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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671125022
  • Catalog Number: 711250
  • Sales rank: 77,379

Album Credits

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
Tom Waltz Mastering
Robert Hakalski Image Design
Ralph Jaccodine Executive Producer
Mark Erelli Composer
Jeff Plankenhorn Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Essential

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning Career Collection

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must-Have Ellis compilation!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Essential

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Outstanding Retrospective - or Introduction

    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.

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