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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0000003S0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The album cover shows Nanci Griffith standing outside a Woolworth's, holding a book of poetry--a recurring motif in her album art--while lovers dance behind her. That combination of the most quotidian, small-town details and the most committed but rarely pretentious poetic ambition is the key to Griffith's art. Her fourth and final album for Philo, a quiet masterpiece of the Texas singer-songwriter's style, weaves together a spunky, newgrass sound (courtesy of Bela Fleck and Mark O'Connor) and songs of leaving home and leaving lovers. --Roy Kasten

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Some day, as others have said, I really hope this writer gets a wider respect.
Michael D Johnson
Nanci presents herself very well on this album, writing freely and openly about her life and her loves in a way which we come to admire and respect.
Rob
Every song is a beautiful little story, with Nanci's unmistakable voice bringing passion and sincerity to each tune.
mike holtzclaw

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mike holtzclaw on May 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Nanci Griffith has made so much fine music that it's hard to pinpoint her best album -- but this one's got to be near the top of the list. Every song is a beautiful little story, with Nanci's unmistakable voice bringing passion and sincerity to each tune. If you're a Nanci fan and you don't have this one, shame on you. And if you're looking for an introduction to this wonderful artist, start with this one and the two "Other Voices" discs and go from there. A real gem.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have been a Nanci fan for almost 15 years and this is my all time favorite CD. Here Nanci sings some of her best written songs ever as well as a few by selected artists such as Eric Taylor and Bill Stains. The Blue Moon Orchestra was better back then befor they became "synthesized". Just good pure folk-a-billy music coming from one of the most honest singer/songwriters of our time. A must for your collection!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rob on January 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
On what seems to be widely regarded as the-must-have Nanci Griffith album, this eminently loveable lady from Texas does just about everything she can to steal her way into your heart, your soul, your world, not to mention your cd collection. Using her trademark voice and brute honesty, she achieves her goal in every respect. Try as you might you'll find no misses, duds, or weak tracks on this album. Instead you'll hear delightful songs, one after the next, each recorded in a manner which suggests thoughts of sincerity, humility, even decency. Last of the True Believers should be listened to especially by any who swear they do NOT listen to country music. Those who try may soon realize that the genre is not the sonic wasteland they had once thought, rather one which can bring great joy into one's life of listening. (Okay, so you have to be reaally selective.) While enjoyable at any time or day of the week, like any great record, it might be best suited to lazy Sunday afternoons or quiet evenings at home. Just put it in, push play, and get comfortable. Don't waste any effort making sure that the remote is in an easily reachable place, in case you feel the need to skip over a dull track now and again. You won't, I promise. And the songs are indeed country, but they're each just great songs in themselves, regardless of the style they're played in. See what I mean on tracks like "The Wing and the Wheel" and "Love at the Five and Dime", as well as the very poetic "Goin' Gone". And don't be surprised to find yourself singing along with tunes like "St. Olav's Gate" with it's rousing, uplifting chorus. Nanci presents herself very well on this album, writing freely and openly about her life and her loves in a way which we come to admire and respect.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Tiernan on May 25, 2002
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Every song on this album is a story that invites the listener in to become a part of it. The songs are well-written, well-sung and well-produced. But the most important part of this album is Nanci's heart. Her voice seems to echo what she feels in her heart when she sings..and this album is one of the best she's ever done.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael D Johnson on April 25, 2003
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I second all the other reviewers. To me, I find that this album puts Nancy Griffith in an exclusive class among the very finest of songwriters of our time. "Ponchartrain" does something few writers can do: write eloquently about the love of place, and to do it with melody that carries the words as freely as the spirit in those words. I WANT to see Lake Ponchartrain someday because of this song. There is so much going on in these lyrics... setting the scene with that other French-American locale, Montreal, and, like a lover who finds absence makes the heart grow fonder, realizes she must go back. In short, a simple sounding tune that is layered with a lot more than meets the ear initially. "Love's Found A Shoulder", is like diamond-cutting-- so exact in word choice that that the reult is so beautiful you cant really see the effort that went into it. Some day, as others have said, I really hope this writer gets a wider respect. Those of us who have found Nancy Griffith's songs know already that we have a found a true musical artist. I simply don't know of a better songwriter, regardless of genre or gender.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have now bought eleven of Nanci Griffith's recordings including this one. This is a Must Have along with "Blue Roses" and "Storms". Nanci Griffith sounds outstanding when she sings Looking For the Time and Banks of the Ponchatrain. I swear by all the stars in the sky that I will see her in concert one day. I want so very much to meet her.--Robert Metz
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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"The Last of the True Believers" is the crowning glory of Nanci Griffith's remarkable talent and career. I t remains, one of the greatest singer/songwriter albums of all time.
Consistently plagued with the "is she country, is she folk?" question that a label obsessed music industry must asked, Griffith has yet to achieve the higher profile commercial success that many of her peers have. This, however, does not diminish to power and glory of this wonderful album.
Full of first rate songs inhabited with intriguing characters and dressed with lovely melodies, the album is a music lovers delight and one that belongs in every collection. Sad it isn't the household name it deserves to be.
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