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You'll Never Be a Stranger at My Door

Tracy NelsonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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She has one of the signature voices of her generation. That natural gift has always guided Tracy Nelson’s soul; indeed allowed her to both write and seek out the deeper songs regardless of niche or genre. A fierce singer of truth, a fountain of the deepest heartache, she is an ultimate communicator and has regularly destroyed audiences across decades of performing. She is one of the few ... Read more in Amazon's Tracy Nelson Store

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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Int'l
  • ASIN: B000ROALQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cow Cow Boogie
2. Four Walls
3. The Salt of The Earth
4. I Still Miss Someone
5. New Way Out
6. Stranger At My
7. I Wonder If I Care As Much
8. Thanks a Lot
9. Three Bells
10. I Never Loved Anyone More
11. Oh Lonesome Me

Editorial Reviews

Nearly four decades after recording her influential classic Tracy Nelson Country, the former lead singer of Mother Earth--and a legend of white urban blues--returns to the country idiom with a collection of her favorite songs. In a stunning turn, she kicks off the album with an inventive rendition of the western-jazz classic "Cow Cow Boogie," inspired not by the Tennessee Ernie Ford version, but Ella Fitzgerald's 1944 hit with the Ink Spots. (Here, Terry Tucker, Nelson's hair cutter, provides the charismatic black male vocal.) If nothing else that follows this charming performance is quite as grabby, Nelson instead offers up a ton of integrity in her emotionally resonant takes on Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone," Jim Reeves's "Four Walls," the Everly Brothers' "I Wonder If I Care as Much," Don Gibson's "Oh, Lonesome Me" (framed as a Cajun caper), and Randy Sharp's elegant breakup song "New Way Out," with its exquisitely pained chorus. Nelson restrains her powerhouse alto--an instrument as authoritative as it is expansive--to take the focus off herself and emphasize melody and lyric. Her natural R&B leanings come to the fore on a reworking of Ernest Tubb's "Thanks a Lot" (shades of Brenda Lee), as well as on the warm and comforting "Stranger at My Door," a staple of her live repertoire for years. But the Wisconsin native best proves her understanding of the country genre on "Salt of the Earth," a song she co-wrote with Alice Newman Vestal and Guy Clark, who also contributes an affecting, if creaky, recitation. In recounting the plights of her Dickson, Tennessee, neighbors, all of whom lived by their "strong mind/simple creed," she forges a rock-solid connection to country's core--front-porch story songs about family and friends, life and death. Like all the music that pours out of her, Nelson's paean comes from the soul. --Alanna Nash

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5.0 out of 5 stars After 38 Years, Tracy Sings Country - Again July 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Tracy Nelson possesses a voice that is almost super-human, so powerful that no mere recording can ever quite capture it. She recently described herself as "a freak of nature" a self-deprecating portrait that is actually quite accurate, given the amazingly high volume she achieves with seeming ease. From the beginning of her career, she has recorded in a dizzying spiral of styles, often mixing Blues, R & B and Gospel-tinged Country-Rock in a single release, long before others began to blur the lines between musical genres. Today known as an icon of roots music, she seems content (as always) to perform for anyone who will listen, never compromising her vision or convictions. Her propensity to champion obscure songwriters has never endeared her to the top-forty crowd, but I for one am glad of it.

Stranger at My Door is her first pure country effort since her legendary 1969 album, Tracy Nelson Country, but this is a different Tracy Nelson album for other reasons. While previous albums have underscored her powerful, soulful voice, she has chosen this time out to let singing take a back-seat to her other talent, that of choosing material that represents songwriting at its finest. Although anyone who has caught one of Tracy's recent recitals can attest that her voice has lost none of its power and depth (including me, having seen Tracy only months ago at B. B. Kings in NYC), here she has chosen a quieter path, allowing the material to be the real star. I have long opined that Tracy's real talent lies in her supremely exquisite taste, given that her awesome voice is, as she herself has suggested, merely a fact of her physicality. This ability, particularly in the fluff of today's music world, is not to be taken lightly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracy Nelson's New Country September 4, 2007
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In selecting material for this album, Tracy Nelson consulted with noted Nashville music journalist Robert K. Oermann, who (not surprisingly) has an extensive library of C&W classics. The goal was a simple one: to find great songs suitable for Tracy's strong, expressive voice. They came up with ten, added a Nelson original to the mix, and emerged with an album that is as much of classic as Tracy's first C&W release of some 38 years ago, the truly remarkable TRACY NELSON COUNTRY.

But speaking of the earlier album, probably the only minor argument I might have with Mr. Oermann would be his assertion that "nothing she has previously recorded prepared [him] for the performances on this collection." Well, I guess I can't speak for him, but the proudly eclectic Tracy Nelson has NEVER just been a "soul belter," as he seems to suggest, and yes, even though audiences have been rightly thrilled (or "demolished" as Oermann puts it) by some of her tour de force performances, these have nearly always been coupled with soulful ballads with plenty of subtlety and nuance.

I guess I'm quibbling here, but the evidence for Tracy's subtlety has been on just about every single album. And certainly, it was there on TRACY NELSON COUNTRY--in spades in fact. I often tell the anecdote about how, upon hearing the earlier album for the first time at age 17, I kept waiting for the powerhouse endings. And there WERE a few such moments, notably the soaring finish to Tracy's version of "Stand By Your Man." But I expected a rowsing closer, certainly no less from the album's final track, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and I said to myself, "Tracy's really going to wail here: she'll show that B.J. Thomas how it's done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 21, 2014
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I love all of Tracy Nelson's songs! She always hits a part of your heart when she sings. A great Blues singer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tracy Nelson you'll never be a stranger at my door November 3, 2012
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I first discovered Tracy Nelson by accident while searching for new artist to add to my Zune MP3 player. Amazon offered music i might like and Tracy Nelson was one of them. Well I've been hooked ever since. I've heard of Mother Earth but,I never really listen to them. Strange since Tracy is about 8 years older than me I wasn't aware of her. When i ordered" Victim of the Blues" i was amazed that someone so talented had alluded me for so long. Since then I've listen to most of her recordings as far back as 1992. Her voice seems to get better like a fine wine.In age when style trumps talent she a blessing.She can do it all,blues,rock,country and soul. She is what they use to call a" Belter". Someone who belt out a song and hold a note.Stranger show more of a country feel and she does it her way. Nothing syrupy. Strong and loud with soft and touching. This C.D. is one of 4 I have of hers,including "In the hear and Now"and"I feel so good". Since the passing of Etta James there aren't many true singers left so let us appreciate the true talents we have left. If you really like Singers give Tracy a try.
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