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From a Distance: The Very Best of Nanci Griffith [Original recording remastered]

Nanci GriffithAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Lone Star State Of Mind (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Cold Hearts / Closed Minds (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. From A Distance (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ford Econoline (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Trouble In The Fields (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. There's A Light Beyond These Woods (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Looking For The Time (Workin' Girl) (Live (1988 Anderson Fair))Nanci Griffith 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Don't Wanna Talk About Love (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Drive-In Movies And Dashboard Lights (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. If Wishes Were Changes (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Once In A Very Blue Moon (Live Version)Nanci Griffith 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Knew Love (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Gulf Coast Highway (Album Version)Mac McAnally 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Wish It Would Rain (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Outbound Plane (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Love At The Five And Dime (Live (1988 Anderson Fair))Nanci Griffith 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. It's Just Another Morning Here (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Late Night Grande Hotel (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Hometown Streets (Album Version)Nanci Griffith 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Wing And The Wheel (Live (1988 Anderson Fair))Nanci Griffith 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B000068TO0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nanci's folk-country sound can't neatly be classified (she calls it "folkabilly"), but her deeply confessional songs have earned acclaim for decades. This 22-track collection draws from her prime 1987-1991 MCA period with her hits Lone Star State of Mind; I Knew Love; Trouble in the Fields; Cold Hearts/Closed Minds ; her original recording of Outbound Plane ; four live cuts, and more!

Well, the title is misleading, as this collection showcases only her MCA era; a more accurate designation would be From a Distance: The Best Stuff Nanci Griffith Did After She Left Philo and Before She Went to Elektra, but maybe that's not catchy enough. What is compelling is the music itself. During the period of 1987 to 1991, Griffith wrote some of her best material. She also discovered Julie Gold's classic title song, but found herself floundering commercially in her transition from folkabilly queen to arch chanteuse. Griffith's Philo records are still the most memorable--loose and full of Texas ranginess and sawdust memories. But this compilation is surprisingly satisfying, as it ends just before she began to take herself too seriously. You can hear a tinkling banjo driving "Lone Star State of Mind" and a pedal steel guitar as hillbilly as the Grand Ole Opry on "Ford Econoline." Her little-girl voice modulates to fetching reediness when necessary and even dips into deep Texas in the spoken intros to several live performances. But what stands out is the overall quality of the writing, which turns stunning on the wistful "Gulf Coast Highway" and on "Trouble in the Fields." If the reason for Griffith's status as a cult artist has eluded you, this anthology should go a long way toward clearing up the mystery. --Alanna Nash

