The Crow: New Songs For the Five-String Banjo

October 5, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Label: New Rounder
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Rounder Records Manufactured and distributed by Concord Music Group
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  • Total Length: 46:35
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  • ASIN: B0045PV13Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,857 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great music and very entertaining!
Kathleen M. Walker
Both my father & my husband play the banjo a little, and love to listen to banjo music, so I gave them both a copy of this CD.
K. Cardon
Then, listen to it once you get home too, because it is just dang good music.
TLCaldwell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

152 of 158 people found the following review helpful By D. Steiner on January 28, 2009
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Martin wrote 14 of the 15 songs on this album. If you like original banjo music, this is for you. Martin had help from Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Mary Black, Tony Trischka, Tim O'Brien and Pete Wrenick. It was produced by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen, a high school friend of Martin's. You can get this as a download from Amazon, but you will miss out on the 24 page book by Martin about the recording, the ensemble and his long relationship with the 5-string banjo. Forty-three minutes of great stuff.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Shell-Zee on January 30, 2009
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Comedian, actor, novelist, playwright and all around fool Steve Martin takes off his rabbit ears, removes the arrow from his head and picks up his banjo and wails. Yes, move over John Hartford, John McEuen and Earl Scruggs. Steve can really play with the best of 'em. And he's smart enough to surround himself with some of the finest country and bluegrass musicians around; Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, John McEuen and Earl Scruggs to name just a few. Like comedian Woody Allen, showing off his Dixiland chops on clarinet, Steve Martin demonstrates his outstanding Bluegrass prowess on the five string banjo...A virtuoso indeed and equally impressive his songwriting is absolutely first rate.

Honestly, this collection could easily have been recorded by the late-great John Hartford. It's just that colorful, warm and humorous. Several compositions, "Tin Roof", "Words Unspoken" and "Wally On The Run" sound as if they were recorded during John's legendary "Aeroplane" sessions. And the lovely "Blue River Waltz" has that same haunting lilt as "Untangle Your Mind", an early John Hartford composition. OK, Steve you can put the arrow back on your head now, get into your happy feet routine and show off your wild and crazy persona. Just don't be a "JERK". Don't put the banjo down. You've got so much more to say with it.
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The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo showcases Steve Martin's exceptional ability to perform very fine, bluegrass music often with some rather complicated arrangements as he plays the banjo and sings his heart out. This album gives us some great numbers and the guest appearances on the CD only make it even better--not that Steve Martin needed backup but it sounds wonderful anyway. The quality of the sound is quite good and the artwork is excellent. I also like that it comes with an extremely informative and well written booklet; and the fact that Steve Martin wrote almost all of the songs on this CD impresses me very much.

"Daddy Played the Banjo" starts the CD very well; Steve's voice never sounded better and the melody is actually rather pretty. "Daddy Played the Banjo" is a strong start for this CD and that's grand. Earl Scruggs also plays on "Daddy Played The Piano." "Hoedown at Alice's" also boasts a catchy melody and Steve plays that banjo very well. He handles the tempo and key changes like a pro and "Hoedown at Alice's" is a highlight of this album. Listen also for "Late for School;" "Late for School" has Steve singing somewhat out of pace with the tempo of the music and so I really admire "Late for School."

"Words Unspoken" is yet another highlight of this excellent album; the music is very well done and the melody is again very pleasing to the ear. "Wally on the Run" has a rather fast tempo and it places Steve squarely front and center in the spotlight--right where he belongs! "Wally on the Run" is an excellent number.

"Clawhammer Medley" is also very good; and I especially like "Banana Banjo." "Banana Banjo" strikes me with its fine melody and the banjo sounds great along with the string work in the musical arrangement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2009
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I owe a great debt to Steve Martin's banjo playing. When I was 11 I heard his first comedy album, "Let's Get Small" and its tantalizing banjo tidbits -- like his impression of a banjo-playing Richard Nixon performing "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" on the tarmac after arriving in China. I was so impressed that I asked my parents for a banjo for Christmas. In later years I started playing guitar and ukulele, as well. I can quite literally say that Steve Martin put the gift of music in my life -- thank you, Steve!

Despite my permanent soft spot for Steve Martin's banjo playing, however, I can still say objectively that this is a really good record. It is also, Martin insists in the liner notes, "the most expensive banjo album in the history of the universe." That should count for something!

The record makes it perfectly clear that he can not only play the banjo -- he can write music as well. The quality of the tunes would do most professional bluegrass musicians very proud indeed.

Still, I held off on buying this record for a long time, because I was concerned some material might be recycled from his earlier LP The Steve Martin Brothers. Side 1 (of the original vinyl LP) featured Steve Martin the wild-and-crazy standup comedian, while Side 2 was by Steve Martin the denim-clad hippie-freak banjo warrior.

Many of the tunes on this CD were indeed included on that earlier album, but the versions here are new, with completely different recordings. Where the earlier album had some pretty wild, outside-the-box bluegrass arrangements for banjo and flute, this new CD is usually more traditional in instrumentation -- lots of guitar and mandolin breaks, for example.
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