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3.0 out of 5 stars Best (Only!) Comedy/Bluegrass Album Ever, June 14, 2006
This review is from: The Steve Martin Brothers (Audio CD)
Twenty-five years after this was first released in 1981, THE STEVE MARTIN BROTHERS is still the best half comedy/half bluegrass album ever recorded. Okay, it's also the only one. And truth to tell, it hasn't aged well. The comedy routines are from a Las Vegas show at the Riviera (best bit--"What I Believe") and a Hollywood performance at The Comedy Store (best bit--"Love God").

The only real reason to buy this album is for the traditional bluegrass music. Martin obviously has a sincere appreciation for the genre and works with first-class musicians like John McEuen (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), fiddler Vassar Clements and bassist Roy "Junior" Huskey. Some of the the tunes are traditional ("Sally Goodin'," "John Henry" and "Waterbound," the latter is the only vocal), but the rest of the tracks are Martin originals.

Bottom line? Two stars for the comedy; four stars for the music. This one is for completists only.
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Initial post: Feb 20, 2009 6:59:12 PM PST
You're right about the Half comedy - half bluegrass, but there was at least one other comedy album that was half comedy - half music (Pop - Folk). The Album was called "The 2 sides of the Smothers Brothers" (It is rumored that this album was made based on that album, whether it's true or not, I really don't know).
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