of it yet.

If you want to hear how powerful two guys on acoustic instruments can sound, listen to "A Memory Like Mine", and if you're feeling bold, play it really loud and add a 3rd harmony....Who cares what the guy in the next car thinks!

These guys can play anything with strings - and lot's of things without. On the last cut, "The Second Mouse" they play a total of 11 instruments (No cuts or overdubs, mind you) and musically quote everthing from Hendrix' Foxy Lady to the Flintstones theme song. You'll laugh, honest.

"Long Time Gone" about leaving the farm and making choices is another winner. Again, hard to believe it's just the two of them.

There isn't a dud on this disc, although I have to admit, the hot pickin' ones are my favorites.

I first heard Tim O'brien on a CD called "The Crossing" - another excellent one - in a music store in Telluride (16 year old kid behind the counter knew a LOT more about bluegrass than I do - imagine that!)and was immediately hooked. Looking back over the liner notes I see that Darrell Scott played guitar on some of the choicer cuts on that one as well. I need to look into more of his stuff.

I think O'Brien is going to be one of the people that I'll end up buying all his CD's. Not many of those (people) but they're worth it!!!! Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outwash
This is an amazing cd. Great playing and vocals. Just buy it!!! You won't be sorry! My favorite of their cd's together.
Published 3 months ago by Outwash
5.0 out of 5 stars Top ten
One of my 10 favorite CDs. I've given it to several friends who are not bluegrass fans but heard it and wanted it.
Published 9 months ago by Oak1956
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have...
This is a cult classic that everyone should own. The music covers so many acoustic genres. It is a songwriters, living room paradise.
Published 10 months ago by Grandude
4.0 out of 5 stars Great musicianship - living room revival feel
Sing-alongs and amazing picking highlight this CD... makes me think the young country stars get this when it's released and buy the songs. Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by Shannon D. Peery
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums of all time
I currently own somewhere around 1500 cds of many genres, and this gem is one of my desert island albums. Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by Nobody important
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is one of the best CD's I own. I had bought it for my brother a few years ago and loved it so much that I had to buy one for myself. Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by Catherine Bruffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Time...Real Music...Real Joy
I have been a fan of Tim O'Brien since his days with Hot Rize. This duet album with like-minded multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott only reaffirms my opinion of O'Brien as one of... Read more
Published on March 11, 2007 by Steve Vrana
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my All-Time Favorites
I enjoy all genres of music, and this CD ranks in my top 10 favorites. I too saw Scott and O'Brien play at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival and agree that it was absolutely... Read more
Published on December 3, 2006 by Rebekah Godshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
I own some of Tim O'briens work and some of Darrell Scott's work, and I enjoy this album more than either of them. Read more
Published on June 22, 2006 by Michael V. Spanjer
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly outstanding
I got my copy at the Kate Wolf Festival several years ago and have been a die-hard fan since. The harmonies and picking just blew me away - and this in a 2-day festival filled with... Read more
Published on May 26, 2006 by macromaniac
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