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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Greatest Hits

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb Records
  • ASIN: B000000CVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This cd of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band songs is great for a starter collection. Of notable interest on this cd is Mr. Bojangles, which is presented here in the shorter "B" side version of the song. The song was issued on both sides of the original 45, one with a minute and a half long prelude, then the song kicks in. When you flip the 45 over you get this version, which actually starts differently than the version on the A side 45.

For a very nice cheap budget price, this cd is a near definitive overview of their early hits, and I recommend this to anyone. Some of the other great songs on this cd are Buy For Me The Rain, House At Pooh Corner, and Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

If you want to dig a little deeper into the band's music, other cds that I recommend are "Dirt, Silver and Gold" for more songs from this era (which includes the original A side version of Mr. Bojangles), and also "20 Years of Dirt" for "Dance Little Jean".

Again, the B side version of Mr. Bojangles is on this cd, and it is in fact hard to find on cd. This cd has the basic early hits by the group, and is a must for anyone who likes Mr. Bojangles and wants to hear more of their hits.
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Since the band's beginnings in 1965, the members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have continued to incorporate many elements of American music into their sound. Folk, jugband, country, bluegrass, blues, and pop are all part of the final blend. Group members all play a variety of instruments and have prided themselves in versatility.
This Curb release, "Nitty Gritty Band Greatest Hits", offers thirteen selected tracks from the group's early days through the first hits in the 1980's.
The 1960's are represented by the folk rock of their first single "Buy For Me The Rain".
There are three selections from the band's classic 1970 LP "Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy": The popular #9 hit single "Mr. Bojangles"; Michael Nesmith's "Some Of Shelly's Blues"; and Kenny Loggins' "House At Pooh Corner".
Included from "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"(another classic Dirt LP set)are tracks which were recorded with Grand Ole Opry members. The title tune features Mother Maybelle Carter. The banjo driven "Grand Ole Opry Song" does the same for Jimmy Martin, and Roy Acuff guests on "I Saw The Light".
Several favorites from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's concert set list are included:"Jambalaya" and "Battle Of New Orleans".
The late 70's recordings are represented by a cover of the Everly Brothers' classic "All I Have To Do Is Dream".
Finally, the collection is rounded out with the pop hits that brought the group into the 1980's. The sublime "American Dream (w/Linda Ronstadt)", a rocking "Fire In The Sky", and the soaring "Make A Little Magic(w/Nicolette Larson)" are all highlights.
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This is the greatest collection of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's late 70's and early 80's songs that I have seen. I orginally had the cassette version, and I just had to find this exact album on CD. This album WILL take you back to a time 20 years ago and let you feel like you did back then. The melodies capture a great era of music that we will never see again. I have frequently heard An American Dream on pop music stations. I even heard Make a Little Magic in a department store last week. This is just a can't live without for any Dirt Band fan. I can only wish that this particular album was more available on CD!
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band turned out some mighty excellent tunes in their time; and their music remains every bit as enjoyable today. This music brings back memories for people who heard these songs when they were first released; and this is even an excellent starter album for newcomers to their incredible talent. The quality of the sound is quite good and the artwork is tastefully done.

The CD opens with a huge hit for them, "Mr. Bojangles;" this song stayed in my mind after I heard it the very first time and listen for the awesome "An American Dream" with its beautiful melody and some excellent singing that fits perfectly with the musical arrangement. In addition, the very country-flavored "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" is very well done; and I like other songs including "House at Pooh Corner;" "Make a Little Magic" with that harmonica enhancing the number; a terrific treatment of "All I Have to Do Is Dream" made so famous by The Everly Brothers; the countrified "Grand Ole Opry Song;" "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" with still more wonderful singing and music; "The Battle of New Orleans" with that guitar and so much more; "I Saw the Light" with excellent guitar work; "Buy for Me the Rain" with those strings as they perform this to perfection--and beyond; "Some of Shelly's Blues" and the closing number, "Fire in the Sky."

Of course, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band made a lot more music than just these tracks. Fans who want a more comprehensive collection of their music would do well to get the two CD set entitled "Dirt, Silver and Gold" as well as "20 Years of Dirt."

This group remains a special band even in our times; catch them in concert if you can! I highly recommend this album.
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I purchased this CD, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Greatest Hits, as a compilation of their music for my collection. I had just heard a live Jerry Jeff Walker presentation of Mr. Bojangles, on a video with Todd Snider and Jason Isbell and got caught up in the moment. I knew the Dirt Band had made it famous back in the days of my youth and I wanted to revisit that time. This 60's version of the style of music played here, is a combination of popular music of the time and flat out country, without the twang than surrounds the southern presentation of country. I still listen to music from the 60's and 70's more than more recent music, and this was one of the more popular groups of that era. They do some of their own music on this Greatest Hits List, such as their first hit Buy for Me the Rain and also includes a Kenny Loggins favorite, The House at Pooh Corner, as Loggins wrote four songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which went into their Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy album. Many others have presented versions of this style and have done well after this band warmed them up. Pure Prairie League and the Ozark Mtn. Daredevils come to mind, though both of these bands sound more country than The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. This is dated music and if you weren't there, you may want to visit this era when all music, just about, had evolved from down home renderings and people later split their distinctions into country pop and full out country of today. The lords of country music still determine who and what is country and now after years claim this band as their own again. This album is OK!
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