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Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Nitty Gritty Dirt BandAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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listen11. Jesse James (Digitally Remastered '03)0:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Uncle Charlie Interview (Digitally Remastered '03) 1:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Santa Rosa (Digitally Remastered '03) 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Propinquity (Digitally Remastered '03) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Uncle Charlie (Digitally Remastered '03) 1:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen19. House At Pooh Corner (Digitally Remastered '03) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen21. Uncle Charlie Interview #2 / Spanish Fandango (Digitally Remastered '03) 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000087DSO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their 1970 release plus two unreleased tracks, Mississippi Rain and What Goes On ! Also includes Some of Shelly's Blues; The Cure; Rave On ; their famous cover of Mr. Bojangles , and more.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Will Bring a Smile To Your Ears April 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This makes the third time I've bought this wonderful album from the classic lineup of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I first bought it on vinyl when it was first released in 1970, then again on CD in the 90s, and now this definitive version with two bonus tracks added.
For me, this album defines the Dirt Band and defies category. It's country and bluegrass and rock and the blend works perfectly. There are are only a couple original tunes: Jeff Hanna's rollicking "The Cure" and Jimmie Fadden's harmonica showpiece "Uncle Charlie." They cover a couple of ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith's best songs: "Some of Shelly's Blues" and "Propinquity." They also do four songs by a then relatively unknown songwriter, Kenny Loggins: "Prodigal's Return," "Yukon Railroad" (both co-written with Dann Lottermoser), "Santa Rosa" and "House at Pooh Corner." And then of course, there is their signature song, Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles," which became their first (and only) top ten pop hit.
Then there are all the wonderful instrumental interludes, like Les Thompson's mandolin workout on "Billy in the Low Ground," Fadden's wonderful harmonica on "Swanee River," and John McEuen's banjo pyrotechnics on "Randy Lynn Rag." [In the liner notes, composer Earl Scruggs is quoted as saying McEuen's version is the way he always intended to do it.]
In addition, there are two bonus tracks included on this newly remastered edition, both recorded during the UNCLE CHARLIE sessions. The first is Dann Lottermoser's "Mississippi Rain"; the second is a toe-tapping bluegrass treatment of Lennon-McCartney's "What Goes On," featuring a rare lead vocal by Les Thompson. All told, this is a joy to listen to from start to finish. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Rock's 10-best American albums October 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Albums that change things, define genres and otherwise make profound statements don't come along too often. You're lucky if lightning strikes once. With the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, it hit twice -- with "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and before that with this incredible album, "Uncle Charlie."

From the first second of this album, as John McEuen's slammin' banjo kicks off Mike Nesmith's "Some of Shelley's Blues," you know you've discovered something special.

Producer Bill McEuen just turned on the machines and let the band cut loose, and when it was done he pieced together the songs in an order that at times seems almost poetic. I'm tempted here to say that this is a "concept" album but I'll be darned if I could state exactly what that concept is.

What you find is a band that could play literally anything from country to bluegrass to rock to blues to folk and yes, even classical. Plus, you get the band's most lasting hit, their take on Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles," which is still considered the standard take on this song.

The band also champions such songwriters here as Nesmith and Randy Newman, and in turn deliver what are probably considered the paramount versions of those songs, too. Their super-loud version of Buddy Holly's "Rave On" ( a song I saw them use more than once during encores to let the audience know that they were tired and it's time to go home now -- they'd crank the amps to ear-blistering levels for this one) is one that I'm sure would have made Mr. Holly think, "man, why didn't I play it like that?"

John McEuen does stuff on this CD that still drops my jaw when I listen to it. His banjo playing here rivals anything else he's ever done, even the great, good-as-Scruggs's stuff on "Circle."

I have never met anyone who didn't like this album and I probably never will. You'll like it, too. It's timeless. It's wonderful. And it's absolutely perfect.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Charlie and his dog Teddy June 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Those who don't have this record simply don't know what they're missing. I mail-ordered it after checking some reviews: I was interested in the Country-rock phenomenon, I liked the Eagles but I knew there was more to the genre than that. I was rewarded with this magnificent album: each single player seems transfixed by the lightning of inspiration, the music is great and brilliantly executed, Hanna's singing captures the spirit of the whole project. This simply IS Country-rock: banjo, harmonica and accordion fluttering in and out between the dusty guitars and the rusty percussions. The rythmic patterns change from song to song, some instrumental afterthoughts thrown in here and there show to the full the extrordinary skills of the band, both as composers and performers. You just can't sit still as you play the record: you sing along, dance the fast-paced rockers, enjoy the soulful ballads. It's a wonderful record, everytime I listen to it I am moved beyond tears. Everybody who has a decent record collection absolutely has to have Uncle Charlie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best overlooked albums of all time May 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Yes, this is the Nitty Gritty's best album they ever released! When I discovered it in the early 70's, I must have played it 50 times in a couple of months (no minor feat, I had a couple of hundred lp's by that time), lent it to a friend and never saw it again. Well, I just found a mint copy among a collection I just purchased and had the pleasure of becoming reacquainted with "an old friend". Following in the tradition of Sweetheart of the Rodeo by the Byrds, Poco and Buddy Holly, among other influences diverse and many, "Uncle Charlie" is a very hard record to pigeonhole. It comebines elements of folk-rock, country, boogie and blues, old timey, bluegrass and rock 'n roll. But in each and every of it's 20+ songs (some short, some instrumental, some 3+ minutes), the band never sounded better, fresher, more at peace with themselves and the world. Highlights, all vocals, are Mr. Bojangles (the best version I've heard with due respect to Jerry Jeff Walker), Some of Shelley's Blues, Living without You, Rave On, House at Pooh Corner and my favorite on the album and maybe the best "lost" country rock song just waiting to be discovered, Propiniquity (written by Mike Nesmith along with Shelley's Blues). On side 2, you get to hear a bit of Uncle Charlie playing and talking. Somehow, his "appearance" doesn't detract from the album but seems to add to it's charm. If you like roots rock, buy this album and hear what roots rock sounded like 30 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... for a blast from the past then I highly recommend this one
If you're looking for a blast from the past then I highly recommend this one.
Published 4 days ago by 2easy
4.0 out of 5 stars Teddy lives
Good ol nitty griitty music from the dirt band
Published 11 days ago by Randy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good transaction - no problems
Published 1 month ago by Jimmie D. Mccann
5.0 out of 5 stars A great recording by a great band.
A truly great recording.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorite albums.
Published 3 months ago by Ohsweethome
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT album and deserving of 5 stars but for one little issue...
This is a truly great collection of music and I have no reservations about buying the CD...my issue is with the cost of the MP3 downloads. $1. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. LeBaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to hear it again
Finally bought this CD after getting rid of my vinyl copy 20 years ago. I bought a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Greatest Hits CD but just didn't experience that old thrill. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Music-ean
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic "Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop Gem"
Of course I fell in LOVE with "House At Pooh Corner" and "Mr. Bojangles" on the radio..so it was only fitting that I buy the LP. While I love pop, and rock. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. Prescott
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album
This is the album with Mr. Bojangles, and the old man singing about Jesse James and talking about his dog.
Published 8 months ago by S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Great band and an awesome grouping of their songs...especially Sana Roso which is one of our favorites. They have an amazing sound
Published 10 months ago by Richard A. Perry
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