Reunion Hill

Last updated

Reunion Hill
Reunion Hill.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 1997
Genre Folk, singer-songwriter
Length46:52
Label Shanachie
Producer Larry Campbell
Richard Shindell chronology
Blue Divide
(1995)
Reunion Hill
(1997)
Somewhere Near Paterson
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
FretplayStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [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.

Contents

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.

Track listing

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

Musicians:

Production

Related Research Articles

Richard Shindell Singer-songwriter

Richard Shindell is an American folk singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. Shindell grew up in Port Washington, NY. He now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with his wife, Lila Caimari, a university professor, and their children.

<i>Diamonds & Rust</i> 1975 studio album by Joan Baez

Diamonds & Rust is a 1975 album by American singer-songwriter Joan Baez. Baez on this album covered songs written or played by Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers, Jackson Browne and John Prine. Diamonds & Rust, however, also contains a number of her own compositions, including the title track, a distinctive song written about Bob Dylan, which has been covered by various other artists.

<i>Step Inside This House</i> 1998 studio album by Lyle Lovett

Step Inside This House is the seventh album by Lyle Lovett, released in 1998. In contrast with his earlier albums, populated mostly by songs penned by Lovett, House is a double-length album of cover songs written by fellow Texans.

<i>Gone from Danger</i> 1997 studio album by Joan Baez

Gone from Danger is a 1997 album by Joan Baez. Rather than relying on her own songwriting, Baez instead selected work by younger folk and rock artists to perform. She included Dar Williams' "If I Wrote You", Richard Shindell's "Reunion Hill", and Betty Elders' "Crack in the Mirror", as well as two Sinéad Lohan compositions. Around the time of the album's release, Baez confessed that she no longer found herself able to write songs, and felt more comfortable reverting to her original role, as an interpreter. The one track for which she receives credit, "Lily", was a poem written by Baez, to which Greenberg and Wilson added music.

<i>Honest Lullaby</i> 1979 studio album by Joan Baez

Honest Lullaby is a 1979 album by Joan Baez. It would be her final album on CBS Records' Portrait imprint, and her last new studio album issued in the U.S. until 1987. The autobiographical title song was written for her son, Gabriel Harris, and was performed on The Muppet Show in 1980. In addition to her own compositions, the album contained work by Janis Ian and Jackson Browne. "Let Your Love Flow" was originally a 1976 hit for The Bellamy Brothers. In her 1987 memoir, And a Voice to Sing With, Baez speculated that she was likely dropped from CBS due to a political disagreement she'd had with the label's then-president.

<i>Cowgirls Prayer</i> 1993 studio album by Emmylou Harris

Cowgirl's Prayer is the seventeenth studio album by American country artist Emmylou Harris, released on September 28, 1993 by Warner Bros. Records. Coming immediately after 1992's live acoustic At the Ryman album, Cowgirl's Prayer is a collection of similarly subdued material. Released at a time when older artists were being dropped from country radio playlists, the album received little airplay, despite positive reviews, and its relative commercial failure is said to have served as a catalyst for Harris' decision to change course with the harder edged sound of her subsequent work, beginning with 1995's rockish Wrecking Ball, thus rendering Cowgirl's Prayer Harris' last mainstream country album.

<i>End of the Summer</i> 1997 studio album by Dar Williams

End of the Summer is Dar Williams's third album, released on July 15, 1997 by Razor & Tie.

Cry Cry Cry

Cry Cry Cry was a folk supergroup, consisting of Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Dar Williams. The band released a single eponymous album of cover songs on October 13, 1998.

<i>Courier</i> (album) 2002 live album by Richard Shindell

Courier is the first live recording and sixth album by Richard Shindell. It includes many of his most popular originals from previous recordings, a cover of Lowell George's classic song, "Willin'", and what has been described as a "near-holy reading" of Bruce Springsteen's "Fourth of July, Asbury Park".

