These Days

These Days

by Vince Gill
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These Days

Apparently Vince Gill didn't set out to cut and release four albums containing 43 original songs all at once, but as he and some indefatigable musician mates got it rolling in the studio, the songs started piling up. Cutting across genre lines from country to rock to pop to gospel, These Days is not only one of the most audacious projects in country music history but also one of the best -- any one of these albums on its own would be considered among the finest of the year.

Workin' On a Big Chill: The Rockin' Record might also have been subtitled The Rockin' Soul Record, because it plants itself in greasy southern soul and pretty much stays there for 10 songs. A terrific cheating song, "Nothin' for a Broken Heart," features a salty guest turn by Gill's Notorious Cherry Bombs partner Rodney Crowell, and there's an abundance of horn charts influenced by the Memphis/Muscle Shoals axis, as well as chanting female choruses and slinky grooves that might as well have "Allman Brothers" written all over them, especially on the powerhouse workout titled "Bet It All on You." This disc introduces the dramatis personae for the whole project: Al Anderson sits in on guitar and pens more than a few songs with Gill; the guitarists are a Murderer's Row of pickers, numbering Richard Bennett and Steuart Smith along with Anderson (sometimes all playing on the same number, with Gill, a pretty fair picker himself, adding acoustic and electric throughout); and Michael Rhodes handles the bass. Typical of the surprises on the collection, "Son of a Ramblin' Man" (another Allmans connection, anyone?) is a herky-jerky, bluesy groove featuring Del McCoury on vocals and members of his band doing their thing in the midst of some familiar twin guitar solos, a moment that is about as far from bluegrass as the McCourys have ever ventured.

On The Reasons Why, Gill goes from "What You Give Away" (bolstered by a powerful 10-voice choir and an urgent guest vocal courtesy of Sheryl Crow) to a mellow saloon song, "Faint of Heart," that's strictly a closing time come-on, complete with a silky, sensuous guest vocal by Diana Krall, who engages in some cool give-and-take with Gill and adds her own spare, bluesy piano for the proper late-night glow. Later, Trisha Yearwood shows up to really lay the hurt on a sorrowful, jazz-tinged heartbreaker, "This Memory of You." Subtitled The Groovy Record, this disc features some of the most complex emotional scenarios of the set, many far from groovy, but they hurt so good.

Based on the evidence provided by Disc 3, Some Things Never Get Old, subtitled The Country & Western Record, Gill should have been on the scene in the late '40s through the '50s, when he would have fit in perfectly with Bob Wills, Ray Price, Hank Thompson, and Ernest Tubb. This is the prime-time disc in the bunch, so right on the money in every aspect. With Patty Loveless, Gill effortlessly cuts to the heart of the matter on a honky-tonk tear-jerker "Out of My Mind"; the delightful Ray Price-style shuffle "This New Heartache," also manages to cop some lyric quotations from Buck Owens; Gill's aching, graceful waltz "I Can't Let Go" soars with an ethereal harmony from Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski; straightforward and jubilantly rocking, "Don't Pretend with Me" is so true to Ernest Tubb's style of western swing that you can almost smell the sawdust and beer; "Sweet Little Corrina," is something the Everly Brothers might have cut, and indeed, Phil Everly drops by to add a familiar harmony vocal, with a guitar solo that would honor Chet Atkins. Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, and John Anderson (adding some macho assertiveness to Gill's "Take This Country Back," a furious complaint on the dearth of real country music today) all make memorable contributions.

Although subtitled The Acoustic Record, Little Brother is Gill's bluegrass album -- acoustic, yes, but bluegrass right up to the final two numbers, both being sensitive ballads: "Little Brother" and a somber "Almost Home," with Guy Clark enacting the father part of a mysterious prodigal's return song. Elsewhere, high energy rules the day, from the opening, Flatt & Scruggs-style gospel barnburner "All Prayed Up" to the Del McCoury Band's authenticating the earthy heartbreaker "Cold Gray Light of Day," as well as the rowdy road song "Give Me the Highway," both featuring Del's distinctive keening harmonies. Not the least of this disc's virtues is Gill's daughter Jenny singing a captivating high harmony with her dad on "A River Like You."

