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by Ellis Paul

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Philo / Umgd

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Performance Credits

Ellis Paul   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Christopher Williams   Track Performer
Duke Levine   Track Performer
Paul Rishell   Track Performer
Dar Williams   Track Performer
Lucy Kaplansky   Track Performer
Kevin Barry   Track Performer
Billy Conway   Track Performer
Johnny Cunningham   Track Performer
Bill Dillon   Track Performer
Lorne Entress   Track Performer
Patty Griffin   Track Performer
John Jennings   Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Harvey Jones   Track Performer
Alain Mallet   Track Performer
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Don McCallister   Track Performer
Doug Plavin   Track Performer
John Svetkey   Track Performer
Tom West   Track Performer
Dennis Brennan   Track Performer
Darryl Purpose   Track Performer
Don Conoscenti   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
John Sands   Track Performer
Martin Sexton   Track Performer
Kristian Bush   Track Performer
Chris Trapper   Track Performer
Kevin Leahy   Track Performer
Ellen Cross   Track Performer
James Rotundi   Track Performer
Brendan Devitt   Track Performer
Rachel McCartney   Track Performer
Brooke Burton   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer,Adaptation
Duke Levine   Producer
Ellis Paul   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Slaid Cleaves   Composer
Brian Capouch   Engineer
Vance Gilbert   Producer
John Jennings   Producer
Jerry Marotta   Producer
Don McCallister   Producer,Remixing
Mark Tanzer   Engineer
Kristian Bush   Producer,Remixing
Robert Hakalski   Image Design
Ralph Jaccodine   Executive Producer
Mark Erelli   Composer
Jeff Plankenhorn   Composer

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Essentials 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Essentials is a wonderful collection of songs and a must for diehard fans and a great way to get to know Ellis' music for any newbies out there. Ellis is an amazing storyteller. Whether it be about love, life, the road, he captures the moment beautifully. Give it a listen. I'd bet it becomes a constant in your CD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a pretty avid Ellis Paul fan, and perhaps a bit biased as well, but this collection is absolutely essential for long term fans, as well as those who are new to Ellis Paul's music and want a comprehensive view of his work. For me the music, the songs, were surprises, in an unexpected combination and place, really like running into old and dear friends unexpectedly, some who were exactly the same, and some who had aged ever so gracefully. And, there are a few new friends to add to the pleasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection is a broad retrospective on a career spanning 15 CD releases over almost 20 years. This is a delightful mix of old classics (such as the hauntingly beautiful Conversation With A Ghost, or The World Ain't Slowing Down from Me, Myself, and Irene), old treasures performed either live (The Speed of Trees, God's Promise) or re-recorded (Words, If You Break Down) and a pair of new songs - the joyful Welcome Home To Maine, and If She's The One. If you have heard his music before, you will want the pair of CD's to not only round out your collection but to explore some of his old gems in a new setting. If you haven't heard his music, or are only just beginning to sample some of the best modern 'folk' music in America, this is the place to start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know I'm a bit biased when it comes to Ellis Paul, but his new 2-disk Essentials is a stunning (have I said that enough times?) collection of songs spanning his nearly 20-year, 10-CD release career. The re-recordings of "home", "words" and "maria's beautiful mess" with the touch of John Jennings are worth the cost. The songs recorded live are a nice addition and the two previously unrecorded songs ("if she's the one" and "welcome home to Maine") are pure Ellis Paul. Hearing the songs from early in his career ("conversation with a ghost", "deliver me", Paris in a day") interspersed with later material makes for a desert-island disk. If you're not familiar with the music of Ellis Paul, this would be the place to start. Stunning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a new fan to the music of Ellis Paul, or don't know him at all, this is a fantastic place to start. Ellis recently said at a concert that many artists would consider this a "greatest hits" album. He stated that for him this was a compilation of his life's work...greatest hits in the eyes of others, or no. There are 34 songs over 2 cds and not a bad one in the bunch. Some of my personal favorites... * "Home" is a great song Ellis wrote for his wife as a wedding present...ended up being about their house burning down! Funny story... * "Take all the sky you need" Beautiful love song about being willing to do anything for the one you love * "Snow in Austin" FUNNY Christmas type love song. Favorite line: Tumbleweeds Dance on the ground Armadillos (poor little guys) Upside down * "Conversation with a Ghost", "Blacktop Train", "Alice's Champagne Palace" classic, wonderful Ellis * "Rollaway Bed" Funny song about someone who steals the covers and the man who loves her.. What else can I say? This is a magnificent album from start to finish ~ A must buy!!