- Released: February 27, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: MCA Nashville
- 1.Once In A Very Blue Moon
- 2.Lone Star State Of Mind
- 3.Trouble In The Fields
- 4.From A Distance
- 5.There's A Light Beyond These Woods
- 6.It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go
- 7.I Knew Love
- 8.Outbound Plane
- 9.Late Night Grande Hotel
- 10.Love At The Five And Dime
- 11.The Wing And The Wheel
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Producers include: Nanci Griffith, Tony Brown, Glyn Johns, Peter Van-Hooke, Rod Argent.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Includes liner notes by Robyn Flans.
Digitally remastered by Jim Phillips (Universal Mastering Studios, West North Hollywood, California).
Liner Note Author: Robyn Flans.
Photographers: Se¤or McGuire; Caroline Greyshock.
This is a beautifully compiled anthology whittled down from the five albums Griffith made for MCA in the late '80s and early '90s. Interestingly, it all hangs together rather cohesively, despite the stylistic differences from album to album. The songs from STORMS and LATE NIGHT GRANDE HOTEL, the former a folk-rock album and the latter verging on Enya's New Age turf, are quite a bit different from the pure country of LONE STAR STATE OF MIND or LITTLE LOVE AFFAIRS. It's a tribute to the intelligence of Griffith's songwriting and her basic musicality that the songs hang together so well. Highlights are almost too numerous to mention; the best (certainly the catchiest) song might be the early "Once in a Very Blue Moon," but there's nothing here that's less than rewarding.