Canon (album)

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Canon
Compilation album by Ani DiFranco
Released September 11, 2007
Recorded 1989–2007
Genre Indie rock
Folk rock
Length 140:52
Label Righteous Babe
Producer Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco chronology
Reprieve
(2006)
Canon
(2007)
Red Letter Year
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle 2.5/5 stars[3]
Mojo 4/5 stars[4]
musicOMH 5/5 stars[5]
No Depression (positive)[4]
Paste (favorable)[6]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[7]
Stylus Magazine B[8]

Canon is a retrospective album by Ani DiFranco which was released on September 11, 2007. It contains songs covering her career to date. DiFranco re-recorded five songs that had been previously released: "Both Hands", "Overlap", "Napoleon", "Shameless" and "Your Next Bold Move".

The album spans from DiFranco's first studio album, Ani DiFranco, released in 1990, to her then most recent, Reprieve, which was released in 2006. DiFranco personally selected the songs that appear on Canon.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ani DiFranco.

There is a misprint on the package. The numbers 10 and 11 are transposed in the track list on the back, though the titles are in the correct sequence.

Canon One

All songs written and composed by Ani DiFranco. 

No. Title Length
1. "Fire Door" (from Like I Said (1993); originally on Ani DiFranco (1990)) 2:58
2. "God's Country" (from Puddle Dive (1993)) 2:48
3. "You Had Time" (from Out of Range (1994)) 5:47
4. "Buildings and Bridges" (from Out of Range (1994)) 4:02
5. "Coming Up" (from Not a Pretty Girl (1995); originally on Imperfectly (1992)) 2:30
6. "Cradle and All" (from Not a Pretty Girl (1995)) 4:17
7. "Shy" (from Not a Pretty Girl (1995)) 4:46
8. "32 Flavors" (from Not a Pretty Girl (1995)) 6:07
9. "Dilate" (from Dilate (1996)) 4:46
10. "Distracted" (from Living in Clip (1997)) 1:08
11. "Gravel" (from Living in Clip (1997); original studio recording on Little Plastic Castle (1998)) 4:13
12. "Untouchable Face" (from Living in Clip (1997); original studio recording on Dilate (1996)) 3:37
13. "Joyful Girl" (from Living in Clip (1997); original studio recording on Dilate (1996)) 4:29
14. "Little Plastic Castle" (from Little Plastic Castle (1998)) 4:03
15. "Fuel" (from Little Plastic Castle (1998)) 4:00
16. "As Is" (from Little Plastic Castle (1998)) 4:06
17. "Napoleon" (New version recorded in 2007; originally on Dilate (1996)) 4:37
18. "Shameless" (New version recorded in 2007; originally on Dilate (1996)) 4:11
Canon Two

All songs written and composed by Ani DiFranco. 

No. Title Length
1. "Hello Birmingham" (from To the Teeth (1999)) 5:18
2. "This Box Contains" (from Reckoning (2001)) 0:28
3. "Grey" (from Reckoning (2001)) 5:10
4. "Prison Prism" (from Reckoning (2001)) 1:34
5. "Marrow" (from Revelling (2001)) 5:18
6. "Here For Now" (from Evolve (2003)) 3:06
7. "Subdivision" (from Reckoning (2001)) 3:45
8. "Rain Check" (from Educated Guess (2004)) 4:00
9. "Swim" (from Educated Guess (2004)) 3:05
10. "Paradigm" (from Knuckle Down (2005)) 4:33
11. "Manhole" (from Knuckle Down (2005)) 3:44
12. "Studying Stones" (from Knuckle Down (2005)) 3:50
13. "Hypnotized" (from Reprieve (2006)) 4:11
14. "78% H2O" (from Reprieve (2006)) 3:30
15. "Millennium Theater" (from Reprieve (2006)) 3:16
16. "Your Next Bold Move" (New version recorded in 2007; originally on Reckoning (2001)) 4:58
17. "Both Hands" (New version recorded in 2007; originally on Ani DiFranco (1990)) 3:21
18. "Overlap" (New version recorded in 2007; originally on Out of Range (1994)) 5:20

Personnel[edit]

Ani DiFranco – acoustic, acoustic baritone, steel, electric, tenor, & bass guitars; piano; thumb piano; percussion; shakers, sounds; wurlitzer; vibes; vocals
Andy Stochanksy – drums on Canon One, Tracks 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15; percussion on Canon One, Tracks 8, 13; vocals on Canon One, Tracks 11, 12
Sara Lee – bass on Canon One, Tracks 11, 12, 16; vocals on Canon One, Track 12
Jason Mercer – bass on Canon One, Tracks 14, 15 & Canon Two, Tracks 5, 6, 7; electric bass on Canon Two, Track 1; bowed bass on Canon Two, Track 3
Julie Wolf – piano on Canon Two, Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7; organ on Canon Two, Tracks 1, 6, 7; accordion on Canon Two, Tracks 3, 5; rhodes on Canon Two, Tracks 5, 6; melodica on Canon Two, Track 6; clavinet on Canon Two, Track 6; vocals on Canon Two, Tracks 5, 6, 7
Daren Hahn – drums on Canon Two, Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7; percussion on Canon Two, Track 6; shakers on Canon Two, Track 7
Hans Teuber – clarinets on Canon Two, Tracks 5, 6, 7; saxophones , flute, & vocals on Canon Two, Track 6
Shane Endsley – trumpet on Canon Two, Tracks 5, 6; shakers on Canon Two, Track 7
Ravi Best – trumpet & vocals on Canon Two, Track 6
Todd Sickafoose – bass on Canon One, Track 17; string bass on Canon Two, Tracks 10, 11, 12; wurlitzer on Canon Two, Tracks 11, 14, 15; acoustic bass on Canon Two, Tracks 13, 14, 15; piano on Canon Two, Track 13; pump organ on Canon Two, Track 13; upright bass on Canon Two, Tracks 17, 18
Mike Dillon – vibraphone on Canon One, Track 17; vibes on Canon Two, Tracks 16, 18; percussion on Canon Two, Track 16
Allison Miller – drums on Canon One, Track 17 & Canon Two, Tracks 17, 18; percussion on Canon Two, Track 17
Jerry Marotta – drums on Canon One, Track 16
Rory McLeod – harmonica on Canon One, Track 2
Alisdair Jones – bass on Canon One, Track 4
Michael Ramos – hammond organ on Canon One, Track 9
John Mills – baritone sax on Canon One, Track 14
Gary Slechta – trumpet on Canon One, Track 14
Jon Blondell – trombone on Canon One, Track 14
Joseph Arthur – background vocals on Canon One, Track 17
Greg Dulli – wurlitzer on Canon One, Track 17
Todd Horton – trumpet & flugelhorn on Canon Two, Track 6
Patrick Warren – chamberlin, piano, sampler on Canon Two, Tracks 10, 11, 12
Jay Bellerose – drums and percussion on Canon Two, Tracks 10, 11, 12
Andrew Bird – violin, glockenspiel, whistling on Canon Two, Tracks 11, 12
Noe Venable – vocals on Canon Two, Tracks 10, 11, 12
David Torkanowsky – keyboards & bass on Canon Two, Track 16; percussion on Canon Two, Track 16; wurlitzer on Canon Two, Track 18
Tony Scherr – electric guitar on Canon Two, Track 10
Niki Haris – vocals on Canon Two, Track 10

Production Credits[edit]

  • New versions recorded by Mike Napolitano at The Dugout in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mixed by Mike Napolitano and Ani DiFranco
  • Mastered by Bruce Barielle
  • Original version compilation mastered by Bruce Barielle
  • Produced by Ani DiFranco
  • Art Direction by Ani DiFranco and Brian Grunert
  • Design by Brian Grunert and Tim Staszak
  • Album oil paintings by Thomas Kegler
  • Color Cover Photo by Danny Clinch
  • Black & White Cover Photo and Righteous Ani Photo by Scot Fisher
  • Thanks Page Photo by Eric Frick

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