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Format: CD
Sku: 202506209
UPC: 828768073926
UPC 14: 00828768073926
Release Date: 5/23/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Long Way Around, The ~ Dixie Chicks
2. Easy Silence ~ Dixie Chicks
3. Not Ready To Make Nice ~ Dixie Chicks
4. Everybody Knows ~ Dixie Chicks
5. Bitter End ~ Dixie Chicks
6. Lullaby ~ Dixie Chicks
7. Lubbock Or Leave It ~ Dixie Chicks
8. Silent House ~ Dixie Chicks
9. Favorite Year ~ Dixie Chicks
10. Voice Inside My Head ~ Dixie Chicks
11. I Like It ~ Dixie Chicks
12. Baby Hold On ~ Dixie Chicks
13. So Hard ~ Dixie Chicks
14. I Hope ~ Dixie Chicks
With Taking The Long Way, one of the most anticipated albums in recent years, the Dixie Chicks are putting themselves out there like never before. For the first time, every one of the disc's fourteen songs are co-written by the Chicks themselves, exploring themes both deeply private and resoundingly political.

Collaborating with legendary producer Rick Rubin (who has worked with everyone from Johnny Cash to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Run DMC to Neil Diamond), the biggest-selling female band in history has truly pushed themselves to new heights both as writers and as performers. "Everything felt more personal this time," says Maines. "I go back to songs we've done in the past and there's just more maturity, depth, intelligence on these. They just feel more grown-up." Inspired by such classic rock artists as the Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the Mamas and the Papas, Taking The Long Way adds a sweeping, Southern California vibe to the Chicks' down-home intimacy. That ambition is matched with lyrics addressing everything from small-town narrow-mindedness ("Lubbock or Leave It") to the psychology of celebrity ("Everybody Knows"). "This album was about finding a balance in the different aspects of our lives," says Emily Robison, "but there's something thematic there, too--it's really about being bold."

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Natalie Maines (vocals, omnichord, background vocals); Dan Wilson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, piano, background vocals); Gary Louris (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, background vocals); Emily Robison (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, sitar, accordion, background vocals); Smokey Hormel (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jonny Polonsky (acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, piano); Martie Maguire (mandolin, violin, viola, strings, background vocals); Lloyd Maines, Marvin Etzioni (mandolin); Richard Dodd (cello); Mario de Le¢n, Matthew Funes, Gerardo Hilera, Joel Derouin, Larry Corbett, Andrew Duckles (strings); Steve Kujala (flute); Terry Landry (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Lon Price (tenor saxophone); Brian Swartz (trumpet); Brad Warnaar (French horn); Benmont Tench (piano, tack piano, harpsichord, harmonium, Farfisa, Wurlitzer organ); Larry Knechtel (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Chris Testa (xylophone); Lenny Castro (percussion); Bonnie Raitt (background vocals); John Mayer , Keb' Mo', Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Chad Smith .
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Richard Dodd.
Muze PNote Recording information: Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA; The Village, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mark Seliger.
Muze PNote At the time of TAKING THE LONG WAY's release, the lyrical content of a high-profile album by a big-deal artist hadn't been the topic of such public scrutiny since Eminem was still a hot topic. The Dixie Chicks certainly had to have seen this coming, though, after they withstood a firestorm of insults, threats, and boycotts for criticizing George W. Bush's policies. "Not Ready to Make Nice" and "Lubbock or Leave It" (among others) make it clear, however, that the Chicks have no intention of retreating a single step from their convictions. Similarly, the fact that TAKING THE LONG WAY is as much a pop album as it is contemporary country should not be misinterpreted as an abandonment of the factions that turned against the group during the controversy in question.
Muze PNote The soaring pop choruses and dashes of string orchestration that vie for space with acoustic picking and steel guitar swells should rather be seen in the context of a group that's been evolving toward a pop/country amalgam for some time. (Don't forget that one of their biggest hits was a Fleetwood Mac cover.) If anything, the expansive sonic approach and forthright themes simply stand to show that the Chicks have transcended genre pigeonholes. There's still plenty of country in their sound, but with LONG WAY the trio belongs to the larger world at last.

Producer: Rick Rubin; Rick Rubin

Engineer: Chris Testa; Greg Fidelman; Jim Scott; John Silva

Artist Overview

Taking their name from the Little Feat classic "Dixie Chicken," the Dixie Chicks hit their stride in 1998 with their major label debut, WIDE OPEN SPACES, a wild blend of bluegrass, pop and country. Number one records, sold-out tours, Grammy nominations and a follow-up record soon followed, establishing them as major pop-country crossover superstars. The Chicks were the center of an enormous controversy over a very public criticism they made in 2003 of President of George W. Bush and his war in Iraq. And while protests and boycotts abounded, the Chicks returned triumphantly--sales figures as big as ever--with 2006's TAKE THE LONG WAY.

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

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Pickin' On
The Country Dance Kings
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/23/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 82876807392
Music Label Name Label : Open Wide Records
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 : 00828768073926

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.226)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Their seventh studio album embraces the depth and fury of classic rock while remaining true to the trio's Texas roots."

Rolling Stone (p.104)
- Ranked #19 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[G]orgeous country rock, killer power ballads and fierce honky-tonk."

Entertainment Weekly (p.130)
- Ranked #6 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Records Of 2006" -- "[P]roducer Rick Rubin brings the rock without losing that front-porch feel."

No Depression (pp.122-123)
- "[S]ome of the strongest, most involving music this group has yet produced."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] an edginess, intransigence and outspokenness that, despite their country stylings, structure and instruments has affinities with rock."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Dixie Chicks
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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