It's a journey like no other, These Days, and more than worth the price of admission. Gill's sprawling set says something vital about contemporary country music: how enduring and vital its traditions are, and how the past can inform the present in a way that remains ever timely and timeless.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2006
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602498889619
catalogNumber: 000602102
Rank: 28917

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Gill   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,12-string Guitar,Baritone (Vocal),Soloist,Guitar Effects,Guitar (Resonator),Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Alison Krauss   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Del McCoury   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Guest Appearance
John Anderson   Vocals
Guy Clark   Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Patty Loveless   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Trisha Yearwood   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Amy Grant   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michael McDonald   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Phil Everly   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sheryl Crow   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Eric Darken   Percussion,Chimes,Tambourine,Bells,Vibes
Dawn Sears   Vocal Harmony
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Bekka Bramlett   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Mike Bub   Upright Bass
Chad Cromwell   Drums,Tambourine
Mark Douthit   Tenor Saxophone
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Concert Master
Barry Green   Trombone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
John Hobbs   Piano,Hammond Organ,Choir, Chorus,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Jim Hoke   Harmonica
Jim Horn   Horn
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Rob McCoury   Banjo
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Gene Miller   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Doug Moffet   Baritone Saxophone
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Justin Niebank   Choir, Chorus
William Owsley   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Upright Bass
Steuart Smith   Electric Guitar
Dan Tyminski   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Billy Joe Walker   Electric Guitar
Pete Wasner   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Jeff White   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Andrea Zonn   Vocal Harmony
Diana Krall   Piano,Vocals
Charlie Cushman   Banjo
Kim Keyes   Vocal Harmony
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
LeAnn Rimes   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jon Randall   Vocal Harmony
Billy Thomas   Drums,Vocal Harmony
Lee Ann Womack   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Cox   Hammond Organ
Leslie Satcher   Vocal Harmony
Tom Britt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Wes Hightower   Vocal Harmony
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Desmond Pringle   Choir, Chorus
Benny Garcia   Choir, Chorus
Gretchen Wilson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Katrina Elam   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Drea Rhenee   Choir, Chorus
Jenny Gill   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Sonya Issacs   Tenor (Vocal)
Calvin Nowell   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Duet
Rodney Crowell   Duet
Craig Allen   Art Direction
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Terry Christian   Engineer
Vince Gill   Producer,Audio Production
John Hobbs   Producer,Audio Production
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Michael Omartian   Horn Arrangements
Diana Krall   Duet
Jay Orr   Liner Notes
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Otto Kitsinger   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Terry Elam   Management
Larry Fitzgerald   Management
Mark Hartley   Management
William Matthews   Art Direction,Cover Painting