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a Treasure July 1, 2002
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I was turned on to Nancy Griffith back in 1988 by a young country western singer attending Manhattan's American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Music. Knowing my interest in music, he convinced me buy "One Fair Summer Evening," which immediately became a seminal part of my music collection.
Now, on one CD you get some of the best songs from that album as well as many other favorites - all beautifully remastered. I compare this lady's musical progression (bear with me here) to Woody Allen's growth as a filmmaker. She is never satisfied to stick with what made her popular. She's always expanding her music to reflect her own personal interests and causes. Sometimes that has led to less than perfect albums. But you have to admire someone who wants to grow as a person and as an artist.
I finally had the privilege of seeing her in concert last December here in NYC (rescheduled from 9/14/01, for obvious reasons). And I repaid a longstanding debt to the guy who connected me with her music so many years ago - I took a lady to the concert who had never heard Nanci's music. In one evening she became a devoted fan.
Do yourself a favor and buy this CD. I'd have to highly recommend "One Fair Summer Evening" also. It includes the song "Red Brick Floor," which is just beautiful. My view is that Ms. Grifffith should be a lot more famous than she is. Her voice and talent are huge. But I have the impression that isn't as important to her as making little pieces of art with her Blue Moon Band.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is This Necessary? June 27, 2002
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As a fan of Nanci Griffith for many years, I was delighted at the prospect of a new "Best of" CD. That is, until I saw that 15 of the 22 cuts on "From a Distance" were previously released together on an earlier compilation, "The MCA Years: A Retrospective," issued in 1993 and still readily available. Which begs the question: Why is this CD necessary? If the material itself is glorious, the marketing motivation for re-re-releasing it is much less so. I would encourage potential buyers of this to instead purchase the earlier compilation, which also includes the great songs "Deadwood South Dakota," "So Long Ago" and "Listen to the Radio," and also buy the live CD "One Fair Summer Evening." Then one would have truly the finest of Nanci Griffith's music from those MCA years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collection! July 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD is fantastic for fans looking for a good Nanci compilation. You get all her greatest songs, including my favorite track, which is a live version of her masterpiece "Love At The Five & Dime." In addition to this live gem, you get all of Nanci's classics, such as "Outbound Plane" and "Gulf Coast Highway," and you can hear how the Bette Midler standard "From A Distance" is supposed to sound!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific, remastered version of an old favorite! September 3, 2002
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Yes, this collection is basically an updated, repackaged version of her early '90s "Retrospective," CD, but this collection has two things going for it over the previous "Best Of" release: it includes more songs, and the music has been digitally remastered. All the songs sound great and are indicative of Griffith's work during her brief stint at MCA Records. (One question: why was "Listen To the Radio" not included in this collection?)
This is a great CD to give to a friend who you want to introduce to Nanci Griffith and it is a great replacement disc for your old, worn-out "Retrospective" CD. After all, you cannot go wrong, this is Nanci Griffith, for Pete's sake!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine collection, unacceptably marketed October 14, 2006
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Others have noted the duplication between this disc and the prior MCA-era collection. I don't have a major problem with a new collection displacing an old one, but I take an even more dim view of the way MCA has titled this project: released in 2002, the "best of" moniker is more than misleading, since these tracks are culled from only five years (the most recent recordings from 1991) and as many albums from an artist who has released gobs of music before and since.

Note that for a few dollars more you can buy "The Complete MCA Recordings", a 2-disc set which includes the four studio albums represented here *in their entirety* (this disc does include a few very good live tracks not on that set). Since Griffith has had few "hits" as such, the song selection for this set really comes down to an editor's choices; there are many equally strong songs from this period not represented here.

Having said all that, on its own merits this is a fine collection, showcasing Griffith's most fertile and appealing songwriting period, after she fully developed her storytelling skill and vocal style but before she gained elder-stateswoman status by helming the "Other Voices" projects. As one might expect from late-80s country-folk, there is a certain sameness of stylistic and production approach here and Griffith's signature woman-child voice can sometimes become cloying. But taken in small doses nearly every one of these songs has the capability to surprise and delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From A Distance-Nanci Griffith March 9, 2008
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I only recently discovered this amazing talent. The album is infectious. Simple yet eloquent work!
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I try to always buy the best of or greatest hits. Every song is great. Sometimes I fall asleep listening to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Brand new; fast service. As advertised. Very satisfied.
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Published 2 months ago by ron r summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selection!
This is very enjoyable. I had several tapes of Nanci Griffith but didn't have my favorites on cd. This is a good way to get them in one recording.
Published 19 months ago by Little One
5.0 out of 5 stars Nanci Groffith CD From a Distance.
Received this CD very quickly. Good condition.

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Published on April 2, 2010 by Fionnuala M. Baerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to make you smile and sing along
Nancy is one of my favorites and because I only have her music on old records, I thought I should get the C Ds The music is great and I love her songs. Read more
Published on November 17, 2008 by crzcarol
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
For the Nanci fan, but don't ever attend her concert unless you want to hear the liberal drivel she seems compelled to dish out.
Published on August 3, 2008 by B. Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE GREAT SONG/RENDITION
Published on March 25, 2006 by Gary E. Pike
3.0 out of 5 stars Somethin's Missin'
A Nanci Griffith compilation without "Spin on a Red Brick Floor"? Without "Workin' in Corners"? Sorry. Read more
Published on February 27, 2004 by Bill Ruoff
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