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Will the Circle Be Unbroken

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With all due respect to the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, it took the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band until this album to come up with a merger of rock and country music that worked for both sides and everyone involved. The opening number, "The Grand Ole Opry Song," set the tone for the album, showing that this band -- for all of their origins in rock and popular music -- were willing to meet country music on its own terms, rather than as a vehicle for embellishment as rock music. The result, without a false or strained note anywhere among its 37 songs, was an all-star country project that worked (and transcended its country and rock origins), with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band serving as catalyst and intersecting point for all of the talent involved, who gave superbly of themselves. Not only did this album result in exposure to a new and wider audience for the likes of Mother Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, and others, but this was the first real country album that a lot of rock listeners under the age of 30 ever heard. Thus, it opened up pathways and dialogue in all directions, across several generations and cultural barriers; the dialogue between Doc Watson and Merle Travis alone was almost worth the price of admission. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Grand Ole Opry Song The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:11
  3. 2 Keep On The Sunny Side The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:27
  4. 3 Nashville Blues The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:14
  5. 4 You Are My Flower The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:39
  6. 5 The Precious Jewel The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:7
  7. 6 Dark As A Dungeon The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:45
  8. 7 Tennessee Stud The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:48
  9. 8 Black Mountain Rag The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:38
  10. 9 Wreck On The Highway The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:23
  11. 10 The End of the World The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:54
  12. 11 I Saw The Light The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:18
  13. 12 Sunny Side Of The Mountain The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:50
  14. 13 Nine Pound Hammer The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:52
  15. 14 Losin' You [Might Be The Best Thing Yet] The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:49
  16. 15 Honky Tonkin' The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:30
  17. 16 You Don't Know My Mind The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:44
  18. 17 My Walkin' Shoes The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:53
  19. 1 Lonesome Fiddle Blues The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:41
  20. 2 Cannonball Rag The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1:14
  21. 3 Avalanchie The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:49
  22. 4 Flint Hill Special The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:10
  23. 5 Togary Mountain The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:27
  24. 6 Earl's Breakdown The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:34
  25. 7 Orange Blossom Special The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:11
  26. 8 Wabash Cannonball The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:1
  27. 9 Lost Highway The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:47
  28. 10 Doc Watson And Merle Travis: First Meeting [Dialogue] The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1:52
  29. 11 Way Downtown The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:35
  30. 12 Down Yonder The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:44
  31. 13 Pins And Needles [In My Heart] The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:52
  32. 14 Honky Tonk Blues The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:21
  33. 15 Sailin' On To Hawaii The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:8
  34. 16 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:24
  35. 17 I Am A Pilgrim The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:53
  36. 18 Wildwood Flower The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:34
  37. 19 Soldier's Joy The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 3:33
  38. 20 Will The Circle Be Unbroken The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:48
  39. 21 Both Sides Now The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:22
  40. 22 Foggy Mountain Breakdown The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:37
  41. 23 Warming Up For "The Opry" The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2:39
  42. 24 Sunny Side Talk The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 4:2
  43. 25 Remember Me [When The Candle Lights Are Gleaming] The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1:31

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