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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Greatest Hits
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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.
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.
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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These guys were a sensation during my era. Still listen to them today.Published 3 months ago by gigem74
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been performing for almost fifty years. So much for the myth of rock stars all dying young. They are still performing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Moskowitz
It has been a long time since I heard any of these - they don't get much air time these days. Some of these are classics and the recording quality is excellent.
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