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These Days 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not what I would consider a huge country music fan in general, but this is much more than a country album. My wife is the country fan, but I borrowed her CD's and listened to them in my car while driving to work. This is a mix of pop, rock, jazz, blues, country and bluegrass. I was pleasantly surprised and this only reinforced what a versatile artist Vince Gill really is. He didn't play it safe with just one genre of music here. Good music is just good music, which is what you get with most of this multiple CD set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album brings everything Vince Gill is about musically and artistically to the fore. From beginning to end, this effort is totally enjoyable. 43 gems. He rocks your socks and then strokes you with a sweet romantic Waltz, all without the pretentious "Hey, I'm writing hits here". Vince is not simply a country artist crossing over. He's the quintessential musical, artistic "everyman". You'll hear jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass and traditional style country at it's best on this album. I highly recommend this wonderful 4 cd work, though I wonder how in the world he follows this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vince has created what I believe will become his signature classic album. It includes 43 all new songs on 4 CD’s (each in a different genre – yet keeping close to country as Vince always does). The up-tempo CD includes his signature “rocking” guitar work and guests like Gretchen Wilson and Rodney Crowell. This up-tempo music fits easily into today’s “country” format on country radio. The more hard core country CD should please all those that love to hear Vince sing a more traditional country song with fiddle and guitar (Like he did in his classic CD “The Key”) including guests like Alison Krauss and Lee Ann Womack. The groovy CD is the more ballad oriented love song CD that will please those who enjoy hearing Vince sing his trademark slower ballad songs (With guests like Sheryl Crow and Lee Ann Rimes). The acoustic CD will please all those that love a more stripped down Bluegrass type sound (with guests like Guy Clark and Del McCoury) All in all 43 new songs, that are all pure Vince as the ultimate singer, songwriter and guitarist at the top of his form. The man does it all with class and ease. It also helps he brought along so many friends to flush out the sound he was going for, from Diana Krall to Del McCoury, Phil Everly etc. (a list so long you can take a look at the credits and just say “WOW!”) as far as the superstars Vince asked to contribute to this CD set. This will be the one everyone is talking about at the end of the year on all the “Best Of” lists – for ANY genre of music! Again, this is pure magic. Highly recommended…. Thanks Vince.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always admired Vince's music and I was expecting a lot from this CD...but it far exceeded my expectations. The range of music is unbelievable and the quality of each song is amazing. This is unmatched my any artist out there...to write, produce, and play on 43 original songs and not a dud in the bunch is unprecedented...Way to go Vince!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of cd's from Vince is a masterpiece of musicianship! It's nearly impossible to single one or 2 out(believe me I have tried). Each song is just as amazing as the next! If you have not purchased this wonderful collection you are missing a treat! Put it at the top of your holiday wish list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vince has created what I believe will become his signature classic album. It includes 43 all new songs on 4 CD’s (each in a different genre – yet keeping close to country as Vince always does). The up-tempo CD includes his signature “rocking” guitar work and guests like Gretchen Wilson and Rodney Crowell. This up-tempo music fits easily into today’s “country” format on country radio. The more hard core country CD should please all those that love to hear Vince sing a more traditional country song with fiddle and guitar (Like he did in his classic CD “The Key”) including guests like Alison Krauss and Lee Ann Womack. The groovy CD is the more ballad oriented love song CD that will please those who enjoy hearing Vince sing his trademark slower ballad songs (With guests like Sheryl Crow and Lee Ann Rimes. The acoustic CD will please all those that love a more stripped down Bluegrass type sound (with guests like Guy Clark and Del McCoury) All in all 43 new songs, that are all pure Vince as the ultimate singer, songwriter and guitarist at the top of his form. The man does it all with class and ease. It also helps he brought along so many friends to flush out the sound he was going for, from Diana Krall to Del McCoury, Phil Everly etc. (a list so long you can take a look at the credits and just say “WOW!”) as far as the superstars Vince asked to contribute to this CD set. This will be the one everyone is talking about at the end of the year on all the “Best Of” lists – for ANY genre of music! Again, this is pure magic. Highly recommended…. Thanks Vince.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a great value for the money. fantastic musical experience
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a country music fan. Listened to the clips at BN and was hooked. This is a great record regardless of what kind of music you like. I highly recommend this album to anyone who appreciates great music regardless of the genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To the reviewer Gladys....Vince has a lot of "featuring" singers. They are meant as background vocals NOT as Duets. There are four songs that are true duets on this CD set and they are described as such. The music is wonderfull and because you cannot hear background vocals as clearly as you want does NOT take away from how wonderful and great this music by Vince truly is - if you want an all duet CD buy the latest Tony Bennett!....jmho.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an AMAZING set! I bought it the day it came out & it hasn't left my car yet! This set is STILL in the Top 100 of B&N and also still on the Billboard Top 200 even after 4 months! This is unheard of for a boxed set. Have seen four shows on this Tour & the live set is captivating!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, Vince proves he is the ultimate musician, songwriter and singer. This is an AMAZING collection of music, showcasing his talent in multiple musical genres. From the rollicking up-tempo tunes and gritty honky-tonk country to the tender blues ballads, smooth jazz and high lonesome bluegrass, Vince's talent never falters. I HIGHLY recommend this for any music lover - there's something for everyone. Vince never goes wrong, but this is, I believe, his most incredible release to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Vince Gill and I thought this cd would be great. All you can hear is his voice and not the artists he had sing with him.