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Format: CD
Sku: 60144558
UPC: 093624523826
UPC 14: 00093624523826
Release Date: 5/25/1993
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Let The Mystery Be ~ Iris DeMent
2. These Hills ~ Iris DeMent
3. Hotter Than Mojave In My Heart ~ Iris DeMent
4. When Love Was Young ~ Iris DeMent
5. Our Town ~ Iris DeMent
6. Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room ~ Iris DeMent
7. Infamous Angel - (with Jerry Douglas) ~ Iris DeMent
8. Sweet Forgiveness ~ Iris DeMent
9. After You're Gone ~ Iris DeMent
10. Mama's Opry - (with Emmylou Harris) ~ Iris DeMent
11. Higher Ground - (with The Infamous Angel Choir, featuring Hal Ketchum) ~ Iris DeMent

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Recorded at The Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by John Prine and Iris DeMent.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Richard Adler .
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Iris DeMent.
Muze PNote Recording information: Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: Infamous Angel Choir.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Jim Rooney

Engineer: Jim Rooney; Richard Adler

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Emmylou Harris
Muze Guest Artist Hal Ketchum
Muze Guest Artist Jerry Douglas
Muze Guest Artist Stuart Duncan

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Long Way Around (Acoustic Coll
Muze Music Compilations Folk Live From Mountain Stage (Live)
Muze Music Compilations In Spite Of Ourselves
Muze Music Compilations Songcatcher
Muze Music Compilations Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 3
Muze Music Compilations Wounded Heart Of America
Muze Music Compilations Veteran's Day: The Tom Russell Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Mountain
Muze Music Compilations Tulare Dust:tribute To Merle Haggard
Muze Music Compilations Man From God Knows Where

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/01/1993
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1992
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9362452382
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624523826

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..."

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