Compass and Companion

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Mark Erelli has developed a reputation as powerful singer/songwriter, and Compass & Companion shows that his reputation is well-deserved. There is a great deal of musical variety on this album that keeps the listener paying attention. "Why Should I Cry" is a nice piece of Western swing with some great guitar playing, while "Before I Knew Your Name" is straight folk. Erelli is in good voice for this recording, and has written a number of insightful songs. "Before I Knew Your Name" is an evocative piece, capturing how love transforms our familiar surroundings. There is also an angry streak in Erelli, as on "Free Ride," where he castigates a young person who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Mark Erelli has developed a reputation as powerful singer/songwriter, and Compass & Companion shows that his reputation is well-deserved. There is a great deal of musical variety on this album that keeps the listener paying attention. "Why Should I Cry" is a nice piece of Western swing with some great guitar playing, while "Before I Knew Your Name" is straight folk. Erelli is in good voice for this recording, and has written a number of insightful songs. "Before I Knew Your Name" is an evocative piece, capturing how love transforms our familiar surroundings. There is also an angry streak in Erelli, as on "Free Ride," where he castigates a young person who believes the world waits for him. "Did you think they'd part the seas for you like Moses?," he asks cuttingly. Despite a little anger here and there, he holds onto his sense of humor in the catchy "Little Sister," bragging that "My little sister makes more than you/What is this crazy world coming to?." There are a number of songs about problematic relationships. These songs don't always work, especially on "Miracle Man" where Erelli rebukes a lover with "I can't change/The water to wine/I can't pull you up/If you don't want to climb." Such triads can come off as self-serving. Still, it should be pointed out that "Miracle Man," like most of the songs on Compass & Companion, has a good melody. The running time of this album is 41 minutes, which may not seem like a long album, but there's no padding. Compass & Companion is a worthy follow-up to his self-titled debut, and will be warmly appreciated by lovers of good folk music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • UPC: 701237126326
  • Catalog Number: 1263
  • Sales rank: 350,642

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ghost (3:59)
  2. 2 Compass and Companion (4:15)
  3. 3 Why Should I Cry (2:54)
  4. 4 Miracle Man (3:48)
  5. 5 My Love (4:07)
  6. 6 Little Sister (3:02)
  7. 7 Free Ride (4:04)
  8. 8 Before I Knew Your Name (3:00)
  9. 9 Take My Ashes to the River (4:34)
  10. 10 All Behind Me Now (3:17)
  11. 11 Almost Home (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Erelli Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kelly Willis Track Performer
Duke Levine Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Dave Dick Banjo
Lorne Entress Percussion, Jaw Harp, Gopichard
Rani Arbo Vocals
Jim Lamond Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Duke Levine Engineer
Lorne Entress Producer, Engineer
David Glasser Mastering
Mark Thayer Engineer
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