The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Stars & Stripes Forever

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In many ways, the mixed collection of live and studio recordings on Stars & Stripes Forever accomplished for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and rock music what Sweetheart of the Rodeo failed to do for or with the Byrds, showing the rock band plunging deeply into country music. Two years in the making, it incorporated new studio cuts and live tracks recorded at five concerts over a two-year period, as well as interview material with guest fiddle player Vassar Clements. The mix works better than just about any genuine country (as opposed to country-rock) effort ever done by a rock band, mostly because the band was so careful in their recording and editing, and they gave themselves time to get this stuff just the way they wanted it. Beyond the excellent concert renditions of "Mr. Bojangles" or "The Battle of New Orleans" (which became a single in the wake of this album), and covers of Hank Williams songs and numerous traditional tunes, listeners found they'd walked in on something very deep and profound, tapping into a special creative process. Whatever the reason, this album gave the public more than its money's worth and was a success, charting higher than any other record the group ever released. It still packs lots of power.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:42 Amazon
03:19 Amazon
3 03:47
feat: Jeff Hanna
01:26 Amazon
5 03:55
6 03:54 Amazon
03:57 Amazon
8 02:48 Amazon
9 02:08 Amazon
10 02:50 Amazon
11 02:30 Amazon
12 00:56 Amazon
13 07:08 Amazon
14 02:05
15 03:00
16 02:40
17 02:56 Amazon
18 02:15 Amazon
19 03:15 Amazon
20 00:39 Amazon
21 03:02
feat: Jeff Hanna
06:53 Amazon
23 03:14 Amazon
24 03:56 Amazon
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