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West is Lucinda Williams’ first album of all new original
music since 2003’s critically acclaimed World Without
Dubbed “America’s Best Songwriter” by Time Magazine, she more
than lives up to that title through hypnotically aching songs
of love gone wrong, loss, and the overall quest for
from the strictures of
Americana, or even
rock, yet still grounded in them, Lucinda sounds positively
may well be her best album. It is easily her most musically
adventurous, and often her most lyrically inspired."
Iggy Pop with demon energy, Neil Young with better poetry,
Lou Reed with more defined arms and, according to Elvis
Costello, Keith Richards in a feminine form."
- Finish this line from "Are You
Alright?" correctly to enter.
"I looked around me and you were _____."
“The songs deal
with a chapter in my life… there’s a lot of pain and
struggling, but it ends with a look towards the future.”
- The new track, "Are You
Alright?" is now available for download, exclusively at iTunes
- West is Lucinda Williams’ first album
of all new original music since 2003’s critically acclaimed World
Dubbed “America’s Best Songwriter” by Time Magazine, she more than
lives up to that title through hypnotically aching songs of love
gone wrong, loss, and the overall quest for redemption.
- 998 GRAMMY® AWARD — BEST CONTEMPORARY
- ROLLING STONE:
• One of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
• # 10 Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums.
• “Essential Recordings of the 90’s.”
• “...Not only is CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD more perfect than
the two albums that preceded it... but it achieves its perfection
by being more imperfect...not since the openhearted HAPPY WOMAN
BLUES has she gotten so much feeling on tape..."
• One of the “90 Greatest Albums of the ’90s” list.
• #4 on “Top 20 Albums of ’98.”
- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
• “...Williams has rarely sounded better.” Rating: A
• #31 in Mojo’s “100 Modern Classics” — “[A] bluesy, rootsy album,
its fatalistic pull resonating with anyone who has loved and
- Lucinda Williams, universally hailed
as a major talent by both critics and fellow musicians, is now
considered to be one of America’s
finest singer-songwriters. Over the course of three decades of
performing and recording, Williams’ sound had evolved into a
blend of country, blues, folk, and rock. Her first four albums —
1979’s Ramblin’ On My Mind, 1980’s Happy Woman Blues,
1988’s Lucinda Williams and 1992’s Sweet Old World — were all
hailed as major works by a major talent, but it was her fifth
album, the much anticipated 1998 Mercury release Car Wheels On A
Gravel Road, that served as her commercial breakthrough,
establishing her as a major artist. Recorded over a period of
three years, with production duties by Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy
(“The Twangtrust”), Roy Bittan and Lucinda Williams, and mixed by
Rick Rubin and Jim Scott, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
earned Lucinda Williams a Gold Album and the Grammy® Award for
Best Contemporary Folk Album.
- DISC ONE: CAR
WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD REMASTERED
- / RIGHT IN TIME /
CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD / 2 KOOL 2 BE
4-GOTTEN / DRUNKEN ANGEL / CONCRETE AND BARBED WIRE / LAKE CHARLES
/ CAN’T LET GO / I LOST IT / METAL FIRECRACKER /
GREENVILLE / STILL I LONG FOR YOUR KISS / JOY / JACKSON /
- ADDITIONAL TRACKS:
- DOWN THE BIG ROAD BLUES PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED /
OUT OF TOUCH PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED / STILL I LONG FOR YOUR KISS
ALTERNATE VERSION FROM THE HORSE WHISPERER SOUNDTRACK
DISC TWO: WXPN LIVE AT THE WORLD CAFÉ
- Live At Penn’s Landing,
Philadelphia, PA, July 11th, 1998
- / PINEOLA / SOMETHING
ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE TALK / CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD /
METAL FIRECRACKER / RIGHT IN TIME / DRUNKEN ANGEL /
GREENVILLE / STILL I LONG FOR YOUR KISS / 2 KOOL 2 BE 4-GOTTEN /
CAN’T LET GO / HOT BLOOD / CHANGED THE LOCKS / JOY
CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD
• Features a newly remastered version of the album!
• Three additional songs (two previously unreleased) — an
alternate version of “Still I Long For
Your Kiss,”the blues-drenched studio out-take “Down The Big
Road Blues,” and the original
unissued version of “Out Of Touch,” both recorded during the
first Gurf Morlix produced sessions in
Previously unreleased full concert performance from WXPN LIVE
AT THE WORLD CAFÉ
recorded July 11, 1998
• Features thirteen performances drawn from the Car Wheels
album, as well as riveting versions of some
of her earlier-penned songs “Pineola,” “Hot Blood”and “Changed
• Includes guest performers Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris,
Charlie Sexton and Buddy Miller.
• Deluxe digipak packaging features lyrics, photos and more.
WILLIAMS' CLASSIC CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD
REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 2-CD DELUXE EDITION WITH
COMPLETE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 1998 CONCERT AND MORE
With a new Lucinda Williams album this fall, her most rapturously
acclaimed and best-selling album to date receives the expanded
Deluxe Edition treatment. The two-CD Car Wheels On A Gravel Road -
Deluxe Edition (Mercury/Lost Highway/UMe), released October 24,
2006, adds a pair of previously unreleased studio tracks plus an
alternate version of "Still I Long For Your Kiss" heard in The
Horse Whisperer and an entire previously unreleased 1998 live
performance to a newly remastered edition of the
singer-songwriter's most celebrated and beloved album.
Six years since her previous album, 1998's long-anticipated Car
Wheels On A Gravel Road was worth the wait. The 13-song
collection's passionate, sharply detailed accounts of love, loss
and longing were matched by the deceptively laid-back intensity of
Williams' performances and those of guest artists that included
Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Sexton, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy
Miller and the E Street Band's Roy Bittan. Topping many year-end
critics polls and landing Williams her first gold record, the
album also won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album,
despite being her least folkish work. A masterwork of roots rock
woven through with folk, honky-tonk country and blues, the album
(her fifth) marked her artistic and commercial breakthrough after
a near 20-year recording career.
Augmenting the original album on Disc One are two outtakes from
the album's initial 1995 Austin sessions--the Williams original
"Out Of Touch" (which she would re-record for 2001's Essence) and
a stripped-down reading of the 1920s blues classic "Down The Big
Road Blues"--and the alternate "Still I Long For Your Kiss."
Disc Two captures a spirited live performance, recorded July 11,
1998 at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia for WXPN's "Live At The
World Café" radio show. Featuring Williams' then-current touring
band, the set encompasses nine numbers from Car Wheels On A Gravel
Road (the title track, "Metal Firecracker," "Right In Time,"
"Drunken Angel," "Greenville" "Still I Long For Your Kiss," "2
Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten," "Can't Let Go" and "Changed The Locks") and
four earlier favorites ("Pineola," "Something About What Happens
When We Talk," "Joy" and "Hot Blood"). The concert as well as the
Disc One bonus tracks have also been newly digitally remastered.
What was said of Car Wheels On A Gravel Road in 1998 is still true
today: "In a world inundated with cookie-cutter, Lilith-ready
wimps," wrote Entertainment Weekly, "there's enough gravel on
Williams' wheels to fill a West Texas dump truck."
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