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Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition) [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Nitty Gritty Dirt BandAudio CD
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listen  2. Keep On The Sunny Side (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Nashville Blues (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. You Are My Flower (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Precious Jewel (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dark As A Dungeon (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tennessee Stud (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Black Mountain Rag (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wreck On The Highway (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The End Of The World (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Saw The Light (2002 Digital Remaster)Roy Acuff 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sunny Side Of The Mountain (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Nine Pound Hammer (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Losin' You (Might Be The Best Thing Yet) (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Honky Tonkin' (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. You Don't Know My Mind (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. My Walkin' Shoes (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Lonesome Fiddle Blues (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Cannonball Rag (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Togary Mountain (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Earl's Breakdown (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Orange Blossom Special (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Wabash Cannonball (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lost Highway (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Doc Watson And Merle Travis: First Meeting (Dialogue) (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Way Downtown (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Down Yonder (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Pins And Needles (In My Heart) (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Honky Tonk Blues (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Sailin' On To Hawaii (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Am A Pilgrim (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Wildwood Flower (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Soldier's Joy (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (2002 - Remastered)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Both Sides Now (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Warming Up For "The Opry" (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Sunny Side Talk (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Remember Me (When The Candle Lights Are Gleaming) (2002 Digital Remaster)Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000063686
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In an age when the old-timey soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? sells 5 million copies, it's hard to imagine how revolutionary Will the Circle Be Unbroken seemed upon its release 30 years ago. The triple album (now rereleased as a two-CD set) paired many of Nashville's venerable country and bluegrass performers (Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements) with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, or as Acuff called them, "a bunch of long-haired West Coast boys." The idea seemed nearly as foreign as Martians setting down in Tennessee, but the Dirt Band were Colorado hippies steeped in the genre, so there was no disputing the authenticity of the music, or its earthy appeal. Aside from the sheer joy of the performances (listen to Jimmy Martin's "whoop" on "Sunny Side of the Mountain"), there's great fun in hearing Roy Acuff give the boys a lesson in doing a song right the first time (and using the word hell before launching into a religious number). And Mother Maybelle wafts through like a benevolent ghost, or at least a patron saint. One caveat: The boast of four previously unreleased tracks is balderdash, since three are really between-track conversations and rehearsals, and only "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" qualifies as a real song. But that's nitpicking. Buy it. Love it. Wallow in it. O brother, that's country music! --Alanna Nash

Product Description

Two generations of country artists came together 30 years ago, when this epic meeting took place between the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff and LOTS of other legends. This anniversary reissue features their remarkable renditions of Black Mountain Rag; Nine Pound Hammer; Honky Tonkin'; The Precious Jewel; Wabash Cannonball , and 33 more!

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486 of 492 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you are there.... April 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As Will the Circle Be Unbroken came together I was living the dream of a young picker: getting to play with the people who created the form of music I had grown to love and yearned to emulate. The story on how this came about is available, but the result is what counts here. It was one of the best experiences in my life, and captured a young band at its best, shining our spotlight at the time on our heroes. And boy, did they shine back.
Vassar set the benchmark for fiddlers to aspire to with his hot inspired approach.. Earl as always defined the 5 string banjo ... Roy sang great and his performances stand as some of his best work. Travis and his songs bring you in to a different branch of the country folk world with his genius guitar style matched by his wise words written from his Kentucky background. Doc shares with everyone his joy of hot music, and makes everyone feel at home. (The first time meeting between Doc and Merle helped us out, as when we saw it happening we realized we were in a group of great people who were all truly fans of each other as much as we were of them.) Jimmy Martin demonstrated to us between cuts that he knew what his music should sound like, and cordially let us in on the secrets. He is one of the best bluegrass/country singers, and here shows why that is said. Maybelle was like an angel and, never realizing her impact on music in general, just wanted to do her songs in a way that would 'please everyone... the more the merrier.. ' She would laid down the spirit of the whole project . This was not something she could teach, but from her we learned.
This is a great album, and I say this not because I am a part of it. I do not listen to a lot of albums. I rarely listen to other Dirt Band music, although I like it. And, I play it live.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This classic album got me "hooked" on the Dirt Band November 12, 2004
By Ken
Format:Audio CD
The original Will The Circle Be Unbroken album, which came out as a triple LP in '72 and was re-released in a newer version on CD a couple of years ago, is the one that got me hooked on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. After hearing my dad and one of my sisters play it, I bought Circle for myself. It soon became my favorite Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album and the one I played most often. Recently, I bought the remastered double-CD version of Will The Circle Be Unbroken. It has everything that was on the original triple LP, plus several new tracks.

