Reunion Hill

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Reunion Hill
Reunion Hill.jpg
Studio album by Richard Shindell
Released August 19, 1997
Genre Folk, singer-songwriter
Length 46:52
Label Shanachie
Producer Larry Campbell
Richard Shindell chronology
Blue Divide
(1995)
Reunion Hill
(1997)
Somewhere Near Paterson
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Fretplay 4/5 stars[2]
No Depression favorable[3]

Reunion Hill is a 1997 album by singer-songwriter Richard Shindell. It was Shindell's third and final studio album for Shanachie Records. Allmusic calls the album "songcraft at its finest."[1] The album includes a cover of "I'll Be Here in the Morning" by Townes Van Zandt who died earlier that same year.

Shindell composed the title song in 1996 for Joan Baez,[4] who later included it on her Gone From Danger album. It was also covered by Fairport Convention on their 2011 CD Festival Bell and Show of Hands on their 2012 album Wake the Union. The song is written from the perspective of a Civil War widow. Although Baez has called it the best antiwar song she has ever heard, Shindell has said he does not think of the song as antiwar.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Richard Shindell except where noted

  1. "The Next Best Western"- 4:35
  2. "Smiling" (Larry Campbell, Shindell) - 4:43
  3. "May" - 4:37
  4. "I Saw My Youth Today" - 3:18
  5. "Reunion Hill" - 4:28
  6. "Beyond the Iron Gate" - 5:24
  7. "Darkness, Darkness" (Jesse Colin Young) - 3:56
  8. "Money for Floods" - 3:46
  9. "Easy Street" - 3:58
  10. "The Weather" - 3:49
  11. "I'll Be Here in the Morning" (Townes Van Zandt) - 4:18

Personnel[edit]

Musicians:

  • Richard Shindell - vocals, acoustic guiatar, harmony, percussion
  • Larry Campbell - acoustic, electric and baritone guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel, fiddle, percussion
  • Lucy Kaplansky - harmony
  • Frank Vilardi - drums, percussion
  • Radoslav Lorković - piano, Hammond B3, harmonium, accordion
  • Dave Richards - electric and upright bass
  • Robby Walsh - Bodhran
  • Teresa Williams - harmony

Production

  • Produced by Larry Campbell
  • Recorded by Tim Conklin at Sorcerer Sound New York City
  • and by Al Hemberger, Matt Baxter and Roy Matthews at The Loft Bronxville, New York
  • Mixed at The Loft by Larry Campbell, Al Hemberger, and Richard Shindell

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tim Sheridan, "Review: Reunion", Allmusic
  2. ^ "Richard Shindell - Reunion Hill", Fretplay, August 19, 1997
  3. ^ Brian Baker, "Waxed - Record Review: Richard Shindell, Reunion Hill (Shanachie)", No Depression, 14, March-April 1998
  4. ^ Thomas Staudter (May 17, 1998). "Valhalla Singer in Joan Baez Tour". The New York Times. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Peter Marks (April 9, 2002). "Joan Baez Remembers High Times, High Stress". The New York Times. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 

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