The Seldom Scene - Act 1

The Seldom Scene - Act 1
Release Date:
1972
Duration:
36:10
Recording Location:
R.D. Homer & Associates, Clinton, MD
Styles:
Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass
Album:
Act 1
Genre:

The Seldom Scene's first three studio albums for Rebel are impeccable. Along with performers like John Hartford and the New Grass Revival, the Seldom Scene created quite a stir in the early '70s. While Act 1 included traditional pieces like "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown" and "Summertime Is Past and Gone," it also drew material from folk and a new breed of singer/songwriters. And although many bluegrass fans would not have objected to "Darling Corey" or "500 Miles," they were less comfortable with "Sweet Baby James" and "City of New Orleans." Amazingly, all of the Seldom Scene's trademark elements are on full display on their first album. John Starling's folkie lead contrasts beautifully with John Duffey's high tenor, while dobroist Mike Auldridge gives this fiddle-less quintet a distinct edge.

Tom Gray's bass is forever present within the band's spacious sound, while Ben Eldridge's banjo reminds the listener that the Seldom Scene is indeed a bluegrass group. The highlight among highlights? "With Body and Soul." Here, the band brings their lovely harmony to bear on a Bill Monroe classic, crafting a gut-wrenching tour de force.

Act 1 still sounds fresh and vital, and progressive bluegrass never got any better.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Raised by the Railroad Line / Paul CraftThe Seldom Scene2:59
Darling CoreyThe Seldom Scene3:43
Want of a WomanThe Seldom Scene2:16
Sweet Baby James / James TaylorThe Seldom Scene3:09
JoshuaThe Seldom Scene2:41
Will There Be Any Stars in My CrownThe Seldom Scene3:11
City of New Orleans / Steve GoodmanThe Seldom Scene3:02
With Body and Soul / Virginia StaufferThe Seldom Scene3:57
Summertime Is Past and Gone / Bill MonroeThe Seldom Scene2:13
500 Miles / Hedy WestThe Seldom Scene3:21
CannonballThe Seldom Scene2:45
What Am I Doing Hanging 'Round?The Seldom Scene2:53

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