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The Complete MCA Studio Recordings
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Album: The Complete MCA Studio Recordings
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Tumble And Fall Album Version More Info... 2:41
2)    Lone Star State Of Mind Album Version More Info... 3:58
3)    Cold Hearts / Closed Minds Album Version More Info... 2:42
4)    From A Distance Album Version More Info... 4:12
5)    Beacon Street Album Version More Info... 2:52
6)    Nickel Dreams Album Version More Info... 2:50
7)    Sing One For Sister Album Version More Info... 3:22
8)    Ford Econoline Album Version More Info... 2:13
9)    Trouble In The Fields Album Version More Info... 3:20
10)    Love In A Memory Album Version More Info... 3:19
11)    Let It Shine On Me Album Version More Info... 3:01
12)    There's A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret) Album Version More Info... 4:23
13)    Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool Album Version More Info... 2:40
14)    I Knew Love Album Version More Info... 3:17
15)    Never Mind Album Version More Info... 3:42
16)    Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War) Album Version More Info... 3:23
17)    So Long Ago Album Version More Info... 4:09
18)    Gulf Coast Highway Duet with Mac McAnally More Info... 3:06
19)    Little Love Affairs Album Version More Info... 3:09
20)    I Wish It Would Rain Album Version More Info... 2:39
21)    Outbound Plane Album Version More Info... 2:40
22)    I Would Change My Life Album Version More Info... 3:08
23)    Sweet Dreams Will Come Duet with John Stewart More Info... 4:26
24)    Wooden Heart Album Version More Info... 2:28
  Disc 2
1)    I Don't Wanna Talk About Love Album Version More Info... 4:07
2)    Drive-In Movies And Dashboard Lights Album Version More Info... 3:13
3)    You Made This Love A Teardrop Album Version More Info... 3:11
4)    Brave Companion Of The Road Album Version More Info... 3:19
5)    Storms Album Version More Info... 3:11
6)    It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go Album Version More Info... 4:01
7)    If Wishes Were Changes Album Version More Info... 3:44
8)    Listen To The Radio Album Version More Info... 3:48
9)    Leaving The Harbor Album Version More Info... 3:28
10)    Radio Fragile Album Version More Info... 5:34
11)    It's Just Another Morning Here Album Version More Info... 4:23
12)    Late Night Grande Hotel Album Version More Info... 3:35
13)    It's Too Late Album Version More Info... 2:18
14)    Fields Of Summer Album Version More Info... 4:19
15)    Heaven Album Version More Info... 3:29
16)    The Power Lines Album Version More Info... 2:38
17)    Hometown Streets Album Version More Info... 4:11
18)    Down 'N' Outer Album Version More Info... 2:46
19)    One Blade Shy Of A Sharp Edge Album Version More Info... 2:59
20)    The Sun, Moon And Stars Album Version More Info... 4:24
21)    San Diego Serenade Album Version More Info... 3:27
22)    Stand Your Ground Album Version More Info... 3:51
 
Album: The Complete MCA Studio Recordings
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Tumble And Fall Album Version More Info... 2:41
2)    Lone Star State Of Mind Album Version More Info... 3:58
3)    Cold Hearts / Closed Minds Album Version More Info... 2:42
4)    From A Distance Album Version More Info... 4:12
5)    Beacon Street Album Version More Info... 2:52
6)    Nickel Dreams Album Version More Info... 2:50
7)    Sing One For Sister Album Version More Info... 3:22
8)    Ford Econoline Album Version More Info... 2:13
9)    Trouble In The Fields Album Version More Info... 3:20
10)    Love In A Memory Album Version More Info... 3:19
11)    Let It Shine On Me Album Version More Info... 3:01
12)    There's A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret) Album Version More Info... 4:23
13)    Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool Album Version More Info... 2:40
14)    I Knew Love Album Version More Info... 3:17
15)    Never Mind Album Version More Info... 3:42
16)    Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War) Album Version More Info... 3:23
17)    So Long Ago Album Version More Info... 4:09
18)    Gulf Coast Highway Duet with Mac McAnally More Info... 3:06
19)    Little Love Affairs Album Version More Info... 3:09
20)    I Wish It Would Rain Album Version More Info... 2:39
21)    Outbound Plane Album Version More Info... 2:40
22)    I Would Change My Life Album Version More Info... 3:08
23)    Sweet Dreams Will Come Duet with John Stewart More Info... 4:26
24)    Wooden Heart Album Version More Info... 2:28
  Disc 2
1)    I Don't Wanna Talk About Love Album Version More Info... 4:07
2)    Drive-In Movies And Dashboard Lights Album Version More Info... 3:13
