Comprehensive Nanci Griffith Discography

Page 3: Appearances on Various-Artist Collections

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These are unique Nanci Griffith recordings that do not appear on any of her own albums. These collections include benefit albums, movie soundtracks, artist tributes and other collections of songs by multiple artists.

This page last updated on 5/23/2011

The B. F. Deal Sampler Vol. 1 (1977)
B. F. Deal Records, BFD 5
Nanci sings:

1. Texas Boy
2. If I Were a Child
3. Double-Standard Blues

These three songs are Nanci's earliest professional recordings, recorded for the Austin, TX, label B. F. Deal in 1977. This record was made in very limited quantities and was not widely distributed, and these songs have never appeared on any other collections, so this is one of the most highly-prized Nanci collectibles out there.

LP only (out-of-print), CD not available.

Kerrville Folk Festival Highlights 1978
PSG-78
Nanci & Eric Taylor sing:

Dollar Matinee (live)

The Kerrville Folk Festival is a live music festival that has been taking place in Kerrville, Texas, since 1972. Nanci has performed there many times over the decades. For many years, an album of festival highlights was released, and on the 1978 highlights album, Nanci appeared singing "Dollar Matinee" with then-husband Eric Taylor.

LP release (out-of-print). CD version was available on a limited-edition 10-CD set called Kerrville Folk Festival: The Early Years.

Kerrville Folk Festival Highlights 1979
PSG-79
Nanci sings:

There's a Light Beyond These Woods
(Mary Margaret) (live)

The 1979 Kerrville Folk Festival highlights album has a live recording of Nanci singing "There's a Light Beyond These Woods."

LP release (out-of-print). CD version was available on a limited-edition 10-CD set called Kerrville Folk Festival: The Early Years.

Fast Folk Musical Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 8: Women in Song (1984)
Fast Folk, FF 108
Nanci sings:

Daddy Said (live)

The Fast Folk Musical Magazine was an LP that was mailed out each month to subscribers and contained recordings by up-and-coming singer/songwriters. This recording of Nanci singing "Daddy Said" was recorded live, and Frank Christian accompanies Nanci on guitar.

LP release (out-of-print). CD version is available from Smithsonian/Folkways Records, but must be ordered directly from the Smithsonian/Folkways website.

Great Acoustics (1985)
Philo/Rounder, PH 1101
Nanci sings:

Workin' In Corners (live)

This is a collection from Philo/Rounder containing acoustic performances from a number of their different artists. Nanci's version of "Workin' In Corners" here was recorded live at the 4th annual Acoustic Music Festival at the Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusettes.

LP/cassette release (out-of-print).

Safe at Home in the 90s? (1990)
KCRW-FM release
Nanci sings:

Workin' I Would Bring You Ireland (live)

This is a cassette-only collection sent out by radio station KCRW-FM in Los Angeles as a "gift" for making a donation to the station. The performance by Nanci was recorded live on November 10, 1988, on the radio program SNAP. There are a total of 22 songs on the cassette, but this is Nanci's only song.

The Last Temptation of Elvis (1990)
New Music Express,
NME 038/039
Nanci sings:

Wooden Heart
This is a U.K. release containing various artists' renditions of Elvis songs. Nanci is joined by the Blue Moon Orchestra on this track.

(This song has since turned up on The Complete MCA Studio Recordings, which you'll find on the Compilations page.)

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Falling From Grace (Soundtrack) (1992)
Mercury, 314 512 004-2
Nanci sings:

Cradle of the Interstate
This is a recording that actually dates back to around 1983. Nanci apparently began working on a new album in between Poet in My Window and Once In a Very Blue Moon, which was either abandoned or eventually reworked into the latter. This song was recorded then and remained unreleased for nearly a decade until it turned up on this soundtrack. It is truly one of Nanci's finest songs, very much in the style of her earliest material.

The CD is out-of-print, but is easy to find.

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The Best of Mountain Stage, Vol. 6 (1994)
Blue Plate Music,
BPM-006
Nanci sings:

Outbound Plane (live)
This is a live recording from the Mountain Stage radio show, featuring Nanci performing solo. No recording date was given.

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Red Hot + Country (1994)
Mercury, 314-522 639-2
Nanci sings:

If These Old Walls Could Speak
This CD was a benefit for AIDS research. "If These Old Walls Could Speak" is a Jimmy Webb song, and this is a studio recording by Nanci.

This CD is out-of-print.

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Kerrville Folk Festival: Ten Great Years (1995)
Kerrville/Silverwolf, 1001
Nanci sings:

Wheels (live)
Once In a Very Blue Moon (live)
This limited-edition 10-CD collection contains all the Kerrville Folk Festival Highlights albums from 1982 to 1991. Nanci appears on the 1982 disc singing "Wheels," and on the 1986 disc singing "Once In a Very Blue Moon." She also appears on the 1983 disc singing harmony with Lyle Lovett on "Closing Time" and with Jimmie Dale Gilmore singing "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown."

This set was limited to 400 copies, so it is among the rarest Nanci-related CDs in existence.

