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Flyer

Nanci GriffithAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HG5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Flyer
2. Nobody's Angel
3. Say It Isn't So
4. Southbound Train
5. These Days In An Open Book
6. Time Of Inconvenience
7. Don't Forget About Me
8. Always Will
9. Going Back To Georgia
10. Talk To Me While I'm Listening
11. Fragile
12. On Grafton Street
13. Anything You Need But Me
14. Goodnight To A Mother's Dream
15. This Heart

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Nanci Griffith has worn her success well. Along with Lyle Lovett, she has sold the most records of any Texas singer/songwriter, and she has done so on her own terms. Flyer is a jaunty, sometimes driving collection of original songs exploring the politics of the heart and featuring a number of effective guest artists, most notably members of the Counting Crows, Dire Straits, and even R.E.M. But Flyer remains central to her growing body of work for the songs, some of Griffith's most poetic and concise, moving at once beyond a purely Texas folk style and into folk-rock, and yet staying true to her narrative gifts. --Roy Kasten

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing CD May 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was the CD that started it all for me - it's not lonely any more, having been joined by 8 other Nanci Griffith CDs since I bought it. It is a remarkable album - her songs are wonderful, the harmonies beautiful, the lyrics stories in themselves. And despite her distinctive voice and sound, there is real variety, from the slower melodies to more the 'pop'-ier sounding ones. And her duet with Adam Duritz "Going Back To Georgia" is a real high point on the CD, as their voices simply mix magically.
I bought the CD for one song, and ended up loving the whole thing so much that I lent it out to as many friends as I could, many of whom ended up buying it. If only I could convince everyone to do so! Nanci Griffith is a powerful songwriter, singer and, to top it off, story teller. I've found it to be the same with her other albums, but I think that this remains her best because it showcases her range and abilities more than some of the others (all of which are great, too, mind you). Flyer definitely comes with my highest recommendation.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pages from Nanci's open book August 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
No one ever accused Nanci Griffith of being secretive, private, but when it comes down to it, we don't know much about her personal life. That is, not until "Flyer." Each song is like a page from her diary, and if you're a Nanci fan at all, that makes this a must-have.
So it hits and misses, musically, but it does it with the awkward grace of Nanci herself, with this kind of unabashed, blurty admission of truth, maybe not always clean and perfectly wrought...but honest.
Which makes the inclusion of the Julie Gold song, "Southbound Train," very strange on a cd FULL of Nanci originals, but I guess it spoke to her, and if you look at the lyrics you can see why, see how it tells a little more the story of our flyer Nanci.
"Goodnight to a Mother's Dream" might be the saddest song she's ever written, and it's certainly done more for me than any other, as far as shedding light on Nanci herself. Little girl raised to be strong, to be independent, to take care of herself and think for herself -- and what does it get her? "I've got love enough for two, but it's just me and this old moon." And I just want to reach out and shake her for this, for all this earnestness, this beautiful woman's belief somehow that she's "plain as plain can be" and tell her just how grateful I am for all she's given me. "I am the heart not taken," she says, "the one thought not worth breaking. I am the late-blooming rose with only a mother's dream to hold." Wonderful, heartbreaking stuff. And man, I love Nanci for it, and I feel a whole lot closer to her from having heard this song, this album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your New Best Long-Lost Friend July 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Nanci Griffith album I ever heard, and it remains one of my favorites, and is the one I recommend to people who are just discovering her incredible talents. I used to listen to it every Saturday morning while working as backup bookkeeper at my local Borders---it was in the pile of tapes owned by the office manager. Everything about it grabbed me fast: her lovely voice, the poetry of the songwriting, the mix of sorrow and sass. It felt from the beginning as if I knew this woman, as if she were writing and singing with me in mind...
I think my favorite song on this album is "Grafton Street," a track on which the Chieftains perform backup duties. Over an intriguing percussive beat, the harp-strings shimmer, and then Griffith begins to sing a plaintive melody line, telling a simple memory-story in simple, clear language, a story which goes straight to my heart, an arrow accurately shot. And all Griffith's shots are accurate.
The ordinariness of her subject matter is deceptive. In focusing on the commonplace (a train trip, a card game, a city snowstorm), she effortlessly connects us to all the big universal truths (love, loss, struggle, solitude) and sings them so beautifully. You'll want to buy every single Nanci Griffith CD, but start with this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best... My favorite May 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'll start by saying that I have been listening to Nanci Griffith for my entire life.*(15 years)* That's because she is one of my mother's favorite artists, so I'm quite familier with her work. But out of of all her albums, Flyer is totally my favorite. I think that it's somewhat diffrent from her other albums, with more flow, and less, as I call it, twang. You know, that country sound. I like that.

It's hard to name my favorite song. Most likely Southbound Train, or Goodnight to Mother's Dream.

Southbound Train, to me, is everything lonely and sad whenever I hear it. The kind of sound that makes my heart twist around in this weird way, just listening to that piano and her voice.

I'm sitting on a southbound train

Staring at the sky

I'm thinking of my childhood

And I'm trying not to cry

While a stranger sleeps against me

And it feels like I'm his wife

Towns and cities flutter past

Like the pages of my life

And I love Goodnight to Mother's Dream, even though I'm not sure why. In a way, it just connects with me, the lyrics and music. And the chorus is beautiful.

And the sailors on the water

...They all want the captain's daughter

They want her beauty and her youth

To grace their bow out on the sea

Me, I'm getting older and I'm plain

As plain can be

Got a bank full of mother's dreams

Maybe mother just didn't see

That love would be the only thing

Her daughter would ever need

The rest of the album is just as perfect. "Always will," "Talk to Me While I'm Listening", "Fragile", And "On Grafton Street" are particularly amazing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I had this album when I was a kid. As good as I remember it being. The cd came in great condition. Would buy from this vender again.
Published 11 months ago by Joe alfaro
4.0 out of 5 stars Another quality Cd
Yes, I am a fan of hers. Own most of her CDs, been to a couple of concerts. Esp like ot when she works with Tom Russell. Just good down home music.....
Published 12 months ago by s. layne
5.0 out of 5 stars her best
Of all her CD's this is my favorite. You can't help but sing along with the clever lyrics and grand melodies.
Published 19 months ago by Placid Lane Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nanci Griffith Flyer
Item was in perfect condition; exactly as I expected. The album contains many of my favorite songs by this artist. Glad to have it.
Published on August 7, 2012 by bfinn
2.0 out of 5 stars Nanci Griffith with no Country folk in any song.
This album has no country-folk in it as in so many of her recordings. It was too pop oriented for me.
Published on April 9, 2012 by Don Bob Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Flyer rebuyer
I was in the long over due process of replacing cassettes for CDs. Great price, arrived really fast and in perfect condition.
Published on August 3, 2011 by Lolo
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring favorite
I picked up this CD in a used record store around 1996. It immediately became a favorite, and it has stuck in that position since. Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by J. Jerome
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely voice, lovely music.
I love this album. I had known very little of Nanci Griffith before my brother gave it to me. I have heard a great deal more since, all memorable, but this remains my favorite. Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by Faerlyte
5.0 out of 5 stars Flyer is Nanci's masterpiece
Every significant musical artist has one work that is their standout and for Nanci Griffith, Flyer is that standout work. Read more
Published on February 1, 2009 by Nancy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't live without it
I actually bought this CD again to replace the first one that I lost in a move. I went a few months without this CD and found myself missing it, like an old friend. Read more
Published on August 15, 2005 by First time mommy
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