"These Days in an Open Book" - Griffith, Nanci

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  • These Days in an Open Book (Studio Version) – Nanci Griffith (3:33)

Background Information

During a break from U2, both Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen worked on the album “Flyer” by Nanci Griffith. Adam worked on three tracks, and Larry four. This track, “These Days in an Open Book” features both Adam and Larry. It was released to radio as a single to promote the album as it was up for a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Folk Album” at the 1995 Award show. The promotional single features the same version of the song which is found on the album itself. It was released with little in the way of art, with no front cover, and a generic back insert from Elektra records. A sticker is affixed to the front of the jewel case announcing “Nanci Griffith: These Days in an Open Book from Flyer Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Folk Album” along with the catalog number of the release.

“These Days in an Open Book” followed the single “This Heart” which featured Larry Mullen as well.

The backing female voices that can be heard on this track are Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.

Liner Notes

These Days in an Open Book:
Words and Music by Nanci Griffith. Nanci Griffith: Lead and Harmony Vocals, Guitar. Amy Ray: Supporting Vocals. Emily Saliers: Supporting Vocals. James Hooker: Piano, Hammond B3. Bill Dillon: Mandolin, Guitar. Byrd Burton: Acoustic and Electric Guitar. David Mansfield: Dobro. John Painter: Electric Bari Guitar. Michael Rhodes: Bass Guitar. Adam Clayton: Bass Guitar. Larry Mullen Jnr.: Drums, Percussion, Leg and Boot. Mickey Raphael: Harmonica. Produced by Peter Collins for Jill Music Inc. Engineered and mixed by David Leonard.

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