Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly: A John Hartford Anthology

Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly: A John Hartford Anthology

by John Hartford



While a number of fine albums -- Aereo-Plain, Morning Bugle, and Mark Twang -- would serve as a good introduction to John Hartford, Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly offers the best overall collection. The reason? It has the most music, 65 minutes, and offers samples from most of Hartford's albums between 1976 and 1984. "Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew," "The Julia Belle Swain," and "Let Him Go on, Mama" represent Mark Twang, an album some consider Hartford's finest, while "Good Old Electric Washing Machine" and "I Would Not Be Here" are drawn from Catalogue, an album that revisits his out-of-print RCA recordings. There are also a number of pieces from All in the Name of Love and Slumberin' on the Cumberland. Three of the most intriguing tracks, "Natchez Whistle," "Miss Ferris," and "On Christmas Eve," come from the also unavailable Headin' Down Into the Mystery Below. With no more than a banjo and a few background singers, Hartford spins out the delightful "Miss Ferris" for seven minutes. The downside of this collection is that only two songs show up from Hartford's earlier Rounder albums, and one of them is an inferior, re-recorded version of "Boogie." The other is a fine, though somewhat mellow, version of "Nobody Eats at Linebaugh's Anymore" with the New Grass Revival serving as backup band. One also fears that the song choices, as excellent as they are, purposely downplay Hartford's more eccentric attributes. He had taken a step back toward traditionalism on Gum Tree Canoe, which had been released a few years before this collection. Nonetheless, Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly will do a fine job introducing the unfamiliar to Mr. John Hartford. Indeed, even the avid fan will probably want to add this excellent group of tunes to their Hartford collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1992
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0018964044022
catalogNumber: 70440

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hartford   Primary Artist,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Violin,Vocals,Dancer
Doug Dillard   Banjo
Rodney Dillard   Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Buddy Emmons   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Mac Wiseman   Vocals
Sam Bush   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Benny Martin   Fiddle,Ukulele,Vocals
Mark Howard   Guitar
Curtis Burch   Dobro
Pat Burton   Rhythm Guitar
Jack Clement   Dobro,Rhythm Guitar,Ukulele
Jim Colvard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Cowan   Electric Bass,Vocals
Dalton Dillingham   Bowed Bass
Tommy Hannum   Vocals
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Courtney Johnson   Banjo
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Mark O'Connor   Guitar,Mandolin
Billy Ray Reynolds   Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Electric Piano
Rick Schulman   Vocals
Jeannie Seely   Vocals
Lisa Silver   Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Electric Bass
Diane Tidwell   Vocals
Larrie Londin   Drums
David Briggs   Piano,Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Sam Bush   Producer
John Hartford   Arranger,Concept
Michael Melford   Producer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Jack Clement   Producer,Contributor
Jack Grochmal   Engineer
J. Seymour Guenther   Liner Notes
Michael Rasfeld   Contributor
Ernie Winfrey   Engineer
Claude J. Hill   Engineer
Claude Hill   Engineer
Dolores Wilber   Art Direction
S. S. Steele   Composer

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