If I Had Known

If I Had Known

by Greg Brown
     
 
Disc one of this two-disc retrospective offers a terrific introduction to Greg Brown's distinctive brand of folk, but it's not likely to excite listeners who are already well-acquainted with the singer. Though the 17 tracks were well-chosen and have been nicely remastered, all have been previously released. Moreover, Brown has always been album-oriented and

Overview

Disc one of this two-disc retrospective offers a terrific introduction to Greg Brown's distinctive brand of folk, but it's not likely to excite listeners who are already well-acquainted with the singer. Though the 17 tracks were well-chosen and have been nicely remastered, all have been previously released. Moreover, Brown has always been album-oriented and extraordinarily consistent in quality, so while the songs here hit most of the highest points on the nine albums from which they're culled, Brown released well over 100 songs on 13 albums during the period covered, and nearly all of those tunes are worth hearing. If you're a fan, you probably already have many of the original CDs -- and you know why this disc eschews post-1996 releases as well as rarities: with so many essentials to cover, the compilers simply ran out of space. Of course, another audio CD would have been a possibility, but the folks who put this together had a better idea for a second disc: a 46-minute limited-edition DVD. Containing a 1993 documentary on Brown and his music, it features concert performances of some of the tracks on the first disc, including "Downtown," "If I Had Known," "Our Little Town," and "Laughing River"; interviews with Brown, both his parents, Garrison Keillor, and others; jam sessions; and striking glimpses of Brown's southern Iowa home turf. The film should be of great interest to longtime fans and newcomers alike; indeed, it's enough to justify buying this package, even if you already own most or all of the songs on disc one.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Red House
UPC:
0033651017127
catalogNumber:
171
Rank:
18594

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greg Brown   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Prudence Johnson   Background Vocals
Dave Moore   Harmonica,Pan Pipes,Guest Appearance
Shawn Colvin   Background Vocals
Randy Sabien   Violin
Pat Donohue   Guest Appearance
Garrison Keillor   Guest Appearance
Robin Adnan Anders   Cymbals,Dourbakee
Rob Arthur   Hammond Organ
Dave Hansen   Bass
Gordon Johnson   Bass
Kate MacKenzie   Background Vocals
Dean Magraw   Acoustic Guitar
Willie Murphy   Piano
Bo Ramsey   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Kelly Joe Phelps   Slide Guitar
John Angus Foster   Bass
Radoslav Lorkovic   Accordion
Rick Cicalo   Guest Appearance
Ron Rohovit   Bass
Murphy   Fiddle
Steve Hayes   Drums
David E. Williams   Mandolin
Felix James   Conga
Vox Boys   Background Vocals
Souchek   Clarinet
Pork Chop   Group Member

Technical Credits

Greg Brown   Composer,Producer
Robin Adnan Anders   Tupan
Bob Feldman   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bo Ramsey   Producer
Tom Tucker   Engineer
Dan Corrigan   Cover Photo
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Steven Henke   Producer
John Welstead   Engineer
Steve Smulian   Producer,Engineer
Robert Urstein   Video Producer
Andrea Truppin   Video Producer,Video Director
Anne Erikson   Video Editor
Jeffrey K. Ruoff   Video Producer,Video Director
Dale Reichert   Producer

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