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GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS
The Revival Demos [no label, 1CD]
These are the demos prepared for the Revival album. Excellent soundboard stereo.
The Revival demos was a burst of creativity for singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. From the 14 songs, 455 Rocket was a single for country singer Kathy Mattea while Emmylou Harris picked up Orphan Girl for her Wrecking Ball album in 1995. Welch herself chose only four songs from this 1995 session for her debut album, Revival. She would record just one more, Red Clay Halo, for her third album Time (The Revelator). Otherwise, these songs remain unreleased.
Gillian Welch’s last album was 2003’s Soul Journey. In 2009, she was part of the David Rawlings Machine debut album, A Friend Of A Friend. She co-wrote five of the songs with Rawlings, her longtime partner. Otherwise, Welch has been on the road with Rawlings and no new songs have emerged.
A drought has set in on that original optimism. Listening to The Revival Demos, it’s hard to imagine what has happened? On the other hand, Ryan Adam’s prolific output has not helped his career much. Adams started in 1995 with Whiskeytown and if you include all his albums since then, he has four times more releases than Welch’s miserly four. Ryan Adams remains in the fringes of popularity like Gillian Welch.
There’s not a wasted track on The Revival Demos. Hopefully, reports from 2009 that Rawlings and Welch are back in the studio will see some new songs and a new album, hopefully next year.
Thanks to Scouser Art for the covers. This recording was distributed by Dylanvine.
- The Little Chicken
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Track 01. 455 Rocket (covered by Kathy Mattea) (6.6MB)
Track 02. Play It Slow (6.4MB)
Track 03. Tear My Stillhouse Down* (6.4MB)
Track 04. Orphan Girl* (6.3MB)
Track 05. Pass You By* (5.9MB)
Track 06. One More Dollar* (7.2MB)
Track 07. Red Clay Halo** (5.4MB)
Track 08. Birds Of A Feather (6.4MB)
Track 09. Making Time (4.0MB)
Track 10. I Don’t Want To Go Downtown (5.7MB)
Track 11. We Must Look Like We’re In Love (4.3MB)
Track 12. Forty One Dollars And Change (5.5MB)
Track 13. Unfinished Business (5.8MB)
Track 14. Why He Needs Me (5.2MB)
* These songs later produced by T Bone Burnett made it to the finished 1996 Revival album.
** This song was finally released in a different form on her third album 2001’s Time (The Revelator).
Gillian Welch’s released album, Revival, used only four songs from the demos she wrote. Click here to order the album.