I enjoy this cd quite alot but a couple of the songs, namely ALL ABOUT YOU and the hyper version of SWEET GEORGIA BROWN take something away from the album for me. Although played very quickly, GEORGIA seems a bit lifeless to me.
What earns this cd four stars? SUMMERTIME, WATSON BLUES, and most of the other tracks. SUMMERTIME being the standout vocal track though. I dare say that this is my absolute favorite officially recorded example of Doc's singing. For me personally, that track alone makes the cd worth buying, but I gave the cd 4 stars just to let you know that there may be a couple songs you won't enjoy. As far as all the playing is concerned though, it's top-notch picking, even if I don't particularly enjoy a couple of the songs.
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Since a young David Grisman joined a newly discovered Doc Watson on the stage of Gerde's Folk City in 1962, the two have made indelible marks in the realm of acoustic music. Watson has attached his ripe vocals and fleet flatpicked guitar to traditional, old-time, and bluegrass; Grisman has blended a variety of traditional styles to form a progressive one. This cozy, comfortable record culls 14 songs recorded at an assortment of relaxed, informal, after-dinner sessions at Grisman's studio. As it moves from Jimmie Rodgers to Bill Monroe to jazz standards to traditional blues to rippling fiddle tunes, the record beautifully illustrates where the common ground lies. Most of all, the album exudes a passion and respect for the songs at hand; the superb picking (whether brisk or leisurely) is merely gravy.--Marc Greilsamer