Nickel Creek This Side on Deluxe 2LP Set from Sugar Hill
Grammy-Winning Folk-Roots Masterwork: Newly Remastered and Available for the First Time Ever on Vinyl
No Contemporary Band Better Merged Pop Hooks With Bluegrass Craft: "Flatts & Scruggs Rubbing Shoulders With the Beatles"
2003 Grammy Award Winner for Best Contemporary Folk Album Presents Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Co. in Supreme Fidelity
Produced by Alison Krauss: You-Are-There Acoustic Imaging, Organic Warmth, Extraordinary Textures
Also Available on Remastered 2LP Sets: Nickel Creek and Why Should The Fire Die?
An inimitable merger of pop hooks, bluegrass craft, virtuosic musicianship, and unbeatable acoustic sounds, 2002's This Side is the Grammy-winning sophomore record from the bluegrass/progressive folk trio Nickel Creek. Produced by mentor Alison Krauss, as was the group's 1999 breakthrough predecessor Nickel Creek, This Side finds permanent members Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (fiddle) and Sean Watkins (guitar) expanding their sound and becoming the most original and inventive bluegrass band of modern times in the process.
The Absolute Sound's Neil Gader captured the group's appeal, stating: "The charm of this Southern Cal-based band stems from its fresh challenge to our preconceptions of homespun musical genres like folk and bluegrass—Nickel Creek simultaneously honors old-world traditions while respinning them with contemporary country-pop hooks and hill-country accents. Here, the echoes of bluegrass legends Flatt & Scruggs and The Dillards rub shoulders with those of the Beatles and Eagles. With Sara Watkins on violin and Sean Watkins on guitar (both sing lead as well), Nickel Creek offers crisp ensemble playing, but it’s Chris Thile’s mandolin virtuosity and quirky singing that puts the caffeine in the coffee and keeps it percolating." Highlights include a cover of Pavement's "Spit on a Stranger" and originals "Speak" and "Beauty and the Mess."
The production values are exceptionally high, reflecting the intense musicality of producer and iconic "newgrass" artist Alison Krauss. The instrumental envelope, acoustic properties, rich body, and vocal presence on this pressing need to be experienced by every fan of acoustic music, Americana, and folk. These newly remastered Nickel Creek LP pressings blow the great-sounding SACD counterparts away. In addition, the gatefold packing looks incredible.
Order your deluxe analog copy, as well as the band's subsequent releases, Nickel and Why Should the Fire Die?, from Music Direct today! You won't regret it.
Nickel Creek This Side Track Listing:
1. Smoothie Song
2. Spit on a Stranger
4. Hanging by a Thread
5. I Should've Known Better
6. This Side
7. Green and Gray
8. Seven Wonders
9. House Carpenter
10. Beauty and the Mess
11. Sabra Girl
13. Brand New Sidewalk