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Leaving Eden [VINYL]

Carolina Chocolate Drops Vinyl
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With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig—which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy last year—the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the ... Read more in Amazon's Carolina Chocolate Drops Store

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  • Vinyl (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00766CMZM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Riro's House
2. Kerr's Negro Jig
3. Ruby, Are You Mad At Your Man?
4. Boodle-De-Bum-Bum
5. Country Girl
6. Run Mountain
7. Leaving Eden
8. Read 'Em John
Disc: 2
1. Mahalla
2. West End Blues
3. Po' Black Sheep
4. I Truly Understand That You Love Another Man
5. No Man's Mama
6. Briggs' Corn Shucking Jig / Camptown Hornpipe
7. Pretty Bird

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2012 release from the old time string band. Leaving Eden was produced by Nashville stalwart Buddy Miller, the go-to guy for artists ranging from Solomon Burke to Robert Plant to Emmylou Harris. On this 15-song collection, recorded live in the studio with all the players in a single room, the Carolina Chocolate Drops illustrate their own adaptability to grow and change. Following the amicable departure of founding member Justin Robinson, band mates Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons recruited three exceptional new players for the recording and expanded their repertoire to incorporate more overt Blues and Jazz elements and straight-up Folk balladry alongside brilliantly rendered string-band tunes.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Carolina Chocolate Drops, a contemporary string band trio who, under the watchful eye of mentor Joe Thompson, re-created the look, feel, and sound of a 19th century black North Carolina string, fiddle, and jug band ensemble, crafted their first studio recordings into perfect facsimiles of the group's influences.
The Drops were always at their best on-stage, however, where the gospel stomp of those mountain rhythms and the kinetic energy the band gave off completed the feel of a living, breathing history lesson.
Those old string bands could turn on a dime, and the Chocolate Drops reproduced that art, turning their live sets into a black string band revival show. The studio albums felt like they were a bit encased in glass compared to the live performances.
For this outing, however, the Chocolate Drops found the perfect producer in Buddy Miller, who recorded the band live in a single room, and the result is a wonderfully immediate album that feels like a Saturday night house party-- complete with moonlight, dust flying from the carpet under the feet of dancers, and crickets and night bird calls out the open windows.
The sound breathes, and the Drops shine.
Traditional pieces like "Po' Black Sheep" become stomping revivals, born again in a new century. "Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man?" becomes a clawhammer banjo-driven mountain blues, with Rhiannon Giddens' vocal making it seem like Janis Joplin just wandered into the party, a feat she repeats with the album's marvelous last track, "Pretty Bird" (complete with crickets in the background).
The Carolina Chocolate Drops may be intent on reproducing a sound from over a century ago, but they do an amazing job of translating it into the 21st century without diminishing it.
This set feels like a Saturday night throw down under the summer stars. It almost seems timeless, perhaps because it defies time. S. Leggett
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yee har!! 9 Jun 2012
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Genuine downhome bluegrass from this talented trio occasionally augmented by female cellist. Rhiannon especially has a wonderful voice and picks a mean banjo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem 23 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
I completely agree with Alistair Moon's excellent review here. This is a terrific album, full of variety from the thumping, rough-edged traditional pieces to the mournful, beautiful and quite modern-sounding title track. The effect is terrific from beginning to end, created by some quite brilliant musicianship: excellent playing of a variety of instruments and wonderful, wonderful singing.

My advice is to read Mr Moon's review for a more detailed idea of the album and then to snap it up. It's an absolute gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 11 Aug 2012
By Cason
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a marvellous band! This is what music is all about. So full of energy & fun. Rhiannon Giddens & Dom Flemons are musicians of great integrity.

I like this record a lot, but the Chocolate Drops are best heard live rather than in the studio, so I buy their CD's out of loyalty rather than anything else. You can download many recordings of their live concerts from

The current line up is fine (I'm glad the beat box man didn't last long) but I do miss Justin Robinson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Oct 2012
By Wayno
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Did'nt know what to expect from this band, but from what I have heard from this cd you will not be disappointed. With new songs and others from the archives this cd is pure pleasure from the first to the last track."Read em John" and "Mahalla" are my faves today, but really all the tracks are excellent. Would love to see them live, bet that would be an experience. Just buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 6 July 2012
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Amazing stuff. Check them out on youtube first. This weeks favourite in the car is 'Ruby, are you mad at your man?".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 26 Jun 2012
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This music is a wonderful example of great young musicians being able to respect the roots of traditional music yet give it a uniquely modern twist. This item is a joy to listen to and the guys also write lovely original music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Band 15 Jun 2012
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I was curious about the band having seen the name in several places online and heard mutterings about them so I bought this CD to find out for myself and was knocked out by it. The sound is so natural and the musicianship superb. They jump about the genres from Hoedown to bluegrass to a kind of cajun sound then to a folky feeling. The vocalisations of Rhiannon Giddens are superb especially on the final track Little Bird which she sings without accompaniment.
I would strongly reccomend you buy this whatever your usual musical preferences it is a genuine treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting album.
This is a fabulous album. Refreshing and one I have yet to tire of. I am left wanting to hear more of this group and would definitely love to see them live!
Published 1 day ago by L. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Everything you'd hope for after seeing them on Later with Jools Holland
Published 6 days ago by Graham Keal
4.0 out of 5 stars but they were fantastic, such energy
I bought this having seen them live at a festival, not my first choice of music style normally, rock, blues, soul and jazz are my normal diet, but they were fantastic, such... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Peter Tulley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff from the Deep South
This is a fine album, with many fine songs. It is also a curio! On a
about a third of the album, the tracks are two minutes long or less! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerry Valjean 24602
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 2 months ago by Phillip Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and beautiful
A brilliant vinyl, it was a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it. The sound quality is exceptional, you can hear the music more clearly on this than the mp3 version.
Published 4 months ago by dragonlance
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is the first CD I have from these guys which I bought after hearing a single track on the radio. I listen to the CD from time to time but not one of my top groups. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Apiarist
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album have listened to it over and over
Loved the album so authentic and lively and a breath of fresh air musically. Will now buy a copy for a friend who really appreciates banjo and this genre
Published 11 months ago by lyz jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Americana at it's best!
Brilliant collection of songs and tunes. Saw the band at Shrewsbury where they performed the whole set live and the cd is a great reminder of a special gig.
Published 12 months ago by Ms. S. Males
5.0 out of 5 stars Now and again a great album comes along..............
Never heard of this band, but they were on the media system of a long haul airline.
I was curious by the name and so decided to give it a listen. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JimB
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