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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Acony Records
  • ASIN: B00005KHE3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Welch and Rawlings (aided by T-Bone and a crack band on several tracks) made a stunner of a debut with this 1996 album. Beautiful and timeless sounding, it includes Orphan Girl; Tear My Stillhouse Down; Barroom Girls; One More Dollar; Paper Wings , and more!


Gillian Welch has captured the ethos of mountain music in a way that few lowlanders have managed, and that's just a little disconcerting. Outsiders aren't supposed to be able to infiltrate tight-knit clans. Producer T-Bone Burnett creates intimacy by recording Welch live with a small cast of supporting players, including Welch's partner, David Rawlings. While many of the songs are built around duo acoustic guitars and two-part harmonies, Burnett spices up a few of them up with some neat tricks, mixing an upright bass above the vocals on "Pass You By" and getting a fat, dirty sound out of three instruments. Welch's vocals, meanwhile, are stoical and matter-of-fact as her songs, which are infused with a repressed dread and contrition that's utterly convincing. White gospel tunes like "Orphan Girl" and "By the Mark" feel as if they were culled from hymnals, yet they were written when Clinton, not Coolidge, was president. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

Beautiful, haunting voice, lyrics, and instrumentation.
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Love this music and will be looking forward to future cd's from this artist.
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I listen to it every day, and sometimes even a couple times a day.

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166 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on June 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first saw this cd just a few days after it was released in 1996 -- the cover caught my eye and I took it into a listening booth to give it some attention, away from the cacaphony of the store sound system, which at the moment, I think, was churning out Nirvana. When I closed the door and started the disc, everything outside went away -- it had been a long time since I had discovered someone who was as talented and captivating in style as the music on this cd revealed.
Gillian Welch is not from Appalachia -- but you couldn't prove it by me that day. It was only later that I discovered this fact. Her style of songwriting, singing and playing never EVER comes across as false or contrived -- her heartfelt love of this music brings an honesty to it that is rare and refreshing in these times.
The combination of her songs and voice with the stunning abilities and sensitivity of David Rawlings (who co-wrote many of these songs) makes listening to this music a powerful, transporting experience. His guitar work is simply (and I mean 'simply') exquisite -- I can't find a song on this disc where his accompaniment isn't perfect. The lines he plays provide just the right background and fill, targeting the mood dead-on. I never get the feeling that he's showing off or posing -- he's simply trying to do everything in his power to frame these songs and Welch's voice for the audience to enjoy and appreciate. On the tracks where he sings as well, their voices blend as if they were destined to do so.
There are several standouts in this set, but every single track here is a 'keeper'. 'Orphan girl' is proably the best-known tune, being covered early on by no less an established performer than Emmylou Harris.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Morris on February 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Simply put: You will not tire of this album. The music is anything but repetitive, and each song touches the listener in a different way. The more you hear of Welch and David Rawlings the more you appreciate their fine and carefully crafted work.
Much is made about the fact that a girl from Los Angeles has such a feel for this type of music. I believe Welch's background actually gives her music an appeal beyond bluegrass and country. Yes, it's true that you can't get any more mountain-like than "Tear my Stillhouse Down", and the beautiful "By the Mark" is too deeply religious to make any big city album. But Welch's very best on this album appeals to the sensibilities of both city and country folk: The opening track "Orphan Girl" touches the loneliness in all of us and the hope of reunion; and the painfully sad "Barroom Girls" probably fits better in L.A. than Knoxville.
I'm hoping that Welch stays true to this type of music. Her popularity is exploding as a result of "O Brother, Where Art Thou" and she's getting air time on VH-1 Country with her incredible Elvis song. Please don't let us down Gillian.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Gillian Welch's "Revival" is the sort of album that you wish everyone--and no one--knew about. With songs of poignant clarity, vignettes that reveal neither too little nor too much, and a voice that knows how much each song needs and stops there, rather than pushing too far and spoiling the lyrics to showcase the artist, this is an album that deserves more attention than it has received--and yet, it is one where you can revel in its relative obscurity, as if you and Gillian were sharing an intimate secret, telling tales on the porch in old rocking chairs. "Revival" puts Gillian Welch in the class of such artists as Emmylou Harris and Over the Rhine's Karin Bergquist--singers who have, not coincidentally, both covered the opening track, "Orphan Girl." This is an album that should claim a special nook in your CD collection.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Seim on July 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Like many fans of Gillian Welch, I was first introduced to her work through her excellent contributions to the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack and the follow-up live album, "Down From the Mountain." This album is the closest "companion piece" to those blockbusters that I've heard. Like the "O Brother" albums, "Revival" is Depression-style American music (not quite country, not quite folk, not quite bluegrass) recorded with modern production values that provide a clarity and richness missing from actual Depression-era recordings. What's more, although they sound like they're at least 75 years old, the songs on "Revival" are all Gillian Welch/David Rawlings originals.
I would also note that Christian music fans ought to be singing this album's praises. Several of the songs on "Revival" contain more doctrine, moral lessons, and mentions of Jesus Christ than many so-called "Gospel" or "CCM" recordings.
"Revival" is, quite simply, an American masterpiece.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By moose_of_many_waters VINE VOICE on September 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have no idea how a California city slicker trained at the Berklee School of Music can channel songs that sound so steeped in the Appalachians. The songs here are unbelievably good. They will be covered by others for a long, long time.

And if that wasn't good enough, the way they are sung here by Welch and Rawlings is basically as good as can possibly be done. It's as if they are joined at the hip.

OK, it would be good if once in a while, Welch could write a song that doesn't make me want to cry, but these songs are so damn graceful and well written that I forgive her for that. This album is a testimony to the creative spirit. Others have tried to do this type of retro writing and performing. But none hold a candle to Welch. This album is about as close to magic as you're going to find on record.
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