I hadn’t heard this in years. Pulled out a hard drive today in order send this track to a friend as we had just been discussing Gillian Welch’s Soul Journey LP from 2003. The following cover of “Revelator,” off Welch’s album of the same name, has a Crazyhorse feel with Ryan Adams leading the charge backed by David Rawlings and Welch during the sessions that would ultimately yield Adams’ solo debut, Heartbreaker.

MP3: Ryan Adams ::  Revelator (Gillian Welch)

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16 Responses to “Ryan Adams w/ Gillian Welch :: Revelator (2000)”

  1. i love this.

  2. I used to be obsessed with this song. But the version that got me hooked, and that makes all others pale in comparison:


    It’s just smokier and more soulfull. WIth a better mix of Gillian and Ryan’s vocals. Although I do like the guitar on the Destroyer version.

  3. solid gold.

  4. everything ryan adams and gillian welch collaborated on back then was like pennies from heaven.


  6. Amighty, Thanks for that Exit/In version. I’d be much obliged if you’d share the entire show.

    Ad, thanks for the Destroyer version. That’s one Ryan demo that I don’t have but now wish that i did.

  7. More Ryan Adams with David Rawlings and Gillian Welch. Pure brilliance. Thank you for reminding me of that.


  8. More great stuff from Ryan Adams. LOVE the wah guitar!

  9. I might be in the minority here, but I’ll take Gillian’s album cut of this track — just a stark, intricate, beautiful, little journey. They’re all great, but that one’s just performed on another level. The two Ryan Adams versions sounds like something from a Noel Gallagher solo performance, which (again, probably in the minority) is a high compliment.

  10. @frankie, no, I like the original the most as well too if forced to pick and choose

  11. Frankie, I definitely agree with you. That whole album, Time (The Revelator) is simply amazing. This is a great version, but the album version is just breathtaking. Gillian and Dave are magic.

    That whole Exit/In show is so good; one of my favorite Ryan solo shows. It’s available at the archive: http://www.archive.org/details/ryanadams1999-10-28.sbd.flac16

  12. Fuckinoutasight!

  13. If “New York” doesn’t take off, he might have made several albums with this sound.

  14. Wow…it may not trump the Gillian version, but it works for me. And thanks to Eric and Travis for the additional goodness.

  15. Here’s to hoping this Metal thing is just a phase.

  16. @scott – I think RA is too interested in doing too many things to have ever made several albums in one vein.

    @Scott W. – He’ll probably have two/three new “non-metal” albums out before the end of the year, so there’s that.

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