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Cry Cry Cry

Cry Cry Cry, Dar WilliamsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B00000D9WD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fall On Me
2. Cold Missouri Waters
3. Speaking With The Angel
4. The Kid
5. Shades Of Gray
6. Lord, I Have Made You A Place In My Heart
7. By Way Of Sorrow
8. Memphis
9. Northern Cross
10. Down By The Water
11. I Know What Kind Of Love This Is
12. The Ballad Of Mary Magdalen

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When three of our finest singer/songwriters join together in a musical ménage à trois, the least they could do is sing their own material. Yet Richard Shindell, Dar Williams, and Lucy Kaplansky have pulled off a perfect, perverse triumph on Cry Cry Cry, a tribute to fellow tunesmiths from Robert Earl Keen to Greg Brown to Julie Miller. Though the disc begins with a bona fide chart buster, R.E.M.'s "Fall on Me" (with ringing guitars and astonishingly audible lyrics no less), most of the cuts come from such unsung artists as James Keelaghan (a dark, brilliant ballad inspired by Norman MacLean's Young Men and Fire) and Jim Armenti. All three members of this folk music dream team are in excellent voice, alternating ensemble pieces with honed call-and-response. Yet these polished, hush-inducing performances never lose their edge and urgency--this is really what they mean by harmonic convergence. --Kerry Fried

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You'll dance in freedom ever after." January 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After falling in love with Dar Williams thanks to "The Honesty Room" and "The Mortal City," and being somewhat disappointed with her later efforts, I bought "Cry, Cry, Cry" mostly as an introduction to Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky, whose work I'd been meaning to get into.
Now it's true that I've experienced a rather turbulent point of time in my life over the past few years, being a high school student, but "By Way Of Sorrow" is the most life-affirming song I've ever heard. I'm an avid fan of music; unfortunately, some might even categorize me as a hipster. I love music. But I've never cried after hearing a song. Ever. Never before has a song brought me to a state of pure emotion before the stunning cover of Julie Miller's song.
I wept... sobbed... through the rest of the album. But I smiled the whole way through it. Emily Dickinson once wrote, "If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?" By the time you have heard this CD, you *will* discover it.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best in Modern Folk November 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Can you tell by all of the reviews posted here how passionate people are about this record? As a fan of all three artists, my eyes popped out when I spotted the CD in a music store bin in December 1998. It's one of those productions that gives "synergy" a good name, combining all of the best talents of Shindell, Williams, and Kaplansky. The result is lush harmonies, precise and striking instrumentation, and an admittedly electic collection of the artists' favorite songs. I caught one of the group's first performances -- Boulder, Colorado in December '98 -- and read consistently stellar reviews of its coast-to-coast concerts in the ensuing year. A November '99 announcement indicates these guys are to return to their solo careers early in 2000, which could make this CD a collector's item to be treasured for decades. My favorites: Kaplansky's velvet lead vocal and rousing accoustic accompaniment on "By Way of Sorrow;" the perfectly-meshed harmonies on Greg Brown's tongue-in-cheek "Lord I Have Made You a Place in My Heart;" and a better-than-the-original rendition of Shindell's marvelous composition "Ballad of Mary Magdalen," with vocal leads by each singer in turn. Buy this one while it's still in print. You won't regret it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Sung by the Best February 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The premise behind this collection, namely that Shindell, Kaplansky, and Williams cover their favorite songs, works to perfection. Cold Missouri Waters alone is worth the price of the CD. With Shindell's dramatic narrative and subtle phrasing backed up by the rich soprano and alto vocals of Williams and Kaplansky, this has got to be the most exciting song I've heard in over 20 years. The first time through I listened to it repeatedly before continuing with the rest of the CD. Shindell also shines on another "Western," Shades of Gray. If you like Kaplansky or Shindell, this CD is a must.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate folk super group... February 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Cry, Cry, Cry was truly a folk supergroup, consisting of Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, and Lucy Kaplansky. All of them have successful solo careers, and they hail from very different backgrounds. Named after a Johnny Cash song which oddly isn't on the CD (although it was sometimes performed in concert), this CD was recorded by three richly talented people who admired each other but had never sung together until shortly before they walked into the recording studio! Their common ground was songs that they loved, songs by less famous songwriters, perhaps, but songs which are as profound and beautiful as any ever written. Cry, Cry, Cry is as much about compassion and good storytelling as it is about music, but the music here is divine. Williams, Shindell, and Kaplansky compared notes about songs which they loved, decided which to record, and hoped that their experiment would work.
What an amazing feat. Their harmonies are interwoven beautifully in every song; there are no weak songs on this CD. The songs they picked are brutally honest, feel like windows into people's lives, and will have meaning for people across many stages of life. Even though Cry, Cry, Cry broke up eventually, they toured for about a year (maybe longer) and reinvented these songs (and others, equally wonderful) on stages across America. I keep wishing that a live CD will one day be released of some of these performances, for they were profoundly moving. It doesn't seem likely that Cry, Cry, Cry will record another CD in the studio, but that shouldn't deter anyone from picking up this one. It's one of the best acoustic folk CDs ever made.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Missouri Waters December 23, 2004
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I bought this album because I discovered Dar Williams only a year ago and enjoy her music tremendously. I was so used to great female vocalists that I remember skipping over track 2, Cold Missouri Waters, on my first play. Since then, this is the first song I have ever put on SONG-REPEAT on my iPod. The poetic story (thanks James Keelaghan!) and great arangement and vocals totally hooked me. Then reading about the 1949 Montana Mann Gulch Fire on the internet - it seemed unbelievable. What a powerful story! I was reading this story to my 12 year old daughter and I could not keep my voice from breaking down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We need a 2nd album
I Loved the whole album Great voices, Great Stories. bought after listening online. I wish they would get together to record another.
Published 11 months ago by Richard H. Killgore
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this a lot
I mainly listen to this in the car -- good driving music. I've enjoyed the performers individually, so it's great hearing them together.
Published 12 months ago by Queechy3
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Folk Music
Great voices and material make this a must have for folkies. Of course, it doesn't hurt at all that three of these artists already were favorites ofr mine!
Published 13 months ago by K. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Album
These three sound great together. Hmm, 12 more words required, I have no idea why I need so many. My first sentence was all that was needed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by random7
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but...
I have long been a fan of Norman MacLean's book "Young Men and Fire", having read it more than once and given at as a gift to friends and family members. Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Dar Williams cover their favorite modern "folk" songwriters, and Shindell's remarkable "The Ballad Of Mary Magdalene". Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by L. Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites
I remember stumbling across their music and and after listening to it became addicted to their sound almost instantly.
Published on August 29, 2010 by S. Casto
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of work
I had been a fan of Dar Williams for years and, after buying this, I'm a fan of Richard's and Lucy's as well. Read more
Published on July 24, 2010 by Joe Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST!!!!!!!!!
My sister gave me this for xmas a long time ago and it is fantastic if u are a music fan that is open to all kinds of music. I like Dar Williams and that's why i wanted it. Read more
Published on December 27, 2009 by Andrew Rosskam
5.0 out of 5 stars Williams, Kaplansky and Shindell are close friends, and it shows
You have to be truly heartless not to be moved by the performances on this CD. I was reminded of it this summer when Richard Shindell performed James Keelaghan's Cold Missouri... Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by Bob Drake
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