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Will the Cirle...Trilogy Box set, Enhanced, Best of

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 7 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Enhanced, Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000C3I8P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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2002 brought the final release of the Dirt Band's incredible Will the Circle Be Unbroken trilogy and also brought together the band and a bevy of country stars to celebrate these historic collaborations. That PBS event is here on DVD (with Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs and more) plus 6 CDs comprising all three Unbroken volumes. Scores of amazing performances, one amazing set.

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The original Will the Circle Be Unbroken is undoubtedly a landmark country-music recording. A peace offering between rock-reared longhairs and rock-ribbed Nashville patriarchs (and one matriarch, Mother Maybelle Carter), it exposed generations of upstart pickers and singers to old-time country music and its impact is felt to this day. The organizers of the 1971 sessions that led to the initial three-LP set, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, have produced two sequels, the first in 1989 and the most recent in 2002. This six-disc collection (including an all-star concert DVD) pulls together all three Circle sessions and, naturally, captures dozens of essential performances, plus a fair number of inessentials. Anyone with an interest in country music will want the original. Its mission is clear, the performances are inspired, and its significance is undeniable. The second Circle strays far afield from the original concept, bringing in the rather lightweight likes of John Denver and Michael Martin Murphy to mix with volume one holdovers Jimmy Martin and Earl Scruggs. The final volume is also more diffuse than one would like, though eminent guest stars such as Del McCoury, June Carter Cash, and Johnny Cash help it capture the spirit of the original more frequently than does its immediate predecessor. Completists will relish having all three collections in one box, while those who think three times around the circle is two too many are advised to stick with the 30th anniversary reissue of the initial album. --Steven Stolder

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Format: Audio CD
This ongoing project by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to bring young and veteran musicians together has resulted in a set which comprises five
CDs and in this format a bonus DVD which will most likely stand as THE benchmark of music in the twentieth century. Since the issue of the third volume, many of the elder legendary artists who performed throughout the entire series have passed on, and for some, this was their last recording session. Combining a superstar cast of guests with the talented NGDB was a project born from genius. Emmylou Harris captured the true essence of this collection during her monologue prior to the track Riding Alone. She makes the observation that early in her life music was something that 'happened' as a living room gathering but the striving for technical recording perfection drove the 'living room' out of the music experience; this series, however, brings it all back home for her! For more of the same, pair this set up with the NGDB's "Dirt, Silver & Gold double CD and get prepared to be overwhelmed by greatness!
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By A Customer on Oct. 9 2003
Format: Audio CD
The ultimate NGDB collection piece I've ever owned. The bonus DVD is spectacular and superb quality - the guest artists on it are incredible. I own all three Circle volumes and have them scattered between the car, home and office. This is the best piece to have all three together in one package. Next on my list of NGDB 'must-haves in a perfect world' would be a new studio album.
I remain in NGDB heaven with my new box set!
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This is a dynmite collection of blue grass music. After 5CDs and you think it can't get any better there's a DVD that puts it all over the top. Can not say enough good things about this package....
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Very good
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Love it.
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