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18 Again: An Anthology

  • 1. All I Want
    2. Summer of My Wasted Youth, The
    3. Balls
    4. Cynically Yours
    5. Beer & Kisses
    6. 20 Questions
    7. Keep It to Yourself - (previously unreleased)
    8. Wait Til I Get You Home
    9. We're Stronger Than That
    10. Time for Me to Come Down
    11. Raising the Bar
    12. What I Need
    13. Good Girls, The
    14. Knapsack
    15. Invisible
    16. Rode Hard
    17. If You Won't Hang Around
    18. Magicians - (demo version)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8384

  • Credits
    ProducerElliot Easton; Steve Allen; Gene Holder; Amy Rigby
    EngineerGene Holder; Elijah Shaw; Mark Linett; Sally Browder; BIll Lloyd

    Personnel: Amy Rigby (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Bill Lloyd (vocals, guitar); James Nixon, John Wesley Harding (vocals); Elliot Easton (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, organ, bass guitar, background vocals); Jon Graboff (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar); Pat Buchanan (acoustic guitar); Will Kimbrough (electric guitar, slide guitar); Steve Allen (electric guitar); Kayton Roberts (lap steel guitar); Greg Leisz (dobro); David Jacques (horns); Ross Rice (piano, organ, vibraphone, percussion); Tom Canning (piano, organ); Don Heffington (drums, percussion); Doug Wygal, Ken Coomer, Mickey Grimm (drums); Paul Griffith (percussion); Joy Lynn White, Kelley Ryan , Andy Paley (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Elliot Easton; Mark Linett.
    Recording information: Alex The Great Studios, Nashville, TN (01/1995/02/2000); Def Heffer Studio, Nashville, TN (01/1995/02/2000); Doug Messenger's, North Hollywood, CA (01/1995/02/2000); Pie Studio, Glen Cove, NY (01/1995/02/2000); Water Music, Hoboken, NJ (01/1995/02/2000); Your Place Or Mine, Glendale, CA (01/1995/02/2000).
    Photographer: Dennis Diken.
    Exactly why an artist who has only made three albums (all of which are in print) and is still active in music should merit a career-spanning compilation is a question for great minds, but since a remarkably large amount of the world still hasn't gotten hip to the smarts, wit, and overall wonderfulness of Amy Rigby's music, 18 Again: An Anthology at least offers the benighted a splendid opportunity to discover what they've been missing in one convenient package. Drawing a roughly equal number of tracks from Rigby's three albums for Koch (Diary of a Mod Housewife, Middlescence, and The Sugar Tree) and tossing in an unreleased demo and one new song for completists, 18 Again: An Anthology is an admirably accurate portrait of the many moods of Amy Rigby -- justifiably angry ("20 Questions"), bitterly witty ("Cynically Yours"), coyly lustful ("Wait Til I Get You Home"), frustrated romantic ("Knapsack"), involved and not liking it ("We're Stronger Than That"), and single and not always thrilled about that either ("All I Want"). Rigby isn't the first woman to devote a large part of her songwriting repertoire to the travails of a single woman edging into middle age and coming to terms with the ups and downs of relationships, but while she knows how to play these situations for laughs, even Rigby's funniest songs never shrink from the passions, fears, and frustrations that are simple facts of life. In short, Rigby always comes across as a real person with a real life, which makes the superb craft of her work all the more powerful. If anyone painted a truer picture of the life of an over-40 single mom in America, its uncertain how many folks would have the courage to listen to it -- but Amy Rigby tells her tales with humor, intelligence, and great melodies, which makes her an underappreciated treasure among contemporary singer/songwriters. If you want to start dipping into her work, 18 Again: An Anthology is an excellent introduction. ~ Mark Deming

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