Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (CD)


Gillian Welch

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Amoeba Review

11/23/2016

Gillian Welch's Revival was the album 1996 needed. Even though she was born in New York City and was raised in Los Angeles, the Appalachian sound of a century past became part of her DNA. Despite being thousands of miles away from the sound of barefoot stomping, jug music, soapbox drumming, and hillbilly rock, Gillian Welch absorbed the sound, even to that sassy, iconic country twang that's so associated with her voice. Twenty years later, Welch's sound seems as ageless now as it did in 1996. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of her debut, the outtakes, alternate, and live versions are being reissued as an official bootleg compilation, much like in the vain of Bob Dylan's famous Bootleg Series. Welch's songs are soaked in a sense of American tragedy and joy that might feel more relevant in 2016 than it did twenty years ago. Her original demo of "Orphan Girl" is a plain and simple ballad that brings mist to your eyes. Its sadness feels rawer and more poignant as her solo version lacks the richness of a fully produced track and the complexity of musicians accompanying her. Alternatively, "455 Rocket" marks the influence of rockabilly queens like Wanda Jackson as the track goes for a major key, upbeat rocker that sounds like a perfect 45 single. But the real highlight might be her primitive home demos of tracks like "Tear My Stillhouse Down." You can hear her figuring out her sound somewhere in the flat, mono landscape of a bedroom tape. What folk music is and what authentic folk music should sound like has been a hot debate since the Greenwich Village scene of the '60s, but Gillian Welch keeps traditions of uniquely American music alive and fiery.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Orphan Girl [Alternate Version]
Gillian Welch 03:29
2.
Annabelle [Alternate Version]
Gillian Welch 03:55
3.
Pass You By [Alternate Version]
Gillian Welch 03:55
4.
Go On Downtown [Revival Outtake]
Gillian Welch 05:45
5.
Red Clay Halo [Revival Outtake]
Gillian Welch 03:24
6.
By The Mark [Alternate Mix]
Gillian Welch 03:40
7.
Paper Wings [Demo]
Gillian Welch 03:13
8.
Georgia Road [Revival Outtake]
Gillian Welch 03:04
9.
Tear My Stillhouse Down [Home Demo]
Gillian Welch 03:52
10.
Only One & Only [Alternate Version]
Gillian Welch 04:20


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Orphan Girl [Home Demo]
Gillian Welch 03:28
2.
I Don't Want To Go Downtown [Revival Outtake]
Gillian Welch 03:29
3.
455 Rocket [Revival Outtake]
Gillian Welch 04:02
4.
Barroom Girls [Live Radio]
Gillian Welch 04:10
5.
Wichita [Revival Outtake]
Gillian Welch 02:50
6.
One More Dollar [Alternate Version]
Gillian Welch 04:33
7.
Dry Town [Demo]
Gillian Welch 02:55
8.
Paper Wings [Alternate Mix]
Gillian Welch 03:56
9.
Riverboat Song [Revival Outtake]
Gillian Welch 03:17
10.
Old Time Religion [Revival Outtake]
Gillian Welch 02:06
11.
Acony Bell [Demo]
Gillian Welch 03:15

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