RELEASE
1972
LABEL
EMI Music Distribution
GENRES
Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass, Country-Rock

Album Review

With all due respect to the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, it took the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with 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 -- was willing to meet country music on its 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, all of who gave superbly of themselves. Not only did this album result in new 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. This was also one of rock's very few multi-disc sets to be fully justified in its length and content; at a time when unnecessary double-LPs were all the rage, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and company gave a triple album that, if anything, left audiences asking for more. The 2002 CD adds four bonus tracks, though only "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" is a proper song; two of the others consist of warmups and studio chat, while "Remember Me" (featuring Doc Watson) is just a fragment.
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Grand Ole Opry Songhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Keep on the Sunny Sidehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Nashville Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. You Are My Flowerhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. The Precious Jewelhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Dark as a Dungeonhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Tennessee Studhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Black Mountain Raghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Wreck on the Highwayhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. The End of the Worldhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. I Saw the Lighthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Sunny Side of the Mountainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Nine Pound Hammerhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Losin' You (Might Be the Best Thing Yet)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Honky Tonkin'https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. You Don't Know My Mindhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. My Walkin' Shoeshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Lonesome Fiddle Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Cannonball Raghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Avalanchehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Flint Hill Specialhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Togary Mountainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Earl's Breakdownhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Orange Blossom Specialhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Wabash Cannonballhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Lost Highwayhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Doc Watson & Merle Travis First Meeting (Dialogue)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Way Downtownhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Down Yonderhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Pins and Needles (In My Heart)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Honky Tonk Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Sailin' on to Hawaiihttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyeshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. I Am a Pilgrimhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Wildwood Flowerhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Soldier's Joyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Will the Circle Be Unbrokenhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. Both Sides Nowhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/will-the-circle-be-unbroken/id724920283?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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