Comprehensive Nanci Griffith Discography

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These are Nanci's full-length albums of original material. For listings of compilations of previously-released material, appearances on collections of various artists, or appearances on albums by other artists, click on the appropriate link above.

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There's a Light Beyond These Woods (1978)
B. F. Deal cover, 1978:
B. F. Deal Records, BFD9
Featherbed cover, 1982:
Featherbed Records, FB903
Philo/Rounder cover, 1986:
Philo/Rounder, PH 1097
(1986)
Philo/Rounder, PHILO
11671-1234-2 (2002)
1. I Remember Joe
2. Alabama Soft Spoken Blues
3. Michael's Song
4. Song for Remembered Heroes
5. West Texas Sun
6. There's a Light Beyond These
Woods (Mary Margaret)
7. Dollar Matinee
8. Montana Backroads
9. John Philip Griffith

Nanci's first full-length album, recorded in Austin in 1978, was originally released on vinyl on the small local B. F. Deal label. When B. F. Deal Records folded a couple of years later, the album was re-released on vinyl with a new cover by Featherbed Records, the label that also released Poet In My Window. When Nanci was picked up by Philo/Rounder Records a few years after that, the album was re-released yet again with a third cover. Philo/Rounder released the album on vinyl, cassette and CD.

A beautifully-remastered CD edition of the album was re-released by Rounder in 2002, and this is the only version that is currently in print. When buying this CD used, it would be worth your time to make sure you're getting the 2002 remastered version, not the 1986 version, because the 2002 remaster sounds much better!

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Poet In My Window (1982)
Featherbed Records, FB902
(1982)
Philo/Rounder, PH 1098
(1986)
Philo/Rounder, PHILO
11671-1235-2 (2002)
01. Can't Love Wrong (bonus track
on remastered CD)
02. Marilyn Monroe/Neon & Waltzes
03. Heart of a Miner
04. Julie Anne
05. You Can't Go Home Again
06. October Reasons
07. Wheels
08. Workin' In Corners
09. Waltzing With the Angels
10. Trouble With Roses
11. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go
Downtown
12. Poet In My Window
Nanci's second album was recorded in Fredericksburg, TX (in the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin), and was originally released on the Featherbed label in 1982. The album was re-released by Philo/Rounder in 1986, and a 24-bit remastered edition was released in 2002. The 2002 remaster has a previously-unreleased bonus track, recorded in 1980.

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Once in a Very Blue Moon (1984)
Philo/Rounder, PH 1096
(1984)
Philo/Rounder, PHILO
11671-1233-2 (2002)
01. Ghost In The Music
02. Love Is A Hard Waltz
03. Roseville Fair
04. Mary & Omie
05. Friend Out In The Madness
06. I'm Not Drivin' These Wheels
07. Time Alone
08. Ballad Of Robin Winter-Smith
09. Daddy Said
10. Once In A Very Blue Moon
11. If I Were The Woman You
Wanted
12. Year Down In New Orleans
13. Spin On A Red Brick Floor
Nanci's third album marks a shift, both musically and geographically. This album was recorded in Nashville and has a more "country" flavor to it. While Nanci still wrote most of the tracks here, she sings more songs by other writers than on her earlier albums.

As with her first two albums, this one has been re-issued by Philo/Rounder in a 24-bit remastered edition that sounds wonderful.

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Last of the True Believers (1986)
Philo/Rounder, PH 1109
(1986)
Classic Records, DAD 1040
(2001) (DVD-Audio)
01. The Last of the True Believers
02. Love at the Five and Dime
03. St. Olav's Gate
04. More Than a Whisper
05. Banks of the Ponchartrain
06. Lookin' For The Time (Workin'
Girl)
07. Goin' Gone
08. One of These Days
09. Love's Found a Shoulder
10. Fly By Night
11. The Wing and the Wheel
Nanci's final album for Philo/Rounder was also recorded in Nashville and has a similar sound to Once in a Very Blue Moon.

Unlike her other albums for Philo/Rounder, this album was not re-issed in a remastered CD version. Instead, a DVD-Audio version was issued in 2001, containing a 96kHz, 24-bit stereo mix.

