Rare Bird Alert

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Rare Bird Alert

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

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Record Label: CD
Brand: Anderson
Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Steve Martin
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.37 x 5.02 x 5.94 IN
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1. Rare Bird Alert
2. Yellow-Backed Fly
3. Best Love
4. Northern Island
5. Go Away Stop Turn Around Come Back
6. Jubilation Day
7. More Bad Weather On The Way
8. You
9. The Great Remember (For Nancy)
10. Women Like To Slow Dance
11. Hide Behind A Rock
12. Atheists Don't Have No Songs
13. King Tut
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Customer Reviews | 6 reviews | 4.8 out of 5

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4/11/2011

Customer review by banjopickinindian

5.0 stars 4/11/2011 by banjopickinindian
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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.

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banjopickinindian
Prairie Grove, Ar
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Every day
What a fun CD!
6/9/2012

Customer review by tmhendri

5.0 stars 6/9/2012 by tmhendri
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These guys are phenomenally talented. I bought the CD for my husband, but we both love it.

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tmhendri
Omaha, NE
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days
2/3/2012

Customer review by Lovinbluegrass

5.0 stars 2/3/2012 by Lovinbluegrass
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One of my favorite CDs. Cant wait to get the other one. Steve and his band are GREAT!

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Lovinbluegrass
Plano, Texas
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Every day
10/3/2011

Customer review by SHOTGUNUSER

4.0 stars 10/3/2011 by SHOTGUNUSER
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The music is great. Who knew Steve Martin could play the banjo so good.

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SHOTGUNUSER
ALEXANDRIA, VA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:A few times per month
2/15/2012

Customer review by pizzafam

5.0 stars 2/15/2012 by pizzafam
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I love it!!! Steve Martin is a very talented and creative musician.

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Customer Reviews | 6 reviews | 4.8 out of 5

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