The Second Million Miles

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Bill Staines reckons he's driven two million miles to and from gigs and recording sessions. This compilation includes tracks from the albums he recorded for Red House between 1993 and 2004. The tunes were remastered for this album and while there's no startling contrast between these versions and those that appeared on the original albums, this 17-track set will provide a good introduction for those unfamiliar with his work. Staines writes mainly about friendship, travel, the natural beauty of America, and, increasingly, the joys of aging and long-term relationships. Highlights include "Journey Home" with its yearning penny whistle and Celtic melancholy, "Distances and Miles," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Bill Staines reckons he's driven two million miles to and from gigs and recording sessions. This compilation includes tracks from the albums he recorded for Red House between 1993 and 2004. The tunes were remastered for this album and while there's no startling contrast between these versions and those that appeared on the original albums, this 17-track set will provide a good introduction for those unfamiliar with his work. Staines writes mainly about friendship, travel, the natural beauty of America, and, increasingly, the joys of aging and long-term relationships. Highlights include "Journey Home" with its yearning penny whistle and Celtic melancholy, "Distances and Miles," a country flavored meditation on love gone wrong but fondly remembered, and "Where Does the Love Go," another Celtic flavored song of lost love, with a yearning, dramatic arrangement. Staines tips his hat to the muse on "When I Hear the Music Play," a celebration of the power of music and the jaunty "So Sang the River," a rollicking salute to music, travel, and the wide open spaces of the American West. He closes the collection with the old Shaker hymn "How Can I Keep from Singing," a tune that could be his theme song, delivered simply with buoyant waves of swelling synthesizer and his own simple lead guitar embroidering the melody.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651018926
  • Catalog Number: 189
  • Sales rank: 18,702

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Staines Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Jeanie Stahl Background Vocals
Billy Novick Soprano Saxophone, Human Whistle
Melissa Javors Vocals, Harmony
John Curtis Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Gene Elders Violin
Ron Erwin Drums, Bodhran
Randy Glines Bass
John Hill Vocals, Cabasa
Frank Kammerdeiner Cello
Larry Luddecke Piano
Riley Osborne Piano
Paul Pearcy Percussion, Cymbals, Tambourine, Shaker
Stuart Schulman Violin
Paul Sweeney Mandolin
Mike Walsh Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
David Webb Piano
Brian Wood Guitar, Accordion, 12-string Guitar, Hi String
Arty Passes Pedal Steel Guitar
Hillary Foster Violin
Stingy Lapel Percussion, Drums
William Russell Oboe
Nadine Trudel Cello
Mickie Merkens Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Gary VanDuser Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Mary McCaslin Composer
Bill Staines Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
John Hill Engineer
Larry Luddecke Producer, Engineer
Eric Peltoniemi Producer, Audio Production
Brian Wood Producer
Chris Frymire Remastering
Steve Smulian Producer, Engineer
Traditional Composer
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson Cover Photo
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