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Back Porch Bluegrass

Dillards Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005OKOQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Joseph
2. Somebody Touched Me
3. Polly Vaughn
4. Banjo In The Hollow
5. Dooley
6. Lonesome Indian
7. Ground Hog
8. Old Home Place
9. Hickory Hollow
10. Old Man At The Mill
11. Doug's Tune
12. Rainin' Here This Morning
13. Cold Trainin'
14. Reuben's Train
15. Duelin' Banjo
16. Black-Eyed Susie
17. Never See My Home Again
18. There Is A Time
19. Old Blue
20. Sinkin' Creek
See all 28 tracks on this disc

Product Description

WEA 812273562; WEA ITALIANA - Italia;

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding acoustic music with some humour too 24 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first half of this CD is a studio album and you can hear the great musicianship. The second half is from a live show, where you hear the boys can do it live and have a great sense of humour too. The send up of Joan Baez and over-earnest folkies in the intro to 'Old Blue' is fantastic.
Though very good the "duelin banjos" track is not the original (fuedin' banjos by Arthur Smith & Don reno) we do have the great original version of "Old Home Place" pehaps more well known by JD Crowe & the New South.
If you like 5 string banjo, bluegrass or well played acoustic music you'll probably love this.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In one line: PURE ENTERTAINMENT 14 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
I urge anyone with a love of MUSIC to listen to this album. Including what must be the original version of "Duelling Banjos",the whole shooting-match is a one-off. I particularly enjoyed the second half of the presentation......it just doesn't SOUND like it's nearly 40 years old.
Where it says "People who enjoyed this would also appreciate....." I would put THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON,ABBEY ROAD,EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY and DESIRE. I have been in love with BLUEGRASS for more years than I care to remember,and this album is a paragon of the genre. BUY IT!!!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 12 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
That's it really. Great record. Hilarious between tracks banter on the live record. If you have any love of music do yourself a favour and buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Darlings, but an incredible stimulation. 18 April 2002
By Kevin Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For all those nostalgic fans of "The Andy Griffith Show" who have long clamored for a collection of the Darling boys' best, here 'tis. Well, not exactly. Actually, it's The Dillards' first two Elektra albums from 1963 and 1964, a time when they were perfecting their taciturn alter egos on TV and forcing critics and audiences to broaden their definition of "hillbilly music." With The Dillards at the top of their art as a strictly bluegrass band, this CD is likely as close as you're ever going to get to a Darling record. The pickin' and grinnin' is mighty darn good, and if you close your eyes, it's easy to imagine yourself settin' a spell in Briscoe Darling's cabin as the boys make the windows rattle.
At the time of its release, "Back Porch Bluegrass" had indignant critics, convinced nobody could play a banjo or mandolin that fast with such precision, accusing Elektra of speeding up some of the tracks. They hadn't reckoned on Douglas Dillard and Dean Webb, whose virtuosity didn't need no stinkin' studio trickery. "Hickory Hollow," in particular, sounds like the Darlings jamming after partaking of some extra potent rabbit tobacco. The album is teeming with neglected gems, like the Andy Griffith-named "Doug's Tune" (heard on the show), a wildly infectious ditty featuring some tasty interplay between banjo Wunderkind Douglas and little brother Rodney on guitar. The icing on the cake is "Duelin' Banjo," a breakneck romp for banjo and mandolin that should make anybody with ears forget that Hollywood-ized "Deliverance" stuff.
Recorded at L.A.'s Mecca club, "Live!!! Almost!!!" finds The Dillards in top-notch form and points up the importance of Mitch Jayne to the group's success. The first to admit his humble musical gifts, Jayne was a former schoolteacher and disk jockey who only learned bass in order to join the band. He proved to be a crackerjack lyricist, however, and his self-styled role as a jaunty raconteur of rustic humor lent the act extra dimension and appeal. The Mecca audience ate up Jayne's country schtick, much of it decidedly politically incorrect, with a spoon. The best bit, by far, is his set-up of "Old Blue," a routine that neatly spoofs privies, poodles and Joan Baez, at the time a sacred cow of the burgeoning folk scene. Jayne's all too willing foil in the proceedings is young Rodney, apparently playing an even broader version of his slack-jawed Darling character. (Too bad there's not a video!)
A German import (The Dillards are revered in Europe and rightly regarded there as the true daddies of country rock), the packaging is quite nice, featuring a keepsake booklet with reproductions of the original album covers and liner notes. The outer box, though, shows a photo of Rodney, Dean and Mitch with future Dillard Herb Pedersen, who "replaced" Douglas. Oops!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass at it's best 22 Sep 2005
By M. Fielder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like the kind of bluegrass that was featured on the Andy Griffith Show, you will like this cd. It has the same crisp sound and vocals. However, the young lady that accompanied them on the show does not sing on this album. Two favorites from Mayberry are on it-Tom Dooley and There was a time. There is a little humor between some of the songs (remember, it's almost live).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever! 16 May 2004
By Grant H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is by far the best bluegrass recording I have ever heard. Combining old standards with incredible originals, the dillards race through each track at a breakneck speed. Some fine tracks include 'Dooley' (heard on the Andy Griffith show) 'Ground Hog' and 'Deulin' Banjo.'
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dillards - Darlings 1 Sep 2003
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Dillards ARE the Darlings of the Andy Griffith Shows. The first 2 albums have songs and tunes that were used in the Andy Griffith Shows. Charlene does not sing and Brisco does not jug in the original albums. Backporch Bluegrass album is a studio recording and the Live Almost! album is a live recording with clean decent humor thrown in. The sounds on these first 2 albums is excellent... can't get any better than this. There are websites with info and pictures of the Dillards. As far as I know, they are all still alive and kickin' as of this time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poor sound quality 23 Nov 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Dillards, Mitch Jayne, especially. I bought this album for a friend who is an Andy Griffith fan. I am so glad I opened and listened to it before giving it to her. The audio quality was horrible! Static almost completely over powered the songs. I tried returning it and re-ordering. Same problem. Tried another seller, and still, very bad sound quality. Customer service was excellent, however, with both sellers. I finally downloaded Back Porch Bluegrass from Amazon and got the sound quality expected. But, I still don't have Live!! Almost!!

I am hoping it was just a bad batch of CD's.
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