Greatest Story Never Told

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his 26th album in a career 30 years long, John McCutcheon who is "pushin' 50," as he notes in "When I Grow Up" devotes many of his reflections to the passage of time. "The Greatest Story Never Told" is a history lesson devoted to the masses of people who actually make history, but whose names never turn up in the history book. "Ghosts of the Good Old Days" is set in coal-mining country, now abandoned by a younger generation. "Last First Kiss" is a love song that both recalls the beginnings of a romance and celebrates its longevity. McCutcheon often expresses concern that as time passes, he and his characters are being passed by. In "Barbershop," he pays tribute to ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his 26th album in a career 30 years long, John McCutcheon who is "pushin' 50," as he notes in "When I Grow Up" devotes many of his reflections to the passage of time. "The Greatest Story Never Told" is a history lesson devoted to the masses of people who actually make history, but whose names never turn up in the history book. "Ghosts of the Good Old Days" is set in coal-mining country, now abandoned by a younger generation. "Last First Kiss" is a love song that both recalls the beginnings of a romance and celebrates its longevity. McCutcheon often expresses concern that as time passes, he and his characters are being passed by. In "Barbershop," he pays tribute to small-town tradition and criticizes contemporary mall culture, asking, "Here in the 21st century, is there any place left for a man like me?" "Dancing in the Street" is another song with harsh words for malls, as a character declines from five-and-ten employee to derelict. McCutcheon takes comfort in religion "Children of Abraham" and family "One in a Million", and, as usual, he devotes songs to several political causes, among them the Reconciliation Movement for Aboriginal rights in Australia "Extend a Hand" and a campaign to preserve a lake in Dallas, TX "Walk on Water". Two songs comment on the 9/11 terrorist attacks: "Follow the Light" offers hope and comfort, while "Not in My Name" is sung in the voice of God, who denies responsibility for terrorism and, for good measure, the death penalty. McCutcheon matches his music to the subject matter. "Ghosts of the Good Old Days" has a mountain flavor in an arrangement featuring fiddle and mandolin, while "Not in My Name" is the closest thing to rock & roll on the record. Generally, he favors melodic folk-rock, his songs carefully constructed with two or three verses, a bridge, and a catchy chorus that is sung several times. As a songwriter, he is a craftsman, and as he sings the songs in his slightly husky voice, he savors his words. Toward the end of the album, on "Used to Be," he resolves to put his faith in the future, deciding that "the best years are still ahead," and, anyway, "there's no future in how it used to be."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2002
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651016328
  • Catalog Number: 163
  • Sales rank: 219,171

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John McCutcheon Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer
Tom Chapin Vocals
Pete Barrenbregge Clarinet, Saxophone
Robert Jospé Percussion, Drums
Pete Kennedy Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Michael Mark Vocals
Tim O'Brien Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Jon Carroll Organ, Piano, Accordion, Electric Piano
Maura Kennedy Vocal Harmony
Kerrianne Cox Chant, Vocal Harmony
Stiff Gins Vocal Harmony
Bob Dawson Percussion
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Composer
Michelle Shocked Composer
David Sanborn Composer
John McCutcheon Producer
Mark Howard Engineer
Paul Bryer Engineer
Jon Cobert Engineer
Gordon Gano Composer
Billy Oskay Engineer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Jon Carroll Vocal Arrangements
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Bob Dawson Producer, Engineer
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