Infamous Angel CD (1993)

Artist: Iris Dement

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Product Overview


Label Wea/warner Bros.
SKU 60144558
UPC 093624523826
UPC 14 00093624523826
Format CD
Release Date 5/25/1993
Author Iris Dement
Compilation Appearance Folk Live From Mountain Stage (Live)
Artist Influence Emmylou Harris
Artist Influence Gram Parsons
Artist Influence Guy Clark
Artist Influence Hazel Dickens
Artist Influence John Prine
Artist Influence Nanci Griffith
Artist Influence Patty Loveless
Artist Influence Suzanne Vega
Artist Influence The Louvin Brothers
Artist Influence Townes Van Zandt
Artist Contemporary Betty Elders
Artist Contemporary Buddy & Julie Miller
Artist Contemporary Carolyn Mark
Artist Contemporary Cheri Knight
Artist Contemporary Deke Dickerson
Artist Contemporary Dixie Chicks
Artist Contemporary Elizabeth Cook (Singer)
Artist Contemporary Emmylou Harris
Artist Contemporary Gillian Welch
Artist Contemporary Greg Brown
Artist Contemporary John Prine
Artist Contemporary Katie Moore
Artist Contemporary Kelly Willis
Artist Contemporary Laura Cantrell
Artist Contemporary Lucinda Williams
Artist Contemporary Mary Chapin Carpenter
Artist Contemporary Mary Gauthier
Artist Contemporary Maura O'Connell
Artist Contemporary Michelle Shocked
Artist Contemporary Mindy Smith
Artist Contemporary Nanci Griffith
Artist Contemporary Patsy Cline
Artist Contemporary Patty Griffin
Artist Contemporary Po' Girl
Artist Contemporary Rosanne Cash
Artist Contemporary Susan Tedeschi
Artist Contemporary Suzy Bogguss
Artist Contemporary The Blood Oranges
Artist Contemporary Tift Merritt
Artist Contemporary Tish Hinojosa
Artist Contemporary Victoria Williams
Artist Follower Erica Smith (Rock)
Artist Follower Gillian Welch
Artist Follower Jolie Holland
Artist Follower Kathleen Edwards
Artist Follower Natalie Merchant
Artist Follower Ryan Adams
Artist Follower The Be Good Tanyas (Group)
Technical Info
Engineer Jim Rooney; Richard Adler
Producer Jim Rooney
CatalogID 9362452382
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 05/01/1993
Original Release 1992
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 28s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624523826
Musical Guests
Emmylou Harris
Hal Ketchum
Jerry Douglas
Stuart Duncan
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Iris DeMent (vocals, acoustic guitar); Emmylou Harris, Hal Ketchum, Flora Mae DeMent (vocals); Mark Howard (acoustic guitar); Jerry Douglas, Al Perkins (dobro); Stuart Duncan (fiddle, mandolin); Pete Wasner (piano); Roy Husky, Jr. (acoustic bass); Jim Rooney, Jim Rooney, Jeff Black (background vocals).
Recorded at The Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by John Prine and Iris DeMent.
Personnel: Iris DeMent (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Jim Rooney (vocals, background vocals); Flora Mae DeMent, Hal Ketchum, Jeff Black, Infamous Angel Choir (vocals); Mark Howard (guitar, acoustic guitar); Emmylou Harris (gut-string guitar, background vocals); Jerry Douglas , Al Perkins (dobro); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Pete Wasner (piano); Roy M. "Junior" Husky (upright bass).
Audio Mixer: Richard Adler .
Liner Note Author: Iris DeMent.
Recording information: Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa, Nashville, TN.
Unknown Contributor Role: Infamous Angel Choir.
To many fans, Iris DeMent's debut INFAMOUS ANGEL remains the best work of her career. Unlike her later records, which sometimes get mired in political dogmatism and bleak melancholy, INFAMOUS ANGEL is the work of a wide-eyed innocent extolling the simple virtues of love, faith, and home.
From the whimsical spiritualism of "Let the Mystery Be" to the brisk love song "Hotter Than Mojave in my Heart" through to the album's closing affirmation of faith (the traditional gospel classic "Higher Ground"), INFAMOUS ANGEL evokes a world full of promise and possibility. Best of all are "Our Town," a loving tribute to a dying small town, and "Mama's Opry," a stunningly effective reminiscence of childhood and the effect of a mother's love of music. Accompaniment on all 11 tracks is sparse but sublime, unsurprising given the all-star cast of musicians who appear here: dobro player Al Perkins, bassist Roy Husky Jr., and singer Emmylou Harris, among others. DeMent's vocals, however, are the album's real musical find. Her big voice and broad pronunciation invite comparisons to Hazel Dickens, the great West Virginian old-time singer.
Artist Overview
A late bloomer, Iris DeMent released her first album in 1992 at the age of 31, but quickly established herself as a respected songwriter in the Americana mode. Her music is a patchwork of country, folk, and gospel influences, sung in a breathtaking soprano twang that evokes mountain streams, county fairs, and midnight train whistles. Fans have embraced her as torch-bearer for a lineage that has been frustratingly compromised by the more commercial strains of contemporary country music. DeMent has won a Grammy for her work with John Prine, and in 2003 married fellow roots-music aficionado Greg Brown.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/23/93, p.156) - "...Plainly beautiful, Iris DeMent's voice has the high country clarity rarely heard these days..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/4/92, p.73) - "...a batch of songs about love, home, and family so good you'd swear you've heard them before...I hear America singing--and it sounds like Iris DeMent..." - Rating: A
Q (6/93, p.95) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...her voice is an extraordinary thing, one step back from a perpetual hillbilly yodel. Her songs, too, display an emotional charge and simplicity of touch that can prove joyful and touching by turns, even on potentially soggy material...a performance of almost unnerving naturalness..."
Option (Sep.-Oct./92, p.99) - "...DeMent is a glorious songwriter..."
Melody Maker (5/22/93, p.29) - "...INFAMOUS ANGEL dwells lightly, but not winsomely, on love and home and the riddles of existence....It's also quite lovely...INFAMOUS ANGEL ranks among the best of simple pleasures, for sure..."
Audio Magazine (11/93, p.105) - " of the most ingenuous, charming, and original storytelling songwriters in years...."
NME (Magazine) (9/4/93, p.30) - "...INFAMOUS ANGEL is steeped in `Last Picture Show' Americana, without once resorting to rose-tinted nostalgia... Iris DeMent is a high plains drifter of the heart and INFAMOUS ANGEL is 100 years of solitude condensed into 11 cracking tunes..."
Disc 1
1 Let The Mystery Be
2 These Hills
3 Hotter Than Mojave In My Heart
4 When Love Was Young
5 Our Town
6 Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room
7 Infamous Angel - (with Jerry Douglas)
8 Sweet Forgiveness
9 After You're Gone
10 Mama's Opry - (with Emmylou Harris)
11 Higher Ground - (with The Infamous Angel Choir, featuring Hal Ketchum)

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