Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Utah Phillips has become an American folk institution -- or is that an anti-institution? A former union organizer, he might not be well known in the greater scheme of music, but he's certainly worth this four-CD, 61-track box set. What makes it especially fascinating is the fact that each of the cuts is accompanied by Phillips' reflections on the pieces, whether performed by him or others. He's as much a raconteur and philosopher as songwriter. With its mix of live, studio, and unreleased performances, it justifies calling itself definitive, whether on the topical "Talking N.P.R. Blues," which excoriates not only the corporatization on public radio, but also the attitudes...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Utah Phillips has become an American folk institution -- or is that an anti-institution? A former union organizer, he might not be well known in the greater scheme of music, but he's certainly worth this four-CD, 61-track box set. What makes it especially fascinating is the fact that each of the cuts is accompanied by Phillips' reflections on the pieces, whether performed by him or others. He's as much a raconteur and philosopher as songwriter. With its mix of live, studio, and unreleased performances, it justifies calling itself definitive, whether on the topical "Talking N.P.R. Blues," which excoriates not only the corporatization on public radio, but also the attitudes of the FCC. He can be funny, he can be serious, but whatever tack he takes, he makes his point concisely and effectively. He's lived a hobo's life, been there and done that, a symbol of America that's fast disappearing, a time where the ideas of Mark Twain helped define a growing nation. He's known the drifters, the characters, the politicians. Some he's liked, some he's loathed. But along the way he's lived and acted for his conscience and written some fine songs, such as "Yellow Ribbon" and the title cut. For anyone who's a fan of his work, this is a must-have purchase. But even for those less familiar with his canon, it's a vital peek into America as it was, and in some small corner, still is. Hopefully he'll be around for many years to come, remaining an inspiration to a younger generation of troubadours, celebrating people and loudly criticizing what needs to be criticized.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Daemon Records
  • UPC: 767691904726
  • Catalog Number: 19047

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Songbook Introduction (3:23)
  2. 2 Utah on "The Telling Takes Me Home" (1:42)
  3. 3 The Telling Takes Me Home (2:35)
  4. 4 Utah on "Yuba City" (1:47)
  5. 5 Yuba City (2:19)
  6. 6 Utah on "All Used Up" (1:29)
  7. 7 All Used Up (2:19)
  8. 8 Utah on "Frisco Road" (1:14)
  9. 9 Frisco Road (4:19)
  10. 10 Utah on "Queen on the Rails" (1:23)
  11. 11 Queen of the Rails (2:35)
  12. 12 Utah on "Wabash Cannonball/Tolono" (2:54)
  13. 13 Wabash Cannonball/Tolono (4:52)
  14. 14 Utah on "Weepy Doesn't Know" (1:54)
  15. 15 Weepy Doesn't Know (1:57)
  16. 16 Utah on "Funeral Train" (1:14)
  17. 17 Funeral Train (3:05)
  18. 18 Utah on "Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia" (1:24)
  19. 19 Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia (2:15)
  20. 20 Utah on "Phoebe Snow" (1:18)
  21. 21 Phoebe Snow (3:55)
  22. 22 Utah on "He Comes Like Rain" (0:33)
  23. 23 He Comes Like Rain (2:32)
  24. 24 Utah on "The Soldier's Return" (1:23)
  25. 25 The Soldier's Return (2:24)
  26. 26 Utah on "Touch Me" (1:23)
  27. 27 Touch Me (1:49)
  28. 28 Utah on "If I Could Be the Rain" (2:19)
  29. 29 If I Could Be the Rain (1:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Utah on "Starlight on the Rails" (1:29)
  2. 2 Starlight on the Rails (2:53)
  3. 3 Utah on "Talking N.P.R. Blues" (1:13)
  4. 4 Talking N.P.R. Blues (2:04)
  5. 5 Utah on "John D. Lee" (3:51)
  6. 6 John D. Lee (2:43)
  7. 7 Utah on "Dancers" (0:55)
  8. 8 Dancers (1:21)
  9. 9 Utah on "Dog Canyon" (1:32)
  10. 10 Dog Canyon (2:37)
