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Long Journey Home
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
When you say the words "Kentucky Colonels," guitar freaks hear "Clarence White." White's reputation as a virtuoso flat-picker is well deserved; he blended the classic bluegrass rhythm-guitar sound with Doc Watson's revolut... more »
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When you say the words "Kentucky Colonels," guitar freaks hear "Clarence White." White's reputation as a virtuoso flat-picker is well deserved; he blended the classic bluegrass rhythm-guitar sound with Doc Watson's revolutionary fiddle-derived technique and elements of jazz to marvelous effect. But the Colonels were a versatile group filled with talented pickers and singers like Clarence's brother Roland on mandolin, banjo picker Billy Ray Lathum, and bassist Roger Bush. This set, recorded at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, showcases this versatility: there are traditional, straightahead bluegrass and exquisite four-part gospel harmonies (featuring spot-on rhythm work from Clarence White); four cuts supporting banjo maestro Bill Keith; and two brother-harmony duets with Clarence and Roland. The album's centerpiece, however, is the six amazing guitar exhibitions with White and Watson that will certainly satiate the aforementioned guitar freaks. Another live collection, Livin' in the Past, focuses a bit more intently on White's guitar work, but this record puts the Kentucky Colonels as a unit in perspective. --Marc Greilsamer
The disc that made me have to learn to play bluegrass
Tim | Indianapolis | 07/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was stuck in a rut musically. It was 1995 and I was only listening to the Grateful Dead. Anyway, I bought this disc on a whim. Within three months I was playing mandolin and wondering how I got by never having heard the notes on this album. The fact is, you get Bill Keith, Doc Watson, Clarence White, Roland White, the rest of the Kentucky Colonels. You get great liner notes. You get great instrumentals and great gospel harmonies. You'll freak. Buy this disc."
Long Journey Home-The Kentucky Colonels
Jim Cunningham | Charlotte, NC United States | 01/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I only recently obtained this album, but am a long-time fan of Clarence White. This album has some priceless cuts with Clarence and Doc Watson playing together, as well as Bill Keith joining in on several songs. I was a little disappointed that the mixing was not the best- you can tell on some of the songs that Clarence's guitar was not miked adequately. In addition (speaking as a Clarence White fan), many of the songs don't feature guitar breaks, although the six songs with Doc Watson do much to allay your appetite for hot guitar."