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Car Wheels On A Gravel Road [CD]

Lucinda Williams Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Dec 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000007Q8J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Right In Time 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Drunken Angel 3:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Concrete And Barbed Wire 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lake Charles 5:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Can't Let Go 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Lost It 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Greenville 3:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Still I Long For Your Kiss 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Joy 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
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Lucinda Williams makes this whole music thing seem so simple: Write in plain language about the people and places that crowd your memory; add subtle flavors of a mandolin here, a Dobro there, perhaps an accordion or slide guitar; above all, sing as honestly and naturally as you can. Of course, it took her six years to achieve this simplicity, an amazing achievement considering the number of knobs that were turned. Her exquisite voice moans and groans and slips and slides--she delivers a polished tone in a coarse manner. On the superb "Concrete and Barbed Wire", soft acoustic guitars are punctuated by electric slide, accordion, mandolin, and Steve Earle's harmony. Williams's deeply personal stories are matched with bluesy rumbles, raunchy grooves, and plaintive whispers. The entire Deep South is reduced to a sleepy small town filled with ex-lovers, dive bars, and endless gravel roads. --Marc Greilsamer

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Lucinda Williams ~ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six years of effort, fifty minutes of pleasure 2 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that convinced me that Lucinda Williams belongs in a different class to a lot of the American South's country scene. As a rough guide to the world that Car Wheels... inhabits, the range of material veers from rock to blues, acoustic to electric, but never loses the exquisite musical feel that Williams clearly possesses in spades.
A good album is one which has songs you like on the first listen, and songs that you take a while to warm to, but once you do they won't leave your head. This album is a classic example - the more immediate rock tunes (I Think I Lost It, Right In Time, Joy) burn brightly and fade, while the songs that are initially slower to sparkle (All The Way To Jackson, Greenville, Metal Firecracker) eventually work their way into your head until you find yourself humming them while wandering round the supermarket. With the exception of Concrete And Barbed Wire, which is a personal no-go area, there isn't a song on this album which is out of place.
Unlike some female singers who try too hard to sound sexy, Williams' vocal fragility is endearing, not cloying - and as her latest album ,Essence, shows, she can do the 'torch songs and ballads' circuit as well as anyone. But this is Lucinda Williams with a band, some simple songs, a perfect production job (why can't Steve Earle produce his own albums this well?), and a confident swagger that suggests even while she was recording this, she knew it would turn out to be a wonderful album.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of the American South. 20 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The American South. Home of back water hicks, swamps, latent racism and the setting for James Lee Burke novels. Well yes it is, but there is someone else who will now forever be connected with it - Luicinda Williams.
CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD is THE Southern album to own. The landscape, sounds and smells of the Deep South inhabit and give life to this album. So when Luicinda Williams sings "Sittin in the kitchen, a house in Macon, Loretta singing on the radio, smells of coffee, eggs and bacon - car wheels on a gravel road". You know where you are. Her voice is the key. It drips with Southern sexuality. And her timing is perfect. Best Songs? CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD, with Buddy Millar plucking his mando guitar, is nostalgic but never sickly. Also, the up tempo METAL FIRECRACKER and the self-affirming JOY stand out. But there is not really a bum track on here. The album contains some of the most pleasing, flowing music I have heard for years.
This record makes me want to go to Southern America. And while I save up the pennies, CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD will have to suffice.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deep South, live in your living room or car 14 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
Not much is known about Lucinda Williams, except that she has been a profound influence on other country-rock performers, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, and is admired by many of her contemporaries.
She really does have an almost unique voice; while it can sound quite abrasive at times, it reaches into your soul, especially during the more melancholy moments.
'Car Wheels On A Gravel Road' is a rock album, a country album, and a folk album, and is an even more enjoyable concept than you might imagine. It's a wonderful 'driving' album; I'd say it was almost essential in the car, particularly in summer. For poetry fans, look no further than the lyrics here; Williams is a storyteller too, and it brings a whole new world to life. This makes it a true folk album - by the end you'll feel like you know these characters.
'Lake Charles' takes you to, well, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Williams' home town. On 'Drunken Angel' you can picture that 'derelict in your duct tape shoes'. After hearing 'Greenville', with a wonderful harmony vocal by Emmylou Harris, you will want to go there, along with the beau Williams is trying to extricate from her memory.
Amongst all the pain and anguish - and there is plenty - there is even humour; 'I think I lost it, let me know if you come across it, let me know if I let it fall along a back road somewhere' goes the chorus, proving that the human spirit will always rise again.
This is a must have for any serious music fan and aficionado. One final warning; once this album is in your blood, it will NEVER leave...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "In a yellow El Camino, listing to Howling Wolf" 20 Jun 2011
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
With this album it was all about the VOICE. So distinctive that helpful comparisons really don't exist. It was a voice that the vast majority of us music buyers in the UK were unprepared for. Even those few cognoscenti wouldn't have fully prepared - previous albums had featured a voice that was at home in both the blues and country idioms, that had a strong southern twang and one that could convey both pathos and joy but was still in a recognisable country vein - and this I have to add is with the benefit of hindsight. For this album the voice had thickened, the slur was more pronounced. There's no other lady anywhere sounds like this. Not a lot of joy this time but plenty of pathos. This time the music was much more like full blooded rock and the voice had evolved to go with it. Those elements of folk, country and blues, which were previously well to the fore were now sublimated in the overall sound, making the new Williams style hers and hers alone. From reports of a sacked producer (Gurf Morlix) and an incredible amount of time and effort spent on production this was obviously very deliberate.

I spotted reference to the great Southern writer, James Lee Burke, in one of the reviews. Something Burke has always done in his books is give the reader strong identification with place, not just geography but the climate, the smell and the look. I've seen him do it often as early as the front page of books. Texas songwriters also love to drop in geographical and physical references. Even though she's from across the state border, Williams is just the same. Hardly a song goes by without some mention of Macon, Rosedale, a Lake Charles Bridge overlooking the river, down in Opelousas, through Lafayette and Baton Rouge, all the way to Jackson.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
This is her tour de force. Her strongest collection of songs. The best produced CD. And her finest song in Lake Charles.
Published 15 days ago by R McEvoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Top album!
Such an easy to listen to album which completely hypnotises the listener! "Car wheels...." is such an addictive track & the whole album is a must have!
Published 1 month ago by MISS SALLY A LANGLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album of timeless classics
Really looking forward to recieving the 180gm Vinyl re-issue today. Great album though - I recommend a purchase immediately.
Published 1 month ago by P. J. Sharp
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I wanted it to be
Her later albums are better, but everyone has to start somewhere. If you're into country rock then give it a whirl.
Published 9 months ago by Desmond Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album
I have to admit, I've only heard a few of her albums in entirety , but
I've sampled most of her stuff via you tube and MP3 downloads, and there Isn't a duff track on this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by noahs dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Again and again
Listening to Greenville (track 10). Again. I've got nearly 300GB of high quality music on my system. And this album is one of the very few that I listen to again and again. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Julian H
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the bonus "live" recording
The tracks on the remastered main CD are (mostly) great but this is worth buying just for the just for the live recordings. Give it a couple of songs to get going and you're away.
Published on 26 Feb 2012 by A.J. Tottle,
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucinda Williams
Wonderful cd. Love anything by Lucinda Williams especially "Lake Charles" First heard her on the soundtrack from terrific series "True Blood"
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by aitch
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great CD from a really true great artist
A really great CD from a really true great artist well worth buying over the single disc version
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by J. D. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars great
put the headphones on and turn up the volume .fantastic sound in the middle of your head
Published on 12 Mar 2010 by Mr. P. Dean
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