The Complete MCA Studio Recordings

The Complete MCA Studio Recordings

by Nanci GriffithNanci Griffith


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2003
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008817038124
catalogNumber: 000044702
Rank: 55619


Disc 1

  1. Tumble and Fall
  2. Lone Star State of Mind
  3. Cold Hearts/Closed Minds
  4. From a Distance
  5. Beacon Street
  6. Nickel Dreams
  7. Sing One for Sister
  8. Ford Econoline
  9. Trouble in the Fields
  10. Love in a Memory
  11. Let It Shine on Me
  12. There's a Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)
  13. Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool
  14. I Knew Love
  15. Never Mind
  16. Love Wore a Halo (Back Before the War)
  17. So Long Ago
  18. Gulf Coast Highway
  19. Little Love Affairs
  20. I Wish It Would Rain
  21. Outbound Plane
  22. I Would Change My Life
  23. Sweet Dreams Will Come
  24. Wooden Heart

Disc 2

  1. I Don't Want to Talk About Love
  2. Drive-In Movies and Dashboard Lights
  3. You Made This Love a Teardrop
  4. Brave Companion on the Road
  5. Storms
  6. It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go
  7. If Wishes Were Changes
  8. Listen to the Radio
  9. Leaving the Harbor
  10. Radio Fragile
  11. It's Just Another Morning Here
  12. Late Night Grande Hotel
  13. It's Too Late
  14. Fields of Summer
  15. Heaven
  16. The Power Lines
  17. Hometown Streets
  18. Down 'N' Outer
  19. One Blade Shy of a Sharp Edge
  20. The Sun, Moon and Stars
  21. San Diego Serenade
  22. Stand Your Ground

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanci Griffith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Pat Alger   Guitar,Hi String
John Stewart   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Albert Lee   Vocal Harmony
Tanita Tikaram   Vocals
Mo Foster   Electric Bass
Rod Argent   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Donahue   Electric Guitar
Phil Everly   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Green   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jon Goin   Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar,Hi String
Levine Andrade   Viola
Mark Berrow   Violin
Fran Breen   Drums
Charlie Bundy   Vocal Harmony
John Catchings   Cello
Ben Croft   Violin
Mitch Dalton   Classical Guitar
Pat Donaldson   Electric Bass,Mandocello
Philip Donnelly   Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Emanuel   Viola
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Roger Garland   Violin
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
Tim Good   Violin
Emory Gordy   Mandolin,Electric Bass
Peter Gorisch   Cello,Fretless Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
James Hooker   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
David Hungate   Electric Bass
John Jarvis   Synthesizer,Piano
Paul Kegg   Cello
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Bernie Leadon   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Mandocello,Vocal Harmony
Helen Liebmann   Cello
Martin Loveday   Cello
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Neill MacColl   Electric Guitar
Rick Marotta   Drums
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Mark O'Connor   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Viola,Mandola
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Johnathan Rees   Violin
George Robertson   Viola
Robert Smissen   Viola
Peter Van Hooke   Percussion,Drums
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Barry Wilde   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Conductor
Roy Huskey   Upright Bass
Byrd Burton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marc Donahue   Emulator
Lucy Kaplanski   Vocal Harmony
Danny Flowers   Slide Guitar
David Woodcock   Violin
Rick West   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Composer,Producer
Fred Koller   Composer
Pat Alger   Composer
Tom Russell   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
Eric Taylor   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Rod Argent   Producer,String Arrangements
Phil Everly   Vocal Engineer
Roger Brown   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Julie Gold   Composer
James Hooker   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Simon Hurrell   Engineer
Robert Earl Keen   Composer
Paul Kennerley   Composer
Mac McAnally   Composer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Mike Ross   Engineer
Steve Tillisch   Engineer
Peter Van Hooke   Producer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Vince Bell   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Gene Levine   Composer
Don Lowery   Composer
Danny Flower   Composer
Kay Twomey   Composer
Kelly Martinez   Licensing
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
Rick West   Composer

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