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Lone Star State of Mind (1987)
MCA Records, MCAD-31300
01. Lone Star State of Mind
02. Cold Hearts/Closed Minds
03. From a Distance
04. Beacon Street
05. Nickel Dreams
06. Sing One for Sister
07. Ford Econoline
08. Trouble in the Fields
09. Love in a Memory
10. Let It Shine On Me
11. There's a Light Beyond These
Woods (Mary Margaret)
In 1987, Nanci moved to MCA Records. Stylistically, she remained very much in the "country" vein. The version of "There's a Light Beyond These Woods" on this album, is a completely new recording of the song from her first album.

A digitally-remastered (and much improved-sounding) version of this album can be found on the collection The Complete MCA Studio Recordings, which you'll find on the Compilations page.

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Little Love Affairs (1988)
MCA Records, MCAD-42102
01. Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool
02. I Knew Love
03. Never Mind
04. Love Wore a Halo (Back Before
the War)
05. So Long Ago
06. Gulf Coast Highway
07. Little Love Affairs
08. I Wish It Would Rain
09. Outbound Plane
10. I Would Change My Life
11. Sweet Dreams Will Come
Nanci's second album for MCA Records continues in the country tradition. Some of her finest songs appear on this album. Like Lone Star State of Mind, this album has been digitally remastered for the The Complete MCA Studio Recordings, which you'll find on the Compilations page.

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One Fair Summer Evening (1988)
MCA Records, MCAD-42255
01. Once in a Very Blue Moon
02. Looking for the Time (Workin'
Girl)
03. Deadwood, South Dakota +
04. More Than a Whisper
05. I Would Bring You Ireland +
06. Roseville Fair
07. Workin' in Corners
08. Trouble in the Fields
09. The Wing and the Wheel
10. From a Distance
11. Love at the Five and Dime
12. Spin on a Red Brick Floor
+ denotes a song previously unrecorded by Nanci
Nanci's third album for MCA Records is her first full-length live album, recorded at Anderson Fair in Houston. It is also many Nanci fans' favorite album, and is a definite must for any Nanci collection. It's an acoustic performance, with just guitar, piano and bass accompanying the vocals. This album is the companion to the video of the same name, although there are a few track differences between the album and the video.

This is the only of Nanci's MCA recordings that has not been digitally remastered, but it hardly needs it -- it's one of the best-sounding recordings of her career!

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Storms (1989)
MCA Records, MCAD-6319
01. I Don't Want to Talk About Love
02. Drive-In Movies and Dashboard
Lights
03. You Made This Love a Teardrop
04. Brave Companion of the Road
05. Storms
06. It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go
07. If Wishes Were Changes
08. Listen to the Radio
09. Leaving the Harbor
10. Radio Fragile
Nanci's next album for MCA Records represents a stylistic shift away from a "country" sound toward a more "pop" sound. MCA decided Nanci might do better in their pop division, so she was given a new producer and promoted on VH-1. It didn't exactly work in terms of record sales, but it did produce my personal favorite of her albums.

Like her other MCA studio albums, this complete album is available remastered on the CD The Complete MCA Studio Recordings, which you'll find on the Compilations page.

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Late Night Grande Hotel (1991)
MCA Records, MCAD-10306
01. It's Just Another Morning Here
02. Late Night Grande Hotel
03. It's Too Late
04. Fields of Summer
05. Heaven
06. The Power Lines
07. Hometown Streets
08. Down 'N' Outer
09. One Blade Shy of a Sharp Edge
10. The Sun, Moon, and Stars
11. San Diego Serenade
Nanci's final album for MCA Records stays mostly in the "pop" genre. While not most fans' favorite album, there are still some very good songs here, including the title track.

As with all the other MCA studio albums, this album was remastered for the CD The Complete MCA Studio Recordings, which you'll find on the Compilations page.

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Other Voices Other Rooms (1993)
Elektra, 61464-2
01. Across the Great Divide
02. Woman of the Phoenix
03. Tecumseh Valley
04. Three Flights Up
05. Boots of Spanish Leather
06. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
07. From Clare to Here
08. Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm
Bound
09. Do-Re-Mi
10. This Old Town
11. Comin' Down in the Rain
12. Ten Degrees and Getting Colder
13. Morning Song for Sally
14. Night Rider's Lament
15. Are You Tired of Me Darling
16. Turn Around
17. Wimoweh
In 1993, Nanci moved to Elektra Records. Her first album for Elektra is an album of songs by other writers, and it was quite the success -- she won a Grammy for it! In additional to recording songs by many of Nanci's favorite songwriters, she recruited many of her friends to sing along.

