- Released: August 21, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: RCA
Q - 1/03, p.1323 stars out of 5
- "...The 17 tracks here can't fail to be utterly beguiling..."
Uncut - 01/03, p.1333 stars out of 5
- "...Lyrically they travel amazing territory..."
- 1.Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis)
- 2.Sweet Jane
- 3.Misguided Angel
- 4.I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
- 5.Rock And Bird
- 6.Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning
- 7.Escape Is So Simple
- 8.'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel
- 9.To Live Is To Fly
- 10.Murder, Tonight, In The Trailer Park
- 11.Southern Rain
- 12.Cowboy Junkies Lament
- 13.Anniversary Song
- 14.Cold Tea Blues
- 15.Ring On The Sill
- 16.Hard To Explain
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Cowboy Junkies: Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Peter Timmins, Alan Anton.
Producers: Michael Timmins, Peter J. Moore.
Compilation producer: Paul Williams.
Includes liner notes by Michael Hill.
Digitally remastered by Bill Lacey(Digital Sound And Picture, New York, New York).
Audio Mixers: Cowboy Junkies; Bob Cobban; Peter J. Moore.
Liner Note Author: Michael Hill.
Recording information: Eastern Sound, Toronto, Canada (11/27/1987-04/30/1993); Grant Avenue Studio (11/27/1987-04/30/1993); Studio 306, Toronto, Canada (11/27/1987-04/30/1993); The Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, Canada (11/27/1987-04/30/1993).
The title of this 2001 collection is a bit of a misnomer, since it only draws from the Cowboy Junkies' years on the RCA label (1986-1993). However, since that era was the Canadian ensemble's heyday, it still serves as a fine (if not comprehensive) overview. The collection features their gorgeously drowsy versions of the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" and Hank Williams's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," along with notable originals such as the spare "Misguided Angel" and the gentle "Ring on the Sill." Throughout these 16 tracks, the cool, plaintive vocals of Margo Timmins and the delicate guitar work of Michael Timmins (her brother and the group's songwriter) are showcased, making this an excellent primer for those unfamiliar with the band's beautifully languid sound.