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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002PID
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nanci Griffith first built her audience through intimate, well-timed, and energetic concerts. This live set, recorded in August 1988 at the legendary Anderson Fair in Houston, contains her best performances of originals like "Workin' in Corners," "The Wing and the Wheel," and "Love at the Five and Dime," as well as songs by Bill Staines, Eric Taylor, and Julie Gold, songs she helped bring just shy of fame: "Roseville Fair," "Deadwood, South Dakota," and "From a Distance." Griffith learned her craft and got her chops down at Anderson Fair, and her gift for narrative shines brilliantly in her (often hilarious) between-song stories, and her unaffected, twangy whisper. She's backed by the subtlest and most sympathetic of bands, the Blue Moon Orchestra, and there's nary a misstep, a rare thing for a live album. --Roy Kasten

Customer Reviews

Great songs and Nanci's voice sounds great.
William H. Meyer
Other songs, such as Once in a Very Blue Moon, Looking for the Time, and Red Brick Floor are simply a lot of fun.
Had to get the CD...my cassette tape will one day wear out !
Julie Medlin

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "emilyss@mediaone.net" on August 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I take back everything I ever said about Nanci's MCA era records being worse than her Philo or Elektra recordings. This is not just the best Nanci cd, it's among the best live concert recordings ever made.
From a "little song written by Mister Patrick Alger" ("Once in a Very Blue Moon") to the red brick floor that came "straight from the streets of Houston, swiped one night in a pickup truck..." there's not a false note on this album.
Her live versions of favorites like "Working in Corners" and "Trouble in the Fields" take the songs so far beyond what we ever knew they could be on the studio versions -- and they weren't half bad to begin with. The live version of "Working in Corners" is possibly my favorite song of all time.
Any true Nanci fan will tell you, though, that the best part of this cd is the patter -- classic Nanci stories, from the tale of Great Uncle Tootie in the intro to "Trouble in the Fields" to the traveler's guide to Woolworth's stores that leads in to "Love at the Five and Dime" -- "we were driving through central London and we came around the corner and by golly there was a Woolworth's store! And I wanted them to stop the car and let me out so I could go fill up my suitcase with unnecessary plastic objects!" -- this is about as close as you can come to seeing Nanci in concert yourself. Better, even, sometimes, because she plays all the old hits, tracks like "Roseville Fair" and "Deadwood, South Dakota" (a really marvelous Eric Taylor tune) that you almost never hear in shows these days.
There's not much to say, except that this is truly brilliant. If you own one Nanci cd, it should be this one. But then, if you own this cd, it won't be your last Nanci cd, I'd wager. ;) There's no reason not to own this cd. It's among the must-haves for any lover of folk music -- of good music! -- of the latter part of the 20th century.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Peterson on December 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was first exposed to Nanci Griffith when I stumbled upon her music videos on CMT many years ago. This prompted me to buy a cassette of 'One Fair Summer Evening', and I liked it, but lost interest. Years later I stumbled on it again, and the fire was rekindled. Now I have almost all her works on CD, including several imports and a pirate CD or two.
This album is delicious in its mix of songs, made all the more delectable because it is a live album. What's interesting is how much Nanci's stage presence had developed by that time, and how much more it has done so since. Here she still has that timid little-girl voice during the conversations between songs. This has gone away in the proceeding years as she has matured.
Nanci has a huge following in the genre, most probably because of the depth of feeling in her songs, and the warmth that comes through.
This album would rate third or fourth on my list of her albums, preceded by 'Sound Of Loneliness' (a live-concert import from England) and Blue Roses From the Moons. However, I agree with a previous reviewer that I would be hard pressed to choose between them if I could only choose one.
I, too, have several copies of the album, managing over the years to acquire it on LP, CD, and cassette, as well as the video of the concert.
I must disagree with several of the other reviewers in comparing this album to 'Other Voices, Other Rooms'. While OVOR is an important work, and does contain excellent performances, 'One Fair Summer Evening' as a whole is a better reflection of what Nanci is about; where she comes from and where she is going. OVOR is not in my Top Five, and definitely would not be on my list for a desert island. '
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brion Burkett on July 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I used to manage a record store and I could put this album on and sell a copy within minutes. Nanci Griffith appeals to all cultures and musical tastes-basically to anyone with a heart. I have personally given away three of these cd's to friends who now love her music.Utah phillips says that folk music is boring. That may be true, but not in the case of the wonderful Nanci Griffith here at her best. Trouble In These Fields...Roseville Fair...I still cry hearing these songs. These are songs that bring you to a place of hope and humor and a sense of tradition that just isn't that common nowadays. If you only buy one more album ever, make it this one. You won't regret it...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Johnson VINE VOICE on December 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This recording by Ms. Griffith exemplifies the axiom that "less is more," and if I were told that I could only listen to five CD's for the rest of my life, this one would be included. While I've enjoyed her studio recordings, this CD stands alone as a window into the heart and soul of this remarkable artist.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lois_J._Davidson@atlmug.org on November 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
_One Fair Summer Evening_ is the finest live CD I've ever heard. It's about the finest CD of any type I've ever heard, for that matter, except for possibly another Nanci CD like _Other Voices, Other Rooms_. Nanci has brought me back to my roots (my people hail from the head of a holler near Hazard, KY), something I was taught by mainstream society to be ashamed of. This CD opens up your heart and gets you singing. I finally found someone I can sing to in my *native tongue*, as Nanci puts it. This woman is a major talent and I'm shocked that it took me so long to find her. This CD is a good one to start with if you're just getting to know Nanci Griffith. Included are spoken introductions by her to the songs, and most of what she says is a hoot. She's just a plain ol' country gal with an intelligence of the heart that you rarely see. The music on this CD has gotten me through some rough times. What are you waiting for? So many people have taken the time to write reviews about this CD, so that tells you something. Nanci is a Goddess. Even if you collect all her other CDs with these songs, you won't beat this live version.
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