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by Eliza Gilkyson

A varied journey through almost 40 years of Eliza's musical history, with unreleased demos, out of print favorites and more
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Beautiful Dreamer
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2. Her Melancholy Muse
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3. Craggy and Belle
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4. Last Dance
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5. Buffalo Gals
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6. Wild Horse
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7. Don't Stop Lovin' Me
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8. All That You Want
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9. Dionysian Love
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10. Through the Looking Glass
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11. Take Off Your Old Coat
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12. Rosie Strike Back
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13. Love Will Come True
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14. Closer
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15. Talkin' to the Night
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16. Getaway
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17. Where Did I Go Wrong
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18. Este Salida Del Sol
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19. Rainmaker
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20. A Little Star Came Down
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The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third generation musician who grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. “I got into it for all the wrong reasons, more as a survival tool than anything else, but it proved to serve me more than I dared to imagine.” As a teenager, she recorded demos for her dad, who wrote folk music hits “Greenfields,” “Marianne,” and “Memories Are Made of This,” among others. “He would use me in the studio because I had a mature voice at an early age and would work for free,” laughs Eliza. Soon after, she was writing and recording her own material as well.
At the end of the sixties, she moved to New Mexico with likeminded souls, eventually raising a family, all the while developing a loyal fan base in the Southwest and Texas. She cut numerous records, including Pilgrims, released on Gold Castle Records in 1987.After a period in Europe working with Swiss composer/harpist Andreas Vollenweider, Eliza returned to the United States releasing Through the Looking Glass in ’96 (Private Music), and 1997’s Redemption Road (Silverwave/ MTI), which she has recently reissued. Eliza started her own label, Realiza Records and put out Misfits in 1999, a collection of outtakes that received favorable press as a sound that connected the worlds of folk and modern storytelling.
In 2000, Eliza released her first album on the Red House Records label, Hard Times in Babylon. The album was a critical success followed quickly by more acclaim for her second recording with them, Lost and Found. She has also been on several compilations issued by Red House, including the Bob Dylan tribute album, Nod to Bob, and a Greg Brown tribute called Going Driftless, benefitting a breast cancer research group. Eliza has appeared several times on NPR's All Things Considered, recently played Austin City Limits, and in February of 2003 she was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, alongside such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Nancy Griffith, and others. Eliza recorded Land of Milk and Honey in 2004, a recording decidedly more sociopolitical in theme, that was nominated for a Grammy. Her most recent CD is Paradise Hotel which has already made DJ Top Ten lists all over the US and Europe.



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Love all of her music and it was fun listening to the
evolution of her work. So glad I bought this one

Don Daniels

Only recently have I heard Eliza's recordings after an NPR spot. Retro Specto is
Sound was wonderful. Loved all the different styles of music on this cd. Glad I bought it. gives me more of a feel for the artist.

L. Milton

Best album I've bought in a while.
One of Eliza's very best. Great warm vocals,& great guitar accompaniment. How could anyone not love this?


Rare Eliza
I officially now own all Eliza's albums, she's amazing! I'm so glad this was released in 2005, a wonderful glimpse of elusive and rare Eliza recordings.


Eliza's voice beautiful (as usual)..really good stuff, nice to hear Bonny Raitt as well. Won't disappoint those who've bought her later work. Keep 'em coming!
Cheers from The Big Brown Land Downunder

kerstin åkerfeldt gustafsson

Retro Specto
I love your music even moore then Eva Hillered (my song-coach) does!Still waiting for chords and lyrics!
It would be great if you could visit Sweden. If you do, please let me know!
Best wishes from your greatest fan from Sweden!