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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / UMGD
  • ASIN: B0000003U8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With Rounder Records, Cheryl Wheeler found a home. With her first recording for the label, Wheeler steps to the plate and swings with confidence. Don't let the hilarious cover art fool you: from the atmospheric title tune to the gliding hooks in "Silver Lining" to the anti-gun hillbilly honk "Don't Forget the Guns" (with Alison Krauss on harmony vocals), this is a singer/songwriter tour de force. "75 Septembers" has a powerful sweep. An accordion adds a nice touch to a pair of tunes, including the bayou-flavored "Spring." And her paean to her adopted homeland, "When Fall Comes to New England," has become a performance staple. Jonathan Edwards, who produced her first two albums, wisely opts for a spare setting this time out, allowing her songs to shine through. Yet another sterling collection from one of the most sage and sly singer/songwriters on the circuit. --Robert Baird

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This is a long-time favorite of ours, and we purchased this copy as a gift.
Dan Ernst
Great songs, great lyrics, great musical arrangements, distinctive evocative voice and no weaknesses that I can hear.
John Lyons
Cheryl Wheeler's Driving Home is the one CD that I take on every road trip.
Jennifer A. Pinard

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Pinard on November 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Cheryl Wheeler's Driving Home is the one CD that I take on every road trip. It is perhaps my favorite albumn ever. Wheeler is the epitome of a singer/songwriter. I love her voice and the folk-style music is great, but her meaningful lyrics are what truly set her apart. Listening to "When Fall Comes to New England" is like reading a book of poetry. I smile through upbeat "Spring" (I especially love the bridge), weep through the haunting ballad "Almost", and laugh during the satirical (but serious social statement) "Don't Forgent the Guns". This is, in my opinion, her most diverse and best overall album. I love everything she's done, but if you could only buy one of her albums or want to select a good gift...then this is my vote.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is definitely one of my favorite discs. The songs run the full range, from ballad to satire. Every song shows wit and wisdom. Even my least favorite cut, "Orbiting Jupiter", is worth listening to. There is something for everyone.
"Driving Home", the first cut, makes you want to sit and listen, which is probably the message of the song. It sets the tone for the whole collection, which could get a bit heavy. Could. It's broken up nicely by "Don't Forget the Guns", which is a laugh out loud song (and probably reflects best Ms. Wheeler's stage persona--if you have a chance to see her live, take it), and I'm sure it's high on Chuck Heston's top 40. My favorite line from the whole collection comes from this song: "When we pack picnic lunches that's not all we'll bring along/'Cause we'll be packing 45's case anything goes wrong."
My favorite song from the collection is probably "Music In My Room", which brought back childhood memories.
I can't say for sure how many times I've listened to this collection. Were it in album form, I would have worn it out long ago, this I know.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lori Korczynski on June 20, 2002
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I have owned this album for about ten years now and I can honestly say I never get tired of listening to it from beginning to end. Cheryl Wheeler is an awesome storyteller as well as musician. My favorite track off the album is "Act of Nature". The song chronicles the development of a storm on the literal level but also deals with the break-up of a relationship if you listen more closely. There is a little something for everyone: toe tappers like Spring, Music In My Room, Don't Forget the Guns; sentimental slow songs like: Driving Home, 75 Septembers, and Almost. I have seen Cheryl live on a couple of occasions, a treat not to be missed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Following up the brilliant Circles and arrows (the album that first brought Cheryl to my attention) might have seemed a hard task but Cheryl maintained the standard set by that wonderful album. Musically, her style could be described as folk or country but it's actually a mix of the two.
Cheryl's sense of humor is evident in Don't forget the guns, a sarcastic song in which Cheryl ridicules the American obsession with guns.
The title track opens the album in cheerful style, with Cheryl singing about an enjoyable drive through Pennsylvania countryside, listening to the music of Richard Thompson. A different drive home, this time by night, was the inspiration for Orbiting Jupiter. Cheryl sings about the pleasures of listening to music as a teenager in Music in my room. Two other cheerful songs (Spring, When fall comes to New England) extol the joys of those seasons. Cheryl describes the start of a new relationship in Silver lining.
On the reflective side, Cheryl sings of relationships going wrong (Act of nature, Bad connection) and the march of time (75 Septembers - a song in which she asks about how things used to be). There is also a song (Frequently wrong but never in doubt) about somebody who always thinks he's right but rarely is.
This is one of Cheryl's best albums. If you enjoy singer-songwriters with a sense of humor, you will surely enjoy Cheryl's music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Benne on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
These songs keep me going through the day with a melody for every mood. The song "music in my room" is beautifully written and makes severel what I found to be clever references to old favorites in folk and rock. "Orbiting Jupiter" has a haunting melody and a strong under tone that really grabs your ear. Once again she brings her own opinions into the scene with the ride along melody "don't forget the guns". It is a humerous and entertaining editorial on the gun laws of the US. Some of the slower songs that I found to be captivating were "silver lining" and "frequently wrong". The first song has a good message and a beautiful melody, and the other has a sence of reflection or remorse as it tells the story of a man who never quite got it right. I also like the chorus with "never in doubt" because so often we doubt ourselves, and this song makes me think of confidence. I recomend this CD, Cheryl is a wonderful writer and I believe that her words should be spread farther than they are.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James L. Smith on February 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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With due respect to Mary-Chapin Carpenter ( whose
music I like a lot ) nothing she has recorded
matches the stunning consistency of " Driving Home ".
" Driving Home " is one of the ten CDs I always take
with me on any trip of any length - whether its
to the supermarket or New Zealand. Considering
I own several hundred CDs ( admittedly plenty
of which I wish I'd never bought ) this shows I am
a hard-core acolyte.
I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed by " Driving Home ".
Amazon's rating system - allowing a maximum of 5 stars -
is ridiculously restrictive when it comes to a bona fide
classic such as " Driving Home ". It surely deserves
5 stars with an * at a bare minimum.
Buy " Driving Home " and improve your life. Trust me on this.
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