Nitty Gritty Dirt Band : Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Trilogy

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band : Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Trilogy

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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.
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

1. Good Ole Opry Song
2. Keep On the Sunnyside
3. Nashville Blues
4. You Are My Flower
5. The Precious Jewel
6. Dark As A Dungeon
7. Tennessee Stud
8. Black Mountain Rag
9. Wreck On The Highway
10. The End Of The World
11. I Saw The Light
12. Sunny Side Of The Mountain
13. Nine Pound Hammer
14. Losin' You (Might Be The Best Thing Yet)
15. Honky Tonkin'
16. You Don't Know My Mind
17. My Walkin' Shoes
1. Lonesome Fiddle Blues
2. Cannonball Rag
3. Avalanche
4. Flint Hill Special
5. Togary Mountain
6. Earl's Breakdown
7. Orange Blossom Special
8. Wabash Cannonball
9. Lost Highway
10. Doc Watson & Merle Travis (dialogue)
11. Way Downtown
12. Down Yonder
13. Pins and Needles (In My Heart)
14. Honky Tonk Blues
15. Sailin' On to Hawaii
16. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
17. I Am a Pilgrim
18. Wildwood Flower
19. Soldier's Joy
20. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
21. Both Sides Now
22. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
23. Warming Up For "The Opry" (talk)
24. Sunny Side (talk)
25. Remember Me
1. Life's Railway To Heaven
2. Grandpa Was A Carpenter
3. When I Get My Rewards
4. Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan
5. Little Mountain Church House
6. And So It Goes
7. When It's Gone
8. Mary Danced With Soldiers
9. Riding Alone
10. I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World
11. Lovin' On The Side
12. Lost River
13. Bayou Jubilee
14. Blues Berry Hill
15. Turn Of The Century
16. One Step Over The Line
17. You Ain't Going Nowhere
18. The Valley Road
19. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
20. Amazing Grace
1. Take Me In Your Lifeboat
2. Milk Cow Blues
3. I Find Jesus
4. Hold Whatcha Got
5. Mama's Opry
6. Diamond In The Rough
7. Lonesome River
8. Some Dark Holler
9. The Lowlands
10. Love, Please Come Home
11. Goodnight Irene
12. I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome
13. I'll Be Faithful To You
14. Tears In The Holston River
1. Fishin' Blues
2. Save It, Save It
3. Wheels
4. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
5. Oh Cumberland
6. I Am A Pilgrim
7. Sallie Ann
8. Catfish John
9. Roll The Stone Away
10. All Prayed Up
11. Return To Dismal Swamp II
12. There Is A Time
13. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Glory, Glory)
14. Farther Along
1. My Walkin' Shoes (DVD)
2. Catfish John (DVD)
3. One Step Over The Line (DVD)
4. Roll The Stone Away (DVD)
5. Love, Please Come Home (DVD)
6. All Prayed Up (DVD)
7. Oh Cumberland (DVD)
8. Fishin' Blues (DVD)
9. The Lowlands (DVD)
10. Return To Dismal Swamp II (DVD)
11. Earl's Breakdown (DVD)
12. I Find Jesus (DVD)
13. Mama's Opry (DVD)
14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (DVD)

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