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Track Listings

1. Listen Rare Bird Alert
2. Listen Yellow-Backed Fly
3. Listen Best Love
4. Listen Northern Island
5. Listen Go Away Stop Turn Around Come Back
6. Listen Jubilation Day
7. Listen More Bad Weather On The Way
8. Listen You
9. Listen The Great Remember (For Nancy)
10. Listen Women Like To Slow Dance
11. Listen Hide Behind A Rock
12. Listen Atheists Don't Have No Songs
13. Listen King Tut

About the Album

From the earliest days of his comedy career, Steve Martin has incorporated the banjo into various aspects of his act, and fellow banjo players have spoken with reverence of his skills for decades. But in recent years he has put a renewed focus on the instrument, and he won a Grammy for his album The Crow in 2010. Rare Bird Alert came along a year later, and it's a full-fledged country/bluegrass album consisting entirely of Martin originals and recorded in collaboration with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Some of the songs are comedic: the hilarious faux-gospel harmony number "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" is an album highlight despite its lack of an interesting melody, and "Women Like to Slow Dance" is both a wry reflection on gender differences and a straight-up bluegrass barnburner. "Jubilation Day" is one of the funnier kiss-off songs ever recorded ("Let's always remember the good times/Like when you were out of town"), and there's even a surprisingly straight version of Martin's breakout novelty hit from the 1970s, "King Tut." But other tracks are sweet and tender, such as the wonderful "You" (written for Martin's wife) and the elegantly lovely "The Great Remember." And there are several songs on which elegance, energy, and boundary-pushing creativity coexist joyfully -- notably the gorgeous "More Bad Weather on the Way" (on which Martin plays very expert clawhammer banjo) and the brilliant instrumental "Northern Island," which features a startlingly complex chord progression for a bluegrass number. Whether your primary interest is in the comedy or the music, this is a solidly enjoyable album. ~ Rick Anderson, Rovi
Artist: Steve Martin
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.37 x 5.02 x 5.94
UPC: 0001166106602

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 6reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Pickin' Steve is very talented, and The Steep Canyon Rangers are too . The harmony on the Atheist song is worth the price alone! Do use caution while driving. Some songs may cause you to exceed the speed limit. Great music. 04/11/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by What a fun CD! These guys are phenomenally talented. I bought the CD for my husband, but we both love it. 06/09/2012
Rated 4 out of 5★ by The music is great. Who knew Steve Martin could play the banjo so good. 10/03/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by One of my favorite CDs. Cant wait to get the other one. Steve and his band are GREAT! 02/02/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by I love it!!! Steve Martin is a very talented and creative musician. 02/14/2012
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