The MCA Years: A Retrospective

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This single-CD compilation from 1993 features a dozen and a half sides from Texas singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith guitar/vocals during her four-year/five-disc deal with the Nashville branch of MCA Records, offering a well-balanced selection of her best-known and loved works as well as a few equally seminal deeper tracks. Lone Star State of Mind 1987 is signified by over a quarter of the album, including "Trouble in the Fields," "From a Distance," "Ford Econoline," and a remake of the heartfelt life saga "There's a Light Beyond These Woods Mary Margaret," which had originally appeared as the title composition from Griffith's debut LP, There's a Light Beyond These Woods ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This single-CD compilation from 1993 features a dozen and a half sides from Texas singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith guitar/vocals during her four-year/five-disc deal with the Nashville branch of MCA Records, offering a well-balanced selection of her best-known and loved works as well as a few equally seminal deeper tracks. Lone Star State of Mind 1987 is signified by over a quarter of the album, including "Trouble in the Fields," "From a Distance," "Ford Econoline," and a remake of the heartfelt life saga "There's a Light Beyond These Woods Mary Margaret," which had originally appeared as the title composition from Griffith's debut LP, There's a Light Beyond These Woods 1978. Half of the tunes from the critical and commercial breakthrough Storms 1989 are featured on MCA Years: A Retrospective. "Listen to the Radio," "I Don't Want to Talk About Love," the international hit "It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go," "If Wishes Were Changes," and "Drive-In Movies and Dashboard Lights" are here, and each would respectively remain among the core seminal sides from her performance repertoire. One Fair Summer Evening 1988 -- Griffith's first live album -- is meagerly represented with Eric Taylor's who is also Griffith's ex-husband "Deadwood, South Dakota." Sadly, the hauntingly beautiful "More Than a Whisper" is not on this collection. By contrast, a healthy sampling of her next studio release, Little Love Affairs 1988, is included with "Outbound Plane" and "I Wish It Would Rain" as well as the deeper "So Long Ago" and "Gulf Coast Highway." Although the uniformly excellent Late Night Grande Hotel 1991 would be her final full-length release on MCA, Griffith goes out in style with help from a notable knob-tweaker, former Zombies' leader Rod Argent. While "Just Another Morning Here" and the title song, "Late Night Grande Hotel," are incorporated, sadly absent is her stellar rendition of Tom Waits' "San Diego Serenade" or the dark and powerful "The Sun, the Moon & the Stars." There are several anthologies available from Nanci Griffith's mid- to late-'80s and early-'90s material, and without question, this is an adequate compilation. However, From a Distance: The Very Best of Nanci Griffith 2002 includes an additional four selections, while the double-CD package Complete MCA Studio Recordings 2003 has all four long-players as well as three bonus selections -- which make their first domestic North American appearance. That said, however, MCA Years: A Retrospective is more than sufficient for the average listener.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1993
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008811091422
  • Catalog Number: 10914
  • Sales rank: 191,399

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nanci Griffith Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Pat Alger Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
John Stewart Electric Guitar
Eric Taylor Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee Vocal Harmony
Rod Argent Synthesizer, Drums, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Donahue Electric Guitar
Phil Everly Vocals
Lloyd Green Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Jon Goin Guitar, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar
Fran Breen Drums
Charlie Bundy Vocal Harmony
John Catchings Cello
Pat Donaldson Electric Bass, Mandocello
Philip Donnelly Electric Guitar
Béla Fleck Banjo
Emory Gordy Electric Bass
James Hooker Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocal Harmony
David Hungate Electric Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Upright Bass
John Jarvis Piano
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Drums
Bernie Leadon Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandocello
Mac McAnally Vocals
Neill MacColl Electric Guitar
Rick Marotta Drums
Pat McInerney Percussion
Mark O'Connor Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Violin, Viola
Peter Van Hooke Percussion, Drums
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Acoustic Guitar
Richard West Acoustic Guitar
Byrd Burton Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Marc Donahue Emulator
Doug Hudson Vocal Harmony
Denice Franke Vocal Harmony
Lucy Kaplanski Vocal Harmony
Denny Bixby Bass, Vocal Harmony
Danny Flowers Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Producer
Rod Argent Producer, String Arrangements
Tony Brown Producer
Mac McAnally Contributor
Peter Van Hooke Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Daniel Flowers Composer
James H. Brown Jr. Composer
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