<i>South of Delia</i> 2007 studio album by Richard Shindell

South of Delia is the seventh solo album by American folk singer-songwriter Richard Shindell. South of Delia is a cover album. Although he himself is sometimes described as a "songwriter's songwriter," covers are not new to Shindell. In addition to recording a few on his previous solo albums, he was also one third of the folk supergroup / cover band Cry Cry Cry. On South of Delia, Shindell covers songs from several songwriting legends, including Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, as well as some from younger up-and-coming writer/performers, such as Jeffrey Foucault and Josh Ritter.

<i>Vuelta</i> (album) 2004 studio album by Richard Shindell

Vuelta is the sixth album by singer-songwriter Richard Shindell, recorded largely in collaboration with Puente Celeste, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

<i>Over the Hills</i> 2007 studio album by Lucy Kaplansky

Over the Hills is the sixth solo album by New York singer–songwriter Lucy Kaplansky, released in 2007. The album contains a mix of covers and original songs written with her husband, Rick Litvin.

<i>Sparrows Point</i> (album) 1992 studio album by Richard Shindell

Sparrows Point is the 1992 debut album of singer-songwriter Richard Shindell.

<i>Blue Divide</i> 1994 studio album by Richard Shindell

Blue Divide is the second album by singer-songwriter Richard Shindell. It was released in 1995 by Shanachie Records. Shanachie also released a live promo CD, Scenes from a Blue Divide (Live) and More which included five live tracks recorded at the Treestar Coffeehouse in Mount Kisco, New York.

Somewhere Near Paterson is a 2000 album by singer-songwriter Richard Shindell. It was Shindell's first album for Signature Sounds. It was also Shindell's first album following the album and tour performed with the collaboration, Cry Cry Cry. His band mates Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams join with him here on Buddy and Julie Miller's "My Love Will Follow You".

<i>Down the Road</i> (Larry Stewart album) 1993 studio album by Larry Stewart

Down the Road is the first album by the American country music artist Larry Stewart. It was his first solo release, as he had left his role as lead singer of the band Restless Heart a year before. The album was released in 1993 on RCA Records Nashville and it produced three singles for him on the Billboard country charts: "Alright Already" at number five, "I'll Cry Tomorrow" at number 34 and "We Can Love" at number 62. Also included is "When I Close My Eyes", a number two hit in 1997 for Kenny Chesney.

<i>Willin</i> (Jon Randall album) 1999 studio album by Jon Randall

Willin' is the third studio album released by American country music singer Jon Randall. It was released in 1999 via the independent Eminent label. Randall wrote or co-wrote ten of the eleven songs on the album and produced it, the sole exception being the title track. No singles were released from it.

<i>Rodney Crowell</i> (album) 1981 studio album by Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell is the eponymous third studio album by American country music artist Rodney Crowell. It was released in 1981 by Warner Bros. Records and was his last album on that label before switching to Columbia. It was the first album Crowell produced by himself. It reached #47 on the Top Country Albums chart and #105 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The songs, "Stars on the Water" and "Victim or a Fool" were released as singles. "Stars on the Water" reached #30 on the Hot Country Songs chart, his highest charting song up to that point. It peaked at #21 on the Canadian country charts. "Victim or a Fool" reached #34 in the U.S. The album was rereleased on compact disc in 2005 paired with his previous album But What Will the Neighbors Think.

Not Far Now is Richard Shindell's eighth studio album and sixth album of original material.

<i>Back to the Well</i> 2003 studio album by Kenny Rogers

Back to the Well is the twenty-fifth studio album released in 2003 by American country music singer Kenny Rogers. The album includes the singles "Harder Cards," "I'm Missing You" and "Handprints on the Wall," all of which charted on the Hot Country Songs chart between 2002 and 2003. "Harder Cards" peaked at number 47, "I'm Missing You" at 49 and "Handprints on the Wall" at 40. The album itself reached number 52 on the Top Country Albums chart.

References

  1. 1 2 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.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)