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Never the Same Way Once (7 CD)

7 CD, Box Set

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Not a songwriter of note himself, Doc [Watson] was a folk musician in the broadest sense of the term, and a wonderful interpreter of early Americana equally adept at singing and playing George Gershwin's ''Summertime'' and the traditional blues ''Mama Don't Allow No Music'' as he was at another traditional song often associated with Louis Armstrong, ''St. James Infirmary Blues,'' as well as the ageless ''Wabash Cannonball.'' Though it sounds like hyperbole, there isn't such thing as a bad Doc Watson record, but this boxed set may be the most extraordinary Doc Watson ever captured on tape. Ever. From the very first notes of the first of the seven different shows presented here, it's clear that Doc, his son, Merle, and bassist T. Michael Coleman are locked in and having fun. They wanna be there, and it shows. The musicianship is sparkling and flawless throughout, and their joie de vivre bubbles through all seven discs. There's a bounce to these performances that I've heard on no other Doc record, live or from the studio. From the incredibly fast ''Nancy Rowland/Old Joe Clark'' to the impassioned ''South Coast,'' the song sung in John Ford's film, ''Grapes of Wrath'' (both on chapter 4, disc 1), to the unexpected Elvis medley at the end of chapter 2, disc 1, these are Watson performances for the ages. The slide-guitar work of Merle, who died in a tragic tractor accident on the family farm in 1985, is utterly sublime. Two guests, Ken Lauber on piano, and Billy Roberts on harmonica, appear in two different shows each. Owsley ''Bear'' Stanley [the Grateful Dead's legendary soundman & sound system architect] certainly did know how to record in this room. The audience is audible, as are the between-tune exchanges among the three men, and most of Doc's jokes are funny. The tapes were processed using the Plangent system, to correct any wow and flutter and to recover lost frequencies. The result is exceptional sound, intimate yet three-dimensional. --Stereophile, Recording Of The Month, Robert Baird, 9/12/17

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Salty Dog Blues
  2. Doc's Talking
  3. Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas)
  4. Miss the Mississippi and You
  5. Wabash Cannonball
  6. Nancy Rowland
  7. Solid Gone
  8. Tennessee Stud
  9. Frosty Morn
  10. Matchbox Blues
  11. Mama Don't Allow
  12. Deep Elem Blues

Disc: 2

  1. Introduction
  2. Good Old Mountain Dew
  3. Travellin' Man
  4. Miss the Mississippi and You
  5. Wabash Cannonball
  6. Leather Britches / Cotton Eyed Joe
  7. A Rovin' On A Winter's Night
  8. Tennessee Stud
  9. Black Mountain Rag
  10. St. James Infirmary
  11. Love Me
  12. Blue Suede Shoes
  13. Sweet Georgia Brown
  14. Lonesome Moan

Disc: 3

  1. Clouds Gwine Roll Away
  2. Three Times Seven
  3. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia
  4. Poor Boy Blues
  5. Nancy Rowland / Salt Creek
  6. Alberta
  7. Movin' On
  8. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!
  9. Walk On Boy
  10. Nothin' To It
  11. Blue Railroad Train
  12. Brown's Ferry Blues
  13. Beaumont Rag

Disc: 4

  1. New River Train
  2. Doggone My Time
  3. Peace Pickin' Time In Georgia
  4. Poor Boy Blues
  5. Nancy Rowland / Salt Creek
  6. Alberta
  7. Natural Born Gambling Man
  8. Doc's Guitar
  9. Matchbox Blues
  10. Streamlined Cannonball
  11. Summertime
  12. Love Me
  13. Blue Suede Shoes

Disc: 5

  1. Mama Don't Allow
  2. Freight Train Boogie
  3. Life Gets Teejus Don't It
  4. Miss the Mississippi and You
  5. Wabash Cannonball
  6. Leather Britches / Cotton - Eyed Joe
  7. Bye Bye Bluebell
  8. Tennessee Stud
  9. South Coast
  10. Sweet Georgia Brown
  11. St. James Infirmary
  12. Step It Up and Go
  13. Jailhouse Rock

Disc: 6

  1. Introduction
  2. Way Down Town
  3. Billboard Song
  4. Blue Yodel #1 (T For Texas)
  5. Miss the Mississippi and You
  6. Poor Boy Blues
  7. Nancy Rowland / Old Joe Clark
  8. Chicken Road
  9. The Last Thing On My Mind
  10. Solid Gone
  11. South Coast
  12. Going Down The Road Feelin' Bad
  13. Summertime
  14. Love Me
  15. Jailhouse Rock
  16. Hound Dog

Disc: 7

  1. Brown's Ferry Blues
  2. Gambler's Yodel
  3. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
  4. Wabash Cannonball
  5. Beaumont Rag
  6. In The Jailhouse Now
  7. Lovesick Blues
  8. Black Mountain Rag
  9. Tennessee Stud
  10. St. James Infirmary
  11. Sheik of Araby
  12. Step It Up and Go
  13. Mama Don't Allow Edit


Product details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 2017)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Owsley Stanley Foundation
  • ASIN: B06Y1XK62W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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