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Classic DVD Review: Gillian Welch | The Revelator Collection

The Americana artist's DVD was tardy as hell — but ended up being a timeless gem.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The full title of Americana singer-songwriter Gillian Welch’s spellbinding 2001 album was Time (The Revelator). Well, somebody — presumably her or her record label — sure took their sweet time issuing this companion video set.

Which is not to say it wasn’t worth the damn wait, because it was. This hour-long disc has three gorgeous videos from the gothically rootsy album (including a couple shot at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio B). But the real draw is the live footage — nine songs from Welch and musical partner David Rawlings, who conjure up magical versions of several Time cuts plus audience-pleasing renditions of Neil Young’s Pocahontas, Townes Van Zandt’s White Freight Liner Blues, Bill Monroe’s I’m On My Way Back To The Old Home and Bob Dylan’s Billy. It’s so good it’s timeless — even if it is tardy as hell.


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