on 14 February 2001
This album from Doc Watson is a wonderful mixture of religious (Born about six thousand tears ago', Talk about suffering'), folk (St James' Hospital, Tom Dooley), comic and children's ballads ('Intoxicated rat') alongside some breathtakingly fast guitar instrumental pieces (Doc's guitar', 'Black mountain rag'). Doc is one of those rare musicians who can mix both cheerful and sad music on one album without any particular mood dominating the listeners' impressions. The impression left with me is that I have just listened to some fantastic and priceless music. Historically this is an important album in the genre of country music and of all music.