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Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell
"Dueling Banjos (Deliverance)"

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track listing
  • Dueling Banjos
  • Little Maggie
  • Shuckin' The Corn
  • Pony Express
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Eight More Miles
    To Louisville
  • Farewell Blues
  • Earl's Breakdown
  • End Of A Dream
  • Buffalo Gals
  • Reuben's Train
  • Riding The Waves
  • Fire On The Mountain
  • Eight Of January
  • Bugle Call Rag
  • Hard Ain't It Hard
  • Mountain Dew
  • Rawhide

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    "Dueling Banjos (Deliverance)"

    Though his name may not be familiar, his most popular song is -- "Dueling Banjos". Taken from the 1973 Burt Reynolds movie Delieverance, the soundtrack of the movie and credited to Weissberg and Steve Mandell was #1 on the album charts for 3 weeks (March, 1973). Before there was O Brother Where Art Thou, this soundtrack easily relates to this soundtrack, as each song has the banjo picking bluegrass hillbilly style.

    "Dueling Banjos" starts out the album, as it is the long version, with some extra banjo pickin' as originally heard on the single version, which can be found on Rhino's Super Hits Of The '70s, Volume 11. The next 4 songs are in the same fast-paced style as "Dueling Banjos": "Little Maggie," "Shuckin' The Corn," "Pony Express" and "Old Joe Clark". "Eight More Miles To Louisville" has a sound similar to the theme song of the Beverly Hillbillies theme.

    "Farewell Blues" and "Earl's Breakdown" have the easy banjo pickin' style, as in another banjo classic, "Orange Blossom Special Breakdown." "End Of A Dream" was the flip side of the "Dueling Banjos" 45 single, being the same song as "Dueling Banjos," yet in a more "full band" style, rather than the alternating banjo and guitar. "Buffalo Gals" is more easy paced in the beginning, fast paced towards the end. "Reuben's Train" has a pure bluegrass sound, emphasizing on two instruments, the violin and banjo. The next 3 songs has the pure bluegrass sound, emphasizing on the banjo pickin': "Riding The Waves," "Fire On The Mountain" and "Eight Of January." The bugle call "Revellie" is the focus of "Bugle Call Rag," being fast paced as heard towards the ending of "Dueling Banjos." The remaining tracks have the fast paced style: "Hard Ain't It Hard," "Mountain Dew" and "Rawhide."

    The soundtrack of Delieverance is an all-instrumental banjo pickin' album. Most of the songs do sound the same, especially comparing to the end of the "Dueling Banjos" classic. Bluegrass styled, it's a good background soundtrack, and easily fits being music for a movie. Although the songs do sound alike in many ways, it's amazing how Eric Weissberg can play the banjo fast and steady. Hearing the long version of the most popular song from this soundtrack is interesting, as most long versions were shortened for the single status. All in all, this is a good background music album; the soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou would be far much greater than Delieverance, the difference is the music of O Brother would be the standout, where the storyline of Delieverance (as disturbing in some scenes as the were) was the standout.

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