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  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000K3GT
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Important artists have grand ambitions but the best of them recognise the importance of not letting their majestic aspirations get the better of them. A couple of decades into an illustrious career that has seen her successfully stray from her folk roots into country and pop, Nanci Griffith tries to scale symphonic heights with The Dust Bowl Symphony, only to take an awkward tumble. The Dust Bowl Symphony finds the Lone Star soprano renovating some of her most popular tunes with backing by her regular unit, the Blue Moon Orchestra, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra. But extravagant arrangements smother these songs; it's hard not to listen to the likes of "It's A Hard Life (Wherever You Go)" and "Late Night Grande Hotel" and not long to hear the life-sized originals. --Steven Stolder

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 17 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Nanci Griffith is one of the finest singer/songwriters around. She writes with humour, vision, and human universality. While much country music can be intensely American and too self-referential for British/European tastes, Griffith has the ability to sing and write locally but communicate globally.
She communicates with extraordinary clarity ... though her diction and emotions could hardly be less rooted in Texas. This, as a 20 year retrospective of her work, could hardly be a more mature production. Taking a country / folk tradition and exposing it to the classical assertiveness and precision of the London Symphony Orchestra must have been an at times daunting experience. Griffith carries it off with aplomb and passion.
Her voice can sound quite subdued and intimate at times, but here she's in control - these are her words, her songs (mostly), and the orchestra can recognise a quality musician and forthright professional when it sees one.
Recorded at the Abbey Road studios, Griffith saw this as an opportunity to revisit the themes and emotions of growing up in the Texas dust bowl. Welding an orchestral score to her songs fulfils this vision by adding musical depth and expansiveness to her work, echoing that vast, overwhelming sense of place.
This is a superb recording, emphatic without being self-reverential, expansive without dissipating emotion, and a highly effective blend of musical styles and traditions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bungliemutt on 7 Mar. 2008
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Consider the ingredients - the London Symphony Orchestra, one of the finest orchestras in the world, but not known for happy collaborations with artists of a more modern persuasion - and Nanci Griffith, known for purity of sound, simplicity, an almost genre-free folk-country singer-songwriter. Not good on paper perhaps, and not successful in realisation if many of the professional reviews that accompanied its release are to be believed.

In the accompanying CD booklet Nanci describes her friend Susanna Clark's reaction on first hearing the album as 'like hearing the sky touch the earth'. A touch of artistic licence perhaps, but you can see the point. Somehow or other, most of these 14 versions of Nanci's songs do actually work. Only in a couple of cases does the orchestration jar with and overwhelm the simplicity of the song - 'Nobody's Angel' being a prime example. Nanci is in fine voice and predominantly forward in the mix, and the Blue Moon Orchestra provides musical backing which in the main is enhanced rather than drowned by the LSO.

This isn't Nanci Griffith's best album by a long way, but it is the equal of similar experiments by Joni Mitchell, and is by no means the error of judgement some commentators would have us believe. 'It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go' is given a Celtic lilt you will either love or hate - for my money, it's the best thing here. The other 12 songs and one orchestral reprise are equally enjoyable. For those who already have the recent Ruby's Torch album, this one sits neatly alongside it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having heard a couple of tracks from this albumn on the radio whilst going into work, I decided to go for the albumn despite never having heard of Nanci Griffiths until then. It was the best decision I have made in a long time as the music is exquisite. It simply flows over you as you sit and relax after a day at the office and I know that once I hace a CD player installed in the car, will be the most played albumn I own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. T. Szczepaniak on 5 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
On her latest album, Ms Griffith is joined by the London Symphony Orchestra as she re-interprets some old favourites. When this works - on "Always Will" or "Waiting For Love" for example, the results are quite beautiful. On one or two songs, however, she seems a little over-awed by the company she is keeping, indulging in irritating little "downhome" vocal quirks. Standout tracks include the two aforementioned, along with "Nobody's Angel" and "Not My Way Home" which seem to gain some of the stature they lack on the albums which first included them. Overall this is a very enjoyable recording to delight the fans until Nanci gets around to releasing some more self-penned material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 5 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I just watched the PBS films about the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma which showed America in its true colors at the time.With little help from the Government people fled to California where they had to put up with racial prejudice of whites against whites simply because they were seen as on a level with blacks.
The dust storms lasted more or less the decade and finally ceased around 1941 when Roosevelt visited the area and the rain started
Though Nanci Griffith was not born then she has captured the times on the first song Trouble In The Fields
The CD was made in England with the London Symphony
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. W. Howe on 19 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this album when it was first released some years ago. The copy I purchased from Amazon was for a friends birthday, he'd listened to my copy playing in the car and was blown away with the beautiful arrangments.
This is one CD that always comes with us on our motorhome travels.
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