The term "sampler" in the title refers to anthologization, and this is a collection of outtakes from four of Mark Dvorak's earlier discs, with a quartet of new cuts thrown in for good measure. All the earlier tracks have been remastered, and the result's an hour's worth of tunes mostly quite familiar in this culture. The intent was to provide kids with exposure to their musical heritage but, I strongly suspect, also to remind adults that America's family fare travels much further back than the marvelous Sesame Street.
Dvorak is a guitarist, banjo player, and vocalist accompanied by a bevy of sessioneers playing dulcimer, blues harp, tin whistle, button accordion, and, of course, the more standard instruments. The recitations are pretty much straightforward, as Dvorak is a purist, a preserver of times gone by, careful that modernization doesn't edge out history. Therefore, don't expect a raft of newfangled studio wizardry, board effects, or crazy interpolations. Nor should you look for extensions and such—most of the tracks are quite short, between two and three minutes.
All which should let you know just how to approach Wonderful World. After just so much, though, the fare got a bit thin for me though there are many who desire precisely this kind of unadorned, down home, return to basics material.
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