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Back Porch Bluegrass & Live!!! Almost!!! Import

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Digitally remastered edition of 2 original albums assembled on a single CD. Doug and Rodney Dillard left Missouri in the early 1960's after garnering an audience by appearing with a number of bluegrass bands and on the Ozark Mountain Boys' radio program "Ozark Jubilee". They arrived in California and were quickly signed to a recording contract with Elektra Records by Jim Swift. Shortly thereafter, they also appeared on "The Andy Griffith Show" as The Darling Family. These two albums are treasured by fans, since the band was exclusively acoustic. Shortly after the release of the live album in 1964, they followed Bob Dylan's lead by amplifying their instruments, much to the consternation of purists.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Old Joseph
  2. Somebody Touched Me
  3. Polly Vaughn
  4. Banjo In The Hollow
  5. Dooley
  6. Lonesome Indian
  7. Ground Hog
  8. Old Home Place
  9. Hickory Hollow
  10. Old Man At The Mill
  11. Dougs Tune
  12. Rainin Here This Mornin
  13. Cols Travellin
  14. Reubens Train
  15. Deulin Banjo (Hootin Banjo)
  16. Black-Eyed Susie
  17. Never See My Home Again
  18. There Is A Time
  19. Old Blue
  20. Sinkin Creek
  21. The Whole World Round
  22. Liberty
  23. Dixie Breakdown
  24. Walkin Down The Line
  25. Jodys Tune
  26. Pretty Polly
  27. Tarters In Sandy Lane Gimme Chaw TBaccer
  28. Buckin Mule


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B00005OKOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For all those nostalgic fans of "The Andy Griffith Show" who have long clamored for a collection of the Darling boys' best, here 'tis. Well, not exactly. Actually, it's The Dillards' first two Elektra albums from 1963 and 1964, a time when they were perfecting their taciturn alter egos on TV and forcing critics and audiences to broaden their definition of "hillbilly music." With The Dillards at the top of their art as a strictly bluegrass band, this CD is likely as close as you're ever going to get to a Darling record. The pickin' and grinnin' is mighty darn good, and if you close your eyes, it's easy to imagine yourself settin' a spell in Briscoe Darling's cabin as the boys make the windows rattle.
At the time of its release, "Back Porch Bluegrass" had indignant critics, convinced nobody could play a banjo or mandolin that fast with such precision, accusing Elektra of speeding up some of the tracks. They hadn't reckoned on Douglas Dillard and Dean Webb, whose virtuosity didn't need no stinkin' studio trickery. "Hickory Hollow," in particular, sounds like the Darlings jamming after partaking of some extra potent rabbit tobacco. The album is teeming with neglected gems, like the Andy Griffith-named "Doug's Tune" (heard on the show), a wildly infectious ditty featuring some tasty interplay between banjo Wunderkind Douglas and little brother Rodney on guitar. The icing on the cake is "Duelin' Banjo," a breakneck romp for banjo and mandolin that should make anybody with ears forget that Hollywood-ized "Deliverance" stuff.
Recorded at L.A.'s Mecca club, "Live!!! Almost!!!" finds The Dillards in top-notch form and points up the importance of Mitch Jayne to the group's success.
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If you like the kind of bluegrass that was featured on the Andy Griffith Show, you will like this cd. It has the same crisp sound and vocals. However, the young lady that accompanied them on the show does not sing on this album. Two favorites from Mayberry are on it-Tom Dooley and There was a time. There is a little humor between some of the songs (remember, it's almost live).
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This album is by far the best bluegrass recording I have ever heard. Combining old standards with incredible originals, the dillards race through each track at a breakneck speed. Some fine tracks include 'Dooley' (heard on the Andy Griffith show) 'Ground Hog' and 'Deulin' Banjo.'
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These guys became friends of mine in LA in the late 60's, about 6 years after their first two Elektra LPs were recorded, which are both in this CD. I had learned all the banjo riffs off these records by then, using the old tried and true method of slowing the 33 1/3 rpm vinyl to 16 rpm so you could figure out what the picking pattern was. Douglas Dillard played scorchingly fast, and no one else played like him then. He also played a Gibson banjo with a "raised" head, which had a brighter sound than the "flat-head" models favored by most bluegrass players (Ralph Stanley also played a raised head model).

Lots of the original songs here are still heard in picking parties around the country, and younger players like Sam Bush and New Grass Revival know and have played these songs. Especially on the west coast, banjo players wanted to play just like Doug, and after sleeping on his couch for a year in 1968, I could come pretty close. Anyway, this is seminal stuff, and I agree these guys had quite a bit to do with the formation of country rock.
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I love the Dillards, Mitch Jayne, especially. I bought this album for a friend who is an Andy Griffith fan. I am so glad I opened and listened to it before giving it to her. The audio quality was horrible! Static almost completely over powered the songs. I tried returning it and re-ordering. Same problem. Tried another seller, and still, very bad sound quality. Customer service was excellent, however, with both sellers. I finally downloaded Back Porch Bluegrass from Amazon and got the sound quality expected. But, I still don't have Live!! Almost!!

I am hoping it was just a bad batch of CD's.
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The Dillards ARE the Darlings of the Andy Griffith Shows. The first 2 albums have songs and tunes that were used in the Andy Griffith Shows. Charlene does not sing and Brisco does not jug in the original albums. Backporch Bluegrass album is a studio recording and the Live Almost! album is a live recording with clean decent humor thrown in. The sounds on these first 2 albums is excellent... can't get any better than this. There are websites with info and pictures of the Dillards. As far as I know, they are all still alive and kickin' as of this time.
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this is truly the best of the darlin boys. these 2 tracks are every piece played on the andy griffith show and this website is the only place u can find this i have looked everywhere. u buy these 2 tracks together it is a nonstop listening pleasure for any one who likes the dillards this is a must have. if u think when u bought 'there is a time'63-70 and u got all there songs from these 2 albums your wrong. there are many classics missed from that album that are in these 2 tracks. also if anyone who reads this has the pickin and fiddlin album tell me how it is it is the only album i do not own of the dillards.
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