CD The Essential Collection [Digipak] [Bill Morrissey (Folk)] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 144529),
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The Essential Collection [Digipak] [Bill Morrissey (Folk)] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Barstow
    2. Inside
    3. Robert Johnson
    4. Fifty - (previously unreleased, new recording)
    5. These Cold Fingers
    6. Lce Fishing
    7. Just Before We Lost War
    8. Avalon Blues
    9. Letter From Heaven
    10. Handsome Molly
    11. Different Currency
    12. Cold Cold Night
    13. Small Town on the River
    14. You'll Never Get to Heaven
    15. Birches
    16. Long Gone
    17. 23rd Street
    18. Joe Turner Blues
    19. Just Today - (previously unreleased, new recording)
    20. Boston Eyes - (previously unreleased, new recording)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 611 595

  • Credits
    ProducerScott Billington (Compilation); Bill Morrissey (Compilation)

    Rounder's celebration of Bill Morrissey's 20th anniversary as a recording artist, dubbed The Essential Collection, is a hearty 20-track collection culling at least one track from each record he's released over the years, except for the duet album with Greg Brown, Friend of Mine. The label did a fine job assembling the tracks with a comfortable flow to showcase Morrissey at his poetic best, and while all of these songs are welcome collected together in one place, the three new tracks Morrissey recorded for inclusion on the release are the biggest treat here. "Fifty," his affirming song that distills the stereotype of those "over the hill," is a stripped-down, comical number that appears early in the collection and boasts, "Hey you kids, this ain't no jive/But I've seen the Beatles live," and as if to rub it in a bit further he croons another benefit of being born a half century ago: "Best of all, I can't get drafted." The other two new tracks, "Just Today" and "Boston Eyes," close out the collection. "Just Today" is a playful, jaunty folk-pop number and "Boston Eyes" features a more subdued melody, but both are played with the easy, freewheeling confidence fans have come to expect from Morrissey and will, no doubt, be a big draw to this collection for fans of his work. ~ Gregory McIntosh

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.60) - "With a voice that one could believe was that of an ancient Delta blues singer instead of a comparatively young man, he is backed on this collection - which spans nearly 20 years - by some of folk's best musicians, including Suzanne Vega, Patty Larkin, John Jennings and the late Johnny Cunningham."
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