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Flyer (1994)
Elektra, 61681-2
01. The Flyer
02. Nobody's Angel
03. Say It Isn't So
04. Southbound Train
05. These Days in Open Book
06. Time of Inconvenience
07. Don't Forget About Me
08. Always Will
09. Going Back to Georgia
10. Talk to Me While I'm Listening
11. Fragile
12. On Grafton Street
13. Anything You Need But Me
14. Goodnight to Mother's Dream
15. This Heart
This was Nanci's watershed release -- intensely personal, passionate, reflective and celebratory at the same time. Many of these songs rank among Nanci's absolute best, and the production is absolutely stunning. Guests include the Chieftans, the Indigo Girls and Adam Duritz. Every Nanci fan needs this one...

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Blue Roses from the Moons (1997)
Elektra, 62015-2
01. Everything's Comin' up Roses
02. Two for the Road
03. Wouldn't That Be Fine
04. Battlefield
05. Saint Teresa of Avila
06. Gulf Coast Highway (duet with
Darius Rucker)
07. I Fought the Law
08. Not My Way Home
09. Is This All There Is?
10. Maybe Tomorrow
11. Waiting for Love
12. I'll Move Along
13. Morning Train
14. She Ain't Going Nowhere
Nanci returns to the studio after a three-year absence, and the result is fairly similar to Flyer, but a little uneven. There are more songs by other writers here than we usually see on a Nanci album, also.

An interesting bit of international trivia is that the Japanese release of Blue Roses From the Moons contains a bonus track: "Well... All Right." This is the same recording that can be found on the Not Fade Away [Remembering Buddy Holly] CD. It fits very nicely on Blue Roses, though.

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Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful) (1998)
Elektra, 62235-2
01. Wall of Death
02. Who Knows Where the Time
Goes?
03. You Were on My Mind
04. Walk Right Back
05. Canadian Whiskey
06. Desperadoes Waiting for a Train
07. Wings of a Dove
08. Dress of Laces
09. Summer Wages
10. He Was a Friend of Mine
11. Hard Times Come Again No More
12. Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
13. Deportee (Plane Wreck at los
Gatos)
14. Yarrington Town
15. I Still Miss Someone
16. Try the Love
17. The Streets of Baltimore
18. Darcy Farrow
19. If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer
Song)
This is the sequel to Nanci's hugely successful Other Voices Other Rooms. All the songs here are covers of songs by other writers.

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The Dust Bowl Symphony (1999)
Elektra, 62418-2
01. Trouble in the Fields
02. The Wing and the Wheel
03. These Days in an Open Book
04. Love at the Five and Dime
05. It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go
06. Late Night Grande Hotel
07. Tell Me How
08. Not My Way Home
09. 1937 Pre-War Kimball
10. Waiting for Love
11. Nobody's Angel
12. Always Will
13. Drops from the Faucet
14. Dust Bowl Reprise
Most of the song titles look familiar, but trust me, you've never heard them like this before! Nanci recorded this album with the London Symphony Orchestra, and these are all-new versions of many of Nanci's best songs. This is a stunningly beautiful album, and it remains one of my personal favorites. Purists who like to hear Nanci with just a guitar might not care for the lush orchestrations, but I find it simply enchanting.

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Clock Without Hands (2001)
Elektra, 62660-2
01. Clock Without Hands
02. Traveling Through This Part of
You
03. Where Would I Be
04. Midnight in Missoula
05. Lost Him In the Sun
06. The Ghost Inside of Me
07. Truly Something Fine
08. Cotton
09. Pearl's Eye View (The Life of
Dickey Chapelle)
10. Roses On the 4th of July
11. Shaking Out the Snow
12. Armstrong
13. Last Song for Mother
14. In the Wee Small Hours
Nanci's first new album of the 21st Century continues in the tradition of Flyer and Blue Roses from the Moons with its combination of ultra-personal songwriting and interesting stories about other people. The last track, the classic "In the Wee Small Hours," is a wonderful, unexpected bonus.

