The Last of the True Believers

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The Last of the True Believers
Studio album by Nanci Griffith
Released 1986
Recorded October 7-9, 1985 at Jack Clement's Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 35:16
Label Philo Records
Producer Jim Rooney and Nanci Griffith
Nanci Griffith chronology
Once in a Very Blue Moon
(1984)
The Last of the True Believers
(1986)
Lone Star State of Mind
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]

The Last of the True Believers is singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith's fourth album, and her last with the folk music-oriented Philo Records. The acclaim accorded her from her previous Once in a Very Blue Moon and the current album would gain her a contract with a major recording company after this album. Here, Griffith continues her turn toward a more country-oriented work than her first two albums, which were primarily folk-sounding. It also includes two songs which would later be hits for Kathy Mattea: "Love at the Five and Dime" from her 1986 album Walk the Way the Wind Blows, and "Goin' Gone", Mattea's first Number One, from 1987's Untasted Honey.

Cover[edit]

The photograph on the album cover contains several references to the album's songs. A couple can be seen dancing behind Griffith, standing in front of a Woolworth's store as described in "Love at the Five and Dime." The male dancer is Lyle Lovett who also appears on the album as a vocalist. The man standing at far left is John T. Davis, at the time a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

As with other Nanci Griffith albums she is pictured holding books by and/or about southern writers. On the front cover she is holding a copy of The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams by Donald Spoto. On the album's back cover she is clutching Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. [3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Nanci Griffith; except where indicated

  1. "Last of the True Believers" - 2:47
  2. "Love at the Five and Dime" - 4:33
  3. "St. Olav's Gate" (Tom Russell) - 3:03
  4. "More Than a Whisper" (Griffith, Bobby Nelson) - 3:42
  5. "Banks of the Pontchartrain" - 3:39
  6. "Lookin' for the Time (Workin' Girl)"- 2:43
  7. "Goin' Gone" (Pat Alger, Bill Dale, Fred Koller) - 4:19
  8. "One of These Days" - 2:54
  9. "Love's Found a Shoulder" - 2:19
  10. "Fly by Night" - 2:36
  11. "The Wing and the Wheel" - 2:41

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