NANCI GRIFFITH - LONDON 1988 [R.I.P. 1953 - 2021]

October 3, 2015 – 2:19 pm

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NANCI GRIFFITH R.I.P. 1953 - 2021

Nanci Griffith, the Texas-born singer and songwriter known for thoughtful narrative songs like “Love at the Five and Dime” and “Trouble in the Fields,” has died on August 13. She was 68. Her death was announced by her management company, Gold Mountain Entertainment. The company’s statement provided no further information and said only, “It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing.”

Griffith won the 1994 Grammy Award for best contemporary folk album for “Other Voices, Other Rooms.” Over a recording career that spanned five decades and about 20 albums, she was praised by critics for straddling the worlds of folk and country and for writing lyrics that were both vivid and literary. Griffith, who came of age in the mid-70s folk scene in and around Austin, Texas, was a celebrated country-folk artist – “folkabilly”, as she called it - considered a master of the songwriting craft, with such classics as Once in a Very Blue Moon and Outbound Plane.

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and the Blue Moon Orchestra
London 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, UK; May 7, 1988. Excellent radio broadcast.

Recorded in August 1987, Nanci Griffith released Little Love Affairs, her sixth album, in early 1988. By the end of the year, she had followed it up with One Fair Summer Evening, her first live album, recorded at the Anderson Fair in Houston, August 19-20, 1988.

From Griffith’s 1988 shows that have surfaced, the setlist reads more like a “greatest hits” package - giving her listeners, or at least those who attended her shows, an idea of her songs. If she had an agenda - not that she actually had one - it’s more to showcase her vocals and the thoughtful songs and singer-songwriters behind them.

While she performs Once In A Very Blue Moon and From A Distance - which have the word “hit” written all over them, one only wonders why she had left out that other real hit - Anyone Can Be Somebody’s Fool, the catchy opening track from the immaculately crafted Little Love Affairs.

This is a feisty show with a chatty Nanci - she has an amusing story to tell about her friendship with Mary Margaret; and even gets the crowd to “sing along” on Love Wore A Halo.

A big “thank yew”, as Nanci would say, to soledriver who recorded and shared the show at Dime.

Radio Broadcast > Technics Tuner > Aiwa Cassette Deck > Tascam DA-20 Mk 2 DAT machine > HHb burnit CDr recorder… no EQ
CDr > EAC > Traders Little Helper > Flac8 sector aligned

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Track 01. Lone Star State Of Mind 3:40 (6.2MB)
Track 02. Banks Of The Ponchartrain 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 03. I Knew Love * 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 04. Lookin’ For The Time 2:38 (4.4MB)
Track 05. Band intros 2:05 (3.5MB)
Track 06. Once In A Very Blue Moon 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 07. The Ballad Of Robin Wintersmith 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 08. The Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness 4:40 (7.9MB)
Track 09. Listen To The Radio 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 10. I Would Bring You Ireland 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 11. Outbound Plane * 2:42 (4.5MB)
Track 12. There Is A Light Beyond The Woods (Mary Margaret) 8:17 (13.9MB)
Track 13. Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War) 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 14. From A Distance 4:49 (8.1MB)
Track 15. Ford Econoline 2:38 (4.4MB)
58 mins

* From Little Love Affairs.

Nanci Griffith - guitar, vocals
Phil Donnelly - guitar, vocals
Fran Breen - drums
Denny Bixby - bass
James Hooker - keyboards

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  1. 14 Responses to “NANCI GRIFFITH - LONDON 1988 [R.I.P. 1953 - 2021]”

  2. Lovely stuff Big O thank you
    Saw her around this tour of the UK and the band were great and her singing high n lonesome. You also made available the ‘Naughty Dog’ version of the Glasgow gig from ‘88 and it is always interesting to compare two nights from a tour. Fascinating! Nice to have both . . . .

    Thanks guys!

    By swappers on Oct 3, 2015

  3. Very sad that she died . I wonder what the cause was . Quite frankly I don’t know much about Nanci Griffith and her music , but my daughter is into her , and broke the news to me today. . Very sad RIP

    By Bill on Aug 14, 2021

  4. Rumor has it this was a lady who preferred Big Uns

    By U L E on Aug 14, 2021

  5. This was a lady who would have preferred that I stay away from her

    By U L E on Aug 14, 2021

  6. Simply fascinating swappy.

    By HHH on Aug 14, 2021

  7. And get back to trying to play that guitar swappy.

    By HHH on Aug 14, 2021

  8. Hi
    Covers for this are not downloadable. Can you check it out please. Thanks

    By Daij on Aug 14, 2021

  9. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Aug 14, 2021

  10. first time ever i went to d/load and was warned these tracks could not be d/loaded securely. Anyone else get a warning like that?

    By dropkicksarge on Aug 14, 2021

  11. sarge- everything d/l’d fine for me, perhaps they fixed the problem. hope you’re doing well.

    By barth on Aug 14, 2021

  12. She would never fuck me before, now she never will.

    Just like all the other chicks. sob

    By U L E on Aug 14, 2021

  13. No problem downloading this show sarge . Anxious to hear this . Don’t know much about this lady , from the little I’ve heard , she sort of reminds me of Emmylou Harris also the McGarricle sisters .

    By Bill on Aug 15, 2021

  14. She deep throated me a couple of times . She gagged , they all did .Im too big for most broads .

    By Harry Reems on Aug 15, 2021

  15. Last four twernt me all fakes

    By U L E on Aug 15, 2021

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