KBCO: The Best of Studio C, Vol. 5 (1995)
KBCO-C-05
Nanci sings:

The Flyer (live)
This CD was released by radio station KBCO-FM in Boulder, Colorado. Nanci's solo performance of "The Flyer" was recorded live-in-the-studio.

This was a limited-edition CD that sold out almost immediately, making it very hard to find.

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Live at the World Cafe, Vol. 2 (1995)
WC9502
Nanci sings:

It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go (live)
This CD was released by radio station WXPN-FM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is a live-in-studio solo performance.

This CD is out-of-print.

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Not Fade Away [Remembering Buddy Holly] (1996)
Decca Records,
DRND-11260
Nanci and the Crickets sing:

Well... All Right
Nanci's first collaboration with Buddy Holly's original Crickets resulted in this lively track.

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Best of the Columbia Records Radio Hour, Vol. 2 (1996)
Columbia Records,
CK 67498
Nanci sings:

Goin' Back to Georgia (live)
This is a recording from the Columbia Records Radio Hour radio program, featuring Nanci with James Hooker, Frank Christian and Bruce Cockburn. It was originally broadcast on the "Christmas With Cockburn" program in December 1994.

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One Voice (1996)
MCA Records,
MCAD-11403
Nanci sings:

From a Distance
This is a new studio recording of "From a Distance," sung by Nanci, Donna Summer and Raul Malo. It is sung in several languages, including Spanish, French and German.

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Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation (1996)
Columbia Records,
CK 67573
Nanci and Hootie & the Blowfish sing:

Gravity of the Situation
This CD is a benefit for songwriter Vic Chesnutt. Nanci is joined by the band Hootie & the Blowfish for this studio recording.

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World Folk Music Association 11th Annual Benefit Concert (1997)
Private release
Nanci sings:
Across the Great Divide (live)

Nanci and Carolyn Hester sing:
Boots of Spanish Leather (live)
This is a CD that was issued by the World Folk Music Association. It is made up of highlights from their 11th annual benefit concert, and includes two live Nanci performances: "Across the Great Divide" and "Boots of Spanish Leather" (a duet with Carolyn Hester).

I believe the CD is still available from the WFMA (click on the link to go to their home page).

Kerrville Folk Festival: The Early Years (1997)
Kerrville/Silverwolf, 1009
Nanci sings:

Dollar Matinee (live)
There's a Light Beyond These Woods
(Mary Margaret) (live)
This is another 10-CD collection of Kerrville Folk Festival Highlights albums, containing all the years from 1972 to 1981. The two Nanci songs here are the same as the ones on the albums listed above (1978 and 1979). This is their only appearance on a CD.

This CD set was limited to an edition of 500 copies.

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Stone Country (1997)
Beyond Music, BYCD 3055
Nanci sings:

No Expectations
The theme of this CD is country artists singing Rolling Stones songs. Nanci's contribution is a studio recording of a song she often sang in concert, "No Expectations."

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Annabelle's Wish (Soundtrack) (1997)
Rising Tide/Blue Eye
Records, RTD-53051
Nanci sings:

Tiny Dreamer (Music Box Theme)
Nanci -- without the Blue Moon orchestra -- sings the song "Tiny Dreamer (Music Box Theme)," written by Steve Dorff and John Bettis. You might know John Bettis as the lyricist for the Carpenters; he wrote the lyrics for such hits as "Top of the World" and "Goodbye to Love."

This CD is out-of-print but is easy to find.

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Treasures Left Behind: Remembering Kate Wolf (1998)
Red House Records,
RHR CD 114
Nanci sings:

Friend of Mine
Nanci is joined by Nina Gerber and a few members of the Blue Moon Orchestra on this studio recording. The CD is a tribute to the late singer/songwriter Kate Wolf.

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The Best of the Cambridge Folk Festival (1998)
Strange Fruit Records
CAFECD001
Nanci sings:

It's Just Another Morning Here (live)
This collection is from the Cambridge Folk Festival in Cambridge, England. Nanci's track was recorded in 1992.

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Transatlantic Sessions 2, Volume One (1998)
Iona Records, IRCD063
Nanci sings:

Always Will (live)
This CD (released only in the U.K.) contains music from the Scottish television series "Transatlantic Sessions," which joins American and Celtic performers for these televised "sessions." On "Always Will," Nanci is joined by Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain, Michael Doucet, Donald Shaw, Tommy Hayes and Danny Thompson.

On this CD, Nanci also appears singing harmony for Maura O'Connell on the song "Blue Train."

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Transatlantic Sessions 2, Volume Two (1998)
Iona Records, IRCD064
Nanci sings:

Boots of Spanish Leather (live)
This is the second volume of the series. On this recording, Nanci is joined by Jerry Douglas, Donald Shaw, Danny Thompson and Tommy Hayes.

Nanci also sings harmony vocals for Maura O'Connell -- Maura is singing Nanci's "Trouble In the Fields" this time.

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Sounds of Wood and Steel 2 (1999)
Windham Hill Records,
01934-11404-2
Nanci performs:

Year Down In New Orleans
(instrumental)
On this collection of guitar performances, Nanci provides a stunning solo acoustic verion of her own song "Year Down In New Orleans."

