The Last of the True Believers

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is Nanci Griffith's fourth and final release on Rounder Records' folk subsidiary, Philo. At the time Griffith relocated to Nashville, TN, her decidedly Texan sense of musicality had already begun developing subtle hues of Appalachia as well as the cosmopolitan country that would inform her mid- to late-'80s stint on MCA. However, it is the overwhelming strength and conviction in the singer/songwriter's original material on The Last of the True Believers that remain indelibly impressed upon enthusiasts and critics alike. As such, Griffith has retained a copious sampling from the disc in her subsequent live performance repertoire. Griffith's crystalline vocals are ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is Nanci Griffith's fourth and final release on Rounder Records' folk subsidiary, Philo. At the time Griffith relocated to Nashville, TN, her decidedly Texan sense of musicality had already begun developing subtle hues of Appalachia as well as the cosmopolitan country that would inform her mid- to late-'80s stint on MCA. However, it is the overwhelming strength and conviction in the singer/songwriter's original material on The Last of the True Believers that remain indelibly impressed upon enthusiasts and critics alike. As such, Griffith has retained a copious sampling from the disc in her subsequent live performance repertoire. Griffith's crystalline vocals are well matched to the warm, earthy acoustic instrumentation on the intimate "More Than a Whisper" and "The Wing and the Wheel." At times, the delicate interplay creates a mutual envelopment of the human vocal instrument with that of the stringed nature -- most notably on the heartfelt "Love at the Five and Dime." By way of contrast, Griffith defies her somewhat introverted image on the tongue-in-cheek no pun! love song "Looking for the Time Workin' Girl" and the effervescent waltz "Love's Found a Shoulder." Lying nestled between are spry melodies such as "Banks of the Pontchartrain," featuring some nice picking from Béla Fleck banjo, and "Goin' Gone," which perfectly captures some of Lloyd Green's finest pedal steel work on the disc. Griffith's pure and otherwise unaffected performance style would continue to carry through her subsequent efforts, most notably Lone Star State of Mind 1987, which in many ways is a companion, rather than simply the follow-up, to The Last of the True Believers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671110929
  • Catalog Number: 711109
  • Sales rank: 60,322

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nanci Griffith Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Pat Alger Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Hi String
Tom Russell Choir, Chorus
Lyle Lovett Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Richard Dobson Choir, Chorus
Lloyd Green Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Curtis Allen Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Robin Batteau Violin
John Catchings Cello
Philip Donnelly Electric Guitar
Béla Fleck Banjo
Marlin Griffith Choir, Chorus
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass, Upright Bass
Robert Earl Keen Jr. Choir, Chorus
Kenny Malone Percussion, Drums
Mark O'Connor Mandolin, Violin, Mandola, Mondoline
Maura O'Connell Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rachel Peer-Prine Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Gove Scrivenor Autoharp
Ralph Vitello Piano
Richard West Guitar, Mandolin
Rick West Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Producer, Artwork, Cover Design
Pat Alger Artwork, Graphic Design, Cover Design
Lou Reed Composer
Jim Rooney Producer
Curtis Allen Engineer
Bernie Grundman Remastering
Mark O'Connor Contributor
Denny Purcell Mastering
Ralph Vitello Contributor
Mark Miller Engineer
Frank Golden Cover Photo
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