Carlene Carter Little Love Letters
Q: 4 Stars - Excellent - "...LITTLE LOVE LETTERS presents another ideal opportunity to fly the flag for Carlene Carter..."
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- Released: June 8, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Giant Records / Wea
Entertainment Weekly - 06/25/93, p.102"...a shrewd mixture of Carter's past and present....Carter's witty yelp-yodel-and-yell of a style has yielded some awfully catchy music..." - Rating: B+
Q - 12/93, p.1074 Stars - Excellent - "...LITTLE LOVE LETTERS presents another ideal opportunity to fly the flag for Carlene Carter..."
Musician - 8/93, p.88"...a heavenly mix of hillbilly and high tech..."
- 1.Little Love Letter, No. 1
- 2.Every Little Thing
- 3.Wastin' Time With You
- 4.Unbreakable Heart
- 5.Sweet Meant to Be
- 6.Nowhere Train
- 7.Long Hard Fall
- 8.Little Love Letter, No. 2
- 9.I Love You 'Cause I Want To
- 10.World of Miracles
- 11.First Kiss
- 12.Hallelujah in My Heart
- 13.The Rain
- 14.Heart Is Right
Personnel includes: Carlene Carter (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, autoharp, percussion); Howie Epstein (acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, bass, percussion, background vocals); John Jorgensen (acoustic & electric guitars, slide guitar, mandolin, mandocello, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, bass, 6-string bass); David Lindley (guitar, banjo, bass); Albert Lee (guitar, mandolin); Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel); Phil Parlapiano (accordion, piano); Benmont Tench (keyboards); Roy Husky Jr. (acoustic bass); Willie Weeks (bass); Joe Romersa, Eddie Bayers (drums); Howie Epstein, Andy Paley, Susan Cowsill, Kathy Valentine (background vocals); NRBQ, Jim Lauderdale, Dave Edmunds, Buddy Emmons.
Recorded at Huh Sound Theatre, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Carlene Carter (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, autoharp, mandolin, percussion, background vocals); John Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, mandocello, mandolin, bassoon, saxophone); Howie Epstein (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, percussion, background vocals); David Lindley (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle); Albert Lee (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Jay Dee Maness, Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Phil Parlapiano (accordion, piano); Benmont Tench (piano, organ, keyboards); Joe Romersa, Eddie Bayers (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Hah Sound Theatre.
In Carlene Carter's on-again, off-again singing career--three albums in the late '70s, three more in the early '90s--she's packed more smarts, passion and humor into a genre often sorely lacking all three than just about anybody else. A supercharged version of its predecessor, 1990's stellar I FELL IN LOVE, 1993's LITTLE LOVE LETTERS largely abandons the acoustic and bluegrass elements of that album in favor of rip-snorting, saucy rock with a twang.
Writing or co-writing every track herself, Carter matches dramatic personal revelations with wry, been-there-done-that wit, so that even torchy ballads like "Unbreakable Heart" have a don't-mess-with-me-again vibe. Carter's piercing voice, more controlled and modulated than it was on her '70s records, has matured into one of the most remarkable instruments in modern country music, and her songwriting here is, as always, simply amazing.
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