Saturday, August 31, 2019

Lucinda Williams - Pretty Little Poison - Various Songs (1994-1998)

In 1992, Lucinda Williams released her acclaimed album "Sweet Old World," and in 1998 she released her even more acclaimed album "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." The six years between albums was a very long time for someone still in the early arc of their career. This album shows she still recorded a lot of good music in those "missing years." If you enjoy "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," you should enjoy this.

All but one song is officially released, and that one song was recorded for radio, so the sound quality is uniformly excellent. Most songs come from tribute albums and other various artists collections, as well as duets that appeared on other people's albums. Two of the songs are bonus tracks from "Car Wheels."

A majority of the songs are covers, including: "You Don't Have Very Far to Go" (Merle Haggard), "Positively 4th Street" (Bob Dylan), "Cowboys to Girls" (The Intruders), "Apartment No. 9" (Tammy Wynette), "You're Still Standin' There" (Steve Earle), "Here in California" (Kate Wolf), and "Come to Me Baby" (Howlin' Wolf).

I made "Blaze" only a bonus track for two reasons. One, it's an early version of her famous "Drunken Angel," and two, the sound quality isn't very good compared to all the others on the album.

01. You Don't Have Very Far to Go (Lucinda Williams)
02. Positively 4th Street [Acoustic Version] (Lucinda Williams)
03. How Can I Sleep without You (Julian Dawson & Lucinda Williams)
04. Cowboys to Girls (Chris Gaffney & Lucinda Williams)
05. You're Still Standin' There (Steve Earle & Lucinda Williams)
06. Breakfast in Bed (Donnie Fritts & Lucinda Williams)
07. Apartment No. 9 (Lucinda Williams)
08. Here in California (Lucinda Williams)
09. Pretty Little Poison (Robbie Fulks & Lucinda Williams)
10. Down the Big Road Blues (Lucinda Williams)
11. Out of Touch (Lucinda Williams)
12. Come to Me Baby (Lucinda Williams)

Blaze [Early Version of Drunken Angel] (Lucinda Williams)

For the cover art, I used a photo of Williams in concert from either 1998 or 1999, I'm not sure.

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