1000 Kisses

1000 Kisses

by Patty Griffin


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On her last album, 1998's Flaming Red, Patty Griffin experimented -- quite successfully -- with a dense, impressionistic, electric sound, which was a surprise after her 1996 debut, the set of acoustic home demos that became Living with Ghosts. 1000 Kisses returns her to that acoustic setting, but it's subtly enhanced with accordion, cello, vibes, and piano. Whether she's singing a stripped-down cover of Bruce Springsteen's haunting ballad "Stolen Car," picking up the pace on the jaunty "Chief," which features Griffin on resonator guitar and producer Doug Lancio on mandolin, or assaying some full-throated Spanish on "Mil Besos," the focus is on Griffin's wonderful voice. Mournful, with a country-catch in the middle, it's a beautiful instrument that can sound a bit like early Shawn Colvin, a bit like Emmylou Harris (who sings harmony on "Long Road Home"). On "Tomorrow Night," the old R&B standard that Bob Dylan has also covered, Griffin balances easygoing swing with bittersweet longing and plays some nice blues guitar to boot. Griffin's no slouch as a songwriter -- the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, and Reba McEntire have all covered her songs -- and the prayerful "Be Careful" and the wistful "Rain" are among her best. But it's that voice that makes 1000 Kisses so seductive.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2002
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0791022150421
catalogNumber: 21504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patty Griffin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,finger cymbals,Guitar (Resonator)
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Giles Reaves   Drums,Tom-Tom,Bells,Vibes,Djembe,Hi Hat
Doug Lancio   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Michael Ramos   Accordion
Kami Lyle   Trumpet
David Jacques   Bass
John Deaderick   Piano
Luis A. Guerra   Acoustic Bass
Carrie Rodriguez   Violin

Technical Credits

Giles Reaves   Screen Sound
Simon Brown   Prop Design
Patty Griffin   Producer,Contributor
Doug Lancio   Producer
Michael Ramos   Producer,Contributor
Joey Reese   Illustrations
Elizabeth Aubrey   Prop Design

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1000 Kisses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
PattyFan More than 1 year ago
The vinyl re-release appears to suffer from a pressing/transfer issue. Patty's vocal track has hiss & distortion throughout the record which makes this difficult to listen to (no thanks to B&N who would not provide a return - I now have both black & coloured viny door stops). I love this album so much and I give the music 5 stars, however the vinyl pressing deserves 1 star! Consider getting the CD or download unless a 2nd pressing comes along (Sept 2016).
PattyFan More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately this vinyl release appears to have some pressing/transfer issues. Patty's vocal track has hiss & distortion throughout the record which makes this hard to listen to. I can confirm the black vinyl release also suffers from the same flaw (I now own two copies I can't play!). I love this album so much and I give the music 5 stars, however the vinyl pressing deserves 1 star! Consider getting the CD or download unless a 2nd pressing comes along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My roommate loves Patty Griffin and this CD was always playing on our stereo. I never sat down and really listened to it, but always loved humming along with the choruses and melodies. Now, after purchasing my own copy, there is no doubt about it: Patty's voice is perfect. It can be husky (the end of Tomorrow Night... so sexy and gorgeous and sad); it can be joyous (the line "I wish that you could see me when I'm flying in my dreams..." ); it can be filled with pain (the last acapella chorus of "Wishin' Well"). This woman is amazing. But beyond that, it's what she writes: the words and phrases that are in her lyrics. For me, Patty is the perfect combination of two of my favorite singers: Patsy Cline and Joni Mitchell. Her lyrics are simple but filled with imagery (Wishin' Well is a perfect example of that) and her voice is such that you get every inch of that imagery. This woman is a goddess!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever heard the BLUE album by Joni Mitchell? ... It is just so REAL - right? ... Well, this album by Patty Griffin is just as heartfelt and sincere - and breatakingly beautiful. I have NEVER before in my life woke up singing a song I could not get out of my head as much as I have with Making Pies - a song that was written about the Table Talk Pie company. Every time I hear this song, I think of my uncle, and his friend, Chris - the Table Talk Pie delivery man - who used to deliver the fresh-baked pies to my uncle's restaurant every day. ... The WHOLE album is like this! ... It's just very magical, and rich in imagery - and man, WHAT a VOICE this woman has. ... You will NOT be able to get these songs out of your head! You will be singing them softly - and OUT LOUD - to yourself for MONTHS! ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought this cd after reading the gushing of her fans re: her earlier works. HOLY MOLY! It's so honest, real & powerful while being as delicately translucent as a butterfly wing. It's FABULOUS in the purest sense. This is a cd that'll make the travelin' team, baby. Par excellent! For him who has ears to hear, this is the real deal...
NelNYC More than 1 year ago
It is rear to have an album where almost every cut is a beautiful gem, but this is such an album. Patty Griffin is a wonderful artist and she crafts a sonic (and lyrical) picture that never fails to draw you in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album quickly became one of my favorites (of all time). I hate to single out tracks when they are all so superior, but Long Ride Home is my favorite and Making Pies cannot be overlooked. This is a recording with great ''heart''. You will probably enjoy it if you are open to having your emotions evoked. Like many great albums, there is diversity here but somehow there is a cohesive whole.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this cd would be good, it's not....it's EXCELLENT. The more I listened the more I realized what a jewel it is. It's intelligent, honest, original, and perfectly executed. I can't bring myself to take it out of the changer or play anything else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All Patty Griffin fans were thrilled for the release of her third album... and I think we were all blown away with the soulful power that Patty delivered once again on 1,000 KISSES. Patty's sad and heartfilled voice is so beautiful that it will draw you into every song on the album, and her simple yet intricate lyrics will keep you listening over and over. Patty has become one of my favorite lyricists in recent years, and this album has proven that she belongs at the top of everyone's list. Her cover's of ''Stolen Car'' and ''Tomorrow Night'' showcase her ability to recreate a classic and make it even more memorable. You will not be disspointed with this collection of songs...
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