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5.0 out of 5 stars A wondeful introduction combining both new and old., 24 Nov 2001
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This review is from: The Rough Guide to Bluegrass (Audio CD)
Rough Guide have come up trumps with this wonderful sampler of bluegrass music. Characterised by the banjo, fiddle and mandolin, bluegrass' roots lie in 1930s and in the combination of many European and native American folk styles such as Irish, jazz, blues, East European polka and gospel. The CD contains famous artists such as the amazing Alison Krauss and Union Station, represented here by their classic track "Every Time You Say Goodbye", and older pioneers such as the Country Gentlemen, featuring the banjo ace Bill Emerson. A commendable balance is struck between vocal and instrumental tracks, and between faster and slower tunes. Indeed, the variety of artists is testament to the multitude of styles that the genre enjoys. The scintillating pace of Emerson and Waldron's instrumental "Shiloh" sits comfortably with the bittersweet beauty of Hazel Dickens' voice on the ballad "Hills of Home", as does Red Allen's cheery "Chicken Reel" juxtapose neatly with the sad tale in Lynn Morris' "Mama's Hand", a beautiful, if not tear-jerking, retrospect on a young woman leaving home.
If you enjoyed the soundtrack to the hit film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", then this CD is a must for you. Approached with an open mind, the listener will find little disagreeable here. The raw beauty of this truly 'unplugged' experience, with its high-class playing and singing will surely not fail to delight any fan of folk and roots music. Let the sound of the Appalachians carry you away to a simpler, happier time!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only look at one Bluegrass album . ., 2 Nov 2009
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J. J. Whelan (UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this album on a whim as I was fed up with "production values" and "sound effects".

I have always loved traditional music with acoustic instruments and tuneful voices and this album does not disappoint !

You can really hear the emotion in the voices - in particular the chorus in "Rank Stranger" - one of the guys sounds as if he just got his telegram from the Queen (in the UK Her Majesty sends telegrams to centenarians ) but still tuneful !

After hearing this I will be checking out the rest of the Rough Guide series to see what other gems they might have to offer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the rough guide to bluegrass, 7 Mar 2010
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Gilly "Gilly" (Belper, England) - See all my reviews
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I saw a documentary on Dolly Parton and though I am not a great music lover I became interested in the Tennessee mountain music and Bluegrass. I purchased this disc and since it arrived I have played it most days. I think that this is music as it should be, unadorned and not remastered or computer enhanced. Just people singing and playing from their hearts. As an introduction to this music genre I have found this to be a great way in, and I am looking now for more music by some of the featured performers. The banjo and guitar playing has to be heard to be believed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rough Guide to Bluegrass, 7 April 2009
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Mrs. H. O'hara "The Claret" (Lancashire,UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a fantastic introduction to Blue Grass music, you can almost imagine yourself in the hills in the US, the Cd was in the condition stated and the service was fantastic as it always is from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get This One, 18 Oct 2013
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Great CD. This is the best CD of its type I have come across as it showcases a breadth of songs and instrumentals within the bluegrass genre. It has a wonderful opening track of unaccompanied three part harmony as well as first class musicianship and some really sweet songs. I would rate it above the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack CD which is of course also very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue grass, 11 July 2013
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I am new to this type of music, but since receiving the CD, I have never stopped listening to it. Excellent condition and arrived as stated. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true, beautiful guide, 6 July 2011
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Lucazest (Rezzato (Brescia), Italy) - See all my reviews
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Finally something honest. This guide is really interesting and beautiful. A true guide.
The sound could be only a bit better but is well above loads of other guides/greatest hits.
If you' re not an irrepressive audiophile and wish to know something about this particoular
world this Cd is perfect for you.
It contains (old recording I think) what I consider to be one of the best country songs ever:
"Matterhorn".... this song is what I was dreaming of before knowing a bit of country
(sound excepted).
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