Nonesuch Releases The Natalie Merchant Collection on June 23, 2017

May 4, 2017

Nonesuch Releases The Natalie Merchant Collection on June 23, 2017

Deluxe 10-CD box set includes all eight solo albums, plus Butterfly, a newly recorded set, and Rarities, a disc of previously unreleased and rare tracks.

‘Merchant is a rare breed: an artist who has never compromised, but instead evolved with integrity, thought, and meaning.’ – Daily Telegraph


Nonesuch Records releases The Natalie Merchant Collection – a deluxe 10-CD box set compiled by Merchant – on June 23.  The Natalie Merchant Collection comprises all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades.  A ninth disc, Butterfly, is a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from her catalogue, all arranged for string quartet.  The final disc is Rarities, a collection of 15 rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017, which offers a unique view of Merchant’s creative experimentation through home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks, and collaborations with diverse artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy HelmPlease see complete track listing below.  The package includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of the singer-songwriter’s solo career – an archival treasure box for collectors.  Pre-orders are available now at with an instant download of the new recording of Frozen Charlotte from the Butterflydisc as well as an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merchant.

To coincide with the release of the box set, Merchant will tour the US this summer with Natalie Merchant: 3 Decades of Song, performing songs from across her entire career.  A portion of the tour’s proceeds will be donated to the environmental organization Food & Water Watch, which champions healthy food and clean water.  Tickets are on sale now, and more information may be found at

Q magazine has called Natalie Merchant ‘among the most compelling and distinctive voices of the last decade’, while Vogue has said she is ‘one of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the Eighties intact and uncompromised’.  Her career began in 1981 when, as a college student, she joined the seminal alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs, which signed to Elektra Records in 1984.  As lead vocalist, lyricist, and sometimes pianist, Merchant released six critically acclaimed studio albums with the band, including the platinum-certified In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989),Our Time in Eden (1992), and the multi-platinum MTV Unplugged (1993), which became the band’s most successful release as well as one of the best-selling in the Unplugged series.  She left the group in 1993, and in 1995 released her multi-platinum solo debut, Tigerlily, followed by the platinum Ophelia(1998) and Motherland (2001). In 2003 she independently released an album of traditional and contemporary folk music, The House Carpenter’s Daughter(included in this collection), which also coincided with the birth of her child.   For the next seven years she lived quietly in New York’s Hudson Valley devoting herself to family and community, while taking opportunities to collaborate with other musicians and strengthen her commitment to activism and philanthropy.

In 2010, Merchant returned with a thematic double album, Leave Your Sleep, her debut for Nonesuch Records.  For this meditation on childhood and mothering Merchant set nineteenth- and twentieth century American and British children’s poetry to music.  She also collaborated with award-winning children’s book illustrator Barbara McClintock for a picture book based on the album.  In 2014, Nonesuch released Natalie Merchant, her sixth solo album and first of entirely original songs in thirteen years, which the New York Times called a ‘set of dark, brave, thoughtful, and serenely startling songs’ and theDaily Telegraph praised for the ‘intelligence of her writing, and piercing character studies that thicken with each musical brushstroke’.  Nonesuch most recently released Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings in 2015.  This collection of all-new recordings revisits Merchant’s solo debut, Tigerlily.  The release was accompanied by a documentary DVD.  ‘Time has only amplified the power of Merchant’s music,’ according to Mojo, while the Guardianwrote of her anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘This is poetic indie pop that’s reached maturity … Merchant’s lush acoustic, orchestral set is dramatic, intimate, and it’s impressive to witness.’

Merchant remains dedicated to a wide array of social justice and environmental causes. Recently, she spearheaded the making of the protest concert film Dear Governor Cuomo (2013) with New Yorkers Against Fracking, actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, and filmmakers Jon Bowermaster and Alex Gibney, and she directed and produced SHELTER: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence (2014).





1.      San Andreas Fault

2.      Wonder

3.      Beloved Wife

4.      River

5.      Carnival

6.      I May Know The Word

7.      The Letter

8.      Cowboy Romance

9.      Jealousy

10.    Where I Go

11.    Seven Years


DISC 2 – OPHELIA (1998)

1.      Ophelia

2.      Life Is Sweet

3.      Kind & Generous

4.      Frozen Charlotte

5.      My Skin

6.      Break Your Heart

7.      King Of May

8.      Thick As Thieves

9.      Effigy

10.    The Living

11.    When They Ring the Golden Bells



1.      This House Is on Fire

2.      Motherland

3.      Saint Judas

4.      Put The Law on You

5.      Build a Levee

6.      Golden Boy

7.      Henry Darger

8.      The Worst Thing

9.      Tell Yourself

10.    Just Can’t Last

11.    Not in This Life

12.    I’m Not Gonna Beg



1.      Sally Ann

2.      Which Side Are You On?

3.      Crazy Man Michael

4.      Diver Boy

5.      Weeping Pilgrim

6.      Soldier, Soldier

7.      Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow

8.      House Carpenter

9.      Owensboro

10.    Down On Penny’s Farm

11.    Poor Wayfaring Stranger



1.      Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience

2.      Equestrienne

3.      Calico Pie

4.      Bleezer’s Ice-Cream

5.      It Makes a Change

6.      The King of China’s Daughter

7.      The Dancing Bear

8.      The Man in the Wilderness

9.      maggie and milly and molly and may

10.    If No One Ever Marries Me

11.    The Sleepy Giant

12.    The Peppery Man

13.    The Blind Men and the Elephant



1.      Adventures of Isabel

2.      The Walloping Window Blind

3.      Topsyturvey-World

4.      The Janitor’s Boy

5.      Griselda

6.      The Land of Nod

7.      Vain & Careless

8.      Crying, My Little One

9.      Sweet & a Lullaby

10.    I Saw a Ship A-Sailing

11.    Autumn Lullaby

12.    Spring and Fall: to a young child

13.    Indian Names



1.      Ladybird

2.      Maggie Said

3.      Texas

4.      Go Down, Moses

5.      Seven Deadly Sins

6.      Giving Up Everything

7.      Black Sheep

8.      It’s A-Coming

9.      Lulu (Introduction)

10.    Lulu

11.    The End



1.      San Andreas Fault

2.      Beloved Wife

3.      Carnival

4.      River

5.      The Letter

6.      Where I Go

7.      I May Know the Word

8.      Seven Years

9.      Cowboy Romance

10.    Jealousy

11.    Wonder



1.      Butterfly

2.      She Devil

3.      Baby Mine

4.      Frozen Charlotte

5.      Ophelia

6.      The Worst Thing

7.      The Man in the Wilderness

8.      My Skin

9.      Vain & Careless

10.    Andalucía


DISC 10 – RARITIES (1998–2017)

1.      The Village Green Preservation Society

2.      Too Long at the Fair

3.      Order 1081 (with David Byrne & Fatboy Slim)

4.      To Love Is to Bury (with Cowboy Junkies)

5.      Saint Judas

6.      Birds & Ships (with Billy Bragg)

7.      The Lowlands of Holland (with The Chieftains)

8.      Sonnet 73

9.      Learning the Game

10.    My Little Sweet Baby

11.    Political Science

12.    Build a Levee

13.    Sit Down, Sister

14.    The Gulf of Araby

15.    Portofino

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