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Bluegrass Dream Quartet,
This review is from: Out Of The Woodwork (Audio CD)
I don't know why this has taken me so long to review - i got it shortly after it came out, on a whim, and it remains probably my favourite bluegrass album and my introduction to the guitar genius who is Tony Rice.
Everything is just so right about the collection of great catchy, well arranged and brilliantly executed songs from the memorable Hard Times (no, not that one) opener to the beautifully philosophical closer "Only Passing Through". As you'd expect with Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson on board the harmonies are heavenly, Larry Rice chimes in effectively as well and takes lead on a few great songs - Street Corner Strangers and a nice rendition of Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day". Apart from the 4 main players, Chris and Larry sharing mandolin duties, there is marvellous support from dobro maestros Mike Auldridge and Jerry Douglas and some sublime fiddling by Stuart Duncan, with other contributions by fine guests on bass or piano, but each song is stamped with RRHP's unique style. There's no show-casing but Tony Rice's guitar does hold everything together with it's divine fluent, melodic lines. Pure class. Acoustic heaven.
I loaned this out once. Never again. Buy yer own!