Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Artist-chosen best-of recordings can be problematic because though in some way the artist is uniquely qualified to know what worked and what didn't, she isn't always party to the knowledge of what connects with audiences. This 17-track best-of is rather strange. For those who are unacquainted with the work of Carrie Newcomer, there is little incentive to purchase this. Like many of her peers, Newcomer takes herself very seriously in virtually every song she writes, and her delivery is that of the "classic" impassioned and intimate, post-1970s singer/songwriter. If it comes off as narcissistic, that's because it is impossible to write songs like this without being so. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Artist-chosen best-of recordings can be problematic because though in some way the artist is uniquely qualified to know what worked and what didn't, she isn't always party to the knowledge of what connects with audiences. This 17-track best-of is rather strange. For those who are unacquainted with the work of Carrie Newcomer, there is little incentive to purchase this. Like many of her peers, Newcomer takes herself very seriously in virtually every song she writes, and her delivery is that of the "classic" impassioned and intimate, post-1970s singer/songwriter. If it comes off as narcissistic, that's because it is impossible to write songs like this without being so. The reliance on individual discovery and revelation is a bit insular even as it tries to engage the world outside, hence making her oeuvre a shelf of politically correct the 20th century's inadvertent contribution to cultural censorship, granola-coated relativist spiritual observations about life in the process of being lived every day, with only tiny, incongruant messes revealed for the like-minded listener to garner requisite empathy for. In other words, don't look for challenges to any real status quo here, left, right or center. However, there are literally legions of listeners for whom this music comes off as sincere, honest, and drenched in truth, and one would have a hard time arguing with them because Newcomer is about as far from cynical as you can get. For these people, this collection will come off as a treasure trove, with a few items that perhaps should have been included, left off, and some on that should have been left off, but that is the standard quibble with such collections. Newcomer's generosity as an artist does come off in spades and off-kilter as she opens the album with three unreleased songs unique to this set, giving the faithful who have bought her nine previous outings something special for their money. As is evidenced by the track list, Newcomer has a way of seeing her work holistically and as a continuum, and her selections reflect this, along with a wry sense of humor and her obvious spiritual and social convictions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671124520
  • Catalog Number: 711245
  • Sales rank: 127,999

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carrie Newcomer Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Alison Krauss Vocals
Don Dixon Bass
Jim Brock Percussion, Drums
Dane Clark Percussion, Drums
Jeff Farias Acoustic Bass
Mary Gaines Cello, Vocal Harmony
Jennifer Kimball Vocal Harmony
Randy Melson Bass
Tammy Patrick Vocal Harmony
Richard Putnam Piano, Hammond Organ
Michael Read Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Jamey Reid Percussion, Drums
Susan Denton Staley Vocal Harmony
Chris Wagner Mandolin, Violin, Lap Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Grey Larson Fiddle, Flute, Concertina
Donald Lawrence Vocals
Arnetta Murrill-Crooms Vocal Harmony
Brent Wallarab Trombone
Gary Walters Piano
Jason Wilber Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jason Wilbur Mandolin
Sharla Reed Vocal Harmony
Mark Buselli Trumpet
Moira Smiley Vocal Harmony
Tom Clark Saxophone
Dave Weber Vocal Harmony
Jeff Hedback Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Beth Lodge-Rigal Vocal Harmony
Lauren Robert Vocal Harmony
Andre Gaskins Cello
Winton Reynolds Piano
Keith Skooglund Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Electric Guitar
Polina Unamsky Cello
Sandy Williams Electric Guitar
David Wierhake Piano
Technical Credits
Carrie Newcomer Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Greg Calbi Mastering, Remastering
Michael Graham Producer, Engineer
Robert Meitus Composer, Producer
Hugh Syme Art Direction
Brent Wallarab Horn Arrangements
Jason Wilber Composer
Gary Larsen Cello Arrangement
Mark Anthony Williams Producer, Engineer
Dave Weber Producer, Engineer
Linda Yue Art Direction
Parker J. Palmer Liner Notes
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