Diamonds & Dirt

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Rodney Crowell had already been making excellent albums for a decade when Diamonds & Dirt made him an honest-to-goodness country star in 1988. The landmark album yielded no less than five No. 1 singles, making its success a watershed event in the much-vaunted new-traditionalist movement. The album was fully deserving of the commercial breakthrough, melding Lennon-and-McCartneyesque melodicism to hard country rhythms in support of lyrics as cutting and incisive as Hank Williams's. Thirteen years later, Diamonds & Dirt sounds as warm, witty and wise as ever. "She's Crazy for Leaving" boasts one of modern country's wackiest lyrics; "After All This Time" one of its ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Rodney Crowell had already been making excellent albums for a decade when Diamonds & Dirt made him an honest-to-goodness country star in 1988. The landmark album yielded no less than five No. 1 singles, making its success a watershed event in the much-vaunted new-traditionalist movement. The album was fully deserving of the commercial breakthrough, melding Lennon-and-McCartneyesque melodicism to hard country rhythms in support of lyrics as cutting and incisive as Hank Williams's. Thirteen years later, Diamonds & Dirt sounds as warm, witty and wise as ever. "She's Crazy for Leaving" boasts one of modern country's wackiest lyrics; "After All This Time" one of its most touching; and the duet with then-wife Rosanne Cash, "It's Such a Small World," is of a piece with the fierce musical passion of such classic country duos such as Porter and Dolly, Loretta and Conway, and George and Tammy. It's hard to improve upon perfection, but this expanded edition does the trick by adding three bonus tracks.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of the four records Rodney Crowell cut under his name before 1988's Diamonds & Dirt, three of them are still regarded as classics of the progressive country genre. The Houston native was well established as a songwriter Emmylou Harris cut a slew of Crowell songs on her first five records, producer, and performer. Along with then-wife Rosanne Cash, he brought elements of new wave and early rock & roll into the genre, giving it a much needed kick in the rear. But as good as those albums were, Diamonds & Dirt put him on the map for good. In the 21st century, Crowell makes his living primarily as a hit songwriter, though he still records independently, cutting one critically acclaimed album after another. Co-produced by Crowell and Tony Brown, Diamonds & Dirt yielded five chart-topping singles, including "It's Such a Small World," a duet with Cash who provided backing vocals throughout the set; a burning rockabilly version of pal Guy Clark's "She's Crazy for Leavin'"; the switchblade swagger of "Crazy Baby" which sounds like Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe backing Jerry Lee Lewis; and the stellar ballad "After All This Time." That said, there is something else afoot here, too. A listen to "I Know You're Married" reveals that Crowell was a real fan of the early Beatles, and, on "I Didn't Know That I Could Lose You," of Roy Orbison. The only other cover on the set is a stellar swaggering honky tonk cum pub rock version of Harlan Howard's "Above and Beyond The Call of Love," which could have been recorded by England's Brinsley Schwarz. The remastered Legacy version of the album also includes three previously unreleased demos from the Diamonds & Dirt sessions and a wonderfully intimate set of liner notes. For contemporary country fans, this disc is such an important part of the development of modern music that it has virtually influenced everything that's come after it, making it impossible to ignore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972447322
  • Catalog Number: 724473
  • Sales rank: 29,480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodney Crowell Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar
Rosanne Cash Vocals, Background Vocals, Harmony
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Eddie Bayers Drums
Barry Beckett Organ, Piano
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Russ Kunkel Drums, Track Performer
Mark O'Connor Fiddle, Mandolin
Michael Rhodes Bass
Vince Santoro Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Preston Smith Harmonica, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Steuart Smith Guitar
Technical Credits
Rosanne Cash Liner Notes, Duet
Guy Clark Liner Notes
Rodney Crowell Producer, Liner Notes
Emmylou Harris Liner Notes
Tony Brown Producer
Susanna Clark Liner Notes
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Harlan Howard Liner Notes
Will Jennings Liner Notes
John D. Loudermilk Liner Notes
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Bob Irwin Producer
Bill Johnson Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Ken Criblez Contributor, Recording Assistant
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Martha Wood Personal Assistant
Renée Bell Personal Assistant
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