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Late Night Grande Hotel

Late Night Grande Hotel

by Nanci Griffith Nanci Griffith
Late Night Grande Hotel

Late Night Grande Hotel

by Nanci Griffith Nanci Griffith


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Featuring some of Nanci Griffith's best and most original material -- as well as a few equally brilliant cover songs -- Late Night Grande Hotel blurs the lines between the singer/songwriter's Texas-rooted folk and the Nashville urban cosmopolitan country scene. Griffith has once again expanded her arrangements to include the five-piece Blue Moon Orchestra and also a few well-placed guest spots from Phil Everly (vocals), Mo Foster (electric bass), Tanita Tikaram (vocals), and Rod Argent (string arrangements/producer). The album's darker pop-oriented material can arguably be attributed to Argent's involvement. Of the 11 tracks, all but three are Griffith originals. Among them are some of the album's best material. As she had done with her crossover hit "From a Distance," Griffith beautifully interprets another Julie Gold composition, "Heaven." The cover of Vince Bell's introspective masterpiece "Sun & Moon & Stars" is not only one of this album's finest tracks, but it is also among the highlights of all the material during her five-year tenure with MCA. The remarkable intimacy she brings to the piece recalls her days on Philo and songs such as "Love at the Five and Dime" and "There's a Light Beyond These Woods." The third cover is of Tom Waits' somber "San Diego Serenade." While Griffith's vocals don't contain the huskiness and tragedy of the author, they add an even more distressing facet to the lyrics -- perhaps coming from a deeper place within the artist. There are a few all-stars among Griffith's compositions as well. "One Blade Shy of a Sharp Edge" continues the overtly political messages that she often credits to the enormous influence that Lyndon B. Johnson and Pete Seeger have had on her life and work. "It's Just Another Morning Here" is full of the wit and innocuous charm that have continued to make Griffith such an endearing composer and performer. While not her best disc during the late '80s/early '90s, Late Night Grande Hotel is a solid effort with some of her most mature material to date.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/1991
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811030629
catalogNumber: 10306
Rank: 54846


  1. It's Just Another Morning Here
  2. Late Night Grande Hotel
  3. It's Too Late
  4. Fields of Summer
  5. Heaven
  6. The Power Lines
  7. Hometown Streets
  8. Down 'N' Outer
  9. One Blade Shy of a Sharp Edge
  10. Sun & Moon & Stars
  11. San Diego Serenade

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanci Griffith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tanita Tikaram   Vocals
Mo Foster   Electric Bass
Rod Argent   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocal Harmony
Phil Everly   Vocals
Levine Andrade   Viola
Mark Berrow   Violin
Fran Breen   Drums
Barry Burton   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ben Croft   Violin
Mitch Dalton   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Classical Guitar
David Emanuel   Viola
Roger Garland   Violin
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
Roy Gillard   Violin
Tim Good   Violin
Peter Gorisch   Bass,Cello,Fretless Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
James Hooker   Keyboards
Paul Kegg   Cello
Helen Liebmann   Cello
Martin Loveday   Cello
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Peter Oxer   Violin
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Johnathan Rees   Violin
George Robertson   Viola
Robert Smissen   Viola
Peter Van Hooke   Percussion,Drums
Barry Wilde   Violin
David Wookdcock   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Conductor
Byrd Burton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
James McLeod   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Composer,Lyricist
Rod Argent   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
John Acock   Studio Manager
Mitch Dalton   Contributor
James Hooker   Composer
Simon Hurrell   Engineer
Bill Kennedy   Engineer
Mike Ross   Engineer
Peter Van Hooke   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
John Woodfull   Art Direction,Illustrations

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