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Traveling Companion [Box set, Double CD]

Tift Merritt Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Meritt began her professional career playing small clubs in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. In 1998 she was part of a band called The Carbines, which released a single, "Jukejoint Girl" b/w "Cowboy", on the Oil Rig Recordings label. In 1999, she released a 7-song EP with the Two Dollar Pistols, led by John Howie, Jr. The EP featured two original songs and five covers.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Double CD
  • Label: Yep Roc
  • ASIN: B00DRGR192
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Traveling Alone
2. Sweet Spot
3. Drifted Apart
4. Still Not Home
5. Feeling of Beauty
6. Too Soon to Go
7. Small Talk Relations
8. Spring
9. To Myself
10. In the Way
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Traveling Alone
2. Lingering On
3. The Train Song
4. Drifted Apart
5. Real Understanding
6. For Free
7. Real Good On My Own
8. Country Cemetery
9. To Myself
10. Southern Downtown

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act... 16 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
The title of Tift Merritt's fifth album is probably quite apt, considering that she is now on her third record label. Why she hasn't sold tons of albums is a bit of a mystery to me. Though the music that Tift Merritt has produced on her previous albums hasn't ever strayed from what would be labelled alt-country, 'Traveling Alone' feels much like her roots album. Lots of stripped back and dusty Americana, which sounds amazing. Title track 'Traveling Alone' may well be one of my favourite Tift Merritt songs, while 'Spring' and 'Feeling Of Beauty' are much in the same vain. The country-soul of 'Small Talk Relations' is another highlight. Throw in a couple of upbeat country-rock tunes 'Still Not Home' and 'To Myself', and what you have is a very strong album. With a collection of well crafted songs and Tift, as usual, in great voice, backed by a quality band, 'Traveling Alone' could well be her finest moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audiophile recording 12 Jan 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Unlike one reviewer complaint his copy vinyl record was of a man singing what you have is a recording of Tift Merritt on 2 180 Grammies records with a playback speed of 45 rpm. If you played these records at 33.3 rpm because the speed is too slow Tift does sound very bassy.
Great recordings at a phenomenal price for reference quality transcriptions. The music is excellent. Great dynamics, depth and musicality with a natural, easy going ambience. A must buy for all serious audiophiles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Dec 2012
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Yet another great Tift Merritt CD. I can't understand why she is so little recognised inthe UK...presume she is big in the States
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4.0 out of 5 stars tift merritt 15 July 2013
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I saw/heard tift perform on the jools holland show and liked what i heard , which inspired me to buy this , i like all the tracks which have many thought provoking lyrics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Songs Of Solitude 6 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
On her fifth studio album Tift Merritt continues to deliver the benchmark standard of songwriting and performance that has characterised her work since her 2002 debut, "Bramble Rose". With so many female performers crowding the Americana scene you have to bring something special to the table.

First of all, there is the voice - sweet, plaintive and sensual and then the lyrical and melodic original songs which, on "Traveling Alone", are loosely woven around the theme of solitude, that sense of being on your own. The scene is set by the sad melancholy title track with the spare accompaniment adding to that feeling of being apart.

Tift is at her best with slow tempo ballads and there are some magical songs in this collection blessed with enchanting arrangements. The poignant "Small Talk Relations" has Tift's plaintive voice and elegant phrasing caressing the haunting melody with piano, steel guitar and cello making such sweet music. The superb ringing steel of Son Volt's Eric Heyward is much in evidence on the lovely "Sweet Spot" with Calexico's John Convertino so solid on drums but it is always Tift playing centre stage.

However, the absolute linchpin of this album is the wonderful ballad "Drifted Apart", a stunning portrait of a dying affair. If there has been a better song about heartache written this century I'd sure like to hear about it. It is a duet of great beauty with Andrew Bird's ethereal tenor sounding eerily like the late Roy Orbison and in perfect counterpoint to Tift.

But the up tempo numbers bring their own rewards and with "Still Not Home" Tift evokes the sound of Emmylou Harris with driving percussion reminiscent of her Hot Band. But as good as the band is producer Tucker Martine, (who also produced Beth Orton's latest), wisely elected not to overwhelm Tift's voice and let her do full justice to her haunting songs and her own vision of alternative country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Tiff Merritt 20 Mar 2013
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Great Album, She has such a great voice and the album throughout is very pleasing on the ear.
Good backing band as well.
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