Dirt Band/An American Dream

Dirt Band/An American Dream

by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


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In 1999, BGO reissued the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 1978 and 1979 albums, The Dirt Band and American Dream, as a CD two-fer. These were the first two (of three) albums they recorded as the Dirt Band, which is what they renamed themselves when they were diminished to the trio of Jeff Hanna, John McEuen, and Jimmie Fadden, who rebuilt them as a Californian soft rock outfit. That's the key to these two albums -- those who are too attached to the sound of Will the Circle Be Unbroken will find this too slick, but those who prefer Californian soft rock will be glad these two underappreciated records have finally made their way to CD. Neither record is perfect -- the instrumentals don't quite work, for instance, and the boogie numbers on American Dream aren't great -- but they're both very appealing, thanks to the highly polished, stylized production and a good set of songs highlighted by their hit version of Rodney Crowell's "An American Dream." The rest of these two records delivers on the promise of that single, so if you enjoyed the hit, this is certainly worth seeking out.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1999
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261204554
catalogNumber: 455
Rank: 10628

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Primary Artist
Kooper   Keyboards,Arp Strings
Michael McDonald   Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Leah Kunkel   Background Vocals
Mickey Thomas   scat
John McEuen   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin,Lap Steel Guitar
Merle Brigante   Percussion,Drums
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
Bobby Campo   Percussion,Trumpet,Cornet
Bob Carpenter   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,oberheim
Jimmie Fadden   Percussion,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals,national steel guitar,Syndrum
Garth   Clarinet,Fiddle,Percussion,Violin,Horn,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Recorder,Saxophone,Viola,Melodica
Marty Gwinn   Background Vocals
Jeff Hanna   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Haselden   Guitar
Richard Hathaway   Bass,Percussion
Bobby LaKind   Percussion
Leon Medica   Bass
Jeff Pollard   Guitar
Rod Roddy   Keyboards
Bryan Savage   Horn
Bobby Mason   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

John McEuen   Composer
Terry Becker   Engineer
David Bianco   Engineer
Paul Black   Engineer
Merle Brigante   Composer
Bob Carpenter   Composer
Bob Edwards   Producer,Engineer
David Farrell   Engineer
Garth   Composer
Jeff Hanna   Composer,Producer
Richard Hathaway   Composer
Ed Sanford   Composer
John Townsend   Composer
Richie Cicero   Engineer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Dirt Band   Arrangement Collaboration
Greg Edwards   Engineer
Norman Seeff   Cover Photo
Bill Burks   Art Direction
William R. Eastabrook   Sleeve Photo
Bo Torian   Engineer
Alex Kashevaroff   Engineer

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