Steve Martin - The Crow - 2009 Bluegrass - Orange Vinyl - Sealed LP + Posterboard
Steve Martin - The Crow
Label: Rounder Records – 11661-0647-1
Vinyl, LP, Album
Subtitle: New Songs For The 5 String Banjo
Pressed on orange vinyl with a gatefold sleeve.
Includes: A full-color 6-panel posterboard insert with parts to make a model of Steve and the banjo-playing crow on stage, along with lyrics and liner notes written by Steve. [Sticker]
Released: Nov 17, 2009
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
A1 Daddy Played The Banjo
Written-By – G. Scruggs, S. Martin
A2 Pitkin County Turnaround
A3 Hoedown At Alice's
A4 Late For School
A5 Tin Roof
A6 Words Unspoken
Written-By – P. Wernick, S. Martin
A7 Banana Banjo
B1 Saga Of The Old West
B2 Pretty Flowers
B3 Wally On The Run
B4 Freddie's Lilt
B5 Clawhammer Medley
Arranged By [Arr.], Adapted By [Adt. By] – Steve Martin
Written-By – Trad.
B6 Calico Train
B7 Blue River Waltz
2:18B8 The Crow
“The Crow” is a big album—grand in scale, masterfully produced by Steve’s long-time friend, John McEuen. The talents of two dozen musicians and singers are woven into a tapestry of sound that fills your personal music hall, be it delivered via your Apple earbuds or your treasured vintage Bose 901’s, with Steve’s banjo, lyric, wit, voice and/or gentle spirit the focal point of a wealth of great music.Steve wrote five of the tunes “over forty years ago” and the “rest were written recently in a six year burst of reanimation after Earl Scruggs asked me to play on his “Earl Scruggs and Friends” album”—to quote Steve from his liner notes.
For me, this recording plays like a delightful movie and I’ve “watched” it start to finish several times. I rise from my comfy front row center seat thoroughly enchanted, racing to get back in line to see it again. There are different scenes, different moods, and while the leading man is not always center stage, his vision is always in the fore. Mary Black (Calico Train), Tim O’Brien (Daddy Played the Banjo), and Vince Gill and Dolly Parton (Pretty Flowers) bring Steve’s lyrics to life on three of the album’s four vocal numbers. Late for School, which Steve sang and played on Saturday Night Live a few months back, keeps drawing my pointer finger to the repeat button during Track 4.
But let’s get back to the album’s centerpiece, Steve’s banjo playing. In a word, it’s excellent. Steve’s played for 45 years and this album clearly shows us his unique sound and approach to performing and composing.'' (BanjoNews)
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