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    Hi

    Which of Norman's recordings has the most mandolin?

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    Default Re: Question about Norman/Nancy Blake CDs

    Natasha's Waltz is loaded with mandolin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Heller View Post
    Natasha's Waltz is loaded with mandolin
    Original Underground Music From the Mysterious South is pretty much an album of a mandolin orchestra that included Blake, Carl Jones and Peter Ostrusko. It's great!

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    "Natasha's Waltz" is a spectacularly good CD. I am deeply grateful to every single person who posted on a thread about it some time ago. It has opened up all kinds of new things to me. It just really resonates with me.
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    Thank you all, I will look into these recordings.

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    Check out Oklahoma Redbird with Norman and Peter. Inspired old time playing.
    Explore some of my published music here

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    Chattanooga... and Flower From... Both have some choice stuff on 'em. Been keepin' me busy for a while now.

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    I think it's about the tone an rhythm, the speed takes a back seat. Not that Norman and Nancy and company aren't fast, but they still sound mortal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiley Pockets View Post
    Original Underground Music From the Mysterious South is pretty much an album of a mandolin orchestra that included Blake, Carl Jones and Peter Ostrusko. It's great!

    *Natasha's Waltz* (1987) contains cuts from

    --*Original Music From the Mysterious South* (Blakes' 1982 mandolin album).

    --*Full Moon on the Farm* (1981--which features the really nice Blake mandolin tunes "Nancy's Hornpipe" and "Davenport March").

    --*The Rising Fawn String Ensemble* from 1979. (This one is known by Blake fans are "the white album.")

    Not that he hasn't made other the great records--he has--but these three together make up his Blake's high point.

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    Stevejay, thanks for this thread, otherwise I would have never discovered this.......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3teDH_6C98
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    Via this thread, bought Natasha's Waltz and Meeting on Southern Soil. Love Only a Bunch of Violets.

    The guitar-playing spouse says it's capo-ed on the A fret (5th), played in C with some interesting accidentals.

    I typed out the lyrics (with the interesting flips between present and past tense), in case anyone would care to figure out the chords on mandolin:


    It Was Only A Bunch of Violets

    Out in a moonlit garden so far from the ballroom bright,
    so far from music playing, they stole one moonlight night.
    Tomorrow he must leave her, he vowed he would be true
    and from her breast she gives to him a bunch of violets blue

    Out in the field of battle a soldier has been slain,
    a bunch of withered violets across his breast are lain.
    He gives them to his comrade, "My life's blood has been passed."
    “Oh take them back to her and say I kept them to the last.”

    The comrade he returned back home upon her wedding day,
    for another with gold had wooed her from her lover away.
    She looks down from the altar and sees the soldier's coat,
    there on his coat the violets she placed, one evening at the ball.

    She fell on her knees before him and the tears did fill her eyes.
    Says he, a message I bring you, from where your lover lies.
    Only a bunch of violets, a token of the past.
    “Oh, take them back to her,” he said, “I kept them to the last.”

    Only a bunch of violets, violets so blue.
    Pure and fragrant and dainty with diamonds of dew.
    Only a bunch of violets he placed next to his heart.
    And bound beside, whatever betide, he never from them parts.
    Last edited by Mo Soar; Sep-30-2012 at 5:04pm. Reason: typo
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    Wow! That is a great song!

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