The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Stars & Stripes Forever (1974) [Reissue 1991]
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Stars & Stripes Forever (1974) [Reissue 1991]
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Genre: Country Rock / Pop Rock / Bluegrass | Country: USA | Label: BGO Records | BGOCD128

In many ways, the mixed collection of live and studio recordings on Stars & Stripes Forever accomplished for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and rock music what Sweetheart of the Rodeo failed to do for or with the Byrds, showing the rock band plunging deeply into country music. Two years in the making, it incorporated new studio cuts and live tracks recorded at five concerts over a two-year period, as well as interview material with guest fiddle player Vassar Clements. The mix works better than just about any genuine country (as opposed to country-rock) effort ever done by a rock band, mostly because the band was so careful in their recording and editing, and they gave themselves time to get this stuff just the way they wanted it.
Beyond the excellent concert renditions of "Mr. Bojangles" or "The Battle of New Orleans" (which became a single in the wake of this album), and covers of Hank Williams songs and numerous traditional tunes, listeners found they'd walked in on something very deep and profound, tapping into a special creative process. Whatever the reason, this album gave the public more than its money's worth and was a success, charting higher than any other record the group ever released. It still packs lots of power. ~ Bruce Eder

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country-folk-rock band that has existed in various forms since its founding in Long Beach, California in 1966. The group's membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as the Dirt Band. Constant members since the early times are singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna and drummer Jimmie Fadden. Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen was with the band from 1966 to 1986 and returned during 2001. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter joined the band in 1977. The band is often cited as instrumental to the progression of contemporary country and roots music.
The band's successes include a cover version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles". Albums include 1972's Will the Circle be Unbroken, featuring such traditional country artists as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Jimmy Martin. A follow-up album based on the same concept, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two was released in 1989, was certified gold, won two Grammy Awards and was named Album of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.
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01. Jambalaya
02. Dirt Band Interview
03. Cosmic Cowboy (part 1)
04. Aliminum Record Award/Jeff Hanna
05. Fish Song
07. Vasser Clements Interview
08. Listen to the Mockingbird
09. The Sheik of Araby
10. Resign Yourself to Me
11. Dixie Hoedown
12. Cripple Creek
13. the Mountain Whippoorwill
14. Honky Tonkin'
15. House at Pooh Corner
16. Buy for me the Rain
17. Oh Boy
18. Teardrops in My Eyes
19. Glocoat-Blues
20. Stars and Stripes Forever
21. Battle of New Orleans
22. It Came from the 50's
23. My True Story
24. Diggy Liggy Lo
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