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Mercury Poise : 1988 - 1995 [Import]

Michelle Shocked Audio CD
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Michelle Shocked - traveller, troubadour, a “picker-poet,”as they say in Texas. As a young feminist, she left Texas to travel, Kerouac-style, and was caught up in Reagan-era grassroots politics. Her musical career was ignited by a bootleg recording made around a Kerrville Folk Festival campfire on a Sony Walkman. Released in England as ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’ without ... Read more in Amazon's Michelle Shocked Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B000001EOQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On The Greener Side
2. Anchorage
3. Come A Long Way
4. Quality Of Mercy
5. Street Corner Ambassador
6. Too Little Too Late
7. If Love Was A Train
8. When I Grow Up
9. Prodigal Daughter (Cotton Eyed Joe)
10. Over The Waterfall
11. Holy Spirit
12. Stillborn

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
An attempt at a collection of Michelle's most recognisable tracks. Not a 'Greatest Hits' as such, but none the less a quality collection including tracks from all her Mercury albums. My favourite is without doubt 'Anchorage' - from the definitive Short, Sharp, Shocked. As with most of Michelle's work, styles vary enormously, but somehow this under-rated album manages to bring a taste of some of her quality music. I'd put this 3rd after Short...., and Arkansas traveller - 'come a-long way' Michelle certainly has!
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice find in the bargain bins 10 July 2002
By elvistcob@lvcm.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After finding it in the bargain bins of the [local store], it was interesting to see that it's only available on Amazon as a high-priced import. It also looks like a lot of her stuff is tough to get, and that's a shame. I first became aware of Michelle Shocked by getting 1988's "Short Sharp Shocked" on LP, which I still own. I was happy to see she had a hit video with "On the Greener Side" a few years later, but for some reason I never kept up with her career. Which is strange because I played "Short..." over and over and over again. So I snapped this one up as soon as I saw it to see what else she's been doing.
I've pretty much stopped doing "Best of.." albums for Amazon, as they are a no-win situation. I could trash the work, like I did with Styx, and all that happens there is that tons of fans trash you by finding the review "Not Helpful". Or I could praise the album, like I'm tempted to with Dire Straits, but am I going to say anything that a fan doesn't already know?
This, on the other hand, is worth writing about, mostly because most people have never heard of her, and her stuff is tough to get. This album contains three songs from "Short..." ("Anchorage", "If Love Was a Train", "When I Grow Up", plus "On the Greener Side", which is all I'd ever heard. For those that only have this, I would highly recommend "Short.." as it has several more great tunes.
Where the "Short..." Songs were mostly folky stuff, and they're great, I was delighted to find a wide variety of styles here, which makes me want to check out the availability of more of her works. "On the Greener Side" is a great uptempo pop number. "Quality of Mercy" is a nice smokey blues number. "Street Corner Ambassador" is very jazzy. I'd put "Too Little too Late" in the Patsy Cline category. "Over the Waterfall" has an Irish accompanyment, and "Holy Spirit" is a flat-out spiritual. The rest can go into the folky category, and that's OK. I can do without some of the wailing on "Stillborn", but as a guy, I'm not supposed to identify with such things.
Right now I'd have to say this is the most enjoyable album I've listened to all year, and will definately seek out more "product" from the lady.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Lover from Winston-Salem 19 Mar 2000
By Daniel McLaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The music has a wide range and is difficult to describe. From the bluesy "If Love was a Train" to pop hit "On the Greener Side" to folk, and even gospel. Whatever you classify it as, it is great to listen to.
If you ever get a chance to see her in concert, go. We've been to see Michelle 3 times and each time has been very different. Her live performances give you the story behind the song, and that really make it even more interesting.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shocked 9 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like her voice and want a single CD then this is great.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All we're going to get for awhile 21 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is okay if you can't find her albums, but it's no substitute for any of them.
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