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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 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00009QI3U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Revelator
2. My First Lover
3. Dear Someone
4. Red Clay Halo
5. April the 14th, Pt. 1
6. I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll
7. Elvis Presley Blues
8. Ruination Day, Pt. 2
9. Everything Is Free
10. I Dream a Highway

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By madjak52 on 24 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm a bit of a Johnny-come-lately where Gillian Welch (and Dave Rawlings) are concerned. I saw Joan Baez at the Summer Sundae in Leicester last year and then some live performances on TV. When I bought her last album 'Dark Chords on a Big Guitar' I found that two of my favourite songs were written by Gillan Welch, who I'd vaguely recalled from seeing a concert (on TV again) by people involved with the soundtrack of 'O Brother, where art thou?'. So I took the plunge and bought this.
I've been blown away by this CD and in my humble opinion the only other album that this can compared it to is Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks' and I say that as someone who has listened regularly to that particular album for over thirty years.
It has that same stripped down simple instrumentation and haunting lyrical edge. I wont do a song by song comparison but to me 'Madame George' and 'I Dream A Highway' inhabit the same musical space and share the same atmosphere. Both artists were not confined by the length of the track or the obscure, oblique and repetitive nature of the lyrics, sang over very simple guitar chords with a minmum of musical ornamentation.
I was fortunate enough to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at the Cambridge Folk Festival and if anything they're even more personal and intense playing live. If and when they come back to the UK and you like their music make sure you see them.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By bobobob5 on 13 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Gillian Welch purely by chance, hearing a minute or two of her music on a TV show about modern female 'country' artists. I was amazed at what I heard, wrote down her name, and went out and bought some of her material, including this. It's one of the best CDs I've bought in the past two or three years. And primarily being a rock music fan and musician, who never buys 'country' music, that surely indicates that Welch goes way beyond the constraints of any particular format.
As other reviewers have noted, it's a very stripped-down sound, almost reminding me of early Dylan. I find her, similarly, a rather enigmatic artist, and the last song on the album is unusually long, very much the sort of thing that Bob Dylan sometimes goes for. But there's humour in it, too, it's not all serious stuff. And that was also a classic characteristic of Dylan's early work.
Despite the rather basic two-instrument plus one (or two) voice line-up seeming a bit restrictive, in practice it isn't restrictive at all. In fact, I think it's an advantage. Each song has its own musical character, and that's because Welch (and friend!) are highly creative, and don't need to alter the instruments etc to get variation in their overall sound. They've got plenty to say, and they don't run out of ideas. Gillian Welch is surely a major 'find' who deserves a much higher profile, and I'm sure she'll get it. In a somewhat unusual move, the CD includes a 'live' track, which sits very well with the studio numbers. A great album!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
In the same way that it's impossible to classify Miles Davis as 'jazz' because evrything abt his music bursts out of the confines of that label, so it is with Welch - & especially with this album - to call it country or folk or bluegrass or whatever would be to do it an injustice. Quite simply this album is unique - there is nothing like it to be found anywhere - even her other recordings don't come close. It's possible to find adjectives like sincere, intelligent, dark, soft, brooding but somehow they don't do Revelator justice - one needs bigger words like truth & perfection & timeless to come close to giving an impression of how this now famous recording affects. Just two acoustic guitars & two voices - but two very different people - Welch is laid back, 'late' on the note & very feminine whereas David Rawlings has an aggitated masculine urgency which Welch embraces & controls beautifully to produce songs with real underlying tension - nothing middle-of-the-road abt this - in fact this recording reveals more abt true feminist politics than anything else I've come across - this album reveals how women will save the world.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "chestybongos" on 21 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some people have suggested that Time (The Revelator) marks a lowpoint in the career of Gillian Welch and her partner David Rawlings. To those people I say Hooey, flim-flam and bosh. How any album containing songs of such timeless beauty as Revelator, April the 14th, Pt. 1 and - my personal favourite - the prog-rock length I Dream a Highway (Almost 15 minutes long and not a second wasted) could be considered a failure is a inconceivable to me. If this is the weakest link in the Gillian Welch catalogue it's only because the standard of her output is so high. For many other artists an album of this quality would be a career high, after which they could die happy knowing they'd created something this beautiful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having stumbled across this album whilst looking for something else (an Alison Krauss album in fact) I was blown away by the sheer beauty of these songs.
A somewhat maudlin collection, but produced and played with a minimal style that is simply breathtaking. There are no dud tracks, I listened to this album time after time and for me the Title track is the best, (the rest are magnificent too) recorded in the old Decca studios in Nashville this album crosses back to the old school with a modern day melancholic charm.
Buy it!!
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