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Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Trilogy [Box set, Enhanced]

Nitty Gritty Dirt BandAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Enhanced
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0000C3I8P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2002 brought the final release of the Dirt Band's incredible Will the Circle Be Unbroken trilogy and also brought together the band and a bevy of country stars to celebrate these historic collaborations. That PBS event is here on DVD (with Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs and more) plus 6 CDs comprising all three Unbroken volumes. Scores of amazing performances, one amazing set.

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The original Will the Circle Be Unbroken is undoubtedly a landmark country-music recording. A peace offering between rock-reared longhairs and rock-ribbed Nashville patriarchs (and one matriarch, Mother Maybelle Carter), it exposed generations of upstart pickers and singers to old-time country music and its impact is felt to this day. The organizers of the 1971 sessions that led to the initial three-LP set, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, have produced two sequels, the first in 1989 and the most recent in 2002. This six-disc collection (including an all-star concert DVD) pulls together all three Circle sessions and, naturally, captures dozens of essential performances, plus a fair number of inessentials. Anyone with an interest in country music will want the original. Its mission is clear, the performances are inspired, and its significance is undeniable. The second Circle strays far afield from the original concept, bringing in the rather lightweight likes of John Denver and Michael Martin Murphy to mix with volume one holdovers Jimmy Martin and Earl Scruggs. The final volume is also more diffuse than one would like, though eminent guest stars such as Del McCoury, June Carter Cash, and Johnny Cash help it capture the spirit of the original more frequently than does its immediate predecessor. Completists will relish having all three collections in one box, while those who think three times around the circle is two too many are advised to stick with the 30th anniversary reissue of the initial album. --Steven Stolder

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Bluegrass Music - Yesterday and Today January 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Trilogy" is a monument to American Bluegrass music. Within its seven hours of music is a living history of this American art form, from the 1930's until today. It brings together all three volumes of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and adds a DVD performance disc, and adds updated notes about the history of this three decade long project by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

No other collection of country music brings together "founders and originators" such as Mother Maybelle Carter, and the Carter Family, with their musical "children", Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, and Doc Watson, and the third generation...Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss, Tony Rice, Dwight Yoakum...some of the greatest talents of three generations and six decades of American music.

Each generation of singers and musicians remain faithful to the "roots" of this music, playing with acoustic guitars, banjos and fiddles. The mood is that of a group of talented friends, sitting in the living room, and singing and playing the songs they love the best. The feeling and heart in these performances can be felt, as well as heard.

The sound quality is exceptional. It is easy to forget these are recordings...it feels as if the musicians are sitting right next to you while they joke, chat, sing and play these songs.

This is too much music to digest in a single sitting. Instead, it is more enjoyable to select just one CD, savor it for a day or two, and then move on to another. I have no doubt that people will be listening to, and loving, this music a century from now. This will be one of the living treasures of American culture for generations to come.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate NGDB! October 9, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
The ultimate NGDB collection piece I've ever owned. The bonus DVD is spectacular and superb quality - the guest artists on it are incredible. I own all three Circle volumes and have them scattered between the car, home and office. This is the best piece to have all three together in one package. Next on my list of NGDB 'must-haves in a perfect world' would be a new studio album.
I remain in NGDB heaven with my new box set!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic In Any Genre! May 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
In 1972, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band released the landmark triple LP Will the Circle Be Unbroken. The young, shaggy haired band (best known, at the time, for their cover of "Mr. Bojangles") traveled from California to Nashville to create what they hoped would be a meshwork between two generations of musicians ensconced in the tradition of country and bluegrass music. What unfolded surpassed anyones wildest expectations.

The band was able to secure studio time with the giants of the genre, including: Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, and Maybelle Carter. In total, there are an incredible thirty-seven songs (thirty-eight if you count the dialogue track) - nearly all of which is indispensible material. In the years to come, the band released two subsequent volumes in the same grand tradition, sometimes even featuring younger artists such as Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. Although none quite reached the artistic heights achieved on the first volume, there are still outstanding highlights to be found on both.

In 2003, roughly a year after the release of the third volume, this complete trilogy set was released in a compact boxed set. It assembled the remastered version of the first volume (including four bonus tracks, though only one is a complete song), both successive volumes, and a DVD - comprising six discs in total. Two booklets are also included: one details the song credits and performers for each track, and the other contains an interesting essay concerning the formation of the entire project.

The DVD is perhaps the best reason to purchase this set, even if you own one or two of the albums already.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars are not enough December 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a dynmite collection of blue grass music. After 5CDs and you think it can't get any better there's a DVD that puts it all over the top. Can not say enough good things about this package....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the circle be unbroken February 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this boxed set after watching the DVD. previously I wasn't particularly a country fan, now I am converted. The recordings span 20 years, each one is excellent, the whole collection being superb. If you want to try "true" country, this is one of the best places to start. A lot of the artists are difficult to get hold of, but all together they make a CD set of many colours. Well worth the price, a thoroughly good collection; to be well recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best July 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Originally I was only looking for the 'original' album as a CD because my triple-vinyl was in a lousy condition as so many of my friends had borrowed it. But finding this new 6 CD + DVD-version was the best thing yet. It's simply a must for every bluegrass etc. music lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Circle Still Making the grade November 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have always loved the Circle CD's but this trilogy set is totally awesome with the combination of the original players and Nitty's version all in 1 box, can't be beat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good goods
Published 13 days ago by ahn hong june
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really takes me back to those wonderful years.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Gilmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Will the Circle Be Unbroken Trilogr
Very nice product delivered in a timely way. I especially enjoyed the discussion on the making of volume three. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cannuck
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sound & good quality
There are 5 music cds and one DVD with a live audition of the nitty gritty dirt band.
I like the sound and everything is in good quality!
Published 8 months ago by matthiasschneebeli
5.0 out of 5 stars Would buy this again in a heartbeat!
I bought this for my husband for Christmas. The collection of artists and music is amazing. He's told me a number of times what a great CD set this is. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paula Hoerig
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent country/bluegrass
Best I've ever had. It's like being an intimate part of a jam session by the masters. Uplifting, heartfelt and pleasing.
Published 8 months ago by J L
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a iconic album
The liner notes talk about how the songs were recorded. This translates into a wonderful CD with excellent sonic sounds and presents.
Published 9 months ago by T. Clayborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Collection - This is a Must have
A Musician friend turned me on to this 'collection/work of Nitty Gritty Dirt band. Was somewhat familiar withtheir work and thought they were okay untill opened up this and got... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eduardo E. Tamayo
4.0 out of 5 stars Music is five stars.
OK, up front I'm telling you the only reason I gave this set 4 stars instead of 5 is that the last CD is a locked DVD which won't allow me to rip it and put it onto my MP3 player. Read more
Published 18 months ago by invisible
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
arrived in a very timely fashion just as the site described the hole in the cds were perfectly round and there was even writing on one side while the other side played... Read more
Published 19 months ago by W. Hoyt
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