Editors’ Notes Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is the type of career-defining album that artists dream of creating. Immediately upon release it received rave reviews and upped Lucinda Williams’ artistic credibility to the first order. It isn’t hard to hear why. The 13 songs are perfectly polished gems, with haunting melodies, quotable, memorable lyrics, tight, precise production and Williams’ pointed pained phrasings and southern charm. This “deluxe edition” features three additional tracks: an alternate version of “Still I Long For Your Kiss” that appeared on The Horse Whisperer soundtrack, an early, sparse reading of “Out of Touch,” which appeared on her follow-up album Essence, and the 1920s blues “Down the Big Road Blues.” But the real draw here is album two: a live performance from July 11, 1998 at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia for the World Café radio program, it shows Williams and her backing band in top form, spitting forth nine Car Wheels tracks alongside four others. Though often noted as a painstaking perfectionist in the studio, Williams delivers fresh performances that mine her material’s emotive power without sacrificing the alluring nuance of her best work.

SONG
Right In Time
1
4:36
 
Car Wheels On a Gravel Road
2
4:44
 
2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
3
4:42
 
Drunken Angel
4
3:19
 
Concrete and Barbed Wire
5
3:08
 
Lake Charles
6
5:27
 
Can't Let Go
7
3:28
 
I Lost It
8
3:31
 
Metal Firecracker
9
3:29
 
Greenville
10
3:23
 
Still I Long for Your Kiss
11
4:09
 
Joy
12
4:01
 
Jackson
13
3:42
 
Down the Big Road Blues
14
4:07
 
Out of Touch
15
3:49
 
Still I Long for Your Kiss (Alternate Version)
16
5:04
 
Pineola (WXPN Live At the World Café)
1
4:18
 
Something About What Happens When We Talk (WXPN Live At the World Café)
2
3:44
 
Car Wheels On a Gravel Road (WXPN Live At the World Café)
3
4:42
 
Metal Firecracker (WXPN Live At the World Café)
4
3:39
 
Right In Time (WXPN Live At the World Café)
5
4:32
 
Drunken Angel (WXPN Live At the World Café)
6
3:27
 
Greenville (WXPN Live At the World Café)
7
3:46
 
Still I Long for Your Kiss (WXPN Live At the World Café)
8
4:39
 
2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (WXPN Live At the World Café)
9
4:53
 
Can't Let Go (WXPN Live At the World Café)
10
3:51
 
Hot Blood (WXPN Live At the World Café)
11
7:38
 
Changed the Locks (WXPN Live At the World Café)
12
4:19
 
Joy (WXPN Live At the World Café)
13
6:08