martes, 16 de marzo de 2010

Earl Scruggs - The Earl Scruggs Revue (Anniversary Special) 1975

Earl Scruggs - The Earl Scruggs Revue (Anniversary Special) 1975


Originally released in 1975 and 1976 on the CBS record label. Everybody who is anybody guest stars; Roger McGuinn (guitar), Billy Joel (piano), Johnny Cash (guitar, vocals), Leonard Cohen (vocals), Joan Baez (vocals), Dan Fogelberg (vocals), Ramblin' Jack Elliott (vocals), Jim Messina (guitar, vocals), Kenny Loggins (percussion, vocals), Jim Keltner (drums), Doug Kershaw (fiddle), Loudon Wainwright III (vocals), Michael Murphy (vocals), Mirabal (vocals), Alvin Lee (guitar), Charlie Daniels (guitar, vocals), Tracy Nelson (vocals), the Pointer Sisters (vocals), Bonnie Bramlett (vocals), Larry Gatlin (guitar), Buffy Sainte-Marie (vocals) and many more. Produced by Bob 'Highway 61 Revisited' Johnston, who has worked with Elvis, Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel on the majority of their landmark recordings.
This is not merely an icon of the popular music scene in the middle 70s, it is a vault of great performances, great lyrics, great songs you will not hear again, from performers you will never find on the same disk again. I recorded it to cassette off a friend's Lp and wore that puppy out totally playing it over and over, learned almost all the songs by heart, loved every one.
By Robert Bixby.
One-half of the legendary banjo duo Flatt & Scruggs, Earl Scruggs formed his eponymous Revue upon the demise of his longtime partnership with Lester Flatt in early 1969, and promptly began unleashing a stream of excellent albums. Anniversary Special arrived in 1975, marking the banjo man's 25th anniversary of signing with Columbia/CBS Records. It was a guest star-laden affair, with Scruggs and his two sons, the core of the Revue, joined in the studio by a host of country, folk, and other far-flung luminaries. Johnny Nash, Joan Baez, Billy Joel, and the Pointer Sisters are just a handful of the guests, an aggregate so eclectic one longs to know just how Scruggs knew them all. The booklet supplies the answers, introducing the cast and explaining their surprising links to Scruggs (most more interesting than any degree of separation Kevin Bacon can lay claim to). But as far removed as some of these people are from the banjo star, the set is solidly grounded by the members of the Revue, as they joyfully pick their way through a series of astutely chosen covers, a number related to or written by the guests involved. The album's star power certainly garnered attention, but it was the set's jubilant atmosphere, joyous eclectic flair, and inspired arrangements that pushed the band to its highest placing in the pop chart (just outside the Top 100). Inevitably, then, a second-anniversary set followed the next year. Less is known about this album, with annotator John Tobler suggesting that six of the tracks were initially begun for the first volume, but not, for unknown reasons, completed at the time -- these were subsequently finished off with only four new tracks recorded. He makes a good case, but only the most anal of fans will really care. In fact, Tobler raises more questions than he can answer, unstrung by his authoritative take on the first set. But the music is what's important, and although the name cachet was not as star-struck as its predecessor, the album was equally eclectic and entertaining. Considering the pair's history, and being -- as they are -- two parts of a whole, it's been a long time coming until they were finally reissued together on one disc. Delightfully defying genres, and proving yet again that country music doesn't necessarily start or end with a twang, this very Special set's appeal far exceeds the parameters of bluegrass, country, folk, or any of the other typical tags the Revue had earned.
By Jo-Ann Greene, All Music Guide.
Joan Baez- Vocals
Bonnie Bramlett- Vocals
David Briggs- Piano
Kenneth A. Buttrey- Drums
Johnny Cash- Vocals
Leonard Cohen- Vocals
Ron Cornelius- Guitar
Charlie Daniels- Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Ramblin' Jack Elliott- Vocals   
Dan Fogelberg- Guitar
Larry Gatlin- Guitar
Willie Hall- Drums
Billy Joel- Piano
Robert L. Johnson- Vocals   
Jim Keltner- Drums
Doug Kershaw- Violin
Alvin Lee- Guitar, Vocals
Kenny Loggins- Percussion, Vocals   
Jody Maphis- Percussion
Roger McGuinn- Guitar
Jim Messina- Guitar, Vocals
Mirabai- vOCALS   
Michael Martin Murphey- Vocals
Tracy Nelson- Vocals
Don Nix- Sax   
Leon Pendarvis- Keyboards
The Pointer Sisters- Vocals
Buffy Sainte-Marie- Vocals
Earl Scruggs- Banjo, Guitar
Gary Scruggs- Bass, Percussion
Randy Scruggs- Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Steve Scruggs- Piano
Loudon Wainwright III- Vocals
Tim Wipperman- Trumpet
Reggie Young- Guitar
Rusty Young- Guitar (Steel)
A1. Banjo Man  2:31
A2. Swimming Song  2:19
A3. Gospel Ship  2:37
A4. Bleeker St. Rag  4:59
A5. Royal Majesty  3:43

B1. Rollin in my Dreams  4:59
B2. Song to Woody  3:03
B3. Third Rate Romance  3:33
B4. Hey Porter  2:58
B5. Passing Through  5:02

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