The Essential Collection

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All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Rounder's celebration of Bill Morrissey's 20th anniversary as a recording artist, dubbed The Essential Collection, is a hearty 20-track collection culling at least one track from each record he's released over the years, except for the duet album with Greg Brown, Friend of Mine. The label did a fine job assembling the tracks with a comfortable flow to showcase Morrissey at his poetic best, and while all of these songs are welcome collected together in one place, the three new tracks Morrissey recorded for inclusion on the release are the biggest treat here. "Fifty," his affirming song that distills the stereotype of those "over the hill," is a stripped-down, comical ...
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All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Rounder's celebration of Bill Morrissey's 20th anniversary as a recording artist, dubbed The Essential Collection, is a hearty 20-track collection culling at least one track from each record he's released over the years, except for the duet album with Greg Brown, Friend of Mine. The label did a fine job assembling the tracks with a comfortable flow to showcase Morrissey at his poetic best, and while all of these songs are welcome collected together in one place, the three new tracks Morrissey recorded for inclusion on the release are the biggest treat here. "Fifty," his affirming song that distills the stereotype of those "over the hill," is a stripped-down, comical number that appears early in the collection and boasts, "Hey you kids, this ain't no jive/But I've seen the Beatles live," and as if to rub it in a bit further he croons another benefit of being born a half century ago: "Best of all, I can't get drafted." The other two new tracks, "Just Today" and "Boston Eyes," close out the collection. "Just Today" is a playful, jaunty folk-pop number and "Boston Eyes" features a more subdued melody, but both are played with the easy, freewheeling confidence fans have come to expect from Morrissey and will, no doubt, be a big draw to this collection for fans of his work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661159525
  • Catalog Number: 611595

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barstow (3:22)
  2. 2 Inside (2:57)
  3. 3 Robert Johnson (4:42)
  4. 4 Fifty (2:26)
  5. 5 These Cold Fingers (4:08)
  6. 6 Ice Fishing (3:13)
  7. 7 Just Before We Lost the War (3:30)
  8. 8 Avalon Blues (4:49)
  9. 9 Letter from Heaven (1:54)
  10. 10 Handsome Molly (3:31)
  11. 11 Different Currency (4:03)
  12. 12 Cold Cold Night (2:16)
  13. 13 Small Town on the River (3:58)
  14. 14 You'll Never Get to Heaven (3:40)
  15. 15 Birches (3:22)
  16. 16 Long Gone (3:44)
  17. 17 23rd Street (3:51)
  18. 18 Joe Turner Blues (2:38)
  19. 19 Just Today (3:10)
  20. 20 Boston Eyes (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Morrissey Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Peter Keane Guitar
Patty Larkin Guitar
Suzanne Vega Vocals
David Torkanowsky Piano
Duke Levine Electric Guitar
Seth Austen Violin, Slide Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar, Octave Violin
Edward Gerhard Slide Guitar
Chris Belleau Trombone
Billy Conway Percussion, Drums
Johnny Cunningham Violin
Richard Gates Bass, Electric Bass
John Jennings Guitar, Electric Guitar
Charlie Jennison Synthesizer
Ron Levy Organ
Bill Morrison Bass
Doug Plavin Drums
Bill "Foots" Samuel Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jamil Sharif Trumpet
Leslie Silvokos Cello
James Singleton Acoustic Bass
Michael Toles Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ
Johnny Vidacovich Drums
David Lee Watson Electric Bass
Ed Peterson Saxophone
Kent Allyn Fretless Bass Guitar
Tom McClung Piano
Amilia K. Spicer Vocals
Kris Delmhorst Cello
Peter Heimlich Guitar
Matt Jenson Wurlitzer
Beverly Woods Piano, Hammered Dulcimer
Technical Credits
Bill Morrissey Composer, Producer
Seth Austen String Arrangements
Edward Gerhard Producer
Scott Billington Producer, Art Direction
Billy Conway Engineer
David Farrell Engineer
Jesse Henderson Engineer
John Jennings Producer
Ellen Karas Producer
Jeff Landrock Producer
Gregg Lunsford Engineer
Bill "Foots" Samuel Horn Arrangements
Rick Watson Engineer
Mark Wessel Engineer
Darleen Wilson Producer
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Scott Alarik Liner Notes
Nancy Given Art Direction
Amilia K. Spicer Vocal Arrangements
Christian Clayton Illustrations
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