RetroSpecto

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Eliza Gilkyson has had a long, solid career as a writer of hushed, strikingly literate songs that move at their own pace, and while she is certainly accessible enough to have garnered a large audience, she hasn't tried to go out of her way to court one, and this lack of concession makes her body of work refreshingly honest and sturdy. RetroSpecto, released on her own Realiza label, brings together key tracks from the now out of print albums that preceded her signing with Red House Records in 2000, along with a handful of demos and even a Christmas song she recorded in the 1950s when she was just nine years old. It's hardly piecemeal, though, and flows with an obvious ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Eliza Gilkyson has had a long, solid career as a writer of hushed, strikingly literate songs that move at their own pace, and while she is certainly accessible enough to have garnered a large audience, she hasn't tried to go out of her way to court one, and this lack of concession makes her body of work refreshingly honest and sturdy. RetroSpecto, released on her own Realiza label, brings together key tracks from the now out of print albums that preceded her signing with Red House Records in 2000, along with a handful of demos and even a Christmas song she recorded in the 1950s when she was just nine years old. It's hardly piecemeal, though, and flows with an obvious cohesiveness, a measure of how dependable she's been as both a writer and as a performer all these years. Among the highlights is the lead track, "Beautiful Dreamer," which is, well, beautiful, and the stunning and emotionally sincere "Last Dance," where Gilkyson's voice hardly rises above a hoarse and subtle whisper. Gilkyson's version of her own "Rosie Strike Back," a jangling, rocking treatise on spousal abuse that was a key track on Rosanne Cash's King's Record Shop album, is also here, along with the zippy "Getaway." Even the Christmas demo, "A Little Star Came Down," has a charming energy. It's difficult to imagine how Gilkyson ever got lumped into the new age bracket, since she has much more in common with artists like Lucinda Williams or even Dolly Parton than she does someone like Enya. RetroSpecto works as a handy catch-up introduction to this insightful artist who truly deserves a wider audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Realiza Records
  • UPC: 750532945026
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 128,938

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Eric Johnson Guitar
Bonnie Raitt Vocals
Mitch Watkins Guitar
Rick Cunha Bass
Terry Gilkyson Vocals
Christine Albert Vocals
Mark Andes Bass, Guitar
Matt Andes Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Roscoe Beck Bass
Peter Charles Bass
Arthur Gerst Harp
Tony Gilkyson Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Bill Ginn Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Mark Hallman Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Richard Hardy Clarinet, Flute
Doug Haywood Vocals
Michael Hearne Vocals
Robert McEntee Guitar
Steve Meador Drums
Spyder Mittleman Flute
Gary "Smoothie" Roller Bass
Jerry Scheff Bass
Andy Solomon Bass
Aaron Stone Percussion
Tim Timmermans Percussion
Glenn Fukunaga Bass
Jim Christie Drums
Busy McCarrol Vocals
D.J. Bonebrake Drums
Nancy Gilkyson Vocals
John Egenes Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin
Cisco Ryder Drums
Mark Tufty Evans Drums
John Mark Harris Bass
Technical Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Mitch Watkins Composer
Terry Gilkyson Composer
Sam Eskin Composer
Tony Gilkyson Composer
Mark Hallman Producer, drum programming
Richard Dehr Composer
Cisco Ryder Producer
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