Doyle Lawson

School of Bluegrass

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In the pop music world, it's not at all unusual for a very popular or highly influential band to release a collection of outtakes, rehearsal tapes, previously unreleased live tracks and other odds and ends. In the bluegrass world, it's almost unheard of. But Doyle Lawson is a figure of such stature, and his band Quicksilver has been (in its various configurations) such a constant and powerful presence on the bluegrass scene, that this two-disc, 50-track collection of rehearsals, live tracks and other curiosities will probably be welcomed by the bluegrass marketplace without a second thought. And so it should be: Lawson's rejects are better than most bands' final versions, and it's surprising how clean and polished most of the rough rehearsal recordings collected here are. Inevitably there are some clunkers, and there are a few live instrumental snippets that are really too brief to be worth including. But some of this stuff is simply spectacular: a lovely rendition of the Canadian fiddle tune "Northern Lights," thrilling settings of gospel classics like "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel" and "Jezebel" -- even some of the throwaway novelty numbers like "Polka on the Banjo" and "Tennessee Banjo Man" pack a surprising amount of wallop. This set isn't the place to start if you're just getting acquainted with Lawson's deep and impressive catalog, but it's a must for established fans.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
2 04:21 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
4
02:54 SpotifyAmazon
5 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
6
03:26 SpotifyAmazon
7
02:08 SpotifyAmazon
8 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
9
02:52 SpotifyAmazon
10 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
11 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
12
03:54 SpotifyAmazon
13
02:11 SpotifyAmazon
14
02:17 SpotifyAmazon
15 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
16 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
17
02:32 SpotifyAmazon
18
02:28 SpotifyAmazon
19
02:00 SpotifyAmazon
20 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
21 01:47 SpotifyAmazon
22 03:40 SpotifyAmazon
23 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
24 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
25 02:35 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 00:49 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:05 SpotifyAmazon
4
01:08 SpotifyAmazon
5
02:46 SpotifyAmazon
6
02:41 SpotifyAmazon
7
03:08 SpotifyAmazon
8
01:50 SpotifyAmazon
9 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
10 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
11 02:00 SpotifyAmazon
12 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
13
03:03 SpotifyAmazon
14
02:36 SpotifyAmazon
15 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
16 02:00 SpotifyAmazon
17
03:02 SpotifyAmazon
18 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
19 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
20 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
21
02:20 SpotifyAmazon
22 04:14 SpotifyAmazon
23 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
24
01:58 SpotifyAmazon
25
02:56 SpotifyAmazon
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