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Late Night Grande Hotel

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Featuring some of Nanci Griffith's best and most original material -- as well as a few equally brilliant cover songs -- Late Night Grande Hotel blurs the lines between the singer/songwriter's Texas-rooted folk and the Nashville urban cosmopolitan country scene. Griffith has once again expanded her arrangements to include the five-piece Blue Moon Orchestra and also a few well-placed guest spots from Phil Everly vocals, Mo Foster electric bass, Tanita Tikaram vocals, and Rod Argent string arrangements/producer. The album's darker pop-oriented material can arguably be attributed to Argent's involvement. Of the 11 tracks, all but three are Griffith originals. Among them are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Featuring some of Nanci Griffith's best and most original material -- as well as a few equally brilliant cover songs -- Late Night Grande Hotel blurs the lines between the singer/songwriter's Texas-rooted folk and the Nashville urban cosmopolitan country scene. Griffith has once again expanded her arrangements to include the five-piece Blue Moon Orchestra and also a few well-placed guest spots from Phil Everly vocals, Mo Foster electric bass, Tanita Tikaram vocals, and Rod Argent string arrangements/producer. The album's darker pop-oriented material can arguably be attributed to Argent's involvement. Of the 11 tracks, all but three are Griffith originals. Among them are some of the album's best material. As she had done with her crossover hit "From a Distance," Griffith beautifully interprets another Julie Gold composition, "Heaven." The cover of Vince Bell's introspective masterpiece "Sun & Moon & Stars" is not only one of this album's finest tracks, but it is also among the highlights of all the material during her five-year tenure with MCA. The remarkable intimacy she brings to the piece recalls her days on Philo and songs such as "Love at the Five and Dime" and "There's a Light Beyond These Woods." The third cover is of Tom Waits' somber "San Diego Serenade." While Griffith's vocals don't contain the huskiness and tragedy of the author, they add an even more distressing facet to the lyrics -- perhaps coming from a deeper place within the artist. There are a few all-stars among Griffith's compositions as well. "One Blade Shy of a Sharp Edge" continues the overtly political messages that she often credits to the enormous influence that Lyndon B. Johnson and Pete Seeger have had on her life and work. "It's Just Another Morning Here" is full of the wit and innocuous charm that have continued to make Griffith such an endearing composer and performer. While not her best disc during the late '80s/early '90s, Late Night Grande Hotel is a solid effort with some of her most mature material to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1991
  • Label: Polygram Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008811030629
  • Catalog Number: 10306
  • Sales rank: 31,168

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Just Another Morning Here - Nanci Griffith (4:24)
  2. 2 Late Night Grande Hotel - Nanci Griffith (3:36)
  3. 3 It's Too Late - Nanci Griffith (2:19)
  4. 4 Fields of Summer - Nanci Griffith (4:20)
  5. 5 Heaven - Nanci Griffith (3:30)
  6. 6 The Power Lines - Nanci Griffith (2:38)
  7. 7 Hometown Streets - Nanci Griffith (4:13)
  8. 8 Down 'N' Outer - Nanci Griffith (2:46)
  9. 9 One Blade Shy of a Sharp Edge - Nanci Griffith (2:59)
  10. 10 Sun & Moon & Stars - Nanci Griffith (4:25)
  11. 11 San Diego Serenade - Nanci Griffith (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nanci Griffith Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tanita Tikaram Vocals
Mo Foster Electric Bass
Rod Argent Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocal Harmony
Phil Everly Vocals
Levine Andrade Viola
Mark Berrow Violin
Fran Breen Drums
Barry Burton Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ben Croft Violin
Mitch Dalton Guitar, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar
David Emanuel Viola
Roger Garland Violin
Wilfred Gibson Violin
Roy Gillard Violin
Tim Good Violin
Peter Gorisch Bass, Cello, Fretless Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
James Hooker Keyboards
Paul Kegg Cello
Helen Liebmann Cello
Martin Loveday Cello
Pat McInerney Percussion
Peter Oxer Violin
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Johnathan Rees Violin
George Robertson Viola
Robert Smissen Viola
Peter Van Hooke Percussion, Drums
Barry Wilde Violin
David Wookdcock Violin
Gavyn Wright Conductor
Byrd Burton Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
James McLeod Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Composer, Lyricist
Rod Argent Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
John Acock Studio Manager
Mitch Dalton Contributor
James Hooker Composer
Simon Hurrell Engineer
Bill Kennedy Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mike Ross Engineer
Peter Van Hooke Producer
Vartan Art Direction
John Woodfull Art Direction, Illustrations
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