If I Had Known

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All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651017127
  • Catalog Number: 171
  • Sales rank: 17,932

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Had Known (3:25)
  2. 2 Worrisome Years (4:08)
  3. 3 Laughing River (4:19)
  4. 4 Canned Goods (4:10)
  5. 5 Who Woulda Thunk It (4:38)
  6. 6 The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home (3:26)
  7. 7 Ella Mae (4:12)
  8. 8 Our Little Town (3:48)
  9. 9 Good Morning Coffee (3:02)
  10. 10 Downtown (4:32)
  11. 11 You Drive Me Crazy (5:01)
  12. 12 Spring Wind (4:34)
  13. 13 The Poet Game (5:32)
  14. 14 Where Is Maria (5:21)
  15. 15 Boomtown (3:19)
  16. 16 Two Little Feet (4:50)
  17. 17 Driftless (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 DVD Documentary: Hacklebarney Tunes, The Songs of Greg Brown
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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
Al Murphy Fiddle
Steve Hayes Drums
David E. Williams Mandolin
Felix James Conga
Vox Boys Background Vocals
Al Souchek Clarinet
Pork Chop Group Member
Technical Credits
Greg Brown Composer, Producer
Robin Adnan Anders Tupan
Bob Feldman Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
David Glasser Remastering
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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