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Before we go any further, before we address anything, I’d like you to forget. Maybe forget what Gillian Welch shows you’ve seen, the floorboards all sparking from the weight of these two souls, Gill and Dave, and their four collective cowboy-booted soles; maybe forget when you first heard “Orphan Girl,” that song that seemed to exist outside of time and caused ... Read more in Amazon's Gillian Welch Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Acony Records
  • ASIN: B00005KHE3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Barroom Girls 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Paper Wings 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tear My Stillhouse Down 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Only One And Only 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Gillian Welch has captured the ethos of mountain music on Revival in a way that few lowlanders have managed, and that's just a little disconcerting. Outsiders aren't supposed to be able to infiltrate tight-knit clans. Producer T-Bone Burnett creates intimacy by recording Welch live with a small cast of supporting players, including Welch's partner, David Rawlings. While many of the songs are built around duo acoustic guitars and two-part harmonies, Burnett spices up a few of them up with some neat tricks, mixing an upright bass above the vocals on "Pass You By" and getting a fat, dirty sound out of three instruments. Welch's vocals, meanwhile, are stoical and matter-of-fact as her songs, which are infused with a repressed dread and contrition that's utterly convincing. White gospel tunes such as "Orphan Girl" and "By the Mark" feel as if they were culled from hymnals, yet they were written when Clinton, not Coolidge, was president. --Steven Stolder

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
LA girl Gillian Welch has created one of the most special and unique country records of the last 50 years in "Revival".
This may sound like hyperbole, but the songs on this record will be with me on my dying day- they evoke a sense of time and people past, bringing them and their stories to you in intimate, short moods.
Not as dark as "Yearlings" and not as dreamy as "Time", "Revival" is exactly that- the quality of the song writing and recording bring to mind a golden age of American popular music (did it ever exist?) when folk songs WERE pop songs, and when the culture was sometimes defined less by the need for escape and more by the need for simple acknowledgement of shared troubles and the collective need for comfort.
The likes of Woody Guthrie, Hazel Dickens and the Johnson Mountain Boys hover over this work in spirit- and here you can feel the other, more personal side of those coalmining and union disputes, the conclusions of which somtimes kept people from starving.
One should not miss the spiritual dimension, either- God and the hope of his love and comfort clearly dominated the lives of these people- as clearly as The Alamabama Trust appeared set on letting them down.
Hard to mention ALL the special songs on this record- but "Annabelle" must surely be the tour de force- a mother's years of loss and sorrow following the death of her young daughter due to the difficult economic circumstances and lack of medical help (and nutrition)- "Annie's in the graveyard- she's got no life at all- just these words on a stone."
Although Welch can be described as a proto-modernist whilst posturing as a traditionalist, any arguments about her intentions or classifcation go straight out the window- this superb record will challenge people (can you get through it without a bit of a weep??), entertain and sustain them for years to come.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KMorris on 13 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Such beauty is indeed a rare thing.
From the sparse gentle truth of "Barroom Girls" to the heavy rolling swagger of "Pass You By" this album is a winner all the way.
The quality of song writing and the committment and grace of the performances by Gillian and partner David Rawlings is remarkable. My favourite CD of the nineties, no contest !
The duo tracks ooze intimacy and understanding, and the band ones are perfectly integrated. The presence of musicians of the calibre of James Burton, Jim Keltner and Greg Leisz ensures class.
Highly recommended to anyone who has ever loved, lost, laughed or cried, i.e. all of you !
Jesus, alcohol, loneliness, love and death are all there. Thank you Gillian and David. A triumph, with joy and dignity radiating throughout.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2001
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Released in 1996, four years before O Brother Where Art Thou? made her a country music superstar, Gillian Welch's debut album, Revival, came as something of a shock. It's understated production, courtesy of T-Bone Burnett, meant that it struggled to fit into the established late 20th Century country music milieu. This was no Alison Krauss record.
But nor was it Will Oldham. Alt. Country was - and is - thriving as a genre. Over the past three decades, beginning with the Cosmic American Music of Gram Parsons, a new form of country has slowly developed. The style has taken in influences from outside of country - from rock, jazz, noise, you name it - and a new hybrid of good old boys and college punkers has emerged. This album does show signs of those outside influences and, mixed up with the lush twang of a valve amped, vibrato guitar, you'll hear out-of-tune chords and phrasing borrowed more from the Velvet Underground than Bill Monroe. But, bafflingly, Revival leaves a strictly traditional aftertaste.
The simplicity of the recording offset against the contemporary nature of the songs themselves is what gives it this unique duality. The pedal steel guitar - the favoured instrument of country music for the past...oh...50 years - is practically absent from the whole album, Welch instead preferring to conjour up appalachian visions with banjo, acoustic guitar and rasping female/male harmonies. Songs like 'Bar Room Girls' do hark back to country music's past in more than just essence, but generally the structures of the songs are given a free rein. The result is a debut album of exquisite beauty and fragility, cold and deathly in one sense, familiar and warm in another.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 4 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Gillian Welch achieves a rare feat, that of a female artist with the gravity usually more associated with male artists. Spare, with tight harmonies and an electric delivery, this is hard country. The opening track, 'Orphan Girl,' sets the tone of the album. The songs are good, but the power is in the telling. Sometimes, as on 'Barroom Girls,' she comes on so strong that she might be singing the blues. The outstanding moment is 'Paper Wings,' a fragile track with extra echo. Where does that fractured chord in the middle come from? Incredible. While the British music industry has continued to persuade itself over the last twenty years that it supplies great music to the public, rich American cultural artefacts such as this have shamed it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2003
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This ablum is worth buying for the track "By the mark" alone... the vocal harmonies and simplicity of the musical score are beyond comparison... this followed later by "Tear my stillhouse down", which is one of the most comical and poigniant tracks I've heard Welch sing. Myself being a novice to bluegrass, Welch has openend up a world of music that until recently I had only vague notions of. Buy it... but all of Welch's albums... she's simply the definitive modern bluegrass artist...
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