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  • ASIN: B00002583N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Mary Chapin Carpenter is an extraordinary artist, one of the few capable of accurately reflecting the nature of being in your 20's and 30's and living in modern America. The selection of tracks on this CD proves over and over again that her singing comes from both the heart and the soul. Anyone interested in her musical career would find their money well-spent by buying this "greatest hits" colection. The mix of live performances and studio recordings is a rare treat to listeners, showing Carpenter's full range of talents. Although she is recognizably a throwback to Folk Music of the old school, Carpenter's songs comprise such crossover Pop, Blues and Country hits like "Passionate Kisses", "Down at The Twist and Shout", "You Can't Take Love for Granted", "I Feel Lucky", and "I'll Take my Chances". Thus, making her a peer of other such great performers as Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, and the Mavericks. While this is a "greatest hits" CD, her career is still young and her listeners still have many more years of hearing more excellent music from her to look forward to! It was almost dissapointing, however, with all of this great music, much of it never having been released before, it was almost disapointing to see that the always moving "I am a Town" wasn't included on this CD.
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This CD can be classified as a greatest hits/ live collection. Many of MCC all time best are here. The added dimension of hearing them while she is in a performing venue only adds to the appeal. I love to hear the little asides MCC makes as she is introduced and as she begins to sing. They are priceless. It must have been hard to choose what went on the CD. The highlight is the hauntingly beautiful 10,000 Miles, first heard in the movie "Fly Away Home". I have searched high and low for a recording of that song. There is a good mix of old and new, an outstanding "I'll Take My Chances' and a breathtaking acoustic version of "Dreamland". This is a great CD and a must have for any MCC fan
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As I said in the title, I don't like Country music, but I like this album. Why? First of all I've always felt Mary Chapin Carpenter's sound is more of a folky sound than country anyways, it also has more of a New Orleans sound to it than so much of the music you find in the normal country music. Moreover it contains almost none of the corny puns/terrible twangs that so much country music seems to have.
This CD is interesting to in that it is not really a greatest hits collection. Basically MCC went out and tried to find rare versions of songs and accumulated them all here for you in one great CD.
Truly one of the greatest singer-songwriters of this decade, this CD presents some of her best efforts. One of my first exposures to her music was actually the Super Bowl rendition that is on here. I'd heard her music before then but that was the first time I really noticed and decided it would be worth checking out some of here other songs.
There are a lot of great songs on here, "Down at the Twist and Shout" from the Superbowl previously mentioned just has a real New Orleans feel to it. "I Feel Lucky" though bordering on my corny issue that I mentioned above stays clear enough from it to still sound pretty good. "Passionate Kisses" is kind of sappy at times but nonetheless is a very romantic song. "Stones in the Road" is extremely contemplative, and suprisingly thought-provoking for a country song. Finally, "Party Doll" is one of the best renditions of this song since the Mick Jagger original.
Overall I recommend this CD to anyone who likes country music, but I also recommend it to those of you who are interested in hearing what a modern folk artist sounds like.
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Mary Chapin Carpenter is an extraordinary artist.The mix of live performances and studio tracks are great to have on a "greatest hits CD" I find it wonderfully amazing how well the songs were sung with heart and soul in her live verisons and how her voice could draw you in and make you feel like a close friend. If all live performances sounded just like the recording, why would we spend our money going to concerts when we could listen to a CD. I LOVE the new song "Almost Home" and have been touched by it in a very deep way. I will be seeing Mary in concert for the first time this Friday in Springfield Missouri so I cant comment on her stage presence, but I know she'll be wonderful.I have no expectations, I applaud her for having the guts to get up in front of thousands of people and sing her heart out.As my friend Oprah would say-"You Go Girl"
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Leave it to Mary Chapin Carpenter, one of the most innovative and uncompromising singer-songwriters of her generation, to reinvent the concept of greatest hits packages and turn it into a near-brilliant retrospective of her career. While other country artists are content to spit out uninspired, carbon-copy greatest hits albums, Carpenter has used the occasion to present "Party Doll and Other Favorites," an inspired blending of her many musical moods of the past dozen-or-so years. In part a compilation of eight of her biggest hits, the album also includes some rare tracks she recorded for other projects, three new songs and three album favorites that have never found their way to formulaic radio formats.
The album's true genius lies in the inclusion of live versions of several of Carpenter's biggest hits, with a slow, beautiful rendition of "Quittin' Time" and wonderful acoustic versions of "I Take My Chances" and "Stones in the Road" the obvious standouts. The only quibble is that all of her hits aren't presented this way, since the album versions of "I Feel Lucky," "Shut Up and Kiss Me," "Passionate Kisses," and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" pale in comparison to the live versions she has presented in concert over the years.
Other inspired touches include the rare tracks presented within, including her cover of Mick Jagger's "Party Doll," which closes the album on a bittersweet note, the lovely lullaby "Dreamland," and her rendition of John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me," which is already a wedding favorite.
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