  11. 11 Utah on "Look for Me in Butte" (1:00)
  12. 12 Look for Me in Butte (2:45)
  13. 13 Utah on "Goodnight Loving Trail" (1:29)
  14. 14 Goodnight Loving Trail (3:19)
  15. 15 Utah on "Daddy, What's a Train?" (1:34)
  16. 16 Daddy, What's a Train? (3:07)
  17. 17 Utah on "Fly Away" (1:04)
  18. 18 Fly Away (1:30)
  19. 19 Utah on "Kid's Liberation" (0:43)
  20. 20 Kid's Liberation Song (2:08)
  21. 21 Utah on "Sing in the Spring" (0:33)
  22. 22 Sing in the Spring (2:15)
  23. 23 Utah on "Eddie's Song" (2:20)
  24. 24 Eddie's Song (2:15)
  25. 25 Utah on "Shadow Maker" (1:33)
  26. 26 Shadow Maker (1:57)
  27. 27 Utah on "She'll Never Be Mine" (1:14)
  28. 28 She'll Never Be Mine (2:00)
  29. 29 Utah on "Hood River, Roll On" (1:33)
  30. 30 Hood River, Roll On (2:28)
  31. 31 Utah on "Stupid's Song" (3:07)
  32. 32 Stupid's Song (0:52)
  33. 33 Utah on "Nevada Jane" (2:28)
  34. 34 Nevada Jane (2:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Disc 3 Intro (0:41)
  2. 2 Utah on "Collie Wilkins" (2:11)
  3. 3 Collie Wilkins (3:48)
  4. 4 Utah on "Golden Mansions" (1:39)
  5. 5 Golden Mansions (4:55)
  6. 6 Utah on "A Ragged Old Man" (0:50)
  7. 7 A Ragged Old Man (5:41)
  8. 8 Utah on "Orphan Train" (0:59)
  9. 9 Orphan Train (2:55)
  10. 10 Utah on "The Miner's Lullaby" (1:41)
  11. 11 The Miner's Lullaby (4:37)
  12. 12 Utah on "Wolverine 14 Talking Blues" (1:38)
  13. 13 Wolverine 14 Talking Blues (3:11)
  14. 14 Utah on "I Think of You" (0:54)
  15. 15 I Think of You (4:55)
  16. 16 Utah on "A Clearing in the Forest" (0:23)
  17. 17 A Clearing in the Forest (4:33)
  18. 18 Utah on "Rock Salt & Nails" (1:35)
  19. 19 Rock Salt & Nails (4:18)
  20. 20 Utah on "Twist and a Pound" (0:59)
  21. 21 Twist and a Pound (2:18)
  22. 22 Utah on "Scott's Creek Bluff" (1:19)
  23. 23 Scott's Creek Bluff (3:23)
  24. 24 Utah on "Ashes on the Sea" (2:09)
  25. 25 Ashes on the Sea (4:29)
  26. 26 Utah on "The Faded Roses of December" (1:04)
  27. 27 The Faded Roses of December (4:06)
  28. 28 Utah on "Aces, Straights, & Flushes" (1:23)
  29. 29 Aces, Straights, & Flushes (3:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Utah on "Going Away" (2:29)
  2. 2 Going Away (4:02)
  3. 3 Utah on "Old Buddy, Goodnight" (1:34)
  4. 4 Old Buddy, Goodnight (2:20)
  5. 5 Utah on "Jesse's Corrido" (2:13)
  6. 6 Jesse's Corrido (2:44)
  7. 7 Utah on "Pig Hollow" (1:31)
  8. 8 Pig Hollow (1:44)
  9. 9 Utah on "Enola Gay" (2:45)
  10. 10 Enola Gay (2:32)
  11. 11 Utah on "Larimer Street" (2:19)
  12. 12 Larimer Street (2:53)
  13. 13 Utah on "Walking Through Your Town in the Snow" (1:14)
  14. 14 Walking Through Your Town in the Snow (3:38)
  15. 15 Utah on "Room for the Poor" (1:08)
  16. 16 Room for the Poor (2:12)
  17. 17 Utah on "Trooper's Lament" (3:27)
  18. 18 Trooper's Lament (2:24)
  19. 19 Utah on "I Will Not Obey" (4:57)
  20. 20 I Will Not Obey (2:12)
  21. 21 Utah on "Ain't It Fine" (1:11)
  22. 22 Ain't It Fine (1:47)
  23. 23 Utah on "Killing Ground" (1:51)
  24. 24 Killing Ground (1:41)
  25. 25 Utah on "Judas Ram" (3:30)
  26. 26 Judas Ram (1:25)
  27. 27 Utah on "Yellow Ribbon" (1:08)
  28. 28 Yellow Ribbon (1:52)
  29. 29 Utah on "Rice & Beans" (1:05)
  30. 30 Rice & Beans (3:00)
  31. 31 Utah on "Hymn Song" (1:48)
  32. 32 Hymn Song (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Utah Phillips Primary Artist, Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Saul Broudy Composer
Utah Phillips Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
James Stephens Producer, Engineer
Captain Kendall Morse Producer
David Paton Engineer
Tom Rowe Producer, Engineer
Kate Brislin Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Nancy Katz Composer
Sandy & Caroline Paton Engineer
Bill Schubart Engineer
Jody Stecher Composer
Tom Mudge Engineer
Ken Edwards Engineer
John Yates Construction
Joe Hickerson Liner Notes
Bruce Wheelock Engineer
John "BJ John" Smith Producer, Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Dakota Sid Clifford Engineer
Dave Rowe Mastering
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