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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000IMUY42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1998 Grammy-winning release--Lucinda Williams's popular breakthrough--certainly merits the double-disc "deluxe edition" treatment. And it's hard to find significant fault with anything here: the remastered version of the original album, the second-disc live performance from that year featuring guitarists Kenny Vaughn and Bo Ramsey, and the smattering of outtakes (highlighted by a slower, sadder version of "Out of Touch" than the one Williams ended up releasing). Yet the set misses a glorious opportunity to document one of the more laborious (and notorious) recording projects, one that saw Williams switch cities, studios, and producers three times before she was satisfied with the results. And while the results confirm her judgment, fans would likely find it fascinating to hear a lot more takes from the original Austin sessions (featuring accordion master Flaco Jimenez and keyboardist Ian McLagan) or outtakes from the Nashville sessions with producer Steve Earle, before Williams overhauled the project in Los Angeles with Springsteen keyboardist Roy Bittan. Such a set could have put a revelatory spotlight on the creative process that resulted in an album widely regarded as Williams's masterpiece; instead, this release is more like souvenir snapshots. --Don McLeese

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Lucinda Williams, universally hailed as a major talent by both critics and fellow musicians, is now considered to be one of America's finest singer-songwriters. Over the course of three decades of performing and recording, Williams' sound had evolved into a seamless blend of country, blues, folk, and rock. Her first four albums 1979's Ramblin' On My Mind, 1980's Happy Woman Blues, 1988's Lucinda Williams and 1992's Sweet Old World were all hailed as major works by a major talent, but it was her fifth album, the much anticipated 1998 Mercury release Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, that served as her commercial breakthrough, establishing her as a major artist. Recorded over a period of three years, with production duties by Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy (The Twangtrust), Roy Bittan and Lucinda Williams, and mixed by Rick Rubin and Jim Scott, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road earned Lucinda Williams a Gold Album and the Grammyr Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. DISC ONE: Features a newly remastered version of the album! Three additional songs (two previously unreleased) an alternate version of Still I Long For Your Kiss, the blues-drenched studio out-take Down The Big Road Blues, and the original unissued version of Out Of Touch, both recorded during the first Gurf Morlix produced sessions in Austin, Texas. DISC TWO: Previously unreleased full concert performance from WXPN LIVE AT THE WORLD CAF recorded July 11, 1998. Features thirteen performances drawn from the Car Wheels album, as well as riveting versions of some of her earlier-penned songs Pineola, Hot Blood and Changed The Locks. Includes guest performers Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Sexton and Buddy Miller. Deluxe digipak packaging features lyrics, photos and more.

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With one listen of the first half of the cd, I was hooked!
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Each song tells a wonderful story, full of incredible words and rhythms, of Lucinda's life experiences of love and moving on after love.
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This is Lucinda William's best album and one of the best albums to come out in a long, long time.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on October 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Lucinda William's "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" was released in 1998, her first record in six years. Her music is somewhat difficult to classify - part rock, part country, part Bonnie Raitt, with a dash of Louisiana. Many people identify Lucinda with the alt-country or "No Depression" group, which seems to fit as well as any label. I think she sounds like a more rock version of Mary-Chapin Carpenter.

Regardless of the label, her music is very good, and she wrote or co-wrote all but one of these songs (Randy Week's "Can't Let Go"). The music is obviously finely-tuned and done with care, with a nice mixture of easy-paced rockers and ballads. Perhaps the best selection is "Jackson" - an extraordinarily beautiful song about driving through the South and missing (or not missing?) a lover. "Lake Charles" is another interesting song, with a nice, under-stated zydeco feel and dobro guitar. Anyone who has lived in the deep south will be particularly likely to appreciate this CD, if not only for the frequent mentions of Southern towns, including Jackson, Macon, Lafayette, Rosedale, Greenville, Nacodoches, Baton Rouge, and Vicksburg. The CD is like a musical travelogue, with each song an evocative post card sent from Lucinda's soul.

When it was released, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" was heralded with some of the best reviews of the year. Indeed, Lucinda even received a Grammy nomination for the CD - Rock Female Vocalist for "Can't Let Go;" sadly, she lost to Alanis Morissette's wailing "Uninvited." However, all of the acclaim perhaps set expectations too high for some listeners, as witnessed by some reviews here. I don't have any other Lucinda CDs, so I can't assert whether this CD is her best. Either way, however, you can't miss with this CD: filled with excellent music. And the cover photo is one of my all-time favorites! Most highly recommended.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Smith on December 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Poetry" is a word much too often used when it comes to describing the lyrics for popular tunes. Frequently, words set to music suffer badly when they are taken away from the musical setting. The lyrics of Lucinda Williams, however, deserve the description. "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" offers streams of inspired imagery from one of the best popular songwriters of our time.
The landscape for much of Williams's poetry is, of course, the Deep South. The album is filled with observations of rural and small-town life: bars, fields, bridges, rivers, kitchens, small children, old men and women. The title cut shows what a writer can do when she turns a keen eye on the life around her. In the space of a few minutes, we get vivid images of bacon cooking in a kitchen, screen doors slamming, mothers chiding their children to pick up their toys, vistas of cottonfields and yards with old wrecks. If one of the goals of poetry is to hold a mirror up to life, the song succeeds brilliantly.
Lest someone new to the album (I'm not sure how many could be, with 211 reviews!) think that it's just a collection of pretty words, let it be said that the music in "Car Wheels" is absolutely essential to the life of the language. Another great song, "2 Kool To Be 4-Gotten," has a haunting guitar behind it that provides just the right amount of illumination for the dark lyrics. "Can't Let Go" and "Joy" are stompers that give Lucinda a chance to show off her great voice.
And what a voice it is. I think "intoxicating" might be the right word, but it probably doesn't do justice to it. She can growl (as on the last two songs mentioned), but she can purr as well, as on "Right in Time.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Eric A on February 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
On this CD, Lucinda Williams continues the pattern of superb songwriting and fine arrangements she established with her 1992 masterpiece, SWEET OLD WORLD. That the follow-up CD took so long to complete bespeaks both the emotional struggles Williams draws from in her material and the sense of perfectionism she brings to her work. CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD is a steamy portrait of Williams' native Louisiana. It is lush with swampy images of small towns, which wind their way through moving songs of lost love, whether the mood is sad ("Jackson") or just plain disgusted ("Greenville"). Williams offers a travel guide to bayou country in "Lake Charles": an epitaph to a man who finally returns home in the freedom that death brings. She reveals her gutsy, bluesy side in "Can't Let Go" and the raw, angry swamp rock of "Joy". Some of her finest images of Southern squalor can be found in songs like the title track, "Car Wheels," "Metal Firecracker" and her tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson, "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten". Perhaps the strongest songs musically are the hit-bound rocker "I Lost It" and the opening track, "Right In Time": a deep, erotic moan with a catchy, rocking chorus. The CD is propelled by the crisp rhythm section of drummer Donald Lindley and bassist John Ciambotti, with help from Williams' steadfast multi-instrumentalist, Gurf Morlix. The tight production is a collaboration between Williams and her band. Although Lucinda Williams' vocals may not be as well-developed as those of some of her contemporaries, her honest, poetic lyrics and authentic blues stylings make her one of today's most noteworthy singer-songwriters.
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