This 72-minute companion piece to The Early Years (1958-1962)
is drawn from the seven Folkways albums that the New Lost City Ramblers
recorded between 1963 and 1973, following the entry of Tracy Schwartz and the departure of Tom Paley
, and it's every bit as essential as the first volume. Continuing their emphasis on careful replication of many difficult regional and popular folk forms, one is continually amazed by the versatility of Schwartz, John Cohen
, and Mike Seeger
, as they bounce from lively fiddle tunes, to instrumental waltzes, from more traditional bluegrass songs to Cajun influences. No doubt, this was a productive period for the NLCR
, as many of the 27 tracks should be required listening for fans of traditional string-band music. Excellent liner notes and commentary by Jon Pankake
also make this a quality collection.