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Tribute to the American Duck/Roots and Branches [Original recording remastered, Import]

DillardsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes on
  • ASIN: B0000011OL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

After leaving Elektra Records in the early '70s, but before signing with Flying Fish, the Dillards released two albums, Roots and Branches and Tribute to the American Duck, on independent labels. Neither was particularly remarkable, but they're of interest to hardcore fans. Beat Goes On reissued the pair on one CD in 1996. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shallow Roots and A Duck That Delivers June 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
These interesting but uneven albums bear out the hard truth that The Dillards, by the early 1970s, were becoming a revolving door for talent that never stuck around long enough to really gel. Herb Pedersen, whose estimable gifts energized the group on the landmark albums "Wheatstraw Suite" and "Copperfields," had departed for greener pastures and wordsmith Mitch Jayne, busy tending to his budding career as an author, was a "Dillard emeritus." This left only Rodney Dillard and Dean Webb from the original line-up to carry on with an ever-changing roster of sometime/part-time Dillards. Having blazed the country-rock trail that everybody would follow, Rodney's muse was now leading him down another path, and it was Electric.
Their only album for Anthem Records, "Roots and Branches" signaled a bold declaration of independence from the old school of Elecktra Records and sported a handsome, sepia-toned textured cover (depicting the now five-man group as countrified hippies) with a gatefold design normally reserved for rock bands. As if to distance the record from the laid-back vibe that permeated "Wheatstraw" and "Copperfields," the album opens with an aggressive blast from newcomer Billy Ray Lathum's heavily electrified/fuzzed banjo on "Redbone Hound," one of two middling solo compositions by Rodney. The rest of the album is a headlong plunge into mainstream rock territory, with only token nods to the "roots and branches" of bluegrass via stingy dollops of banjo and mandolin. This is the favorite album of a lot of Dillards fans, but it's low on my list. Despite a few stand-out cuts, notably the lovely ballad "Forget Me Not" and the bouncy "Big Bayou," the record is almost downbeat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Happens When Some Hillbillies Move to LA June 25, 2001
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Depending upon your perspective, the two albums on this disc are the best and most mature creations by Rodney Dillard & Co., or they are the worst and most misguided. My five star rating tells you where I am in the debate.
I was familiar with "Roots and Branches" when it was a new album and liked it then. It has aged very well, showcasing a remarkable string of superb songs exceptionally well arranged. Produced and arranged (!) by noted LA rock producer Ritchie Podolor, this album was the Dillards' most serious foray into mainstream pop music to date. Except for over-recorded drums, there's nothing to criticize now. The Dillards' beautiful harmonies, the delicate picking and quite sophisticated songs make for a nonstop pleasure.
Somehow I missed "Tribute to the American Duck." Produced by Rodney Dillard himself, this album puts the drums where they belong in the mix but otherwise continues the approach inaugurated on the Podolor album. A little over half the songs are welcome originals and all the choices are very good ones. I find "Carry Me Off" to be particularly breathtaking, but this totally forgotten album leads the listener from one jewel to another. And amazingly, I find this record reminiscent of the best work by the Hollies in the 1970s, more than anyone else. I love the Hollies; this is no bad thing.
Obviously, for the bluegrass purists, these albums will be totally bewildering. But Rodney Dillard obviously wanted to grow beyond the bluegrass and hillbilly schtick and, by god, he sure did. I wish people had noticed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, the Dillards. October 5, 2005
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Do you know, I've talked to people who actually believed the band who played The Darlin Boys on Andy Griffith were not a real band, but a bunch of actors faking it to someone's bluegrass soundtrack? How silly these people are. Of course the Darlins were the Dillards (excepting Denver Pyle), and of course they were a real honest to goodness (emphasis on goodness) bluegrass band. They went through several changes over the years, and still managed to produce some outstanding music. Some of the outstanding music they made is on this wonderful CD, Roots and Branches / Tribute to the American Duck. Songs such as Billy Jack, Last Morning, Get out on the road, Man of constant sorrow,

Dooley, Music is Music,are all wonderfully written, produced, and performed pieces of (God I hate this term) Country Rock.

Why the Dillards never became huge is beyond me. This is what I'm trying to say: The Dillards are wonderful, they made great albums, and they deserve to be recognized. They are decidedly more honest than the Eagles, as good as Poco, and a hell of a lot funnier than either. Buy this Cd. Buy this Cd. Buy this CD.

And while I'm on the subject, maybe someone will one day release a couple of other Dillard albums on Compact Disc, namely The Dillards VS. the LA Time Machine, and Decade Waltz. Oh, and did I mention you should buy this CD?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE DILLARDS March 4, 2002
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best two albums -- on one CD! Yowee! February 5, 2002
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These are my two favorite albums by these guys, and two of my very favorites of all time. The Dillards were among the first to set the sweet harmonies of bluegrass to pop arrangements with electric instruments and drums. And I still prefer these tunes -- by far -- to the Eagles who came later. It's such a shame that Rodney Dillard, whose brainchildren these albums are, has not been recognized for the true country music giant he is. Sometimes I wonder if that Darlin' thing -- which I enjoyed, don't get me wrong -- was an impediment to the band being recognized as one of the powerhouse down-home outfits of all time. Rodney and Gram Parsons were fellow visionaries, for they both were instrumental in the birth of driven and true roots music, sound powerful enough to ignite your soul. 'Caney Creek', '1 a.m.', 'Billy Jack' -- it holds up magnificently! Wonderful stuff!
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