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  • Audio CD (June 30, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DI6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hypnotic, rough, beautiful, and unbelievably strong, these songs all have fantastic soul and edge.
Evan Stern
I think every music fan in general will appreciate this really honest CD -- it's not easy to find good music like this anymore.
scherf.com
She sings that song with so much aching beauty that you could just cry if you let yourself feel it.
C. Heinrich

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Heinrich on April 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Lucinda is still amazing, but this debut is phenomenal in its simplicity. Although the songs are all covers (so none of her distinctive songwriting talents are on display), her interpretive skills, vocal abilities, and guitar playing are all top-notch. Sound ordinary? Give it a listen and you won't think so.
There are obviously a lot of Lucinda fans out there, but I don't think many of them have this album. That is a SHAME, because this album rocks. It is so amazing. The clean crisp 12-string guitar playing (by Lucinda), accompanied by a 6-string string guitarist, beautifully harmonize with her pristine vocals. The simplicity of this album (although the guitar playing is far from ameteurish stuff--believe me), which was recorded in a single afternoon, is by no means something to be skeptical about.
If I can only recommend one thing about this album (I can recommend 14 things), it would be the final track, "Satisfied Mind". I've heard this traditional song done by many people (including Mahalia Jackson), but I still think this is the greatest. Lucinda sings the heck out of that song. She sings that song with so much aching beauty that you could just cry if you let yourself feel it. She wrings every bit of emotion she can, to beautiful effect. Too bad most singers today can't seem to do that.
If you like acoustic blues and folk, then I can't help but label this as an "essential recording" in that genre. Get it!!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2003
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"Purist stuff" is what Lucinda Williams called the material she used for this marvelous blusey folksy recording, made in 1978. There's an exquisite simplicity to the music, and superb musicianship; the only intruments are Ms. Williams on a 12-string guitar, and John Grimaudo on a 6-string. Though her voice might not be "perfect", it is remarkably expressive, with a unique and slightly nasal tone, and an elastic range. I find her sound much more satisfying then a lot of what I hear that is currently popular.
The songs are a delight, from the familiar, like the traditional "Motherless Children", to the rarer gems like Memphis Minnie's "Me and My Chauffeur".
Ms. Williams did the terrific cover photo, the remastering is excellent, and the total time is 44:20
This is an easy, peaceful CD, like an old time classic that takes you back to less complicated times, it is a comfort and a treasure.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1998
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Anyone with an ear for blues will appreciate this record. Ms. Williams has a special feel for acoustic blues which few other women can match. If you like artists like Nancy Griffith, John Hiatt, Neil Young, Mary Black and Richard and Linda Thompson you'll love Lucinda Williams.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2006
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...that several reviewers who seem to hate blues and folk music, who find them boring or worthless as genres, have tried to drag down the rating of this priceless early work in Williams' career. Yet this album is a delight in every respect, from the choice of songs to their spare, honest presentation, and it's especially worthy as a showcase for the artist's roots. Give it a try!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Yarbrough (stevey@csufresno.edu) on August 23, 1998
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This is the only one of Lucinda's recordings I had never heard before. I'd give every one of them a five, but this is as good as any. Just Lucinda and a couple of guitars doing blues, country and gospel with no adornment, either in the playing or the singing. Her version of "Satisfied Mind" is enough to make you pick up the Bible and head for the nearest church.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Evan Stern on September 30, 2000
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Recorded over the course of a single afternoon in Jackson Missisippi in the early 1970's, this album is a true testament to the talents of Lucinda Williams. Hypnotic, rough, beautiful, and unbelievably strong, these songs all have fantastic soul and edge. This album is undoubtedly a must for any lover of blues, and pure country.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By scherf.com on May 23, 2005
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Recorded in the late 70s, this is an excellent Blues-based album with a shot of traditionals. Lucinda does a phenomenal job with her acoustic guitar and a dobro at times, it's simple and pure -- no fancy arrangements. It's like the girl with a guitar joined at times by some fellow musicians in the living room and/or on the porch of a cozy home somewhere in the deep South -- even sounds like a nice evening around the camp fire. Great Americana! Her voice had already the edge on this CD which Lucinda fans have gotten to appreciate and treasure over the many years she has been around in the music scene. On this CD she also does "Little Darling Pal of Mine" as well as an excellent version of "Jamabalaya" and of all things the sweet "Great Speckled Bird" and "You're Gonna Need that Pure Religion."

I think every music fan in general will appreciate this really honest CD -- it's not easy to find good music like this anymore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KhyberNY on December 25, 2000
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Took me a long time before I gave in and bought this CD. I did not instantly take to it like I did all the other Lucinda CDs but after a couple of spins, I find myself digging it more and more. More bluesy and some folk tunes here and there but overall, a mini masterpiece, a must have for any Lucinda fan. My only regret was that I waited so long to get it.
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