Indigo Girls: Emily Saliers, Amy Ray .
Personnel: Amy Ray (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Emily Saliers (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); Ani DiFranco (vocals, guitar); Sara Lee (vocals, pennywhistle); Michael Stipe (vocals, trumpet); Randell Kirsch (vocals, acoustic bass, percussion); Michael Lorant (vocals, drums); De De Vogt, Michelle Martin, LuAnn Kirsch, Chris Hickey (vocals); Tom Morello (guitar, drums); Frank French (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, keyboards, percussion); Bill Taft (banjo, cornet); Sam Bush (mandolin); Sheila Doyle (violin); Karen Chance (pennywhistle); Carol Isaacs (accordion, keyboards); Chuck Lavelle (piano); Michael Larant, Jerry Marotta (drums, percussion); Chris Verene, Simone Simonton, Josh Freese, Rev. Brady Blade (drums); Dan McNamara (congas, percussion); Don McCollister, Paulinho Da Costa, Barbara J. Marino (percussion).
Additional personnel: Scarlet Rivera (violin); Chuck Leavell (piano); Randell Kirsch (acoustic bass guitar); Dave Edwards, Sara Lee , Tom Morello, Claire Kenny (bass guitar); Dan McNamara (congas, percussion); LuAnn Kirsch, Chris Hickey (background vocals); Jerry Marotta, Michael Lorant, Michael Stipe , Paulinho Da Costa, Ani DiFranco, Sam Bush, Frank French, Rev. Brady Blade, Carol Isaacs, Barbara J. Marino.
Audio Mixers: David Leonard ; Ralph Sall; De De Vogt; Melanie Hammet; Eddie Miller ; Glenn Matullo; Patrick McCarthy; Tim Oliver; Bob Clearmountain.
Audio Remixers: Tom Morello; Dave Cooley.
Liner Note Authors: Amy Ray ; Emily Saliers.
Recording information: Athens, GA (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Bass Performance Hall, Ft. Worth, TX (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City, OK (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Cleveland, OH (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Congress House Studio, Austin, TX (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Dragon Path Music [Frank French Studio 2] (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Nickel & Dime Recording Studios, Avondale Estates, GA (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles, CA (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Sound And Fury Studios, Atlanta, GA (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Soundcheck (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Southern Tracks Studio, Atlanta, GA (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Tree Sound Studios, Norcross, GA (02/??/1986-10/24/2004); Woodland Sound Studio, Nashville, TN (02/??/1986-10/24/2004).
In the mid-1980s, the Indigo Girls helped reintroduce thoughtful, introspective singer/songwriter-based music back to the mainstream, turning out a steady stream of material over the ensuing decades. The 2005 collection RARITIES captures the tunes that fell through the cracks along the way, including live cuts, soundtrack contributions, and more. The first thing that becomes apparent here is the duo's excellent taste in covers. The disc opens with a scaled-down, acoustic version of the Clash's furious "Clampdown" that will come as a shock to anyone familiar with the original. They also do a lovely (if less revelatory) take on the Grateful Dead's transcendent "Uncle John's Band," not to mention the Neil Young-less Crazy Horse's forlorn "I Don't Wanna Talk About It." There are plenty of original tunes as well, of course, including live versions of the fervent "Cold As Ice," and "It Won't Take Long," which sounds like it could have come off Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour. RARITIES is largely aimed at hardcore Indigo Girls fans but bears some surprises for the casual listener as well.