When the Dirt Band's producer, Bill McEuen(brother of NGDB member John McEuen), brought the Dirt Band into the studio to record Circle in '72, they were five long-haired guys playing progressive country-rock. A lot of the veteran country artists the Dirt Band recorded with on Circle were conservative classic-country performers, so there was an obvious musical and cultural gap. However, the Dirt Band eventually won their veteran artist counterparts over by showing that they could play classic country and bluegrass with anybody. The result is a timeless album that's full of tradition.

Along with the Dirt Band members at the time--John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Les Thompson, Jimmie Fadden, and Jeff Hanna--Circle's roster of artists includes people who, in my mind, constitute a virtual Hall of Fame of country and bluegrass music: Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, and Mother Maybelle Carter. There are also some great session players on here: Norman Blake and Oswald Kirby on dobro; Roy "Junior" Huskey on acoustic bass; Vassar Clements on fiddle; and Randy Scruggs, son of Earl, on lead guitar. And there are a lot of great musical moments.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Join the Circle April 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I discovered this album nearly 20 years ago. I had left my North Carolina mountain home for the first time, and moved to a place where I was alone and a stranger. In taking my leave, I thought I had also shed my hick past (my definition then, not now) along with my accent. I had isolated myself from my family, my friends, and in a way, myself.
Will the Circle be Unbroken, along with Emmylou Harris' Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town, helped me survive. They reminded me, in the most glorious way, where I had come from, who I was.
There are pieces of music that, on the very first listen, occupy a place in you soul that you didn't know was empty. Circle can do that. It provides a musical home for all who yearn for connection to a simpler place and time. It's a connection to the places in our hearts where we store the stories and lore of our ancestors.
The passions in the music are as they should be...raw and real. The lyrics are powerful in their simple straightforwardness. The performances are not flawless, but better. They have the character of masterpieces made on the fly.
Buy this album. Make it yours...or it might make you its own. And look to vol.2, produced in the '80's. It's slicker, yes, and casts a wider net, but it is also the natural extension of Will the Circle be Unbroken. These albums deserve to be viewed as national treasures. When you listen to them, you will certainly want to include them among your own personal treasures.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have Americana April 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Remastered! Bonus tracks! Yea, whatever... You can read the other reviews to find out how important or spiritual or how much fun to make this album is, I suppose. But DO NOT BE FOOLED into thinking that this is some musical Mt. Everest that cannot be approached and appreciated by us puny mortals! Nonsense! Buy this album because it is jam-packed with incredible music and wonderful performances that you won't hear anywhere else. To me, the musical highlights are Earl Scrugg's beautifully understated guitar work on many of the tracks (yes, I said guitar) and John McEuen's banjo work (the man is a monster of old-time pickin'). I don't know that I have a favorite cut but the title track will do. This re-mastered version is nice; I don't know that the bonus tracks add all that much, however. The original 3 disk vinyl and the older CD were already worth a 5 star review, ya know? Pickers should get it to learn from the Masters. Young persons should listen to it so that they understand their civics lessons. This is American Music, Son. Be proud!
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5.0 out of 5 stars May they remain UNBROKEN!
Well, this is certainly a fantastic CD. It takes me back over 44 years ago when I first attended a concert of the original group at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Chris Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for anyone who loves music.
Amazing album due to the living legends they were able to have contribute to it. wonderful musicians. great songs. Read more
Published 20 days ago by david morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Vassar Clements and Doc Watson shine.
Published 21 days ago by Jeffrey Brockhaus
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 to me!
this is the third cd of this I have had over the years..it is the best..I was so happy to find it on Amazon...!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by K Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars What I expected - a good CD
I picked this because I remember the original vinyl record. It's as good as I remembered plus three added tracks
Published 2 months ago by Timothy R. Krumm
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
This is one of the all-time best collection of bluegrass music by some of the greats. This set is a treasure, since many of the folks that performed on this have since passed on. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Corboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the Circle be Unbroken
Take a little at a time! Will hear it all in time but as I saidf not too much at once
Published 4 months ago by Florence Farthing
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT SO GREAT
This CD isn't as wonderful as I expected, because there are too many extended conversations among musicians, conversations that aren't interesting to me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Len Levinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Great CD, Classic! On time and in great condition. Tons of songs. A great addition to any bluegrass loving Cd collector.
Published 4 months ago by mpj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic country/bluegrass album
One of my favorites, and a fine addition to any American music library. Some great performances, and just a fun all-around album.
Published 5 months ago by C. B. Long
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