3)    You Made This Love A Teardrop Album Version More Info... 3:11
4)    Brave Companion Of The Road Album Version More Info... 3:19
5)    Storms Album Version More Info... 3:11
6)    It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go Album Version More Info... 4:01
7)    If Wishes Were Changes Album Version More Info... 3:44
8)    Listen To The Radio Album Version More Info... 3:48
9)    Leaving The Harbor Album Version More Info... 3:28
10)    Radio Fragile Album Version More Info... 5:34
11)    It's Just Another Morning Here Album Version More Info... 4:23
12)    Late Night Grande Hotel Album Version More Info... 3:35
13)    It's Too Late Album Version More Info... 2:18
14)    Fields Of Summer Album Version More Info... 4:19
15)    Heaven Album Version More Info... 3:29
16)    The Power Lines Album Version More Info... 2:38
17)    Hometown Streets Album Version More Info... 4:11
18)    Down 'N' Outer Album Version More Info... 2:46
19)    One Blade Shy Of A Sharp Edge Album Version More Info... 2:59
20)    The Sun, Moon And Stars Album Version More Info... 4:24
21)    San Diego Serenade Album Version More Info... 3:27
22)    Stand Your Ground Album Version More Info... 3:51
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Nanci Griffith (vocals, acoustic guitar); Mark O'Connor (acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin, viola); Byrd Burton (acoustic & electric guitars); Mac McAnally (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Billy Joe Walker, Jr.
  • Rick West (acoustic guitar); Phillip Donnelly (electric guitar); Jerry Donahue (electric guitar); Pat Alger (guitar); Lloyd Green (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Bela Fleck (banjo); Emory Gordy (mandolin, electric bass); John Catchings (cello); James Hooker (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer); John Jarvis (piano); Roy Huskey, Jr. (upright bass); Mo Foster (electric bass); Russ Kunkel (drums, percussion); Fran Breen (drums); Albert Lee, Tanita Tikaram (background vocals).
  • Producers include: Tony Brown, Nanci Griffith, Glyn Johns, Peter Van Hooke, Rod Argent.
  • Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
  • Recorded between 1987 & 1991. Includes liner notes by Scott Schinder.
  • The standard line on Nanci Griffith's five-year sojourn at MCA Records is that Griffith, a Texas-born singer/songwriter, earned a major-label Nashville contract after four independent folkie releases on the basis of Kathy Mattea's Top Ten country recording of her song "Love at the Five and Dime," at a time when country music seemed more open to new sounds and MCA's Tony Brown was also signing such mavericks as Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett. But after two albums, Lone Star State of Mind (1987) and Little Love Affairs (1988), met resistance, failing to produce a major country hit, Griffith was transferred to the label's pop division, where Storms (1989) showed promise but Late Night Grande Hotel (1991) turned out to be too much of a pop move and turned off her existing fan base without attracting a new one. Then MCA dropped her. After a sojourn at Elektra Records, Griffith returned to indie status with Rounder in 2002, which oddly landed her back at MCA, since the major had a distribution deal with Rounder. MCA has also reissued Griffith's early albums, which gives the label a considerable stake in her catalog. So, there is a full-priced one-disc compilation of her actual MCA recordings (From a Distance: The Very Best of Nanci Griffith), a discount-priced Millennium Collection best-of, and now this two-disc package combining all four MCA albums with a few rarities. And when you listen to it from beginning to end, the standard line no longer seems to hold. The first two albums are no more country than Griffith's early "folk" albums, and the last two are not so "pop." The distinctions have more to do with production approaches, which pale before the dominant aspects of the music -- Griffith's sweet and sour voice with its distinctive twang and the terrific songs. Maybe there was something to the notion that Griffith, who delighted in showing listeners what novel she was reading on her album covers, was a bit too erudite for a Nashville thrush, but the result is a set of songs, written by her and some well-chosen others, that stand up well a decade later and are likely to sound just as good many decades hence. ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Q (11/03, p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Here's a handy reminder of her enduring strengths: literate, characterful songs; unshakeable humanity; wonderfully sparkling voice. She remains a breath of fresh air..."
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