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|Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver|
Genres: Country, Pop, Christian
Doyle Lawson has long been an influential bandleader in the mainstream bluegrass scene. Yet many would argue that his vintage years were the late '70s and early '80s, when he first left the Country Gentlemen and formed his... more »
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Doyle Lawson has long been an influential bandleader in the mainstream bluegrass scene. Yet many would argue that his vintage years were the late '70s and early '80s, when he first left the Country Gentlemen and formed his own band, Quicksilver. The 22 shining tracks on this digitally remastered reissue of Quicksilver's first two secular albums--Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (1980) and Quicksilver Rides Again (1982)--make a compelling case for the argument that Quicksilver's earliest was their best. Back then--when Lawson's bandmates included future stars Lou Reid (bass, vocals), Terry Baucom (banjo, vocals), and Jimmy Haley (guitar, vocals)--Quicksilver hewed resolutely to the strict rhythmic and harmonic templates of traditional bluegrass. The band's true innovation came with its imaginative harmonies and its thrilling bluegrass reinventions of material from far outside the realm. Quicksilver's versions of the New Christy Minstrels' folk-gospel "Mighty Mississippi," Don Williams's mainstream country hit "Till the Rivers All Run Dry," and even the Vietnam-era rock oldie "Yellow River" are transcendent musical moments that ace the test of time with flying colors. --Bob Allen
Early '80's bluegrass of the highest quality
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 08/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Doyle Lawson formed his own band, Quicksilver, after a seven year stint as a member of the Country Gentlemen - another excellent band who's music is worth listening to if you're a bluegrass fan. As the title implies, the two albums which make up this CD were recorded with the original lineup of Quicksilver.This is classic bluegrass - the only instruments used are mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, dobro and fiddle. The songs have been well chosen. Some songs are covers of bluegrass originals, like Thinking about you (Flatt and Scruggs), On and On (Bill Monroe) and The lonesome river (Carter Stanley) while others are less obvious. Yellow river (the 1970 pop classic by Christie) and the opening Mighty Mississippi (an early New Christy Minstrels song) are not obvious choces for a bluegrass album, but they work extremely well, as does 'Til the rivers all run dry, originally a seventies country classic by Don Williams.Whether you are just getting into bluegrass or have a sizeable collection, you will enjoy this."
An incredible album!
Peter Durward Harris | 05/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is one of the best bluegrass albums ever released. Compiling two CDs, a listener is treated to 22 tracks, all of which are astounding both vocally and instrumentally. A key ingredient to the success and popularity of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (no matter who joins or leaves the band) is Mr. Lawson's intrepid ability to choose songs and arrange them beautifully, without regard to genre. The exceptional redition of "Yellow River", originally recorded and released by the '70's rock band Christie, stands as a prime example. But regardless of which genre they sample from, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver remain true bluegrass artists, deftly making use of both delicate harmonies and really fast pickin'! A standout album!"