Singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith performs seventeen songs by her favorite songwriters, among them John Prine, Gordon Lightfoot, Jerry Jeff Walker, Janis Ian and Bob Dylan. She is accompanied by Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, John Pr... more »ine, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harrisamd the Indigo Girls.
Singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith performs seventeen songs by her favorite songwriters, among them John Prine, Gordon Lightfoot, Jerry Jeff Walker, Janis Ian and Bob Dylan. She is accompanied by Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harrisamd the Indigo Girls.
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Media Type: CD
Title: OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMS
Street Release Date: 03/02/1993
Galaspa D. from CHRISTIANSBRG, VA Reviewed on 3/11/2013...
Great CD. I am so grateful someone let it go!
Lauren S. (serablue) from MEQUON, WI Reviewed on 10/25/2009...
This is a hidden gem. The songs on this CD were written by some of the greats (Tom Paxton, John Prine, Bob Dylan), and some of them co-vocalize with Nanci on the CD. As always, Nanci voice is clear and beautiful. The only reason I didn't give this a 5 is that it leans a little bit too far to the 'country' side of things for my tastes.
Beautiful, stunning piece of modern Americana
C. Heinrich | Oyster Bay, NY USA | 05/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my first Nanci Griffith album, and it was something of a gamble (she has her share of critics). But I definitely won in a big way. This album has grown on me so tremendously. This album features an assortment of songs from a long line of great American songwriters (frequently the songwriter is on the track somewhere). The combination of vocals, lyrics, and instrumentation is pure, natural, unforced beauty. The production is clean, bright, and straightforward; no gimmicks or interference. This album is perfect for its genre. Right now, I can't even name the standout tracks. This is a very rare example of an album that is full of standout tracks; not a weak moment from start to finish (and running at just over an hour, with 17 tracks, that's no small feat). True, no new ground is being broken here, but that's exactly the point. It's back to the basics, yet still fresh and modern. Its beauty and simplicity is wonderfully infectious. If this sounds even slightly interesting to you, then I think you're likely to enjoy it. Why this 1993 album isn't priced higher is beyond me. So take advantage of it while you can."
One of the all-time best
Smallchief | 04/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You know the old game about choosing ten CDs to take with you to a desert island to listen to for the rest of your life. Other Voices, Other Rooms would be on my list.
That may seem like excessive praise for a CD that's not overly original and done by a singer who doesn't have one of the great voices of our time. But I love every song on this album -- save "Turn Around." The coincidence of good songs, good arrangements, and the perfect voice for the material makes this CD exceptional. Arlo Guthrie's duet with Nanci on "Tecumseh Valley" (heartbreakingly sad) is one highpoint. Equally sad and equally beautiful is "From Clare to Here." And Bob Dylan's harmonica on "Boots of Spanish Leather" and Don Edward's yodel on a great cowboy song, "Night Rider's Lament," are outstanding. The wonderful "Across the Great Divide" by the late Kate Wolf if another tearjerker. This one is special for me. I've listened to it for years and it never gets tiresome.
Great idea for an album
email@example.com | Las Vegas, NV | 10/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Folkie/singer/songwriters such as Nanci Griffith are the most joyful of live entertainers to watch. Partially because it's almost always in an intimate environment, and you can feel that the performer is almost singing directly to you. Plus the songs have to be heartfelt, or the whole concept just doesn't work. Problem is, most of them can't sell a record to save their lives. Sure, Bob Dylan isn't starving, but let him try to release a few albums without rock accompaniment and see what happens to his record contract. So what do they do?Well, how about releasing an album of songs by the masters of the field, as performed by the featured artist? And have the songwriters themselves perform as backup musicians or singers. Then every few months or so, somebody else can do the same thing, and all of a sudden we'd have some pretty good music being released. For this is one dynamite collection of songs. So what if they're not her songs. They're done in earnest, and open doors to me as to what other artists are capable of. Or sometimes it's nice to hear a song you're familiar with done by somebody else. I actually have had the original album that has "Tecumsah Valley" on it for twenty-five years now. Since we won't be hearing Townes Van Zandt singing anytime soon, this is a great way to revive it. I also find myself playing "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" over and over again, and as the father of four, "Turn Around" leaves me a sobbing ... every time I hear it. Like I said, let everyone take their turn in the rotation. This is a very special album to me."
Folk ambrosia straight from the taproot - drink deep, my fr
Charles Curtis | Jackman, Maine | 05/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This music is soul balm. Every song here is searingly gorgeous. Each an American classic, simply yet elegantly delivered by one of the lushest female voices in the business. With just a touch of Texas twang.
I own Nanci's greatest hits album, as well. It's good, but I have to say that this album is better, since the songs here are just transcendant. I'm unfamiliar with her other albums, but based on these two, I can assure you I intend eventually to collect everything she's ever done.
I really encourage you to buy this album. If you like folk or country, you absolutely will not regret it."
An amazing album
Mr N Forbes-warren | Newport, South Wales, UK | 04/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Need I say more? I adore this CD - not only do you get Nanci Griffith at her best, you also get guesting with her - Emmylou Harris, the Indigo Girls, Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, John Prine and even Bob Dylan on harmonica on her brilliant version of the Dylan classic BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER! This is her first covers album and the better of the two I think, but only just! ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE, a Kate Wolf song, has some beautiful harmonies in the vocals. TECUMSEH VALLEY is another of the strongest tracks and is both a joy but heart-wrenching as well as you listen to the lyrics. If you read Nanci's book OTHER VOICES - A PERSONAL HISTORY OF FOLK MUSIC then you will appreciate these songs even more and maybe be inspired to check out the original versions. DO RE MI is a fun, uptempo track orignally done by Woody Guthrie. SPEED OF THE SOUND OF LONELINESS has been much covered and is another live favourite with a repetitive but infectious riff throughout. FROM CLARE TO HERE is a true classic - orginally done by Ralph McTell, which shows there's more than just the Streets of London for this guy - this one has some Celtic sounds thrown in for effect and works well. NIGHT RIDER'S LAMENT is an old cowboy song done well, but watch out for the yodelling! This is fun, however, done by one Don Edwards. The CD closes with WIMOWEH, a familiar tune which was massacred by Tight Fit in 1982 under the guise of The Lion Sleeps Tonight, itself a 1960s pop hit - WIMOWEH in its proper form, a protest song sung by waiters back in Africa in the 1940s so it would seem, is far better! This CD is recommended to anybody with a love for old folk music done by perhaps the finest female vocalist to ever come from Texas!"