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Manzanita CD

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Genre: Bluegrass
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 1-JAN-2002
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B0000002DM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mark J. Fowler VINE VOICE on April 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Back about the late '70s 7-up had an advertising slogan calling itself the "un-cola". Mandolin Minor Deity David Grisman adopted this slogan calling his instrument, the mandolin, the "un-banjo". The idea was that the heavenly genre we call "Bluegrass" was thought of as "hick" music outside of it's core practitioners and followers - hick music which was instantly identified by the ring of a banjo. Grisman's "Dawg" albums (almost all of which feature Tony Rice) and Rice's "SpaceGrass" albums all applied the "banjoless" approach to string music. (Except Grisman's "Dawg Grass/Dawg Jazz" which featured no less than Earl Scruggs on the "Dawg Grass" side.)
Manzanita is a land-mark album from the "unbanjo" era. It includes complicated and lightning fast "Dawg/SpaceGrass" instrumentals such as the title cut, inventive orchestrations of traditional fiddle tunes like "BlackBerry Blossom", insightful sparse arrangements of contemporary folk classics like "Old Train" and "Home From the Forest" and Bluegrass classics like "Hold Whatcha Got", all sans banjo. Tony's vocals are from the era when his voice was strongest and most passionate, and the harmonies are Everly-Brotherlike-Tight from Ricky Skaggs and others. The other instrumental gunslingers include Grisman, Sam Bush, and Jerry Douglas.
In the liner notes to "Cold on the Shoulder" - another brilliant Rice collection - Tony says that he considered COTS to be a follow-up to Manzanita. I recommend that album highly as well. The style is similar, differing only in that the "unbanjo" approach was abandoned with the appearance of 5-string wizard Bela Fleck.
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Saying that Tony Rice is "one of the best bluegrass guitarists around" is like saying that Coke sells a popular soft drink. Tony Rice is one of those rare musicians whose gift is so spectacular that he transcends categories. Though this is not Ralph Stanley-style bluegrass, if you like bluegrass you'll like it. Even if you don't, get it if you would like the tightest acoustic music ever, accompanied by his fantastic (and now sorely-missed) baritone vocals. If you think Nickel Creek and Union Station are good (they are), get Tony's CD's to hear how the ground was broken and standards were set for "new acoustic" music.
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By A Customer on May 18, 2001
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The first time I heard Tony Rice was 1987 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. The crowd kept asking him to play Manzanita. Once he played it I was hooked. It took me about a year to find the album. It goes everywhere with me. A great combination of songs and talent, this is by far my favorite collection of his work. The collaboration of Ricky Skaggs and David Grisman enhance Rice's superb guitar talent. Every time I listen to the first few notes of Old Train, I still get chills. The intro is so clean and crisp, no one, in my opinion, comes close to Rice's talent. The album is a fabulous collection of vocal and instrumental pieces, and if you like the songs of Gordon Lighfoot, you will love the arrangement of Home from the Forest.
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I continue to be blown away by the music the Tony Rice Unit has produced along the way. While this 1979 effort may not show quite the polish they display with later efforts, it remains a seminal work that laid the groundwork for their fantastic later works.

This is Tony when his golden baritone voice was strong, confident and a joy to experience.

All or most of the songs included are covered in later albums or live performances, but this album is a must have for any serious fan of bluegrass and/or Tony Rice. I'm trying to buy just about all the commercial music he ever created and this was a required title. The more I listen to him, the more in awe I am of his skill, talent and musicianship. Bill Monroe may have been the 'father of bluegrass' ... Tony carried the torch and raised it to a fine art.
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Tony Rice is without question the most influential flatpicker alive. I heard a famous rock guitarist say of Eddie Van Halen that he was influential, and everyone either wanted to play just like him or had to work hard to play DIFFERENT. The same can't be said of Rice. EVERY flat-picker wants to get that lustrous woody tone, that blistering fiery speed, those IMPOSSIBLY twisted notes. All you need to know about his singing is that on the half dozen albums or so he has done with Ricky Skaggs, Skaggs sings harmony... Surround that talent with Skaggs, Bush, Grisman, etc. and you have the ONE CD I'd take with me to a deserted island. He's the Michael Jordan of this music.
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I've had this album forever. It's what got me into acoustic music. The band is made up of the all-stars of acoustic/traditional music. This disk is worth the price, just for the picture of Ricky Skaggs on the back. He looks like he's 15! One guitar magazine had a cover story on Tony Rice years ago with the title "Super-Picker on Overdrive", which may actually be an understatement. On both original songs, and re-arrangements of traditional songs this group has it all. Tone, technique, style, class, and some of the best bluegrass vocals you will ever hear. What more do you want?
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