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Winter Party, Volume Two (1999)
Centaur Entertainment,
CEN 0008-2
Nanci sings:

Late Night Grande Hotel
(Gomi's Extended Arena Mix)
This two-CD set contains continuous dance mixes of different songs from a wide variety of artists. Disc one was mixed by Julian Marsh and contains a remix of "Late Night Grande Hotel." Basically, everything except the original lead vocal was removed -- new backing vocals, percussion, keyboards, etc., were added.

This remix also appears on the unauthorized Revisited CD, which can be found on the Other page.

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The Folkscene Collection, Volume Two (1999)
Red House Records
RHR CD 137
Nanci sings:

Love at the Five and Dime (live)
This is a collection of songs from the FolkScene radio program out of KPFK-FM, Los Angeles. Nanci performs a solo acoustic version of "Love at the Five and Dime" here, recorded live in the studio on April 13, 1988.

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Transatlantic Sessions (2000)
Ceili Music
Nanci sings:

Always Will (live)
This U.S.-released collection is a compilation of the two Transatlantic Sessions 2 CDs listed above. The same version of "Always Will" as on Transatlantic Sessions 2, Volume One appears here. Also here is Nanci's harmony vocal for Maura O'Connell on "Trouble in the Fields."

This CD appears to be out-of-print, but should be easy to find.

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Concerts for a Landmine Free World (2001)
Vanguard Records, 79579-2
Nanci sings:

It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go (live)
This is a collection of songs from several concerts benefitting the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World. Nanci's track was recorded on December 3, 1999, at El Camino College in Torrance, California. The concerts were organized by Emmylou Harris, who appears on the CD along with artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Prine, Guy Clark, Bruce Cockburn, Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin and others.

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Utopia (2001)
Centaur Entertainment,
CEN 30027-2
Nanci sings:

Late Night Grande Hotel
(Piano and Bassoon Mix)
This 2-CD collection contains tracks by a very eclectic range of artists. Nanci's track here is the Piano and Bassoon Mix of "Late Night Grande Hotel," which was done in 1999 but never "officially" released until this collection. This mix uses only Nanci's lead vocal from the original track, and adds a new piano and bassoon part, creating something completely different from the original album version of the song.

This remix also appears on the unauthorized Revisited CD, which can be found on the Other page.

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Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt (2001)
Pedernales/FreeFalls Entertainment, FFE-7019 2

New CD cover
Nanci sings:

Tower Song
Nanci sings the beautiful "Tower Song" on this all-star studio tribute to the late Townes Van Zandt. Unfortunately, no other artist information is given about the track, so I don't know who the supporting musicians are. Other artists singing on this album include Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson, Cowboy Junkies, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and more.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary (2001)
Sliced Bread Records,
SB74440
Nanci sings:

From a Distance (live)
This 4-CD box set contains live recordings from 40 years' worth of Philadelphia Folk Festivals -- a truly amazing collection of singers and songs. Nanci's performance is the song "From A Distance," recorded on 8/27/2000. She is accompanied by the Blue Moon Orchestra.

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KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 9 (2001)
Private release
Nanci sings:

It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go (live)
Yet another live recording of "It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go," from KGSR-FM in Austin, Texas. This one is a little different in that it is was recorded live in the radio studio, rather than in concert. Plus it's just Nanci on guitar and vocals with Pat McInerney on percussion, so it's a very "unplugged"-sounding performance. It was recorded on August 13, 2001.

This CD was released in very limited quantities and sold out almost immediately, making it very hard-to-find.

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KINK Live Five (2002)
Private release
Nanci sings:

It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go (live)
One more live recording of "It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go," recorded for KINK-FM in Portland, Oregon. Very similar to the track found on the KGSR CD above.

CD is out-of-print.

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Lonesome, On'ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings (2003)
Dualtone, 80302-01137-2
Nanci sings:

You Asked Me To
This is a studio recording of Nanci singing the Waylon Jennings song "You Asked Me To." On it she is joined by members of the Blue Moon Orchestra. Rather than a strict "country" interpretation, the addition of accordian and banjo give it a little of a bluegrass flavor.

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Reflections, Vol. 1 (2003)
Planet Bluegrass, 0203
Nanci sings:

Deadwood, South Dakota (live)
On this CD you'll find the rarely-heard "Deadwood, South Dakota," recorded live at the 1992 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. She is accompanied only by James Hooker and Pat McInerny. This is a very nice collection of songs recorded between 1990 and 1999, and it includes outstanding tracks from James Taylor and Shawn Colvin as well.

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City Folk Live 8 (2005)
WFUV Radio
Nanci sings:

Simple Life (live)
This is another of those radio station live-in-studio compilations, this time from WFUV-FM in New York City. It is, unfortunately, not available in stores, and must be purchased by making a rather large contribution to the radio station.

Twistable Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein (2010)
Sugar Hill,
SUG CD-4051
Nanci sings:

The Giving Tree
For the first time in quite a few years, we get a new track from Nanci on a various-artists compilation. This is a studio recording, produced by Pat McInerney and Thomm Jutz.

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