RetroSpecto

RetroSpecto

by Eliza Gilkyson
     
 

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 onSee more details below

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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:
0750532945026
catalogNumber:
3
Rank:
103033

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Primary Artist,Acoustic 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
Don 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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