The Kentucky Colonels, though they disbanded in 1966, attracted a legion of new fans during the 1970s and 1980s with the initial release of a series of compilations of privately recorded live sessions like this Rounder LP. Fans who marveled at Clarence White's phenomenal electric guitar solos with the rock group the Byrds, took right away to his earlier work on acoustic guitar in a bluegrass setting, such as on the rapid fire rendition of "New River Train." Fiddler Scotty Stoneman has fun with the audience with "Lee Highway Blues," during which he punctuates the narrative portions of the song with various sound effects (including a truck changing gears, a horn blowing, a dog yelping and a police siren). "New Soldier's Joy" is a fine instrumental featuring Roland White on mandolin, banjo player Bob Worford, and Clarence White. Roland's strong lead vocals are complemented by the group's superb harmony vocals. Although the sound is over-modulated in spots, the fidelity of the source material for this album is light years ahead of bootleg recordings. Sadly, Rounder hasn't yet made this valuable music available on CD.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden