Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

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Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Studio album by Lucinda Williams
Released June 30, 1998
Recorded Room and Board Studio, Nashville, TN, and Rumbo Studio, Canoga Park, CA
Genre Contemporary folk, country
Length 51:40
Label Mercury
Polygram
Producer twangtrust (Ray Kennedy and Steve Earle)
Roy Bittan
Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams chronology
Sweet Old World
(1992)
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
(1998)
Essence
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
The A.V. Club (favorable) [2]
Robert Christgau A+ [3]
Entertainment Weekly A− [4]
NME (9/10) [5]
Pitchfork (9.2/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars [7]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars [8]

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is the 1998 album by singer-songwriter and guitarist Lucinda Williams, her fifth professional release. Issued by Mercury/Polygram Records, it was recorded in Nashville and Canoga Park, California. Williams co-produced the album, which includes guest appearances by Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris.

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, and was Willams' first album to go gold. According to Billboard in February 2008, the album has sold 811,000 copies in the U.S.[9] It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 2003, the album was ranked number 304 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[10]

The original CD release was HDCD encoded, although the logo was not printed on the packaging. A remastered deluxe version of the album was released on October 4, 2006, featuring three bonus tracks – "Down the Big Road Blues", "Out of Touch" and "Still I Long For Your Kiss", the latter from The Horse Whisperer soundtrack – and a 13-song live set recorded for WXPN-FM in mid-1998.

Recording history[edit]

Initially, the album was made in collaboration with Williams's long-time producer and guitar player Gurf Morlix. According to Morlix, the recordings (in Austin, Texas) were "90% done," but Williams shelved them and redid them in Nashville. In the middle of the re-recordings, they "butted heads in the studio" and ended their partnership.[11] She also worked with Steve Earle who said of the experience that it was "the least amount of fun I’ve had working on a record"[12] The final version of the album was produced by Roy Bittan.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Lucinda Williams except where noted.

  1. "Right in Time" – 4:35
  2. "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" – 4:44
  3. "2 Kool 2 Be 4-gotten" – 4:42
  4. "Drunken Angel" – 3:20
  5. "Concrete and Barbed Wire" – 3:08
  6. "Lake Charles" – 5:27
  7. "Can’t Let Go" (Randy Weeks) – 3:28
  8. "I Lost It" – 3:31
  9. "Metal Firecracker" – 3:30
  10. "Greenville" – 3:23
  11. "Still I Long For Your Kiss" (Williams, Duane Jarvis) – 4:09
  12. "Joy" – 4:01
  13. "Jackson" – 3:42
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
  1. "Down the Big Road Blues" (Mattie Delaney) – 4:07
  2. "Out of Touch" – 3:50
  3. "Still I Long For Your Kiss" (Alternate version) (Williams, Jarvis) – 5:00

Deluxe Edition Disc Two[edit]

Recorded live Jul 11, 1998, at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA.

  1. "Pineola" – 4:18
  2. "Something About What Happens When We Talk" – 3:44
  3. "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" – 4:42
  4. "Metal Firecracker" – 3:39
  5. "Right in Time" – 4:32
  6. "Drunken Angel" – 3:27
  7. "Greenville" – 3:46
  8. "Still I Long For Your Kiss" (Williams, Jarvis) – 4:39
  9. "2 Kool 2 Be 4-gotten" – 4:53
  10. "Can’t Let Go" (Weeks) – 3:51
  11. "Hot Blood" – 7:38
  12. "Changed The Locks" – 4:19
  13. "Joy" – 6:08

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Albums 14
U.S. Billboard 200 [14] 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 August 2005.
  2. ^ Klein, Joshua (March 29, 2002). "Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road > Review". avclub.com. The Onion. Retrieved 23 October 2005. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 30, 1998). "Consumer Guide: Pick Hit: Lucinda Willams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road". The Village Voice. Retrieved 11 November 2011.  Also posted at "Lucinda Williams > Consumer Guide Album". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 11 August 2005. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (July 10, 1998). "Dandy Williams: Much delayed and breathlessly awaited, Lucinda's gritty new cycle of songs Wheels so good". Entertainment Weekly (440). p. 74. Retrieved 12 May 2011.  Posted on July 6, 1998.
  5. ^ "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road > NME Reviews". NME. June 28, 1998. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Pitchfork review[dead link]
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 9, 1998 - July 23, 1998). "Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road > Album Review". Rolling Stone (790/791). Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2007.  Posted on June 18, 1978. Also posted at "Lucinda Willams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 11 November 2011. "Note: In print, this was a four-and-a-half star review. Initially I awarded the record five, but I was importuned to control my enthusiasm by my editors, who told me what turned out to be inaccurate things about what records had and hadn't gotten five stars in the past." 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Lucinda Williams". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 875–876. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.  Portions posted at "Lucinda Williams > Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Caulfield, Keith (February 8, 2008). "Ask Billboard: Williams' Wild 'West'". billboard.com. Retrieved 9 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "500 Greatest Albums: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams | Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Nichols, Lee (17 April 2000). "Sideman Supreme Gurf Morlix Steps...". Music Out Front. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  12. ^ Bukowski, Elizabeth (January 11, 2000). "Lucinda Williams". salon.com. Salon Media Group. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Creswell, Toby (2006). 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them. Thunder's Mouth Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-56025-915-2. 
  14. ^ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2011.

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