Diamonds & Dirt

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Diamonds & Dirt
Studio album by Rodney Crowell
Released March 30, 1988
Genre Country
Length 34:54
Label Columbia
Producer Rodney Crowell
Tony Brown
Rodney Crowell chronology
Street Language
(1986)Street Language1986
Diamonds & Dirt
The Rodney Crowell Collection
(1989)The Rodney Crowell Collection1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Diamonds & Dirt is an album released in 1988 by American singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (see 1988 in country music). His fifth studio album, it was also his second release for the Columbia Records label. The album was also his most successful, achieving RIAA gold certification. In addition, all five of its singles reached Number One on the Billboard country charts, setting a record for the most Number One hits from a country album. In order of release, these were "It's Such a Small World" (a duet with then-wife Rosanne Cash), "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried", "She's Crazy for Leaving", "After All This Time", and a cover of Buck Owens' "Above and Beyond (The Call of Love)".

This was Crowell's first album recorded entirely in Nashville and the first aimed squarely at a country audience.[2]

The album was later re-issued by Columbia Legacy with three bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rodney Crowell except where noted.

  1. "Crazy Baby" (Rodney Crowell, Will Jennings) – 3:06
  2. "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" – 3:17
  3. "She's Crazy for Leavin'" (Crowell, Guy Clark) – 3:16
  4. "After All This Time" – 4:28
  5. "I Know You're Married" – 3:31
  6. "Above and Beyond" (Harlan Howard) – 2:28
  7. "It's Such a Small World" – 3:21
  8. "I Didn't Know I Could Lose You" – 3:21
  9. "Brand New Rag" (Crowell, Jennings) – 3:07
  10. "The Last Waltz" (Crowell, Jennings) – 5:21
  11. "I've Got My Pride but I Got to Feed the Kids" – 2:28A
  12. "It's Lonely Out" – 3:40A
  13. "Lies Don't Lie" – 3:04A

AOnly included on Legacy re-issue.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 8
Canadian RPM Country Albums 9


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Anon. "Country concert series opens soon." Aiken (SC) Standard 2 Apr 1989: 11
  • Allmusic (see infobox)
  • Diamonds & Dirt (cassette liner notes). Rodney Crowell. Columbia Records. 1988. 44076.