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Best Of The Vanguard Years
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Album: Best Of The Vanguard Years
# Song Title   Time
1)    Wolf Moon More Info...
2)    Chicken Road More Info...
3)    Without Anastasia More Info...
4)    Mambo Banjo More Info...
5)    Shoot The Dog More Info...
6)    Cara's Way (The Little People) More Info...
7)    G Bop More Info...
8)    Waltzing With Tula More Info...
9)    The Dalai Camel More Info...
10)    Deep North More Info...
11)    Saint Genevieve More Info...
12)    Leaving Cottondale More Info...
13)    Lorelei More Info...
14)    Look Left More Info...
15)    Hello Mendocino! More Info...
16)    The Inspector More Info...
17)    Simple Pleasures More Info...
 

Album: Best Of The Vanguard Years
# Song Title   Time
1)    Wolf Moon More Info...
2)    Chicken Road More Info...
3)    Without Anastasia More Info...
4)    Mambo Banjo More Info...
5)    Shoot The Dog More Info...
6)    Cara's Way (The Little People) More Info...
7)    G Bop More Info...
8)    Waltzing With Tula More Info...
9)    The Dalai Camel More Info...
10)    Deep North More Info...
11)    Saint Genevieve More Info...
12)    Leaving Cottondale More Info...
13)    Lorelei More Info...
14)    Look Left More Info...
15)    Hello Mendocino! More Info...
16)    The Inspector More Info...
17)    Simple Pleasures More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Alison Brown (guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo); Mike Marshall (guitar, mandolin, fiddle); Tony Rice (guitar); Scott Nygaard (acoustic guitar); Mark Schatz (banjo); David Grisman (mandolin); David Davidson (violin); Alison Krauss, Vassar Clements (fiddle); Kristin Wilkinson (viola); John Catchings (cello); Matt Eakle (flute); S‚amus Egan (pennywhistle, Uilleann pipe, bodhran); Alan Dargin (didjeridu); John Burr (piano, keyboards); David Hoffner (keyboards, synthesizer); Rick Reed (drums, percussion); Joey Dukes (drums); Sam Bacco (cowbells, percussion); Joe Craven (percussion).
  • Liner Note Author: Jon Weisberger.
  • Photographer: Mark Tucker .
  • Arrangers: Quartet ; Garry West; John Burr ; Alison Brown; Rick Reed; Mike Marshall .
  • Sometime back, Alison Brown established herself as an innovative banjo stylist and founded her own record label (Compass). It's easy to forget that she started off playing with another Alison, Alison Krauss that is, and recorded a number of solo albums for Vanguard. Best of the Vanguard Years draws from Brown's four Vanguard albums, recorded in the early to mid-'90s. As with her later recordings, she has composed material that stretches the limits of the banjo and traditional acoustic music: "Cara's Way (The Little People)" resembles an Irish jig, "Mambo Banjo" bossa nova, and "Wolf Moon" straight-ahead bluegrass. She also reveals that she's an accomplished guitarist on "The Inspector" and "Hello Mendocino!" There are differences, however, between Best of the Vanguard Years and her later recordings. Her writing and playing are more muscular and structured on this earlier set, meaning that even jazzy, open-ended pieces like "Deep North" never seem to drift into new acoustic vagueness. Straightforward arrangements of piano, banjo, bass, and drums on "Look Left" give Brown and company a more traditional sound than Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. It should also be noted that Brown surrounds herself with a number of great musicians, including Mike Marshall, Stuart Duncan, and Roy Huskey, Jr. Best of the Vanguard Years offers a 65-plus minute intro to the pre-Compass years, and will please Brown's fans and anyone interested in original banjo music. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.
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