Natalie Merchant - Listening Party - Audio Streams

Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant - Listening Party - Audio Streams

Natalie Merchant - Listening Party - Audio Streams
Natalie Merchant
Retrospective 1990-2005

Songs The House Carpenter's Daughter Built

Singer's First Solo Career Retrospective
Available From Rhino September 27

LOS ANGELES -- As Natalie Merchant looks back on 15 years as a solo artist, Rhino Records pays tribute to her powerful singing and vivid songwriting with RETROSPECTIVE 1990-2005. This 28-song, two-disc set is filled with fan favorites and features an entire disc dedicated to unreleased outtakes, rarities, B-sides, and two new recordings.

Merchant's first solo-career compilation, RETROSPECTIVE 1990-2005, is available September 27 at regular physical and digital retail outlets and at for a suggested price of $29.98. A single-disc version of the CD consisting of only the hits will be available on the same date for $18.98. Compiled by Merchant, the first disc spotlights her favorite songs selected from all four of her studio albums -- Tigerlily, Ophelia, Motherland, and The House Carpenter's Daughter. Opening with a trio of hits from Tigerlily, Merchant's 1995 solo debut, RETROSPECTIVE 1990-2005 includes "Carnival," which reached #10 on Billboard's Pop chart, plus the single versions of "Wonder" and "Jealously," both of which cracked the Top 25 of Billboard's Pop chart. The anthology also includes "Kind and Generous," a song from Ophelia that peaked at #18 on Billboard's Pop chart.

The second disc of RETROSPECTIVE 1990-2005 dips below the radar for hard-to-find and unreleased music. "She Devil," a last minute deletion from Ophelia, makes its debut, as does "Cowboy Romance," which was recorded during the sessions for The House Carpenter's Daughter. Also included are Merchant's collaborations with The Chieftans, R.E.M., and Susan McKeown, plus three duets with Billy Bragg. Two new versions of previously released song --"Thick As Thieves" from Ophelia and "Tell Yourself" from Motherland --were recorded this summer.

RETROSPECTIVE 1990-2005 includes a track-by-track commentary penned by Merchant who reveals the inspiration behind many of her songs and how her memories are inextricably tied to music. "I tend to remember the events in my life and the people who have participated in them through the context of album cycles: writing, recording and performing," she writes. "They are my little epochs."


Disc One
1. "Wonder" single version
2. "Carnival"
3. "Jealousy" single version
4. " San Andreas Fault"
5. "Kind & Generous"
6. "Break Your Heart"
7. "Life Is Sweet"
8. "The Living"
9. "Build A Levee"
10. "Not In This Life"
11. "Motherland"
12. " Owensboro"
13. "Sally Ann"

Disc Two
1. "She Devil" *
2. "Cowboy Romance" *
3. "Children Go Where I Send Thee"
4. "Birds And Ships" with Billy Bragg
5. "The Lowlands Of Holland" with The Chieftans
6. "One Fine Day"
7. "Photograph" with R.E.M.
8. "Party Of God" with Billy Bragg
9. "Thick As Thieves" 2005 version
10. "Bread And Circuses" with Billy Bragg
11. "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" with Susan McKeown
12. "Tell Yourself" 2005 version
13. "But Not For Me"
14. "I Know How To Do It"
15. "Come Take A Trip In My Airship"

* Previously unreleased

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