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Winter Marquee (2002)
Rounder Records,
11661-3220-2
01. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
02. I Wish it Would Rain
03. Boots of Spanish Leather
04. Two for the Road
05. Listen to the Radio
06. There's A Light Beyond These
Woods (Mary Margaret)
07. Gulf Coast Highway
08. The Flyer
09. Good Night, New York +
10. Traveling Through This Part of
You
11. Last Train Home +
12. I'm Not Driving These Wheels
(Bring The Prose To The Wheel)
13. What's That I Hear +
14. White Freight Liner +
+ denotes a song previously unrecorded by Nanci
Nanci's second live album finds her back on the Rounder label. The concert was recorded in Knoxville on May 29, 2002, with special guests Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell and Andrew Hardin. Four of the tracks here are songs Nanci has never recorded before. Of note is that the DVD release of this concert contains 18 tracks, including one more track -- "Home on the Radio" -- that she has otherwise never released.

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Hearts in Mind (2004)
NewDoor Records/Universal
Music, 986 443-9
1. Simple Life
2. Angels
3. Heart Of Indochine
4. Beautiful
5. Back When Ted Loved Sylvia
6. Mountain Of Sorrow
7. Old Hanoi
8. Before
9. I Love This Town
10. Rise To The Occasion
11. Love Conquers All
12. Last Train Home
13. Big Blue Ball Of War
14. Our Very Own (bonus track for
U.S. release)
A few notes about this CD: The song "Simple Life" here is a completely different song from the one Nanci wrote in 1986 and which was recorded by Jeannie Stahl. "Big Blue Ball of War" is the same song which has been available for download on Nanci's website for the past couple of years, although the mix on the album is a little different from the mix of the downloaded version.

Nanci wrote or co-wrote at least eight of the 14 songs on this album. The others were written by the likes of Tom Kimmel & Jennifer Kimball, Le Ann Etheridge, Julie Gold, Clive Gregson and Ron Davies.

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Ruby's Torch (2006)
Rounder Records,
11661-3265-2
1. When I Dream
2. If These Walls Could Speak
3. Ruby's Arms
4. Never Be the Sun
5. Bluer Than Blue
6. Brave Companion of the Road
7. Grapefruit Moon
8. Please Call Me, Baby
9. Late Night Grande Hotel
10. In the Wee Small Hours of the
Morning
11. Drops From the Faucet
While some of the song titles may look familiar, these are all-new recordings. This album is sort of a sequel to The Dust Bowl Symphony, in that it features lush orchestral arrangements. This is Nanci's version of a "torch" album, hence the title. It is rich and beautiful all the way through.

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The Loving Kind (2009)
Rounder Records
11661-3275-2
1. The Loving Kind
2. Money Changes Everything
3. One of These Days
4. Up Against the Rain
5. Cotton's All We Got
6. Not Innocent Enough
7. Across America
8. Party Girl
9. Sing
10. Things I Don't Need
11. Still Life
12. Tequila After Midnight
13. Pour Me a Drink
Nanci's first album of new material in three years contains nine songs written or co-written by Nanci, including a new reworking of her old song "One of These Days." Guest vocalists on this album include John Prine, Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook and Richard Dobson.

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Intersection (2012)
Proper Records
1. Bethlehem Steel
2. Never Going Back
3. Intersection
4. Waiting On a Dark Eyed Gal
5. Hell No (I'm Not Alright)
6. Stranded In the High Ground
7. If I Could Only Fly
8. Just Another Morning Here
9. Bad Seed
10. Davey's Last Picture
11. Come On Up Mississippi
12. High On a Mountain Top
Bonus track on digital download version only:
13. Hell No (I'm Not Alright) (live)
After another three-year absence from the recording studio, we have an album of (almost) all-new material in Intersections. More than half the tracks were written or co-written by Nanci, and she even does a Loretta Lynn song here ("High On a Mountain Top"). Pete & Maura Kennedy help out with much of the production and playing on the album, along with Pat McInerney.

The digital download version of the album contains a live bonus track not found on the CD.

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